For the history buffs - The nineteen-year-old Marion Davies met the fifty-three-year-old newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst, and became his mistress. Hearst took over management of Davies' career and promoted her as a film actress. Jealous that her older sister Grace has landed handsome and successful Tony Anderson, Patricia Harrington (Davies) launches an elaborate charm offensive to win his heart.
Celebrate the holidays with performances of cool classics by Shorty Rogers, Thad Jones, Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn, Stan Kenton, and a handful of arrangements by BCJO Ghosts of Christmas Past. Directed by Brad Linde and Joe Herrera, the 17-piece big band is enjoying its 12th year of adventurous and exciting programming.
Come celebrate the Holidays with us! Create a new tradition celebrating the holidays the Spanish way. This festive program will take you on a journey of some of the most festive holiday traditions as celebrated in Spain and Puerto Rico.
Mexodus by Brian Quijada and Nygel D. Robinson December 10-11, 2022 Inspired by the thousands of enslaved people in the United States who sought freedom in Mexico, rather than looking north, Mexodus uses live looping and hip hop to explore an under-told chapter of the Underground Railroad and celebrate Black and brown bodies standing together against oppression.
A free screening of the acclaimed animated, Spanish-language reimagining of Puccini’s classic opera, set in Washington, DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood through the winter and spring of 2020 tells of the exuberant creative power of youth, the transcendence of love, and the heartbreak of first loss. This animated modern holiday classic is for the whole family, and a special way to usher in the holiday season.
Max & Willy's Last Laugh
Directed by Sheryl Kaller Music Direction by John McDaniel January 19 and 20, 2023 When German cabaret stars Max Ehrlich and Willy Rosen arrived at the Westerbork Transit Camp in 1942, the star-struck commandant said, “A train leaves here for Auschwitz every Tuesday morning. If you do a cabaret performance on Monday nights, it will lift morale. And if you’re funny, you won’t have to get on the train!” So they were funny. For 18 months, they performed the funniest cabaret in Europe. This true story comes to life in Max & Willy’s Last Laugh, a new musical play based upon the actual comedy sketches, songs, and jokes that have been forgotten for over 70 years until now. Note: This event is performed at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, D.C
Eric, a classical pianist, and Bilal, a jazz musician, are brothers by blood, united through a love of music but separated by prison bars. When Bilal’s trial reveals hidden secrets and unexpected truths, the young men are forced to ask whether their love, and music, can withstand betrayal? Inspired by true events, award-winning playwright and breakbeat poet Idris Goodwin’s acclaimed Bars and Measures is a moving play with music that reflects on faith, family, and politics with equal parts imagination and intensity.
When American conflict photographer Mia wakes up in her ex-girlfriend’s Istanbul apartment, she doesn’t recall how she got there but the contents of her camera might. A cross-cultural, time-shifting journey ensues as Mia pieces together the details of her past and wrestles with the costs of her profession. A heartfelt and suspenseful new play from award-winning dramatist Mona Mansour (Mosaic’s The Vagrant Trilogy), Unseen implores audiences to look deeper into the photographs of war and see the souls at stake.
Based in his reimagining of Native American folklore, Longfellow’s Songs of Hiawatha has inspired music across time and place, each composer and piece offering a unique perspective on the theme.
Our Dancing Daughters is a 1928 American silent drama film starring Joan Crawford and John Mack Brown about the "loosening of youth morals" that took place during the 1920s. A jazz-mad flapper courts a millionaire swain in a film that highlights sumptuous art deco sets and the divine stylized clothing of the Roaring Twenties.
Murdered Men Do Bleed and Drip by Jennifer Barclay and Hannah Khalil Produced in partnership with DC’s Solas Nua and Dublin-based Fishamble May 6-7, 2023 A violent far-right is on the rise in a deeply interconnected and yet divided world, where “alternate facts” and macabre braggadocio enabled by misinformation, distancing, isolation and closed borders leads to extreme violence and extreme joy, theatricality and structural subversion.
Three Black queer men sit in an ethereal waiting room inviting audiences to join them in a whimsical theatrical experiment that is equal parts harrowing, hilarious, and hopeful. Inspired by his own HIV diagnosis and the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community, award-winning playwright Donja R. Love shines an honest light on the people behind the statistics in this “defiantly life-embracing” (The New York Times) new play.