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(From left:) Vince Eisenson (Kent), Tiffany Byrd (Doctor), Rick Foucheux (Lear), Kathryn Zoerb (Cordelia) in KING LEAR (DJ Corey Photography)

Theater Tuesday: June roundup of discounts deals & dates

The month of June is a time to celebrate our fathers and father figures. Are you having trouble figuring out what to get Pops for Father's Day? Instead of the usual tie, how about treating him to a show!

There are a few shows happening this month that showcase strong, dominant father's. The ones highlighted in this post particularly happen to focus on father-daughter relationships but that doesn't mean that sons should feel left out. There are plenty of other shows in the D.C. area happening this month.

THE FATHER

  • Written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by David Muse
  • Studio Theatre, Washington, DC
  • Running now till June 18

André is 80 and a man of his own mind. He’s quick with a joke, especially one with an edge, and used to dominating conversations and relationships. But things are getting strange: His trusted watch goes missing, reappears, and is lost again. His daughter’s stories don’t quite add up. His furniture is disappearing and there are strangers at his table. The incomparable Ted van Griethuysen stars in Florian Zeller’s internationally acclaimed and theatrically thrilling exploration of who we are to ourselves when our signposts disappear.

Discounts/Deals: Limited $30 tickets on sale 30 minutes before curtain. Subject to availability and fees. Walk up only.

PROOF

  • Written by David Auburn and directed by Timothy Douglas
  • Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD
  • Running now till June 18

Helen Hayes Award winner Dawn Ursula stars as Catherine, the bereaved daughter of a brilliant, but chronically mentally ill mathematician. Catherine worries that she has inherited her father's mental illness, but more central to the drama is whether she also inherited his genius. A penetrating mystery at the center of the play and the stellar cast illuminates the ways in which family and lovers play into and defy expectations. Beloved D.C. actor Craig Wallace undertakes the role of Robert, the brilliant mathematician whose movements between sanity and brilliance are the polestars by which Catherine has lived her life. Longtime D.C. favorite Aakhu TuahNera Freeman, plays Catherine’s successful older sister Claire.

Discounts available for seniors, military, groups and students.

KING LEAR

  • Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Tom Prewitt
  • WSC Avant Bard in Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two, Arlington, VA
  • Running now till June 25

An epic parent-child drama and then some! Shakespeare's greatest tragedy begins as fairy tale and ends in nightmare--of homelessness, alienation, family, strife and civil war. Starring local acting legend Rick Foucheax as Lear. Also starring Acting Company members Sara Baker as Edgar, Frank Briton as Cornwall, Christopher Henley as The Fool, and Cam Magee as Gloucester. A once-in-a-lifetime-performance not to be missed.

Discounts/Deals: Each Thursday 7:30 p.m. performance and Saturday 2:00 p.m. matinee performances are Pay What You Will. You can name your price, any price, at the door and can even reserve online with a $10 minimum.

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