Theater and Musicals


The Gabriels

Hungry: Part 1 of The Gabriels

Tue, Jan 17, 2017, 8:00 PM

Hungry is the first chapter in the three-play cycle by Tony-winning playwright/director Richard Nelson (The Apple Family Plays), which chronicles a year in the life of one family who reunite "in real time" at three different points across 2016 to celebrate, remember, and wait for the world to change.

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The Gabriels

What Did You Expect?: Part 2 of The Gabriels

Wed, Jan 18, 2017, 8:00 PM

What Did You Expect? is the second chapter in the three-play cycle by Tony-winning playwright/director Richard Nelson (The Apple Family Plays), which chronicles a year in the life of one family who reunite "in real time" at three different points across 2016 to celebrate, remember, and wait for the world to change.

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The Gabriels

Women of a Certain Age: Part 3 of The Gabriels

Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 8:00 PM

Women of a Certain Age is the third and final chapter in the three-play cycle by Tony-winning playwright/director Richard Nelson (The Apple Family Plays), which chronicles a year in the life of one family who reunite "in real time" at three different points across 2016 to celebrate, remember, and wait for the world to change.

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The Gabriels

The Gabriels Trilogy: Full-Day Marathon

Jan 21 - Jan 22, 2017

Tony-winning playwright/director Richard Nelson (The Apple Family Plays) and The Public Theater present this wildly relevant and fiercely human new three-play cycle, which chronicles a year in the life of one family who reunite "in real time" at three different points across 2016 to celebrate, remember, and wait for the world to change.

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Shear Madness

Shear Madness

Ongoing

Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 12,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

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From the Mouths of Monsters

From the Mouths of Monsters

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+

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Leslie Odom Jr.

Postponed: Renée Fleming VOICES: Leslie Odom Jr.

Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 8:00 PM

Leslie Odom Jr. returns to the Kennedy Center as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series for a grand concert showcasing the remarkable talent that won him the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in the smash-hit Hamilton.


Sundance Institute: Theater from Palestine: TAHA

Sundance Institute: Theater by Palestinians: TAHA

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.

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Ex Machina/Robert Lepage: Needles and Opium

Ex Machina/Robert Lepage: Needles and Opium

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.

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Grug and the Rainbow

Grug and the Rainbow

Mar 18 - Mar 19, 2017

Based on the much-loved picture book character created by Ted Prior, this brand-new show from Australia's Windmill Theatre features exquisite puppetry and more of the gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world. Age 2+

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Antigonon

Teatro El Público: Antigonón, un contingente épico

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.

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Sundance Institute: Theater from Palestine: Where Can I Find Someone Like You Ali?

Sundance Institute: Theater by Palestinians: Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali?

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.

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The Petrol Station

Sulayman Al Bassam: Petrol Station

Mar 24 - Mar 26, 2017

Internationally acclaimed 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 oppressions and aspirations of the Gulf Arab Region.

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To Sail Around the Sun

To Sail Around the Sun

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+

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Creative Tensions: HOME

Sundance Institute: Creative Tensions: HOME

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. Moderator Philip Himberg guides this eye-opening and inspiring event, provoked by speakers who approach the topic from different perspectives.

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Peter Brook Battlefield

Peter Brook's Battlefield

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.

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Chicago

Chicago

Apr 4 - Apr 16, 2017

With show-stopping numbers, astonishing dancing, and a healthy dose of razzle dazzle, Chicago is a heart-pounding spectacle of everything that makes Broadway great. Velma Kelly and Foxy Roxie Hart bring down the house in this six-time Tony winner!

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The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville

CANCELLED: The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville

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.


Maly Drama Theatre: Three Sisters

Maly Drama Theatre: Three Sisters

Apr 26 - Apr 30, 2017

Lev Dodin, regarded as one of the world's finest directors, and Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg, one of Russia's premier theater companies, present this luminous and emotionally raw retelling of Chekhov's masterpiece.

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Alan Cumming

Renée Fleming VOICES: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

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.

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Nearly Lear

Nearly Lear

May 12 - May 14, 2017

What if King Lear was told by his closest companion? In this one-woman tour-de-force, Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool--and every other character--to tell a very personal and poignant story borrowing from Shakespeare's words. Age 9+

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Titus

Titus

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+

 

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Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

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+

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peh/LO/tah

Hip Hop Culture: /peh-LO-tah/

Jun 9 - Jun 11, 2017

Marc Bamuthi Joseph explores soccer by layering poetry, movement, visuals, and music into a fresh theatrical form based on Hip Hop aesthetics. This world premiere co-commission features verbally and physically energetic performances.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music

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.

On Sale 3/15/2017


Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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!

On Sale 3/15/2017


Cabaret

Cabaret

Jul 11 - Aug 6, 2017

Step into the infamous Kit Kat Klub and leave your troubles outside. As part of its 50th anniversary, the renowned Roundabout Theatre Company presents Cabaret, the scintillating Tony winner about following your heart while the world loses its way.

On Sale 3/15/2017


Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I

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)!

On Sale 3/15/2017

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