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The Eisenhower Theater, traditionally home to many of the Kennedy Center's theater and dance performances, opened in 2008 after a 16-month, $17.9 million renovation. The theater now seats 1,164 people (up from 1100), making it approximately comparable in size to many Broadway theater houses. The theater contains an orchestra pit for 35 musicians that is convertible to a forestage or additional seating space. The gold [fabric is from France] curtain was also replaced during the recent renovations.

Cosmetically, the theater boasts a new color scheme (blue and gold with bronze and stainless steel railings and trim, instead of the previous red and dark wood paneling) and improved décor—the light fixtures, ash wall paneling, and wood-backed seats are all new. Additionally, there is new stage lighting, a new state-of-the-art sound system, and better sound isolation from the Terrace Theater, which is directly above the Eisenhower.

Coming to the Eisenhower Theater :

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WORLD STAGES: Seuls (Lebanon/Canada)

About:

U.S. premiere
Seuls
Written, directed, and performed by Wajdi Mouawad (Lebanon/Canada)
Part of the Kennedy Center WORLD STAGES series

"Seuls captivates its spectators. This director works his way into the depths of your soul... the latest piece by this native Lebanese artist had the effect of an exploding bomb."--Le journal de Montreal

"Mouawad pushes the limits of his art in the form of a fascinating and brave self-analysis."--Voir

Born in Lebanon in 1968, Wajdi Mouawad later moved to Paris and then Montreal by the age of nine. In this semi-autobiographical reflection, Mouawad tells the powerful story of a man who, as a child, moved to a new country from his home to escape civil war. As he loses himself in a new context and language, he soon realizes that his childhood emigration has begun to compromise his self-knowledge and capacity for happiness. 

One of the most widely produced playwrights in Canada and France, Wajdi Mouawad's works include Littoral, ForĂȘts, and Ciels, among others. He has won numerous awards for his works; his play Incendies was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film for Best Foreign Language Film by Denis Villeneuve, and translated into a Spanish-language production for the WORLD STAGES festival in March 2014. 

Performed in French with projected English titles. Recommended for age 15 and up.

Performance Timing: Two hours, with no intermission.