Theater and Musicals
Mar 10 - Mar 12, 2017
Loosely inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, this contemporary, highly theatrical world premiere commission features two actors who riff on the classic monster tale in unexpected ways, with surprising relevance to today's audiences. Age 12+
Mar 15 - Mar 16, 2017
In collaboration with the Sundance Institute, this tour de force solo performance from playwright and performer Amer Hlehel is based on the life of celebrated Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali, whose poetry explored the experiences of Palestinian refugees. The Kennedy Center presents the world premiere of the English-language version.
Mar 16 - Mar 18, 2017
World-renowned writer/director Robert Lepage revisits his riveting work in a highly visual staging that is as much magic as it is theater. Experience an exploration of creativity, love, addiction, and withdrawal through three artists' stories.
Mar 21 - Mar 22, 2017
Two myths collide in one epic explosion of poetry and heroics. Written by Rogelio Orizondo, directed by Carlos Díaz, and presented by Havana's provocative Teatro el Público, this spectacle fuses the legend of Antigone with old and new Cuban heroes.
Mar 23 - Mar 24, 2017
In collaboration with the Sundance Institute, this U.S. premiere is written, produced, and performed by Raeda Taha, daughter of Ali Taha. In painful candor, she faces loss, the reality of being an orphan, and the absence of a father who can never be replaced, while turning the women of her family into real-life heroines.
Mar 24 - Mar 26, 2017
Internationally acclaimed Anglo-Kuwaiti writer/director Sulayman Al Bassam returns to the Kennedy Center with a compelling drama that uses the setting of a deserted petrol station as a poetic space to explore the dysfunctions that arise from the chaos of oppression.
Mar 25 - Mar 26, 2017
Set to the timeless music of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this imaginative world premiere co-commission between the NSO and Company | E uses dance, film, storytelling, and musicians to weave together stories about the changing of the seasons. Age 4+
Sat, Mar 25, 2017, 2:00 PM
In this interactive collaboration with the Sundance Institute, "audience" members reveal where they stand on issues related to the concept of "home" by virtue of where they stand in a room. This eye-opening and inspiring live experience is guided by a moderator and provoked by "Protagonist" experts who approach the topic from different perspectives.
Mar 29 - Apr 2, 2017
Legendary director Peter Brook takes subject matter from his landmark production of The Mahabharata to stage this new play, in which a family is torn apart by war and trying to make sense of the horrors they've experienced... and perpetrated.
Apr 11 - Apr 16, 2017
PERFORMANCE UPDATE as of 1/11: These performances have been cancelled. Please see additional details below. An apocalyptic flood leaves only two people with no common language… until they discover shared song and dance. This zany tale stars Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, the fabulous Taylor Mac, with direction/choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman.
Sat, Apr 29, 2017, 8:00 PM
With his acclaimed performances in Cabaret, CBS's The Good Wife, and scores of other diverse credits, Alan Cumming has been hailed as "a formidable all-around entertainer" by the New York Times. Join us as he makes his Kennedy Center debut as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series in this powerful concert event featuring an appearance by the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington.
May 20 - May 21, 2017
Young Titus is in a situation that seems hopeless… he can either give up or fight. This exciting and challenging journey examines the obstacles faced by young people in our modern world and how we learn to find courage within ourselves as we confront those obstacles. Age 13+
May 20 - May 28, 2017
Don't miss a one-man show from Polarbear, one of the UK's most exciting spoken-word artists. International assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors, and more come to life when a boy tries to make sense of his father's disappearance. Age 8+
Jun 13 - Jul 16, 2017
The Kennedy Center is alive with The Sound of Music! The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical will thrill once again with its Tony, Grammy, and Oscar-winning score in this brand new production, directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien.
Jun 13 - Jul 2, 2017
Innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is "the most exciting rock score written for the theater since, oh, ever!" (Time). This four-time Tony-winning, genre-bending sensation promises to take DC by storm!
Jul 18 - Aug 20, 2017
Two worlds collide in Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I, winner of four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The timeless story of Anna Leonowens and the king of Siam is "too beautiful to miss" (New York Magazine)!