What We've Heard

05/03/2017 - 10:25am

Shakespeare Theatre Company holds its next FREE ReDiscovery Reading on May 8 (7:30pm) of DEMETRIUS by Friedrich Schiller and Peter Oswald. The reading features STC favorites Nancy Robinette, John Lescault and Corey Allen. An epic tale of self-determination, performed identities, and the complications of well-intended insurgency. Taking on Schiller’s unfinished last play, a dramatization of the same true story later made famous by Pushkin’s Boris Godunov, Peter Oswald’s verse translation and adaptation expands to Shakespearean dimensions, glancing from the reign of Ivan the Terrible to modern-day excursions in Iraq and Afghanstian.

05/03/2017 - 10:16am

Constellation Theatre Company begins performances of THE ARABIAN NIGHTS this week. Catch reduced price preview performances, this Thurs - Sat. The $15 Friday preview is sold out, but tickets are available for the $25 Sat preview or line up for their Pay-What-You-Can on Thurs 5/4, 8:30pm.

05/03/2017 - 10:09am

MetroStage will have a Pay-What-You-Can performance of MASTER CLASS, Terrence McNally's play about opera singer Maria Callas teaching a master class to three students, on Thursday, May 4 at 8pm. There is a $10 minimum and tickets are only available at the door that evening starting at 7pm. Performances run thru June 11.

04/27/2017 - 12:31pm

Join InterAct Story Theatre's KidStory Theatre Festival on May 6 at 11am at Glenallan Elementary School. Part of their Wheaton Family Theatre Series, celebrate a wonderful year of arts for kids and families with a special festival of stories and plays written by kids for kids! Great for all ages 4 and up.

04/18/2017 - 2:24pm

Rorschach Theatre has Pay-What-You-Can performances of FORGOTTEN KINGDOMS by Randy Baker April 21 – 28. Pay-What-You-Can tickets must be purchased at the door for each performance. Synopsis: On a small island in Indonesia, a wooden house balances on stilts over a churning sea. In this house Reverend David Holiday tries to convert a skeptical young local whose fate has become improbably intertwined with his own. At stake this night is the life of the young man’s father, the future of this island’s ancient culture and the happiness of an American family caught between worlds. As the night turns into morning, the fate of David’s haunted young son becomes the biggest question of all.

04/18/2017 - 2:20pm

Imagination Stage announced that Artistic Director, Janet Stanford, has been awarded the 2017 Harold Oaks Award (Individual) by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA). The award, presented at the One Theatre World in May, is to acknowledge the significant contributions of individuals and organizations in the Theatre for Young Audiences field in the US. The Harold Oaks Awards ask how nominees have contributed to the artistic development of the field of Theatre for Young Audiences, how they’ve brought national recognition to the field, how they’ve contributed to and interacted with their local community, and how they’ve contributed to a global/diverse understanding of the field of Theatre for Young Audiences. CONGRATULATIONS!

04/17/2017 - 2:00pm

Upcoming at Keegan Theatre: Workshop Reading of WEST BY GOD on April 23 3pm. WEST BY GOD is a funny, heartwarming, and gut-wrenchingly honest new play, by West Virginia native and Keegan company member Brandon McCoy, that challenges and examines the meaning of home. Free talk-back after the reading. $5 general admission.

04/17/2017 - 10:58am

Shakespeare's Birthday Open House is coming up on Sun, Apr 23, 12-4pm, at Folger Shakespeare Library. The day includes stage combat demonstrations, Elizabethan crafts, and birthday cake for all and a special appearance by Queen Elizabeth I herself. Tour the Folger Library reading rooms and see musical and theatrical performances. Food trucks will be stationed in Puck’s Circle. FREE.

04/17/2017 - 10:31am

Solas Nua has a Free Play Reading April 17, 7pm at Kelly's Irish Times (14 F Street NW near Union Station) of Here Comes the Night by Rosemary Jenkinson set in East Belfast, November 1966 and May 2016. Featuring Joseph Carlson, Madeleine Carr, Matthew Ward, Sara Corey, Sasha Olinick and directed by Thomas Keegan.

04/11/2017 - 3:32pm

Round House Theatre has Pay-What-You-Can performances of OR, starring Holly Twyford on Thurs, April 12 7:30pm (with a post-show discussion) and Sat, April 15 2pm. With echoes of Restoration comedy, this playful farce is a rush of madcap antics and rollicking intrigue.

04/09/2017 - 1:13pm

Broadway Sings - the acclaimed concert series that takes a pop icon and flips their music to create brand new, unique arrangements and orchestrations - comes to DC. On April 15th at Sixth & I check out Broadway Sings Beyonce & Bruno Mars, which features new versions of songs you love by Beyoncé and Bruno Mars! The performers include Corey Mach (Wicked, Godspell, Rent), Sydney Morton (Evita, Jersey Boys, American Psycho), Jelani Remy (The Lion King, High School Musical), and Natalie Weiss (Wicked, Everyday Rapture). Producer/director/performer Corey Mach recently performed in Signature Theatre's world premiere of Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing with Debra Monk.

04/06/2017 - 2:02pm

In conjunction with it's presentation of Nilaja Sun's PIKE STREET set on the Lower East Side of NYC, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is holding a Block Party on Sat, April 8 (10am-3pm). Expect Live Performances from Double Nickels Theatre Company and The Sanctuaries Improv Team, Backstage Theater Tours, Food Truck Fare (parked outside the theatre), theatre concession stand selling mimosas, Door Prizes including Gift Certificates to nearby restaurants and Tickets to future Woolly shows, Games. No charge to attend. PIKE STREET runs thru 4/23.

03/31/2017 - 9:54am

On April 10 at Source Theatre, Rainbow Theatre Project presents Historias, a piece of devised theater about what it means to be a Hispanic/Latino LGBTQ young adult in today’s society using the personal stories and experiences of the performers combined with some of today’s most important issues. The cast includes Skye Ellis, Josue Lemus, Johnny Maldonado, Ariela Sirota, and Marlowe Vilchez.

03/30/2017 - 4:28pm

This Saturday, bring your family to the Folger Shakespeare Library and get to know some of Shakespeare's famous fools. Children ages 5 to 14 and their families are invited to join attend the first Saturday of each month to have fun learning and sharing Shakespeare’s language and experiencing the Folger. (10-11am: Ages 5-7. 11am-12pm: Ages 8-14). FREE!

03/30/2017 - 2:19pm

Coming up April 9 at 7:30pm...a special evening with Helen Hayes Award-nominated actress Katie McManus returning to the Keegan Theatre stage with an eclectic evening of show tunes, pop hits, jazz, big band, and more. Katie is delighted to return to the Keegan stage for this special evening of music, mayhem and, hopefully, some kisses! Katie's last shows with Keegan were The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and RENT. This past winter, she performed in Signature Theatre's Titanic and Blues in The Night at Creative Cauldron.

03/28/2017 - 4:45pm

On April 1, LiveArtDC presents their fourth annual 24-Hour Playmaking Fundraiser Event - LiveArt in a Day! On March 31, 4 playwrights will each be randomly assigned the following elements - One director, Four actors, A prop, A DC landmark. Playwrights have until Saturday morning to turn around a script, which is then given to their director and actors. Those teams then have roughly 9 hours to take the play from “words on a page” to “live performance.” At 7pm on April 1 at the Anacostia Arts Center the shows hit the stage!

03/28/2017 - 3:05pm

The Actors' Center presents a free Staged Reading of "Everything in the Garden" by Edward Albee, directed by Clare Shaffer, on Monday April 3rd at 7pm at the Black Box Theatre in Silver Spring (8641 Colesville Rd). The cast includes Jennifer Hopkins, Devin Horne, Bill Hurlbut, Sarah Holt, Henry Niepoetter, Craig Houk, Angie Snyder, Phil Bufithis, Maura Claire Harford, Mickey MacIntyre, Pamela Kasenetz and Kelli Rademacher.

03/28/2017 - 1:11pm

Signature Theatre's SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings at Ali’s Bar next features The Reapers on Woodbrook Avenue by Mardee Bennett on Mon, April 3 at 7PM (Free-No reservations required). Spanning three decades, The Reapers on Woodbrook Avenue ushers us into the world of the Reapers, a West Baltimore family beginning in July 1976. From the stoop of her row home, matriarch Loretta Reaper prepares for the arrival of famed preacher Al Strickland. But this Sunday has brought along with it a rash of violent break-ins and Loretta is forced to consider how far she’ll go to protect her property. In 2008 we find Loretta’s great-grandson living in Charleston, South Carolina where he must reclaim the land that was promised to and stolen from his ancestors.

03/21/2017 - 2:23pm

Pay-What-You-Can performances of Nilaja Sun’s virtuosic performance in her off-Broadway hit PIKE STREET are Mon/Tues March 27 & 28 at 8pm at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. From the one-woman dynamo of the solo show No Child comes a rich slice of Puerto Rican immigrant life.On the Lower East Side, a mother works hard to keep the electricity flowing for her daughter’s respirator while a hurricane looms nearby. As she prepares for disaster, a vibrant host of characters—a decorated war veteran, her ne’er-do-well father, her octogenarian downstairs neighbor—bring new meaning to the phrase “it takes a village.”

03/21/2017 - 2:16pm

ArtChangeUS@Kennedy National Conversations launches TONIGHT, March 21 with a dialogue between Common and Chinaka Hodge. Their conversation will focus on the role of the artist in transforming times and how cultural movements propel social movements. Okayplayer and the Kennedy Center partner to livestream this interactive conversation on Facebook Live and Okayplayer.com. ArtChangeUS@Kennedy National Conversations is a series of dialogues between prominent artists and pivotal change-makers who are advancing a pluralistic vision of America. Future conversations to look forward to include: April 24th, Water is Life: Living our Legacy; May 22nd, Community Organizing and Movement Building; June 5th, Immigration; July 11, Placekeeping and Urbanism; (August TBD) Cultural Community Benefits Principles; (September TBD), Mass Incarceration and Detention.