Don’t miss a riveting trio of short plays by Ireland’s theatrical giant and Nobel Prize winner, Samuel Beckett. “Beckett Trio, Part 2” features several spellbinding classics by the architect of the absurd. His brazen form of black comedy soars as we explore his themes of resistance with DC’s top actors.
Set in the legendary Parisian café Les Deux Magots in 1953, Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Son re-imagines the meeting between Native Son author Richard Wright and essayist/activist James Baldwin. It explores the tension between Baldwin’s searing critiques of Native Son and Wright’s unbridled indignation in response—a confrontation between two mighty African-American artists, with echoes of a present-day rap battle.
"Sounds of Silence" -- Atlas Performing Arts Center Silent Film series with live musical accompaniment. Featuring Andrew Earle Simpson, Series curator and pianist. Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" (1921) with a wine and cheese reception at 7:00 PM and a film screening with live musical accompaniment at 8:00 PM.
When teenage daughter Lexie helps her reluctant single mother Nora re-enter the dating scene, an unlikely suitor emerges in Griff – the guy at the coffee shop who inadvertently witnesses Nora’s string of unsuccessful dates. As choices collide with coincidences and longing mixes with reality, each character must face the complications that always arise in the search for intimacy and the closeness of family. This captivating world premiere with a metaphysical twist navigates the paths of romance, marriage and parenting while exploring the pains and pleasures of all three.
NFT Dance & Company will present three new works intimately woven in contemporary dance and inspired by the classical literary beginning, “It was a dark and stormy night … “ Dreamy, fantastical and romantic, literary figures depict our psychic fascination with things that go bump in the night and the macabre. Recommended for patrons age 13+.
Elliott Hughes and Brad Linde’s BIG OL’ celebrates the CD release of their live album recorded at the Atlas Performing Arts Center during the 2015 DC Jazz Festival. The band features stellar musicians from New York, Washington DC, and Toronto, bringing to life the compositions of Australian composer Hughes.
This powerful one-man show, based on the life of '70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway, imagines the troubled and brilliant musician's last day on Earth in an immersive and crushing play about Hathaway's compelling inner struggle. Torn between the muses that inspire him and the mental illness that torments him, Hathaway evaluates the choices in his life in a gripping performance by Kelvin Roston, Jr.