Radium Girls at Bishop McNamara High School, Mar 14-16
by D. W. Gregory
Location: Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville.
Bishop McNamara High School Fine Arts Department Theatre Program is excited to announce our spring play, RADIUM GIRLS.
In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, RADIUM GIRLS traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees.
Written by local playwright D.W. Gregory, performance dates are Friday, March 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 each. Please join us for another outstanding production!
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Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Charles H. Flowers High School, Mar 14-29
The Charles Herbert Flowers High School Jaguar Players present
Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical
Produced and Directed by Shanelle D. Ingram
Location: Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale.
Fridays and Saturdays, March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:00pm.
All performances will be held in the Helena Nobles-Jones Auditorium at CHFHS.
Tickets are $10. For information phone: (301) 636-8000/extension 272.
Description: Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a musical revue with a book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr., and music by various composers and lyricists. It is named after the song by Fats Waller (with Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf), “Ain’t Misbehavin’”. The musical is a tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and ’30s who were part of the Harlem Renaissance, an era of growing creativity, cultural awareness, and ethnic pride, and takes its title from the 1929 Waller song “Ain’t Misbehavin’”. It was a time when Manhattan nightclubs like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom were the playgrounds of high society and Lenox Avenue dives were filled with piano players banging out the new beat known as swing. Performers present an evening of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs that encapsulate the various moods of the era and reflect Waller’s view of life as a journey meant for pleasure and play.
Pinocchio at the Charis Center, Mar 14-16
Based on the C. Collodi novel.
Adapted by Michael L. Vacca.
Location: Charis Center for the Arts
Friday, March 14 at 7:30pm.
Saturday, March 15 at 6:30pm.
Sunday, March 16 at 3:00pm.
Tickets are $5 (students), $8 (general admission).
To reserve tickets, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 301-262-1183.
Ding or Bye Bye Dad at Venus Theatre, Mar 6-30
Ding! or Bye Bye Dad
by Jayme Kilburn
Location: Venus Theatre Play Shack.
March 6 to 30, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm.
Tickets: $20. Buy here.
Parental advisory: Adult themes.
Description: Two sisters, Hamiere and Boomer, creep silently towards their sleeping father, one armed with a bat the other with a frying pan. At the sound of a bell we are swept into a high-pressured speed-dating scenario. Hamiere is a ball of insecurities, a relationship dunce who finds it more convenient to love a dog than a human being. Boomer, her sister, serves as a fire starter and manic cheerleader, constantly pushing her sister to try and form a meaningful human bond all the while choosing only to date gay men because of her new-found distaste for sex. As the bell rings and the daters change seats, we are bystanders to Hamiere’s awkward emotional admissions: her pseudo-lesbian fantasies, her desire to give birth to puppies, and her thoughts on the afterlife. As the play unfolds the audience experiences vignettes of Hamiere and Boomer’s troubled past with men. Ding or Bye Bye Dad centers on the father / daughter relationship and what happens when that relationship is illformed. In the end, Hamiere and Boomer edge silently towards their father’s deathbed, kitchen utensils in hand, ready to kill their monster.
The Drummer at Bowie State University, Mar 6-8
WonderWorks presents “The Drummer”
March 6, 2014 – March 8, 2014, 11:00am and 1:00pm
Description: WonderWorks is a professional theater company at Bowie State University that produces shows for young audiences.
Location: Black Box Theatre, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University.
Cost: $3 for children; $5 for BSU faculty, staff, students and senior citizens; $10 general admission
Box office opens 1 hour before performances. Call 301-860-3717 for ticket information.