“The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II should not be missed because of its historical significance and for its extraordinary production value.” – April Forrer.
Synopsis: One of Shakespeare’s most eloquent works is this poetic chronicle of the cultured and vain King Richard II, who believes himself divinely placed on the English throne. His arrogance contributes to his undoing and the onset of the Wars of the Roses. Rich with beautiful language, this “Hollow Crown” history remains one of Shakespeare’s most-loved plays.
2. Rage at Ambassador Theater.
“Rage is wonderfully executed, terrifyingly brilliant, and seriously scary.” –
Synopsis: In this tense, one-act, Canadian play, an unstable high-school student confronts a pacifistic guidence councelor in her claustrophobic office at the school. During their increasingly heated conversation a gun is produced, and their encounter becomes a battle of wills. Will “justifiable” violence or passive resistance win the day? Who will survive?
3. Hedda Gabler at Quotidian Theatre Company.
“…Ibsen’s ‘Hedda’ has never been so lively…” –
Synopsis: The magnetic and mysterious Hedda Gabler, stifled by society’s conventions, has captivated audiences since she sprang from Ibsen’s imagination in 1890. Her perplexing machinations find the perfect home in Washington, D.C.’s politically-charged Georgetown of 1963 in this new adaptation by Iceman Cometh director Michael Avolio.
4. Macbeth at Annapolis Shakespeare Company.
Synopsis: Macbeth, set primarily in Scotland, mixes witchcraft, prophecy, and murder. Three “Weïrd Sisters” appear to Macbeth and his comrade Banquo after a battle and prophesy that Macbeth will be king and that the descendants of Banquo will also reign. When Macbeth arrives at his castle, he and Lady Macbeth plot to assassinate King Duncan, soon to be their guest, so that Macbeth can become king.
5. Our War at Arena Stage.