Beech Tree Puppets presents The Giant Turnip at the Greenbelt Community Center, Sep 7, 1pm

Beech Tree Puppets presents The Giant Turnip at the Greenbelt Community Center, Sep 7, 1pm

Artful Afternoon Sunday, September 7, 1-4pm
Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd.

Beech Tree Puppets presents a new show The Giant Turnip, based on a Ukrainian folktale.

An all-ages garden-themed craft workshop with The Butterfly Brigade of CHEARS, 1-3pm.

Studio open house and sale, 1-4pm, with the Community Center’s Artists in Residence.

Location: Greenbelt Community Center Gymnasium

Performance and craft workshop are free.

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at Laurel Mill Playhouse, Sep 5-28

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at Laurel Mill Playhouse, Sep 5-28

Friday September 5, 2014 through Sunday September 28, 2014
The Mousetrap
by Agatha Christie
Directed by Carl Randolph
Produced by Maureen Rogers

Location: Laurel Mill Playhouse

Description: A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer’s pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French. Performances run weekends from Friday September 5, 2014 through Sunday September 28, 2014 with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission. Admission for students (12 and under), active duty military and seniors (65 and over) is $12. For reservations, please call 301-617-9906 and press 2. For further information visit the web site at http://www.laurelmillplayhouse.org or contact Maureen Rogers at maureencrogers@gmail.com or 301-452-2557.

Bug at the Hard Bargain Theater, Sep 5-20

Bug at the Hard Bargain Theater, Sep 5-20

Location: Hard Bargain Players

Bug

Written by Tracy Letts
Directed by Michael J. Margelos

Performances
September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8:00 PM

Parental Advisory: Adult Themes

Synopsis: Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter introduced to her by her lesbian friend, R.C. Agnes stays at a hotel in hopes of avoiding her physically abusive ex-husband, Jerry, who was just released from prison. At first, she lets Peter sleep platonically on her floor, but not long after she promotes him to the bed. Matters become more complicated as Jerry eagerly returns to the woman he loves to beat her up, expecting to resume their relationship. On top of that, there’s a hidden bug infestation problem that has both Agnes and Peter dealing with scathing welts and festering sores-which has Peter believing this is the result of experiments conducted on him during his stay at an army hospital. Their fears soon escalate to paranoia, conspiracy theories and twisted psychological motives.

The Heroes’ Tale at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Sep 5-13

The Heroes’ Tale at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Sep 5-13

The Heroes’ Tale
A guest production from GroundWork Entertainment
By Cheryl Butler-Poole
Directed by Gregory Poole

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

Description: Told from the perspective of four aging black men that time seemed to have forgotten, one unforeseen event caused them to elevate themselves to neighborhood champions. Named after one of Washington, DC’s famous neighborhoods, the Dupont Circle Heroes experience dramatic events that include racial conflict and wrongful imprisonment.

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8pm
Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 2pm and 8pm
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8pm
Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 2pm and 8pm

General Admission: $17.00

We are Samurai at Venus Theatre, Sept 4-28

We are Samurai at Venus Theatre, Sept 4-28

We are Samurai
by Daria Miyeko Marinelli

Location: Venus Theatre Play Shack.

September 4 – 28, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm.

Tickets: $20. Buy here.

Parental advisory: Adult themes.

Description: After Josephine returns home to find her cats brutally murdered for a crime she committed in a past life, she enlists her boyfriend to help her avenge her cats’ deaths. What follows is a suburban revenge tragedy about four twenty-somethings engaging in petty acts of violence in an effort to absolve a millennia-old offense. Rooted in both contemporary suburbia and the historical traditions of Japanese Theatre, We Are Samurai uses cats, iPhones, and simultaneous action to explore age-old questions of agency and entitlement. As the piece unfolds simultaneously across four difference playing spaces, it is up to the audience to choose what to witness.