The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present Douglas Carter Beane’s comedy titled The Nance, directed by Frank D. Shutts II, June 2-23.The setting is New York in the 1930s, when “it was easy to ‘play gay,’ but dangerous to be gay. A headliner called ‘The Nance’ was usually played by a straight man who would portray a campy homosexual in musical vaudeville parodies. However, in this comedy, Chauncey Miles not only plays a gay man but is a homosexual himself.”
Avant Bard will present William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Tom Prewitt, at The Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, May 31-July 8.The dark comedy is Shakespeare’s only work set in the New World and “is filled with dazzling magic, young love, cross-cultural strife, and ultimately forgiveness." In Avant Bard’s offbeat update, “The Tempest tells a story of colonials and refugees that asks: How can we all get along on this island Earth?”Christopher Henley plays the sorcerer Prosper.
Signature Theatre is presenting Girlfriendwritten by Todd Almond & Matthew Sweet & directed by Matthew Gardiner, thru June 10.The coming-of-age musical duet is set in a small town in Nebraska during the summer of 1993. “College-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. Their rush of first-time love, full of excitement, confusion and passion, is captured by the power-pop precision and frayed guitar emotion of Matthew Sweet’s alternative rock album “Girlfriend.”
Signature Theatre is presenting the musical The Scottsboro Boys by John Kander, Fred Ebb, & David Thompson, thru July 1.The show has been called “a breathtaking musical critique of a stunning true story of racism and injustice in the American South." The Scottsboro Boys “transforms an event that gripped the nation into a compelling musical nominated for twelve Tony Awards®.”
Images below: Cast members clockwise from top left: Charles Alexander Coffin, Felicia Curry, Stephen Wormley & Lamont Walker II
Signature Theatre will present Entirely Elvis, June 26-30.The cabaret is dedicated to Elvis Presley’s “soulful voice and sinful hips. There’ll be some “Love Me, Tender,” a little “Heartbreak Hotel,” and, of course, plenty of “Hound Dog” as Signature salutes the King.”
Synetic Theatre is presenting FoundingArtistic DirectorPaata Tsikurishvili’s Titus Andronicus, thru May 27.“The revenge-driven tragedy tells the bloody tale of Titus and Tamora with all of the fiery passion, energy, and vengeance only Synetic Theater can deliver.” The production is recommended for ages 16+ for violence.
Wolf Trap will present Motown The Musicalin The Filene Center, June 26-28.The story is about Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. The musical features over 40 classic songs including “My Girl,” “What’s Going On,” “Dancing in the Street,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”