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One Destiny
Ford's Theatre
Thru October 26

Learn about President Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. Actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865.

Assassins
Signature Theatre
September 17 – 29

To kick off the 30th Anniversary season, Signature Theatre produces its 30th Sondheim musical with the daring and darkly funny Tony Award®-winning musical of the twisted American Dream.

Cats
The Kennedy Center
September 17 – October 6

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater, "Memory.”

1 Henry IV
Folger Theatre
September 17 – October 13

Honor is a two-edged sword. Prince Hal spends his days carousing in seedy taverns with criminals and lowly commoners, much to the dismay of his father, King Henry IV.

19: The Musical
National Archives
Wednesday, September 18

Join the National Archives for an advance performance of 19: The Musical, the dynamic story of Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, Susan B.

Mosaic Theatre: Fabulation or the Re-Education of Undine
Atlas Performing Arts Center
September 18 – 22

Two-time Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Lynn Nottage’s satirical tale that follows successful African-American publicist Undine, as she stumbles down the social ladder after...

Love Sick
Edlavitch DCJCC
September 18 – 29

From an extraordinary collaboration of international artists comes Love Sick, the critically-acclaimed new musical that fuses a thrilling original score, Middle-Eastern harmonics, dazzling...

Cabaret
Olney Theatre Center
September 18 – October 6

“Willkommen! And bienvenue!” to Kander and Ebb’s Tony-winning Cabaret, where the world burns brightly with desire and debauchery.

School Girls: or, The African Mean Girls Play
Round House Theatre
September 18 – October 13

“Funny and fast paced … [with] bouncy, juicy dialogue.

In Series: Butterfly
Source Theatre
September 19 – 22

INtimately experienced, Puccini's classic is given new force in a theatre experience that reveals the raw humanity behind this epic score.

Washington Improv Theater: September Road Show
DC Arts Center (DCAC)
September 19 – 22

WIT’s latest engagement at DC Arts Centers finds our company ensembles performing alongside featured ensembles like Lena Dunham and special guests like I Don’t Know Her, Goodison, and Bring Back...

La vida es sueño (Life is a Dream)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
September 19 – October 13

One of the essential works of Spanish Golden Age theater, this timeless play explores free will, fate, and tyranny.

Elephant & Piggie's We Are In A Play!
Adventure Theatre MTC
September 20 – October 27

Mo Willems award-winning, best-selling children's books jumps from page to stage as a musical experience you won’t forget! Gerald and Piggie are "bestus" friends, with Gerald taking care of all the...

Broadway Princess Party
McLean Community Center
Sunday, September 22

Brush off your tiara and unleash your inner princess with royalty in this hit concert direct from NYC! Featuring two-time Tony-nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”),...

Mike Birbiglia’s The New One
National Theatre
September 24 – 29

He’s made you laugh in Sleepwalk With Me (it was a play presented by Nathan Lane, then a movie, THEN a book), My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and “Thank God for Jokes.

Escaped Alone
Signature Theatre
September 24 – November 3

Hailed as one of the most important playwrights of our time, Caryl Churchill's (Cloud 9, Top Girls) electrifying Signature debut is a caustically funny and surreal afternoon of tea and calamity.

The Tempest
Synetic Theater
September 25 – October 20

Synetic’s legendary, cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest returns – with the famed water-filled stage and visual poetry that made the original production an unforgettable sensation...

The Royale
Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
September 25 – October 27

In 1905, Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of becoming the first African American boxer to fight for the heavyweight championship.

West by God
Keegan Theatre
September 27 – October 20

WEST BY GOD is a story about home. In a small town in the Appalachia region of West Virginia, two different families grapple with issues of grief and love, memory and identity, and with the distance...

An Evening with Audra McDonald
Center for the Arts at George Mason University
Saturday, September 28

Tony, Grammy®, and Emmy® Award winner Audra McDonald makes her Center for the Arts debut. In this concert, McDonald performs her trademark mix of hits from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

Fences
Ford's Theatre
September 28 – October 27

Set in segregated Pittsburgh in the 1950s, Fences depicts the life of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now scraping by as a sanitation worker.

Cultural Capital: In the Parlour
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, September 29

This one-act play provides an intimate view into the racial tensions that surrounded the historic Women’s Suffrage March of 1913.

Spotlight on Contemporary Spanish Theater: Women Dramatists
Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain
September 30 – November 18

Spanish theater is a reflection of the land where it is created: culturally rich, and diverse.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company
The Kennedy Center
October 1 – 6

In an evening of off-the-cuff comedy, this critically acclaimed Chicago-based ensemble creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes, based on a single audience member's...

Shear Madness
The Kennedy Center
October 1 – November 24

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,200 performances, the show has stayed in great shape.

Renée Fleming VOICES: Gavin Creel
The Kennedy Center
Thursday, October 3

Gavin made his Broadway debut originating the role of Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he received his first Tony Award® nomination.

Storm Large
AMP by Strathmore
Friday, October 4

Ironic. Witty. Brassy. Flirtatious. Enigmatic musician, actor, playwright, and author Storm Large first captivated national audiences as a contestant on the 2006 CBS show Rock Star: Supernova.

The Second City
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Friday, October 4

There is nothing quite like live sketch comedy, especially when it’s performed by the renowned satirists of The Second City.

Nemr
The Kennedy Center
Saturday, October 5

Nemr is a Lebanese/American stand-up comedian who is credited with establishing and pioneering the stand-up comedy scene throughout the Middle East.

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Sunday, October 6

Calling all space enthusiasts! Lightwire Theater Company uses glow-in-the dark puppets, electro-luminescent wire, movement, and dance to present a visually stunning theatrical experience that is out...

Peter Rabbit (TM) Tales
Center for the Arts at George Mason University
Sunday, October 6

“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were—Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter.

Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville
National Theatre
October 8 – 13

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all — and stay to find something they never expected.

Broadway Center Stage: Footloose
The Kennedy Center
October 9 – 13

Set to the rockin' rhythm of the film’s Oscar®- and Tony®-nominated top 40 score and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young...

Lunchtime with the Arts at Mason-Bernstein Does Broadway
Reston Town Center
Thursday, October 10

Mason’s School of Theater presents highlights from the groundbreaking Broadway compositions of Leonard Bernstein, composer of such hits as Candide, West Side Story and On the Town.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
Dance Loft on 14
October 10 – November 3

When CB's dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife.

Marc Maron
The Kennedy Center
Friday, October 11

For over thirty years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing comedy for print, stage, radio, online, and television.

Atlas Presents: Culture Queen's Dance Party, The Locomotion
Atlas Performing Arts Center
October 11 – 12

Join the Culture Queen as she does “The Locomotion” on a journey through the swinging ‘60’s.

Disney's Frozen, Jr.
Thomas Jefferson Theatre
October 11 – 20

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen Jr. takes us on a journey with Princesses Anna and Elsa.

Prince William Little Theatre: Judgment at Nuremberg
Hylton Performing Arts Center
October 11 – 20

This play centers around a military tribunal before which four Nazi judges stand accused of crimes against humanity.

David Sedaris
The Kennedy Center
Tuesday, October 15

Award-winning humor writer and master of satire David Sedaris returns to the Kennedy Center.

Escaped Alone - Pride Night
Signature Theatre
Friday, October 18

Hailed as one of the most important playwrights of our time, Caryl Churchill's (Cloud 9, Top Girls) electrifying Signature debut is a caustically funny and surreal afternoon of tea and calamity.

L.A. Theatre Works: Seven
Center for the Arts at George Mason University
Friday, October 18

SEVEN is a powerful theatrical experience that tells the true stories of seven women from around the globe, who bravely fought to create real and lasting change in their communities.

Stand Up Comedy: Danny Rouhier
Arts Barn
Friday, October 18

Laugh it up! As a standup comic, Danny is fast-paced, and clever, with dozens of voices and characters.

Mystery Science Theater 3000
National Theatre
October 18 – 19

The hilarious Peabody Award-winning hit TV comedy is coming to Washington, D.C.

In Series: Stormy Weather
Atlas Performing Arts Center
October 18 – 27

INspired by Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST, the story of colonization and subjugation is retold from the perspective of Sycorax, mother of Caliban and mistress of Ariel.

Cirque Mei
Center for the Arts at George Mason University
Saturday, October 19

Direct from the People’s Republic of China, this ensemble of elite circus performers thrills the young and old alike with their amazing feats of agility, strength, and poise.

The Pop-Ups
McLean Community Center
Saturday, October 19

From three-time Grammy nominees, The Pop Ups, “The Great Pretenders Club" takes family audiences of all ages on a scavenger hunt for the best imaginative play games your mind can dream up! This...

Que las hay... las hay. Believe It or Not!
GALA Hispanic Theatre
October 19 – November 2

Testy neighbors learn that friendship, diversity, and tolerance are key to building a home. A delightful play for children by one of Argentina’s leading authors of children’s literature.

Kid Prince and Pablo
The Kennedy Center
October 19 – November 3

Mark Twain’s classic The Prince and the Pauper is reimagined as a digital age American Hip Hop story.

WNO: Otello
The Kennedy Center
October 26 – November 16

Verdi’s epic retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy traces the collapse of a great hero. As Iago manipulates Otello, the general will confront his deadliest enemy: his jealous heart.

22nd Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor celebrating Dave Chappelle
The Kennedy Center
Sunday, October 27

An outstanding lineup of entertainers will gather in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Dave Chappelle, recipient of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. 

A Chorus Line
Signature Theatre
October 29, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Winner of nine Tony Awards® and the Pulitzer Prize, overflowing with sensational ballet, tap and jazz dance numbers, this non-stop showcase with one of the largest casts in Signature history is the...

Balancing Bodies
The Kennedy Center
October 31 – November 2

Take a seat in a rolling office chair as an ordinary space transforms into a universe full of surprises and twists.

Nick Offerman
The Kennedy Center
Friday, November 1

All Rise is an evening of deliberative talking and light dance that will compel you to chuckle whilst enjoining you to brandish a better side of humanity than the one to which we have grown...

Mario the Make Magician
McLean Community Center
Saturday, November 2

As seen on Sesame Street and Sprout, Mario "the Maker Magician" Marchese is a New York based, touring children's performer known for his DIY robotic creations, handmade props, and signature slapstick...

Get'm
The Kennedy Center
November 2 – 3

Three television hosts fight over one microphone in this imaginative production full of silly misunderstandings, a puppet show, and hilarious hide-n-seek. Ages 3+

WNO: The Magic Flute
The Kennedy Center
November 2 – 23

Mozart meets Maurice Sendak and a little magic! This enchanting quest for love and truth features a whimsical production designed by author/illustrator Maurice Sendak.

Amadeus
Folger Theatre
November 5 – December 22

Genius and jealousy collide in the opulent salons and opera houses of 18th-century Vienna.

Modern Warrior Live
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Wednesday, November 6

Modern Warrior Live is a theatrical performance about a veteran’s recovery from trauma and return to civilian life.

Edward Albee’s OCCUPANT
Edlavitch DCJCC
November 7 – 30

Facts are in dispute and words are in question in this late-career masterpiece by multiple Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Delicate Balance).

Renée Fleming VOICES: Joyce DiDonato
The Kennedy Center
November 8 – 9

"In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?" One of opera's most outspoken and impassioned personalities, multi-Grammy Award®–winner Joyce DiDonato presents music from her new album In War...

Airness
Keegan Theatre
November 8 – 30

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy.

Singin' In The Rain
Olney Theatre Center
November 8, 2019 – January 5, 2020

In the Heights Director/Choreographer Marcos Santana returns to OTC with another classic American musical! The greatest movie musical of all time comes to life on the Mainstage and for once, rain...

EGG-tion HERO
The Kennedy Center
November 9 – 10

Will two museum attendants succeed at keeping a special egg safe? Join Dutch theater/dance company Maas for a hysterically egg-cellent time! Ages 3+

No Such Thing as a Fish
The Kennedy Center
Sunday, November 10

Now in its fifth year, No Such Thing As A Fish is at the forefront of the British podcast scene.

Belters Workshop (15 & Up, Six Sessions)
Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts
Tuesday, November 12

Developed by one of the area’s foremost belters, this class is specially designed to help women sing in a powerful "mix-belt" and improve their belting range through a systematic gradual process,...

Rent 20th Anniversary Tour
National Theatre
November 12 – 17

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre.

Janeane Garofalo
The Kennedy Center
Friday, November 15

Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo makes her Kennedy Center debut.

Soul Divas
Signature Theatre
November 19 – 23

"At Last," a cabaret devoted to the transcendent ladies of soul such as Aretha Franklin, to other luminaries such as Etta James, Gladys Knight, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Beyonce,...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Round House Theatre
November 20 – December 22

Murder. Mystery. Mayhem. Math. What begins as an investigation into the grisly death of a neighbor’s dog results in a remarkable coming-of-age journey for 15-year-old Christopher Boone.

John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons
National Theatre
November 21 – 23

Fresh off its Tony-nominated hit Broadway run, Tony Award winner John Leguizamo’s one-man play LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS is inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son’s American...

A Christmas Carol
Ford's Theatre
November 21, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption.

Aquila Theatre: 1984
Center for the Arts at George Mason University
Saturday, November 23

Aquila Theatre brings one of the great novels of the 20th Century to the stage—George Orwell’s dystopian 1984—in a chilling and timely production.

Family Look-In: The Magic Flute
The Kennedy Center
Saturday, November 23

See how opera comes to life! In this introduction to opera designed for children and families, audience members will experience excerpts from The Magic Flute along with insight into behind-the-scene...

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Peter and Friends
The Kennedy Center
November 23 – 24

Venture with a boy and his animal friends through the forest. This wild adventure features actors, puppets, and a quintet of woodwind and brass musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra.

Sutton Foster
The Barns at Wolf Trap
November 23 – 24

This Tony Award- winning leading lady is best known for her breakthrough roles in Broadway’s Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, as well as television’s Younger.

Escaped Alone - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
November 23 – 29

Hailed as one of the most important playwrights of our time, Caryl Churchill's (Cloud 9, Top Girls) electrifying Signature debut is a caustically funny and surreal afternoon of tea and calamity.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical
The Kennedy Center
November 23, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, this world premiere Kennedy Center commission features...

Aquila Theatre: The Odyssey
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Sunday, November 24

Aquila Theatre presents a breathtaking new dramatic adaptation of Homer’s epic The Odyssey. The story centers on Odysseus, the Greek military mastermind behind the Trojan War.

Sutton Foster
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Sunday, November 24

This Tony Award- winning leading lady is best known for her breakthrough roles in Broadway’s Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, as well as television’s Younger.

WNO: 2019 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner: Soloman Howard in Concert
The Kennedy Center
Monday, November 25

This year’s winner, Soloman Howard, is praised for his “sonorous” (The New York Times) and “superhuman” (The Denver Post) bass.

A Christmas Carol
Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
November 29 – December 29

It’s the 10th Anniversary of Olney’s favorite Christmas tradition. Paul Morella’s captivating solo performance of the Dickens classic keeps audiences coming back season and after season.

BalletNova presents The Nutcracker
Kenmore Middle School
November 30 – December 1

BalletNova’s Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition with thousands of families! A professional production that includes children, it is a great way to be introduced to ballet and live theater...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas
Center for the Arts at George Mason University
Sunday, December 1

The magic of Christmas snow falls over the Center for the Arts with everyone’s favorite caterpillar, the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

A Motown Christmas
Signature Theatre
December 3 – 21

The holidays get a smooth new groove when delivered motown style in a fun, upbeat and soulful yuletide treat.

The Second City's Love, Factually
The Kennedy Center
December 3 – 29

Back by popular demand! From the twisted minds at The Second City comes this fast-paced romp that mingles the classic movie’s most beloved (and despised) characters and moments in an original take...

A Chorus Line - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
December 4 – 10

Winner of nine Tony Awards® and the Pulitzer Prize, overflowing with sensational ballet, tap and jazz dance numbers, this non-stop showcase with one of the largest casts in Signature history is the...

CAPAC: Langston Hughes' Black Nativity
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Friday, December 6

CAPAC ushers in the holidays with a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ wrapped in a modern and soul-stirring classic.

CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators
Gunston Theatre Two
December 6 – 15

Santa Claus is missing! During the last rehearsal for the annual Christmas Show, the action comes to a screeching halt when the cast discovers that the Santa Claus statue has been stolen! Mrs.

In Series: L'Enfance Du Christ
Foundry United Methodist Church
December 7 – 14

IN collaboration with Foundry United Methodist Church, Berlioz’s grand oratorio is uniquely staged as a community exploration of human migration and the power of hospitality to those fleeing...

Come From Away
The Kennedy Center
December 10, 2019 – January 5, 2020

A Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in...

An Irish Carol
Keegan Theatre
December 12 – 31

Returning for its ninth season! An original work by Keegan company member Matthew Keenan, AN IRISH CAROL is an homage to Dickens’ classic – told as only the Irish can.

A Chorus Line - Pride Night
Signature Theatre
Friday, December 13

Winner of nine Tony Awards® and the Pulitzer Prize, overflowing with sensational ballet, tap and jazz dance numbers, this non-stop showcase with one of the largest casts in Signature history is the...

Frosty
McLean Community Center
Saturday, December 14

A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat.

Prince William Little Theatre: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Hylton Performing Arts Center
December 14 – 22

When Charlie Brown becomes overwhelmed by the materialism he witnesses during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests he direct the school Christmas pageant.

The Magical Piñata
Keegan Theatre
December 14 – 30

An original Mexican play with music | A seemingly plain clay pot magically transports Cucha, a selfish and lonely girl, from her town of Zapotoco, Mexico, to a mysterious jungle.

BalletNova presents The Nutcracker Tea
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
Sunday, December 15

At the elegant Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City ballroom, guests enjoy a delicious high tea followed by a mini-performance of The Nutcracker by BalletNova.

My Fair Lady
The Kennedy Center
December 17, 2019 – January 19, 2020

From Lincoln Center Theater comes “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. 

In Series: Le Cabaret De Carmen
Source Theatre
January 3 – 19, 2020

IN your face: Bizet’s opera comes to life as never before in a unique and intimate tango-cabaret experience.

The Capitol Steps
McLean Community Center
Saturday, January 4, 2020

No one is safe from these political satirists, their up-to-the-minute musical spoofs and (in)famous Lirty Dies.

Fiesta de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Don’t miss GALA’s traditional Three Kings Day celebration, featuring the Magi, live animals, local performers, a walk through the neighborhood, and gifts for every child.

Ol' Blue Eyes: Frank Sinatra
Signature Theatre
January 7 – 18, 2020

Signature toasts the iconic crooner in a stylish, suave and sophisticated evening flush with all of Sinatra's famous tunes, including "Fly Me to the Moon," "Strangers in the Night," "The Way You Look...

Sheltered
Edlavitch DCJCC
January 9 – February 1, 2020

1939 - Hitler’s assault has begun. Though much of the world is ignoring the rising threat, Evelyn and Leonard Kirsch suspect that the menace is real.

WNO: American Opera Initiative: Three New 20-Minute Operas
The Kennedy Center
Friday, January 10, 2020

Three world premiere short operas will be staged in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra and followed by a Q&A with the artists and creative team.

Narnia
Thomas Jefferson Theatre
January 10 – 19, 2020

When the four Pevensie children stumble upon an old wardrobe, little do they know they will discover the magical world of Narnia.

Glimpse
The Kennedy Center
January 11 – 12, 2020

Dive into an enchanted world in which music, artists, images, and technology interact with one another. Ages 2–4

The Merry Wives of Windsor
Folger Theatre
January 14 – March 1, 2020

Some appetites never go out of style. The pursuit of money is bound to backfire when the targets are smarter than their gold-digging schemer.

Spring Awakening
Round House Theatre
January 22 – February 23, 2020

For a repressed group of teenagers, the road to adulthood is fraught with suffocating confusion in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Tony-winning adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s prescient...

Manual Cinema: No Blue Memories, The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
Strathmore
Friday, January 24, 2020

Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize. An activist and community organizer, Brooks’ provocative works captured the spirit and struggle of the Civil Rights Movement.

Silent Sky
Ford's Theatre
January 24 – February 23, 2020

A decade before women gained the right to vote, Henrietta Leavitt and her fellow women “computers” transformed the science of astronomy.

Gun & Powder
Signature Theatre
January 28 – February 23, 2020

Based on a true story, make way for the sisters Clarke in a dynamic, moving and inspiring world premiere musical of two light-skinned African-American women who passed themselves as White to become...

Broadway Center Stage: Next to Normal
The Kennedy Center
January 29 – February 2, 2020

Tony Award® winner Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen, Pippin) stars in this unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. 

Miss You Like Hell
Olney Theatre Center
January 29 – March 1, 2020

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning co-creator of In the Heights comes a new musical as big as America and as intimate as love between a mother and her daughter.

WORLD STAGES—Sundance Institute: Grey Rock
The Kennedy Center
January 30 – February 1, 2020

 A play about the inalienable right to dream: A Palestinian man decides to build a rocket to the moon in a shed.

Maz Jobrani
The Kennedy Center
Friday, January 31, 2020

Iranian American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani returns to the Kennedy Center.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story
National Theatre
January 31 – February 1, 2020

This immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by folk-rock duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

WORLD STAGES—Huff: featuring Cliff Cardinal
The Kennedy Center
February 6 – 8, 2020

Nominated for Quebec’s 2016 Critic’s Awards, Huff is a daring solo show by award-winning Cree actor and playwright Cliff Cardinal, one of the most exciting new voices in Canadian theater.

Exquisita Agonía (Exquisite Agony)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
February 6 – March 1, 2020

This poignant and witty story explores a middle-aged woman's obsessive quest to find love with a young man who receives the gift of her late husband’s heart.

Gun & Powder - Pride Night
Signature Theatre
Friday, February 7, 2020

Based on a true story, make way for the sisters Clarke in a dynamic, moving and inspiring world premiere musical of two light-skinned African-American women who passed themselves as White to become...

Boy
Keegan Theatre
February 7 – March 7, 2020

In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident.

The Rainbow Fish
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Sunday, February 9, 2020

Dive under the sea into the shimmering and colorful world of The Rainbow Fish with this heartwarming stage adaption of Marcus Pfister’s treasured storybook as well as two of his companion tales...

WORLD STAGES—Heroine: one female soldier's story
The Kennedy Center
February 12 – 14, 2020

On a dangerous mission inside a combat zone, Sgt Davis must work with the perpetrator of her sexual attack to get her squad home safely. Can peace ever be possible?

Jedi Academy
McLean Community Center
Saturday, February 15, 2020

This is your chance to join the Rebel Alliance and access the Force within! Jedi Academy is a solo, comedy variety show that captivates Youngling Jedi Warriors, Princesses and Darth Vaders with comic...

Gun & Powder - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
February 18 – 19, 2020

Based on a true story, make way for the sisters Clarke in a dynamic, moving and inspiring world premiere musical of two light-skinned African-American women who passed themselves as White to become...

Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes
Signature Theatre
February 18 – March 29, 2020

Marian's empty nest ends up a little fuller than she imagined in this world premiere firecracker play that takes the dysfunction, puts it back in the family, then gives it a hilarious - and...

The Wanderers
Edlavitch DCJCC
February 19 – March 15, 2020

Esther and Schmuli are Satmar Hasidic Jews embarking on an arranged marriage, despite barely knowing each other.

Atlas Presents: Imagination Stage’s Mouse on the Move
Atlas Performing Arts Center
February 21 – March 1, 2020

Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole.

The Three Musketeers
Thomas Jefferson Theatre
February 28 – March 8, 2020

This story is set in 17th-century France, a poor young nobleman named D'Artagnan leaves home to join the famous Musketeers of the Guard – defenders of the King and masters of the rapier! On his...

YAO YAO
The Kennedy Center
February 29 – March 1, 2020

Yao accidentally pulls a thread that leads to a magical world blending reality and imagination! South Korea's Brush Theatre uses interactive screen technology and live music to capture the whimsical...

WNO: Don Giovanni
The Kennedy Center
February 29 – March 22, 2020

A notorious lover meets his ultimate fiery punishment in Mozart’s celebrated tragicomedy. He’s spent his life betraying women. Now time’s up.

WNO: Samson and Delilah
The Kennedy Center
March 1 – 21, 2020

Seduction and deceit tangle in Saint-Saëns’s sensual grand opera. When Delilah seduces Samson into revealing the source of his physical power, his faith will be put to a final, catastrophic test.

Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
March 3 – 18, 2020

Marian's empty nest ends up a little fuller than she imagined in this world premiere firecracker play that takes the dysfunction, puts it back in the family, then gives it a hilarious - and...

The Amateurs
Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
March 4 – April 5, 2020

It’s the 14th Century, the Black Death is ravaging Europe, and a traveling troupe of actors is performing the story of Noah.

Riot!
The Kennedy Center
Sunday, March 8, 2020

After a sold out performance in 2018, RIOT! is back with another special evening of stand-up comedy and music.

Atlas Presents: Arts on the Horizon’s Drumming with Dishes
Atlas Performing Arts Center
March 11 – 15, 2020

What happens when you invite someone very different from you to come over to play? Such an adventure awaits an energetic child when she introduces her shy imaginary friend to a very special kitchen.

A Night with Jackie Moms Mabley
Montpelier Arts Center
Thursday, March 12, 2020

A Night with Jackie Moms Mabley is a Helen Hayes nominated play for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play written and portrayed by the veteran performing artist Charisma Wooten.

Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes - Pride Night
Signature Theatre
Friday, March 13, 2020

Marian's empty nest ends up a little fuller than she imagined in this world premiere firecracker play that takes the dysfunction, puts it back in the family, then gives it a hilarious - and...

Guys and Dolls
Ford's Theatre
March 13 – May 20, 2020

In this beloved 1950s musical comedy, dice-slinging gamblers, pious missionaries and glamorous show girls come together for a light-hearted romp through New York.

John Lloyd Young
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young originated the role of iconic singer Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway.

Prince William Little Theatre: Sister Act
Hylton Performing Arts Center
March 14 – 22, 2020

This feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film has audiences jumping to their feet! When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is placed in protective custody where...

Rigoberta, ¿dónde estás? A Journey through Guatemala
GALA Hispanic Theatre
March 14 – 28, 2020

As 10-year old Pilar travels to Guatemala City in search of her idol Rigoberta Menchú, villagers along the way suggest questions she should ask the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

WNO: Blue
The Kennedy Center
March 15 – 28, 2020

In the D.C. premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s new contemporary opera, a family struggles when their teenager is shot by police.

Reduced Shakespeare Company presents Hamlet's Big Adventure (a prequel)
CenterStage at RCC
Saturday, March 21, 2020

In this hilarious (and completely fictional) prequel to Hamlet, nothing is rotten in the state of Denmark.

Camille Claudel
Signature Theatre
March 24 – April 19, 2020

Turn-of-the-century French sculptor Camille Claudel's entire life was determined by the men around her, from her passionate and tumultuous love affair with Auguste Rodin to gender-based censorship.

Becoming Dr. Ruth
Edlavitch DCJCC
March 27 – April 19, 2020

America’s favorite sex therapist is back! Before she became Dr.

Broadway Princess Party
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Dust off your tiaras and head for this charming concert in which three of Broadway’s original and most beloved princesses perform their signature songs as well as many other treasured musical...

Virginia Opera
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Whet your appetite for opera with an inspired program of musical delights performed by some of Virginia Opera’s most talented artists.

Made in Puerto Rico
The Kennedy Center
April 2 – 3, 2020

Made in Puerto Rico is a show about family, music, and cultural identity starring former attorney-turned-comedian Elizardi ("Eli") Castro.  

Camille Claudel - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
April 7 – 15, 2020

Turn-of-the-century French sculptor Camille Claudel's entire life was determined by the men around her, from her passionate and tumultuous love affair with Auguste Rodin to gender-based censorship.

Memphis
Keegan Theatre
April 10 – May 10, 2020

In the smoky halls and underground clubs of Memphis, Tennessee in the segregated 50’s, a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun falls in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock ‘n roll and an...

Jesus Christ Superstar
The Kennedy Center
April 14 – 26, 2020

Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a worldwide fan base. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. 

Nijinsky's Last Dance
Signature Theatre
April 14 – May 24, 2020

Elegantly dancing between sanity and madness, this masterful tour-de-force delves into the fascinating genius of the greatest dancer who ever lived.

Camille Claudel - Pride Night
Signature Theatre
Friday, April 17, 2020

Turn-of-the-century French sculptor Camille Claudel's entire life was determined by the men around her, from her passionate and tumultuous love affair with Auguste Rodin to gender-based censorship.

The Good Humor Men
McLean Community Center
April 18 – 19, 2020

Three of America’s funniest stand-up comedians (with numerous appearances on "The Tonight Show," "The Late Show" and "The Daily Show") join forces to showcase their original brand of humor in an...

Atlas Presents: Imagination Stage’s Paper Dreams
Atlas Performing Arts Center
April 22 – 26, 2020

In a collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company from Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life a dance-based show perfect for ages 1-5 that explores the many facets of creativity.

Broadway Center Stage: Bye Bye Birdie
The Kennedy Center
April 23 – 27, 2020

A loving send-up of the early 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock and roll, this Tony®-musical remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. 

Tía Julia y el Escribidor (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
April 23 – May 17, 2020

Set in Peru during the 1950s, this boisterous comedy tells the story of an 18-year-old student who falls for a 32-year-old divorcee.

Pokon: An unstoppable game of growth
The Kennedy Center
April 24 – 26, 2020

Three performers storm the stage whirling, twirling, hiccupping, tumbling, and singing.

The Girl Who Swallowed A Cactus
The Kennedy Center
April 30 – May 2, 2020

The desert will come to life in surprising new ways when Sheila meets wild animals who share their story.

Igudesman & Joo: BIG Nightmare Music
Strathmore
Sunday, May 3, 2020

When Aleksey Igudesman & Hyung-ki Joo perform with Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore (MCYO), the musical nightmares take on epic proportions! On top of a few priceless adaptions from...

Emil and the Detectives
McLean Community Center
Saturday, May 9, 2020

Never underestimate the determination of a child! Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen.

Havana Hop
The Kennedy Center
May 9 – 10, 2020

Young Yelia dreams of making it big—if only she can conquer her stage fright.

WNO: Porgy and Bess
The Kennedy Center
May 9 – 23, 2020

Gershwin’s quintessential American masterpiece melds jazz, folk, and gospel styles. Bess finds herself torn between steadfast love and the dark demons that tug her elsewhere.

Dreamer: A South African Journey
The Kennedy Center
May 9 – 24, 2020

Follow the journey of Aene, inspired by the real life and music of singer and songwriter Tuelo Minah.

Nijinsky's Last Dance - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
May 13 – 19, 2020

Elegantly dancing between sanity and madness, this masterful tour-de-force delves into the fascinating genius of the greatest dancer who ever lived.

Nijinsky's Last Dance - Pride Night
Signature Theatre
Friday, May 15, 2020

Elegantly dancing between sanity and madness, this masterful tour-de-force delves into the fascinating genius of the greatest dancer who ever lived.

The Phantom of the Vaudeville House
CenterStage at RCC
Sunday, May 17, 2020

It’s magic, mayhem and laughter when Buddy “Mr. Vaudeville” Silver is faced with yet another hilarious dilemma.

Hair
Signature Theatre
May 19 – July 12, 2020

The sensational, groundbreaking rock musical bursts with the jubilant spirit, raging rebellion, chart-topping hits and psychedelic color of the 1960s.

The Frog Prince of Spamalot
Thomas Jefferson Theatre
May 29 – June 7, 2020

Hyronomous A. Frog doesn’t quite fit in among the other frogs in the bog.

Tiny Beautiful Things
The Kennedy Center
June 2 – 28, 2020

Based on the best-selling book by Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail) and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), this “incredibly moving”...

Yoga Play
Keegan Theatre
June 5 – 27, 2020

Yoga apparel giant Jojomon is at the top of its game when a terrible scandal sends the company into freefall.

Compulsion or the House Behind
Edlavitch DCJCC
June 5 – 28, 2020

Sid Silver is a man obsessed. When he learns about a young girl named Anne Frank and her diary, Silver makes it his mission to ensure her tale is heard.

Gay Men's Chorus: Unbreakable
Lincoln Theatre
June 6 – 7, 2020

An original musical written by Broadway's Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family) that chronicles, from 1900 to the present, the gay stories you might not know, and celebrates the LGBTQ+...

Hair - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
June 9 – 10, 2020

The sensational, groundbreaking rock musical bursts with the jubilant spirit, raging rebellion, chart-topping hits and psychedelic color of the 1960s.

Not A Day Goes By: Signature Turns 30
Signature Theatre
June 9 – July 3, 2020

Thirty never looked so good! Party like it's 1989 as we celebrate with a special anniversary cabaret full of thirty years of memories, songs and behind-the-scenes stories from Signature's earliest...

Ella es Tango
GALA Hispanic Theatre
June 10 – 28, 2020

Women take the lead in this musical and its mesmerizing dancing that celebrates their role in tango.

Pippin
Olney Theatre Center
June 10 – July 19, 2020

We’ve got magic to do in the Summer of 2020! This classic musical about a young man in search of his purpose features some of music-theater’s best-loved songs and most theatrical moments.

Hamilton
The Kennedy Center
June 16 – August 20, 2020

Hamilton returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House for 14 weeks in the summer of 2020.

Hair - Pride Night
Signature Theatre
Friday, June 19, 2020

The sensational, groundbreaking rock musical bursts with the jubilant spirit, raging rebellion, chart-topping hits and psychedelic color of the 1960s.

Once on This Island
The Kennedy Center
June 23 – July 12, 2020

“What a delight it is to enter the world of Once on This Island!” raves the New York Times.

West Side Story
Thomas Jefferson Theatre
July 17 – 26, 2020

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to 20th century New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find  themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.

A Monster Calls
The Kennedy Center
July 21 – August 9, 2020

Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to the stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Keegan Theatre
July 24 – August 23, 2020

A groundbreaking Obie- and Tony Award-winning musical, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH follows “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, an East German rock ‘n roll goddess who also...

Atlas Presents: Imagination Stage’s Wake Up, Brother Bear
Atlas Performing Arts Center
August 3 – 7, 2020

Sister Bear and Brother Bear are back from hibernation to take your little ones on an interactive journey through the seasons.

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Kennedy Center
August 25 – September 27, 2020

Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin has adapted Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork for the stage with spectacular, universally praised results, creating "a modern American classic" (The...