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What We've Heard

03/28/2017 - 2:11pm

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 - 3:23pm

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 - 3:16pm

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.

03/17/2017 - 5:56pm

On Wed, March 22 from 11am-5pm, the Arts, Humanities and Creative Economy sectors will be taking over the Wilson building as part of ARTS ACTION DC's 2017 Advocacy Day. Their goal is to have a delegation representing Arts, Humanities and the Creative Economy meeting with each Councilmember/staff to discuss our priorities. Follow the link to register to participate and show your support! ARTS ACTION DC fights for legislative and regulatory policies that support Arts, Culture, Humanities, and the Creative Economy. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that Washington, DC is an arts-invested city that’s inclusive and support all sectors of the Creative Economy.

03/17/2017 - 2:46pm

Celebrate World Theatre Day with Performances from South Africa, Sweden, and the US of an American Classic. Join The Lab for Global Performance and Politics for a one-night only event - Dreams Deferred: Crossing Continents and Cultures with A Raisin in the Sun - Monday, March 27 7:30pm (FREE, but ticketed event). Dreams Deferred embodies the resonance of the 1959 Broadway play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry in three different cultural contexts – South Africa, Sweden, and the United States – as well as the larger cross-current themes of racial equality and justice, the Civil Rights Movement and Apartheid. The evening will include scenes from A Raisin in the Sun and other pieces artistically inspired by the monumental legacy of Hansberry’s play, a discussion with Swedish director Josette Bushell-Mingo, OBE and international artists and experts, moderated by Prof. Soyica Colbert, as well as the US World Theatre Day address from Kwame Kwei-Armah, OBE.

03/17/2017 - 1:09pm

Spooky Action Theater presents a FREE fully-staged workshop reading of The Orbit of Mercury by Bob Bartlett, directed by KenYatta Rogers. Part of the New Works in Action, the play will be presented as Sat, March 25 and Sun, March 26. Mercury's future is bright – basketball star at prep school, recruited by top colleges nationwide. But right now Mercury’s orbit is wobbling, retrograde in fact. Returning to unfamiliar inner-city haunts, he meets a girl who remembers all about the past that he forgot. Spirits of the place take shape, joining the retired white cop who raised him, to light Mercury’s way through an expanding universe.

03/15/2017 - 7:12pm

Round House Theatre presents its 15th Annual Sarah Metzger Memorial Play - BEACH WEEK, March 17-19. From playwright Diana Metzger comes a hilarious play about the D.C.-area tradition of Beach Week, and what happens when a group of high school graduates only has seven days left to come to grips with the rest of their lives. The Round House Theatre Teen Performance Program is a pre-professional program for the next generation of theater artists. Round House gathers the region’s most creative young theater artists and provides mentorship to them as they work on a play at our theater. Students selected shadow productions on the RHT stage, attend events and master classes with RHT company members, and work closely with professional artists and practitioners at every step of the process. PLUS, thru their PLAY IT FORWARD program, all High School Students can see any regularly scheduled Round House performance for FREE during the season.

03/13/2017 - 2:39pm

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Compass Rose Theater. March 16 through March 19 patrons are offered a complimentary bottle of beer or non-alcoholic beer before the production of God of Carnage (the production runs thru March 26).

03/08/2017 - 3:21pm

The Welders hold their annual fundraiser THE JOINT with a new twist this year. Join them March 31 at the Arts Club of Washington for their version of a game-night. Each room will feature a different game hosted by one of the Welder Producing Playwrights. Learn more about these artists, how they work and what they have planned for their production through play. You can wander through each room, observe games at play or get involved and play yourself. Plus there's a live and silent auction.

03/07/2017 - 1:29pm

Join Scena Theatre Wed March 8 (7:30pm) presenting a workshop production of Maxi Obexer's powerful take on the refugee crisis In Europe, ILLEGAL HELPERS, at the Embassy of Austria (3524 International Court, NW). The documentary-style play examines the plight of the illegal helpers who provide aid and shelter to migrants flooding Europe, even though assisting them is against the law. Event is FREE but registration encouraged.

03/06/2017 - 1:36pm

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright D.L. Coburn will be at MetroStage for his play The Gin Game on Wed, March 8 at 8pm and be part of a short talk-back following the performance. Half-price tickets to this performance are available with code "Talk Back."

03/01/2017 - 2:49pm

Live Garra Theatre presents SECRET LIVES, A PLAY READING SERIES Fri, March 3-8pm, Sat, March 4-8pm, Sun, March 5-3pm. They invite you to simply listen to an evening of storytelling of an endearing love affair and the bonds of family loyalty broken by hidden truths. Take heart.

03/01/2017 - 2:47pm

Monumental Theatre Company presents it's 3rd annual gender bender Fri, March 3 at 8pm at Cobalt. Prepare for a night of gender swapped musical theatre and pop song performances: guys sing girl’s songs and girls sing guy’s songs. With some of the best musical theatre performers in DC, a fabulous host, and drink specials all night- it's a night you can't miss. Directed by Jimmy Mavrikes and Michael Windsor, Musical Direction by John Henderson. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door with all you can drink specials during the show until 10pm.

02/16/2017 - 6:25pm

The Hub Theatre's annual Emerging Writers Festival highlights the work of local high school and college playwrights. Join them to take a first look at these amazing short plays that will be directed and performed by area theatre artists! EMERGING WRITERS - HIGH SCHOOL, February 25 at 2pm. EMERGING WRITERS - COLLEGE, February 25 at 4pm. Reserve your free tickets online. Performances at The New School of Northern Virginia in Fairfax VA.

02/10/2017 - 12:42pm

Signature Theatre invites current college students and recent graduates to audition for OVERTURES, their 2-week intensive professional training program from June 19 - July 1, 2017. Students will refine their vocal performance, dance, acting and audition skills under the guidance of seasoned professionals. The program culminates in an audition for local professional casting directors and a fully-staged showcase for the public. Sign Up for In-Person Audition Times Begins: February 27, 2017. In-Person Auditions: March 25, 2017. Audition info here.

02/08/2017 - 12:38pm

Sat, February 11 (2pm) at The Wheaton Library Interim Branch InterAct Story Theatre kicks off a monthly series of fun family safaris through books with Books Alive! Executive and Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger will lead interactive workshops for kids and parents to explore a different age-appropriate children's book through creative drama, and then bring the books to life by acting them out in your own words. Best for ages 4 & up, FREE, but tickets are limited (register thru Wheaton Library Interim Branch to for tickets in-person or call 240-777-0678. Tickets will be available up to the program's start time while spaces remain. (Other upcoming dates: Saturday, March 18 & Saturday, April 22).

02/07/2017 - 9:32pm

On February 18 (8-10pm) six DC-area professional theatre companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours - then be presented at the 13th annual PLAY IN A DAY, a one-of-a-kind event produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District at Imagination Stage. Participating theatre companies include: Adventure Theatre MTC (Glen Echo, MD); Flying V (Bethesda, MD); Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD); Keegan Theatre (Washington, D.C.); Rorschach Theatre (Washington, D.C.) and Round House Theatre (Bethesda, MD). General admission tix $15. More information/advance tix - 301/215-6660 or Bethesda Urban Partnership.

02/07/2017 - 4:40pm

Peter and the Starcathcer at Constellation Theatre Company holds a Pay-What-You-Can preview Thurs, February 9, 8:30pm. All tickets for this performance available at the door on a first come, first served basis starting 1 hour before curtain.

02/02/2017 - 12:25pm

The Gin Game at MetroStage in Alexandria, VA has Pay-What-You-Can performance's Thurs, 2/2 and Fri, 2/3 at 8pm - $10 min, cash only, at the door, no advance sales. The production starring Roz White and Doug Brown runs thru March 12.

01/31/2017 - 9:58pm

Monday February 6 at 7:30pm join We Happy Few Productions at The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for a FREE staged reading of Henry IV (both parts). In true We Happy fashion, this adaptation combines the two parts of Shakespeare’s Henry IV into one play, in which the weight of war alters everyone, from kings and princes to tavern wenches and thieves. Adapted and directed by WHF co-founder Hannah Todd, this is the perfect way to get revved up to see their Henry V production this Spring. There will be drinks and a raffle as part of the reading evening.