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  • MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY OF DC presents "Dear Mapel' October 26 then streaming til October 31. "Dear Mapel" is the first development project Helen Hayes Award recipient Psalmayene 24 undertakes with Mosaic Theater during his residency. Mosaic will workshop, develop, and present recorded excerpts of this World Premiere, autobiographical solo show in two parts. On October 26 Mosaic will premiere the ticketed video event free of charge, now streaming. A second installment will be presented Spring 2021. The play centers Psalm's relationship with his deceased father through a series of letters (both real and imagined), and asks if we can ever alter relationships we have with those who have died.

  • Theater Alliance presents "A Protest in Eight" starting October 27 and thru November 3 - a series of eight short plays via film about legislative changes that will address the systemic oppression of Black folx in America. Opens October 27 with The Obedient Mirage by Roney Jones. Each premiere is at 8pm and has a corresponding conversation at 9pm on Facebook Live. Tickets $5 plus other discounts for students/seniors/military and those in Theater Alliance's Anacostia neighborhood.

  • Arena Stage presents live outdoor performances of "Fannie Lou Hammer: Speak on It!" by Cheryl L. West, October 23-30. Free tickets available but capacity is limited. "Speak on It!" is a captivating call to action and look at the impassioned freedom fighter who became one of the most powerful female voices of the civil and voting rights movements, played by Helen Hayes award-winner E. Faye Butler (Carousel, Ain’t Misbehavin’). At the Transit Pier Floating Stage at The Wharf. Approximately 50 minutes with no intermission. Limited socially distanced seating and other protocols required.

  • We Happy Few at Home presents Poe Audio-Plays and a Virtual Halloween Party. We Happy Few at Home is an audio experience will stimulate the senses, provoke the imagination, and stir up fear in the hearts of the most reckless - bringing you four tales of terror spread over two audio broadcasts (Episodes of Audio-Plays released October 16 & October 28): #1 includes The Masque of the Red Death & The Cask of Amontillado; #2 includes The Tell-Tale Heart and The Premature Burial. You will be invited to delve deeper into the macabre world of Edgar Allan Poe by electing to enjoy EXTRAS, optional experience-building materials. $10 per episode and for extras. AND We Happy Few's Virtual Halloween Party (October 31, 7-8pm) hosted by Edgar and Virginia Poe includes games, dancing, and special guests. It'll be an hour of spooky, silly, and terrifying entertainment.

  • Rorschach Theatre presents "Distance Frequencies Immersive Experiences" - a season-long immersive experience unfolding across the DC-area landscape starting October 2020. "Distance Frequencies" harnesses the power of the built and the natural world to create a visceral piece of immersive storytelling. Each month you'll receive a map and instructions to travel to a new curated location in the DC area. Go any time, alone or with quarantine-mates of your choice. Whenever you arrive, you’ll open your box and explore the story elements inside. Each month reveals a new location and a new chapter in the ongoing story. The experience culminates in a full production of a site-specific show in July 2021. NOTE: All curated locations will be selected to intentionally avoid crowds. If you prefer not to leave homes, receive an adapted version of the instructions which can be executed from home. Purchase a complete package (all seven chapters + the summer show) or in three installments throughout the year.

  • Shake up your weeknight routine with our new conversation series, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s Wonderlist Conversation Series, where we ask the folks who inspire us to chat about what’s currently inspiring them - hosted by Artistic Director Maria Manuela Goyanes. The Wonderlist continues on October 28 (5-6pm) with guest Toshi Reagon, a singer, musician, composer, producer and curator, who has been described by Vibe magazine as "one helluva rock'n'roller-coaster ride" and by as "a treasure waiting to be found, Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that is dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music." At her quadrennial Post-Election Day show, Reagon will be joined by special guests to address the future of America.” Past episodes are also streaming.


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