Photo by Peter's Alley Theatre Productions

Gianna Rapp, Aly B. Ettman and Dexter Hamlett in Peter's Alley Theatre Productions' Rapture, Blister, Burn

Photo by Dan Norman Photography

Dan Domingues, Sally Wingert and Steve Hendrickson in Arena Stage's Native Gardens

Photo by C. Stanley Photography

Madeleine Farrington and Lawrence Redmond in Washington Stage Guild's Widower's Houses

Photo by Joshua McKerrow

Matthew Castleman (center) and the cast of Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Much Ado About Nothing

Photo by C. Stanley Photography

Desiree Marie Velez and Brigid Cleary in Theater J's Sotto Voce

  • The first performance of InterAct Story Theatre's Wheaton Family Theatre Series Season Three is Saturday 10/21 with a sneak peak at a new InterAct play, The Town That Cried Avalanche, inspired by a story written by the 4th graders at Montpelier Elementary. This FREE public performance is Sat, October 21 at Highland Elementary School, 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD. Doors at 10:40am, show at 11am. No reservations are needed. After the show, Ali Oliver-Krueger, Artistic Director of InterAct and the playwright/director of The Town That Cried Avalanche, will lead a post-performance talkback for those who want to continue the discussion. Bring your kids and be among the first to be part of this unique interactive theatre experience! Ages 5 & up.

  • Head out to the Clarice Smith Center at UMD to see acclaimed Belarus Free Theatre's BURNING DOORS Oct 26 & 27 at 8pm. Tickets $25, $10 for students. What happens when you’re declared an enemy of the state simply for making art? Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? And how do you survive in one of the most brutal prison systems in the world? Featuring Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina in her stage debut, this blazing new contemporary theatre piece from the refugee-led Belarus Free Theater (BFT) draws on the company’s own experience of political oppression and continues their campaign to stand up for artistic freedom and human rights across the globe.

  • Upcoming FREE event at The Phillips Collection as part of its Creative Voices DC initiative:
    DC arts advocate Riley Temple will discuss his latest book "Aunt Ester’s Children Redeemed: Journeys to Freedom in August Wilson's Ten Plays of Twentieth-century Black America." Temple will be in discussion with theatre director Timothy Douglas, Mosaic Theater's Jennifer Nelson, and actor/director Deidra Starnes with moderator Ann Greer. In his book, Temple demonstrates how Wilson uses language (including poetry and the blues) to bring each play’s characters to a point of redemption and freedom. Free, but reservations recommended.

  • Due to public interest and demand for tickets, Mosaic Theater Company has extended the run of Jon Robin Baitz' VICUNA & THE AMERICAN EPILOGUE to December 3. Discounted previews are Nov. 1–5, including a Pay-What-You-Can on November 1 at 8pm. The production stars Haaz Sleiman (from the film The Visitor, Nurse Jackie), Laura C. Harris (Love and Information at Forum Theatre), Kim Schraf (Death of a Salesman at Ford's Theatre), Brian George (Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory), and John de Lancie (Star Trek).

  • In conjunction of their production of Shaw's WIDOWERS’ HOUSES, Washington Stage Guild looks at real estate speculation in a city where fortunes have been made and lives displaced in a gentrifying boom with the The Shaw in Shaw Project. Post-show discussion with the cast, Fri October 13 & after Sat matinee Oct. 21; Panel discussion on urban renewal with downtown residents past and present, after the Sun 2:30 matinee October 15; a reading of JOHN BULL'S OTHER ISLAND, Shaw's second take on the subject, Wed October 18 at 7pm. All events are free, tickets must be purchased to see WIDOWERS’ HOUSES (thru Oct 22).

  • Caryl Churchill's "Love and Information" at Forum Theatre (thru Oct. 21) has almost as many themes in in it as there are mini-plays. The stories that make up the production tackle how we communicate, how we express love, how technology unites and divides us, and how sharing information can be both an emotional and political act. Join them to talk about all of these themes on Friday, October 13 at a post-show Talk Tank. Join moderator Michael Feldman and our panel of experts to dig deeper into Love and Information - television journalist Joie Chen, author and Georgetown University Professor Deborah Tannen and Ruy Teixeira, a senior fellow at both The Century Foundation and The Center for American Progress.

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