What We've Heard

05/23/2018 - 6:28pm

Theater J offers Pay-What-You-Can previews for "Trayf" on May 30 and 31 at 7:30pm, and $30 discounted shows on June 2 at 8pm & June 3 at 7:30pm. Zalmy lives a double life: by day, he’s the rebbe’s loyal foot soldier, driving a tricked-out “Mitzvah Tank” through NYC with his best friend Shmuel. By night, he sneaks away from his Orthodox community to roller-skate, dance in discos, and listen to rock and roll. But when he befriends a zealous young man eager to be his student, the barrier between Zalmy’s two worlds starts to crack.

05/10/2018 - 4:35pm

Folger Theatre offers a Pay-What-You-Will performance of Bedlam's "ferocious" 4-person cast of Shaw's SAINT JOAN this Sunday 5/13 at 7pm. Tickets available at the box office beginning at 5pm. Performances begin on Saturday and run thru June 10.

05/08/2018 - 10:43am

Spooky Action Theater presents THE SMALL ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS starting with PayWhatYouCan performances on May 17 & 18 at 8pm. By Canadian writer Carole Fréchette, the play will be staged for the first time in Washington DC directed by The Hub Theatre Artistic Director Helen Murray. Performances run thru June 10.

05/07/2018 - 4:11pm

Imagination Stage and Hispanic Heritage Foundation partner with Catholic University’s School of Theology and Religious Studies to host two special performances of Óyeme written by playwright Miriam Gonzales – a powerful and timely play about the spiritual, emotional, and physical journey of unaccompanied minors, refugees, and other immigrants – on May 15th on Capitol Hill and at Catholic University. Performances followed by panel discussion of experts and activists; free and open to the public. Óyeme on Capitol Hill May 15, 9–10:30am, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room 201, First St NE; Óyeme at Catholic University, School of Theology & Religious Studies May 15, 6-8pm, Pryzbyla University Center.

04/30/2018 - 1:50pm

theatreWashington followers - get 50% off with promo code THEATRE10 for $10 tickets to Folger Theatre's upcoming evening of lively theater talk May 16 at 7pm. Washington Post chief theater critic Peter Marks sits down with director Eric Tucker (Sense & Sensibility, Saint Joan, Hamlet) to discuss bringing classic authors such as Shakespeare, Austen, and Shaw to the stage for a modern audience. They'll discuss Tucker's staging of "Saint Joan" at the Folger, the success of Eric’s Bedlam theater in New York, and more. An audience Q&A follows.

04/30/2018 - 1:42pm

Join American Pops Orchestra for Cole Porter's timeless songs at "Let's Misbehave: Cole Porter After Dark" on May 19th at Arena Stage, May 19 8pm. Featuring pop star Betty Who, Tony nominee Liz Callaway, Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera on Broadway), Vishal Vaidya (Groundhog Day on Broadway), Helen Hayes Award recipient Bobby Smith and Luke Hawkins (America's Got Talent). Tix from $20.

04/18/2018 - 5:52pm

Following the 2 PM matinee performance of THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE on Saturday, April 21, join Constellation Theatre Company and special guest Andreas Ströhl for a discussion about the life and work of playwright Bertolt Brecht. Q&A Session to follow. Free and open to all ticketholders for any performance of THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE.

04/16/2018 - 4:02pm

Folger Shakespeare Library holds their annual Shakespeare's Birthday Open House on Sun, Apr 22, 12-4pm. This family-friendly event features sword-fighting demonstrations, Shakespeare performances, music, crafts, and free birthday cake for all.

04/15/2018 - 3:32pm

Attention Theatre Technicians (or share with those you know who might be interested): The 2018 DC Theatre Technician Cattle Call will be held on Sun, April 22 and Mon, April 23 at Sidney Harman Hall from 9AM - 6PM. Sign Language interpreters will be available on both days from 2 - 4PM. All Monday Appointment Slots Are Full - But there are still slots available on Sunday. Sunday devoted to Carpenters, Electricians, Audio & Video Engineers, Props Artisans and Painters. Monday devoted to Costume Technicians, Makeup Artists, Stage Managers and those who fall into other categories but are on run crew for shows. Full details at DC Theatre Technician Cattle Call.

04/11/2018 - 5:37pm

Various theatres will present readings of NATURAL SHOCKS, a new play by Lauren Gunderson. She's made NATURAL SHOCKS available royalty-free for local readings across the US to raise money to address gun violence the weekend of April 20, 2018—the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting and the day of the National School Walkout. WSC Avant Bard's presentation is Mon, April 23, 7:30 pm at 1st Stage in Tysons. Admission is free, all donations collected will be sent to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a 501(c)4 and part of Everytown for Gun Safety. Donations to Moms Demand Action may also be made online directly to a local state chapter. Other readings are April 20, 2pm from Tonic Theater Company at The Kogod Cradle/Arena Stage featuring Lise Bruneau; and April 30, 6pm at Round House Theatre featuring Beth Hylton

04/08/2018 - 3:28pm

Solas Nua holds a free play reading of The Seedbed by Bryan Delany on April 16, 7pm, in the Dupont Underground. The reading is directed by Matt Torney and features Helen Hayes Award recipient Rick Foucheux, David Bishins, Catherine Eaton, and Emily Kester. A Talk-back discussion with the playwright follows. Come early to view the Solas Nua art exhibit at Dupont Underground, Sights & Sounds of Ireland today. The biggest video art exhibition in the history of Washington, DC.

04/04/2018 - 11:31am

Sun, April 8 at The Atlas, Rorschach Theatre presents 3 staged readings of brand new plays from three exciting emerging playwrights for the first MAGIC IN ROUGH SPACES reading series. There will be enhanced design components to give a taste of what a full production might feel like and an opportunity to talk with artists in a post-show conversation following each play. All readings are FREE but RSVPs are recommended. SING TO ME NOW by Iris Dauterman @ 12pm; FAITH IN A FALLEN WORLD by Georgette Kelly @ 4pm; TRANSFERAL by Jack Novak @ 8pm.

04/03/2018 - 3:30pm

Theater J offers Pay-What-You-Can previews for "Roz and Ray" on April 3 and 4. Plus, there are $30 discounted performances on April 7 & 8 to take advantage of as well. "Roz and Ray," a gripping medical drama about a doctor at the onset of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, is directed by Theater J's artistic director Adam Immerwahr and stars Susan Rome and Tom Story.

03/29/2018 - 2:48pm

In conversation with Theater Alliance’s recent production of "The Raid" by Idris Goodwin, DC playwrights were asked to consider a woman from any time period and inspired by the history of activism in the US. They'll be presenting a night of selected new 10-minute plays by local playwrights Kayla Parker, Ebony Custis, Natalie Piegari, Heather Gibson, and Jackie Madejski on Mon, April 2 at 8pm.

03/29/2018 - 2:39pm

Flying V presents Awesome-a-Thon, a Joss Whedon Musical - Double Feature April 8. A live performance of ONCE MORE WITH FEELING and DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-A-LONG BLOG. 24 straight hours of Flying V programming featuring work from the past, present, and future of your Friendly Neighborhood Indie Theatre. Come for an hour or come for the whole day. Admission is a PayWhatYouCan suggested donation at the door.

03/28/2018 - 2:49pm

Dance Like a Star! Helen Hayes Nominated choreographer Ilona Kessell will lead a beginner's dance workshop March 31 that even the most timid of wallflowers will grasp with ease for Constellation Theatre Company. (All experience levels are encouraged to attend this relaxed and welcoming class). Participation is $25/person.

03/20/2018 - 9:05pm

Join Guillotine Theatre March 22 6:30pm at Busboys & Poets (Takoma Park) presents "Lysistrata in Jerusalem," a new play by Jean R. Freedman with Abeer Shehadeh -presented as part of the eleventh annual SWAN Day. Jean R. Freedman has updated Aristophanes' classic comedy in which women from warring city-states band together and refuse to have sex with their men until a peace treaty is signed. Lysistrata in Jerusalem brings this strategy to the contemporary Middle East, creating a world in which Israeli and Palestinian women seek to end the conflict by taking matters into their own hands. Admission is free, and the reading is open to the Public.

03/20/2018 - 8:13pm

Rorschach Theatre holds Pay-What-You-Can performances this week for their new production of 410[GONE] by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. Catch it on FRI 3/23 at 8PM, SAT 3/24 at 8PM or SUN 3/25 at 7PM. PWYC tickets are only available in person at the Atlas box office, one hour prior to show. Preview tickets sold ahead of time are full price.

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.