1. Jumpers For Goalposts at Studio Theatre.
“This play is a gem. We in the DC Metro area are very fortunate to have the opportunity to see this U.S. premier production where everything comes together for a championship theater experience.” – April Forrer.
Synopsis: Hope springs eternal in the post-game locker room of Barely Athletic, an amateur soccer team competing in the five-a-side pub league in Hull, a Yorkshire fishing city that’s seen better days (as have these athletes). A hilarious and heartbreaking play about romance, resilience, taking chances, and moving on by the winner of Britain’s 2012 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.
2. Last of the Boys at Fells Point Corner Theatre.
“Playwright Steven Dietz’s work…draws attention to the different ways people experience history, and how wounds are repaired…” – Morgan Halvorsen.
Synopsis: Ben and Jeeter fought in Vietnam. For thirty years they have remained united by a war that divided the nation. But this year, when they gather for one final hurrah, the past makes a return appearance and its many ghosts come flickering to life. This is a fierce, funny and haunting show about friendship, families and a war that, for some, never ends.
3. Marley at Center Stage.
“…a simply thrilling theatrical experience…” – Steve Charing.
Synopsis: From Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, comes a world premiere musical based on the life and music of Bob Marley. After surviving an assassination attempt in 1976, Marley left Jamaica for London, where he spent nearly two years in self-imposed exile. Chronicling the events surrounding this earth-shaking moment, Marley tells the story of a man transformed into one of the 20th Century’s most important cultural figures. Set in the soundscape of an era, this new musical weaves together the life and music of a man who, to heal himself, first healed his homeland.
4. Cinderella (La Cenerentola) at Washington National Opera.
“…hilarious and sweet, magical and sobering.” – Amy Juras.
Synopsis: Rossini’s retelling of the Cinderella story adds a few twists in a whimsical production featuring two opera singers alternating in the title role: Isabel Leonard, the 2013 Richard Tucker Award winner, and Tara Erraught, making her U.S. debut.
5. A Tale of Two Cities at Synetic Theater.
“The subversion here is possibly more radical than even some of Synetic’s traditional fare; but for daring audiences, the show is not to be missed.” – Andrew White.
Synopsis: Originally performed Off-Broadway to rave reviews by Everett Quinton, this irreverent comedy tells the story of a drag queen named Jerry who finds the baby at his door! To calm the child down, he enacts the entirety of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities – playing all the characters himself!