In the weeks leading up to the presidential election, five leading D.C. theaters are collaborating to bring politics and drama to the stage. The Kennedy Center, along with Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, and Studio Theatre, present THEatrical SELECTIONs: A free, politically-charged play reading series. Each theater will host a reading of a play they feel reflects the country’s current political and social environment. Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Theater Lab, the Kennedy Center presents Warrior Class by Kenneth Lin, about Julius Weishan Lee, a New York assemblyman who has been dubbed "The Republican Obama." Someone from his past threatens to reveal a college transgression and Lee must decide how far he'll go to keep the incident out of the public eye. The play reading is free but tickets are required and will be distributed in the States Gallery at 7 p.m., 2 per person.
Did you know you can watch the Expansion Project’s day-to-day progress on the Expansion Cam? All of the 500+ piles (steel support beams) have been driven into the bedrock and 2,150 trucks of dirt have been removed from the expansion site. Also, the first of two tower cranes was erected on the site in early July. Once completed, the new spaces will provide innovative and accessible experiences for both the artist and audience, including open rehearsal viewing and unique, interactive programming.
The Kennedy Center’s year-long celebration of the centenary of its namesake honors five enduring ideals embodied by President Kennedy—Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude—through performances and special events from May 29, 2016–May 29, 2017. A special Centennial Water Garden installation illuminates the Center’s central fountain throughout the celebration with 99 “free-blown” glass vessels colored by LED lights. An additional glass vessel will be installed on May 29, 2017, to mark what would have been President Kennedy’s 100th birthday.
Kennedy Center News is now available to read online! The November-December issue features holiday performances including Cincinnati Ballet's The Nutcracker, A Merry Little Christmas with Megan Hilty, A Holiday Pops featuring Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, The Second City's Twist Your Dickens, and more—plus hit shows like Wicked, Into the Woods, and A View From the Bridge.
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