Photo by Scott Suchman

Stacy Keach and Edward Gero in Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2.

Photo by Margot Schulman

Joe Sampson, Patrick Noonan, and Tiernan Madorno in Shear Madness at The Kennedy Center.

Photo by C. Stanley Photography

Paul Scanlan and Josh Sticklin in The Keegan Theatre's production of Hair.

Photo by Teresa Wood

Zachary Fine and Noah Brody in Folger Theatre's production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Photo by Scott Suchman

The cast of Ford's Theatre's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

  • Arena Stage will host the Voices of Now Festival, a four-day event featuring original works of theater written and performed by nine different youth ensembles from the internationally renowned Community Engagement program. The festival will bring together more than 100 artists, ages 11-24, from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia who have been working with professional theater artists from Arena Stage for the past year to devise original one-act plays. The 2014 ensembles will come together May 14-17, 2014 to perform and discuss their work.

  • During the Sunday, May 18th performance of Three Men in a Boat (To say nothing of the Dog), Synetic Theater will provide childcare at its Studio just down the hall from the theater. For $5 per child, parents can drop their children off to play theatre games while they enjoy the show. Drop off begins at noon and all children must be picked up by 4pm. Click here for more details.

  • For their April Irish Popcorn!, Solas Nua will be screening Silence at RíRá Georgetown on Monday, April 28th, at 7pm.

  • To close out their inaugural season of concert readings, The Rainbow Theatre Project has secured the rights to perform a concert reading of the much-touted Off Broadway musical Yank! by brothers David and Joseph Zellnik. Co-directed by Factory 449 Producing Artistic Director Rick Hammerly and the Director of Artistic Programming at Ford’s Theatre, Patrick Pearson, Yank! plays at Source in D.C. on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm, and will be preceded by a reading of Jon Heron’s short play, Me and My Gun, directed by Christopher Janson.

  • In honor of theatreWeek, Synetic Theater will be hosting free classes on Monday, April 14th, Wednesday, April 16th, and Thursday, April 17th. For more information, click here.

  • Unexpected Stage Company will launch their milestone 5th season with Especially Unexpected: Improv Fest at 7 pm on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Randolph Road Theater. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for theatre professionals; purchase at the door, by phone at 1-800-838-3006, or online at


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