Fences at the Publick Playhouse, Dec 9

Fences at the Publick Playhouse, Dec 9

Prince George’s Publick Playhouse presents:
National Players: Fences
by August Wilson

Friday, December 9, 2022, 7pm

Prince George’s Publick Playhouse.

Set in segregated Pittsburgh in the 1950s, Fences depicts the life of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now scraping by as a sanitation worker. Part of August Wilson’s 10-play Century Cycle, Fences explores the walls we build around ourselves and our loved ones while also illuminating one family’s struggles in the Jim Crow era.

$20, or $15 seniors or students. Click here.

Much Ado About Nothing at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Oct 15

Much Ado About Nothing at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Oct 15

National Players presents:
Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare

Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 7 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium.

War has ended and soldiers return home to forget their sorrows. It looks like love is in the air. Except between Beatrice and Benedick, who are determined not to fall in love and get married even though they can’t help engaging in daily verbal sparring matches with one another. Tricks, mistaken identity, and a clueless night watchman are on the horizon in this “will they/won’t they” comedy that features one of Shakespeare’s wittiest couples.

National Players is a unique ensemble bringing innovative theater to communities large and small across the United States. Founded in 1949, National Players stimulates youthful imagination and critical thinking by presenting classic plays in invigorating ways for modern audiences.

Tickets: Pay what you wish, $10 to $50. Click here.

Fences at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Oct 14

Fences at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Oct 14

National Players & Creative Suitland presents:
by August Wilson
directed by Craig Wallace

Friday, October 14, 2022 at 7 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium.
This event takes place at Creative Suitland; 4719 Silver Hill Rd, Suitland-Silver Hill, MD 20746.

Troy Maxson was a star in the Negro Baseball League, but he was past his prime by the time Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947. Now in 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy hauls garbage to provide for his family. When his son Cory wants to play football, Troy worries the same barriers he faced will crush Cory’s dreams, and he’ll crush them first before anyone else does. But Troy’s own mistakes and regrets may be as big a threat to his family’s security as the racism that limited his opportunities. As the past closes in, Troy finds the walls he’s built for protection crumbling. For the first time in its history, National Players takes August Wilson’s most acclaimed drama in his Century Cycle Plays to the stage.

National Players is a unique ensemble bringing innovative theater to communities large and small across the United States. Founded in 1949, National Players stimulates youthful imagination and critical thinking by presenting classic plays in invigorating ways for modern audiences.

If You Are Sick, Stay Home
Masks are required
Proof of vaccination is required
You may show the physical vaccination card or a photo of the card on you phone
If you are unable to be vaccinated, you must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours on the day of the performance
No concessions and no outside food or drink

Tickets: $15 general, $10 seniors, veterans & students. Click here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Oct 16, In Person

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Oct 16, In Person

On Stage at Joe’s presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the National Players
by William Shakespeare

Saturday October 16, 2021, at 7 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Masks are required for this in-person event.

Faeries, thespians and runaway loves all find themselves wandering the forest at night. With the fairy king and queen scheming, the lovers escaping, and the ragtag troupe of actors hastily rehearsing a show for the duke’s wedding tomorrow, what more could go wrong? When a fairy named Puck accidentally misapplies a love potion and purposefully transforms an actor into a donkey, it will take more than magic to set things right.

Get lost in the forest with the National Players in the most epic romantic entanglement of all time. A magical comedy that’s fun for children and adults alike.

Feel free to bring your own chair and any snacks you would like. Parking is available up and down the street in front of Joe’s and the residential spaces around the corner.

Tickets $15 Early; $20 General Admission; $10 Seniors, Veterans, Under 16. Click here.

Walk Two Moons at the Bowie CPA, Jan 12

Walk Two Moons at the Bowie CPA, Jan 12

National Players present:
Walk Two Moons
By Tom Arvetis, based on the novel by Sharon Creech
Directed by Jenna Duncan

Sunday, January 12 at 4:00pm

Location: Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets: $5 students, $10 adults. Click here.

Based on Sharon Creech’s Newbery Medal-winning novel, this play tells the story of 13 year old Sal, who is driving cross country with her grandparents in search of her mother – and along the way meets many eccentric characters. None more so than Phoebe – Sal’s best friend and the main character in the stories she tells to entertain her grandparents. Phoebe’s story bursts with wild conspiracy theories of her own missing mother, which helps Sal confront her own loss. But with a deadline looming, Sal might not make it in time to reunite with the one person she wants to find most. Told primarily through memory, National Players weaves together a story that is both heartrending and heartwarming.

So much of art and media when I was growing up taught me that grief was an event you experienced all at once and at some point reached the other side. Both I and Sal, our protagonist in Walk Two Moons, have experienced that there is nothing about grief that concludes at any point. More often, grief is your once-tiny life being broken open by the unknown and often unexpected, then spending the rest of that life growing, shifting, laughing at, building on, learning from, hating, appreciating, loving, and wrestling with that intrusion. What Walk Two Moons shows us so beautifully is that everyone experiences their own form of this; their own life expanding before they are ready. It reminds us that if we’re going to have our grief be a part of us forever, we ought to take a page from Sal’s book and walk more often in the shoes of others. Why spend our whole lives siloed in our own battles when we could open ourselves to an empathy that may allow us to understand one another better and help us discover we may not be as alone as we thought? Jenna Duncan, Director, Walk Two Moons.

I love road trips. I love knowing that there’s a destination so far away that you have to measure the trip in days and not just hours. I love watching this incredible country reveal itself to you as you round corners, crest hilltops, and emerge through tunnels. I love being in a car with people and growing closer to them by sharing stories, playing silly games, singing along to songs, or simply sitting quietly and listening to the road. Road trips change people, as Sal and her grandparents certainly experience during the course of Walk Two Moons, Tom Arvetis’ beautiful adaptation of the Sharon Creech novel. Through the course of Sal’s road trip she shares fantastical stories about her friends, learns profound lessons, and works through her own sense of loss and anger since her mother left on her own cross-country trip and didn’t return. We are delighted to share this story with you, and we hope you enjoy this journey. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at jkj@nationalplayers.org. Jason King Jones, Artistic Director, National Players