The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present Moonlight and Magnolias, directed by Juli Tarabek Blackere, February 29-March 21. The comic romp is set in Hollywood in 1939, when legendary film producer, David O. Selznick, who is five weeks into shooting “Gone with the Wind,” realizes that the script is awful and “the director doesn’t have a clue. He has a few short days to replace them and restart shooting or the production will shut down.”
The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present Jessica Swale's Blue Stockings, directed by Marzanne Claiborne, April 25-May 16. The historical drama follows the story of four women fighting for an education, set against the backdrop of the women’s suffrage movement. The setting is 1896 at Cambridge University, which was the first college in Britain to admit women. “But things still aren’t equal. The men graduate with degrees and prospects, but the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a “blue stocking” – a derogatory term for an educated woman.” The story follows the men and women of Cambridge as they shatter prevailing traditions as generations, social classes, and genders clash.
Avant Bard Theatre will present their Spring Repertoryfeaturing Tennessee Williams’s Suddenly Last Summer and Lauren Gunderson’s Ada and the Engine, directed by Megan Behm, in Gunston Arts Center, February 27-April 5. Suddenly Last Summer will be directed by Christopher Henley. Set in the New Orleans Garden District, it’s the story of an elderly socialite who mourns the death of her poet son, who died under mysterious circumstances while vacationing at an island resort. She hires a doctor to silence the only witness to the tragic event. Ada and the Engine is about Lord Byron’s only legitimate child, who loved mathematics….and polymath-inventor, Charles Babbage, who became famous as “the father of the computer.” But Ada “invented the language, the song, the soul of the thing - the programming.
NextStop Theatre in Herndon, VA is presenting an "intimate" musical titled Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon, thru March 15. It’s “a simple yet heartfelt story about how we as humans search for and make connections in an increasingly chaotic world.” The play “tells the story of four young New Yorkers, whose lives intersect in strange and unexpected ways as they search for love, beauty, and purpose in this big and unforgiving world. The play asks: is it possible that the smallest acts can have the most profound effects on your life?”
NextStop Theatre Company in Herndon will present Michael Frayn’s farce titled Noises Off, directed by Evan Hoffmann, April 2-26. It’s a play-within-a-play about the behind-the-scenes antics as an eccentric group of actors try to survive rehearsals, performances, and each other in a touring company. The production will feature Todd Huse, Lisa Bailey, Jacob Yeh, Suzy Alden, James Finley, Emily Levey, Tel Monks, Jaclyn Young, and Jonathan Del Palmer.
Signature Theatre is presenting the world premiere of a comedy titled Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes by DC area playwright Dani Stoller, thru March 29. It’s the story of the matriarch of a far-flung Jewish family. She had happily settled into retirement life with her new husband when a pregnant niece, the troubled boy next door and a distressed daughter with a secret show up at her door. Dani Stoller is said to “take the dysfunction, put it back in the family, then give it a hilarious—and subversive—stir.”
Signature Theatre will present a world premiere musical – Camille Claudel - starring Teal Wicks &Hugh Panaro (pictured),March 24-April 19. French sculptor Camille Claudel was a groundbreaking artist and a revolutionary free-thinker at the turn of the century. But “her entire life was determined by the men around her, from her passionate and tumultuous love affair with Auguste Rodin to her unsupportive brother to the gender-based censorship of her work. However, by combining her artistic genius with a fierce independence, she defied society’s limitations to create captivating masterpieces that pushed the art world to new heights.” The MAX Theatre “will be transformed into famed sculptor Rodin’s studio to bring their creative and lovers’ duel to life in a stunning and gorgeous new musical of an irrepressible visionary who broke the mold.”
Signature Theatre will present Nijinsky's Last Dance, April 14-May 24. The play is about famed Russian ballet performer Vaslav Nijinsky. “Alone in his sanitarium cell, memories furiously swirl around the famed ballet performer Vaslav Nijinsky. Inhabiting the characters from his past, he journeys from his Imperial Ballet School acceptance at age ten, to his relationship with mentor and lover Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, to his innovative choreography that shocked a world in tumult from the Great War.”
Signature Theatre will present a five-part seminar titled Musical Revolution in the Age of Aquarius, April 22-May 17. Participants can “relive the 1960s and go behind the scenes to experience the music, style and counterculture that began with the presentation of Hair, the first rock musical, on Broadway in 1968. Director Matthew Gardiner and the creative team will lead the seminar, which will provide an in-depth exploration of the musical that defined a generation. Signature will present HairMay 19-July 12.
Synetic Theatre is presenting Phantom of the Opera - The Tsikurishvili's Take on a Gothic Classic - thru March 1. Paata Tsikurishvili “applies Synetic’s signature gothic storytelling to one of the most famous supernatural novels of all time with a physical adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera.”
Synetic Theatre will present Life Is a Dream April 22-May 17. The production has been called - "a gritty adaptation of Calderon's masterpiece - a modern lens on the Spanish Golden Age classic. Old betrayals cross borders in this Latinx, movement-driven drama that explores what is truth, what is a dream, and what one will do to make their truth everyone’s reality.”