What We've Heard

11/03/2020 - 4:19pm

Studio Theatre launches its first foray into audio plays - Studio in Your Ears Audio Plays - with an adaptation of "Kings," the fast-talking political drama by Sarah Burgess it staged in 2018, a lacerating comedy with snappy dialogue and a shrewd look at where power really sits in our government. Coinciding with the contentious 2020 election, "Kings" is now streaming for FREE. We'll also introduce the world premiere of Ike Holter's Studio-commissioned audio play "I Hate It Here: Stories from the End of the Old World" in Winter 2020.

11/03/2020 - 4:08pm

FOREWORD: A New Works Series was born out of Prologue Theatre's desire to employ artists and create artistic work in our community during a time when live theatre is not an option for many.​ From a nationwide call for submissions of new, original, full-length plays, five were chosen for virtual developmental workshops thru March with the first public reading November 13 of "Secret Hour." Each workshop have a virtual live reading. Free with a suggested donation of $10 for each of the workshop readings. Other dates December 11, January 15, February 12 & March 12.

11/02/2020 - 12:05pm

Rorschach Theatre presents "Distance Frequencies Immersive Experiences" - a season-long immersive experience unfolding across the DC-area landscape starting October 2020. "Distance Frequencies" harnesses the power of the built and the natural world to create a visceral piece of immersive storytelling. Each month you'll receive a map and instructions to travel to a new curated location in the DC area. Each month reveals a new location & chapter in the ongoing story; culminates in a site-specific show in July 2021. NOTE: All curated locations will be selected to intentionally avoid crowds. If you prefer not to leave homes, receive an adapted version of the instructions which can be executed from home. Purchase a complete package or in 3 installments throughout the year.

11/02/2020 - 11:42am

GALA Hispanic Theatre’s production of "El perro del hortelano (The Dog in the Manger)", kicks off the theatre's 45th anniversary season and the reopening for LIVE performances (with strict safety precautions) - Oct 29-Nov 22, 2020. The 1618 classic by Lope de Vega, master of Spain’s Golden Age is adapted by Paco Gámez and directed by José Zayas as a smart comedy exploring love, fidelity and class with wry wit. “Four hundred years later,” says Hugo Medrano, GALA’s Producing Artistic Director, “the power of Lope’s stories and his insight into the pain and joy of the human experience still speak to us today.” In Spanish with English surtitles. Reservations are necessary with limited patron capacity. Tickets $45. Senior tickets (65+), Student/Military tickets $30. Groups (10+) $30.

11/01/2020 - 8:00pm

Synetic Theater presents JOY (thru November 8). In this intimate and personal experience, audiences receive a surprise package in the mail inviting them to enjoy interactive solo performances that stimulate the senses and examine the impact of joy in our own lives. Performed in two separate but parallel versions​ conceived and adapted by Christopher Rushing and presented via Zoom. Veteran company member Vato Tsikurishvili and audience-favorite Maria Simpkins star in these autobiographical​ experiences ​about the discovery of joy in their lives. (can be viewed with or without the interactive prop kit). Tickets $25-69, discounts for students, seniors, active military personnel, veterans.

10/30/2020 - 5:20pm

Shakespeare Theatre Company presents "Shakespeare Hour LIVE!" events in which you can join Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg for online tours through various corners of the Shakespeare universe. Each week, Simon and Drew will examine the world of Shakespeare and our own by discussing two plays from the Shakespearean canon with special guests and friends of the STC extended family. These live conversations will be on Zoom - thru November 25 (and past events streaming online). FREE.

10/30/2020 - 3:37pm

Theater Alliance presents "A Protest in Eight" starting October 27 and thru November 3 - a series of eight short plays via film about legislative changes that will address the systemic oppression of Black folx in America. Opens October 27 with The Obedient Mirage by Roney Jones. Each premiere is at 8pm and has a corresponding conversation at 9pm on Facebook Live. Tickets $5 plus other discounts for students/seniors/military and those in Theater Alliance's Anacostia neighborhood.

10/29/2020 - 3:50pm

We Happy Few at Home presents Poe Audio-Plays for the season. We Happy Few at Home is an audio experience that will stimulate the senses, provoke the imagination, and stir up fear in the hearts of the most reckless - bringing you four tales of terror spread over two audio broadcasts (Episodes of Audio-Plays released October 16 & October 28): #1 includes The Masque of the Red Death & The Cask of Amontillado; #2 includes The Tell-Tale Heart and The Premature Burial. You will be invited to delve deeper into the macabre world of Edgar Allan Poe by electing to enjoy EXTRAS, optional experience-building materials. $10 per episode and for extras.

10/29/2020 - 12:35pm

Join Studio Theatre for Psalm's Salons, their virtual dance parties with conversation in collaboration with director, educator, theatre-maker—and now digital emcee—Psalmayene 24. The digital salons are an online gathering space to highlight the work of Black creatives, signal boost local and Black-owned businesses, and kick back to live music by DJ Nick tha 1da. NEXT: November 20 (5-6pm). Past episodes now streaming. FREE

10/29/2020 - 11:31am

Creative Cauldron's Summer Cabaret and Concert Series is over but you can still enjoy many of them virtually including 2020 Helen Hayes Award winner Nora Palka (Oct 2 8pm), Wesley Diener (Oct 9 8pm), Seán Heely (Oct 16 8pm), Abby Middleton (Oct 23 8pm), Griefcat (Oct 30 8pm). Tickets $15 or sponsor levels (60% of the net proceeds goes directly to artists).

10/27/2020 - 3:43pm

MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY OF DC presents "Dear Mapel' October 26 then streaming til October 31. "Dear Mapel" is the first development project Helen Hayes Award recipient Psalmayene 24 undertakes with Mosaic Theater during his residency. Mosaic will workshop, develop, and present recorded excerpts of this World Premiere, autobiographical solo show in two parts. On October 26 Mosaic will premiere the ticketed video event free of charge, now streaming. A second installment will be presented Spring 2021. The play centers Psalm's relationship with his deceased father through a series of letters (both real and imagined), and asks if we can ever alter relationships we have with those who have died.

10/24/2020 - 11:35am

Arena Stage presents live outdoor performances of "Fannie Lou Hammer: Speak on It!" by Cheryl L. West, October 23-30. Free tickets available but capacity is limited. "Speak on It!" is a captivating call to action and look at the impassioned freedom fighter who became one of the most powerful female voices of the civil and voting rights movements, played by Helen Hayes award-winner E. Faye Butler (Carousel, Ain’t Misbehavin’). At the Transit Pier Floating Stage at The Wharf. Approximately 50 minutes with no intermission. Limited socially distanced seating and other protocols required.

10/20/2020 - 11:56am

Shake up your weeknight routine with our new conversation series, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s Wonderlist Conversation Series, where we ask the folks who inspire us to chat about what’s currently inspiring them - hosted by Artistic Director Maria Manuela Goyanes. The Wonderlist continues on October 28 (5-6pm) with guest Toshi Reagon, a singer, musician, composer, producer and curator, who has been described by Vibe magazine as "one helluva rock'n'roller-coaster ride" and by PopMatters.com as "a treasure waiting to be found, Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that is dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music." At her quadrennial Post-Election Day show, Reagon will be joined by special guests to address the future of America.” Past episodes are also streaming.

10/15/2020 - 12:41pm

Now extended to Nov. 1, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Telephonic Literary Union repurpose the customer service hotline for stranger, more tender use in "Human Resources", an intimate audio anthology for remote times. "Human Resources" is the debut production of Woolly’s new digital season, Woolly on Demand, that accompanies its in-person offerings. "Woolly Mammoth is here to expand the definition of the theatrical experience, and Human Resources does exactly that, all from the safety of your own home.” Telephonic Literary Union makes stories for very small audiences using phones, thoughtfully curated environments, and the theater of the mind. Featuring new works by Brittany K. Allen, Christopher Chen, Hansol Jung and Zeniba Now, wherever you’re calling from, Human Resources is here for you. To file a claim or plan your escape, dial 1-800-804-1573. Tickets $7.

10/09/2020 - 4:25pm

Thru October 11, Round House Theatre offers "American Dreams" a live, interactive event of a government-run game show where contestants compete for the ultimate prize: instant citizenship to the United States. As a member of the online studio audience, you get to decide which of three hopeful immigrants most deserves the privilege of joining “the greatest nation on earth.” Tickets $30. Also, on October 13 (7pm), catch Round House's Free Virtual Town Hall “What does it mean to be a citizen?” to continue the conversation on issues explored in the 'American Dreams" Moderated by retired ABC-7 News Anchor and Marriott executive Kathleen Matthews, this live roundtable discussion asks a panel of experts and advocates to share their stories, weigh in on immigration rights in the US with a community Q&A session.

10/01/2020 - 12:58pm

After careful planning and consideration, NextStop Theatre Company announces Parking Lot Concerts thru October 31 (Sats at 7:30pm). This special, limited series of outdoor concerts features some of the most talented and acclaimed performers in our history, transforminng the parking lot outside their building into an intimate outdoor venue and wine garden, with socially-distant, cafe-style seating for 40 patrons. Pack a meal, bring take out, or order from a local restaurant. NextStop will also offer beer, wine, and other soft drinks at their outdoor bar, arranged specially for these performances. Tickets $80 (table for two) or limited number of “standing room single stools” available for $40.

10/01/2020 - 12:34pm

Solas Nua, the DC based Irish arts organization, has commissioned and presents a digital theatre world premiere. The play by Jeremy Keith Hunter, entitled with emojis, is an innovative blend of theatre and technology and an exploration of digital language, humorously showcasing how it helps and hinders human communication. Audiences are a part of the story in the participatory production that multi-tasks with a laptop and a smartphone. Both are not required, but dual devices are recommended for the optimal experience. October 1-11, tickets $20.

09/20/2020 - 12:04pm

Arena Stage presents Molly’s Salon, with Artistic Director Molly Smith, each Thursday (7pm, then streaming) and features artists and leaders of Arena Stage. These 30 minute weekly conversations will include some of the best thinkers and creative firebrands as they discuss new ideas they are excited about and glimmers of hope for the future. FREE.

09/20/2020 - 11:56am

Check out Signature Theatre's episodes of "The Signature Show", a biweekly half-hour digital experience featuring performances by acclaimed artists, interviews, celebration of new musical voices and tributes to the past, present and future of the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre. Episodes feature performances and interviews and you can catch them every two weeks on Signature's YouTube channel. FREE

09/02/2020 - 10:14pm

MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY OF DC in partnership with the DC Public Libraries (DCPL), will host a series of FREE workshops teaching the basics of playwriting (September 3, 10 & 17, 2020 at 7pm). Over three sessions, writers will build upon the neighborhood oral history project already begun by the DCPL, and focus on how to create plays using interviews and oral recordings. A DCPL representative will spend approximately 10 minutes of each workshop familiarizing participants with DCPL’s collection of oral recordings. By the end of the series, participants will have started (if not completed) a draft of their own play based on historical recordings. Sessions taught by Gethsemane Herron-Coward and James J Johnson (JJ) and are 90 minutes long.