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Compiled By: Stephanie Breijo, Alyssa Moody, Svetlana Legetic, Alan Zilberman, Dana Bleiberg

If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to go to the theatre and throw yourself into the vortex of emotions only a live performance can provoke in you. So, to paraphrase that old theatre reviewer stand-by line “YOU’LL LAUGH, YOU’LL CRY…” we figured we’d walk you through some choice offerings this season of DC has to offer (and blessedly, no CATS in sight)


Fringe Festival – keep an eye out for more announcements, schedule etc. They’re looking for a new location, there is a GALA GALA on April 4th which you should go to and support them and no matter what, we know it will be a funny, weird, amazing theatre going experience as always.

Boeing Boeing @ Rep Stage
April 17 – May 5
Written by: Marc Camoletti
Directed by: Karl Kippola
The sixties were a pretty radical time for everyone — but particularly for the stewardesses of Boeing-Boeing airlines. This hilarious tale depicts the super-scandalous sexual escapades between a successful American architect living in France and three very smitten Boeing-Boeing stewardesses. Everything goes according to plan until a certain friend shows up unannounced. This Tony Award-winning romantic comedy is a must-see. -Alyssa

Pas de Deux: Perspectives on Physicality in “2-2 Tango” @ The Studio Theatre
April 24 – May 19
Written by: Daniel MacIvor
Directed by: Eric Ruffin
While 2-2 Tango (Daniel Maclvor) and Skin Tight (Gary Henderson) are drastically different plays in terms of content — they compliment one another in that they each  boast contrasting but equally riveting plotlines about the culture of coupling and relationships in general. With just a two-person cast the audience will undoubtedly feel emotionally invested in these characters throughout every hurdle of their less-than-perfect but relatable and beautiful romance. -Alyssa

Company @ Signature Theatre
May 21 – June 30
Written by: Stephen Sondheim and George Furth
Directed by: Eric Schaeffer
Being an adult is hard, as by now I am sure you’re well aware. Almost no Broadway composer tackles the themes of lust, anger, confusion, doubt and difficulty within a relationship like Stephen Sondheim and Company, one of the first major musicals to openly address these issues, is no exception. Its ensemble cast carries a narrative of vignettes over the course of protagonist Bobby’s 35th birthday. (And yes, as you can guess, getting older is addressed too.) -Stephanie

The Guardsman @ The Kennedy Center
May 25 – June 23
Written by: Ferenc Molnár
Directed by: Gregory Mosher
The Guardsman took Broadway by storm in the 1920s and, lucky for Washingtonians, The Kennedy Center has decided to revive the iconic theatrical masterpiece and has crafted a fresh production that will thrill audience just as much as it did nearly a century ago. This hilarious play touches on everything from jealous love to self-righteousness with an overriding wit that will leave audiences smiling.  -Alyssa
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Synthetic Theatre
July 24 – August 4
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Paata Tsikurishvili
Don’t miss this incredibly unique twist on what is widely thought to be Shakespeare’s best comedic work, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Synetic Theater is bringing back their Helen Hayes Award-winning “silent Shakespeare” technique that will allow audiences to experience this eternally enthralling comedy in an entirely new way and garner an appreciation for Shakespeare and the content of this beautiful play that only this form of performance art could yield.  -Alyssa

Temperamentals @ Rep Stage
August 29 – September 16
Written by: Jon Marans
Directed by: Kasi Campbell
In the early 1950s when equal rights and homosexuality were still considered to be too taboo to discuss in public, gay men created code words to communicate their preferences to one another. “Temperamental” was the secret word for “homosexual,” and this dramatic but heartwarming play tells the story of a tangled and complex relationship between a Viennese refugee and a staunch communist who become infatuated with one another while trying to break the standard stereotypes prevalent during the pre-Stonewall era of the U.S. -Alyssa


Metamorphosis @ Scene Theatre / H Street Playhouse
TBA; “Spring 2013”
Written by: Franz Kafka
Kafka has an unlikely way of making our lives seem easier. Sure, our boss is an asshole and our relationships are growing boring, but at least we’re not in a darkly funny hell-scape where logic gives way to a universe that delights in our specific suffering. Metamorphosis is arguably Kafka at his most Kafkaesque: Gregor wakes one morning to discover he’s literally transformed into a giant dung beetle. He must deal with the fallout from his family when he should be dealing with the immediate biological problem, and given SCENA’s willingness to push the envelope, it’ll be fascinating to see how they update the classic novella. I just hope they don’t use the premise as a chance to engage with our sense of smell. -Alan Zilberman

Mary T. & Lizzy K. @ Arena Stage
March 15 – April 28
Written and Directed by: Tazewell Thompson
The immensely talented Tazewell Thompson proves his writing is more solid than ever in this strikingly emotional story of the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress Elizabeth Keckly — a freed slave. Elizabeth helps guide the First Lady as powerful revelations surface that challenge her physically, mentally, and emotionally. The play marks the first official commission of the Arena Stage’s American Presidents Project — and it certainly will not disappoint. -Alyssa

4000 Miles @ The Studio Theatre
March 20 – April 28
Written by: Amy Herzog
Directed by: Joy Zinoman
4000 Miles tells the story of a progressive young man and his grandmother, a former communist, who move in together in Greenwich Village to help each other cope with a recent family crisis. Afer becomming roommates they discover that their commonalities trancend their generational gap and they soon develop a bond that changes their outlook on life dramatically. -Alyssa
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The Other Side of Pain @ THEARC
March 30
The Other Side of Pain chronicles three seperate households and their hardships. The first story is about a woman battling cancer and a spouse’s harsh words. The second is about a narcissitic man who suddenly begins to feel emotions again, the third a man who is struggling with an abusive wife whom he still loves. – Dana

The Last 5 Years @ Signature Theatre
April 2 – April 28
Written by: Jason Robert Brown
Directed by: Aaron Posner
If I didn’t say The Last 5 Years was one of my favorite musicals–and that it leaves me an emotional, weepy pile of goo every time–I’d be lying. What could very well go down as Jason Robert Brown’s opus (based on the composer’s own marriage and divorce) follows a relationship from start to finish, backwards and forwards, simultaneously. Cathy, an aspiring actress, starts at the beginning of the love affair while Jamie, a young writer, begins at the end. They both plot their own trajectory of true love, ambition, temptation, infatuation, jealousy and failure, only to meet in the middle–and continue on in their separate directions until the end of the show; the start of the relationship for Cathy, the end for Jamie. And in case you missed the news, this show is going to be adapted into a movie starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. (Weird, right?) -Stephanie

Other Desert Cities @ Arena Stage
April 26 – May 26
Written by: Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by: Kyle Donnelly
Everyone’s families are different behind closed doors — but perhaps not as radically different as this one. The Wyeths have shocking, painful secret they’ve managed to keep burried for years but the secret is unearthed after the estranged Brooke Wyeth returns home for the holidays and reveals her plans to pen a memoir. Pulitzer Prize nominee Jon Robin Baitz manages to string together relatable family quarrels with intriguing, dark secrets to create a truly captivating play with surprsies at every turn.  -Alyssa

Opera Lafayette presents: Actéon @ The Kennedy Center
May 1 – 2
Written by: Charpentier
Choreographed by: Seán Curran
Acteon, written in 1684 and based on Ovid’s Metamorphosis, tells the story of the ideal morphing into loss. This rendition choreographed by Sean Curran is a semi-staged production filled with beautiful solos and choruses performed by the seven cast members and chamber ensemble. – Dana

Becky Shaw @ Round House Theatre
May 29 – June 23
Written by: Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by: Patricia McGregor
Max is Suzanna’s best friend. When Suzanna decides to set Max up on a blind date with Becky Shaw, they are all thrown into a series of disastrous events; events that make you think about those you most love. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and Off-Broadway hit, “Becky Shaw” will keep you enthralled and laughing. – Dana


American Utopias @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

March 25 – April 21
Written by: Mike Daisey
Directed by: Jean-Michele Gregory
We’ve already established that Mike Daisey is a fucking liar. Last year he rocked the world of journalism and theater when “This American Life” annonuced it was offering a full retraction of their episode based on The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. The controversy surrrounding Daisey has died down, which has given the commanding monologuist opportunity to tackle new material with American Utopias, his latest opus. It’s all about how America now quashes the utopian ideals on which it was founded, and with the promise of discussing “giant glittery dildos,” I’m curious to know what kind paradise Daisey has in mind. -Alan

Coriolanus @ Shakespeare Theatre Company
March 28 – June 2
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: David Muse
Coriolanus is the story of the rebellious but compelling protagonist, Caius Martius. Martius is given the nickname Coriolanus after a wide array of accomplishments for himself and his country, but shortly after receiving this recognition he is exiled and labled as a traitor for voicing his disdain of various archaic rules and principles. He then vows to seek revenge on the Romans and in doing so he seeks solace in his former enemy, Aufidius, who assists him in executing a vicious crusade against the city that once hailed him as a hero.  -Alyssa

Vanitas @ Happenstance Theatre
March 29 – April 14
Life is short. Enjoy it while you can. Vanitas takes its name from a popular style of 17th century Netherland art, which shows material items along along side skulls and symbols of death; naturally, Vanitas asks the audience to consider life and death. – Dana

DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story @ GALA Hispanic Theatre
April 18 – May 26
Written by: Luis Caballero
Directed by: Luis Caballero
The biographical story of Roberto Clemente, The Roberto Clemente Story, details the life of one of baseball’s most beloved. Born in Puetro Rico to a sugarcane worker, and making his major league debut in 1955 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente was known as a humanitarian and proud Hispanic. This play chronicles his life until his death while bringing aid to Nicaragua.  – Dana

How to Write a New Book for the Bible @  Round House Theatre
April 10 – May 5
Written by: Bill Cain
Directed by: Ryan Rilette
When Bill Cain decided to write his next play based on his own family, he realized that the people closest to him are the ones he knew the least about. In How to Write a New Book for the Bible, Cain writes about a man who moves in with his elderly, but still witty, mother. Together they end old chapters and start writing a new one about their time together. – Dana

 People @ Shakespeare Theatre Company
April 22 (National Theatre Live screening)
Written by: Alan Bennett
Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
This screening of the National Theater’s acclaimed production of People is a seemingly simple tale that prompts an unexpectedly profound reaction. Don’t miss the renowned National Theater ensemble, led by acclaimed veteran Frances de la Tour, put on an incredibly memorable performance about an attic sale that symbolizes a series of societial experiences that often go unnoticed in our every day lives. -Alyssa

Pas de Deux: Perspectives on Physicality in “Skin Tight” @ The Studio Theatre
April 24 – May 19
Written by: Gary Henderson
Directed by: Johanna Gruenhut
While 2-2 Tango, (Daniel Maclvor) and Skin Tight (Gary Henderson) are drastically different plays in terms of content — they compliment one another in that they each  boast contrasting but equally riveting plotlines about the culture of coupling and relationships in general. With just a two-person cast the audience will undoubtedly feel emotionally invested in these characters throughout every hurdle of their less-than-perfect but relatable and beautiful romance. -Alyssa

Gilgamesh @ Constellation Theatre
Opens May 2
Written by:Poetry by Pulitzer Prize Winne Yusef Komunyakaa, concept & dramaturgy by Chad Gracia
Directed by: Allison Arckel Stockman
“One of the great inception stories of human intimacy, loss, and survival… fiercely brilliant in language and conception, uniquely stripped and centered for our own times.”  – Jane Hirshfield, author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (via Constellation’s Website)

Shining City @ Scene Theatre / H Street Playhouse
TBA; “May 2013”
Written by: Conor McPherson
Modern Irish playwrights love dark comedy and they have a way of pushing their preferred subject matter into intense extremes. Martin McDonagh is all about harsh, violent language; plays like The Pillowman and A Behanding in Spokane leave you unsure whether to laugh or cry. But Connor McPherson, author of SCENA’s Shining City, instead dwells on the supernatural. His latest is about a Dublin man who goes to a therapist because he keeps seeing the ghost of wife, so I’m sure this will be haunting in more than just the literal sense. As a bonus, check out BYT’s interview with McPherson and actor Ciarán Hinds when they were in town to discuss the film The Eclipse. -Alan Zilberman

ZviDance: DABKE @ American Dance Institute
May 4 – May 5
“Stomping the ground” translates to “dabke” in Arabic, which is sort of the slang equivalent of “jump around.” Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine all have their own variations on the dance, which we can now see live thanks to Zvi Gotheiner’s production at ADI.  Learn cultural differences and what Gotheiner understands as the “ripple effect” of motion in the Middle East traveling all the way to America. – Stephanie

The Washington Ballet: Hemmingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” @ The Kennedy Center
May 8 – 12
Widely considered to be Ernest Hemmingway’s greatest work, the Washington Ballet is putting a fresh spin on “The Sun Also Rises” by telling the classic tale through a series of classical ballet pieces. The story chronicles the life of Jake Barnes, a journalist and noteable member of the “lost generation” that prevailed throughout the early 20th century. Coreographer Septime Webre has crafted a way to tell this complex literary masterpiece through the art of dance and that radical vision will provide audiences with an entirely new perception of this extrodinary story.  -Alyssa

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Alliance Francaise of Washington’s Urban Corps: A Transatlantic Hip-Hop Festival @ Several Locations

May 12-18

The Alliance’s Urban Corps transatlantic hip-hop festival comes back to DC in its second edition with a powerful compilation of urban dancers, musicians, and speakers. Their distinct backgrounds in arts such as mime, acrobatics, DJing, video and, of course, American urban tradition come together to present an all-around unrivaled vantage point on metropolitan culture and identity. A week packed with performances, this year’s Urban Corps features film, dance, music, and discussion as mediums for the exploration of urban art. (via Press Release)  Special events to note are the Urban Corps Selections at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, KLP and Backpack Jax at Artisphere, and “La Nina de la Casa Azul” (at Montgomery College) which is an an exploration of Frida Kahlo’s pain to experiment with the beauty that can come from the multifaceted, but otherwise isolated states of mind that physical suffering can cause.)


Joshua Beamish’s “Pierced” @ American Dance Institute
May 18 – May 19
Choreographed by: Joshua Beamish
In fluid, breathtaking movements, award-winning choreographer Joshua Beamish explores the many variations of love and heartbreak with a fluidity that has to be seen to be believed. Beamish rolls, extends and pivots in a moving display. Don’t believe me? Watch this video. The dancer (and artistic director of MOVE) hopes that all who see this performance will understand the importance of vulnerability in our relationships. – Stephanie

The Real Thing @ The Studio Theatre
May 22 – June 30
Written by: Tom Stoppard
Directed by: David Muse
The Real Thing takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions by illustrating the strained but ineffable bonds between writing and relationships, refined culture and popular trends, and — perhaps most significantly — intuition and reason. -Alyssa

Source Festival
June 7-30
For the past six years, CULTURAL DC has put together a unique opportunity for people to check out 24 originals pieces of theatre in the span of just a few short weeks. So-pencil it in: 18 short plays, 3 original plays and some artistic blind dates coming your way in just a few months. Read their full line-up here.

This House @ Shakespeare Theatre Company
June 24 (National Theatre Live screening)
Written by: James Graham
Directed by: Jeremy Herrin
This National Theater screening of This House tells the story of the unforgiving and ruthless culture of the seemingly quaint corridors of the Westminster ring in 1974. The play illustrates the merciless battles between Britain’s radically contrasting political parties and how their disputes jeopardized the well-being of the nation as a whole. The violence, biterness, and even death that results from political altercations make the GOP/Democratic Party debates of today seem like an episode of Sesame Street. -Alyssa


Hello, Dolly! (Co-production w/ Signature Theatre) @ Ford’s Theatre
March 15 – May 18
Written by: Michael Stewart
Directed by: Eric Schaeffer
In the classic, Tony Award-winning Hello Dolly!, matchmaker Dolly Levi is hired by the ill-tempered, almost millionaire Horace Vandergelder. Dolly soon starts scheming to win Horace’s hand for herself while also finding matches for Horace’s niece, his clerks, and two very eligible shop girls. – Dana
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Washington National Opera: Show Boat @ The Kennedy Center
May 4 – 26
Written by: Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by: Francesca Zambello
Show Boat is the true Broadway classic. As the Cotton Blossom travels the Missisippi River for over 40 years Show Boat follows the boat’s performers, stage hands and dock workers. The play revolves around the issues of racial prejudice and enduring love. First performed in 1927, Show Boat is truely Broadway’s original masterpiece. – Dana

Urban Arias @ Strathmore and Artisphere
ongoing. Keep an eye on their schedule for a way to experience opera in a way opera feels right in 2013: short, dynamic, exciting.

Stupid Fucking Bird @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
May 27 – June 23
Written by: Aaron Posner
Directed by: Howard Shalwitz
In modern times, the work of renowned Russian playwright Anton Chekov can be stuffy. His characters are long-suffering members of the middle class, and they wallow away in angst in their increasingly claustrophobic country homes. The Seagull started that well-honed tradition, and under the direction of Aaron Posner, the modern adaptation Stupid Fucking Bird gleefully subverts it. Woolly Mammoth’s latest promises “exubertant scenes and songs.” I just hope they also include a fuckton of F-bombs. -Alan

Anything Goes @ The Kennedy Center
June 11 – July 7
Written by: Cole Porter
The multiple Tony Award-winning musical Anything Goes is docking at The Kennedy Center this summer for what’s sure to be a memorable run that will leave you singing, dancing, and wanting to run home to plan a cruise. The ridiculously talented cast made up of seasoned Broadway vets and jaw-dropping newcomers will undoubtedly put a fresh spin on the classic tunes such as “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “You’re the Top.” If you’re a fan of musicals but aren’t familiar with the storyline, (a series of antics, love, and laughter aboard a ship traveling from New York to London), the music alone will be well worth the ticket price. Trust us.  -Alyssa
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One Night with Janis Joplin @ Studio Theatre 
June 21 – August 11
Written and Directed by: Randy Johnson
As the title suggests, this mindblowing musical pays homage to the incomparable Janis Joplin. After a critically and commerically successful run last year, the dazzling cast returns for another summer of love and rock ‘n roll at the Arena. The astounding Mary Bridget Davies will reprise her role as the iconic superstar and we can say from experience — she will make you believe in reincarnation. -Alyssa

 Peter Pan and Wendy @ Imagination Stage
June 26 – August 11
Written by: Alyn Cardarelli and Steve Goers
Directed by: Kathryn Chase Bryer
In this musical rendition of Peter Pan, Wendy doesn’t want to grow up! When taken to Neverland with Peter, they along with Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, Tigerlily, mermaids and a crocodile, battle the pirate Captain Hook. In Peter Pan and Wendy, audience participation is encouraged as Peter and Wendy decide if growing up is really worth avoiding. – Dana

Book of Mormon @ The Kennedy Center
July 9 – August 18
Written by: Matt Stone, Trey Parker and Robert Lopez
Directed by: Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw
Well, the New York Times says “Book of Mormon” is “the best musical of this century,” and we’re inclined to believe them. This hilariously brilliant religious satire musical about two Mormon missionaries has continued to win over critics and audiences alike since it premiered just two short years ago. If you’ve been living under a rock since 2011, The Book of Mormon tells the story of two Mormon missionaries who travel to Uganda to try to spread their religion and hilarity ensues as they attempt to interact with the locals who care more about famine and AIDS than Joseph Smith.  -Alyssa
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The Rocky Horror Show @ The Studio Theatre
July 10 – August 4
Written by: Richard O’Brien
Directed by: Keith Alan Baker and Alan Paul
If you don’t know the story of Rocky Horror, 1. Why? 2. GO SEE THIS PLAY. The magical, ultra-fabulous story takes place at the Frankenstein Palace where two starcrossed (but kind of dumb) lovers, Brad and Janet, flee to after a thunderstorm disrupts their travel plans. After they enter the castle — a vivacious, sinister chateau filled with an ecclectic array of cross-dressing, audacious characters (including the ringleader, Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter,) they undergo a transformation so wild you’ll be on the edge of your seat (and singing along) all night. -Alyssa

Miss Saigon @ Signature Theatre
August 15 – September 22
Written by: Claude-Michel Schonberg, Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil
Directed by: Eric Schaeffer
Did you bring your tissues? Miss Saigon transports us to Vietnam in the ’70s to witness the doomed marriage of American sergeant Chris Scott and Vietnamese bargirl Gigi Van Trahn. There are multiple marriages, murders, infidelities, and really everything you want in a drama, give or take a historical backdrop of the Vietnam War and the fall of Saigon.  -Stephanie


New York City Ballet @ The Kennedy Center
March 26 – March 31
With the New York City Ballet Orchestra
The world-renowned New York City is visiting the District to deliver what will undoubtedly be a stunning display of refined technique and palpable emotion. The New York City Ballet Orchestra will provide the accompaniment throughout the two mixed repertory programs performances. -Alyssa
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Wallenstein  @ Shakespeare Theatre Company
March 28 – June 2
Written by: Friedrich Schiller
Directed by: Michael Kahn
Shakespeare Theatre Company is thrilled to welcome the recently commissioned, brilliant adaptation of “Wallenstein” by the iconic former poet laureate Robert Pinsky. Wallenstein tells the captivating tale of General Albrecht von Wallenstein during the peak of his reign throughout the Thirty Years’ War. General Wallenstein faced tremendous intrapersonal conflict and emotion while maintaining a stone-faced persona in order to lead Europe’s most powerful army into battle. Eventually he faces the pivotal decision of whether to abandon his country and his army for personal gain or to stay loyal to the Emperor despite mounting tension. -Alyssa

 Festival of New Works @ American Dance Institute
June 8 – June 9
Choreographed by: Erica Rebollar, Karen Reedy, Vincent Thomas
Support local artists and community grown with ADI’s Festival of New Works. The three-day festival concludes the Institute’s 2012/2013 season with three graduates of ADI’s year-long residency program. Erica Rebollar’s focuses lie in engaging and unique modern contemporary, whereas Karen Reedy (a D.C. native) is a contemporary dancer with an eye for teaching and  collaboration with other art forms. Vincent Thomas, on the other hand, has large interest in group pieces–something for everyone! -Stephanie

The Mountaintop @ Arena Stage
March 29 – May 12
Written by: resident playwright Katori Hall
Directed by: Robert O’Hara
The Mountaintop is the latest work of visionary Katori Hall who decided to craft a play telling the previously untold story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life the night before he died. The play begins with an understandably fatigued Dr. King reflecting upon his monumental speech at the Lorraine Motel. He is caught off guard after a visit from a maid who ultimately forces him to face his most significant internal conflicts and gives him powerful insight into just how strong his influence is on the nation’s morale. This powerful play will make you think, cry, and reflect upon the legacy of one of the world’s most revolutionary men whose life was cut tragically short.  -Alyssa
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Roald Dahl Repertory: The Magic Finger & James and the Giant Peach @ Imagination Stage
April 3 – May 26
Written by: Roald Dahl
Directed by: Janet Stanford

Roald Dahl Repertory: The Magic Finger & James and the Giant Peach is a collection of children’s plays telling the stories in two of Dahl’s favorite books. In “James and the Giant Peach,” James Trotter is an orphan living with his two wicked aunts when he is given a bag of magical crocodile tongues. The tongues, when dropped, cause a peach (and the bugs living around it) to grow to epic proportions and take him on a journey across the Atlantic to New York City. In “The Giant Finger” Lucy is an eight year old with a magical finger. Anytime she sees someone doing something wrong she points her finger to right the wrong. When her finger gets pointed at her best friend’s family their entire world is turned upside down. – Dana

American Ballet Theater @ The Kennedy Center
April 9 – 14
Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
After an eight-week engagement at Lincoln Center that was met with immense critical acclaim, the American Ballet Theatre will continue to leave audiences completely mesmerized with their performance of Le Corsaire at The Kennedy Center next month. The classical ballet tells the story of handsome pirates, damsels in distress, and unrequited love through stunning pieces that display ABT’s iconic, beautifully linear choreography. -Alyssa
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 Scott, Queen of Marys // Mo(or)town Redux @ American Dance Institute
April 13 – April 14
Choreographed by: Doug Elkins
Using the history of the Motown songbook, award-winning choreographer Doug Elkins tells the story of Othello through dance. (If it sounds strange, stick with us.) It’s soulful, it’s creative and it’s fun and whether or not you’re familiar with Othello, we recommend it; after all, it’s only so often you get to see a choreographed tale of murder set to The Jackson Five. – Stephanie

 We Happy Few Presents The Tempest @ The SHOP at FORT FRINGE
May 3-12
Through movement, original music, and Shakespeare’s transcendent language, WHF reimagines The Tempest on a living, breathing island, living up to its literary promise: All torment, trouble, wonder and amazement inhabits here… Should be a perfect way to tide you over until FRINGE FEST returns this Summer. Bonus: tickets are only $10 or $15 if you kept your 2013 Fringe Button.

The Winter’s Tale @ Shakespeare Theatre Company
May 9 – June 23
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Rebecca Bayla Taichman
The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s later works but arguably one of his most compelling romances. The play examines myriad themes of the human experience ranging from jealously to loyalty and everything in between. This epic tale centers around King Leontes and the debilitating jealousy he experiences after he suspects his wife, Hermione, has been unfaithful to him with his dear friend King Polixenes. As the story unfolds the audience understands the power yielded through extreme jealousy and sees just how detrimential that emotion can be.  -Alyssa

The Three Musketeers @ Synthetic Theatre
May 9 – June 9
Written by: Alexandre Dumas
Directed by: Paata Tsikurishvili
So you think you know the story of The Three Muskateers, but do you really? Synetic Theater is bringing the iconic story back to life in a performance that is sure to leave audiences mesmerized. This play has everything: lovers quarrels, sword fights, drunken hoopla, spellbinding adventure, and witty dialogue that fuses together to keep you laughing and on the edge of your seat simultaneously. Buckle your seatbelt because with a rich and compelling cast of characters, led by aspiring Musketeer D’Artagnan, and a completely original score this play is much more than just a night at the theater — it’s an experience. -Alyssa

Ballet Across America @ The Kennedy Center
June 4 – 9
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
In its third year, Ballet Across America continues to showcase American ballet in three seperate programs. The first program, June 4th and 5th, brings the Richmond Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater and Boston Ballet to the stage performing Ershter Vals, Almost Mozart, and Symphony in Three Movements respectively. June 6th and 8th bring to stage the Sarasota Ballet performing Les Patineurs, Ballet Austin performing Hush and the Dance Theater of Harlem performing Return. Lastly, on June 7th and 9th Ballet Austin will perform Hush, the Dance Theater of Harlem will perform Return and the North Carolina Dance Theater will perform Rhapsodic Dances. – Dana

IMPRINTS FROM THERE TO HERE @ American Dance Institute
June 15 – June 16
Three renowned District companies collaborate for an evening that draws on conventional conservatory ballet, contemporary, digital culture, the ever-quickening pace of today’s society, creative outlets, and humor. Witness Ballet ADI, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, and Dance Exchange culling collective experience, choreography and over 40 years of combined dance practice. -Stephanie
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Baby Universe  @ The Studio Theatre
June 26 – July 14
Written by: Kirjan Waage and Gwendolyn Warnock
Presented by: Wakka Wakka Productions and Nordland Visual Theatre
In this mega-awesome, inter-galactic show the audience is thrusted in the middle of a scientifically designed Baby Universe (a tiny galaxy that can procreate planets and essentially redesign the entire geography of the world as we know it). The scientists have placed these small but radically powerful baby universes in the care of — who else? Wise, nuturing, elderly women, of course. The result is a fast-paced, hilarious joyride of out-of-this world music, dazzling puppetry, and even the robot version of Stephen Hawking. Oh yeah, and did we mention this is based off of real-life scientific occurences? -Alyssa

Salomé @ Scene Theatre / H Street Playhouse
TBA; “July-August 2013”
Written by: Oscar Wilde
Compared to any other writer, I bet Oscar Wilde would have been fucking hilarious on twitter. With his elegant wordplay and caustic wit, he would have put all comedians to shame (even Rob Delaney). In fact, I think he would have enjoyed the character limit, perhaps even seeing the constraint as an avenue for genuine creativity. We’ll never know, alas, but that does not mean we can’t still enjoy his oeuvre of amazing theater. For its final show this summer, SCENA will offer a bold reworking of Salomé. Expectations are high – the play is already an update of a Bible story – so it will be interesting to see how SCENA does it justice. -Alan Zilberman

The Audience @  Shakespeare Theatre Company
July 22 (National Theatre Live screening)
Written by: Peter Morgan
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Relive the role that earned Helen Mirren an Academy Award in this National Theater Live screening of the West End’s most acclaimed runaway hit, The Audience.-Alyssa

Washington National Opera: Tristan and Isolde @ The Kennedy Center
September 15 – 27
Written by: Wagner
Directed by: Neil Armfield
A stunning production of Richard Wagner’s retelling of this Celtic story of star-crossed lovers. In Tristian and Isolde, Isolde is a beautiful Irish maiden sailing across the ocean to marry her betrothed, the King of Cromwell, though first on her journey she must defeat Tristian, the king’s nephew, who killed her previous fiance in battle. When the poison she plans on killing Tristian with turns out to be a love potion, the two lovers must hide. Performed in German with English subtitles. – Dana


  • Check out the League of Washington Theatres website for updates on specials.
  • If You Are Under 35 and have a valid ID to prove it, tickets to Shakespeare Theatre Company are only $15 for you. Start using and abusing that fact NOW.
  • Kennedy Center MyTix -you need to be 18‒30 years old or an active duty member of the armed services, but the discounts/offers/giveaways/special events are amazing.
  • in August-keep an eye out for SHAKESPEARE’S FREE FOR ALL, which is exactly what it sounds like: SHAKESPEARE THEATRE’S FREE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE SERIES
  • if you are under 30, Arena Stage offers $20-per-show subscriptions for either 4 or 8 of their plays every season. SCORE.
  • speaking of Arena stage-also check out the KOGOD Cradle series dedicated to emerging and experimental work. Tickets are $10 only.
  • Before each show in DC opens, there is inevitably one or two of pay-what-you-can nights. Tickets are usually only available for in-person purchase but just keep an eye out (the calendar on top should come in handy here).
  • Studio Theatre, one of our favorites in town offers all sorts of useful discounts: Student Rush: $15 tickets day of show, must present Student ID when picking up.  or just plain Rush Tickets: $30 tickets on sale 30 minutes before curtain time as available. or Nov 2, Dec 1, Feb 29, May 23, Jun 13. Ticket Price: $20 for patrons who live or work in the Studio District, with proof of address. Tickets only available day of event. What is the Studio District? The area between 11th and 17th Streets NW, and from N ST NW to Florida Ave NW.


Let us know in the comments if you feel we missed anything unmissable and keep and eye out for more SPRING/SUMMER GUIDES TO COME! (FILM/MUSIC/STYLE have already been published, FOOD and ART are coming your way)