“To be or not to be”, while we cannot answer this existential debate, we do know we have a fascination for the red curtain and bright lights! Right now, numerous fantastic theatre productions are occurring all across The District. We’re going to discuss the city’s hottest theatre venues and the shows that have been driving the critics ecstatic. Don’t worry if you’re not a theatre buff! We’ve got all the insights and questions about DC’s theatre scene covered. From the Woolly Mammoth to the Ford Theatre, here’s your rundown for this summer’s biggest shows.
Fairview @ the Woolly Mammoth
From September 9th – October 6th, Fairview will be coming to The District! Claiming the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play looks to confront contemporary perception of racism in America and how it challenges the integrity of an African American family. While Fairview starts off as being unexpectedly docile, it evolves into a shockingly insightful critique of American society.
Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb
When: September 9 – October 6, 2019
More About the Woolly Mammoth Theatre
The Woolly Mammoth Theatre was founded in 1978 by two New York based actors. Recognizing the lack of diversity and quality in theatre outside New York City, the original founders sought to change this trend. By assembling an exceptional assemble of young actors, playwrights and directors, the Woolly has strives to “forge the future of the art form rather than just preserving its past”.
L’Homme Cirque @ The Strathmore
Come see the legend himself, David Dimitri will be showcasing his decades of experience from major circuses networks such as Cirque du Soleil and Big Apple Circus. Known for defying the impossible, L’Homme Cirque: The One Man Circus epitomizes the daring and audacious nature of the art of circus – it incorporates daring elements to create a multifaceted show that engages audiences with humor, poetry and even the use of his accordion. See it at The Strathmore, a nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center and presenting organization based one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland.
When: June 27th – July 7th, 2019
August Wilson’s Fences @ Ford Theatre
Situated in the infamously historic theatre in which President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, we find the story of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star who is forced to grip with the struggles of reality. A story about love and betrayal, Maxson’s actions lead to permanent irreversible effects. Moreover, Fences critiques the notion that we build walls ourselves and loved ones, whilst simultaneously illuminating the confines of a segregational society.
Directed by Timothy Douglas
When: September 27th – October 27th, 2019
Hamlet @ The Shakespeare Theatre
Michael Khan’s rendition of Shakespeare’s all-time classic adds a modern twist to an age-old tale. Set in a modern surveillance state Denmark, Hamlet returns home from university to find his life in a state of disarray with his mother being remarried and his uncle sitting on the royal throne. When the Danish prince is then visited by the ghost of his father, Hamlet must decide between acceptance or vengence, submit or resist, live or die. Don’t forget this show is presented for free at the Shakespeare Theatre in NW DC.
Directed by Craig Baldwin
When: July 10-21, 2019