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FE­BRU­ARY 6 Mo­saic The­ater Com­pany: “Ism: A Tragi­com­edy”

A sketch show compiled by Anu Ya­dav and di­rected by Paige Her­nan­dez. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Through Feb. 7.

7 “King Charles III”

The re­gional de­but of Mike Bartlett’s award-win­ning play that ex­plores what Eng­land would be like if Prince Charles be­came king. At Shake­speare The­atre. Through March 12.

“Mack, Beth”

Shake­speare’s tragedy up­dated for the 21st cen­tury by Chris Stezin. At Kee­gan The­atre. Through Feb. 11.

Con­stel­la­tion The­atre Com­pany: “Peter and the Star­catcher”

The Tony Award-win­ning pre­quel to J. M. Bar­rie’s “Peter Pan.” At Source The­atre. Through March 12.

10 Hap­pen­stance The­ater: “Thresh­old”

The troupe ex­plores the con­cept of tran­si­tion­ing us­ing text, sound, phys­i­cal the­ater and more. At Joe’s Move­ment Em­po­rium.

“I Love You Be­cause”

A mod­ern ver­sion of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prej­u­dice” star­ring a greet­ing-card writer. Pre­sented in part­ner­ship with Da­m­as­cus The­atre Com­pany. At Arts Barn. Through Feb. 26.

“The Fresh­est Snow Whyte”

The Dis­ney princess is reimag­ined as a graf­fiti artist in the year 3000. At Imag­i­na­tion Stage. Through March 18.

15 “H2O”

An in­ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tor is cast as Ham­let and finds a de­vout Chris­tian ac­tress to act as Ophe­lia. At Rep Stage, Howard Com­mu­nity Col­lege. Through March 5.

“The Tam­ing of the Shrew”

A mod­ern retelling of the Bard’s com­edy, with Hol­ly­wood so­cialites. At Sy­netic The­ater. Through March 19.

“The Tro­jan Woman”

A cast of women from Taf­fety Punk The­atre Com­pany’s Riot Gr­rrls takes on the Euripi­des tragedy set dur­ing the Pelo­pon­nesian War. At Capi­tol Hill Arts Work­shop. Through March 4.

“The How and The Why”

Critic Celia Wren called the twochar­ac­ter play an “ab­sorb­ing and brainy drama.” The show is writ­ten by Sarah Treem, cre­ator of the HBO drama “The Af­fair.” At The­ater J. Through March 12.

18 Play In A Day

A se­ries of short plays writ­ten over the course of 24 hours by six lo­cal the­ater com­pa­nies. At Imag­i­na­tion Stage.


A pro­duc­tion by El­e­va­tor Re­pair Ser­vice based on Ernest Hem­ing­way’s first novel. At Shake­speare The­atre. Through April 2.

19 The Vagina Mono­logue East of the River

Ticket pro­ceeds will go to Cal­vary Women’s Ser­vices, a women’s shel­ter in the District that pro­vides hous­ing, health and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices for home­less women in the area. At Ana­cos­tia Arts Cen­ter.

23 WSC Avant Bard: “The Gospel at Colonus”

Jen­nifer L. Nel­son, with E’Mar­cus Harper-Short, presents the AfricanAmer­i­can-mu­si­cal take on the Greek tragedy. At Gun­ston Arts Cen­ter The­ater II. Through March 26.

24 2017 In­ter­sec­tions Fes­ti­val

The fes­ti­val fea­tures more than 100 dance, mu­sic and the­atre per­for­mances by lo­cal artists and com­pa­nies. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Through March 5.


A world pre­miere of Jac­que­line E. Law­ton’s po­lit­i­cal thriller about a covert op­er­a­tive who is abroad when her cover is blown. At Arena Stage. Through April 9.

25 “The Giver”

Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel is staged by Eric Coble. At Nex­tS­top The­atre Com­pany. Through March 12.

28 “Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing”

Emmy and Tony Award win­ner De­bra Monk stars as the tone-death Mrs. Miller, a char­ac­ter mod­eled af­ter singer Elva Miller. At Sig­na­ture The­atre. Through March 26.

MARCH 1 “Fickle: A Fancy French Farce”

Play­wright Meg Mirosh­nik’s mod­ern take on the 18th-cen­tury French ro­man­tic com­edy “The Dou­ble In­con­stancy.” At Ol­ney The­atre Cen­ter. Through March 26.

8 “Three Sis­ters/No Sis­ters”

Fea­tures two con­cur­rent Chekhov dra­mas: “Three Sis­ters,” di­rected by Jack­son Gay, and “No Sis­ters,” di­rected by Aaron Pos­ner. At Stu­dio The­atre. Through April 23.

10 “Dog­fight”

A mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of Nancy Sav­oca’s 1991 film about a group of ser­vice­men who cel­e­brate their last night in San Fran­cisco be­fore they leave to Viet­nam. At Arts Barn.

Through March 26.

11 “Pa­rade”

The Tony Award-win­ning mu­si­cal about a man wrongly ac­cused of mur­der. At Kee­gan The­atre. Through April 8.

“A Pri­mate’s Mem­oir”

A play adap­ta­tion of bi­ol­o­gist Robert M. Sapol­sky’s book. Di­rected by Ryan Maxwell. At Source The­atre.


The Tony-win­ning mu­si­cal based on E. L. Doc­torow’s 1975 novel. At Ford’s The­atre. Through May 20.

Renée Flem­ing VOICES: Les­lie Odom Jr.

“Hamil­ton” alum Les­lie Odom Jr. per­forms tracks from his new, self­ti­tled solo al­bum. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Eisen­hower The­ater.

13 Séneca: “Ratón de Bi­b­lioteca (The Li­brary Mouse)”

A bilin­gual mu­si­cal about an un­likely friend­ship be­tween a mouse, a cat and a dog. At Gala His­panic The­atre. Through March 25.

14 “Mid­west­ern Gothic”

A new mu­si­cal from Royce Vavrek about a woman’s mis­sion to leave her iso­lated, ru­ral com­mu­nity. At Sig­na­ture The­atre. Through April 30.

16 Ex Machina/Robert Lepage: “Nee­dles and Opium”

A reimag­in­ing of Lepage’s ground­break­ing show. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Eisen­hower The­ater. Through March 18.


The­ater Al­liance uses dif­fer­ent nar­ra­tives to ex­plore the con­cept of mi­gra­tion. At Ana­cos­tia Play­house. Through April 9.

Fo­rum The­atre: “What Ev­ery Girl Should Know” and “Dry Land”

The plays tackle fe­male friend­ship and women fac­ing adult­hood. At Sil­ver Spring Black Box The­atre. Through April 15.

17 “Beach Week”

An orig­i­nal play by Diana Met­zger about the lo­cal area high school tra­di­tion. At Round House The­atre. Through March 19.

18 “Grug and the Rain­bow”

Aus­tralia’s Wind­mill The­atre’s lat­est pro­duc­tion was in­spired by Ted Prior’s pic­ture book. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Fam­ily The­ater. Through March 19.

21 An Evening of Kyo­gen

A night of Kyo­gen, a form of comic the­ater, pre­sented by the Shigeyama Kyo­gen Troupe. At Li­brary of Congress, Jef­fer­son Build­ing, Coolidge Au­di­to­rium.

Teatro El Público: “Antigonón, un con­tin­gente épico”

Writ­ten by Ro­ge­lio Ori­zondo, the leg­end of Antigone is reimag­ined with old and new Cuban fig­ures. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Eisen­hower The­ater. Through March 22.

23 Back to Methuse­lah: “As Far As Thought Can Reach”

The fi­nal act of Ge­orge Bernard Shaw’s cy­cle, which ex­am­ines hu­man­ity from Eden to the fu­ture, is pre­sented by the Wash­ing­ton Stage Guild. At Mount Ver­non Place United Methodist Church, Un­der­croft The­atre. Through April 16.

“The Night Alive”

The 2013 drama by Ir­ish con­tem­po­rary poet Conor McPher­son is staged by Scena The­atre. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Through April 9.


Tony Award win­ner Lisa Kron’s au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal play that ex­plores her re­la­tion­ship with her mother. At 1st Stage. Through April 23.

24 “One Woman Sex & The City”

Re­live your fa­vorite mo­ments from the pop­u­lar com­edy in this onewoman par­ody show. At Amp by Strath­more.

Su­lay­man Al Bas­sam: “Petrol Sta­tion”

Set in a de­serted gas sta­tion, Bas­sam’s drama uses the Arab Gulf states as its back­drop. World pre­miere. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Eisen­hower The­ater. Through March 26.

27 “Pike St.”

A mono­logue about a Lower East Side neigh­bor­hood that unites in the lead-up to a storm. At Woolly Mam­moth The­atre. Through April 23.

29 Mo­saic The­ater: “The Blood Knot”

Athol Fu­gard’s mul­ti­lay­ered tale about two bira­cial broth­ers in South Africa’s apartheid era. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Lang The­atre. Through April 30.

“Nutt and Bolt”

Two ro­bot ri­vals learn to work as a team in this chil­dren’s pro­duc­tion. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Through April 2.

Peter Brook’s “Bat­tle­field”

Di­rec­tor Peter Brook’s lat­est work is in­spired by the civil war in Syria. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Fam­ily The­ater. Through April 2.

30 “Arg­onau­tika”

Play­wright Mary Zim­mer­man re­shapes the fa­mous Greek epic poem about Ja­son and the Arg­onauts’ jour­ney to re­trieve the Golden Fleece. At Greenberg The­atre. Through April 1.

31 1“A Raisin in the Sun”

A stag­ing of Lor­raine Hans­berry’s ground­break­ing Broad­way play about a black fam­ily liv­ing in Chicago’s South Side in 1959. At Arena Stage. Through May 7.

APRIL 1 Aquila The­atre’s “The Tro­jan War: Our War­rior Cho­rus”

A nar­ra­tive that weaves mod­ern war sto­ries with clas­sic Ro­man and Greek myths. At McLean Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, Alden The­atre.

4 “Chicago”

A stag­ing of the six-time Tony Award-win­ning mu­si­cal about a Chicago house­wife who dreams of mak­ing it big in vaude­ville. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Opera House. Through April 16.

6 “Dot: A Ro­to­plas­tic Bal­let”

Point­less The­atre’s pro­duc­tion about the last sur­viv­ing hu­man in a world run by ma­chines. At Flash­Point. Through May 6. “K2” Two moun­tain-climbers find them­selves stranded just be­low the world’s sec­ond-high­est peak. At Nex­tS­top The­atre Com­pany. Through April 30. Mo­saic The­ater: “A Hu­man Be­ing Died That Night” A play based on psy­chol­o­gist’s Pumla Go­bodo-Madik­izela’s in­ter­ac­tions with the South African apartheid-era as­sas­sin Eu­gene de Kock. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Lang The­atre. Through April 30.

7 “Doubt, a Parable”

Quo­tid­ian The­atre Com­pany presents the Pulitzer-win­ning play about a nun who sus­pects a priest of sex­ual mis­con­duct. At the Writer’s Cen­ter. Through May 7.

8 “Brighton Beach Mem­oirs”

The first chap­ter of play­wright Neil Si­mon’s semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal tril­ogy about com­ing of age in Brook­lyn is staged. At The­ater J. Through May 7.

12 “The Magic Play”

He­len Hayes Award-win­ner An­drew Hin­der­aker’s play about a tal­ented young ma­gi­cian and his need for con­trol. At Ol­ney The­atre Cen­ter. Through May 7.


A for­mer spy, Aphra Behn hopes to launch a new ca­reer as a play­wright. Di­rected by Aaron Pos­ner. At Round House The­atre. Through May 7.

14 “The Late Wed­ding”

Play­wright’s Christo­pher Chen’s in­ven­tive take on Italo Calvino’s

“In­vis­i­ble Cities.” At the Hub The­atre, the New School of North­ern Vir­ginia. Through May 7.

“Smart Peo­ple”

Set on the eve of Pres­i­dent Obama’s first elec­tion, Ly­dia Di­a­mond’s provoca­tive play deals with racial bias, class and science. Seema Sueko di­rects. At Arena Stage. Through May 21.

18 “Fun Home”

The five-time Tony-win­ning mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of Al­li­son Bechdel’s 2006 graphic mem­oir. At Na­tional The­atre. Through May 13.

20 “In the Heights”

The Span­ish ver­sion of Lin-Manuel Mi­randa’s first hit Broad­way mu­si­cal about Wash­ing­ton Heights in New York. English sub­ti­tles of­fered. At Gala His­panic The­atre. Through May 21.

21 Rorschach The­atre: “For­got­ten King­doms”

Set in In­done­sia, a rev­erend tries to con­vert his com­mu­nity leader’s son. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Through May 21.

22 “The Jun­gle Book”

A play in­spired by Rud­yard Ki­pling’s story. At Imag­i­na­tion Stage. Through May 28.

25 “Mac­beth”

Liesl Tommy di­rects the Shake­spearean tragedy. At Har­man Cen­ter for the Arts, Sid­ney Har­man Hall. Through May 28.

26 “Do­rian’s Closet”

A mu­si­cal based on the life of Do­rian Corey, an Amer­i­can drag queen and star of the doc­u­men­tary “Paris Is Burn­ing.” At Rep Stage, Howard Com­mu­nity Col­lege. Through May 14.

Maly Drama The­atre: “Three Sis­ters”

Lev Dodin teams up with Maly Drama The­atre of St. Peters­burg to show­case Chekhov’s work. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Eisen­hower The­ater. Through April 30.

MAY 4 Con­stel­la­tion The­atre Com­pany: “The Ara­bian Nights”

A pro­duc­tion of Mary Zim­mer­man’s play, adapted from “The Book of One Thou­sand and One Nights.” At Source The­atre. Through June 4.


A leg­endary Broad­way per­former copes with the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease dur­ing the run of her one-woman show. At Cre­ative Caul­dron. Through May 28.

6 “Out­side Mullingar”

A ro­man­tic com­edy, set in ru­ral Ire­land, about two mid­dle-aged mis­fits. At Kee­gan The­atre. Through May 28.

9 “Je­sus Christ Su­per­star”

An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s rock opera is staged. At Sig­na­ture The­atre. Through July 2.

“Ti­mon of Athens”

A rare pro­duc­tion of Shake­speare’s play about a man who leaves Athens to live in the wilder­ness. At Fol­ger The­atre. Through June 11.

10 1“The Hunch­back of Notre Dame”

Vic­tor Hugo’s gothic novel is staged by artis­tic di­rec­tor Paata Tsikur­ishvili. At Sy­netic The­ater. Through June 11.

11 “The Man Who”

A stage adap­ta­tion of neu­rol­o­gist Oliver Sacks’s best-sell­ing book “The Man Who Mis­took His Wife for a Hat.” At Spooky Ac­tion The­ater. Through June 4.

12 “Nearly Lear”

A one-woman show per­formed by Su­sanna Ham­nett from the per­spec­tive of King Lear’s fool. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Fam­ily The­ater. Through May 14.

15 Scena The­atre: “Fear Eats the Soul”

The U.S. pre­miere of the staged adap­ta­tion of Rainer Werner Fass­binder’s film about an un­likely bond be­tween an el­derly Ger­man woman and Moroc­can mi­grant worker in post-war Ger­many. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Through June 4.

17 “Top­dog /Un­der­dog”

For the first time, the 2002 Pulitzer-win­ing drama will star two ac­tresses, Dawn Ur­sula and Jes­sica Frances Dukes, in the lead roles that were orig­i­nally writ­ten for men. At Ol­ney The­atre Cen­ter. Through June 18.

18 Mo­saic The­ater: “Ulysses on Bot­tles”

An Is­raeli-Arab teacher is ar­rested af­ter an at­tempt to en­ter the Gaza Strip on a raft made of plas­tic bot­tles. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Lang The­atre. Through June 11.

20 “Sioux Falls”

Three women’s lives con­verge in Sioux Falls, S.D., at the only abor­tion clinic in the state. At Flash­Point. Through June 11.


A young boy con­sid­ers com­mit­ting sui­cide by jump­ing off his school’s roof but finds courage within him­self to con­front his demons. At Kennedy Cen­ter, Fam­ily The­ater. Through May 21.

22 “HIR”

Tay­lor Mac’s gen­der-bend­ing dram­edy about a dys­func­tional fam­ily. At Woolly Mam­moth The­atre. Through June 18.

25 “Urine­town, the Mu­si­cal”

A town takes dras­tic mea­sures and bans pri­vate toi­lets in this po­lit­i­cal satir­i­cal mu­si­cal. At Nex­tS­top The­atre Com­pany. Through June 25.

WSC Avant Bard: “King Lear”

Rick Foucheux takes on the ti­tle role in the Shake­spearean clas­sic. At Gun­ston Arts Cen­ter The­ater II. Through June 25.

JUNE 1 Pal­las The­atre Col­lec­tive: “Crazy Mary Lin­coln”

A new po­lit­i­cal mu­si­cal about the for­mer first lady. At Cap­i­tal Fringe Trinidad The­atre. Through June 18.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bot­tom”

Au­gust Wil­son’s mas­ter­piece, set in a Chicago record­ing stu­dio in the late-1920s, ex­plores racism and the ex­ploita­tion of black artists. At 1st Stage. Through June 25.

OPEN “As You Like It”

A retelling of the Shake­spearean com­edy, di­rected by Gaye Tay­lor Upchurch. At Fol­ger The­atre. Through March 5.

“Baby Screams Mir­a­cle”

A fam­ily is thrown into chaos when a deadly storm hits their com­mu­nity. At Woolly Mam­moth The­atre. Through Feb. 26.

“Caro­line, or Change”

Tony Kush­ner’s Tony Award-win­ning mu­si­cal ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a black maid and a Jewish boy in Louisiana in 1963. At Round House The­atre. Through Feb. 26. “Ella En­chanted: The Mu­si­cal” A play based on the fairy tale by Gail Car­son Levine. At Glen Echo Park, Ad­ven­ture The­atre MTC. Through March 19. “Hooded: Or Be­ing Black for Dum­mies” Tru, a street-smart teen from Bal­ti­more, de­cides that Mar­quis, a brainy prep-schooler, has for­got­ten his roots and pens him a man­ual. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Through Feb. 19. “I Wanna F---ing Tear You Apart” A new friend threat­ens two room­mates — and best friends — re­la­tion­ship. At Stu­dio The­atre. Through Feb. 19. “Last Train to Ni­broc” Two peo­ple meet on an east­bound train in this ro­man­tic com­edy set in the 1940s. At Mount Ver­non Place United Methodist Church, Un­der­croft The­atre. Through Feb. 19. “Much Ado About Noth­ing” A pro­duc­tion of Shake­speare’s clas­sic dram­edy di­rected by Abi­gail Isaac Fine. At Nex­tS­top The­atre Com­pany. Through Feb. 12. “Roe” Lisa Loomer’s play about the two cen­tral fig­ures be­hind the land­mark 1973 case Roe v. Wade. At Arena Stage. Through Feb. 19. “Some­one is Go­ing to Come” The Wash­ing­ton pre­miere of the new play by Nor­we­gian drama­tist Jon Fosse. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Lang The­atre. “Sweeney Todd: The De­mon Bar­ber of Fleet Street” E. Faye But­ler teams up with ac­tor David Benoit in this dark TonyAward win­ning mu­si­cal. At Ol­ney The­atre Cen­ter. Through March 5. “The Gin Game” Roz White and Doug Brown star in the Pulitzer Prize-win­ning twop­er­son play. At MetroS­tage. Through March 12. “The Hard Prob­lem” Tom Stop­pard’s play ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween con­scious­ness and mat­ter. At Stu­dio The­atre. Through Feb. 19. “The River” Jez But­ter­worth’s haunt­ing drama is di­rected by Re­becca Hold­er­ness. At Spooky Ac­tion The­ater. Through Feb. 26. “Trevor” “Orange Is The New Black” writer Nick Jones’s play in­spired by the life and death of Travis, a for­mer show­biz chimp. At 1st Stage. Through Feb. 26. “Watch on the Rhine” Golden Globe win­ner Mar­sha Ma­son stars as Fanny Far­relly in Lil­lian Hell­man’s po­lit­i­cal thriller. At Arena Stage. Through March 5. “Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf?” Aaron Pos­ner di­rects and Holly Twyford stars as Martha in this staged pro­duc­tion of Ed­ward Al­bee’s black com­edy. At Ford’s The­atre. Through Feb. 19. “Yo Tam­bién Hablo de la Rosa (I Too Speak of the Rose)” A drama about two teens who ac­ci­den­tally de­rail a train while play­ing hooky from school. Per­formed in Span­ish with English sub­ti­tles. At Gala His­panic The­atre. Through Feb. 26.


Leg­endary stage di­rec­tor Peter Brook will re­turn in March to present “Bat­tle­field,” in­spired by the civil war in Syria, at the Kennedy Cen­ter.



Two no­table stage pro­duc­tions for spring in­clude An­ton Chekhov’s drama “Three Sis­ters,” top, which is be­ing paired with the Aaron Pos­nerdi­rected “No Sis­ters,” and the ten­der, com­pas­sion­ate and sad adap­ta­tion of Ali­son Bechdel’s graphic novel, “Fun Home,” star­ring Kate Shin­dle as adult Ali­son, above.

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