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Shear Madness
The Kennedy Center
Thru June 19

Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear...

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.

Theater J - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
Theater J
Thru February 2, 2020

Welcome home to a warm and glowing Theater J inside a beautifully restored and refreshed Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center.

Olney Theatre - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
Olney Theatre Center
Thru April 13, 2020

Cabaret August 28 - October 6, 2019 “Willkommen! And bienvenue!” to Kander and Ebb’s Tony-winning Cabaret, where the world burns brightly with desire and debauchery.

Mosaic Theater - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
Mosaic Theater Company
Thru August 31

The eight amazing plays in Mosaic’s Season 5 offer up Stages of Awakening— urgent, exhilarating and humble — that hurtle our characters, and by extension, us, forward to new levels of...

Round House Theatre - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
Round House Theatre
Thru August 31

Round House Theatre’s meteoric rise continues in 2019 as we get ready to reopen our dramatically transformed theatre with a full six-play lineup that’s brimming with heart, soul, and a whole lot...

Signature Theatre - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
Signature Theatre
Thru August 31

Assassins August 11 – September 29, 2019 Signature’s 30th Sondheim musical, the daring and darkly funny story of nine would-be and successful presidential assassins who inspire each other to...

Folger Theatre - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
Folger Theatre
Thru August 31

Henry IV Part 1September 3 - October 13, 2019 By William Shakespeare Directed by Rosa Joshi Riotous nights with friends and a father who's after you to take more responsibility are common...

National Theatre - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
National Theatre
Thru August 31

Mike Birbiglia’s The New One September 24-29, 2019 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...

In Series - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
In Series
Thru August 31

The 2019-2020 season is called, with great INtention, LEAN IN.

The Keegan Theatre - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
Keegan Theatre
Thru August 31

West by God September 27 - October 30, 2019 A world premiere by Brandon McCoy (2018’s hit OTHER LIFE FORMS), WEST BY GOD is a story about home, the divide between urban and rural America, and the...

Reston Community Players - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
Reston Community Players
Thru August 31

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder October 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 2019 November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 2019 Book and Lyrics by Robert L.

The Keegan Theatre - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
Keegan Theatre
Thru August 31

West by God September 27 - October 30, 2019 A world premiere by Brandon McCoy (2018’s hit OTHER LIFE FORMS), WEST BY GOD is a story about home, the divide between urban and rural America, and the...

The Second City's America; It's Complicated!
The Kennedy Center
Thru August 11

Comedy legends The Second City return to the Kennedy Center with an all-new, all-hilarious show that reaches way, way across the aisle for non-stop equal opportunity laughs.

Love's Labor's Lost
Folger Theatre

A young king and his three friends renounce the company of women for three years, in favor of scholarly pursuits.

Richard III
Synetic Theater

As our physical and cyber worlds become more entwined – our lives as a whole more automated and impersonal – do we lose connection and empathy? What happens when technology obscures our own...

Sooner, Later
Atlas Performing Arts Center

When teenage daughter Lexie helps her reluctant single mother Nora re-enter the dating scene, an unlikely suitor emerges in Griff – the guy at the coffee shop who inadvertently witnesses Nora’s...

Cinderella
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Thru June 23

The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comédie-Française and Offenbach's ''Gaiety Parisian'' to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the...

Falsettos
The Kennedy Center
Thru June 23

William Finn and James Lapine’s groundbreaking, Tony Award®–winning musical comes to the Kennedy Center in an all new production from Lincoln Center.

How the Other Half Loves
Arts Barn
Thru June 23

One of Britain’s best-loved comic writers, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, knows how to pen a fast-paced and hilarious play.

Spunk
Signature Theatre
Thru June 23

Based on three short stories of Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and adapted by Jelly’s Last Jam writer George C.

Forest Treás
Dance Loft on 14
Thru June 29

Forest Treàs examines the unforeseen effects of the Information Age on a community in violent crisis.  THE SYNOPSIS: October 2002.

A Doll's House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath
Round House Theatre
Thru June 30

When last we saw Nora Helmer, she left her husband Torvald—and audiences—with the slam of a door that became a feminist battle cry.

A Misanthrope
Gunston Arts Center
Thru June 30

A Misanthrope is a brisk, biting comedy about a cynic who thinks insincerity is a sin—but the joke’s on him when he falls for an ingenue who’s more than his intellectual equal.

Byhalia, Mississippi
The Kennedy Center
Thru June 30

Don’t miss this new Kennedy Center production of playwright Evan Linder’s uncompromising exploration of race, family, and betrayal in the American South, which won Chicago’s prestigious...

Ripcord
Keegan Theatre
Thru July 6

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no...

Betty Buckley in Hello Dolly!
The Kennedy Center
Thru July 7

Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly! The musical follows the story of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a strong-willed matchmaker, as she travels to Yonkers, New York to...

Blackbeard
Signature Theatre
Thru July 7

Set sail with the most infamous pirate of all time in a riotous, rowdy high-seas adventure from the creators of The Witches of Eastwick, Brother Russia and The Fix.

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: David Engel: Willy Wonka's Wondershow!
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
June 18 – 19

Mr. Wonka will lead you through eccentric challenges, fun-loving mayhem, and a world of pure imagination! Come to experience real magic, original music, bubble-play, and eye-popping puppetry.

Rock Of Ages - Tenth Anniversary Tour
Wolf Trap
June 18 – 19

Broadway's Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! Nominated for five Tony Awards, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era of 1980s Hollywood.

Picnic Theatre Company Presents: The Great Gatsby
Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House
Wednesday, June 19

Picnic Theatre Company returns to Woodlawn Mansion garden for a Roaring Twenties cocktail hour, music and live action one- act performance of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

Tiny Tots - Old MacDonald’s Farm
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
June 19 – 29

The animals on Old McDonald's Farm come out to entertain us. Al E.

Twisted Melodies
Atlas Performing Arts Center
June 19 – July 21

This powerful one-man show, based on the life of '70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway, imagines the troubled and brilliant musician's last day on Earth in an immersive and crushing play about...

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: Experiential Theater Company: Aesop's Fables
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
June 21 – 22

Join in these classic tales in a whole new way! Experiential Theater Company creates a hands-on dramatic adventure–if you’re in the room, you’re in the show!

Road Dahl's Matilda the Musical
Olney Theatre Center
June 21 – July 21

From the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes another unlikely hero: Matilda Wormwood.

The Cat in the Hat
Adventure Theatre MTC
June 21 – August 18

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss.  From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the cat in the hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat...

The World Turned Upside Down: Gluck's Merlin's Island & Ullmann's The Emperor Of Atlantis
The Barns at Wolf Trap
June 22 – 30

Merlin's Island: Gluck’s clever opera is a light-hearted parody that takes nothing seriously. The Emperor of Atlantis: Death decides to teach mankind a lesson in this powerfully dramatic work.

The World Turned Upside Down: Merlin's Island and The Emperor of Atlantis
The Barns at Wolf Trap
June 22 – 30

Two Parisians are shipwrecked on an island paradise where the rich marry the poor, lawyers are always honest, spouses are always faithful, and artists are wealthier than businessmen.

Blackbeard - Open Captioning
Signature Theatre
Sunday, June 23

Open Captioning is provided for individuals who are deaf or have hearing loss.

Summerbration Fun Brunch: Zig Zag Magician
Reston Station
Sunday, June 23

Zig Zag Magician

Blackbeard - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
Tuesday, June 25

Set sail with the most infamous pirate of all time in a riotous, rowdy high-seas adventure from the creators of The Witches of Eastwick, Brother Russia and The Fix.

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: The Gottabees: Squirrel Stole My Underpants
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
Tuesday, June 25

Oh no! A sneaky squirrel has stolen Sylvie’s favorite underpants! Follow Sylvie on a mysterious adventure with curious characters.

Hannah Gadsby - Douglas
The Kennedy Center
June 25 – 27

Tasmania’s own Hannah Gadsby has come to the world’s attention through her multi-award winning stand up show Nanette which played to sold out houses across Australia, London, Edinburgh, New York...

Blackbeard - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
Wednesday, June 26

Set sail with the most infamous pirate of all time in a riotous, rowdy high-seas adventure from the creators of The Witches of Eastwick, Brother Russia and The Fix.

L'homme Cirque
Strathmore
June 27 – July 7

Enter the magical world of David Dimitri. Lauded “Lord of the Wire” by The New York Times, this world-famous high wire dancer and veteran of Cirque du Soleil and Big Apple Circus epitomizes...

Blackbeard - Pride Night
Signature Theatre
Friday, June 28

Pride Nights are a special Friday event for members of the LGBTQ community, family and friends with a lively post-show reception.

Boardwalk Brothers
Arts Barn
June 28 – 30

The Jersey sound meets the Motown beat! The Boardwalk Brothers are a premier four-part harmony vocal group performing hits by such musical greats as The Temptations, Frankie Valley and the Four...

Circus
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
June 28 – August 4

In grand circus tradition, the ''Greatest Show on Strings'' features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe.

Family Fun Entertainment Series - Mark Lohr
Reston Town Center
Saturday, June 29

A fast-paced, side-splitting, family vaudeville show filled with audience participation and circus skills with a sprinkling of magic thrown in the mix.

Signature Theatre Cabaret at Lubber Run Amphitheater
Lubber Run Amphitheater
Saturday, June 29

One of the perennial favorites of the Lubber Run Amphitheater season, hear some of the region’s great voices under the stars (lineup TBA).

Encore Stage and Studio: A Sidewalk Stroll at Lubber Run Amphitheater
Lubber Run Amphitheater
Sunday, June 30

Join one of the region’s premiere youth theatre ensembles on a journey for the whole family.

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: Madcap Puppets: The Great Space Caper
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
July 5 – 6

Famous space explorer, Buzby, crash lands his spaceship on a strange planet and forms an unlikely friendship with a stranded alien named Galax.

Capital Fringe: A People’s History
Arena Stage
July 5 – 10

Mike Daisey, recognized as “the master storyteller” by the New York Times, presents his most epic work—eighteen different full-length monologues that stretch over thirty hours, weaving together...

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Arts Barn
July 5 – 20

In this wickedly wonderful Chekhovian mashup, Vanya and Sonia's quiet, bucolic life is hilariously upended when their glamorous movie star sister arrives for the weekend with her brawny boy toy in...

Tiny Tots - Imaginary Friends
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
July 7 – 13

Nothing scary here! See some of the kutest, kuddliest kritters this side of Sesame Street! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants. Tickets: $6.

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: The Mömandpöp Comeback Special!
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
Tuesday, July 9

Mömandpöp is a musical comedy duo that the youngest patrons and adults will love! Experience award-winning, original music, crazy costume changes, and exciting audience participation, with a...

Capital Fringe: Velvet Determination
Christ United Methodist Church
July 9 – 16

Presented by cynthia shaw. Follow a classical pianist’s journey to NYC as she experiences a falling piano, bad memorization, sweltering practice rooms, a condescending teacher and glorious Carnegie...

Capital Fringe: A History of Laughter
Winfield Scott Hancock Statue
July 9 – 17

Presented by matt dundas. 5-star tour guide and comedian Matt Dundas brings this 12-star stroll up Pennsylvania Avenue with alternative facts about history, politics and, of course, himself.  

Capital Fringe: Hatpin Panic
Arena Stage
July 9 – 20

Set in Chicago, Illinois in the early twentieth century, five women defend themselves from street harassment using a common accessory for the period, the hatpin.

Capital Fringe: Journey to Long Nose
Arena Stage
July 9 – 21

Presented by bigfish folklife. Quirky, original and humorous stories challenging where I belong in answer to our American obsession with ancestry DNA, as plain as the nose on my face.  

Capital Fringe: Shakespeare’s Worst
Arena Stage
July 9 – 21

Presented by fringe curated series. A community theatre troupe attempts to put up Two Gentlemen of Verona, known in Shakespeare’s canon as the play where the dog steals the scene.

Capital Fringe: Crapshoot
Westminster Presbyterian Church
July 9 – 23

Presented by todd blakesley presents. Why I Voted for Trump: a love story. Al Stone had never voted. Why bother? Politics, like love, was a fool’s errand. But then in 2016 everything changed.

Capital Fringe: Judge Me Not
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 9 – 25

Judge Me Not is a gem of a show! An assemblage of monologues around a common theme, the show came with a message: Do not pass snap judgment on others whose life story you know nothing of.

Capital Fringe: 33 1/3 Chorus Girls
Arena Stage
July 9 – 27

Presented by xy players. Sketch comedy about show business to include sketches on the correct way to handle hecklers; why Audrey Hepburn was never in a Hitchcock film; if Romeo & Juliet got a second...

Capital Fringe: 52 Pickup
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 9 – 27

52 Pickup explores the coping process one undergoes after experiencing trauma. Original text, music, and choreography portray how trauma affects social interactions, the body, and brain.

Capital Fringe: Amelia
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 9 – 27

Amelia deals with the life and disappearance of famed American aviatrix Amelia Earhart on her world flight in 1937. It explores her life, aviation and her meteoric rise to fame. Saipan.1944.

Capital Fringe: An Eye for an Eye
Christ United Methodist Church
July 9 – 27

A tale of family honor, a cult, fate, and religion. When you’re wronged, is revenge the only solution? A classical adaptation of the Bacchea.

Capital Fringe: Body.
Riverside Baptist Church
July 9 – 27

A devised production that theatricalizes true, personal stories about the relationships we have to the narratives of our bodies through monologues, poetry, and movement. Body.

Capital Fringe: Caribbean Command
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 9 – 27

To the lucky soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines assigned to the United States Caribbean Command (USCARIBCOM), it’s just another beautiful morning in Margaritaville.

Capital Fringe: Dust
Riverside Baptist Church
July 9 – 27

As a massive sun flare heads toward Earth, Anne and Cass have a serious decision to make: should they tell everyone that they’re all about to die? Just your typical fun lesbian space adventure,...

Capital Fringe: Neverlanding
Christ United Methodist Church
July 9 – 27

Thirty years after his return from Neverland, Michael Darling finds himself involuntarily committed to a hospital.

Capital Fringe: Soul Redeemer
Westminster Presbyterian Church
July 9 – 27

Soul Redeemer follows the soul, R&B superstar Buddy King who is trying to make a comeback as a disco artist.

Capital Fringe: The Face Zone
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 9 – 27

Utterly original spoken-word vignettes with matching art on everything from the stigma of liking scrapple to the meaning of life.

Capital Fringe: The Heist
Christ United Methodist Church
July 9 – 27

A bank robbery has gone wrong and now there are hostages. Some may live, some may die. No one knows until it happens.

Capital Fringe: Surfacing
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 9 – 28

Disgraced. Displaced. Erased: a refugee hiding underground, a kidnapped girl and a son facing a blood revenge struggle for sanity. How do their minds deal with the mental toll?

Capital Fringe: We're All Going to Fucking Die
Arena Stage
July 9 – 28

Presented by funky brown chick. This shit’s gonna end one day, so celebrate life right now.

The Band's Visit
The Kennedy Center
July 9 – August 4

This critically acclaimed new musical celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing, and laughter can connect us all. “One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by.

Capital Fringe: She Sings Light
Arena Stage
July 10 – 20

Light and warmth are long forgotten in a post-apocalyptic world. A solo gatherer discovers the solution.

Capital Fringe: Veneer of Beauty
Arena Stage
July 10 – 20

Veneer of Beauty is a story of domestic violence and its lasting damage.

Capital Fringe: American Tranquility
Christ United Methodist Church
July 10 – 21

Presented by fandango 4 art house In this acclaimed multi-character solo play by Award-winning Playwright and actor Daniel Damiano, a southern retiree, a middle eastern poet/percussionist, a...

Capital Fringe: That’s Not How It Happened
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 10 – 21

Presented by colleen hindsley. NYC Singer & Storyteller performs songs and stories inspired by her upbringing in an Irish Pub.

Capital Fringe: Our Town Plus Zombies
Riverside Baptist Church
July 10 – 25

presented by adequate players. In this homage to Thornton Wilder’s timeless classic, industrial waste awakens the dead of Grovers Corners, and the Stage Manager’s monologues get increasingly...

Capital Fringe: Intimate Dinner
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 10 – 26

Presented by Lauren French. At an exclusive Pop Up Diner in D.C. you will follow server, Lauren, who navigates her way through a difficult shift.

Capital Fringe: A Gentleman & a Liar
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 10 – 27

presented by the magic duel. A magician lies to your eyes; a mind reader lies to your brain; the truth is, even the most skeptical will find A Gentleman & a Liar awesomely funny and amazing.  

Capital Fringe: Heartbeats & Algorithms
Riverside Baptist Church
July 10 – 27

A heart-achingly funny look at the seductive, inescapable world of information use and abuse. Heartbeats & Algorithms sold out Soho Theatre in London’s West End before touring the UK.

Capital Fringe: Hold the Tomato
Arena Stage
July 10 – 27

Presented by laugh index theatre (lit)/ LIT’s Hold The Tomato is a 75-minute comedy variety show with improv, sketch, and songs proving that there’s a home for bad jokes and weird, low-budget art.

Capital Fringe: Love in the Time of Climate Change
St. Matthews Lutheran Church
July 10 – 27

presented by rozina kanchwala. Follow a young woman’s adventures through modern dating and climate depression, whereby she tries to find a sense of community and forms a friendship with a climate...

Capital Fringe: The Breakup
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 10 – 27

Presented by Andrew hurst. Aldi is sad. Really sad. His heart has been broken and his pain is never-ending . . . and hilarious. He can’t sleep, he can’t eat, he can’t clip his toenails.

Capital Fringe: Would You Rather…
Arena Stage
July 10 – 27

Presented by too much damn (tmd) theater.  After answering ice-breaker questions, three strangers mysteriously end up on a deserted island, premised on one of the prompts.

Capital Fringe: Ghosts of Saturday Night
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 10 – 28

Jack Bellows is a salty old man with a chip on his shoulder and some wild stories. Watch him explore his past and make peace with the regrets of a bawdy, drunken life – his Ghosts of Saturday Night.

Capital Fringe: Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens
Christ United Methodist Church
July 10 – 28

All is not well at Saucy Jack’s . . . the evil shadow of a serial killer looms over the bar; cabaret acts are being killed off one by one, found stabbed by the heel of a sequinned slingback shoe.

Capital Fringe: Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical!
Christ United Methodist Church
July 11 – 14

Gregor Samsa awoke one morning to find that he’d caught the musical theatre bug! Kafka’s mystifying and mesmerizing novella comes to hilarious and haunting life onstage.

Urban Arias: The Juliet Letters
Signature Theatre
July 11 – 14

Part song cycle, part rock opera, Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters is a collection of musical love notes to Shakespeare’s Juliet.

Capital Fringe: I Know It Was the Blood
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 11 – 23

Storyteller, Soprano, Actress Tara Lake paints a colorful African American Jersey girlhood steeped in family Sundays, church conventions, and extravagant reunions, weddings and funerals.

Capital Fringe: Passing
Riverside Baptist Church
July 11 – 24

Set between 1945 and 2020 in Germany and the U.S.

Capital Fringe: Office of the Speaker
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 11 – 25

Abigail is a young, progressive teacher who wants to write and have a baby. To do so, she needs money.

Capital Fringe: Rewiring Eden
Riverside Baptist Church
July 11 – 25

Eve and Lilith have known each other since the old neighborhood.

Capital Fringe: Conversations
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 11 – 26

In the aftermath of her father’s death, a young woman revisits their past conversations to seek advice and remember his legacy.

Capital Fringe: Codependent
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 11 – 27

Presented by j&em production. This endearing dramedy shares a glimpse of the last 24 hours best friends Allie and Mia live together after almost a decade.

Capital Fringe: Energie: A Rock Musical
Christ United Methodist Church
July 11 – 27

Music inspires a theoretical physicist to discover a new form of energy that is safe and free in this original rock musical. Big Energy tries to stop him.

Capital Fringe: Flirting Like an American
Westminster Presbyterian Church
July 11 – 27

Presented by sufian zhemukhov. A first-generation immigrant explores American style of flirting, writing, and eating. His experience is much funnier than one would expect.

Capital Fringe: How's That Workin' Out for Ya? 2.0
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 11 – 27

Presented by pipeline playwrights. When persistent women confront corporate, personal, and ideological adversity, anything can happen—even a kidnapping! Join Pipeline Playwrights for this...

Capital Fringe: Star-Crossed: A Dashiell Hamlet Tale
Arena Stage
July 11 – 27

A tour-de-farce crime noir inspired by Romeo & Juliet. Two actors play every part, get the best lines, and the juiciest death scenes. P.I.

Capital Fringe: Stuck
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 11 – 27

An ambitious teenaged girl invites her neighbor over, a fellow classmate with a bad boy image who she has a crush on, during an oncoming blizzard when her mom is out of town on business.

Capital Fringe: American Diet
Westminster Presbyterian Church
July 11 – 28

In this dark yet whimsical exploration of food, fitness, body image, and metabolic endocrinology, middle-school-aged Maria completes her health project with help from her chronically-dieting mother,...

Capital Fringe: H.P. Lovecraft’s: The Call of Cthulhu
Westminster Presbyterian Church
July 11 – 28

A terror stirs in the night, apocalypse looms, and on an island somewhere in the middle of the Pacific, the great priest Cthulhu opens his eyes.

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: Rockin’ Yoga Concert with Willey & Friends
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
July 12 – 13

Kira and her rockin’ band put on unique, high-energy shows with lots of musical yoga breaks, rhythm games, singing, and dancing.

Capital Fringe: Good & Kissed
Christ United Methodist Church
July 12 – 20

After stumbling upon the shockingly secret life of her longtime boyfriend, liberal New Yorker Miranda travels to an island on the Outer Banks of South Carolina with her red-state family.

Capital Fringe: Iphigenia in Splott
Arena Stage
July 12 – 21

Effie is on her own on the streets of Cardiff. She will fight or die.

Capital Fringe: What Wasn’t
St. Matthews Lutheran Church
July 12 – 23

A story of trauma inflicted on a family of four. It follows their split perspectives of life through shifting passages of time, piecing together the fragments of their broken home.

Capital Fringe: The Hound
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 12 – 25

A solo, one-act play adapted from the classic, short horror story by H.P. Lovecraft.

Capital Fringe: Beyond These Walls
Christ United Methodist Church
July 12 – 27

Far removed from the world they know, nine strangers are forced to confront their biggest fears in order to survive.

Capital Fringe: Dreamer/Seeker
Riverside Baptist Church
July 12 – 27

Nick has returned to the stage after a hiatus following an accident.

Capital Fringe: Air Mail/Par Avion
Riverside Baptist Church
July 12 – 28

In this devised musical, a recent college graduate spends a summer in Belgium with a young expat, falling in love as they play together in a local jazz festival.

Capital Fringe: Let’s Fight and Say We Didn’t
Riverside Baptist Church
July 12 – 28

Families fight and families forgive. But when they’re constantly fighting, it becomes harder and harder to forgive.

Mo Willems & the Storytime All-Stars present: Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime!
The Kennedy Center
Saturday, July 13

Join a Concert Hall Storytime like you’ve never experienced before, featuring your favorite performers from TV, movies, and stand-up.

Capital Fringe: The Knights of Salisbury
Westminster Presbyterian Church
July 13 – 21

An original musical, set on the North Shore of Massachusetts in 1966, it follows a teenage rock band as they take on the local music scene – with the help of their straight-laced, married neighbors.

Capital Fringe: An Evening with Lola Montez
Christ United Methodist Church
July 13 – 27

Sometime in 1842, Eliza Gilbert reinvented herself as Lola Montez: a free-spirited dancer seeking celebrity, pleasure, and power.

Capital Fringe: Before the Fall
Riverside Baptist Church
July 13 – 27

Three people arrive at work expecting an average day. Minutes later, their world explodes into chaos.

Capital Fringe: E Pluribus Screw ‘Em
Arena Stage
July 13 – 27

Presented by hexagon. DC’s original political satirical musical comedy troupe returns with a fresh take on politics and culture.

WNO Opera Institute
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Sunday, July 14

WNO Opera Institute at American University is a three-week summer program that brings dedicated young singers together to explore opera in a professional and nurturing environment. 

Capital Fringe: All for the Union
Christ United Methodist Church
July 14 – 26

Waterford, Virginia is tossed between armies, and three young pro-Union women decide to do much more than just survive the Civil War.

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: Jojo & the Pinecones
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
July 16 – 17

With their jazzed-up pop and popped-up jazz, Jojo and her group of exceptional musicians will have the whole crowd tappin’ their toes.

Freestyle Love Supreme
The Kennedy Center
July 16 – 21

The improv brainchild of Anthony Veneziale, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Thomas Kail, Freestyle Love Supreme is a stage show like no other.

Tiny Tots - Dragon Babies
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
July 17 – 21

Come see a rousing musical performance of fun-loving, little dragons showing off their special abilities in a magical talent show! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.

Tiger Style
Olney Theatre Center
July 17 – August 18

In this outrageous satire about stereotypes, political correctness flies out the window as two Chinese-American siblings search for their authentic selves.

Treasure Island
Synetic Theater
July 17 – August 18

Prepare yourselves for the coming-of-age adventure of a lifetime and travel with Synetic Theater’s buccaneers in search of buried treasure! Synetic Theater's masterful physical style will be...

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: Shannon Dunne Dance
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
Thursday, July 18

Dancing to live, traditional Irish music, these dancers use the close-to-the-ground battering style footwork in figures, solos, and complex choreography to entertain, include, and inspire audiences...

Alix in Wonderland
Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts
July 18 – 20

The Theatre Lab's Summer Musical Theatre Institute for Teens presents the world premiere of Alix in Wonderland: A Gender Journey Down the Rabbit Hole, music and lyrics by Buzz Mauro and book by...

Capital Fringe: SPEAK*Girls Presents
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 18 – 21

Strength. Purpose. Empathy. Art. Kindness. A devised piece created by teenage girls about their lives. These stories told through movement, writing, and song are in the girls authentic voices.

Capital Fringe: Inferno the Musical
Westminster Presbyterian Church
July 18 – 28

“We get so bored in heaven!” With that remark Dante and Minos, Guardian of Hell’s Gates, wager a Fallen Soul.

Disney's Aladdin
The Kennedy Center
July 18 – September 7

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical! From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with...

Ariadne auf Naxos
The Barns at Wolf Trap
July 19 – 27

Combining slapstick comedy and beautiful music in a competition of “high” and “low” art, Ariadne auf Naxos is a cock-eyed tale about art, love, and infidelity.

Disney's Newsies
Kenmore Middle School
July 19 – 28

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenage “newsies.

Family Fun Entertainment Series-Turley the Magician
Reston Town Center
Saturday, July 20

Turley the Magician will delight the entire family with his inimitable talent. His interactive magic and humorous antics will enthrall you.

Capital Fringe: Starcrossed
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
July 20 – 28

In this Romeo & Juliet re-imagining, Tybalt and Mercutio now fill the roles of the starcrossed lovers.

Capital Fringe: From Divorce to Restoration
Christ United Methodist Church
July 23 – 28

An innovative journey through divorce and healing, this production represents the voice of every woman. It moves and grows organically as more share their experiences with separation.

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: Red Yarn
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
July 24 – 25

Discover the dynamic roots of American music as Red Yarn weaves folk songs and puppetry into an engaging tale.

Tiny Tots - Magic Toyshop
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
July 24 – 27

The Toyland Express Train stops at Toyland where rag dolls, teddy bears, dancing blocks, and a Jack-in-the-box all come to life before your very eyes! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including...

Applause Series: Children of Eden
Olney Theatre Center
Friday, July 26

One-night only concert versions of musicals we think are worth a second look featuring large orchestras and top talent.

Wolf Trap Opera presents The State Singers
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Friday, July 26

Founded by Wolf Trap Opera Alumni, this new vocal ensemble brings an operatic sensibility to choral music.

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: Maryland Youth Ballet: Cinderella
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
July 26 – 27

Will the slipper fit? Join Maryland Youth Ballet as they bring this classic fairy tale of dreams and adventure to life through the mesmerizing magic of dance.

Murder at the Mansion Dessert Theater: Calamity in Camelot
Kentlands Mansion
July 26 – 28

It’s the merry month of May in Camelot and murder is in the air! Old King Pellinore has been found dead beside the lake, and several legendary characters are suspects, including King Arthur, Queen...

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Arts Barn
July 26 – August 3

Six middle school misfits are thrown into a cutthroat, high-stakes competition, and P-A-N-D-E-M-O-N-I-U-M takes first place.

Bootleg Shakespeare: Richard III
Folger Theatre
Saturday, July 27

Theatre without a net. The Taffety Punk Bootleggers return after last year's Bootleg Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part 3. The concept is simple, actors arrive with only their lines prepared.

Family Fun Entertainment Series-Groovy Nate
Reston Town Center
Saturday, July 27

Groovy Nate creates fun and educational shows using exotic musical instruments and puppet skits.

Aria Jukebox - with Wolf Trap Opera Filene Artists
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Sunday, July 28

An afternoon of opera highlights curated by the audience and sung by Wolf Trap Opera soloists.

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: Aaron Nigel Smith
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
Tuesday, July 30

Join this reggae rocker for some of his best-known children’s songs. The island rhythms will inspire you to get up to sing, dance, and play together.

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: Culture Shock
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
Wednesday, July 31

Experience hip-hop dance in a fresh new way. Culture Shock D.C.’s groundbreaking style is sure to have audiences popping, locking, and grooving all the way home.

Tiny Tots - Penguins’ Playground
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
July 31 – August 10

Join us for an awesome Arctic Adventure exploring a super-secret playground, hidden at the very bottom of the world.

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap: Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers: The Legend of the Banana Kid
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
Thursday, August 1

Little Chucky rides into town on his trusty goat for a showdown with Big Bad Bart and his gang of bandits. With a fistful of bananas, what could go wrong?

Legally Blonde
Keegan Theatre
August 3 – 25

Elle Woods appears to have it all, but her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law.

Dear Evan Hansen
The Kennedy Center
August 6 – September 8

Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
August 8 – September 1

The 3 Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener.

Rossini's The Barber Of Seville with the Wolf Trap Opera
Wolf Trap
Friday, August 9

The Barber of Seville is a co-production of Houston Grand Opera Association, Canadian Opera Company, Opéra National De Bordeaux, and Opera Australia.

Encore Stage and Studio: Rocket Woman at Lubber Run Amphitheater
Lubber Run Amphitheater
Sunday, August 11

Join one of the region’s premiere youth theatre ensembles for a journey for the whole family:  One imaginary friend, cardboard boxes, and a brave Rocket Woman together make one journey that is out...

Tag, Rag, and Bobtail: Women Belonging to the Army
The Kennedy Center
Sunday, August 11

The war for American independence rages on, but there is more to it than battlefields and generals. There are also those who belong to the army as its support system.

Assassins
Signature Theatre
August 11 – September 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.

Tiny Tots - Baby Bear’s Birthday
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
August 14 – 18

You are invited to a BIG birthday bash! Please join Baby Bear as all of his special Teddy Bear friends perform their very best circus tricks as a great, big birthday surprise! Reminder: Everyone...

The British Invasion
Signature Theatre
August 20 – 31

Hop the pond for a rocking salute to the UK artists who thrilled and inspired us.

Tiny Tots - World on a String
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
August 21 – 24

Experience a whirlwind tour around the world! See French poodles perform the Cancan; laugh as a Russian Dog Act careens out of control; and Bongo from the Congo amazes everyone with his skill on a...

Tiny Tots - Teddy Bear’s Picnic
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
August 28 – September 1

Baby Bear has a picnic for his friends. They bring food to share and entertain one another with hilarious results! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants. Tickets: $6.

Assassins - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
August 28 – September 10

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.

Love Sick
Theater J
September 4 – 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...

Assassins - Pride Night
Signature Theatre
Friday, September 6

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Prince William Little Theatre: Judgement 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.

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.

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.

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...

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,...

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,...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.