Thanks to Billy for sending the news from Playbill:

“A stage adaptation of Tina Fey’s 2004 hit comedy film Mean Girls, which starred actress Lindsay Lohan as a high school transfer student trying to navigate teenage social cliques, will have its world premiere in fall 2017 in Washington, D.C.”


“The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade’s
Fourth Annual Production:
“The Tempest” by William Shakespeare

Washington, DC, June 23, 2016- The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade (FGC), a Washington, DC based theatre company, is bringing back free outdoor theatre to the city for its fourth year.

This summer we will be mounting our production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” with performances running for three weekends on June 9,10,11,16,17,18, 23, and 24, 2016. Performances will be held nightly at 8 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown (1041 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007). Audience members will be able to lay out blankets, pack a picnic and enjoy a free performance out under the stars. In case of inclement weather the show will be performed indoors in the church Sanctuary. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for picnicking and relaxing pre-performance. Some concessions and fun FGC swag will be available for sale on site. For additional information, please visit our website: (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Brandon Kopp

From a press release:

“Folger Shakespeare Library will host the CrossTalk DC Kick-Off Forum on Sunday, May 15. CrossTalk DC is a community engagement initiative to bring disparate publics together to think about race and religion thoughtfully and deeply, through the lens of literature and history. More than 14 CrossTalk DC conversations and forums will happen across the District between May and October. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Kevin Wolf

From an email:

“On Friday, April 22, Captain James T. Kirk himself, the international TV and movie star William “you can call me Bill” Shatner will be taking the stage at the Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall in Washington D.C.

Shatner will talk for over an hour about Star Trek, his life and work on the 50th anniversary of the legendary TV series. PLUS, ticket holders will hear an in-depth interview with Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files, who will tell stories about the series and its triumphant return this season AND meet the stars of SyFy’s smash hit 12 Monkeys.

13th and L St, NW (a separate space next to Maddy’s Tap Room)

From a press release:

“The owners of the Arlington Drafthouse are thrilled to open a comedy arts theater in Downtown DC! We have chosen to be different than the typical comedy club and instead offer an arts space committed to comedy and our community. This means great sight lines, an intimate setting, and no minimum purchase requirements for patrons, tall ceilings, and shared laughter.

We will feature mostly stand-up comedy, while also dedicating time to sketch and improv. Shows will be targeted to 70 to 80 minutes in length. Each weekend will feature, on average, 8 shows (2 on Thursday, 3 on Friday, and 3 on Saturday). This schedule allows for two headliners to perform each weekend, splitting the shows between them. This will significantly increase the opportunity to feature a diverse offering of top national comics to the DC area. As we expand our offerings in the first year, we will add off-Broadway style comedy arts to the line up. (more…)

80 T Street, NW

It’s finally here: the reception/open house for the much-anticipated release of The Unified Scene Theater.

What’s The Unified Scene Theater? It’s an actual brick-and-mortar comedy theater in the heart of Bloomingdale, one that privileges and catalyzes the highly energized, highly galvanized improvisational comedy scene here in Washington, DC. It’s a permanent home (finally) for those wayward types raised on the collaborative art of improvisational comedy, an art that’s completely transformed comedy as an art form, not just here in America but globally.

What will it do? The Unified Scene will offer improv comedy performances and shows on most nights of the week, and classes and workshops in improv (both beginning and advanced) on others.

But that’s not all: it will also a multi-use performance, rehearsal, event, and meeting space that will also provide training and classes beneficial to performers, writers, and creative thinkers of all kinds. We’re proudly an incubator to DC’s growing art and performance scene, and proudly a “comedy locavore” here in Bloomingdale. (more…)

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Photo courtesy Anacostia Playhouse

From a press release:

“American Moor, a solo play written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb, begins performances Friday, July 17, 2015 with a opening night gala to benefit the Anacostia Playhouse located at 2020 Shannon Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020. Tickets for the opening are $100 for reserved seating and $50 for general seating and include a champagne reception with the actor/playwright.
This DC area engagement will be directed by fellow actor, and regular of the DC theater scene, Craig Wallace.

American Moor is authentic and unwavering in its hope for change and forward progress. Guests are invited and encouraged to come and lend their voices to the dialogue at one of eight performances scheduled with post-show discussions: Friday, July 24; Thursday, July 30; Friday, July 31; Sunday, August 2; Friday, August 7; Sunday, August 9; Thursday, August 13; Friday, August 14. Post-show discussions are presented in partnership with Folger Shakespeare Library and Thembi Duncan.

Special guest facilitators will be announced on social media under the hashtag #MoorToThisStory.

What: AMERICAN MOOR by Keith Hamilton Cobb presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.
When: July 17-August 16, 2015. Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm.  
Run Time:  80 minutes
Tickets:  $25 each; Call 202-290-2328 or visit
Where:  Anacostia Playhouse. 2020 Shannon Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020

Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for East of the River residents, seniors and students.”


From a press release:

” The Landless Theatre Company announces the return of it’s award-nominated Sweeney Todd Prog Metal Version at Atlas Performing Arts Center in July, 2015. The production garnered 2015 Helen Hayes Award Nominations for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Melissa Baughman), and Outstanding Music Director (Charles W. Johnson).

Stephen Sondheim granted Landless permission to orchestrate the Progressive Metal Version of his musical masterpiece in December, 2013. “Yes, I did indeed give them my okay,” Mr. Sondheim was quoted in NY Times. “Since I believe that what keeps theater alive is its openness to reinterpretation from generation to generation, I look forward to seeing (and hearing) what they do.”

Mark E. Horowitz of The Sondheim Review wrote: “I was more than pleasantly prised to how well the new arrangements and orchestrations worked. They were particularly effective in the underscoring, by turns thrilling, funny and frightening… the range of colors available in the electronic instruments resulted in several hair-raising moments. This was also the fleetest production of Sweeney Todd I’ve seen, with many numbers seemingly performed at twice their typical tempos. I don’t know whether this was part of the prog metal aesthetic or a separate directorial choice, but it certainly energized aspects of the show.” (more…)