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Lillian Hellman Festival in Broadway LILLIAN HELLMAN FESTIVAL
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1/25-1/25/2017
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater continues the company’s season-long Lillian Hellman Festival by hosting free programming, including staged readings, panel discussions and film screenings, January 25-February 5, 2017 to celebrate the iconic playwright, author and political activist. All Festival events are FREE but reservations are required. To reserve your tickets, visit arenastage.org/hellman-festival or call the Arena Stage Sales Office at 202-488-3300. Arena Stage presents Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s Reading of Toys in the Attic Directed by Lise Bruneau Wednesday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. In the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle Toys in the Attic is the last full-length original play that Hellman wrote, and it is said to be somewhat autobiographical. The play focuses on the Berniers sisters, two middle-aged spinsters living in New Orleans after the Great Depression. When their younger brother, Julian, unexpectedly returns home and they find out he has not only married, but has also mysteriously acquired a small fortune, the delicate power structure Carrie and Anna always maintained over him is upset, sending their lives into chaos. Under the direction of Lise Bruneau, who plays Sara Muller in Arena Stage’s upcoming production of Watch on the Rhine, the reading features Tonya Beckman, Audrey Bertaux, Daniel Crane, Kim Schraf and Craig Wallace.
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Lillian Hellman Festival in Broadway LILLIAN HELLMAN FESTIVAL
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1/27-1/27/2017
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater continues the company’s season-long Lillian Hellman Festival by hosting free programming, including staged readings, panel discussions and film screenings, January 25-February 5, 2017 to celebrate the iconic playwright, author and political activist. All Festival events are FREE but reservations are required. To reserve your tickets, visit arenastage.org/hellman-festival or call the Arena Stage Sales Office at 202-488-3300. Film Screening of Julia Friday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. In the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle Julia is a 1977 film based on Lillian Hellman’s book Pentimento: A Book of Portraits. It was adapted for the screen by Alvin Sargent and directed by Fred Zinneman. The film depicts playwright Lillian Hellman (played by Jane Fonda) reuniting in Russia with her longtime friend Julia (Vanessa Redgrave), who urges Hellman to undertake a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Fred Zinnemann and Best Actress for Jane Fonda. It ended up winning three awards—Best Supporting Actor for Jason Robards, Best Supporting Actress for Vanessa Redgrave and Best Adapted Screenplay for Alvin Sargent's script.
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Irving Berlin:  A Simple Melody in Broadway IRVING BERLIN: A SIMPLE MELODY
The In Series
1/6-1/28/2017
“There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and no songs like Irving’s songs. Come on and experience the romance, irony and wisdom of so many favorite hits of stage and screen in our cabaret of Irving Berlin favorites. Always, Blue Skies, Easter Parade, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Cheek to Cheek, Puttin’ On the Ritz…and many more. Writer Bari Biern. directors Abel Lopez, Reenie Codelka and choreographer Tammy Roberts create an unforgettable evening cabaret of Berlin for all of us. Featuring: CJ David Garrett Matthews Elizabeth Mondragon Krisslyn Perry Jarrod Lee Jaely Chamberlain Design Team: Jonathan Dahm Robertson, Set; Donna Breslin, Costumes, Alex Keen, Lighting. PERFORMANCES Fri 1/6 at 8pm Sat 1/7 at 8pm Sun 1/8 at 2:30pm Fri 1/13 at 8pm Sat 1/14 at 8pm Sun 1/15 at 2:30pm Fri 1/20 at 8pm Sat 1/21 at 8pm Sun 1/22 at 2:30pm Sat 1/28 at 8pm
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21 CHUMP STREET
Nansemond River High School
1/28-1/28/2017

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Lillian Hellman Festival in Broadway LILLIAN HELLMAN FESTIVAL
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1/28-1/28/2017
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater continues the company’s season-long Lillian Hellman Festival by hosting free programming, including staged readings, panel discussions and film screenings, January 25-February 5, 2017 to celebrate the iconic playwright, author and political activist. All Festival events are FREE but reservations are required. To reserve your tickets, visit arenastage.org/hellman-festival or call the Arena Stage Sales Office at 202-488-3300. Arena Stage presents Howard University’s, College of Arts & Sciences, Division of Fine Arts, Department of Theatre Arts Reading of The Children’s Hour Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell Saturday, January 28 at 8:00 p.m. In the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle Hellman’s best-known and most-produced work, The Children’s Hour, is a drama that takes place in an all-women’s boarding school. A student who has run away from school accuses the two headmistresses of having an affair in order to avoid being sent back to her home. The accusation leaves the two implicated women struggling to recover their professional reputations and personal lives. Under the direction of Howard University lecturer and director Raymond O. Caldwell, the reading features Devonne Bowman, Ricky Brown III, Brittany Clark, Ezinne Elele, Madison Harris, Danielle King, Tehya Merritt, Shawnee Owens, Chinna Palmer, Kayla Parker, Adanna Paul, Alexcia Thompson, Kevin Thorne II and Kyra Walker.
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CAROUSEL
Lake Braddock Secondary School
1/26-1/29/2017

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Lillian Hellman Festival in Broadway LILLIAN HELLMAN FESTIVAL
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1/29-1/29/2017
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater continues the company’s season-long Lillian Hellman Festival by hosting free programming, including staged readings, panel discussions and film screenings, January 25-February 5, 2017 to celebrate the iconic playwright, author and political activist. All Festival events are FREE but reservations are required. To reserve your tickets, visit arenastage.org/hellman-festival or call the Arena Stage Sales Office at 202-488-3300. Panel Discussion – Beyond Gender: Inspiring Generations of Female Writers Sunday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m. In the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle During this panel, contemporary female playwrights discuss the effect that Hellman’s writing, life and legacy have had on their own careers. Panelists include Executive Director of the National New Play Network and Coordinating Producer of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival Nan Barnett; Georgetown University professor and playwright Christine Evans; and playwrights Mary Kathryn Nagle and Karen Zacarías.
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Boeing Boeing in Broadway BOEING BOEING
The Highwood Theatre
1/27-2/5/2017
The Your Theatre division of The Highwood Theatre is thrilled to kick off 2017 with the classic French farce ?'Boeing Boeing?' written by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverley Cross and Frances Evans. The hilarious 1964 comedy is not only the company's first show of 2017, it is also the first professional production to be performed in The Highwood Theatre's brand new, expanded black box theatre in downtown Silver Spring. 'Boeing Boeing' follows the life of lothario Bernard, a free-wheeling American bachelor who appears to have it all, including a Parisian flat and three international stewardesses happily engaged to him - each unaware of one another’s existence. When his carefully crafted schedule of layovers falls apart one night - on account of faster Boeing jets - Bernard must navigate his fiancees’ arrivals and evade disaster.
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Roe in Broadway ROE
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1/12-2/19/2017
The lawyer: a young, brilliant, courageous woman arguing Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court. The plaintiff: a complex, single woman seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy. The landmark 1973 case legalized abortion, but also began their separate journeys that would come to mirror the polarization in American culture. With shocking turns and surprising humor, Roe illuminates the difficult choices women make and the passion each side has for its cause.
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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Riverside Center Dinner Theatre
1/11-3/15/2017

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