Photo by Teresa Castracane Photography

McLean Fletcher, David Schlumpf and Erin Weaver in Theater J's Sheltered

Photo by Claire Kimball

Duane Richards and Gary Dubreuil in Brave Spirits Theatre's Shakespeare's Histories Cycle, Richard the Second

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Curtis McNeil and Shayla Simmons in NextStop Theatre Company's The Mountaintop

Photo by RX Loft

Cara Schaeffer and Brian Arreola in The In Series' Le Cabaret De Carmen

Photo by Margot Schulman

Aaron Shields, Brigid Cleary, Danny Bernardy, Soneka Anderson in Shear Madness at The Kennedy Center.

Photo by Jeri Tidwell Photography

Matt Hirsh and DeCarlo Raspberry in Toby's Dinner Theatre's Kinky Boots

Photo by CLARISSA VILLONDO

Victor Shargai, Board Chair and Theater Philanthropist (1936-2019)

  • Ford's Theatre's "Silent Sky", about Henrietta Leavitt and her fellow women “computers” who transformed the science of astronomy, begins performances January 24 with their FREE FIRST PREVIEW. The lottery via their partner TodayTix opens today, January 17 with 600 tickets available to win.

  • 4615 Theatre Company presents a site-specific production of A MEASURE OF CRUELTY written and directed by award-winning writer Joe Calarco, January 18-26. Only four chances to catch this blisteringly exciting play brought to life in Bethesda's legendary Harp and Fiddle pub! You can go early for food and drink an hour before curtain, then buckle in for 60 minutes of nail-biting excitement and powerhouse performances. Tix $20, $16.50 for those under 30.

  • Folger Theatre's THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR January 14 with a PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL performance that begins at 7:30pm (tickets available at 5pm at the box office). Plus, catch a director's talk with Aaron Posner on Wed, January 16 at 6:30pm prior to the performance (tix $20 includes wine/light fare; purchase separate ticket for performance) or attend College Night on Fri, January 17 at 8pm ($15 tix available for college students with valid ID). The production runs thru March 1.

  • Theater J announces two new national Jewish play prizes! They are accepting script submissions now through April 1, 2020 for The Theater J Trish Vradenburg Jewish Play Prize ($15,000 to an Established Playwright) and for the Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize ($3,000 And a Stage Reading to an Emerging Woman, Trans, or Non-binary Playwright). Get all the details on their website.

  • As Folger Theatre prepares for the renovations at their Folger Shakespeare Library home on Capital Hill, check out the plans for their first show of the 2020-21 season this summer in a specially built Shakespearean playhouse in the National Building Museum's great hall in DCist. Shakespeare’s Playhouse will be on view July 4-Sept. 7 and the Folger's summer production inside the exhibit will be "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

  • The Petworth Library hosts Mosaic Theater Company for a FREE staged reading of the play "Nathan the Wise" on January 13 at 6:30pm. Join Mosaic actors and staff for a reading and discussion of this re-imagining of a 18th century play by Michael Bloom. First published in 1779, and forbidden by the Church, the play is set during the Third Crusade and follows how the wise Jewish merchant Nathan, the enlightened sultan Saladin, and the (previously anonymous) Templar bridge the gap between their respective faiths in this profound tale of religious tolerance.

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