Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 1/26/2014

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THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1/10-2/16/2014
Tectonic Theater Project's World Premiere Presentation January 10-February 16, 2014 in the Kreeger Theater Bursting with soulful music and poetic storytelling, The Tallest Tree in the Forest combines the theatrical talents of award-winning artist Daniel Beaty (Emergence-See!) with acclaimed director Moises Kaufman (33 Variations, The Laramie Project). Discover the true story of Paul Robeson, hailed as the 'best known black man in the world' for his incomparable singing and acting, brought low by accusations of disloyalty to America. Backed by a live band, Beaty brings "his signature wit, grit and piercing lyricism" (New York Times) to more than 20 characters, asking the question, how does a man remain an artist when his soul cries out to be an activist?
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THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST
Arena Stage
1/10-2/16/2014
The Kreeger Theater:Daniel Beaty; dir: Mois
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TRIBES
The Studio Theatre
1/8-2/16/2014
Mead Theatre:Nina Raine; dir: David Muse.
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 1/26/2014 PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Kennedy Center [Eisenhower Theatre]
1/28-2/16/2014
In this innovative and imaginative new play, based on The New York Times best selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, a company of twelve actors plays more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic origin story of one of popular culture's most enduring and beloved characters proves that an audience's imagination can be the most captivating place in the world. The Broadway premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher opened to rave reviews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47 Street) on April 15, 2012. The production has garnered nine Tony Award® nominations, including Best New Play, Best Original Score, Best Director of a Play and many more. Peter and the Starcatcher, will embark on a national tour, opening in August 2013 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO.
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 1/26/2014 VIOLET
FORDS THEATRE
1/24-2/23/2014
Set in 1964 in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, VIOLETfollows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young womanaccidentally scarred by her father. In hopes that a TV evangelist cancure her, she embarks on a journey by bus from her sleepy NorthCarolina town to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets a young blacksoldier who teaches her about beauty, love, courage and what it meansto be an outsider. One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the '90s, VIOLETastounded critics and audiences with its powerful story, its energetic,toe-tapping Gospel, Rock, Country, and Rhythm and Blues score by Jeanine Tesori, and its well-crafted book and lyrics by Brian Crawleythat are not afraid to deal with important, sensitive issues. Itssimple set and modest cast and orchestra requirements adjust to anyscale production. VIOLET features a strong ensemble cast with bravura roles for the two leads.
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VIOLET
Ford's Theatre
1/24-2/23/2014
Ford's Theatre:Brian Crawley; lyrics: Brian Crawley; music: Jeanine Tesori; dir: Jeff Calhoun.
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YELLOW FACE
Theater J
1/29-2/23/2014
Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theatre:David Henry Hwang; dir: Natsu Onoda Power.
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MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1/31-3/9/2014
January 31-March 9, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage Tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage profits off the very war that steals her children from her one by one. But will the cost of war be higher than she's prepared to pay? Artistic Director Molly Smith helms this unique in-the-round staging of Brecht's powerhouse anti-war play fusing politics, satire and music into an epic theatrical experience. Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage after her sold-out run of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins to star in the mother of all roles.
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MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
Arena Stage
1/31-3/9/2014
The Fichandler Stage:Bertolt Brecht; trans: David Hare; dir: Molly Smith.
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RICHARD III
Folger Theatre
1/28-3/9/2014
Folger Theatre:William Shakespeare; dir: Robert Richmond.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
The Shakespeare Theatre Company
1/16-3/9/2014
Lansburgh Theatre:Oscar Wilde; dir: Keith Baxter.
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