The George Mason University’s School of Theater will present The Gondoliers, the classic comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan, in the Center for the Arts on October 26, 27, 28 & 29. The musical theater piece is the story of young Venetian gondoliers who are informed – because of mistaken identity -that one of them is the heir to a throne.
“The tribulations of governing and romance are lampooned in this delightful musical theater piece by the masters of comic opera.”
Image below: Artwork for The Gondoliers - Courtesy of David and Ann Stone
Little Theatre of Alexandria will present Legally Blonde, with music & lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, July 22-August 12.The story is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 movie of the same name.
It’s about a sorority girl who has a great success at Harvard Law School and discovers her ability to help others with her new knowledge.
The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisyon select days, September 9-30.The play is set in the Deep South in 1948 - just before the civil rights movement began.
It's the story of the relationship between a wealthy Jewish woman in a WASP-dominated community and her chauffeur.
Metro Stage in Alexandria will present a return engagement of Janet Langhart Cohen's play Anne & EmmettJuly 28-30. The play is comprised of an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, both of whom were victims of racial intolerance and hatred.
Image below: Roz White as Mamie Till & Enoch King as Emmett Till - Photo by Chris Banks
Metro Stage will present the play Are you now, or have you ever been, written and created by Carlyle Brown and directed by Thomas W. Jones II, with music by William Knowles, October 5-November 5.The play is a fictional account of the demons and dilemmas faced by Langston Hughes as he attempted to write a poem on the eve of his appearance before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations led by Senator Joseph McCarthy.
The story unfolds "against the backdrop of searing blues and the ever-present poetic hues of Langston."
Signature Theatre will present a brand-new production of the Tony Awards®-winning classic A Little Night Music, by Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler, directed by Eric Schaeffer, August 15-October 8. The production will feature DC actors Holly Twyford and Bobby Smith.
The musical, set on “a magical night” in 1900 in Sweden, finds “an aging actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student and a buffoonish count hilariously tangled in a web of love affairs.”It’s been called “a coupling (and uncoupling) tour-de-force.”
Image below: Holly Twyford and Bobby Smith star in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A Little Night Music at Signature Theatre. Photo by Christopher Mueller.
SignatureTheatre is presenting their annual Sizzlin’ Summer Nights Seriesthru July 22.There is a different performance every night featuring Signature favorites, including:
July 18: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington: Let’s Misbehave! – Soloists with salacious stories of misbehaving.
July 19: Matthew Schleigh & Jessica Lauren Ball: Falling Slowly – The married couple mix Broadway classics, indie rock and pop hits, plus Matthew's special wedding song written exclusively for his bride.
July 20: Liam Forde: A Jubilee - Songs by Kay Thompson, Cy Coleman, Noel Coward, Ben Folds and Brian Wilson, plus original songs and arrangements by Forde
July 21: Robbie Schaefer: Coming Home - The songwriter and guitarist for the indie folk band Eddie From Ohio presents songs and stories inspired by his travels around the globe
July 22: Sam Ludwig & David Landstrom: You and Me, But Mostly Me - buddies who LOVE to talk about singing “explore the stylistic contrast in their voices and tastes, open up about the different avenues that drew them to music, and attempt to answer the question: to riff or not to riff?”
July 22: Revenge of the Understudies - Backstage divas steal their moment in the spotlight for a cabaret of their favorite songs.
Images below - clockwise from top left: Erin Driscoll, Will Gartshore, Nova Y. Payton & Liam Forde
SigWorks at Signature Theatre will present the musical Gun & Powderby Ross Baum, with book and lyrics by Angelica Chéri, on August 26 & September 2. The musical was “inspired by the true story of Mary and Martha Clarke, fair-skinned African-American twin sisters who passed for white.
According to family legend, the ladies were outlaws. The musical follows the girls’ journey into forsaking their true identity and becoming respected white women of the West. It is a story about defying social and racial bounds, the honor of family legacy, the bond of sisterhood and the power of identity.”
SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab “is a new developmental workshop that furthers the company’s mission to promote new theatrical work. The creators of the selected original musical spend two intensive weeks working with Signature’s Artistic staff - refining their work - and the program culminates with public readings.”
Signature Theatre will present Streisand Songbook, September 5-9.Signature will salute the original Funny Girl’ssix-decade-long career with an evening of her famous songs including “People,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” and “Evergreen.”
Synetic Theater in Crystal City will stage the world premiere of The Mark of Cain, choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili, July 19-August 13. The wordless production is about “the world's first murderer,” and Founding Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili “will trace every single murderer in history back to Cain.
As Cain “makes his bloody "mark" on all corners of the world, we see that evil, death, and murder are ever-present; that as wars have been fought continuously throughout time, we see that violence never truly disappears, but, like energy, simply changes forms and faces.
The show is recommended for ages 13+ for violence.