Happy New Year! A few years ago, my goal was to visit every professional theater house in the DMV. There are over 90 theatres in the area and I've been to over half at least- from the heart of D.C. to neighborhood theatres. On Christmas Day, one of the smaller theatres, Anacostia Playhouse, was robbed. This playhouse is the home to a few theatres, including Theater Alliance - its' theater-in-residence. A GoFundMe was setup to recover items stolen and damaged and within two days, the fundraiser surpassed its $20,000 goal. It was so heartwarming to see actors, patrons, administrators, friends and strangers of the D.C. theatre community come together for this small-but-mighty venue. The world needs art to share new ideas on old themes or highlight items in a different way. The community has spoken and wants art to stay. Consider visiting a new theatre or seeing something different in 2019 with a show this month.
Next Stop Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon, VA
- Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen; Book by Hunter Belland and directed by Bobby Libbey, John Loughney, Katie McManus and Jennifer Redford
- Tickets:$10- $40
- Runs January 3 - 27
A spoof musical comedy. Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival, but the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends, Susan and Heidi. Follow four friends on their hilarious journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression.
- Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place, SE, Washington, D.C.
- Written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb and directed by Kim Weild
- Tickets: $20 - $40
- Runs January 9 - February 3, 2019
Playwright-performer Keith Hamilton Cobb uses his love of language and 30 years of experience in the American theatre to explore Shakespeare, race and America, not necessarily in that order. His 85-minute award-winning play considers the dilemma of a seasoned African-American thespian auditioning for a role fraught with racial animus, Othello, is an unapologetic examination of an industry-hindering irony that stands as metaphor for our most pressing societal condition: a white culture dictating rules of conduct to a non-white one from an often inadvertent place of privilege.
- Ford's Theatre, 511 Tenth St, NW, Washington, D.C.
- Written by Reginald Rose and Directed by Sheldon Epps
- Tickets: $17 - $64
- Runs January 18 - February 17
Behind closed doors, tensions run high as a lone juror argues the innocence of a teenager accused of murder. In this provocatively resonant American drama, 12 jurors from all strata of society revisit the evidence, debate the issue of reasonable doubt and confront each other's personal biases. Broadway director Sheldon Epps ignites a conversation about how prejudice can shape the quest for justice. The lone dissenting juror will be played by Erik King (Showtime's 'Dexter') as Juror #8.
- Signature Theater, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA
- Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. & Murray Horwitzby and directed by Joe Calarco
- Tickets: $40 - $103
- Runs January 23 - March 10
Step into Harlem for a swinging, dancing celebration of big band and the songs of Thomas “Fats” Waller. This sultry Tony Award-winning musical tribute features all of Waller’s beloved tunes including “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Handful of Keys” and more. A cast of signature favorites including Nova Y. Payton (Jelly’s Last Jam), Kevin McAllister (Titanic) and Iyona Blake (Titanic) strut the stage while Jelly’s Last Jam’s Mark G. Meadows tickles the ivories.