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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Steven Lutvak

We welcome back Steven Lutvak, composer and co-lyricist of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, the Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, running January 13-30, 2016 in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Come hear the songs and repartee of the man whom the New York Times called, “an upper-middlebrow Billy Joel crossed with a lower-highbrow Tom Lehrer with a pinch of Debussy.”

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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Karen Mason

Broadway Tomorrow: ASCAP presents Karen Mason, who has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, and in recordings. Ms. Mason most recently garnered rave reviews starring as The Queen of Hearts in Wonderland on Broadway. As a concert artist, she has headlined Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Lincoln Center, among many others. Her television appearances include the hit dramas ED and Law & Order: SVU and her film credits include Sleeping Dogs Lie and A Chorus Line.

Part of ASCAP’s Musical Theatre Week.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Michael Mott

Broadway Tomorrow: ASCAP presents Michael Mott, a composer, lyricist, singer, actor, and voice teacher. Mr. Mott graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre performance. After graduating, he moved to New York City and enjoyed a successful career performing in numerous Off-Broadway, regional, and national touring shows. In 2012, he decided to shift his focus to writing and was accepted into the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writer’s Workshop.

Part of ASCAP’s Musical Theatre Week.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Neil Bartram

Broadway Tomorrow: ASCAP presents Neil Bartram, who is best known as the composer and lyricist of Broadway’s The Story of My Life which starred Will Chase and Malcolm Gets and was directed by Richard Maltby Jr. Mr. Bartram has also written music and lyrics for Somewhere in the World (five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival), Clara’s Piano (Stratford Festival), Not Wanted on the Voyage (AMTP, 2012 Goodspeed Festival), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Greenwich Theatre London), Spin (Signature Theatre), and Belles Soeurs (Segal Centre Montreal, upcoming National Arts Centre Ottawa). His current projects include a musical based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Something Wicked This Way Comes and the stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved film Bedknobs & Broomsticks

Part of ASCAP’s Musical Theatre Week.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015
Charlie Sohne

ASCAP presents Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne, who are recipients of the 2015 Jonathan Larson Award, writers in the 2015 Rhinebeck Retreat, and 2014–2015 Dramatists Guild Fellows. Mr. Sohne and Mr. Rosser were also members of Civilian’s R&D Group and ASCAP’s Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project. Their show, The Boy Who Danced on Air, will be seen in full production at the Diversionary Theater this spring.  Their work has also been seen both at NAMT's New Works festival and at the Yale Institute for Music Theater.  Their songs have been featured at their sold-out 54 Below show, Birdland, Contemporary Classics at Seattle Rep, Cutting Edge Composers at Joe’s Pub, ALNM at Rockwell in Los Angeles, and later this fall at Above The Arts and Theatre Royal Stratford East in London and Broadway au Carre in Paris.

Part of the ASCAP's Musical Theatre Week.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015
Nick Blaemire

Broadway Tomorrow: ASCAP presents Nick Blaemire, a Brooklyn-based writer and performer. He wrote the score to Glory Days (book by James Gardiner, directed by Eric Schaffer), which premiered at Arlington, Virginia’s Signature Theatre before moving to Broadway for a glorious one-night-only engagement. Glory Days has now had more than 30 productions around the world, is licensed by Playscripts, and the cast recording is distributed by Sh-K-Boom Records. 

Part of ASCAP’s Musical Theatre Week.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Julia Tasheva

From Bulgaria comes Baba Marta’s Yarn, where the audience will hear a traditional Bulgarian folktale told with puppets and props made of yarn. Master storyteller Julia Tasheva spins an ancient legend about welcoming the coming of spring with two of Bulgaria’s most famous martenitsi dolls, Pizho and Penda, while sharing their message of friendship, health, and happiness. 

Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Chris Albers

Join us for readings of highly personal and thought-provoking stories written by U.S. veterans and caregivers of critically injured veterans. These stories came out of the Helen Deutsch Writing Workshop program with the Writers Guild Initiative, which strives to help people from all walks of life find their voice and tell their story. This program may contain mature themes. This performance is co-sponsored by the Writers Guild Initiative and the Office of VSA and Accessibility, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. IN THE TERRACE GALLERY

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Saturday, October 31, 2015
Story League

Story League, the “Nation’s Capital of Funny Stories,” presents a costumed comedy-story show with frighteningly funny artists from D.C., NYC, and (the) beyond. There will be magical tricks, treats, and surprises. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. IN THE TERRACE THEATER

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Theatre Viola

In Endele Vendele, you’ll get to be part of the show! It’s a journey to the magical world of Czech fairytales, nursery rhymes, poems, folk songs, and games—and best of all, you can learn to sing like a bird. For age 5+ Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2015.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Elá and Hop

The zany duo present a puppet show that takes audiences to a haunted castle, a concert hall, and a carnival! At each stop, something mysterious will happen—and only the cleverest kids can solve the mystery. They might seem silly at first, but they have a very important truth to share: Even the smallest people can do great things. You only need to be bold enough to try. For age 6+ Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2015.

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Monday, October 26, 2015
Atofri Theatre

In the award-winning Mr. Satie – Made in Paper, witness magical images created in a paper set-design inspired by famous French composer Erik Satie’s melodies. For age 1+ Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Poland. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2015.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Pazzi Lazzi

In Aria di Commedia, time-travel all the way back to the year 1593—an age known as The Renaissance—to be entertained by a zany troupe of commedia dell’arte actors and musicians. For age 4+ Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2015.

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Friday, October 23, 2015
IssaSonus Ensemble

In the musical story Ogygia’s Nymph, members of the ensemble explore the tale that has been told for a very long time and made famous by Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. For age 8+ Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Malta. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2015.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Allyson Currin

Commissioned and developed by Theatre J’s Locally Grown Initiative, the comedy takes place the night before the annual reunion of The Latin Academy for Young Women in small town North Carolina and doesn’t shy away from the small humiliations embedded in women’s journeys as they age and the very real fear that, in middle age, a woman’s “chance” might have passed her by. Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
FRESHH Inc.

We speak their names…a tribute to Warrior Women! By FRESHH Inc. covers classics such as Four Women, Flyin’ West, and Cha Cha Cha as well as performs original works inspired by the theme of “warrior women.” Founded by playwright, performer, and poet Goldie Patrick, FRESHH Inc. is a hip-hop theater ensemble of young women, ages 13–20, who pay tribute to “warrior women” artists Nina Simone, Pearl Cleage, and MC Lyte in this high-energy performance of music, dance, and hip-hop theater. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Rachel Hynes

This showcase features works by the women of the 2nd generation of D.C.s own Playwrights' Collective, the Welders: Annalisa Dias, Rachel Hynes, Ronee Penoi, Alexandra Petri, Hannah Hessel Ratner. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Words Beats & Life

This performance, as part of the James A. Johnson Young Artist Series, made possible by Target, showcases some of the District's most talented young DJs, MCs, poets, hip-hop dancers, B-boy and B-girl apprentice students from the Words Beats & Life Academy. The ongoing series will showcase exemplary, local youth from representative Kennedy Center Partnership Schools in Washington, D.C. and collaborating youth organizations. Presented in collaboration with Words Beats & Life. 

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Monday, September 21, 2015
Paige Hernandez

With an introduction by Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, the panel will be moderated by Jennifer Nelson. Panelists include: Michelle Banks, Thembi Duncan, Paige Hernandez, Eric Swartz, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, and Anu Yadav. When you hear the word "woman", who first comes to mind? What does she look like? What does her family look like? Where is she from? Where does she live? Who does she love? What's important to her? What worries her? How often do you hear her story? Has she ever been asked to tell it? We invite the community to join theater professionals in a dialogue about making space for women's intersectional identities both onstage and behind the scenes. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival

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Saturday, September 19, 2015
Caroline Stephanie Clay

Written and performed by Caroline Stephanie Clay, this performance is a look at the life of the 19th century sculptress. A rich celebration of artistic agency and freedom, emancipation, and the joys and challenges of creative genius. Her talents emerging in the days following the Civil War while a student at Oberlin College, Edmonia Lewis was an African American and Native American sculptor who worked for most of her career in Rome. Her work is known for incorporating themes relating to black and American Indian people into Neoclassical style sculpture. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Andrea Assaf

Eleven Reflections on September is a poetry-based multimedia performance on Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty” that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. Written and directed by Andrea Assaf, featuring live music with an international ensemble of women artists, Eleven Reflections offers an embodied manifesto on the devastation and empowerment of women in the face of war. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

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Monday, September 7, 2015
Synetic Theater

The movement-based theater company presents a demonstration of the Synetic Technique followed by a few scenes from their upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland with a post-performance Q&A to follow. Part of Page-to-Stage.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015
VSA Playwright Discovery

This performance recognizes the eight Senior Division (grades 10–12) winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition. Excerpts of four scripts will be performed as staged readings. The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students with and without disabilities to examine the disability experience and express their views through the art of script writing. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. Part of Page-to-Stage.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015
Washington Improv Theater

iMusical, the company’s longest running ensemble, ranges from the silly to the sublime, with something for hard-core improv and musical theater fans alike. iMusical combines long-form improvisation with modern musical theater to craft spontaneous musicals with integrity and fun. Part of Page-to-Stage.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015
Great American Songbook High School Competition

Join the great American Songbook Ambassadors as they make their Kennedy Center debut and pay tribute to this iconic canon of music. Performers include the 2015 winner, Lucas Debard; 2014 winner Maddie Baillio; 2012 winner Nick Ziobro; and 2013 winner Julia Goodwin; with members of the American Pops Orchestra.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015
WINGS Performing Arts

In honor of the 100th anniversary of The Great War, Remembrance brings to life the rich legacy of poetry, letters, and music from WWI. The piece features an ensemble of actors, musicians, and dancers that take on the roles of soldiers and sweethearts sharing songs such as “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” “Over There,” and “Always Remembered.” Presented in collaboration with WINGS Performing Arts program.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015
9th Wonder

A panel discussion that takes an up-close look at the music and life of James Dewitt Yancey (aka J Dilla) from the unique perspective of fellow music producers, highly-respected DJs, incredible artists, and special guests. Guests include Amp Fiddler, Slum Village, Musiq Soulchild, DJ Spinna, Georgia Anne Muldrow, 9th Wonder and Timothy Anne Burnside (Smithsonian NMAAHC). This program may contain mature themes and strong language. Part of D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival and the 10th Annual D.C. Loves Dilla festivities at the Kennedy Center and The Howard Theatre. IN THE TERRACE THEATER

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Hip Hop Theater Festival

Intersects addiction, religion, and the law in a government-sponsored drug rehabilitation program. In this timely and personal exploration of the criminal justice system, an “anonymous” narrator shifts in-and-out of four characters as he examines his place in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Part of D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

IN THE TERRACE THEATER

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Monday, July 6, 2015
Hip Hop Theater Festival

Uses theater, spoken word, music, and movement to journey through Washington, D.C’s changing neighborhoods and historic communities’ ventures. Through this multidisciplinary exploration, we discover the effects of gentrification and what it takes to survive it. Part of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

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Monday, June 15, 2015
Danny Rothschild

Written by Rothschild, Home, Again tells the story of Dakota, who has returned to the small town of Silver Creek for a family funeral, 11 years after she ran away, and reconnects with her friend Lucy. Part of YoungArts@KennedyCenter, presented in collaboration with the National YoungArts Foundation. *Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person. IN THE THEATER LAB

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, award-winning young playwrights present their work; a selection from HUFF from Cliff Cardinal; and a dark comedic one-man show. The Festival runs April 14–18 and showcases 140 college students from around the country in various disciplines. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. IN THE TERRACE THEATER

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre

The group returns with its trademark shadow puppetry that features a collection of six signature vignettes based on Chinese folklore. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of China.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015
Lorri Holt

San Francisco Bay area actor Lorri Holt performs the show written by Zack Rogow and based on Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island and Other Previously Untranslated Gems, a collection of Colette’s work.

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Monday, January 12, 2015
Brian Quijada

During a 3rd grade lesson on the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask "Where did we sit on the bus?" and his teacher can't answer the question. This autobiographical one-man show explores what it means to be Latino in America through rap, hip-hop, spoken word, and live looping. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. IN THE THEATER LAB

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Lisa Livesay

Lisa Livesay, who recently starred in Wicked and Disney in Concert, brings her solo cabaret show Laughs, Love & Light, featuring her signature styles of Broadway belt and soft jazz vocals. Part of Broadway: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, presented under the auspices of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Steven Lutvak

Singer, songwriter, pianist, and raconteur Steven Lutvak performs, fresh from his 2014 Broadway debut as composer and co-lyricist of the musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Part of Broadway: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, presented under the auspices of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Scott Coulter

Scott Coulter, star of the Emmy-nominated A Christmas Carol: The Concert as seen on PBS, sings favorites from some of the biggest musicals of all time in Blockbuster Broadway! Part of Broadway: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, presented under the auspices of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

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Sunday, November 30, 2014
Gregory Nabours

An evening of musical selections from lyricist Gregory Nabours. Part of Broadway: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, presented under the auspices of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

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Saturday, November 29, 2014
Zellnik Brothers

ASCAP presents a performance of musical selections from songwriters David Zellnik (lyrics) and Joseph Zellnik (music). Their collaborations include Yank! (off-broadway cast album released by PS Classics), The Wright Brothers: First in Flight, City of Dreams, and the upcoming Ruth and the Panda. Part of Broadway: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, presented under the auspices of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

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Monday, November 24, 2014
The Voice of Anne Frank

Dancer Mirenka Cechová and cellist Nancy Jo Snider utilize dance, music, spoken word, sound effects, and lighting to convey the words of Anne Frank’s diary. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic. IN THE TERRACE THEATER

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Saturday, November 8, 2014
More or Less Theatre

More or Less Theatre’s hilarious family show offers 7,000 years of Maltese history in an action-packed and interactive hour. For age 7+. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Malta.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Laurent Piron

Highly skilled magic, comedy, and a bit of craziness come together for a dynamic performance that won’t soon be forgotten! Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Belgium.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
Theatre Mala Scena

This show uses miming and circus arts to tell the story of an unusual girl who was born with needles all around her body. Although she tries desperately to fit in with everybody else, she struggles to find a place in society. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Croatia.

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Monday, September 1, 2014
Synetic Theater

The company showcases its training methods and pieces of its latest physical theater adaption, the horror classic The Island of Dr. Moreau. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. Contains non-verbal references to violence and sexuality. Part of Page-to-Stage.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Page to Stage

This performance recognizes the eight Senior Division (grades 10–12) winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition: Andrew Child, On the Isle of Lotus-Eaters; Nayereh Doosti, In Your Shoes; Hannah Jarzombek, Skin Deep; Emma Morris, Space-Girl; Billy Recce, Happy; Caitlin “Cat” Reynolds, Group; Madalyn Rymer, Layover; and Jc Statt, Ikelos. Excerpts of four scripts will be performed as staged readings on the Millennium Stage and four scripts will be workshopped by a professional director and cast. The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students with and without disabilities to examine the disability experience and express their views through the art of script writing. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. Part of Page-to-Stage.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014
Page to Stage

The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the University of Maryland, presents a performance recognizing the acclaimed writer. During a career spanning more than 45 years, Walter Dean Myers wrote more than 100 books for children of all ages, including 2 Newbery Honor Books, 3 National Book Award Finalists, and 6 Coretta Scott King Award/Honor–winning books. In 2012, he was appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, serving a two-year term in the position. This theatrical tribute to Mr. Myers combines music, dance, and spoken word with text from some of his most famous books, including excerpts from his picture book We Are America, his gritty teen novel Monster, his memoir Bad Boy, and from Kennedy Center–commissioned adaptations of his work, Harlem and Blues Journey.  This one-night-only celebration of Walter Dean Myers is a fitting tribute to a man who changed the face of young adult literature and touched so many with his eloquent and unflinching portrayal of young African American lives. Part of Page-to-Stage.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Theatre Lab School of Dramatic Arts

Participants perform scenes from West Side Story.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Synetic Theater

The campers perform an original adaptation of The Wizard of Oz using mime, pantomime, acrobatics, song, and dance.

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Monday, July 28, 2014
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

RUKA - Book, Music & Lyrics by Tony Small.  Additional Lyrics on Bee Bop and Lady by Keni Fine; Choreography by Oscar Hawkins.  Opening RUKA prelude by Szymon Markiewicz; Directed by Elsa Bass.  This condensed matinee version of RUKA (that means to fly in Kiswahili) is another example of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering & Math) & Edutainment programs.  You’ll cherish this timeless fable chronicling the adventures of Lady Amé -- an enchanting orphan’s?chaotic plight to save the world’s most ancient Kingdom that stirs up the whole “Insectian Village.”?Mr. and Mrs. Roaché, Lady’s two archaic yet comic neighbors, and her two animated best friends, Antony?and Criché, take the audience on a heartrending journey through a land seen but unknown to mankind.
IN THE TERRACE THEATER

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Quanzhou Puppet Troupe

Founded in 1952 as the main inheritor of the city’s marionette tradition, the Quanzhou Puppet Troupe has revived and created a great number of works and toured nearly 50 countries and regions in the world. Part of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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