Stage & Theatre

Fall Arts Preview 2007

AMERICAN CENTURY THEATRE
Gunston Arts Center II
2700 S. Lang St.
Arlington, Va.
703-553-8782
www.americancentury.org

· Ah, Wilderness! — Eugene O’Neil 1933 classic comedy in which a teenage boy learns about life (now-10/6)
· Cops — An urban police-station house becomes a battle zone in the gritty drama that inspired Hill Street Blues (1/4-/1/26/08)
· Happy Birthday, Wanda June – Kurt Vonnegut’s loopy stage comedy (3/7-3/29/08)
· Eccentricities of a Nightingale – Ruinous romance unfolds with the fascination of a car wreck in Tennessee Williams’ re-imagined Summer and Smoke (4/4-4/26/08)
· The Titans — Only the humanity of John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev stands between a desperate peace and thermonuclear war (7/18-8/16/08)


ARENA STAGE
1001 Sixth St. SW
202-488-3300
www.arenastage.org

· 33 Variations — A compelling new play by Moisés Kaufman, one of the leading voices of the contemporary American theater (now-9/30, Kreeger)
· Well — Mother knows best in a hilarious and moving Tony Award-nominated comedy about childhood and family. As she talks about growing up in a household full of allergies and social activism, our heroine loses control of her own autobiography (9/14-10/14, Fichandler)
· The Women of Brewster Place — Based on Gloria Naylor’s bestselling novel, this soaring musical adaptation chronicles the dreams and realities of 10 diverse African-American women who live in a decaying housing project on a dead-end street. Directed by Molly Smith (10/19-12/9, Kreeger)
· Christmas Carol 1941 — In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Washington, D.C., prepares to celebrate Christmas. The Schroen family keeps the holiday spirit alive in spite of shortages, a housing crunch and a son who wants to enlist despite his mother’s fears. Adapted by James Magruder from the Dickens classic. With original songs by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) and Susan Birkenhead (Jelly’s Last Jam) (11/16-12/30, Fichandler)
· Ella — This swinging new musical takes you inside the heart and soul of the First Lady of Song. While she’s rehearsing for an important 1966 concert, Fitzgerald’s producer requests that she add ”patter” about her life to the show (12/28-2/24/08, Kreeger)
· Death of a Salesman — Arthur Miller’s tragedy is perhaps the greatest American play of all time (3/14-5/18/08, Fichandler)
· A View from the Bridge — Another Arthur Miller classic (3/21-5/18/08, Fichandler)
· The Mystery of Irma Vep — Charles Ludlam’s hilarious Obie Award-winner gleefully ransacks literary, cinematic and pop culture as it satirizes everything from Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Victorian Melodrama to The Mummy’s Curse, the Brontës and Shakespeare. Starring Brad Oscar and J. Fred Shiffman (5/2-6/8/08, Kreeger)




‘As You Like It’

FOLGER THEATRE
201 E. Capitol St. SE
202-544-7077
www.folger.edu

· As You Like It — Banished Rosalind finds Orlando and a world of passionate possibility in the Forest of Arden. Enchantment abounds as chance encounters blossom into the entanglement of love. Directed by Derek Goldman and featuring Terrence Currier, Sarah Marshall and Amanda Quaid as Rosalind (10/17-11/25)
· Macbeth — Incited by the witches’ prophecy and his ambitious wife, Macbeth journeys into the heart of darkness in a quest for the throne. Menace and magic surround Shakespeare’s chilling Scottish tragedy. Directed and conceived by Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller). With Ian Merrill Peakes in the title role and Kate Eastwood Norris as Lady Macbeth (2/28-4/6/08)
· The School for Scandal — Sheridan’s witty comedy of very bad manners and irresistible folly. Directed by Richard Clifford. With Hugh Nees, Kate Eastwood Norris, Catherine Flye and David Sabin (5/7-6/8/08)


FORD’S THEATRE
202-347-4833
www.fordstheatre.org

· A Christmas Carol — This perennial favorite is the quintessential story of how isolation and selfish self-interest withers the soul — a journey that can only be reversed and redeemed by embracing and contributing to the sea of humanity that surrounds us. Adaptation by Michael Wilson. Originally directed by Matt August. Original staging recreated by Mark Ramont. Performances will be held at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW (12/6-12/30)


GALA HISPANIC THEATRE
3333 14th St. NW
202-234-7174
www.galatheatre.org

· Cita a Ciegas — On his daily visits to a park bench, a blind writer hears and becomes part of the stories of seemingly unrelated people who are strangely connected. Is it circumstance or destiny? This intriguing new play, a recent box office hit in Buenos Aires, evokes the real and surreal worlds of renowned Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. Directed by Jose Carrasquillo and starring Hugo Medrano (9/20-10/14)
· Tu Ternura Molotov/Your Molotov Kisses – An uproarious look at a professional urban couple and their meticulously planned program to have a baby. In the midst of the procedures, a ”bomb” arrives. By Gustavo Ott, author of the hilarious Divorciadas, evangélicas, y vegetarianas (1/31-2/24/08)
· Bodas de Sangre/Blood Wedding — A production of the most famous play in the tragic trilogy by Federico García Lorca. Incorporating song, chant, poetry, music and visual symbolism, this masterpiece takes deeply rooted Andalusian traditions into the realm of contemporary culture. With guest artist Mel Rocher of Spain (4/3-4/27/08)
· Solamente Lara: A Love Song for Lara — An original musical on the life and songs of Agustín Lara, Mexico’s legendary composer-poet who played the world’s heartstrings with his classic romantic melodies and boleros. A renowned Don Juan and habitué of the nightclub scene, Lara’s marriage to Mexican screen goddess Maria Felix left an indelible mark. Conceived by Abel Lopez. Starring Hugo Medrano with pianist Mari Paz (6/5-6/29/08)


Ganymede Arts
www.ganymedearts.org

· GLBT ARTS FESTIVAL — Featuring Gay Men’s Chorus’ Potomac Fever, a dance concert to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Special Agent Galactica Show and vocal, instrumental, comedy, literary performances and a visual arts show (10/19-28, Church Street Theatre)
· Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Aug. 2008)


The In-Series
Various Locations
www.inseries.org

· Moon/Dance — Explore the magic of the moon with staged art song (Mozart, Schumann, Berlioz, Debussy), a splash of pop (Porter, Van Morrison), and a generous helping of dance. Director Nick Olcott joins Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre, choreographer Jared Nelson, pianists Francis Conlon and Carla Hübner, singers Ingrid Cowan, Ole Hass, William Heim, Laura Lewis, Millicent Scarlett and Washington Ballet Studio Company dancers (10/12-13, ATLAS Performing Arts Center)
· Noël & Cole — Get a kick out of this sophisticated voyage through the show tunes of Noël Coward and Cole Porter (11/9-18, GALA Theater-Tivoli)
· Of Love and War – Two poets, two lives, two languages, two civil wars. Director Abel Lopez illuminates passionate poetry by Spaniard Federico García Lorca and American Walt Whitman with intoxicating Spanish music and dance, and the opera music Whitman loved (11/16-17, GALA Theater-Tivoli)
· Opera Triptych – Three short masterpieces delve into the human heart’s capacity for love and for confrontation (1/19-1/27/08, ATLAS)




‘My Fair Lady’

JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
202-467-4600
www.kennedy-center.org

· My Trip to Al-Qaeda — Written and performed by 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, this show details the development of Islamic radicalism that led to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and intertwines deeply researched, firsthand testimony with slides and video clips (9/22-24, Terrace Theater)
· Barbara Cook’s Spotlight — (All performances in the Terrace Theater.) Barbara Cook performs Oct. 19 and 20. Judy Kuhn performs Oct. 26. Lillias White performs Nov. 16. Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner perform April 11, 2008. Brent Barrett performs June 28, 2008
· Happy Days — Fiona Shaw and Tim Potter star in the Royal National Theater’s production of Samuel Beckett’s offbeat classic (11/23-29, Terrace Theatre)
· My Fair Lady – The Lerner-Loewe classic is directed by four-time Tony winner Trevor Nunn (Cats, Les Misérables) and features choreography by two-time Tony winner Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands) (12/27-1/20/08, Opera House)
· August Wilson’s 20th Century — The Center presents staged readings of all ten plays in the late playwright’s cycle chronicling the African-American experience throughout the 20th century, including such masterworks as Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson and Fences (3/4-4/6/08, Terrace Theatre)
· Disney’s The Lion King — Julie Taymor’s inventive musical staging of the animated film roars into the Opera House (6/26-8/24/08)


Metro Stage
1201 N. Royal St.
Alexandria, Va.
703-548-9044
www.metrostage.org

· Tick, tick… BOOM! – Jonathan is a promising young composer on the eve of his 30th birthday. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city (tick), his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue (tick), and he’s still waiting tables and trying to write the great American musical before time, and, unbeknownst to him, life pass him by (BOOM!). Area premiere of the Jonathan Larson (Rent) musical (10/11-11/25)
· Cookin’ at the Cookery — The Washington premiere of an award-winning musical about the legendary blues and jazz singer Alberta Hunter (1/24-3/9/08)
· The Stephen Schwartz Project — A musical revue featuring the songs of award-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin) (4/10-5/25/08)


NATIONAL THEATRE
1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
202-628-6161
www.nationaltheatre.org

· THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE – In this Tony Award-winning musical comedy six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely escaped childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser (10/23-11/4)
· Avenue Q – A musical by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty set on a fictional New York City street, where a bunch of singing puppets and humans struggle to find their way in the world (11/27-12/9)
· Monty Python’s Spamalot – King Arthur’s Court, Python-style (12/11-1/6/08)


OLNEY THEATRE CENTER
2001 Sandy-Spring Rd.
Olney, Md.
301-924-3400
www.olneytheatre.org

· Of Mice and Men — The John Steinbeck classic (9/25/07-10/21/07)
· Fiddler on the Roof — If we all were rich men, all day long we’d biddy biddy bum! (11/13-12/30/07)
· Doubt: A Parable — Set in a Bronx Catholic school during the ’60s, a rule-loving nun does not approve of teachers offering friendship over discipline. John Patrick Shanley’s play won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play (2/13-3/9/08, Mainstage)
· Bad Dates — Come walk a mile in Haley Walker’s shoes, all 600 pairs. Join the Texan waitress as she reenters the dating scene after a long hiatus (3/19-4/20, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab)
· 1776 — A lighthearted, musical look at John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as they grapple with the problems of the Continental Congress and independence from Britain (4/9-5/4/08, Mainstage)
· The Mousetrap — A young couple, a man running from his past, an army major, a spinster, a foreigner and a policeman are stuck in a hotel during a snow storm in this classic whodunit by Agatha Christie (6/11-7/6/08, Mainstage)
· Stuff Happens — David Hare’s play follows George Bush, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and other world figures in the decisions that lead up to the Iraq War (6/18-7/20/08, Theatre Lab)
· Rabbit Hole — David Lindsay-Abaire’s drama about a life-shattering accident won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (8/6-8/31/08, Mainstage)
· The Underpants — No one wants to be caught with his or her pants down. However, Theo and his young wife, Louise, are at the center of a public scandal when her bloomers innocently fall down during a parade for the king. Steve Martin brings his comic genius to this outrageous look at feminism, sex, and politics (9/24-10/19/08, Mainstage)
· Peter Pan — The classic musical based on the J.M. Barrie classic (11/19/08-1/4/09)


ROUND HOUSE BETHESDA
4545 East-West Highway
240-644-1100
www.roundhousetheatre.org

· A LESSON BEFORE DYING — Adapted by Romulus Linney from the bestselling novel by Ernest J. Gaines, this is the inspirational story about an African-American man on death row in 1940′s Louisiana and the school teacher who helps him prepare to die with dignity (9/19-10/14)
· TREASURE ISLAND — Blake Robison directs a new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adapted by Ken Ludwig. The cast includes Will Gartshore, John Lescault and Mitchell Hebert (11/28-12/30)
· THE BOOK CLUB PLAY — A contemporary comedy following a group of thirtysomethings who invite a new member into their book club only to see this new personality threaten the foundation of their cherished friendships. With Sarah Marshall and Will Gartshore (2/6-3/2/08)
· LORD OF THE FLIES — Blake Robison directs this thrilling stage adaptation of the classic allegory by William Golding (4/2-4/27/08)
· NIXON’S NIXON — Ed Gero (Richard Nixon) and Conrad Feininger (Henry Kissinger) reprise their roles for this new production of a 1999 Round House hit (5/28-6/22/08)


ROUND HOUSE SILVER SPRING
8641 Colesville Road
240-644-1100
www.roundhousetheatre.org

· Redshirts – By Dana Yeaton and directed by Lou Bellamy (10/17-11/11)




‘Edward II’

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY
450 Seventh St. NW
202-547-1122
www.shakespearetheatre.org

· The Taming of the Shrew — Rebecca Bayla Taichman directs Shakespeare’s comedy about the improbable courtship of the fiery-tongued Katherine by the arrogant Petruchio (9/25-11/18, Lansburgh)
· Edward II — Deemed by many to be Christopher Marlowe’s crowning achievement, Edward II features the playwright’s most nuanced characters and some of his finest language. Directed by Gale Edwards and starring Wallace Acton (10/27-1/6/08, Harman Hall)
· Tamburlaine – Marlowe’s drama chronicles its hero’s meteoric rise from humble origins to fearsome warrior and emperor of thousands. Directed by Michael Kahn and starring Avery Brooks and Franchelle Stewart Dorn (10/28-1/6/08, Harman Hall)
· Argonautika — Director Mary Zimmerman turns her talents to the spectacular tale of Jason and the Argonauts (1/15-3/2/08, Lansburgh)
· Major Barbara — Full of George Bernard Shaw’s signature shrewd, urbane wit, the comedy depicts timeless tensions between wealth and charity, government and religion, business and family. Directed by Ethan McSweeny (2/19-3/23/08, Harman Hall)
· Antony and Cleopatra — Featuring some of the most sublime poetry of love and loss ever written, Shakespeare’s tragedy is a dark, intimate portrait of an ill-fated love affair. Directed by Michael Kahn (4/26-7/6/08, Harman Hall)
· Julius Caesar — One of Shakespeare’s most enthralling political thrillers. Directed by David Muse (4/27-7/6/08, Harman Hall)
· The Imaginary Invalid — written and first performed while Molière was dying, the satire targets the medical quacks of 17th-century France (6/10-7/27/08, Lansburgh)


SIGNATURE THEATRE
703-820-9771
www.sig-online.org

· MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG — Beginning in the present and moving backwards in time, Sondheim’s classic is a tuneful trip through the personal and professional lives of three friends discovering the different paths they’ve taken. Directed by Eric Schaeffer (now-10/14, In the Max)
· THE WORD BEGINS — This explosive theatrical experience celebrates the spoken word, the human heart, and the challenges facing the world today. Written and performed by acclaimed spoken word artists Steve Connell and Sekou (tha Misfit), this is a raw, emotionally-charged journey through such controversial issues as race relations, religion, sexuality, love, and the power of mass communication (10/2-12/2, In the Ark)
· THE STUDIO — In a bare, mirrored studio high above Broadway, a well-known choreographer with a highly-guarded private life, creates a new work for two dancers — a veteran who’s seen it all, and a newcomer who wants it all. Secrets are exposed and the stakes become increasingly personal when the artists reveal just how far they’ll go to achieve success (11/6-12/2, Max)
· GLORY DAYS — In this world premiere musical, four high school friends reunite one year after graduation to discover how dramatically their lives have grown apart. While they attempt to reconnect and understand each other’s differences, nothing can compare to the glory days of high school when life was simpler and all appeared right with the world. Directed by Eric Schaeffer (1/15-2/17/08)
· KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN — In this Kander and Ebb masterpiece, two men, a window dresser and a socialist rebel, are forced to share a jail cell in Argentina. Imprisoned for their beliefs and lifestyles, each man comes to find comfort in the other’s company as the line between reality and fantasy blurs. Directed by Eric Schaeffer (3/11-4/20/08, Max)
· THE HAPPY TIME — This rarely produced Kander and Ebb musical tells the story of Jacques Bonnard, a world-traveling photographer, who returns home to French-Canadian St. Pierre in search of his happy youth (4/1-6/1/08, Ark)
· THE VISIT — Two-time Tony-winner and Broadway legend Chita Rivera stars in this new Kander and Ebb musical based on one of the great plays of the 20th century. Book by Terrence McNally. Choreographed by Ann Reinking. Directed by Frank Galati (5/13-6/22/08, Max)


STUDIO THEATRE
1333 P St. NW
202-332-3300
www.studiotheatre.org

· MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA! – Athol Fugard’s heartfelt and profoundly moving play follows the friendship of two teenagers — one black, one white — in apartheid-torn South Africa. Directed by Serge Seiden (now-10/14)
· SHINING CITY — Conor McPherson’s drama uses richly drawn characters and powerful storytelling to weave a tale of love, loss and faith. Directed by Joy Zinoman. Starring Donald Carrier and Ed Gero (11/7-12/16, In the Metheny)
· THE BROTHERS SIZE — Drumming and vibrant music drive this tense and thrilling tale of two Louisiana brothers and the mysterious man who threatens to drive them apart (1/2-2/10/08, Mead)
· THE HISTORY BOYS — Joy Zinoman directs Alan Bennett’s 2006 Tony Award-winner that goes inside the world of a British boys’ school, where two teachers become rivals for the hearts and minds of their unruly students. Starring Floyd King and Simon Kendall (3/26-5/4/08, Metheny)
· THE NEW ABSURD: A PERFORMANCE SERIES BY RAINPAN 43 — A three-week festival of this inventive performance group’s surprising work. Created and performed by Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle (4/1-4/20/08, Mead)
· THE INTERNATIONALIST — Playwright Anne Washburn follows an American businessman lost in translation in this mysterious, multilingual romance. Featuring Holly Twyford (5/14-6/22/08, In the Milton)
· THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY: A WORLD PREMIERE BY THE CIVILIANS — The OBIE Award-winning troupe has forged their own unique brand of theatre — smart, witty and boldly theatrical snapshots of the American psyche (6/11-7/6/08, Metheny)


STUDIO THEATRE SECONDSTAGE
1333 P St. NW
202-332-3300
www.studiotheatre.org

· BREATH, BOOM – The gritty, vivid story of one woman’s journey from gang-girl to grown-up (12/12-1/6/08, Stage 4)
· ALL THAT I WILL EVER BE — An erotic and thought-provoking look at ethnicity and the eternal search for belonging. By Alan Ball (2/13-3/9/08)
· JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA — The hijinks and hilarity of daytime television meet the epic storytelling of opera. Directed by Keith Alan Baker (7/16-8/10/08, Mead)


SYNETIC THEATER
The Rosslyn Spectrum
1611 N. Kent St.
Arlington, Va.
703-824-8060
www.synetictheater.org

· The Fall of the House of Usher – Artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili brings Edgar Allen Poe’s ultimate psychological thriller to horrifying life (9/22-10/22)
· A Christmas CarolThis retelling of the Dickens classic will use only five of Synetic’s ”expertly drilled cadre of actors” to portray over 20 different characters (11/24-12/24)
· Romeo and Juliet — A wordless interpretation of Shakespeare’s most famous tragic love story (1/27-3/9/08)
· Carmen — With the title role played by resident choreographer Irina Tsikurishvili, Carmen will be infused with fervor and brilliance (5/28-6-15/08, Kennedy Center Family Theater)


THEATER ALLIANCE
1365 H St. NE
1-800-811-4111

· Ambition Facing West — This luminous tale explores the dreams of opportunity that have sent people westward for generations. Directed by Jeremy Skidmore (10/11-11/4)
· The Brothers Karamazov — Anthony Clarvoe’s sexy and irreverent adaptation of Dostoevsky’s monumental Russian classic tightens the focus of the novel to the three brothers and the mysterious murder of their father (2/28-3/23/08)
· The Cure at Troy — Jennifer Nelson directs this drama that blends Greek myth, Irish storytelling and stunning visual images (5/29-6/22/08)


THEATRE J
1529 16th St. NW
202-777-3229
www.theatrej.org

· SPEED-THE-PLOW – David Mamet’s quicksilver comedy about getting films green-lighted in Hollywood shows no need for Botox or silicone. Directed by Jerry Whiddon (10/18-11/25)
· SHLEMIEL THE FIRST — Inspired by Nobel Prize-winner I.B. Singer’s whimsical tales of Chelm, the Village of Fools, this theatrical ”jolt of Joy” features rollicking klezmer music, slapstick comedy and a grand tale of mistaken identity. Starring Donna Migliaccio (12/18-1/13/08)
· 25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER — Judy Gold’s neurosis about becoming her mother spurred a quest to find out what makes a Jewish mother different from all other mothers. She interviewed over 50 Jewish women and came up with an astonishing album of memorable characters (1/23-2/24/08)
· THE PRICE — Robert Prosky and his sons, Andrew and John, star in this scorching Arthur Miller classic (3/8-4/18/08)
· DAVID IN SHADOW AND LIGHT — Bobby Smith, Will Gartshore and Donna Migliaccio star in this epic musical retelling of the story of King David. With choreography by Peter DiMuro of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (5/6-6/22/08)


WASHINGTON SHAKESPEARE CO.
601 S. Clark St.
Arlington, Va.
703-418-4808
www.washingtonshakespeare.org

· Caligula — By Albert Camus. Directed by Christopher Henley (10/11-11/11)
· Kafka’s Dick — By Alan Bennett. Directed by Joe Banno (11/29-1/13/08)
· The House of Yes — By Wendy MacLeod. Directed by Colin Hovde (12/6-1/13/08)
· Hedda Gabler – Henrik Ibsen’s powerful classic drama. Directed by Christopher Henley (1/31-3/2/08)
· The Little Clay Cart — By Shudrak. Directed by Gaurav Gopalan (April 2008)


WOOLLY MAMMOTH
641 D St. NW
202-393-3939
www.woollymammoth.net

· THE UNMENTIONABLES – Bruce Norris’s explosive satire follows a motley collection of do-gooder Americans to an isolated African village (now-9/30)
· CURRENT NOBODY — Riffing on Homer’s Odyssey, playwright Melissa James Gibson flip-flops genders to create a dazzling tale about the ultimate working mom (10/29-11/25)
· NOW WHAT? — Following last season’s hit Help Wanted, Josh Lefkowitz returns to juggle politics, poetry and love as he attempts to answer the question ”What are you working on now?” (10/31-11/25, Melton Rehearsal Hall)
· One-Man Star Wars Trilogy — Writer-performer Charles Ross presents his high-energy 75-minute solo piece, in which he plays all the characters, recreates the effects, sings the music, flies the ships and fights both sides of the battles from the original ”Star Wars” trilogy (12/12-30)
· NO CHILD… — Nilaja Sun brings her inspiring solo piece to D.C. Reacting to No Child Left Behind, Sun transforms herself with rapid-fire precision into the teachers, students, parents and janitors who inhabit one New York City public school. Her portrait of life at Malcolm X High School highlights how one determined woman can change the lives of countless others (1/14-2/10/08)
· STUNNING — Sixteen-year-old Lily knows nothing beyond the Syrian-Jewish community in Brooklyn where she lives a cloistered life with her much older husband. Soon an unlikely relationship with her enigmatic African-American maid opens Lily’s world to new possibilities — but at a big price (3/10-4/6/08)
· MEASURE FOR PLEASURE — In David Grimm’s naughty Restoration comedy, Sir Peter Lustforth has had enough of his wife’s amorous ways and casts his eye on the virginal Hermione, setting off a series of chaotic chases and couplings among a womanizer, a transvestite, a puritanical dame and a helplessly romantic valet. Directed by Howard Shalwitz (5/26-6/29/08)


WIT!
Flashpoint’s Mead Theatre Lab
916 G St. NW
202-315-1318
www.washingtonimprovtheater.com

EXES AND OHS — Wit rehashes your most significant relationship, so you can finally see what went wrong (9/13-27)
· The Lodge — You are being initiated not just into a secret society but into an elite academy of the knowing, Wit-style (9/13-10/18)
· CAVEAT — What would it be like to live in a world where little things mattered, and nothing was inconsequential? (9/14-10/19)
· iMusical: The Improvised Musical! — Combining the predictable playfulness of comedic improvisation with the wondrous joys of musical theater. A cast of singer-improvisers creates a compelling new show with each performance, comprised of completely improvised scenes, lyrics and music, all inspired by audience suggestion (9/14-10/19)
· ONESIXTYONE — Freestyle. The essence of improvisation. The ability to act on instinct and create something in the moment that’s never been seen before, from the surreal to the achingly real (9/22-10/20)
· JINX — This Wit house team is unscripted comedy that doesn’t go for the cheap punchline (10/4-10/18)
· SUPERBEST — You know that moment when you realize, suddenly, that you’re in love with someone? Your eyes meet in a way they’ve never met before, and for a moment time stands still as your soul stretches outward in yearning for a chance to brush against theirs? While that’s happening, Superbest takes you out with a rocket launcher (10/6-10/20)
· SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE — Stereotyping is such a natural human function and is so common that it occasionally functions in a useful way… occasionally… mostly it exposes ignorance and Wit’s here to shine a bright light on all those assumptions that we all to lazy to correct (10/11-18)

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