What We've Heard

03/16/2018 - 1:27pm

The Actors Salon (founded by actors Liz Mamana, recently in 1st Stage's The Farnsworth Invention, and Beth Hylton, recently in Round House Theatre's Handbagged) presents this topical event Sun, March 25 2pm at Arena Stage, the day after the big march in Washington DC. A staged reading of Jason Odell Williams’ political dramedy CHURCH & STATE from starring Jack Coleman (TV’s Heroes, The Office, Scandal and Dynasty), Beth Hylton, Liz Mamana & Cody LeRoy Wilson. Tickets are $50 suggested donation & all proceeds go to Sandy Hook Promise.

03/15/2018 - 5:25pm

Join Folger Theatre for a staged reading of "Dear Jack, Dear Louise", a new play written and directed by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You) that recounts his parents' courtship. Cody Nickell (Folger Theatre: Antony and Cleopatra, The Taming of the Shrew, Arcadia) and Kate Eastwood Norris (Folger Theatre: Mary Stuart, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth) are featured in the title roles. The March 27 7pm staged reading is free, though reservations are requested.

03/14/2018 - 4:26pm

Washington Stage Guild presents ALABAMA STORY by Kenneth Jones starting with Pay-What-You-Can performances on March 22 (7:30pm) and March 23 (8pm). A librarian in segregation-era Alabama purchases a new children’s book for the library, The Rabbits’ Wedding. But the seemingly innocent wedding draws the attention of a grandstanding, intolerant state senator, who leads a crusade against the book. Based on a true story from the 50s.

03/14/2018 - 2:51pm

Upcoming at Arena Stage - "Arena Forum: Civil Dialogues." The first on Mon, March 26 at 6:30pm is part of a three-part series of conversations that seek to provide an opportunity for members of the D.C. community to engage in civil discourse about social and politics issues. Led by renowned scholar Amitai Etzioni — Professor of International Relations at The George Washington University — each forum will feature a group of prominent Dialogue Starters. Event is free and open to the public; registration is required. Future forums: Mon, April 23 (Exploring what we owe other people); Tues, May 29 (Exploring the future of race relations in America).

03/06/2018 - 5:49pm

SLOPPY FIRSTS, the 16th Annual Sarah Metzger Memorial Play production, takes place March 16-18 at Round House Theatre. Sloppy Firsts is a fresh, funny, utterly compelling story about how it feels to drag through the dark days of high school, presented by the Round House Theatre Teen Performance Company, a pre-professional program for the next generation of theatre artists. Tickets $20, free for teens/college students.

03/05/2018 - 5:35pm

Keegan Theatre’s Boiler Room Series will turn up the heat for six local womXn playwrights, six local womXn directors, and a host of actors with the return of the newly named WOMXN on Fire Festival March 11-26. Building on the success and audience feedback of last year’s festival, this year the festival will feature six staged 10-minute plays and two full-length one-womXn plays during WomXn’s History Month. Out of over 160 submissions, the Boiler Room Series selected 36 artists to participate in the festival.

03/01/2018 - 7:39pm

GALita, a program of GALA Hispanic Theatre for the entire family, presents the bilingual production of "VolcanO – Tales of El Salvador by Cornelia Cody" March 3 through March 17. Student matinees weekdays plus general public shows on Saturdays. Tickets: $10 each (children), Adults $12 (general public performances).

02/28/2018 - 1:26pm

The Klunch presents writer Elaine May's comedy Adult Entertainment from March 7 to 31. PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN previews are March 7 & 8 (7:30pm) at Caos on F in DC.

02/21/2018 - 5:04pm

WSC Avant Bard's 2017 production of THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS returns in all its glory. The production, which received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical, has PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL previews March 22-24 & 26 (Thurs to Sat & Mon @ 7:30pm) at Gunston Arts Center in Arlington. There's also an ASL-INTERPRETED show on Fri, March 23.

02/21/2018 - 4:17pm

Catch Helen Hayes Award recipient Roz White in RESIST: A Revolutionary Cabaret, 3 shows only Feb. 24 & 25 at MetroStage. White pays tribute to Alberta Hunter, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Abbey Lincoln, Roberta Flack, and Nina Simone, depicting their hardships and challenges, and their revolutionary influence on music and pop culture. Empowered by their determination, talent and artistry each has a story to tell and music to be celebrated.

02/21/2018 - 3:55pm

Pay-What-You-Can previews are Feb. 21 and 22 at 7:30pm forTheater J's "Becoming Dr. Ruth". Also $30 previews on Feb. 24 at 8pm and Feb. 25 at 7:30pm. The play is the triumphant story of America’s favorite sex therapist - Dr. Ruth Westheimer - starring Naomi Jacobson and directed by Holly Twyford, running thru March 18.

02/21/2018 - 1:45pm

InterAct Story Theatre's Wheaton Family Theatre Series is back on Sun, February 25 (2:30pm, The Wheaton Interim Library) with "Dancing Our Way Through Books" - part of their Family Literacy Fiesta. This FREE community performance celebrates a love of books and stories through the art of creative movement and dance. Led by Kelly King - founder of CityDance Center at Strathmore and Contradiction Dance - kids and adults get to practice reading skills while exploring a story through dance! Register by calling the library at (240) 777-0678 or visiting in person.

02/14/2018 - 3:34pm

Six professional Washington, D.C. area theatre companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours for the 14th annual PLAY IN A DAY, a one-of-a-kind event at Imagination Stage's Lerner Theater, Feb 17 at 8pm. Participating theatre companies include Adventure Theatre MTC (Glen Echo, MD); Flying V (Bethesda, MD); Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD); Keegan Theatre (Washington, DC); Olney Theatre Center (Olney, MD) and Rorschach Theatre (Washington, DC). Tickets at Bethesda.org

02/08/2018 - 5:07pm

Mosaic Theater Company's production of Caleen Sinnette Jennings' Queens Girl in Africa is closed, but there's an opportunity this week to catch a special one-hour presentation of the play at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) featuring the talented Bianca Lipford. Performances Feb 8 to 11, tickets $15 for students, $17.50 for seniors and $20 for adults (Visit THEARC).

02/07/2018 - 7:11pm

Washington Stage Guild holds a post-show discussion with playwright Arlene Hutton, the author of LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC and SEE ROCK CITY (now on stage) after the Sunday, February 11 matinee. If you've seen the show, come anyway, the talk will start about 4:30. Show closes February 11.

02/06/2018 - 1:31pm

Calling all high school musical theater performers: Students between 14 and 17 years old are invited to audition for Stage One, Signature Theatre's 2-week musical theater workshop (July 30 – August 10). Their talented education staff will provide daily training in acting, music and dance, and DC-area theater professionals will teach daily master classes. Sign up for an audition slot today. Auditions: March 10.

01/31/2018 - 1:29pm

Olney Theatre Center celebrates at its 80th Anniversary Gala with Tony Award winner Alan Cumming on Saturday, June 2. Visit their website for more details.

01/30/2018 - 5:56pm

CHARACTER BUILDING by Booker T. Washington, a Musical from American Ensemble Theater has 4 performances only - Sat, February 3, 10, 17 and 24 @ 1pm. All tickets are pay-what-you-will and benefits Capitol Hill Arts Workshop where it takes place. Adapted by Martin Blank from talks Dr. Booker T. Washington - American educator, orator, author, and advisor to presidents of the United States - gave his students at Tuskegee University offering timeless wisdom for people of any age about how to have a productive life.

01/30/2018 - 3:28pm

Save the dates for Pay What You Can nights for FAMILIAR by Danai Gurira (Eclipsed, AMC's The Walking Dead, Black Panther) at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, part of the 2018 Women's Voices Theater Festival. In-Person Pay What You Can - Mon, February 5: first-come, first-served basis on-site starting at 6pm. Digital Pay What You Can - Tues, February 6: Online thru TodayTix, purchase via the TodayTix app or website starting at 10am.

01/26/2018 - 8:10pm

JUST ANNOUNCED: the world-premiere musical production of "Dave" by three-time Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (Annie,
Hairspray, The Producers), Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin (Mean Girls, Legally Blonde) and Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, If/Then). Inspired by the Academy Award-nominated American political comedy film, "Dave" will run at Arena Stage July 13 – August 19.