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Unveiled on December 9, 2005, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' new 324-seat Family Theater provides a new home for world-class family theater performances for the nation's youth and continues the Kennedy Center's $125 million commitment to performing arts education for adults and children alike.

"This new venue" said Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, "expands the Kennedy Center's ability to produce and present excellent works for young people." The inauguration of the Kennedy Center's state of the art 324-seat Family Theater facility coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Kennedy Center's youth oriented Performances for Young Audiences series.

Designed by the architectural firm Richter Cornbrooks Gribble, Inc. of Baltimore, the new theater is located on the site formerly occupied by the AFI Film Theater. Its construction spanned 11 months, and incorporates the most modern theatrical innovations available, including: premium audio technologies; a computerized rigging system; and a digital video projection system.

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Family Theater Seating Chart

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Coming to the Family Theater :

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Doktor Kaboom: LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour


A world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission
with Doktor Kaboom, a creation of David Epley
Doktor Kaboom: LIVE WIRE!
The Electricity Tour
Written and performed by David Epley
Grab your lab coats and safety goggles, because this one-man show can be explosive! Following his sidesplitting sold-out engagement in 2011, Doktor Kaboom is back by popular demand with an all-new interactive science comedy show, this time focused on the amazing power of electricity. Our favorite stand-up scientist with the thick German accent will keep crowds transfixed and rolling on the floor with his increasingly spectacular (and usually successful) experiments. With his hilarious improvisational style, no two shows will be exactly the same--you may even be called on stage to help with one of his zany demonstrations! If you're ready to get psyched about science, just say "ja!" to Doktor Kaboom, who Broadway World calls "a force to be reckoned with… a complete delight!"

For age 7 and up.

Performance Timing: 60 minutes, with no intermission.