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Shear Madness
The Kennedy Center
Thru June 19

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

Cyrano de Bergerac
Synetic Theater
Thru March 10

A brilliant poet and soldier, Cyrano de Bergerac apparently has it all—except the confidence to win the heart of his beloved Roxane.

Huckleberry Finn's Big River
Adventure Theatre MTC
Thru March 10

World premiere co- production with The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, in association with Rogers and Hammerstein Theatricals and First Stage Based on the classic by Mark Twain and the Tony Award winning...

Ain't Misbehavin': The Fats Waller Musical Show
Signature Theatre
February 19 – March 10

Step into Harlem for a swinging, dancing celebration of big band and the songs of Thomas “Fats” Waller.

Admissions
Studio Theatre
February 20 – March 10

Bill and Sherri are the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions at Hillcrest, a mid-tier New Hampshire boarding school.

Nell Gwynn
Folger Theatre
February 20 – March 10

A humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration theater. Nell discovers one of her biggest fans is none other than Charles II.

Once
Olney Theatre Center
February 20 – March 10

This unlikely gem of a musical delighted Broadway in 2012 with its emotional folk-rock ballads and an ensemble that plays its own instruments, winning 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV)
Thursday, February 21

Life is hard but it can be made a little easier with laughter, love and support? Inthis one-woman show, Mahone shares humorous and heartbreaking stories and beloved songs highlighting her experiences...

Ten-Minute Play Festival
Bowie State University Fine and Performing Arts Center
February 21 – 24

Enjoy an evening of plays produced, written and directed by BSU students. 

El viejo, el joven y el mar (The Old Man, the Youth, and the Sea)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
February 21 – March 3

Based on historic events, Spaniard writer Miguel de Unamuno, who represents the power of reason, and a boy who dreams of tomorrow plan an escape under the watchful eye of the General guarding...

El viejo, el joven y el mar (en español)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
February 21 – March 3

Durante su destierro en la Isla Fuerteventura, Miguel de Unamuno, el gran literato español, y Cisco, el joven que lo cuida, entablan un duelo generacional que refleja la vigilancia y censura a las...

Rapunzel
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
February 21 – March 24

A “bewitching” tale by Duane T. Bowers, adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairytale.

Cirque Mechanics
George Mason University Center for the Arts
Friday, February 22

42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels; Experience the latest invention from the creative minds of Cirque Mechanics with their signature blend of acrobatics, mechanical marvels, and a good bit of...

Folger Friday: The Language of the Fan
Folger Shakespeare Library
Friday, February 22

Much more than a mere accessory, it is widely believed that fans were used by women in the 18th and 19th centuries to relay secret messages.

She A Gem
The Kennedy Center
February 22 – 24

Jump into a tale of double-dutch, friendship, and teamwork.

A Two Woman Hamlet
Gunston Theatre Two
February 22 – 24

By William Shakespeare Directed by Mara Sherman Starring Hannah Sweet & Nicola Collett Admission: Pay What You Will No matter how many Hamlets you’ve seen, you have never seen it like this:...

Neil Simon's Plaza Suite
Arts Barn
February 22 – 24

Enjoy an evening of Neil Simon with this 1968 trio of one-acts set in the Plaza Hotel. Love—the search for, the rekindling of, and the fear of—is at the heart of this series of comedic vignettes.

Robin Hood
Gunston Arts Center
February 22 – March 3

Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham are cruel and unfair to their citizens. Robin Hood and his merry men are on a mission to help by taking from the rich and giving back to the poor.

Atlas Intersections Festival: Adventures in Arden
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Saturday, February 23

Adventures in Arden, an interactive puppet show based on Shakespeare’s As You Like It, includes live and recorded music and a workshop that encourages imagination. Best for ages 4-10.

Bright Star Theatre: Meet Dr. King
National Theatre
Saturday, February 23

The story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of both triumph and tragedy.

Cirque Mechanics
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Saturday, February 23

Experience the latest invention from the creative minds of Cirque Mechanics with their signature blend of acrobatics, mechanical marvels, and a good bit of clowning around.

Atlas Intersections Festival: Wake Up Brother Bear
Atlas Performing Arts Center
February 23 – March 2

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

Tiny Tots - Baby Bear’s Birthday
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
February 23 – August 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...

Finding Neverland
National Theatre
February 26 – March 3

Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most...

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
Signature Theatre
February 26 – April 7

Three women—an art restorer, her nurse and their military captor—are trapped in a ravaged museum during a catastrophic hundred years war.

Oil
Olney Theatre Center
February 27 – March 31

“Scorchingly ambitious,” (The Guardian) this genre-busting American premiere follows mothers and daughters over two centuries, from the dawn of the age of oil in 1889 to its “peak-oil” demise...

Guided Rehearsal: Eugene Onegin
The Kennedy Center
Thursday, February 28

Audience members get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a world-class opera production as it comes together through this unique open rehearsal experience.

Platinum Series: Let Freedom Ring: Music and Poetry of Black History
Publick Playhouse
Friday, March 1

The language used by those who fought for freedom and equal rights for all people is uniquely powerful and beautiful.

Time Stands Still
Reston Community Center
March 1 – 16

Time Stands Still examines the lives of one couple making a living out of documenting the horrors of war.

Atlas Intersections Festival: City at Peace
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Saturday, March 2

A performance by City at Peace members inspired by the group’s mission to use performing arts to explore conflict resolution, personal storytelling, empathy, understanding and leadership.

Atlas Intersections Festival: Dress Up Day
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Saturday, March 2

In Dress Up Day: The Musical, a spunky first-grader and her classmates explore their individuality in order to find the perfect costume for their school dress up day. Best for ages 4-10.

Atlas Intersections Festival: Voices of Now
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Saturday, March 2

Voices of Now (VON) is a drama and writing program run by Arena Stage, one of the oldest and largest regional theaters in the country.

Bright Star Theatre: George Washington Carver
National Theatre
Saturday, March 2

One of the most remarkable scientists of all-time, George Washington Carver, led an incredible and interesting life.

American Girl Live
Strathmore
Sunday, March 3

Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical! American Girl Livefeatures original songs and unforgettable experiences.

Atlas Intersections Festival: Poetic Justice
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Sunday, March 3

This is a poetic journey on how poets and song writers have been in the forefront, describing the world around them.

Confection
Folger Shakespeare Library
March 4 – 24

Third Rail Projects’ newest immersive experience, Confection, is a rollicking rumination on opulence, inequity, and teeny-tiny desserts.

WORLD STAGES: Cirkus Cirkör: Limits 
The Kennedy Center
March 6 – 9

“Boundaries are meant to be crossed. Limits are meant to be exceeded!” From Tilde Björfors and Sweden’s Cirkus Cirkör, Limits will turn perspectives on their heads.

Queen of Basel
Studio Theatre
March 6 – April 7

It's Art Basel, Miami's weeklong party for the rich and famous, where socialite darling Julie reigns over the blowout her real-estate mogul father is throwing at his South Beach hotel.

(AUDIO DESCRIBED) Ain't Misbehavin': The Fats Waller Musical Show
Signature Theatre
Friday, March 8

Step into Harlem for a swinging, dancing celebration of big band and the songs of Thomas “Fats” Waller.

Guided Rehearsal: Faust
The Kennedy Center
Friday, March 8

Audience members get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a world-class opera production as it comes together through this unique open rehearsal experience.

Heathers: The Musical
Arts Barn
March 8 – 24

Based on the 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio.

Laura & Linda Benanti
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Saturday, March 9

Join Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti and her mother, former Broadway star, Linda Benanti on a musical journey through the special relationship between a mother and daughter.

Picasso
GALA Hispanic Theatre
March 9 – 23

Discover the mysteries behind the life and work of the creative genius through the eyes of an inquisitive child. Bilingual.

Picasso (en español)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
March 9 – 23

A través de los ojos de un niño, el mundo colorido y luminoso del gran pintor y escultor español. Bilingüe.

Washington National Opera: Eugene Onegin
The Kennedy Center
March 9 – 29

Time shifts desires—and one will regret his choice—in Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of unrequited love and missed opportunities, inspired by Pushkin’s novel.

Hands on a Hardbody
Keegan Theatre
March 9 – April 6

For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it.

Into the Woods
Ford's Theatre
March 9 – May 16

In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch's curse in hopes of having a child of their own.

Tiny Tots - World on a String
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
March 9 – August 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...

The Jewish Queen Lear
Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University
March 13 – April 7

If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife...

WORLD STAGES: The Last Supper
The Kennedy Center
March 14 – 16

Making its U.S. premiere, this darkly comedic satire highlights the harsh indifference of the bourgeoisie in Egypt and the hollow exchanges which masquerade as human connection. 

Topdog/Underdog
Gunston Arts Center
March 14 – April 14

Topdog/Underdog is about two African American brothers, named Lincoln and Booth, who banter about playing three card monte during their own game of one-upsmanship.

Applause Series: Finian's Rainbow
Olney Theatre Center
Friday, March 15

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

Poetic Chicle - Otra One-Man Loquera
GALA Hispanic Theatre
March 15 – 16

In this show about citizenship, led by poetry and percussion, Quique becomes Chamba, a one-time chicle (gum) peddler who now sells poems.

Poetic Chicle - Otra One-Man Loquera (en español)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
March 15 – 16

Un nuevo ejemplo de las creaciones artísticas del renombrado poeta y activista, basada en la vida de un conocido vendedor de chicles del barrio. Bilingüe.

Here Eye Stand
Imagination Stage
March 15 – 17

As the school day ends and rehearsal begins, a teenage theatre troupe struggles with the distance between the roles they play and the lives they live.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963
The Kennedy Center
March 15 – 24

Experience the beloved story of a family’s bond and endurance amidst one of the darkest periods in America’s history. Age 9+

Shakespeare for The Young: Midsummer Magic
National Theatre
Saturday, March 16

Midsummer Magic takes the characters of Titania and Oberon, Puck and Fairy, and Bottom the Weaver from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The Magic School Bus
Olney Theatre Center
March 16 – 17

When the planetarium is closed and the field trip is ruined, Ms. Frizzle saves the day!

Washington National Opera: Faust
The Kennedy Center
March 16 – 30

A deal with the devil goes awry in Gounod’s captivating tragedy. The aging Faust makes a pact with Méphistophélès to exchange his soul for Earth's mortal pleasures.

Pinkalicious
BlackRock Center for the Arts
March 17 – 18

Pinklicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents.

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
Tuesday, March 19

Three women—an art restorer, her nurse and their military captor—are trapped in a ravaged museum during a catastrophic hundred years war.

The Migrant by Richard C. Washer
Arts Club of Washington
Tuesday, March 19

''We are all migrants through time.'' - Mohsin Hamid, from the novel Exit West. A retired Foreign Service officer discovers the truth of whether anyone can ever go home again.

The Migrant by Richard C. Washer
1st Stage Theatre
Wednesday, March 20

''We are all migrants through time.'' - Mohsin Hamid, from the novel Exit West. A retired Foreign Service officer discovers the truth of whether anyone can ever go home again.

The Second City: It's Not You, It's Me
The Barns at Wolf Trap
March 20 – 23

Full of the live and in-your-face entertainment Netflix can’t provide, this must-attend show features improvised comedy, audience interaction, and of-the-moment sketches and songs from The Second...

Tiny Tots - Teddy Bear’s Picnic
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
March 20 – 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.

Brian Regan
The Kennedy Center
March 21 – 22

Critics, fans, and fellow comedians agree: Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country with Vanity Fair calling Brian, “The funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment...

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity - Pride Night
Signature Theatre
Friday, March 22

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

Jukebox Hero The Musical
National Theatre
March 22 – 23

The world-wide premiere production of a new musical based on the music of Foreigner. JUKEBOX HERO is set in Blaydon, Pennsylvania, a rust-belt town dependent on one main industry.

Murder at the Mansion Dessert Theater: I Remember Murder
Kentlands Mansion
March 22 – 24

While on vacation, Detective Virginia Tibbs responds to sounds of a gunshot from the nearby estate, only to find the family patriarch dead and the family at a loss of what to do next.

Hansel and Gretel Opera
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Saturday, March 23

Opera NOVA’s annual opera for school children and adults will be Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” which  follows the familiar fairy tale of two children who wander through the...

The Joshua Show
The Alden
Saturday, March 23

In this award-winning family production with live music, tap dancing, physical comedy and multiple styles of puppetry, we meet a modern-day Mr. Rogers with hipster appeal, Joshua Holden.

VA Rep: Jack and the Beanstalk
National Theatre
Saturday, March 23

This musical adaptation is a rollicking retelling of the classic fairy tale. Join our modern-day young hero as he uses his imagination to become the famous Jack from the book he is reading.

Virginia Opera: Madama Butterfly
George Mason University Center for the Arts
March 23 – 24

Virginia Opera closes its season with Puccini’s magnificent tragic masterpiece, Madama Butterfly.

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity - Open Captioning
Signature Theatre
Sunday, March 24

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

National Cherry Blossom Festival: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, The Super Live
Warner Theatre
Sunday, March 24

U.S. premier of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, The Super Live, a new live 2.5D Musical entertainment based on the popular manga (Japanese comic book).

A Bronx Tale
National Theatre
March 26 – 31

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
Wednesday, March 27

Three women—an art restorer, her nurse and their military captor—are trapped in a ravaged museum during a catastrophic hundred years war.

Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]
CenterStage at RCC
Wednesday, March 27

All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays.

Native Son
Atlas Performing Arts Center
March 27 – April 28

Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking adaptation.

Jack and the Beanstalk
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
March 28 – May 5

Fe-fi-fo-fum. A timely version of the classic children’s tale about the young lad that doesn’t know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top.

Pre-performance Discussion: Tastes of the Mediterranean
Folger Theatre
Friday, March 29

Robert Aubry Davis—host of WETA’s “Around Town” and of the national early music program “Millennium of Music” and a founding program director of SiriusXM radio—leads a lively...

VOYAGERS: A Dance Among The Planets
The Kennedy Center
March 29 – 31

D.C. dance ensemble Company | E shares an interplanetary display of modern movement set to Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Age 5+

Winnie the Pooh
Adventure Theatre MTC
March 29 – May 26

Based on the book by A.A. Milne Adapted for the stage by le Clanché du Rand Directed by Shirley Serotosky All performances held in Glen Echo Park Recommended for all ages Winnie the Pooh would spend...

Antigone American Shakespeare Center on Tour
The Alden
Saturday, March 30

In the aftermath of her brothers’ bloody war, Antigone is left torn. Her brother Eteocles will be honored, but her brother Polyneices will be shamed and denied funeral rites.

The Comedy of Errors American Shakespeare Center on Tour
The Alden
Saturday, March 30

In this rollicking farce, Shakespeare elevates Roman comedy to dizzying heights.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Saturday, March 30

A beloved classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage.

Madeline and the Bad Hat
Olney Theatre Center
March 30 – 31

Ludwig Bemelmans' much loved Madeline series comes to the stage. This amusing tale traces the adventures of a young Parisian girl who eventually learns that first impressions aren't everything.

Aquila Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream
George Mason University Center for the Arts
Sunday, March 31

Aquila Theatre returns with a magical and witty production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Winter's Tale American Shakespeare Center on Tour
The Alden
Sunday, March 31

Shakespeare’s magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever gone.

Grand Hotel, The Musical
Signature Theatre
April 2 – May 19

It is 1928 and Berlin is at the center of a razzle-dazzle world between two wars.

P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle
Studio Theatre
April 3 – 28

Dorian Belle is a big deal. He’s a Canadian pop sweetheart, and he’s ready to be taken seriously.

Amanda Palmer
National Theatre
Friday, April 5

Amanda Palmer (co-founder of the Dresden Dolls) comes to D.C.

Tiny Tots - Bunny Business
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
April 6 – 14

Bunnies, birds, and flowers (along with a frog and turtle) celebrate spring! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants. Tickets: $6.

Raising Voices
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 7

Some of the best young voices in the nation come to our region to perfect their art and craft.

The Shooting Gallery
Atlas Performing Arts Center
April 7 – 27

A cop in Los Angeles. A surgeon in Atlanta. A social worker in Chicago. A hunter in Tennessee. A legislator in Florida. A Concealed Cary instructor in Texas. A teenage protester in Washington.

SigWorks: Torgus & Snow
Signature Theatre
Monday, April 8

A talking vacuum cleaner, a child-turned-machine, and malevolent trolls interweave in a Nordic fever-dream inspired by Sweden’s “apathetic children” – young refugees who fall into coma-like...

Chicken Little: The Sky Is Falling
Publick Playhouse
Tuesday, April 9

This production challenges young audiences to think critically to realize that you can’t believe everything you hear, read or see, Chicken Little is the story of barnyard friends Henny Penny and...

Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors
Olney Theatre Center
April 10 – May 12

The Tony Award®-winning playwright of Lend Me a Tenor is back with another farce set on the precipice of a big concert in 1936 Paris.

The Me I Want to Sing
The Kennedy Center
April 11 – 13

This riveting two-performer show blends opera legends Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price’s most memorable performances—including opera, art songs, and more—with narrative spoken word. Age 12+

Magician David Meneses
Arts Barn
Friday, April 12

When it comes to magic, local DC-area magician David Meneses offers an unparalleled combination of ability and showmanship that will leave you stumped and with an insatiable desire for more.

Squirrel Stole My Underpants
BlackRock Center for the Arts
April 12 – 13

Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off.

Sing for Your Life - A Murder Mystery Comedy Show
AMP by Strathmore
Saturday, April 20

From Die Laughing Productions, the people who brought you Back to the ’80s and The Newly Dead Game, comes Sing for Your Life—a live, interactive murder mystery show packed with parodies of...

Tiny Tots - Jellybean Circus
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
April 20 – 28

An elephant, pandas, a rocking horse, goony birds, and an ape are just a few of the many animals you’ll see performing in the Jellybean Circus! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including...

Stomp
National Theatre
April 23 – 28

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages.

Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant
Strathmore
Wednesday, April 24

The set list for Alan Cumming’s provocative new concert show is as eclectic and idiosyncratic as Cumming himself.

Oslo by J. T. Rogers
Round House Theatre
April 24 – May 19

In 1993, unbeknownst to the rest of the world, an audacious husband-and-wife team of Norwegian bureaucrats assembled a motley band of would-be diplomats from the Middle East to attempt the...

Broadway Center Stage: Tommy
The Kennedy Center
April 25 – 28

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who's Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. Presented in a semi-staged concert format.

FAME, The Musical, US Premiere in Spanish
GALA Hispanic Theatre
April 25 – June 2

A diverse group of ambitious, young hopefuls dream od stardom as they deal with life, love, and a tragedy at the prestigious high school for the performing arts.

FAME, el Musical (en español)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
April 25 – June 2

Mientras sueñan con el éxito, un diverso grupo de estudiantes en una secundaria de artes escénicas concen el amor y enfrentan los duros golpes de la vida.

Curtains
Thomas Jefferson Theatre
April 26 – May 11

A classic case of “whodunnit?” This Kanderand Ebb musical follows Lt. Frank Cioffi as hetries to find the murderer who’s offing castmembers around a new show in 1959 Boston.

Annie
Reston Community Center
April 26 – May 18

Leapin’ lizards! The timeless tale of the comic strip heroine, Little Orphan Annie, is back.

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Break it Down!
The Kennedy Center
April 27 – 28

This energetic program delights in dissecting parts of music and musical instruments.

Jane Franklin Dance: Complete Dogness
Theatre on the Run
April 27 – May 11

Complete Dogness is a family friendly performance about a delightful little doggy with bad habits. She can eat a delicious wool sweater or steal a whole block of cheese.

Grand Hotel, The Musical - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
Tuesday, April 30

It is 1928 and Berlin is at the center of a razzle-dazzle world between two wars.

Love's Labor's Lost
Folger Theatre
April 30 – June 9

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

Spunk
Signature Theatre
April 30 – 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.

Tiny Tots - Mother Goose Caboose
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
May 1 – 12

Mother Goose introduces us to her friends, including Leonardo the Lion, Kelly, a near-sighted duckling, Doofus, the dog, and many more! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.

The Children
Studio Theatre
May 1 – June 2

In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing,...

Stage Director Talk: Love's Labor's Lost
Folger Shakespeare Library
Thursday, May 2

Vivienne Benesch, director of Love's Labor's Lost shares creative insights into the production. A reception with light fare is included.

Laugh Index Theatre Presents: Three’s Comedy
DC Arts Center (DCAC)
May 2 – 16

We know the rules of comedy, and we’re bringing you the power of three. Three types of comedy. One show. Come on and knock at our door.

Grand Hotel, The Musical - Pride Night
Signature Theatre
Friday, May 3

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

32nd Annual Evening of Comedy
The Barns at Wolf Trap
May 3 – 4

The Barns transforms into a comedy club for three performances of hilarious stand-up entertainment.

I’ve Got a Little Twist NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players
The Alden
Saturday, May 4

A cabaret evening that demonstrates the timelessness of Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring ingeniously rewritten lyrics for G&S tunes, G&S numbers that are juxtaposed with more modern musical...

Junie B. Jones
Olney Theatre Center
May 4 – 5

Junie B.'s made it to First Grade and is having all sorts of adventures meeting new friends, becoming the boss of lunch, and creating a halftime show for the kickball game.

God of Carnage
Keegan Theatre
May 4 – 25

A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter.

Guided Rehearsal: Tosca
The Kennedy Center
Monday, May 6

Audience members get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a world-class opera production as it comes together through this unique open rehearsal experience.

Grand Hotel, The Musical - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
Wednesday, May 8

It is 1928 and Berlin is at the center of a razzle-dazzle world between two wars.

Still Standing: A Musical Survival Guide to Life's Catastrophes, Anita Hollander
CenterStage at RCC
Wednesday, May 8

Still Standing has garnered critical praise and awards from The New York Times, ASCAP, Billboard, and Backstage magazines.

Mary Stuart
Olney Theatre Center
May 8 – June 9

The two most powerful women of the 16th Century – Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots – are on an explosive collision course in this thrilling drama of sex, power, intrigue, and betrayal.

Cinderella
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
May 9 – 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...

Shrek Jr, The Musical
Arts Barn
May 10 – 19

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.

All The Way Live
The Alden
Saturday, May 11

In this interactive show, everything is “all the way live” and history is revived through hip-hop lenses.

The Reluctant Dragon
Keegan Theatre
May 11 – 26

The village of Guildermere blames the dragon who lives upon the downs for their dying crops and sour milk.

Sooner, Later
Atlas Performing Arts Center
May 16 – June 16

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...

Colors
The Kennedy Center
May 18 – 19

Dancers maneuver a set brought to life with fabric, projections, and sensors to explore children’s relationships to colors. Age 5+

Tiny Tots - Clowning Around
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
May 18 – 26

Burlington the Bear, Bingo the Dog, and a clown named Gus are just a few of the delightful characters under the Big Top! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants. Tickets: $6.

Spunk - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
Wednesday, May 29

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

A Misanthrope
Gunston Arts Center
May 30 – 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.

Spunk - Pride Night
Signature Theatre
Friday, May 31

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

The Talented Clementine
Gunston Arts Center
May 31 – June 9

Clementine gets nervous when her third grade teacher announces that her class will be putting on a talent show to raise money for the spring trip.

Tiny Tots - ”Sing-a-Long”
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
June 1 – 2

Everybody sings in this happy-go-lucky show where favorite childhood songs come to life with big colorful puppets. Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants. Tickets: $6.

Spunk - Open Captioning
Signature Theatre
Sunday, June 2

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

SigWorks: Soldiers of the Cross
Signature Theatre
Monday, June 3

When black activist Asha Brown’s brothers marry outside of their race, she experiences the pain, compromises and joys of a new kind of family in a serio-comedy about intermarriage in Trump’s...

Spunk - Discussion Night
Signature Theatre
Tuesday, June 4

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

Betty Buckley in Hello Dolly!
The Kennedy Center
June 4 – July 7

Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly!—the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” 

Tiny Tots - Panda-Monium
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
June 5 – 15

Tiny Tots - Panda-Monium Panda bears, a Chinese magician, the World's Oldest Juggler, and the Panda Pony Parade are only part of our fantastic Chinese circus! Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket,...

A Doll's House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath
Round House Theatre
June 5 – 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.

Amanda Seales presents Mo' Betta Wu: Jazz from the 36 Chambers
The Kennedy Center
Thursday, June 6

Mo’ Betta Wu blends songs by the Wu-Tang Clan with theatrics, jazz elements, humor, and now legendary Wu-isms into an unforgettable presentation.

Broadway Center Stage: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
The Kennedy Center
Monday, June 10

Follow the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch in this semi-staged concert performance as he uses a powerful little handbook to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive.

Falsettos
The Kennedy Center
June 11 – 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.

Byhalia, Mississippi
The Kennedy Center
June 11 – 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...

Blackbeard
Signature Theatre
June 11 – 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.

Caracalla Dance Theatre - One Thousand And One Nights
Wolf Trap
Wednesday, June 12

The “king of the musical theater world in the Middle East” (The Washington Post) makes its debut at Wolf Trap with a grand musical and balletic trilogy.

Ripcord
Keegan Theatre
June 15 – 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...

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.

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...

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 Play Originally Produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain Adapted and Originally Directed by Katie Mitchell Directed by Adam Immerwhar From the moment his tall,...

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.

Blackbeard - Open Captioning
Signature Theatre
Sunday, June 23

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell The Musical
National Theatre
July 10 – 27

Experience the thrill of London’s most spectacular musical as BAT OUT OF HELL brings to life the legendary anthems of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf, in a critically-acclaimed, award-winning...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.