Theseus and the Monster in the Maze at the Greenbelt Community Center, Mar 7-14

Theseus and the Monster in the Maze at the Greenbelt Community Center, Mar 7-14

The 2020 Greenbelt Winter Youth Musical:
The School For Super-Heroes (in exile) Returns in
Theseus and the Monster in the Maze
Written and directed by Chris Cherry
Music Director: Stephan Brodd
Production Designer: Nicole DeWald

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:00pm
Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 3:00pm
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Location: Greenbelt Community Center Gymnasium 15 Crescent Rd.

Description: In the boarded-up building of the now-closed School For Super-Heroes, alumni of the school’s drama club gather for a secret reunion – and a meeting of the underground Resistance to the repressive Regime. The founders of the club are missing, but they’ve left behind a tantalizing clue: It’s a partial script, telling the story of Theseus, the legendary hero and founder of democracy. Now, new leaders must step forward to lead the club and bring the script to life, mounting an audacious production that may be the last hope to reopen the realm of storytime, rescue the missing heroes, and undermine the Regime’s despotic power.

Tickets: $5; advance sales at 301-397-2208

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse, Feb 7-22

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse, Feb 7-22

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
February 7-22, 2020
Direction by John Wakefield
Produced by Mary Wakefield and Allison Baudoin
Music Direction by Karen Monteith

2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse

The classic musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip, Peanuts. Performances will be February 7-22, 2020, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm, with a closing matinee at 3 pm on Saturday February 22.

Tickets for shows at Bowie Playhouse are $22.00 for General Admission, $19.00 for seniors (60 and over) and full time students, and $12 for Children 11 and under. Buy tickets here.

Susan at Clarice Smith, Feb 7-8

Susan at Clarice Smith, Feb 7-8

Ahamefule J. Oluo presents

February 7 & 8, 2020 . 8PM

Fri, Feb 7, 2020 . 8:00PM
Sat, Feb 8, 2020 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre, general admission.

After moving audiences at The Clarice in 2017, trumpeter, composer and comedian Ahamefule J. Oluo returns with “Susan,” a memoir delivered through wry comedic monologue and live, grand-scale big-band and jazz. This vulnerable theatrical work about his childhood tells the story of how his Midwestern mother was left to raise two bi-racial babies after the sudden departure of her husband, a Nigerian doctoral student. There’s obvious chemistry between Oluo’s singular voice and the grand creation of the music; at times, when the story is too painful for him, the ensemble carries the show. “Susan” is a category-defying reflection on how race, class, and appearance impact everyone—and how we play the hand that we’re dealt.

In 2002, after being selected as Town Hall Seattle’s first-ever artist-in-residence, Oluo realized he wanted to do something different. After years of performing and recording with prominent musicians like John Zorn, Hey Marseilles, Wayne Horvitz and Macklemore, Oluo knew he had his own story to tell—and the diverse set of skills to do it. During his time in residency, he began experimenting with blending big-band, jazz, standup and memoir to formulate a new musical and theatrical identity.

Tickets: Regular $30, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Robinson Crusoe at Harmony Hall, Dec 14

Robinson Crusoe at Harmony Hall, Dec 14

The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents
Robinson Crusoe
A musical play

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11am and 1pm

Location: Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington

Purposely varying from the plot of Daniel Defoe’s novel, Missoula Children’s Theatre’s “Robinson Crusoe” teaches the lesson that reading invites more than observation.

We arrive on Robinson’s island years after he and his sole companion, a goat named Wilson, are shipwrecked. We find that the island has turned into a tourist destination centered around a lovable singing leopard, a tribe of natives known for their colorful coifs, Friday’s Seaside Resort and, of course, the legend of Robinson Crusoe. In a flashback, his story comes to life beginning with the shipwreck, which marooned him and Wilson on the island.

The entire population of the island, including a herd of goats, an all-animal band, Friday and his family, and the inevitable hula-dancing chameleons, discover that our differences need not stand in the way of our friendships. All of the characters live happily and harmoniously ever after.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre provides two professional tour actor/directors, who will audition and cast 50 to 60 local elementary school children in this production on Monday. To participate, see the audition notice.

Tickets to the performance: $5.

Soundtrack and The Triumph of Horus at Clarice Smith, Dec 6-7

Soundtrack and The Triumph of Horus at Clarice Smith, Dec 6-7

Second Season: “Soundtrack” and “The Triumph of Horus”
Dec. 6-7, 2019

Fri, Dec 6, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sat, Dec 7, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sat, Dec 7, 2019 . 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Various spaces at The Clarice, general admission.

Written by Diallo Adams

In this original play about the struggles of a local record store to stay afloat, Adams explores how strong friendships help us deal with disappointment and unforeseen circumstances. The highs and lows of the story are echoed in music written by Adams, featuring a broad range of styles to represent the play’s dynamic shifts.

The Triumph of Horus
Translated by H. W. Fairman
Adapted and directed by Allison Hedges

Considered by some to be the oldest play in existence, “The Triumph of Horus” was discovered in the form of hieroglyphic inscriptions dating back to the second century BCE at Egypt’s Temple of Horus in Edfu. Hedges applies her doctoral research on ancient Egyptian drama to stage this rarely produced play with undergraduate students. This performance will include “The Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys,” a brief ritual drama based on the translation by Miriam Lichtheim.

Free, tickets required. Click here.