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Past Events: Theater

  • August Wilson's 20th Century: Two Trains Running

    Mar. 20 - Apr. 5, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Regulars at Memphis Lee's lunch counter gossip, sermonize and wax poetic on the stories of the day. Learning the city is to demolish their favorite gathering spot in the wake of urban renewal, these colorful souls contemplate where next to seek salvation.

  • August Wilson's 20th Century: Fences

    Mar. 16 - Apr. 4, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Once a famous baseball player, Troy Maxson is a proud garbage collector, father, and husband. When his youngest son is offered a football scholarship, Troy must reconcile his anger at past racial inequities with wanting the best for his family's future.

  • August Wilson's 20th Century: Seven Guitars

    Mar. 14 - Apr. 3, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    "Everybody got a time coming," says one of the central characters in this exploration of life and death. Through flashbacks, seven friends and neighbors face the sobering reality of mortality and the pain of losing those they love.

  • August Wilson's 20th Century: The Piano Lesson

    Mar. 12 - Apr. 2, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Bearing the carved faces of her enslaved ancestors, Berniece's antique piano is her family's most treasured heirloom. Though it sits unused, the option to sell it for land sparks a fierce debate with her brother Boy Willie, a Mississippi sharecropper.

  • August Wilson's 20th Century: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Mar. 9 - Apr. 1, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Chicago blues legend Ma Rainey sets out to record her latest album in the only one of Wilson's 10 plays set beyond Pittsburgh. As generational and racial tensions escalate among her band and producers, the studio soon explodes in violence and tragedy.

  • August Wilson's 20th Century: Joe Turner's Come and Gone

    Mar. 6 - 30, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Released from many grueling years on a plantation chain gang, Herald Loomis journeys north in search of a new life. With his young daughter, he struggles to find his place--and his long-lost wife--while staying in a Pittsburgh boardinghouse.

  • August Wilson's 20th Century: Gem of the Ocean

    Mar. 4 - 30, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    This is the haunting tale of a spiritually tormented young man who pays a visit to Aunt Ester, a former slave, on the eve of her 287th birthday. On his way to the mythic City of Bones, he makes startling discoveries about guilt, duty, and redemption.

  • My Fair Lady

    Dec. 27, 2007 - Jan. 20, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    The acclaimed West End production of Lerner & Loewe's beloved musical comes to the Kennedy Center, featuring the classic songs "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," and many more.

  • Happy Days with Fiona Shaw - The National Theatre of Great Britain

    Nov. 23 - 29, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    Fiona Shaw stars with Tim Potter in London's Royal National Theatre production of Samuel Beckett's absurdist play that reflects the existential terror and wild humor of modern life.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Lillias White

    Fri., Nov. 16, 2007, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    Tony winner Lillias White performs her program My Guy Cy in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Judy Kuhn

    Fri., Oct. 26, 2007, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    Three-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Barbara Cook

    Oct. 19 - 20, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    For one performance only, Broadway legend Barbara Cook kicks off a theater cabaret performance series named in her honor.

  • My Trip to Al-Qaeda

    Sep. 22 - 27, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright performs his gripping, highly personal narrative that weaves the details of Al-Qaeda's rise to power into a compelling, eye-opening story.

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    Jun. 20 - Aug. 12, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway phenomenon traces the tragic love story of a beautiful opera singer and the mysterious figure that haunts the Paris Opera.

  • Mrs. Packard: Fund for New American Plays

    Jun. 16 - 24, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    New Jersey's renowned McCarter Theatre Company performs this fascinating account of one woman's determination to right a system gone terribly wrong.

  • Royal Shakespeare Company: Coriolanus

    Apr. 13 - May 6, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    The Royal Shakespeare Company returns with Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus as part of the citywide festival, Shakespeare in Washington.

  • The Tempest/La TempĂȘte

    Mar. 22 - 24, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    Performed with virtual characters interacting with live actors, Shakespeare's powerful words are matched with an equally powerful storm--brought to life through spectacular multimedia effects.

  • Carnival!

    Feb. 17 - Mar. 11, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    This new Kennedy Center production revives the classic 1961 musical based on the film Lili, in which a young orphan girl joins a traveling circus.

  • Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Jan. 4 - 28, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    The divine Kathleen Turner and the dazzling Bill Irwin reprise their roles from the electrifying 2005 Broadway production of Edward Albee's masterpiece.

  • The Light in the Piazza

    Dec. 19, 2006 - Jan. 7, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    The six-time Tony-winning musical tells the story of a mother and daughter traveling through Italy, and the daughter's romance with a handsome Italian man, despite the mother's objections.

  • Twelve Angry Men

    Oct. 3 - 22, 2006
    2006-2007 Season
    Richard Thomas and George Wendt star in the Tony-nominated production of the critically acclaimed 2005 Broadway revival.

  • Waiting for Godot

    Oct. 3 - 5, 2006
    2006-2007 Season
    Two tramps meet by the roadside, and endlessly wait for someone--or something--named Godot.

  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company: All the Great Books (abridged)

    Jul. 11 - 30, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    From a reduced Proust to a short Longfellow, "this trio of modern Marx Brothers will have you in stitches" (The Boston Herald) as they compress 83 of history's preeminent tomes into ninety-eight minutes.

  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete History of America (abridged)

    Jul. 5 - 28, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    600 years of history is covered in 6,000 seconds! The three cultural guerillas of the Reduced Shakespeare Company take audiences on a ninety-minute roller coaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American history.

  • Little Women, the Broadway Musical

    Jun. 27 - Jul. 23, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    Join the remarkable March sisters--Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy--as one of America's most beloved books soars to the stage starring Maureen McGovern.

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