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Past Events: Theater

  • Next to Normal

    Jun. 28 - Jul. 10, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Three-time Tony winner Next to Normal, starring Alice Ripley, is a story of family members torn between caring for themselves and each other. This musical with a thrilling rock score was deemed "one of the year's ten best" by critics.

  • Reduced Shakespeare Company: Completely Hollywood (abridged)

    Jun. 21 - Jul. 3, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    America's "Bad Boys of Abridgement" are back--again!--taking on 187 movies in 100 minutes with hilarious results. It's summer's biggest blockbuster with no stars, no budget, and no popcorn--but plenty of laughs!

  • Wicked

    Jun. 15 - Aug. 21, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Back by popular demand! The New York Times calls Wicked "the defining musical of the decade." When it last played Washington in 2005, it broke box office records and sold out in record time.

  • The Kennedy Center Penumbra Theatre Company: I Wish You Love

    Jun. 11 - 19, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    With the Civil Rights Act unsigned, and equality still a dream, one black man was welcomed in houses every week. I Wish You Love looks at the African American community of 1957 through the words and music of one of its heroes, Nat "King" Cole.

  • Follies

    May 7 - Jun. 19, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Winner of seven Tonys, Follies is one of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's greatest works. All of life's might-have-beens take center stage as two couples rehash past times and favorite songs amid the crumbling magnificence of their old theater.

  • Peter Brook's Fragments

    Apr. 14 - 17, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Revered director Peter Brook, returning to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 1973, brings together five short works by playwright Samuel Beckett for his theater collection, Fragments.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Ashley Brown

    Fri., Mar. 25, 2011, 7:30 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    Actress and singer Ashley Brown, fresh from her starring role in both the Broadway and touring productions of Mary Poppins, performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Broken Images Starring Shabana Azmi

    Wed., Mar. 16, 2011, 8:00 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    Award-winning actress Shabana Azmi stars in this psychological thriller about a relatively unknown Hindi short-story writer who becomes wealthy and famous by writing a best-seller in English. Has she betrayed her language and identity?

  • Motley Theatre Group: Ismat Apa Ke Naam

    Mar. 5 - 6, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    In a celebration of Indian writer Ismat Khanum Chughtai, Indian film superstar Naseeruddin Shah and his Motley Theatre Group stage three short stories that challenge India's gender biases, caste system, and notions on rural women's worth.

  • Chorus Repertory Theatre: When We Dead Awaken

    Mar. 4 - 5, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Based on Henrik Ibsen's final play, this enigmatic play revolves around the buried symbolism in names and occupations, hinting that when we wake up to our reality, there is little around to recognize.

  • Theatre & Television Associates: Nati Binodini

    Mar. 2 - 3, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Born into prostitution and a caste system that holds down even the most ambitious, Nati Binodini defied all odds to become one of India's leading actresses. Five actresses portray Nati throughout her life, landing on significant moments.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Alexander Gemignani: All at Once

    Fri., Feb. 18, 2011, 7:30 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    Actor and singer Alexander Gemignani (Sunday in the Park with George, Les Misérables) performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • DRUID: The Cripple of Inishmaan

    Feb. 8 - 12, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Famed Irish theater company DRUID presents The Cripple of Inishmaan. Written by Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh and directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes, the play chronicles a Hollywood film crew's presence in a rural Irish town.

  • The Kennedy Center Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Sutton Foster

    Fri., Jan. 14, 2011, 7:30 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    Tony Award–winning actress and singer Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek, the Musical) performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

    Dec. 14, 2010 - Jan. 16, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Lincoln Center Theater brings their reinvention of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical South Pacific for an enchanting holiday engagement in the Opera House.

  • The Kennedy Center Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Norm Lewis

    Fri., Dec. 10, 2010, 7:30 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    Actor and singer Norm Lewis (Side Show, The Little Mermaid) performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Traverse Theatre Company's Midsummer (A play with songs)

    Nov. 11 - 13, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Unflinching in its stare at the panic that hits everyone as they approach middle age, Midsummer is a "warm-hearted, beautifully sculpted musical romantic comedy" (The Scotsman).

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Tammy Grimes

    Sat., Nov. 6, 2010, 7:30 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    Tony Award–winning Broadway, television, and cabaret star Tammy Grimes (The Unsinkable Molly Brown, 42nd Street) performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite

    Sat., Nov. 6, 2010, 3:00 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    An unrestrained showcase of passion and ugly, Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite is a tribute to the days when it couldn't get any better than slow dancing and orange soda.

  • The Grubrag Ballad

    Sat., Nov. 6, 2010, 1:00 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    The Grubrag Ballad is an epic poem that tells the still-continuing story of the Grubrag's struggles in Atabar and his journey from outcast to enlightened soul.

  • Nine Years

    Nov. 4 - 5, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Gregg Whelan and Gary Winters bring together the experiences of a nine-year trip around the world on foot and bicycle in a funny and thoughtful 90-minute theatrical presentation.

  • Hard-Hearted Hannah and Other Stories

    Sat., Oct. 30, 2010, 3:00 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    Brighton-based Cartoon de Salvo cleverly mixes storytelling, improvisation, and live music, captivating audiences with its highly accessible and irreverently honest brand of theater.

  • A Life in Three Acts

    Oct. 28 - 30, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    The story of celebrated performer and key figure in Britain's post-war gay liberation struggle, Bette Bourne, A Life in Three Acts is more than a memoir. This solo performance by Bourne is a moving celebration of liberation.

  • HAIR

    Oct. 26 - Nov. 21, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    The tribe of the Age of Aquarius is still protesting the war, freeing their love, letting their hair down, and baring it all in HAIR. "The kids are all right," says the New York Times. "Quite a bit more than all right."

  • Chekhov International Theatre Festival: Twelfth Night

    Oct. 22 - 23, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Chekhov International Theatre Festival presents its version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Performed in Russian with English surtitles.

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