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Stage and Theater

2006 Fall Arts Preview


Never the Sinner — John Logan’s ”docu-drama” about 1924’s infamous Leopold and Loeb case, in which two young heirs abducted and killed a 14-year-old boy. Directed by Jeffrey Johnson (10/20-11/19, Source Theatre) · Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy — A high camp, 70-minute parody of the Michael Douglas-Glenn Close thriller. Complete with a boiled bunny. Directed by Matty Griffiths (11/3-25, Source Theatre) · Elizabeth Rex — Starring Jeffrey Johnson and Sybil Lines (Dates and location TBA) · The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas — A true ‘ho down (Dates and Location TBA) · Debbie Does Dallas — Rick Hammerly directs this musical porn parody (Dates and location TBA) ·

ATLAS Performing Arts Center
1333 H St. NW

The Gingham Dog — Jeremy Skidmore directs Lanford Wilson’s play about the end of an interracial marriage in the ’60s (9/21-10/22) · A Raisin in the Sun — Deidra Starnes, Jefferson Russell and Jewell Robinson star in Lorraine Hansberry’s famous portrait of a 1950s black family (11/3-1/14/07) · The Oracle — Featuring music and life-sized puppets, Ed Shockley’s play is loosely based on George Bernard Shaw’s The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, in which an African princess is sent on a quest (5/10-6/3/07) ·

Gunston Arts Center II
2700 S. Lang St.
Arlington, Va.

MacBird! — A troubled and profane Lyndon Baines Johnson is cast as MacBeth in this 1965 counter-culture gem (thru 10/7) · Desire Under the Elms — One of Eugene O’Neill’s greatest tragedies, and one of his most under-produced plays (1/5/07-2/3/07) · Reflections — A evening of short plays written during Prohibition by Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, Susan Glaspell, Sophie Treadwell and others (2/23/07-3/24/07) · That Championship Season — Jason Miller’s gripping drama in which a reunion of a high school college basketball team rips open old wounds, exposes dashed dreams and unleashes unexpected emotions (TBA) · Hellzapoppin — The 1936 musical laff-fest served as, among other things, the inspiration for the ’60’s TV hit Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and off-Broadway’s The Mad Show (7/13/07-8/18/07) ·

1001 Sixth St. SW

Cabaret — The stunningly dark Kander-Ebb musical, in which a young American journalist lands at the notorious Kit Kat Club where he falls in love with English entertainer Sally Bowles. Starring Brad Oscar as the Master of Ceremonies and Meg Gillentine as Sally. Directed by Molly Smith (thru 10/29, in the Fichandler) · Nine Parts of Desire — Heather Raffo’s one-woman show introduces nine extraordinary women — eight Iraqi, one American of Iraqi descent — who share true and intimate stories of how their lives have been irrevocably affected by the war and its chaotic aftermath. Starring Raffo. Directed by Joanna Settle (9/29-11/12, in the Kreeger) · She Loves Me — A frothy musical treat by Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock in which two shop clerks who despise one another find secret — and surprising — romance. Directed by Kyle Donnelly (11/17-12/31, Fichandler) · Noises Off — Quite possibly the funniest door slamming farce ever put to paper. By Michael Frayn. Directed by Jonathan Munby (12/15-1/28/07, Kreeger) · Gem of the Ocean — The ninth play in Wilson’s historic, award-winning 10-part series chronicling the black American experience through the 20th century, Gem is set in 1904 Pittsburgh and features at its core a mystical 285-year-old matriarch (1/26-3/18/07, Fichandler) · Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune — Terrence MacNally’s two-person tour de force (2/23-4/8/07, Kreeger) · The Heidi Chronicles — Tazewell Thompson directs Wendy Wasserstein’s epic ode to feminism (4/6-5/13/07, Fichandler) · Peter & Wendy — Influenced by art from around the globe, Peter & Wendy reimagines J.M. Barrie’s classic through elegant east Asian puppetry and a gorgeous Celtic musical score, resulting in a uniquely imaginative spectacle of the stage (4/27-6/24/07, Kreeger) ·

125 S. Old Glebe Rd.
Arlington, Va.

The Pirates of Penzance — The Gilbert and Sullivan classic (9/29-10/14) · A Man for All Seasons — A dramatic classic about Sir Thomas More (2/2/07-2/17/07) · Thoroughly Modern Millie — The jazzy musical makes its community theater bow (4/13/07-4/28/07) ·

3700 S. Four Mile Run
Arlington, Va.

Short Order Stories — A popular roadside diner in Upstate New York serves as the setting for this drama written by Renee Calarco. Directed by Joe Calarco (9/22-10/21) · 37 Stones — Mark Charney’s offbeat comedy involves a man an his strange relationship with his 38 kidney stones (3/9/07-3/31/07) · Sleeping and Waking — Sixty years in the future, it’s possible to attach a human head to a donor body in this drama by Chris Stezin and starring Christopher Lane (5/4/07-6/2/07) ·

201 E. Capitol St. SE

A Midsummer Night’s Dream — Joe Banno directs Shakespeare’s fanciful comedy. With Kate Eastwood Norris as Puck (10/19-12/26) · King Lear — This co-production with The Classical Theatre of Harlem features Baltimore native André De Shields (The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’) as the misguided king (1/11/07-2/18/07) · The Tempest — In Shakespeare’s final play, the master brings all of his art to bear to weave a compelling story that leads to the most remarkable act of all: forgiveness (5/10/07-6/17/07) ·

511 10th St. NW

State of the Union — This 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winner, by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, is a stark reminder that the more things change, the more they remain the same — particularly in the world of Washington politics. Directed by Kyle Donnelly with a cast that includes Nancy Robinette and Floyd King (9/22-10/22) · A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas — Get your Scrooge on with this annual holiday tradition (11/15-12/30) · Jitney — African Continuum Theatre Company’s Jennifer Nelson directs the eighth in August Wilson’s remarkable 10-play cycle exploring the African-American experience. With a cast to die for: Doug Brown, Frederick Strother and Craig Wallace (1/19/07-2/18/07) · Meet John Doe — A musical adaptation of the 1941 Frank Capra classic set in Depression-era America, directed by Signature Theatre’s Eric Schaeffer (3/16/07-4/29/07) ·

3333 14th St. NW

Valor, agravio y mujerÂ…Stripping Don Juan — A 17th century comedy by Ana Caro, one of the few women playwrights of Spain’s Golden Age. Directed by Hugo Medrano (9/28-10/22) · Las Paredes/The Walls — The U.S. premiere of a sharp and deeply ironic play by Argentine Griselda Gambaro, one of Latin America’s foremost contemporary and controversial playwrights (2/1-2/25/07) · Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue — A drama that explores a young man’s experience in the U.S. military (4/12-5/6/07) · La Victoria: Peru’s African Voice — Through the powerful poems and songs of Nicomedes Santa Cruz — the renowned Afro-Peruvian writer, musician and social advocate — this musical uncovers the deep African veins of Peru’s popular culture and its expressions in today’s contagious rhythms and dance (6/7-7/1/07) ·


Twelve Angry Men — Richard Thomas and George Wendt star in this revival of the classic jury room drama (10/3-10/22, Eisenhower Theater) · Waiting for Godot — Dublin’s extraordinary Gate Theatre presents Samuel Becket’s most famous, enduring work (10/3-10/5, Terrace Theater) · The Light in the Piazza — The Tony Award-winning romantic musical set in Italy during the summer of 1953. The lush score is by Adam Guettel, with a book by Craig Lucas (The Dying Gaul, Longtime Companion) (12/9-1/7/07, Opera House) · Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? — The Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s 1962 domestic scorcher, starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin as Martha and George (1/4/07-1/28/07, Eisenhower) · Carnival! — A Kennedy Center-produced staging of the 1961 Bob Merrill-Michael Stewart classic. Directed by Robert Longbottom (2/17/07-3/11/07, Eisenhower) · Coriolanus — The Royal Shakespeare Company continues its exclusive American residency at the Kennedy Center with a production of Shakespeare’s classic, featuring William Houston and Janet Suzman (4/14/07-5/6/07, Eisenhower) · The Phantom of the Opera — Andrew Lloyd Webber’s finest work returns, falling chandelier and all. Brilliantly staged by Harold Prince (6/20/07-8/12/07, Opera House) · Sweeney Todd: The Reunion Concert — Tony Award-winners Christine Baranski and Brian Stokes Mitchell return to commemorate the roles they performed five years ago during the Kennedy Center Sondheim Festival (6/22/07-6/23/07, Concert Hall) · Shear Madness — Now and, apparently, forever (ongoing, Theater Lab) ·

1201 N. Royal St.
Alexandria, Va.

Girl In The Goldfish Bowl — The U.S. premiere of Canadian playwright Morris Panych’s story of an 11-year-old girl’s encounter in 1962 with a stranger whom she believes to be the reincarnation of her dead goldfish. Directed by Gregg Henry. Starring Susan Lynskey (thru 10/15) · Bricktop, A New Musical — A new musical celebrating the lives of three musical legends — Ada ”Bricktop” Smith, Alberta Hunter and Mabel Mercer — and their extraordinary impact on 20th century music. With book and lyrics by Calvin A. Ramsey and Thomas W. Jones II, and music by S. Renee Clark. Directed by Jones (1/17-2/25/07) · Shakespeare’s Will — Anne Hathaway’s provocative recollection of her life as the wife of William Shakespeare on the eve of his funeral. The one-woman show stars Catherine Flye. Directed by John Vreeke (2/9/07) · Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) — In Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart’s hilarious parody of musical theater, one story becomes five different musicals, written in the distinctive styles of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Jerry Herman, and Andrew Lloyd Webber (4/4-5/27/07) ·

1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

LegendsDynasty’s Joan Collins and Linda Evans reunite for this new version of the James Kirkwood-penned comedy that originally starred Carol Channing and Mary Martin back in 1986 (11/21-12/3) · Movin’ Out — The smash Broadway musical, conceived, choreographed and directed by Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp and based on 24 classic songs by pop icon Billy Joel, returns (12/5-12/23) ·

2001 Sandy-Spring Rd.
Olney, Md.

In the Mood — Irene Wurtzel’s political drama set in the world of the State Department (thru 9/24) · The Foreigner — Larry Shue’s uproarious farce (9/27-10/22) · Cinderella — Fairy tale magic from Rodgers and Hammerstein (11/15-12/31) · The Constant Wife — W. Somerset Maugham’s light-hearted, satirical comedy questions whether ignorance really is bliss and if independence is really about playing hard to get. Directed by John Going (2/13-3/11/07) · Eubie! — A musical tribute to the life of celebrated composer, pianist and raconteur James Hubert ”Eubie” Blake, born in Baltimore, featuring some of Blakes’s best-loved songs, including ”I’m Just Wild About Harry” and ”Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” (3/27-4/29/07) · I Am My Own Wife — John Going directs Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, one-person drama based on the life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a cross-dresser who triumphed over the Nazis (4/16-5/20/07) · 13 Rue de L’Amour — Classic French farce (5/15/07-6/10/07) · Democracy — Michael Frayn’s drama of political intrigue is based on fact and set against mid-’60s Germany. Directed by Jim Petosa (7/17-8/12/07) · 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) ·

4545 East-West Highway

A Prayer for Owen Meany — Adapted from the novel by John Irving. Directed by Blake Robison (thru 10/8) · The Little Prince — Adapted from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (11/5-12/10) · Orson’s Shadow — By Austin Pendelton. Directed by Jerry Whiddon (1/31-2/25/07) · Crime and Punishment — Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (4/4-4/29/07) · Summer of ’42 — A musical based on Herman Raucher’s novel. Directed by Paul Barnes (5/30-6/24/07)

8641 Colesville Road

Jon Spelman’s Frankenstein — Adapted from the original novel by Mary Shelley, starring Spelman and directed by Nick Olcott (11/19-11/12) · The Mark Jaster Show (1/11–1/28/07) · The Director: The Life and Times of Elia Kazan — Written and directed by Leslie A. Kobylinski. Starring Rick Foucheux (4/19-5/13/07) ·

450 Seventh St. NW

An Enemy of the People — Henrik Ibsen’s compelling drama about how society ostracizes its truth-tellers (thru 10/22) · The Beaux’ Stratagem — After squandering their fortunes on drink and gambling, Tom Aimwell and Jack Archer seek refuge in the countryside, where they hope to seduce two ladies of fortune. Michael Kahn directs the world premiere of a new adaptation of George Farquhar’s comedy begun by Thornton Wilder and finished by Ken Ludwig (11/7-12/31) · Richard III — A ruthless Machiavellian, Richard seduces and slaughters his enemies and relatives, becoming so tainted with blood that ”sin will pluck on sin.” Michael Kahn directs with Geraint Wyn Davies in the title role (1/16-3/18/07) · Titus Andronicus — For the first time in its history, the Shakespeare Theatre Company presents this Shakespearean theater of blood. When Roman general Titus returns from his victorious campaign against the Goths, he sacrifices one of the Goth princes in retaliation, setting in motion a horrific cycle. Gale Edwards direct (4/3-5/20/07) · Hamlet — Jeffrey Carlson plays the morose Danish prince, who pursues his father’s justice at the cost of his sanity. Directed by Michael Kahn (6/5-7/29/07) ·


My Fair Lady — The standard by which all other musicals are measured, featuring such favorites as ”Rain in Spain,” ”I Could Have Danced All Night” and ”I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” Directed by Eric Schaeffer (9/29-11/19, final show in the S. Four Mile Run space) · Into the Woods — Signature christens its striking new two-theater complex in Shirlington Village with the Sondheim powerhouse that fractures fairy tales and deepens them to a level that is as poignant as it is revealing. Eric Schaeffer directs (1/12-2/25/07, in the Max) · Saving Aimee — A world premiere musical with book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford (yes, you read that right) and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, based on the life of Aimee Semple McPherson, charismatic founder of the Four Square Gospel Church. Directed by Eric Schaeffer, who clearly refuses to entertain the notion of sleep (4/10-5/13/07, in the Max) · Crave — Jeremy Skidmore directs Sarah Kane’s dramatized deconstruction of the human mind under the pressures of love, loss and longing (1/30-4/1/07, in the Ark) · Nest — Susanna Cox, a Mennonite accused of infanticide in 1809, was the first woman to be hanged in Pennsylvania. Bathsheba Doran’s play is based on the events surrounding her death sentence (4/24-6/24/07, in the Ark) ·

1333 P St. NW

Red Light Winter — Adam Rapp’s haunting story of sex, heartbreak and obsession surrounding a dark love triangle. Directed by Joy Zinoman (9/6-10/15, in the Mead) · The Long Christmas Ride Home — Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel combines exquisite storytelling, music and puppetry to create a mesmerizing portrait of the delicate and often painful bonds of family. Directed by Serge Seiden (11/15-12/24, in the Metheny) · This is How it Goes — Neil LaBute once again goes for the jugular, taking on the taboos and unspoken truths of contemporary American life. He calls his play ”a meditation on truth (the many versions of it that we offer up to different people)” and an exploration of ”how racism still affects all of us on a simple, daily level” (1/3-2/11/07, Mead) · The Passion of the Crawford — Featuring John Epperson as Lypsinka as Joan Crawford (2/7-2/25/07, Milton) · The Pillowman — Both hilarious and horrifying, Martin McDonagh’s gripping drama tells the tale of a writer whose dark fables seem to be coming to life. In an unnamed totalitarian state, police drag the author Katurian in for questioning; his ghoulish stories are the only clue in a series of recent murders. Directed by Joy Zinoman (3/14-4/22/07, Metheny) · Souvenir — A side-splitting celebration of the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, the real-life singer whose voice made her a legend-for her complete lack of pitch and rhythm. Directed by Serge Seiden (4/25-7/1/07, Milton) · Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead — Tom Stoppard’s groundbreaking modern classic blends dazzling, intricate wordplay and hilarious physical comedy. Directed by Paul Mullins (5/16-6/24/07, Mead) ·

1333 P St. NW

Crestfall — A ferocious, edge-of-your-seat ride into the lives of three fierce and struggling women. In three interlocking monologues, Mark O’Rowe creates an unforgettable world a brutal and beautiful tapestry of contemporary Irish life (10/11-11/5) · tempOdyssey — A screwball comedy about the epic drudgery of temp work. As it rockets from the chicken farms of Appalachia to the skyscrapers of Seattle, unexpected twists and fantastical surprises keep audiences guessing in this whip-smart new play by Dan Dietz (12/6-12/31) · Reefer Madness — A musical parody of the 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film of the same name. Featuring a book by Kevin Murphy, one of the writers and producers of Desperate Housewives (7/11-8/5/07) ·


Frankenstein — Mary Shelley’s pillar of Gothic horror done the Synetic way (thru 10/1, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater) · MacBeth Synetic’s signature blend of dance, movement and music will cast new light on the universal struggles and themes of one of Shakespeare’s most complex works, told through the art of silence (1/11-2/25/07, Rosslyn Spectrum) · Animal Farm — The animals of Manor Farm decide that the world would be better off without the thoughtless and degrading rule of humans, but after the revolution the animals sink into corruption, hierarchical inner societies, and political betrayal (4/26-5/20/07, Rosslyn Spectrum) · Hamlet… The Rest is Silence — A revival of Synetic’s 2002 Helen Hayes Award-winning masterpiece (5/31-6/17/07, Kennedy Center Family Theater) ·

1365 H St. NE

The Bluest Eye — Lydia Diamond adapts Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s work for the stage. In Ohio, 1940, Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Blaming her dark skin for her nothingness, she prays for blue eyes, sure that they will have the power to change her world (10/12-11/12) · Insurrection: Holding History — TJ is 189 years old and ready to go. But before he passes on, he convinces his great-great grandson to take him back to Virginia one last time. The further they drive, the further back in time they go. Ideas about slavery, homosexuality and the value of family converge in Robert O’Hara’s time-bending comic fantasia (3/1-4/1/07) · In On It — Meet the dynamic duo of This One and That One. They’re two lovers who might be angels, two angels who might be devils, two devils who might be anyone we know. As both men maneuver their way through three hilarious realities, they defy the laws of creation, destruction and all the moments in between. By Daniel MacIvor (4/27-5/27/07) · Blue/Orange — Joe Penhall’s exploration of race, madness and survival of the fittest. Winner of the London’s Olivier Award for Best Play (5/11-6/10/07) ·

1529 16th St. NW

Shlemiel the First — A concert reading of a Klezmer musical, based on the play by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Directed by Nick Olcott (10/8-10/13) · Spring Forward/Fall Back — A world premiere by Robert Brustein, in which successive generations of fathers and sons and their continuing conflicts over music (10/19-11/26) · Sleeping Arrangements — Based on her best-selling, award-winning memoir, Laura Shaine Cunningham’s comedy is an imaginative, eloquent coming-of-age saga of family rejuvenation. Directed by Delia Taylor (1/9-2/18/07) · Family Secrets — An intimate portrait of five members of a Jewish family transplanted from the Bronx to Southern California. Starring Sherry Glaser (3/7-4/15/07) · Either, Or — Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s List, delivers a devastating, impeccably researched work that tells the true-life, wartime story of Kurt Gerstein, an adored young German caught on the wrong side of history. Directed by Daniel DeRaey (5/2-6/3/07) · Shylock — Starring Theodore Bikel (5/13-5/15/07) ·

9008 Center Street
Manassass, Va.

The Seagull — Chekhov translated by Tom Stoppard (10/6-10/22) · A Christmas Carol — Scrooge enters the spirit world (12/1-12/17) · Much Ado About Nothing — Shakespeare’s ”merry war” of the sexes (3/2-3/18/07) · The Ghost Sonata — Gripping Strindberg (5/4-5/20/07) · The Imaginary Invalid — In Molière comedy, a hypochondriac imagines he is sick when he is actually not and faithfully follows any instructions from his doctor (7/13-7/29/07) ·

1017-21 Seventh St. NW

Son of a Bush — The latest from Gross National Product (thru 10/9) · Worst President Ever!!! — The Bush-bashing continues in this one-man show by gay actor Rick Fiori (9/22-9/24) · Façade — A performance piece by Jane Jerardi and Ginger Wang, with visuals by Michael Wichita (9/30-10/7) · The Insect Play — A satirical play from Scena Theatre (10/13-11/12) · Freak House — Lobster Boy and Cherry Red team up for good, old fashioned debauchery (10/25-10/31) ·

601 S. Clark St.
Arlington, Va.

Equus — Peter Shaffer’s psychological drama in which a psychiatrist must probe the mind of a 17-year-old boy who committed a horrifying act of violence stars Christopher Henley and Jay Hardee and features direction by Lee Mikeska Gardner (10/26-11/26) ·

641 D St. NW

In the Continuum — Dramatizing with bold insight, intelligence, and unexpected humor the challenge of AIDS among black women worldwide. Direct from Off-Broadway (thru 9/24) · HELP WANTED: A Personal Search for Meaningful Employment at the Start of the 21st Century — A lively and endearing coming-of-age tale about heroes, disappointments and the struggle to become an artist, written and performed by Josh Lefkowitz (9/14-9/24) · Get Your War On — Rude Mechanicals of Austin, Texas, barrel into town with a down and dirty theatrical adaptation of David Rees’s savage Internet comic strip that takes aim at the Bush administration and the War on Terror (10/5-10/14) · Martha, Josie & the Chinese Elvis — John Vreeke directs the American premiere of this eccentric and hilarious play about a dominatrix dreading her 40th birthday (11/6-12/10) · Vigils — A woman clings to her dead husband’s talkative soul and aggressively active body, even while she struggles to have sex with someone new (1/29-2/25/07) · She Stoops to Comedy — It’s Shakespeare Woolly-style in this gender-bending romp by David Greenspan, one of New York’s most innovative writer/performers. Directed by Howard Shalwitz (3/26-4/22/07) · Dead Man’s Cell Phone — From Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House) comes an oddly mythic love story in which a lonely woman answers s stranger’s cell phone and finds herself the unwitting guardian of his memory (6/4-7/1/07) ·

Flashpoint’s Mead Theatre Lab
916 G St. NW

It’s On — Nearly 60 individual performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, including the troupes Jackie and Onesixtyone and the one-woman sensation, ”Oracle.” The players create each unscripted show on the fly. Pure improv (thru 10/7) · iMusical: the improvised musical — All the risk of longform improv, multiplied by a gazillion. A completely spontaneous musical theater production based on audience suggestion. Every scene, every note, every lyric: all made up right there on the spot. Every night a unique new creation (10/19-10/29) · Seasonal Disorder — The subversive holiday hit returns (12/1-12/30) ·

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