The Welders hold their annual fundraiser THE JOINT with a new twist this year. Join them March 31 at the Arts Club of Washington for their version of a game-night. Each room will feature a different game hosted by one of the Welder Producing Playwrights. Learn more about these artists, how they work and what they have planned for their production through play. You can wander through each room, observe games at play or get involved and play yourself. Plus there's a live and silent auction.
Join Scena Theatre Wed March 8 (7:30pm) presenting a workshop production of Maxi Obexer's powerful take on the refugee crisis In Europe, ILLEGAL HELPERS, at the Embassy of Austria (3524 International Court, NW). The documentary-style play examines the plight of the illegal helpers who provide aid and shelter to migrants flooding Europe, even though assisting them is against the law. Event is FREE but registration encouraged.
Live Garra Theatre presents SECRET LIVES, A PLAY READING SERIES Fri, March 3-8pm, Sat, March 4-8pm, Sun, March 5-3pm. They invite you to simply listen to an evening of storytelling of an endearing love affair and the bonds of family loyalty broken by hidden truths. Take heart.
Monumental Theatre Company presents it's 3rd annual gender bender Fri, March 3 at 8pm at Cobalt. Prepare for a night of gender swapped musical theatre and pop song performances: guys sing girl’s songs and girls sing guy’s songs. With some of the best musical theatre performers in DC, a fabulous host, and drink specials all night- it's a night you can't miss. Directed by Jimmy Mavrikes and Michael Windsor, Musical Direction by John Henderson. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door with all you can drink specials during the show until 10pm.
The Hub Theatre's annual Emerging Writers Festival highlights the work of local high school and college playwrights. Join them to take a first look at these amazing short plays that will be directed and performed by area theatre artists! EMERGING WRITERS - HIGH SCHOOL, February 25 at 2pm. EMERGING WRITERS - COLLEGE, February 25 at 4pm. Reserve your free tickets online. Performances at The New School of Northern Virginia in Fairfax VA.
Signature Theatre invites current college students and recent graduates to audition for OVERTURES, their 2-week intensive professional training program from June 19 - July 1, 2017. Students will refine their vocal performance, dance, acting and audition skills under the guidance of seasoned professionals. The program culminates in an audition for local professional casting directors and a fully-staged showcase for the public. Sign Up for In-Person Audition Times Begins: February 27, 2017. In-Person Auditions: March 25, 2017. Audition info here.
Sat, February 11 (2pm) at The Wheaton Library Interim Branch InterAct Story Theatre kicks off a monthly series of fun family safaris through books with Books Alive! Executive and Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger will lead interactive workshops for kids and parents to explore a different age-appropriate children's book through creative drama, and then bring the books to life by acting them out in your own words. Best for ages 4 & up, FREE, but tickets are limited (register thru Wheaton Library Interim Branch to for tickets in-person or call 240-777-0678. Tickets will be available up to the program's start time while spaces remain. (Other upcoming dates: Saturday, March 18 & Saturday, April 22).
On February 18 (8-10pm) six DC-area professional theatre companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours - then be presented at the 13th annual PLAY IN A DAY, a one-of-a-kind event produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District at Imagination Stage. Participating theatre companies include: Adventure Theatre MTC (Glen Echo, MD); Flying V (Bethesda, MD); Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD); Keegan Theatre (Washington, D.C.); Rorschach Theatre (Washington, D.C.) and Round House Theatre (Bethesda, MD). General admission tix $15. More information/advance tix - 301/215-6660 or Bethesda Urban Partnership.
Peter and the Starcathcer at Constellation Theatre Company holds a Pay-What-You-Can preview Thurs, February 9, 8:30pm. All tickets for this performance available at the door on a first come, first served basis starting 1 hour before curtain.
The Gin Game at MetroStage in Alexandria, VA has Pay-What-You-Can performance's Thurs, 2/2 and Fri, 2/3 at 8pm - $10 min, cash only, at the door, no advance sales. The production starring Roz White and Doug Brown runs thru March 12.
Monday February 6 at 7:30pm join We Happy Few Productions at The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for a FREE staged reading of Henry IV (both parts). In true We Happy fashion, this adaptation combines the two parts of Shakespeare’s Henry IV into one play, in which the weight of war alters everyone, from kings and princes to tavern wenches and thieves. Adapted and directed by WHF co-founder Hannah Todd, this is the perfect way to get revved up to see their Henry V production this Spring. There will be drinks and a raffle as part of the reading evening.
Great news for making theatre more inclusive. The Accessibility and Inclusion Initiative at Mosaic Theater Company ensures ALL PERFORMANCES of "Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies" are fully accessible to Deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members at every performance via surtitles incorporated into the direction and design. The production runs at the Atlas til Feb. 19. The Accessibility Initiative is supported by the Weissberg Foundation, as part of their 2016-2019 Fund for Diversity in Theater—a $1,000,000 commitment to engage and expand new voices and audiences in DC-area theaters.
Enjoy a Happy Hour Cabaret at the Shakespeare Theatre Company February 9 (6pm, Harman Center, Forum) in conjunction with their production of KING CHARLES III. This 'Happenings Happy Hour' event, Princes & Paupers, Royals & Rebels Cabaret with singer Barbara Papendorp and pianist Amy Conley. Their cabaret featuring songs by Lerner & Loewe, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim and many others, explore the ongoing struggle between the haves and have-nots through the ages. Attend the free performance while enjoying a free Svedka cocktail courtesy of Happenings Happy Hours official liquor sponsor Svedka Vodka.
Shakespeare Theatre Company presents the latest in their ReDiscovery Reading Series on Monday, January 30 (7:30pm) with HORACE. Focusing this year on plays about people in power, HORACE (written in 1640 by Pierre Corneille, author of The Liar), is a stirring and horrifying depiction of compromised morality at the highest levels of state. Seating is on a first-come basis. Reservations are required; reserve online or call 202-547-1122, option 4. Seating is general admission so patrons are encouraged to arrive early.
Join Nu Sass Productions at their upcoming Kostume Karaoke event at Solly's Tavern (1942 11th St NW) on Fri Jan 27, 8pm-1:30am. And they're designating this as a fundraiser for TheatreWashington. The more you drink and tip, the more you'll help support them as we supports all theatres in the DC area. Come in costume or dazzle the crowd in one of the zany outfits provided on site. You’ve never seen karaoke like this before! Thanks to Nu Suss!
CulturalDC’s Source Festival is holding open non-Equity auditions to cast for the 2017 Source Festival - 9am-5pm on January 30 & 31 at Source (1835 14th St NW). DEADLINE to submit audition form: JANUARY 26 at 11:59PM. Source Festival plays will be run in rep throughout the Festival from June 9–July 2. All roles are paid and non-Equity. Actors of all demographics, including transgender and genderqueer actors, are encouraged to apply.
Round House Theatre announced an update on performances for their production of Caroline, or Change: The preview week schedule has been modified so that the Pay-What-You-Can performances are now Thurs, Jan. 26 & Wed, Feb. 1. The previously scheduled performances on Jan. 25 at 7:30pm and Jan. 28 at 2pm have been cancelled. Don't miss this award-winning musical starring Nova Y. Payton.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company holds PayWhatYouCan performances of Baby Screams Miracle on Mon, Jan 30 and Tues, Jan 31 at 8pm. Tickets are ONLY sold at the box office the evening of the performance, on sale at 6pm, but lines form as early as 4pm. Tickets for PWYC shows are not sold online. The production stars company members Sarah Marshall, Kate Eastwood Norris and Cody Nickell with Caroline Dubberly.