What We've Heard

12/07/2017 - 2:35pm

Groove along with the Duke’s jazz piano with The In Series' family musical "Duke Ellington's Neighborhood" Dec 9 & 10. Take your kids on an interactive journey through Duke Ellington’s DC and discover how a local hero championed African-American musicians, influenced the Harlem Renaissance, shaped the cultural history of D.C. and became an international star. Written by Mattias Kraemer and directed by Angelisa Gillyard. Jazz combo & singers with Stanley Thurston at the piano. Performances at the Tivoli/GALA Hispanic Theatre on 12/9 at 12:30pm & 2:30pm, and 12/10 at 1:30pm.

12/06/2017 - 11:42am

NextStop Theatre Company presents "Karen Vicent Sings Rosemary Clooney for the Holidays" this Saturday, December 9 at 8pm. Karen made her NextStop debut in Kiss Me Kate, earning her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for leading actress and also performed in Rodgers and Hammerstein's A Grand Night for Singing.

12/06/2017 - 11:36am

Paso Nuevo, GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Youth Arts Program, presents THROUGH MY EYES/DESDE MIS OJOS, December 15 8pm, an evening of original works performed in Spanish with English surtitles, directed by Mauricio Pita. A post-performance discussion with the youth will follow the performance. Admission is FREE. Now in its 25th year, Paso Nuevo is GALA’s after-school workshop program for Latino and multi-cultural youth ages 12 to 19.

12/05/2017 - 12:46pm

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Family Week provides free and low-cost programming so that every family member may learn, explore and build a love for theatre. From December 10– 17, STC will celebrate the themes, story and artists in TWELFTH NIGHT through the workshops, performances, backstage tours, and events.

12/01/2017 - 2:19pm

Empower DC presents the tour of "On My Mind/In My Heart: The Voices of Women in Public Housing," a powerful performance that invites you into the lives of women who are fighting for their public housing communities in the midst of DC gentrification. Each show is followed by a talk-back/Q & A featuring residents who are fighting displacement and working to create real affordable housing. Directed by Thembi Duncan, Music by DJ RBI and script by Caleen Jennings. Performances at various DC locations from November 30 to December 16.

11/28/2017 - 2:27pm

Check out two Pay-What-You-Can performances and Teen Night at Round House Theatre's THE BOOK OF WILL, Lauren Gunderson's play about Shakespeare's friends and colleagues compiling the First Folio to preserve the words that shaped their lives. PWYC performances are on November 29 at 7:30pm (with a post-show discussion) and December 2 at 2pm; Teen Night is December 1 (with a director discussion) - plus it's FreeBeerFriday.

11/28/2017 - 2:21pm

This weekend at Spooky Action Theater, see the free workshop production of Shoah Business by Jennie Berman Eng. Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer, the performance is part of the company's New Works in Action, a program that since its inception in 2013 has produced over 40 free table readings and over a dozen free workshops. Reserve your seat and stay for the talk-back to meet the playwright, director and cast.

11/27/2017 - 2:34pm

Children ages 5 to 14 and their families are invited to join the Folger Shakespeare Library the first Saturday of each month to have fun learning and sharing Shakespeare’s language and experiencing the Folger. "I Take My Leave" is Sat, December 2 and is Free, 10-11am: Ages 5-7; 11am-12pm: Ages 8-14.

11/16/2017 - 5:40pm

Check out various discussions following performances of Jon Robin Baitz' Vicuna and The American Epilogue at Mosaic Theater Company, including Nov 16 at 8 PM - “Larger Than Life: Bringing Vicuna to Stage” with the cast of VICUNA & THE AMERICAN EPILOGUE moderated by Megan Behm; and Nov 17 at 8 PM, “Pressed and Crossed” with Elena Velasco, Artistic Director, Convergence Theater, Kimberly Rasmussen, Founder and Political Director, Political Institute for Women and China Dickerson, President, DC Young Democrats. Full list of topics and guests online.

11/16/2017 - 12:47pm

During Ford’s Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol" they will be partnering with House of Ruth as recipient of this year’s donation drive inspired by the themes of charity in Dickens’s holiday classic. House of Ruth provides comprehensive services and housing for women, children and families healing from domestic abuse, and provides resources to help them build safe, stable lives. During the curtain calls for performances, the company will collect monetary donations. Patrons also can make donations through the box office. All donation checks should be made payable to “House of Ruth.” “A Christmas Carol” plays through December 31.

11/15/2017 - 2:32pm

If you missed A Night with Janis Joplin at Arena Stage or it's run in New York, here's another chance to check it out at Strathmore this weekend, November 19 at 8pm.

11/15/2017 - 2:32pm

When you attend ANNIE at Olney Theatre Center, be sure to support the PAJAMA DRIVE as Olney partners with Comfort Cases, an organization that provides comfort and support to children entering the foster care system. Pajama Drive Info

11/14/2017 - 2:55pm

Quotidian Theatre Company favorites Jane Squier Bruns and Steve Beall begin their dramatic duel in dual one-person plays rarely seen - Horton Foote's A Coffin in Egypt and Conor McPherson's St Nicholas. As part of this rep on November 18, noted Foote and McPherson expert/author Professor Gerald C. Wood will lead after-show talks following the 2pm matinee of St Nicholas and the 8pm performance of A Coffin in Egypt.

11/14/2017 - 12:39pm

Live on The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, a week-long tribute to emerging musical theater creators with ASCAP Presents (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Performances include: 11/13 - Nikko Benson (recipient of a 2016 Jonathan Larson grant; Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat); 11/14 - Julian Hornik (composer, lyricist, and librettist, wrote the music and lyrics for Giovanni’s Room, an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel); 11/15 - composers Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews (created the documentary musical Witness Uganda (a.k.a. Invisible Thread); 11/16 - Max Vernon, a composer/lyricist, playwright, performer, and brooch enthusiast; his The View UpStairs, ran 105 performances Off-Broadway); 11/17 - Andrew Lippa (his hit song “Evil Like Me” appears in Disney’s Descendants; composer of Big Fish, The Addams Family, The Wild Party).

11/14/2017 - 12:33pm

Ford’s Theatre and TodayTix have partnered to offer 150 free tickets to the first performance of "A Christmas Carol" (and all Ford's shows). The TodayTix in-app lottery is open now until 10am on Thurs, November 16. Winners will be notified by email and push notification between 10am and 2pm on November 16. Tickets not claimed by 7 p.m. will be forfeited to the standby line.

11/13/2017 - 3:17pm

Forum Theatre presents THE STATE, conceived by ALEXANDER MANUILOFF, Nov 29 to Dec 3. The State tells the story of the last conscious night of Plamen Goranov before he burnt himself in protest in front of the Municipal Council of Varna, Bulgaria. The text consists of fictionalized letters that share intimate moments of the character’s last minutes on Earth and also open space for discussion about our basic rules, principles, and values. The State is an innovative theatrical event based on Manuiloff’s text, but engaging the audience in a unique way. Audience members take part in the performance, becoming players and co-authors, and changing the piece each time it is presented.

11/13/2017 - 3:14pm

Another Arena Stage premiere is heading to New York. “The Originalist” about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will run July 14-August 19, 2018 at 59E59 Theaters following its productions at Arena Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and Chicago's Court Theatre this spring. Four-time Helen Hayes Award recipient actor Edward Gero reprises his role as Justice Scalia.

11/07/2017 - 5:08pm

Join Perisphere Theater November 14 (7:30pm) for this play reading, a benefit for the Southern Poverty Law Center - Free admission; donations to the SPLC welcome. A representative of the SPLC will speak with the audience afterward about ways to fight hate. First performed in 1988, the play explores the white supremacist movement in America through the trial of a paramilitary group for the murder of a Jewish talk radio host. Dietz lays bare the subculture of hate that many of us would have liked to think represent only a few individuals on the fringes of society, and it is eerie and disturbing how contemporary this play seems 30 years later.

10/31/2017 - 12:30pm

Shakespeare Theatre Company's ReDiscovery Reading Series continues with the long-lost THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT, the only known play by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton. Reading is Mon, November 13 at 7:30pm at the Lansburgh Theatre. THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT was recovered in 2016 after scholars discovered a letter referring to its first rehearsals for its intended Broadway run in 1901. Now, 80 years after Wharton’s death, this newly rediscovered manuscript reveals an important chapter in her literary career. FREE, reservations are required https://goo.gl/HLNKYn

10/24/2017 - 12:35pm

In conjunction with its production of The Adventures of Peter Pan, Synetic Theater hosts two after-show events: the 11th annual VAMPIRE’S BALL is Oct 27 following the show. Tickets include the 8pm performance of ‘Peter Pan’, post-show party with dancing, open bar, and costume contest; the PIRATE'S BALL is Oct 29 and is a family friendly version of the Vampire’s Ball. Tickets include the 2pm performance of ‘Peter Pan’, post-show family activities, light appetizers, and a meet-and-greet with some of the cast. All attendees are encouraged to come in costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag.