Avant Bard will present the area premiere of Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Rick Hammerly, October 12-November 19. It’s the story of the 18th-century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet, who “is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this seductively theatrical rediscovery of one of history's most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves, and in the process creates a legacy that alters the course of physics.” The production will star Acting Company member Sara Barker as Emilie.
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 the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy on 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.
Image below: The cast of Driving Miss Daisy - Boolie (Joel Durgavich), Daisy (Patricia Kratzer) and Hoke (Kevin Sockwell) - Photographer: Matt Liptak
Little Theatre of Alexandria will present Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, October 21-November 11. It's the story of "middle-aged siblings, Vanya and Sonia, who live together in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the only home they have ever known. Without warning, their sister, Masha, who happens to be a movie star, stops in for a visit with her much younger boyfriend, Spike. Hilarity ensues as this kooky clan works out their differences about potentially selling the family home."
Image below: The logo for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
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."
Metro Stage in Alexandria will present Christmas at The Old Bull & Bush, written and directed by Catherine Flye, November 17-24.The play takes place in 1912 at a Public House in Hampstead, London. The show features Florrie Forde, who was the most famous music hall star of the era, and British Music Hall songs and Christmas carols.
Signature Theatre has extended the run of a brand-new production of the Tony Awards®-winning classic A Little Night Music, by Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler, directed by Eric Schaeffer, thru October 15. The production features DC-area 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.
Signature Theatre will present the DC premiere of David Javerbaum's comedy An Act of God, October 3-November 26.The author, who is a 13-time Emmy Award® winner for The Daily Show, creates a scenario in which "God is back. And he’s got a lot to say. DC actor Tom Storyplays the title role and is flanked by archangels. The Supreme Being gifts his mortals with an entirely new set of Ten Commandments in a sinfully funny whirlwind of comedy heaven."
Signature Theatre will present George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin & Ken Ludwig’s Crazy for You® November 7-January 14, 2018.The Tony Award®-winning musical comedy features beloved songs, sensational dance, show-stopping numbers, mistaken identities, a classic love story & 1930s glamour.
Synetic Theater will present The Adventures of Peter Pan, October 18-November 19.The show is set in Neverland, which is a magical place filled with fairies, pirates, and mermaids. Peter Pan and crew "will battle the delightfully sinister Captain Hook with acrobatics that will leave you on the edge of your seat! This production is recommended for ages 7+ for moments younger viewers may find frightening."