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Past Events: Theater

  • DRUID: The Shadow of the Glen & The Playboy of the Western World

    Oct. 22 - 25, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Galway, Ireland's internationally acclaimed award-winning DRUID theater company presents two of Irish playwright John Millington Synge's greatest works.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: "Quintessence: An Evening with Betty Buckley and Kenny Werner"

    Oct. 3 - 4, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Tony winner Betty Buckley (Cats) performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • Broadway: Three Generations

    Oct. 2 - 5, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    The Kennedy Center celebrates three generations of Broadway songwriters with star-filled evenings combining abridged concert versions of three representative musical classics: Girl Crazy, Bye Bye Birdie, and Side Show.

  • The Kennedy Center Blanche and Beyond Starring Richard Thomas

    Sep. 24 - 26, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Adapted by Steve Lawson from the personal letters of Tennessee Williams, this one-man show starring Richard Thomas delves into the life of one of America's great playwrights.

  • Blanche and Beyond Starring Richard Thomas

    Sep. 24 - 26, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Adapted by Steve Lawson from the personal letters of Tennessee Williams, this one-man show starring Richard Thomas delves into the life of one of America's great playwrights.

  • Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter - Fund for New American Plays

    Jul. 19 - 27, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    The Tony Award–winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival performs this captivating story about a wounded marine back from Iraq, who finds herself adrift in the California desert.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Brent Barrett: "Bernstein on Broadway"

    Sat., Jun. 28, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    Broadway regular Brent Barrett performs in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • The Kennedy Center Disney's The Lion King

    Jun. 26 - Aug. 24, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Winner of six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Disney's The Lion King makes its D.C. premiere featuring direction and costumes by Julie Taymor and music by Elton John and Tim Rice.

  • The Kennedy Center Disney's The Lion King

    Jun. 26 - Aug. 24, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Winner of six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Disney's The Lion King makes its D.C. premiere featuring direction and costumes by Julie Taymor and music by Elton John and Tim Rice.

  • the UnPOSSESSED - Double Edge Theatre

    Jun. 21 - 22, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Double Edge Theatre adapts Cervantes' classic novel Don Quixote, fusing its own intimate performance method with popular and circus arts, including aerial theater, shadow puppets, stilts, commedia dell'arte, and live original music.

  • ¡Gaytino! - A Remarkable Life Journey in Story and Song, starring Dan Guerrero

    Jun. 17 - 18, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    A father/son relationship and a treasured boyhood friendship drive Dan Guerrero's one-man autobiographical play through decades of Chicano history and the gay experience from a unique and personal perspective.

  • Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner

    Fri., Apr. 11, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    The two Tony nominees and Kennedy Center favorites come together in this theater cabaret performance series curated by Broadway legend Barbara Cook.

  • August Wilson's 20th Century: Radio Golf

    Mar. 28 - Apr. 6, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Harmond Wilks's revitalization project will make him Pittsburgh's first black mayor. And his radio host partner advocates golf as deliverance in the era of Tiger Woods. But a hold-out on their real estate deal forces them to question their methods.

  • August Wilson's 20th Century: King Hedley II

    Mar. 23 - Apr. 6, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    An ex-con tries to rebuild his life by selling stolen refrigerators and robbing the neighborhood jeweler so he can buy a video store. But grand dreams for his wife and unborn child are threatened by a system that's not about to play by his rules.

  • August Wilson's 20th Century: Jitney

    Mar. 22 - Apr. 5, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    At a ramshackle taxi depot, the men who drive gypsy cabs, or "jitneys," strive to find honor and accomplishment in a harsh world. When the station owner's estranged son returns from prison, their reunion unleashes two decades of brutal, raw emotion.

  • 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.

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