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Friday, July 25, 2014, 8 pm
Instructions Not Included

Instructions Not IncludedInstructions Not Included - "A sweet, funny, and poignant comedy," is how the Los Angeles Times described this film about a playboy who grows up when meeting the challenges of being a single parent. A surprise smash hit in the U.S. and Mexico, it stars Eugenio Derbez (Jack & Jill, La Misma Luna) who also directed and co-produced the film. In Spanish with English Subtitles, rated Pg-13: some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. FREE. For information call 301-277-1710.

Weekend Performance
Saturday, June 21, 8:00pm
Global Beat: Farafina Kan

Traditional African percussion and dance fills the stage in this hypnotic performance of song, drumming and movement.

Tickets: $20


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, May 20, 10:15am & 12:00noon
The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion all come to the stage in this delightful musical about the magical Land of Oz Recommended for preK-4th grade.
Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, May 20, 10:15am & 12:00noon
The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion all come to the stage in this delightful musical about the magical Land of Oz! Recommended for pre-K-4th grade.

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more


Friday, May 16 & Saturday, May 17
Debbi Morgan: The Monkey on My Back!

Debbi Morgan: The Monkey on My Back!Debbi Morgan returns with her popular one-woman show "The Monkey on My Back!" Debbi's engrossing personal memoir sold out quickly when it was here last September, so don't wait to buy your tickets. Call the box office at 301-277-1710, tickets $40/general admission $50/VIP (includes early admission and book signing).

Midweek Matinee
Friday, May 9, 10:15am & 12:00noon
Caps for Sale /TheThree Billy Goats Gruff

Caps for Sale /TheThree Billy Goats GruffHelp the peddler find his caps and help Billy find his brothers as these two classic tales are told with puppets, song, and dance. Recommended for grades K-4.

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 9:30 am
Global Beat: Percussion Workshop 2 for Tiny Tots

Global Beat: Percussion Workshop 2 for Tiny TotsTaught by instructors from the award-winning Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFE Youth), tots will design, build, and learn to play a shaker instrument! In addition, they'll have the chance to play traditional shaker instruments from different cultures. Snack provided.

Space is limited, so reservations are recommended.

Tickets: $4/person

Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, May 6, 10:15am & 12:00noon
Mexican Legends and Song

Mexican Legends and SongHistorical characters Pancho Villa, Doña Marina, Cortés and Montezuma are brought to life with wit and charm by this versatile performer. Be prepared to sing along with "La Cucaracha", "Cu curu cu cuPaloma" and other favorites as Felix brings to life the culture of Mexico with puppetry, stories, songs, instruments and dance, performed in English interwoven with Spanish words and phrases.. Recommended for grades K-5

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more


Weekend Performance
Friday, April 25, 8:00pm Saturday, April 26, 8:00pm Sunday, April 27, 4:00pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre: The Nina Simone Project

Dallas Black Dance Theatre: The Nina Simone ProjectDallas Black Dance Theatre presents the life, music, and story of acclaimed pianist, singer, performer and civil rights activist Nina Simone. Narrated and set to the gospel, blues, folk and jazz that shaped Simone’s life and career, this extraordinary production is choreographed by renowned dance artist Dianne McIntyre. The presentation of The Nina Simone Project was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Tickets: $25/$20 seniors, students and groups


Workshop
Thursday, April 24, 7:30-9:00PM
Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Liturgical Dance

For advanced students only, reservations required.

Tickets: $15/$5 with purchase of weekend performance ticket

Midweek Matinee
Thursday, April 24, 10:15am
Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Nina Simone Project Lecture-Demonstration

Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Nina Simone Project Lecture-DemonstrationThe story of Nina Simone encompasses decades of important African-American music and history. Students will learn about her life, her music, and her work as a Civil Rights Activist and aspects of dance performance technique.

Tickets: $7/$6 groups of 15 or more


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Thursday, April 24, 12:00noon Friday, April 25, 11:00am
Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Nina Simone Project

Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Nina Simone ProjectEnjoy this matinee sampler of the full-length Nina Simone project, highlighting important events in her life and career as a pianist, singer, performer and civil rights activist. A narrated, multi-media production choreographed by acclaimed dance artist Dianne McIntyre.

Tickets: $7/$6 groups of 15 or more


Workshop
Wednesday, April 23, 7:30-9:00pm
Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Modern Dance

Advanced students only, reservations required.

Tickets: $15/$5 with purchase of weekend performance ticket

Weekend Performance
Saturday, April 12, 4:00pm
Global Beat: Washington Korean Dance Company

Global Beat: Washington Korean Dance CompanyExperience the exquisite grace of Korean culture when this nationally recognized company brings an hour of dance and percussion to the stage.

Tickets: $10


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, April 8, 10:15am & 12:00noon
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerClaudia and her brother Jamie run away from their comfortable, boring suburban home to have an adventure in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They encounter a statue that may or may not be by Michelangelo, and Claudia becomes determined to find out the truth about the mysterious statue and its donor, Mrs. Frankweiler. Based on the classic, award-winning book by E.L. Konigsburg.Recommended for grades 2-6. This presentation is available at no cost to Title I schools in Prince George's County. Call 301-277-1710 for more information.

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more

This presentation is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation.


Midweek Matinee
Wednesday, March 26, 10:15am & 12:00noon
Helping Drew

Helping DrewThis interactive musical puppet show has everyone helping Drew, as the principal tries to stop Lee from bullying Drew. Lee thinks bullying Drew is fun. Lee’s best friend Victoria doesn’t think so, but what can she do to help Drew? Recommended for grades K-3

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more


Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 15, 8:00pm
World Dance Showcase

World Dance ShowcaseMetro DC’s premier multicultural dance companies are selected by audition, and perform works from an array of cultures and dance traditions.

Tickets: $20/$15 seniors, students and groups of 15 or more.



Weekend Performance
Sunday, March 9, 4:00pm
Love 2 Dance Teen Showcases

Love 2 Dance Teen ShowcasesExciting young dancers from area schools and studios heat up the stage with sizzling steps and modern moves in this popular annual program.
Tickets: $12/$10 seniors, students, and groups.


Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 8, 8:00pm
All-County Student Music Ensemble Showcase

March is National Music in Our Schools Month. Celebrate the joy of music with outstanding young musicians from Prince George’s County, performing vocal and instrumental selections ranging from smooth jazz to show tunes. All ages welcome.

Tickets $12/$10 seniors, students, groups of 15 or more


Weekend Performance
Friday, March 7, 7:00pm
Café Groove

Teen dancers from metro DC compete for audience votes in this lively battle of the best. Please note: dancers must be ages 13-18 to participate.

Tickets: $3/person


Midweek Matinee
Friday, March 7, 10:15am & 12:00noon
Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a FlyThree quirky crawlers face the first day of school together in this musical coming-of-age story about overcoming fears, exploring and accepting personal differences, and making friends. Based on the bestselling book series by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss.Recommended for grades K-5. This presentation is available at no cost to Title I schools in Prince George's County. Call 301-277-1710 for more information.

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more

This presentation is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation.



Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, March 4, 11:00am
Free Platinum Movie: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Free Platinum Movie: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)In an isolated Louisiana Bayou, a six-year-old girl with a buoyant spirit and extraordinary imagination contends with an ailing, abusive father and a storm that threatens to destroy her small community. Roger Ebert wrote, “Sometimes miraculous films come into being, made by people you've never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is one of the year's best films.”

For seniors 60 or better


Midweek Matinee
Friday, February 28, 12:00noon Saturday, March 1, 11:00am
Sunjata Kamalenya

Sunjata Kamalenya13th century Mali comes to life as both actors and audience tell the story of Sunjata Keita, a young boy who is destined to save his people. Traditional music, costumes, and scenery create a fascinating world where this timeless tale of personal struggle, family love, and community is depicted. Recommended for grades 6 and up

Tickets: $10/person; $8/groups of 15 or more


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, February 25, 10:15am & 12:00noon
Mammoth Follies & Dinosaur Friends

Mammoth Follies & Dinosaur FriendsExplore the wonders of evolution and learn the facts and myths about the great age of dinosaurs as host Willie Mammoth takes you through a musical revue of songs, jokes, and dance, performed by Smiley the Saber-Toothed Tiger, Bessie the lovable 27-foot long Apatosaurus, Terry the Pterodactyl, and many more lovable dino-puppets. Recommended for grades 2-5.

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more


Weekend Performance
Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2pm & 6pm
PRAISE Dance Festival

PRAISE Dance FestivalNoteworthy dance troupes from area churches present inspiring liturgical dance selections in this crowd-pleasing program.

Tickets: $20/$15 seniors, students, groups of 15 or more


Midweek Matinee
Wednesday, February 19, 10:15am & 12:00noon
William's Adventure in Black History

WilliamEnjoy this brisk panorama of 400 years of Black History in America, and meet some of the remarkable people who shaped our country. Audience members join historical figures onstage and experience important events and decisions as they travel into space with Mae Jemison and encourage Rosa Parks to stay in her seat. Recommended for grades pre K – 5.

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, February 13, 9:30 am
Global Beat: Percussion Workshop for Tiny Tots

Learn all about a percussion instrument – where it comes from, how it’s made, then learn to play it in this class especially designed for grades pre-K – 2

Seating is limited, reservations recommended.


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, February 11, 10:15am & 12:00noon
Songs of Freedom

Songs of FreedomExperience Black History through the music of our past. Spirituals that carried secret messages, the blues of Beale Street, and the anthems of the Civil Rights Movement spanned both centuries and continents and made a lasting impact on our culture today. Hear the songs and the stories behind them in this energetic and entertaining performance. Recommended for grades 3 and up. This presentation is available at no cost to Title I schools in Prince George's County. Call 301-277-1710 for more information.

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more

This presentation is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation.


Weekend Performance
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8 pm
Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey starring Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio.

Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey starring Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio.Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio celebrate Black History Month and the birth of jazz with a trip back to the glory days of Harlem and the music of Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington.

Tickets: $40 / $55 limited VIP seating, includes early entrance with wine & cheese reception


Workshop
Saturday, February 8, 11:00am
Master Class: Scene Clinic with Jasmine Guy

For advanced theatre students.

Tickets: $20/$15 if purchased with ticket to Saturday performance

Midweek Matinee
Friday, February 7, 2014, 10:15 am
Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey starring Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio

Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey starring Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe TrioCelebrate Black History Month and the renaissance of artistic expression in post-World War I Harlem in this production that weaves poetry, fiction, art and music and creates a multi-media window into a critical point in cultural history.

Tickets: $6/$5 groups of 15 or more



Midweek Matinee
Friday, January 31, 10:15am & 12:00noon Saturday, February 1, 11:00am
Dream Carver

Dream CarverMateo is a young Mexican boy whose father has taught him traditional wood carving. But when Mateo has an inspiring dream of colorful singing animals; he wants to carve new things in new ways. This bilingual musical explores creativity, generational differences, and the importance of following your dreams. Recommended for grades K-6. This presentation is available at no cost to Title I schools in Prince George's County. Call 301-277-1710 for more information.

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more

This presentation is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation.


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, January 28, 10:15am & 12:00noon
Archimedes & the Power of Math

Archimedes & the Power of MathThe ancient world’s greatest mathematician is brought to life in this entertaining performance that shows kids that math is cool, fun, and powerful. With audience participation and fun factoids (Archimedes held of the Roman Army for 3 years using nothing but math) kids will come away inspired and ready to learn math. Recommended for grades 3-5.

Workshop
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 11 am
Global Beat: Tambourine Workshop

Learn the art of playing one of the most popular hand percussion instruments in the world in this fascinating workshop.

Free, space is limited, reservations recommended.For ages 16 and up.


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, January 16, 9:30am & 11:30am
Grey Seal Puppets on Parade

Grey Seal Puppets on ParadeEnjoy this hilarious parade of adorable puppets featuring Mr. Crabcake and Humpty Dumpty as host Stubbs McGee brings you laughs and limericks. Recommended for grades pre K-2

Tickets: $4/person


Sunday, January 12, 10:00am-6:00pm
Annual World Dance Showcase Auditions

Eligibility: Open to performers of traditional, culture-specific dance styles, aged 16 years and older.
AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. APPLICATION FORM IS AVAILABLE BY CALLING 301-446-3232, OR APPLY ONLINE at http://arts.pgparks.com/Community_Arts_Services/Artist_Resources.htm
Audition application deadline: January 9, 5 p.m.
Auditions Sunday, January 12, 10:00am-6:00pm by appointment only
Entries: Any traditional work not exceeding 15 minutes in length, in any culture-specific dance style. Work must be auditioned in finished form with costumes. Six dance groups will be selected to perform in concert. Selected groups will receive an honorarium of $500 .
Concert Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 8 pm


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, December 17, 12:00noon
Kwanzaa with Queen Nur

Kwanzaa with Queen NurProfessional storyteller Queen Nur involves the entire audience in a Kwanzaa celebration, with the principles and symbols of the African American holiday expoinded through original call and response songs, storeis, drumming, and dance. Her programs are described as "fascinating, wonderful, mesmerizing" and "spiritually moving and historically exhilarating." For ages 60 and better.

Tickets $5/person

Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, December 17, 10:15am
Kwanzaa with Queen Nur

Kwanzaa with Queen NurLearn about the symbols and stories of Kwanzaa and the history of this important African American celebration with professional storyteller Quen Nur. Stories, drumming, dance, and audience participation call and response songs are highlights of this beautiful program. Recommended for all ages.

Tickets: $5/person.

Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, December 10, 10:15am & 12:00n
Season's Greetings

SeasonThere's holiday magic galore in this fast-moving, festive winter wonderland that features a levitating elf, a dancing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, toy soldiers, and real white doves. Recommended for all ages.

Tickets: $5/person.

Midweek Matinee
Monday, December 9, 10:15am & 12:00n
'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Theatre IV of Richmond's marvelous musical puts a riotous twist on the classic and timeless holiday poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Recommended for grades K-5.

Tickest $5/person

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 8 pm
Holiday Doo Wop starring The Orioles and The Clovers

Holiday Doo Wop starring The Orioles and The CloversBaltimore and DC's own classic R&B stars each perform their biggest hits then join together for a rockin' DooWop holiday finale. Dance to the Orioles "Crying in the Chapel," and The Clovers "Blue Velvet," and "Love Potion No.9." Dancing in the aisles encouraged!

Tickets: $20/person

Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, December 3, 10:15am & 12:00n
Snow Queen

Snow QueenA young girl seaches the Nordic forest for her friend who has been put under the spell of an evil mirror and taken prisoner by the Snow Queen, in Hans Christian Andersen's beguiling tale presented as a beautiful narrated ballet of life-size puppets. Recommended for grades K-3. The presentation is available at no cost to Title I schools in Prince George's County. Call 301-277-1710 for more information.

Tickets $5/person

This presentation is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Fdn.


Weekend Performance
Saturday, November 23, 10:00am-3:00pm
PRAISE Dance Festival Auditions

PRAISE Dance Festival AuditionsLiturgical dance companies are invited to audition for thea nnual PRAISE Liturgical Dance Festival held at the Playhouse every February. Companies are asked to bring a CD of their music and to perform one complete work in costume. Pre-registration is required; call 301-277-1710, TTY 301-277-0312.

Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, November 19, 10:15am & 12:00n
The Bully-Free Zone with Queen Nur

The Bully-Free Zone with Queen NurFolk tales, fables, and hip hop take center stage in Queen Nur's interactive and inspiring performance about accepting others' differences. A professional storyteller, Queen Nur is also a recognized expert in adolescent psychology and dispute resolution. Her warm and friendly stage presence captures the attention and wins the involvement of young audiences. Recommended for all ages.

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more.

Weekend Performance
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 8 pm
Broderick Rice

Broderick RiceAn evening of sanctified humor will have you rolling in the aisles when the acknowledged King of Gosepl Comedy hits the stage. This son of a Baptist preacher "pokes gentle fun at church folk without ever going over the fine line that separates hilarity from irreverence" (gospelflava.com). Opening for Broderick Rice is our own from Maryland, Nikkie Johnson, a comic mom of four who sees life a little differently than most. Crazy, nutty, and original, Nikkie Johnson will show you the funny side of parenting, working, and simply getting through the day.

Tickets: $25/person, $20/seniors, students & groups of 15 or more.

Midweek Matinee
Thursday, November 14, 10:15am & 12:00noon
Junie B. Jones - Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Junie B. Jones - Jingle Bells, Batman SmellsHoliday time is approaching, and the first graders in Room One are creating the perfect party. But when Junie B. draws the name of her arch nemesis for a Secret Santa Gift, she has to decide whether to give Tattletale May what she deserves...or not. Recommended for grades K-5.

Tickets $6/person, $5/groups of 15 or more

Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, November 7, 9:30am & 11:00am
Aesop's fables

AesopJim West returns with a stage full of puppets presenting Aesop's delightful tales of wit and wisdom, including "The Tortoise and the Hare," The Fox and the Grapes," and more, including Aesop himself and his dog Moral, who dance to beautiful music.

Tickets: $4

Midweek Matinee
Friday, November 1, 10:15am and 12:00n
Cinderella

CinderellaAn enchanting musical version of the classic tale, where goodness prevails and the mistreated child finds lasting happiness. Recommended for pre-K - 5. Tickets: $6/person, $5/groups of 15 or more.

Midweek Matinee
10/29/13 10:15 AM 10/29/13 12:00 Noon
Splat the Cat

Splat the CatIt's Splat's first day of school and, afraid that he won't make new friends, he brings his pet mouse for company. When Seymour the mouse escapes from his hiding place in Splat's lunchbox, the school full of cats goes wild, until the teacher calms things down and everyone learns some important lessons. Recommended for grades K-4.

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more.

Midweek Matinee
10/25/2013 10:15AM 10/25/2013 12:00PM
Skippyjon Jones

Skippyjon JonesThe popular storybook kitten with the big ears is presented in a musical theatre version, with Skippyjon transforming into Skippito Friskito, the greatest Chihuahua sword fighter of old Mexico! But when the local canines are terrorized by a huge bee, will Skippyjon turn into a ‘fraidy-cat or will he still be top dog?
Recommended for grades K-4
Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more


Weekend Performance
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 8 pm
Balé Folclórico da Bahia

Balé Folclórico da BahiaAn exuberant fusion of Afro-Brazilian folk, samba Reggae, African liturgical dance, and capoeira comes to the Playhouse when this world-renowned troupe of 38 dancers, musicians and singers brings a mesmerizing swirl of excitement to the stage. A top choice on TripAdvisor, audiences raved about the quality of the performers, the spectacular costumes and the fabulous expression of Brazilian Bahian culture. “Never seen such a concentration of beautiful athletic people in one small place- gorgeous men and women, amazing energy, artistic flow, amazing music.”

Ticket: $20/person


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 12 pm
Balé Folclórico da Bahia

Balé Folclórico da BahiaBrazil’s incredible national dance company takes the audience on an explosive and exhilarating trip to the heart of Brazil, for an hour-long immersion into the colorful history and culture of our Latin American neighbor. Experience the excitement of one of the major folk dance companies in the world.
Recommended for all ages

Tickets: $7/person; $6/groups of 15 or more


Workshop
Tuesday, October 15, 7:30pm
Brazilian Dance with Sonia Pessoa

Vibration, beat, energy: the elements of Bahian-Brazilian Samba, capoeira, Samba-Reggae and Afro-Brazilian dance, taught by professional dancer and instructor Sonia Pessoa. Pessoa is a former Oba Oba dancer and has performed on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap and at prestigious events such as the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

The workshop is free, but reservations are strongly recommended: 301-277-1710 or email jenna.ward@pgparks.com

Weekend Performance
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8 pm
The Stylistics

The StylisticsLegendary vocal group The Stylistics brings a Sweet Soul season opening to the Playhouse that will transport you back to the smooth, romantic sounds of the 70s and 80s. Enjoy an evening of pure pleasure spent with original members Airrion Love and Herb Murrell, joined by Harold Eban Brown and Jason Sharp, singing “You Make Me Feel Brand New”, “Betcha by Golly, Wow”, “You Are Everything”, and other chart-busting hits by these acclaimed musical stars.

Tickets: $30/person; $45/limited VIP seating, includes early entrance with wine & cheese reception


Tiny Tots Thursday
10/10/2013 9:30AM, 10/10/2013 11:30AM
Mandy the Clown

Mandy the ClownPerfecting the art of goofiness, Mandy is a trained circus artist and kid-friendly clown who juggles, stilt walks, does magic and keeps children fascinated and having fun. Recommended for grades pre-K-2.

Tickets: $4/person

Midweek Matinee
10/2/2013 10:15AM, 10/2/2013 12:00noon
Teacher from the Black Lagoon

Teacher from the Black LagoonTheatreWorks USA presents a wonderful new musical revue based on favorite contemporary children’s books. Along with the title work, the audience will meet big stinky “Dogzilla”, “Grumpy Bird”, the “I Want My Hat Back” bear, “Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse”, and the “The Grasshopper and the Ant.”
Recommended for grades K-4

Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more


Weekend Performance
9/27/13, 8:00pm 9/28/13, 4:00pm 9/28/13, 8:00pm
Outcry

OutcryWhat happens when no one hears you scream? Experimental playwright Thais Francis creates an imagined dream shared by Sean Bell’s fiancé and Emmett Till’s mother. Actors in the roles of Emmett Till, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell and Trayvon Martin are ignored when crying for help.

Tickets: $10/person; $8/seniors, students and groups of 15 or more


Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 11 am
Free Platinum Movie: Lilies of the Field

Free Platinum Movie: Lilies of the Field Sidney Poitier’s charismatic performance makes this film a classic. When Homer Smith’s car overheats near a convent in the desert, the nuns believe God sent him to fulfill their dream of building a chapel, and Homer’s determination to move on is no match for their indomitable faith.

Poitier won the 1963 Academy Award for this performance; he was the first African American to win the Best Actor award.

Free admission

Tiny Tots Thursday
11:30 AM
Jim West's Dinosaurs

Jim West's giant puppets take small fry on a happy prehistoric musical journey through a land full of friendly dinosaurs. Recommended for grades pre-K through 2. Tickets $4/person, available August 15.

Tiny Tots Thursday
9/12/2013 9:30AM, 9/12/13 11:30AM
Jim West's Dinosaurs

Jim WestJim West’s giant puppets take small fry on a happy prehistoric musical journey through a land full of friendly dinosaurs.
Recommended for grades pre-K-2

Tickets: $4/person

Weekend Performance
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 8 pm
The Monkey on my Back: An Intimate Evening with Debbi Morgan

TV actress Debbi Morgan (All My Children, The Young and the Restless, Charmed) presents a personal memoir of her journey through a legacy of fear and abuse, which spanned three generations of women, beginning with her grandmother. Told with both candor and humor, Debbi takes her audience on a captivating ride as she describes how she finally broke the cycle.

Please note: This program is suitable for mature audiences; it contains adult themes and strong language.

Tickets: $30/person; $45/limited VIP seating, includes early entrance with wine & cheese reception



Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, July 23, 10 am & 12 noon Wednesday, July 24, 10 am & 12 noon
Playing by Air

Playing by AirThese wacky guys from Nashville captivate audiences with a joyful fusion of music, juggling, and theater. The award-winning performers share their contagious creativity and sense of play in a production that showcases breathtaking feats of balance and grace, hilarious improvisation, and imaginative puppetry. NYtheatre.com said, "I just spent an hour laughing my face off," and you will too, at the Publick Playhouse July 23 & 24.

Tickets: $10/person

Weekend Performance
Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 8 pm
This Fall at the Playhouse

The Publick Playhouse has another season of outstanding dance, comedy, music and more coming up this fall for you. The Stylistics bring a sweet soul season opener on October 12, VIP tickets will be available. On October 17, the exuberant Afro-Brazilian dance troupe Balé Folclórico da Bahia presents their electrifying fusion of folk, Samba Reggae, and African liturgical dance. In November King of Gospel Comedy Broderick Rice will have you rolling in the aisles as he pokes gentle fun at church folk.

The Playhouse is only 3 blocks west of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway Rte. 202 exit and has free, attended, on-site parking.

Tiny Tots Thursday
6/13/2013 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Magpie's Living Planet

MagpieSing and dance along with Magpie, learn some sign language, and have a wonderful time discovering differences in animals around our world.

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 11 am
Flipped

FlippedThis is a heartwarming tale of two eighth graders, with nothing in common, who fall for each other.


Tickets: $2/person

Workshop
5/23/2013 7pm-8:30pm
Line Dancing

National Fitness Month Dance Workshop-You'll be leading the fun at wedding parties after this choreographed dance workout.

For ages 16 & up

Free; advance reservations required

Workshop
5/21 2013 7pm-8:30pm
Rumba

RumbaNational Fitness Month Dance Workshop-Have fun and get fit with this Latin style dance that orginated in Cuba.


Ages 16 & up

Free; advance reservations required

Weekend Performance
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 8 pm
Nai Ni Chen & The Ahn Trio

Nai Ni Chen & The Ahn TrioPerforming to live music, Nai-Ni Chen surprises and captivates the audience with an exciting mix of sleek contemporary and colorful traditional Asian dance.


Tickets: $25/person;$20/DancePass holders, seniors, students & groups of 15 or more

Workshop
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 10 am
Nai-Ni-Chen Master Class

Nai-Ni-Chen Master ClassNai-Ni-Chen Master Class (for advanced dancers only)






Class fee $15

Midweek Matinee
5/17/2013 10:15 am & 12 noon
Nai Ni Chen Dance Company

Nai Ni Chen Dance CompanyThe wonder of traditional Chinese festival dances and amazing costumes combine with modern dance to take the young audience on a cultural adventure spanning centuries.


Tickets: $5/person

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 11 am
Waiting for Superman

Waiting for SupermanSundance Festival featured this documentary that puts a glaring light on the state of education today by following several bright kids making their way through the discouraging system.


Tickets: $2/person

Midweek Matinee
5/10/2013 10:15 am & 12 noon
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayTheatreworks USA makes this popular book a wonderful musical showing that bad days can be hilarious.


Tickets: $5/person

Tiny Tots Thursday
5/9//2013 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Clowning Around

Clowning AroundBob Brown's most popular production gets young audiences shouting with laughter as merry marionettes perform feats of skill, daring and sillines.


Tickets:$3/children;$4/adults

Midweek Matinee
5/8/2013 10:15 am & 12 noon
Food Play

Food PlayThere's lots of audience participation when this Emmy-winning TV show comes to stage with juggling, motivational rap messages, music and magic to get kids caught up in having a good time with healthy nutrition.


Tickets: $5/person

Weekend Performance
4/26/2013 8pm 4/27/2013 8pm 4/28/2013 4pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance TheatreThe internationally renowned modern dance company has planned a special program in celebration of their 10th anniversary in residence at the Publick Playhouse.

Tickets: $25/person;$20/DancePass holders, seniors, students & groups of 15 or more

Midweek Matinee
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 10:15 am
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Lecture/Demo

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Lecture/DemoJust back from a European tour. Dallas Black celebrates its 10th year in residence at the Playhouse with an inspiring and entertaining lecture demonstration.


Tickets: $7/person;$6/person groups of 15 or more.

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
4/25/2013 12 noon 4/26/2013 11 am
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance TheatreCelebrate the 10th anniversary of Dallas Black's return to the Playhouse with a special performance for seniors.


Tickets: $7/person;$6/person groups of 15 or more

Workshop
4/24/2013 7:30pm-9pm-Modern Dance 4/25/2013 7:30pm-9pm-Liturgical Dance
Dallas Black Master Classes

Dallas Black Master ClassesThese two workshops give area dancers the opportunity to train with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre company for the evening.

(For advanced dance students only)

Tickets: $15/workshop (No observers)

Midweek Matinee
4/18/2013 10:15 am & 12 noon
The Civil War

The Civil WarThe Civil War was a defining moment in American History - the fire of war burned away the scourge of slavery and, in time, melded the separate states into a true nation. In telling the tale of this large and complex event, this Theatreworks show focuses on the smaller stories of some of the soldiers who are caught up in it, including, Zak, a runaway slave who demands the right to fight his own fight; Will, his former best friend and "master;" Johnny, an Irish immigrant who volunteers to defend his new home; and Jackie, a girl who becomes a drummer boy.

Tickets: $6/person;$5/groups of 15 or more

Midweek Matinee
4/16/2013 10:15 am and 12 noon
The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly DucklingSign Stage on Tour presents Han Christian Anderson's wonderful fable about finding beauty within a drama presented in both spoken word and American Sign Language.


Tickets: $6/person;$5/person for groups of 15 or more.

Weekend Performance
Friday, April 12, 2013, 7 pm
Rumplestiltskin

RumplestiltskinChildren's Theatre of Cincinnati's Art Reach tour brings a mad-cap version of the classic fairy tale with a troll coming to the rescue and lots of audience participation. A performance for the whole family to enjoy.


Tickets: $6/person;$5/person for groups of 15 or more.

Midweek Matinee
4/12/2013 10:15 am and 12 noon
Rumplestiltskin

RumplestiltskinChildren's Theatre of Cincinnati brings their mad-cap version of the classic fairy tale with a troll coming to the rescue and lots of audience participation.

Tickets: $6/person;$5/person for groups of 15 or more.


Tiny Tots Thursday
4/4/2013 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Animala

AnimalaHobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets investigate the fascinating natural world of animals and insects large and small with storytelling, beautiful scenery, and life-like puppets that may even wander into the audience.

Tickets: $3/person;$4/adults

Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 8 pm
World Dance Showcase

World Dance ShowcaseThe metropolitan area's finest multi-cultural companies are selected to appear in this annual world festival.

Tickets: $12/person;$10/seniors students & groups of 15 or more.

Midweek Matinee
3/12/2013 10:15 am & 12 noon
Butterfly Story

Butterfly StoryHudson Vagabond Puppets bring their larger-than-people dancing butterflies for a beautiful science lesson, following the monarch as it growns from caterpillar through metamorphosis and onto an incredible 1,500 journey to Mexico.


Tickets: $6/person;$5/person for groups of 15 or more.

Tiny Tots Thursday
3/7/2013 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Punch & Judy Show

Punch & Judy ShowProfessor Horn captivates toddlers and makes parents laugh along with clever comedy, magic and America's own version of the world-famous British Punch & Judy show.


Tickets: $3/person;$4/adults

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 11 am
Red

RedWhen a black ops agent in retirement has his life threatened, he gathers the old team together for one last stand.


Tickets: $2/person

Weekend Performance
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 4 pm
Love 2 Dance Teen Showcase

Love 2 Dance Teen ShowcaseTalented dancers from area schools and dance studios perform modern, ballet, and world dance, and local dance celebrity will make a special guest appearance.

Tickets: $10; $5/seniors and students

Weekend Performance
3/1/2013 7pm-10pm
Cafe Groove

Cafe GrooveIn this fast-paced annual face-off contest, the young Cafe Groove audience names the best area dance crew. Please Note: This is a teen-only event limited to ages 13-18.


Tickets:$3/person

Midweek Matinee
2/26/2013 10:15 am & 12 noon 2/27/2013 10:15 am & 12 noon
Bella Under the Bullying Big Top

Bella Under the Bullying Big TopBehind the scenes at the circus, a new monkey would rather bully performers than build friendships. Ringmaster Bella works with the audience to come up with a number of anti-bullying tools to help stop this bad monkey business through team-work, compassion and respect.


Tickets: $6/person;$5/person for groups of 15 or more

Weekend Performance
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 4 pm
Praise

PraiseReserve your tickets early for the popular annual liturgical dance festival featuring exceptional dance troupes from area churches.


Tickets: $15/person;$12/seniors, students & groups of 15 or more.

Weekend Performance
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 4 pm
PRAISE

Reserve your tickets early for the popular annual liturgical dance festival featuring exceptional dance troupes from area churches.


Tickets: $15/person; $12/seniors, students, & groups of 15 or more.

Midweek Matinee
2/21/2013 10:15 am & 12 noon
Warriors Don't Cry

Warriors DonThe tumultuous and terrifying experience of being one of the Little Rock Nine, the first black teens to integrate to a white high school in the Deep South grabs the audience. "This play is one of the those rare few that entertains, educates and enlightens."


Tickets: $6/person;$5/person for groups of 15 or more.

Saturday, February 16, 2013, 8 pm
John Amos, Halley's Comet

John Amos, HalleyThe famous actor of stage and screen presents a warm, humorous and dramatic performance spanning a lifetime of love, family and war in a thought-proving journey of the American experience.


Tickets: $25/person;$20/senior, students & groups of 15 or more.

Workshop
2/16/2013 10 am - 12 noon
Adult Acting Class

Adult Acting ClassPick up some tips from the master by treating yourself to an acting class with John Amos.



Tickets: $30/person

Weekend Performance
Thursday, February 14, 2013, 8 pm
Sweetheart Blues Valentine Concert

Sweetheart Blues Valentine ConcertCharles “Big Daddy” Stallings really knows the essence of the Blues. Good-Time Blues With A Twist!!!!!! The BAND: "A Dynamic Band With a Powerful Stage Presence and Tight Sound!! The Horn Section distinguishes "Big Daddy's group from other typical Blues Bands!


Tickets: $10/person

Tiny Tots Thursday
2/14/2013 9:30 am & 12 noon
Jack & the Beanstalk

Jack & the BeanstalkCrabgrass Puppet Theatre's hilarious version of this favorite tall tale includes a beanstalk that grows before your eyes leading Jack up to the giant with life-size puppets and giant-size entertainment.


Tickets: $3/person; $4/adults

Midweek Matinee
2/12/2013 10:15 AM & 12 noon
Guess Who Signed the Constitution?

Guess Who Signed the Constitution?Imagine being taken back in time, to Philadelphia in 1810 … only 23 years after the Delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia turned the original 13 states into a nation. The story is told through the eyes of 10-year old Adam, who not only studies history … he lives it! And ultimately, Grandfather’s secret is revealed … can YOU guess who signed the Constitution

THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM NOVEMBER 1, 2012.


Tickets: $6/person;$5/groups of 15 or more

Weekend Performance
Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 7 pm
Peking Acrobats

Peking AcrobatsFestive pageantry decorates an edge-of-the-seat performance of Chinese acrobatics with tightrope walkers, jugglers, tumblers and contortionist, accompanied by musicians playing traditional instruments.


Tickets: $15/person; $12/seniors, students & groups of 15 or more.

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 12 pm
Peking Acrobats

Peking AcrobatsA special one-hour performance for seniors by the renowned company of tightrope walkers, jugglers, somersaulting tumblers and gravity defying contortionist, accompanied by musicians playing traditional instruments.


Tickets: $8/person; $6/person for groups of 15 or more

Midweek Matinee
2/5/2013 10:15 am 2/6/2013 10:15 am and 12 noon
Peking Acrobats

Peking AcrobatsCultural immersion that puts you on the edge of your seat describes this awe inspiring hour of Chinese acrobatics accompanied by musicians or traditional instruments.


Tickets: $8/person; $6/person for groups of 15 or more

Weekend Performance
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 8 pm
Soul In Motion Players

Soul In Motion PlayersFounded in 1984, this outstanding and exciting African dance, drumming and spoken word troupe is invited to represent American dance companies in Africa.



Tickets: $10/person; $8/seniors, students & groups of 15 or more.

Tiny Tots Thursday
1/17/2013 9:30 am and 11:30 am
Tangle of Tales

Tangle of TalesGrey Seal Puppets begin with a zany ballet that leads into three favorite folk tales. "The Frog Prince" from Germany teaches the importance of a promise. "Three Billy Goats Gruff" from Scandinavia warns against gluttony, and "The Three Little Pigs" from England is all about doing the job right.



Tickets: $3/person; $4/adults

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 11 am
Good Deeds

Good DeedsTyler Perry's contemporary romantic film is about two people on opposite ends of the economic ladder who find love can be the answer to solving most problems.


Tickets: $2/person

Midweek Matinee
1/10/2013 10:15am and 12 noon
Freedom Train

Freedom TrainHarriet Tubman's escape from slavery and the creation of the Under-ground Railroad is a true story of self sacrifice and survival, laced with warmth and humor, and told through drama, dance and gospel music by TheatreWorks USA.


Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more

Weekend Performance
Friday, December 28, 2012, 8 pm
Kwanzaa Celebration

Kwanzaa CelebrationRichmond's Elegba Folklore Society's dances and drummers celebrate African and African-American cultures and the Diaspora experience to understand the present by valuing the past.


Tickets: $10/person; $8/seniors, students & groups of 15 or more

Weekend Performance
Friday, December 28, 2012, 8 pm
Kwanzaa Celebration

Kwanzaa CelebrationRichmond's Elegba Folklore Society's dancers and drummers celebrate African and African-American c ultures and the Diaspora experience to understand the present by valuing the past.


Tickets: $10/person;$8/seniors, students & groups of 15 or more

Tiny Tots Thursday
12/20/2012 9:30am & 11:30am
The Magic Toy Shop

The Magic Toy ShopYou never know what to expect with this magical, sure-to-make-you-laugh holiday show of Bob Brown Puppets.


Tickets: $3/children;$4/adults

Midweek Matinee
12/18/2012 10:15 & 12 noon
Pre-Kwanzaa

Pre-KwanzaaMelvin Deal's African Heritage Dancers & Drummers and The Honorable BaBa C presents a program of cultural heritage, music, dance and griot storytelling.

Tickets: $5/person

Midweek Matinee
12/11/2012 10:15 am & 12 noon
One Applachian Christmas

One Applachian ChristmasThe year is 1936. Christmas is coming but Santa might not make it to this poor mountain town. Two kids work to make it a special time, and the whole town learns that the best holidays don't come from a mail order catalog.

Tickets: $5/person

Midweek Matinee
12/4/2012 10:15am & 12 noon
Santa's Enchanted Workshop

SantaWhen Theatre IV's new musical asks if Santa is real, you find yourself in a blizzard and take shelter in an old gas station, where a guy named Nick just might have the answer.


Tickets: $5/person

Midweek Matinee
12/3/2012 10:15 am & 12 noon
Nego Gato Afro Brazilian Music & Dance Ensemble

Nego Gato Afro Brazilian Music & Dance EnsembleThe Nego Gato Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble bring to their audiences the rich African influenced rhythms and dances originating in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, a region known for custom deeply rooted in the traditions and spirituality of ancestral Africa. Join us for an experience of African Brazilian culture through our promotion of cross-cultural understanding



Tickets: $6/person;$5/person groups of 15 or more.

Weekend Performance
Sunday, December 2, 2012, 3 pm
Nego Gato Afro Brazilian Music & Dance Ensemble

Nego Gato Afro Brazilian Music & Dance EnsembleThe Nego Gato Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble bring to their audiences the rich African influenced rhythms and dances originating in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, a region known for custom deeply rooted in the traditions and spirituality of ancestral Africa. All are accompanied by live percussion and traditional instruments making for an exciting and engaging performance.


Tickets: $15/person;$12/person; groups of 15 or more, seniors & students.

Weekend Performance
Friday, November 30, 2012, 8 pm
Red Baraat Concert

Red Baraat ConcertIn just three short years, the pioneering Brooklyn dhol ‘n’ brass party juggernaut Red Baraat have made a name for themselves as one of the best live bands playing anywhere in the world. Led by dhol player Sunny Jain, the nine piece comprised of dhol (double-sided barrel shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder) drumset, percussion, sousaphone and five horns, melds the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with a host of sounds, namely funk, go-go, latin, and jazz. Simply put, Sunny Jain and Red Baraat have created and defined a sound entirely their own

Tickets: $15/person

Midweek Matinee
11/19/2012 10:15am & 12 noon
Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon

Amber Brown Is Not a CrayonAmber Brown is having what may be the worst year of her life. She and Justin Daniels were the perfect team: they laughed at each other's jokes, sat next to each other in class, and stayed best friends when Justin's dad had to move away. But now things are different. Now Justin's house has been sold and he is going to Alabama; that's too far from New Jersey to think about.



Tickets:$6/person;$5/person groups of 15 or more

Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, November 15, 9:30am & 11:30am
The Bugtown Follies

The Bugtown FolliesLook down at the ground with a magnifying lens and what do you see? Insects, of course. But in this show, they're doing lots of things you wouldn't expect. As a matter of fact, they're singing, they're dancing, they're clowning around and using their unique and varied attributes to perform great feats of theatrical skill.


All ages welcome.
Tickets: $3/person for children; $4/person for adults.

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 11 am
Cabin In The Sky

Cabin In The SkyBased on the Broadway hit musical, some of the finest entertainers of their time including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Lena Horne. A compulsive gambler dies during a shooting, but he'll receive a second chance to reform himself and to make up with his worried wife

Workshop
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 9:30 am
PRAISE AUDITION

Audition: Saturday, November 10, 9:30am – 5 pm
Prince George’s Publick Playhouse

The auditions will select dance companies that will perform in the 2013 PRAISE Liturgical Dance Festival on Sunday, February 24, 4 pm. Companies selected must also be available for technical rehearsals on Saturday, February 23. Companies selected must perform the same work as performed during audition.

For the Praise Dance audition form please call 301-277-1711.

Weekend Performance
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 1 pm
Short Dragon's Code

As part of Washington DC's Kids Euro Fest, an interactive theatre, music and puppet theatre from Greece presents a performance with a wise dragon and crocodile family who stumble on a chest with hidden secrets.


Tickets: Free; advance registration requested

Midweek Matinee
Thursday, November 1, 10:15am & 12 noon
Guess Who Signed The Constitution?

Guess Who Signed The Constitution?Imagine being taken back in time, to Philadelphia in 1810 … only 23 years after the Delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia turned the original 13 states into a nation. The story is told through the eyes of 10-year old Adam, who not only studies history … he lives it! And ultimately, Grandfather’s secret is revealed … can YOU guess who signed the Constitution.


All ages welcome.
Ticket: $6/person/$5/person in group of 15 or more.

Weekend Performance
Friday, October 26, 2012, 8 pm
Philadanco

PhiladancoThis leggy-jet propelled Philadelphia Dance Company brings an exciting program of modern dance by famous choreographers that include New York’s Ronald K. Brown, hip-hop’s famous Rennie Harris, and George Faison using the music of Otis Redding.

$25/person
$20/seniors, students, and groups of 15 or more

Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, October 18, 9:30am & 11:30am
Circus on a String

Circus on a StringAll action and music, this tour de force marionette production presented by the Robert Rogerts Puppet Company is truly a delight for the eyes, and fun for the soul. Not just an arry of puppet clowns and acrobats, but a carefully choreographed series of vignettes set to the light-hearted musical suite, especially written for young people, The Comedians by classical composer Dmitri Kabelevsky.

All ages welcome.
Tickets: $3/person for children; $4/person for adults

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 11 am
Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise"Joyful Noise" is the story of a small town choir out to win a national competition despite overwhelming odds. A story of faith and determination by the choir leaders (Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton) and the young talent who give their all to win God's praise and beat the competition for the grand prize.



Tickets: $2/person

Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, October 9, 10:15 am & 12 noon Wednesday, October 10, 10:15am & 12 noon
Treasure Island

Treasure IslandSail aboard the HMS Hispaniola with young Jim Hawkins for a daring adventure on Treasure Island. In a conflict between good and evil, Jim courageously faces danger, learns that evil can masquerade as good, and matures from a boy into manhood. Join him, the good doctor, the squire, sinister Blind Pew, marooned Been Gunn, the infamous Long John Silver and a colorful crew of buccaneers for this exciting musical adventure presented by Windwood Theatricals.

All ages welcome.
Tickets: $6/person; $5 person/in groups of 15 or more


GEICO Gecko Series!

GEICO Gecko Series!To make it easier for Prince George’s County Title I schools to have the cultural experience of attending professional theatre productions, GEICO is sponsoring a series of six wonderful educational musicals during the 2012-2013 season. Call 301-277-1710 and ask for the GEICO option when making reservations for those performances. These tickets are offered as available on a first-request basis.

Tuesday, December 11, 10:15 & 12noon
GEICO Gecko Series
One Appalachian Christmas


Thursday, January 10, 10:15 & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series
Freedom Train

Thursday, February 12, 10:15am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series
Guess Who Signed the Constitution

Tuesday & Wednesday, Feb 26 & 27, 10:15am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series
Bella Under the Bullying Big Top

Thursday, April 18, 10:15am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series
The Civil War

Friday, May 10, 10:15am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Tiny Tots Thursday
9/13/2012, 9:30am & 11am
The Mother Goose Caboose

Mother Goose introduces us to her friends, including Leonardo the Lion, in the opening number. Kelly, a near-sighted duckling, does acrobatics in her high chair baby seat. Doofus, the dog with floppy ears, walks on a rolling log, while a bear balances a ball atop a pole and birds do their best to try and stay on a seesaw. Molly, the cow, and her little calf try to jump over the moon.

All ages welcome.
Tickets: $3/person for children; $4/person for adults.

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 11 am
SKIN

SKINSKIN is one of the most moving stories to emerge from apartheid South Africa: Sandra Laing is a black child born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, who lovingly bring her up as their ‘white’ little girl. But at the age of ten, Sandra is driven out of white society. The film follows Sandra’s thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world - and triumphs against all odds.

Tickets: $2/person

Midweek Matinee
Wednesday, August 1, 10 am & 12 noon
Soul In Motion Players

Soul In Motion PlayersEnjoy a soul stirring experience with the Soul In Motion Dancers and Drummers as they perform authentic African dances. Founded 1984, this outstanding troupe specializes in African dance, African drumming, theatre, and spoken word. Come out and enjoy an exciting performance that will leave you cheering for more.
All ages welcome.
Tickets: $7/person

Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, July 24, 10 am & 12 noon Wednesday, July 25, 10 am & 12 noon
African Acrobats

African AcrobatsOriginating from Kenya, the talented African Acrobats have thrilled audiences of all ages with their unique display of athleticism, art, movement and acrobatic majesty. This breath-taking performance will include acrobatics, contortions, tumbling, human pyramids, and a chair balancing act. Comedy, electrifying music, and audience participation make this a performance that's great for the entire family.
All ages welcome.
Tickets: $7/person; $6/person in groups of 15 or more; $10/person after July 10.

Workshop
Thursday, July 19, 7-8:30 pm and Friday, July 20, 7-8:30 pm
Tribute to Michael Jackson Workshop

Two-day workshop featuring the music and dance of Michael Jackson. Attendees of the workshop will have the opportunity to perform on stage during the performance on Saturday, July 21, 11 am. Pre-registration is required by Friday, July 13. Space is limited.
Fee: $20/person

Midweek Matinee
Thursday, July 19, 10 am & 12 noon Friday, July 20, 10 am & 12 noon Saturday, July 21, 11 am
Tribute to Michael Jackson

Tribute to Michael JacksonPerformed "By Kids," "For Kids," "Not Just for Kids!"
This will be a breathtaking and high energy performance honoring the memory of the King of Pop and music legend, Michael Jackson, through a melody of some of his greatest hits. There will be a historical narration by a Michael Jackson lokk-alike presenting dance in the unique style that incorporates hip-hop, cha-cha slide, acrobatics, and jazz. This will be a spectacular and unforgettable performance you will never forget. An awe-inspiring show for all ages.
All ages welcome.
Tickets: $7/person; $6/person in groups of 15 or more; $10/person after June 30.

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 11 am
Platinum Live: Bill Thomas Blues Band

After many years performing in Europe to critical acclaim, Bill Thomas has returned to Appalachia and is a staple at blues festivals and concert halls across America. A sensual and emotional player, Thomas electrifies audiences with a mix of classic blues and original tunes drawn from rural and urban blues cultures. This a welcome-to-summer concert that will have you tapping your feet and wishing for more.
Tickets: $5/person

Tiny Tots Thursday
6/7/2012, 9:30 am & 11 am
How the Elephant Got Its Trunk & Other Animal Tales

Rudyard Kipling's famous tale comes to life with Jim West's large-scale puppet extravaganza, followed by colorful rod puppets performing a madcap barnyard opera to Mozart, Strauss, Rossini and other classical greats. The program is a young audience pleaser full of music and laughter.
Recommended for grades Pre-K-2
Tickets: $3/person

Tiny Tots Thursday
5/24/2012, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Butterfly Story

Hudson Vagabond Puppets brings their larger-thank-life puppets in the form of dancing butterflies on stage. The young audience follows the monarch as it grows from caterpillar stage, amking an amazing metamorphosis to become a butterfly that goes on an incredible 1,500-mile journey to Mexico. This is a beautiful science lesson showing small children one of life's wonders.
Recommended for grades Pre-K-2
Tickets: $3/person

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Madea's Big Happy Family

When getting the family together for help bubbles over with trouble from all ages, it's up to outrageous Tyler Perry as Madea and rambunctious Aunt Barn to cool things down with tough love, laughter and a too-long-buried family secret.
Run time: 106 minutes

Workshop
Thursday, May 10, 2012, 6:30-8:00 pm
National Fitness Month-Big Girls Belly Dance Workshop

Ladies in dress size 14w and up are invited to join in spirited bellydance workout. Come dressed to get down and shimmy. You will learn some feel-good moves that will make you smile.
FREE/one workshop per person
Advance registration required.


Workshop
5/8/2012, 6:30-8:00 pm
National Fitness Month-Big Girls African Dance Workshop

Ladies in dress size 14w and up are invited to join in spirited dance workouts. Come dressed to get down and loose, and ready to learn some feel-good moves that will make you smile.
FREE/one workshop per person
Advance registration required.


Weekend Performance
4/27/2012, 8:00 pm 4/28/2012, 8:00 pm 4/29/2012, 4:00 pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Dallas Black Dance Theatre returns to the Playhouse with a fiery new show of contemporary dance. The professional touring ensemble of 12 dancers presents a mixed repertory of modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works by famous choreographers in a program of leaping energy and flashing color.
Tickets: $20/person; $15/person in groups of 15 or more, seniors, students & DancePass holders.

Workshop
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 7:30 pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Master Class: Liturgical Dance

Workshop for intermediate and advanced liturgical dancers. Register early. Space is limited.
Fee: $15/person for participants and observers.

Workshop
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 7:30 pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Master Class: Modern Dance

Modern Dance workshop for advanced dancers to train with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Fee: $15/person for participants and observers

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
4/25/2012, 11:00 am 4/26/2012, 11:00 am 4/27/2012, 11:00 am
Platinum Live: Dallas Black Dance Theatre

The sensational modern, jazz, and spiritual dance troupe from Dallas returns for its 35th anniversary tour. Enjoy a new, inspirational, highflying, one-hour presentation for seniors that features the work of national and international choreographers performed by the 12-member professional dance ensemble.
Tickets: $7/person; $6/person in groups of 15 or more.

Weekend Performance
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 8 pm
Nibaya! Women Master Drummers of Guinea

Nibaya!  Women Master Drummers of GuineaFormerly called “Amazones,” the world famous women’s drum and dance company returns on its first US tour in several years. These talented, brave women break ancient traditions by playing the instruments, singing the songs, and doing the dances, that for centuries, were only performed by men, and doing it better than the men! Their energy-driven performances have won international awards and made them role models throughout Africa for women trying break through age-old social barriers to independence and economic freedom.
Tickets: $20/person, $15/person in groups of 15 or more, seniors, students & DancePass holders


Workshop
Saturday, April 21, 10-11:30 am
Nimbaya! African Drumming Workshop

African Drumming Workshop with the amazing women master drummers of Guinea. Participants supply their own drum. Preregistration is suggested as spaces are limited.
Fee: $15/person

Workshop
Saturday, April 21, 12 noon-1:30 pm
Nimbaya! African Dance Workshop

Here's a wonderful opportunity for dancers ages 13 and up to train with the world famous Nimbaya! Come dressed to move. Preregistration is suggested as space is limited.
Fee: $15/person

Midweek Matinee
Friday, April 20, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Nimbaya! Women Master Drummers of Guinea

Nimbaya!  Women Master Drummers of GuineaFormerly called “Amazones”, the world famous women’s drum and dance company returns with its first US tour in several years. These talented and brave women break ancient traditions by being the first to play the instruments, sing the songs, and do the dances that for centuries were only performed by men. They are an internationally award-winning company and role models for women throughout Africa who want to break through age-old social and political barriers to female independence and economic freedom.
Recommended for all ages
Tickets: $6/person, $5/person in groups of 15 or more


Tiny Tots Thursday
4/19/2012, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Milkshake

This children's rock 'n roll duo won two Parents' Choice Awards and a NAPPA Gold Award, and they're seen on PBS' KIDS, Discovery Kids and Noggin. They present a lively and inspiring interactive performance that encourages kids to be part of the band by joining in the music making, responding to singing games that introduce beat, tempo, and rhythm.
Recommended for grades Pre-K-2
Tickets: $3/person

Weekend Performance
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 11 am
GEICO Gecko Series for Families: School House Rock Live!

TheatreBam Chicago presents an acclaimed production of the Emmy Award-winning series. In this performance, when a nerve-wracked school teacher, nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV, various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music.
Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more

Midweek Matinee
4/12/2012, 10:15 am & 12 noon 4/13/2012, 10:15 am & 12 noon
School House Rock Live!

School House Rock Live!TheatreBam Chicago brings an acclaimed production of the Emmy Award-winning series teaching history, grammar, math and science. In this performance, when a nerve-wracked school teacher, nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV, various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music.
Recommended for grades K-5
*Tickets: $6/person, $5/person in groups of 15 or more



Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 10:15 am
Magic School Bus

Buckle your seat belts! The Magic School Bus celebrates its 25th anniversary with an all new musical adventure about global warming. Bay Area Children’s Theatre of San Francisco takes Ms. Frizzle’s students and the audience on a whirlwind tour from the Arctic to the equator, learning with laughter how conservation, recycling and alternative energy can make a difference.
Recommended for grades K-3
Tickets: $6/person, $5/person in groups of 15 or more


Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 17, 2012, 8 pm
Annual World Dance Showcase

The 10th annual gathering of Washington area dancers highlights the broad cultural richness of talent found in our nation's capital.
Tickets: $12/person; $10/seniors & students

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Stormy Weather

The 1943 musical based loosely on the life of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, stars Robinson and Lena Horne. There are 20 musical numbers in this treasure trove of mid-century stars that also features Dooley Wison, Ada Brown, Cab Calloway and his band, Katherine Dunham and her dance troupe, the Nicholas Brothers, and Fats Waller performing "Ain't Misbehavin'" in his final film appearance.
Run time: 78 minutes
Tickets: $2/person

Workshop
Saturday, March 10, 2012, 2 pm
An Afternoon with Audrey Chapman and Lonnie Hunter

In celebration of Women's History Month, renowned radio hosts Audrey Chapman of WHUR-FM and Lonnie Hunter of PRAISE-FM will lead a relaxed, interactive forum with the audience on the topic "Surviving Romance & Relationships."

Tickets: $20/person, $15/person in groups of 15 or more, seniors & students


Tiny Tots Thursday
3/8/2012, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
DinoRock Junkyard Pirates

Singing, dancing Junkyard Pirate puppets made from recycled materials sail the urban seas on the lookout for ways they can recycle, reuse and reduce, as they confront the trash-hungry monster Landfill.
Recommended for grades Pre-K-2
Tickets: $3/person

Weekend Performance
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 4 pm
Love 2 Dance Teen Showcase

The Dream Starts Here: Hot dancers from area schools and studios bring the latest moves and steps to a high-energy performance.
Tickets: $12/person, $10/seniors & students

Weekend Performance
Friday, March 2, 2012, 7 pm
Bust a Move with Cafe Groove

Bust a Move with Cafe GrooveTeen dance crews battle for cash prizes and the title “Prince George’s Best Dance Crew.” There’s also a visual arts contest with prizes.
Ages 13-18
Pre-registration required. Call 301-446-3232 for more information.
Tickets: $3/person


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 11 am
Platinum Live: My Grandmother Told Me: A Tribute to Black Women

Actress Debra Mims searches through an old trunk in her attic, pulling out memories of days past and of courageous black women and their struggles to be free, to vote, and to get an education. Using monologues, poetry, and songs, Debra leads the audience in an interactive walk through important history.
Tickets: $5/person

Weekend Performance
Sunday, February 26, 2012, 4 pm
PRAISE!

PRAISE!The popular annual liturgical dance festival features performances by several exceptional dance troupes from area churches and by the exceptional gospel singer Cora Harvey Armstrong of Richmond.
Tickets: $12/person, $10/person in groups of 15 or more, seniors & students


Midweek Matinee
2/22/2012, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Frederick Douglass

Frederick DouglassBright Star Theatre of North Carolina presents the leader of the abolition movement, and one of our nation’s most vibrant figures. From his escape from a Maryland plantation to his days as a newspaper publisher and his role as a presidential advisor, Douglass promoted education as the key to success, always bravely fighting to make America a better place for all.
Recommended for grades 3 and up
Tickets: $6/person,


Midweek Matinee
2/15/2012, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Rosa's Ride

RosaGEICO Gecko Series
Using jazz, blues and gospel music and drama, Flying Ship Productions from New York creates a powerful theatrical experience that follows the struggles of a young girl through the indignities of prejudice, as she gains the strength of conviction to work for basic human rights. Rosa’s simple act of civil disobedience on a bus gave birth to the civil rights movement.
Recommended for grades 2-8
* Tickets: $6/person, $5/person in groups of 15 or more


Midweek Matinee
2/9/2012, 10:15 am & 12 noon
The Satchel Paige Story

The Satchel Paige StoryChildren’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s ArtReach touring company presents an engrossing performance about the man who legends claim could throw a ball so fast that it would disappear into thin air before it ever reached the catcher’s mitt. His pro career began in the Negro Leagues in 1926, and he joined the Major Leagues in 1948. Along the way, he effected major changes in sports and government.
Recommended for grades 3-12
Tickets: $6/person, $5/person in groups of 15 or more


Tuesday, February 7, 10:15 am & 12 noon
History of Hip Hop

Illstyle & Peace Productions, Philadelphia’s young multicultural hip-hop dance company, travels worldwide bringing a positive message of individual expression. They present the history of hip-hop with jaw-dropping dance, audience participation and a compelling Q&A session.
Recommended for all ages
Tickets: $6/person, $5/person in groups of 15 or more


Tiny Tots Thursday
2/2/2012, 9:30 am & 11 am
Fancy Nancy & Other Story Books

Fancy Nancy & Other Story BooksTheatreWorks USA brings a musical review of favorite, funny children's books: Fancy Nancy; Baby Mouse, The Musical; Duck for President; I Have to Go!; Leondardo, the Terrible Monster; and Pirates Don't Change Diapers.
Recommended for grades Pre-K-2
Tickets: $5/person

Midweek Matinee
1/31/2012, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Kankoran West African Dancers

Kankoran West African DancersThis award-winning dance company, whose artistic director and music
director are both from Senegal,
exposes students to traditional African culture by introducing the history, terminology, and techniques of the music and dance being performed in this audience participation event that introduces Black History Month.
Recommended for all ages
Tickets: $6/person, $5/person in groups of 15 or more


Weekend Performance
Saturday, January 28, 2012, 11 am
Charlotte's Web

CharlotteGEICO Gecko Series for families
TheatreWorks USA presents a musical version of the novel about the renowned friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte, along with other madcap and endearing farm animals in this tale of bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship. Bring the whole family to see this famous book come to life on stage.
Tickets: $6/person, $5/seniors & students


Midweek Matinee
1/27/2012, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Charlotte's Web

CharlotteGEICO Gecko Series
TheatreWork’s musical, based on E.B. White’s beloved tale, features singing, dancing farm animals. The play follows the book, exploring bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship, as spider Charlotte spins the words “some pig” into her web to help save her friend Wilbur.
Recommended for grades K-5
* Tickets: $6/person, $5/person in groups of 15 or more


Weekend Performance
1/22/2012, 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Annual World Dance Showcase Auditions

Eligibility: Open to performers of traditional, culture-specific dance styles, ages 16 and older.

Application deadline: Friday, January 20

Audition Location:
The Publick Playhouse

Concert Date: Saturday, March 17, 8 pm

Entries: Any traditional work not exceeding 15 minutes in length, in any culture-specific dance style. Work must be auditioned in finished form with costumes. Six dance groups will be selected to perform in concert. Selected groups will receive an honorarium of $500.
A
pplication form available online at: http://arts.pgparks.com/Community_Arts_Services/Artist_Resources.htm

For additional information call 301-446-3232, TTY 301-446-6802.


Tiny Tots Thursday
1/19/2012, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Native Voices

Storyteller Dovie Thomason presents traditional Indian stories told to her by her grandmother. Dovie's animated style and many voices for characters, including the talkative turtle and bossy buffalo, keep the young audience spellbound while learning about the diverse cultures of North American's First Nations.
Recommended for grades Pre-K-2
Tickets: $3/person

Midweek Matinee
1/13/2012, 10:15 am & 12 noon
The Color of Justice

The Color of JusticeA brilliant fighter for human rights and a brave little girl take on the doctrine of
“separate but equal.” The audience follows their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in this gripping drama about Thurgood Marshall’s struggle against school segregation resulting in the nation changing decision of Brown v. Board of Education.
Recommended for grades 3-9
Tickets: $6/person, $5/person in groups of 15 or more


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Jumping the Broom

The Taylors are Downtown. The Watsons are Uptown. It's a collision of worlds when two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get togther one weekend in Martha's Vineyard for a wedding.
Run time: 113 minutes
Tickets: $2/person

Weekend Performance
Friday, January 6, 2012, 8 pm
Moscow Festival Ballet of Russia

Moscow Festival Ballet of RussiaCinderella
Founded in 1989 by Sergei Radchenko, a legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, the Moscow Festival Ballet of Russia presents the highest classical elements of the famed Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to see one of the world’s foremost ballet companies, as its North American tour comes to the Playhouse to present a magnificent and magical performance of everyone’s favorite tale.
Tickets: $20/person; $15/person in groups of 15 or more, seniors, students & DancePass holders

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 12 am
Platinum Live Event: Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa

African dancers, drummers and storytellers present an engaging, entertaining program about the seven principals of Kwanzaa celebrating human dignity, African American history, culture, family, community, environmental conservation, and spreading goodwill throughout the world.
Tickets: $5


Midweek Matinee
12/19/2011 10:15 am & 12 noon 12/20/2011 10:15 am
Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa!  Kwanzaa!African dancers, drummers and storytellers present an entertaining, audience participation program about the seven principles of Kwanzaa celebrating human dignity, African American history, culture, family, community, environmental conservation, and the importance of spreading good throughout the world.
Recommended for all ages
Tickets: $5/person


Midweek Matinee
December 13, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Winter Wonderland

Winter WonderlandGEICO Gecko Series
Flying Ship Productions of New York presents a new holiday musical based on “Alice in Wonderland.” Alice has a life full of designer jeans and video games, but she also clings to what is familiar and is reluctant to accept the many different multicultural customs and celebrations of her friends. In a dream, she follows the White Rabbit to Wonderland, discovering how the unusual characters she meets there enrich her life, making her realize that embracing differences is truly the holiday spirit.
Recommended for grades K-6
* Tickets: $5/person


Weekend Performance
Sunday, December 11, 2011, 4 pm
Messiah Sing-Along

Messiah Sing-AlongThe Publick Playhouse and Maestro Darryl Winston invite you to add your voice and sing along in the audience to the majesty of Handel’s Messiah. This is a full audience participation production backed by live musicians, a large on-stage choir and professional soloists.
Tickets: $12/person, $10/seniors & students


Midweek Matinee
December 8, 10:15 am & 12 noon
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas CarolMr. Scrooge, the ghosts, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the whole Dickens gang gather for a spirited musical version of the holiday classic performed by Theatre IV of Richmond.
Recommended for all ages
Tickets: $5/person


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 10:15 am
Gift of the Magi

ArtReach touring productions from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati brings a memorable contemporary holiday musical based on O. Henry’s moving tale about the couple who each secretly give up their most prized possession to surprise the other with a special gift.
Recommended for grades K-6
Tickets: $5/person


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, December 1, 10:15 am & 12 noon
A Beatrix Potter Holiday

A Beatrix Potter HolidayAtlantic Coast Theatre for Youth from Florida presents the famous author at her annual holiday party. Stories including The Tailor of Gloucester and The Rabbit’s Christmas Party come to life on stage with the help of the audience, and Peter Rabbit may even make a surprise appearance.
Recommended for grades K-5
Tickets: $5/person


Weekend Performance
Saturday, November 19, 2011, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Praise Auditions

Praise AuditionsLiturgical dance groups are invited to audition for the popular annual Liturgical Dance Festival to be held on February 26. Dancers of all ages are welcome to participate. Please bring a CD of your music and be prepared to perform one or more excerpts from your repertoire.


Weekend Performance
Friday, November 18, 2011, 8 pm
PHILADANCO!

PHILADANCO!The Philadelphia Dance Company, a leggy jet-propelled troupe with soul, presents a mesmerizing new program of modern, jazz and spiritual dance. One of the top modern dance troupes in the nation, Philadanco gets the holiday season off to a high flying and joyous start.
Tickets: $20/person, $15/person in groups of 15 or more, seniors, students & DancePass holders

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, November 18, 2011, 11 am
Platinum Live Event: PHILADANCO

Platinum Live Event:  PHILADANCOThe wonderful, athletic and high-energy Philadelphia Dance Company presents a special one-hour program for seniors of selections from their repertory of modern, jazz and spiritual dance.
Tickets: $6; $5/groups of 15 or more


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 11 am
Platinum Movie: For Colored Girls

Platinum Movie:  For Colored GirlsAn all-star cast, featuring Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopie Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Oprah Winfry and more, appears in this 2010 film version of the award-winning play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf," based on a collection of 20 poems exploring issues impacting women of color. (120 minutes)
Tickets: $2/person


Weekend Performance
Sunday, October 23, 2011, 2 pm
Piip and Tuut at the Concert

Piip and Tuut at the ConcertAs part of the Kids Euro Festival, 27 European Union nations present a free performance for families at the Publick Playhouse. "Piip and Tuut at the Concert" is a clown show performed by Piip and Tuut from Estonia. Come out and enjoy original clown routines, slapsticks, acrobatics, and singing.
FREE

Midweek Matinee
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 1 pm
Messiah Sing-Along Auditions

Messiah Sing-Along AuditionsCalling all singers! Whether you have a trained voice, are a choir member, or just love to sing in the shower, you’re invited to audition for the on-stage chorus that will be backed by professional soloists and musicians at the Messiah Sing Along holiday performance on December 11.
All ages are invited to participate, from kids to seniors.


Weekend Performance
Saturday, October 15, 2011, 8 pm
Atlantic Starr

Atlantic StarrThe rockin’ 1980s R&B band famous for “Always” and “Secret Lovers” is hotter than ever and touring the globe. Making a rare Washington, D.C. area full-band appearance, Atlantic Starr will be at the Playhouse with their eight-piece ensemble for a full concert performance that will blow you away remembering “My First Love”, and get everyone up and dancing “Circles” in the aisles. Come out for a night of steamy, hot, R&B, soul, and funk music.
Tickets: $30


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, October 13, 9:30 am & 12 noon
Tiny Tots Thursday: Grimm ‘n Grits

Storyteller Jon Spelman is joined by musician Tina Chancey to present some favorite classic tales with a country-fried twist. The Brothers Grimm’s Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Rumplestiltskin come at you with homespun humor that will have the young audience laughing as they learn some history and geography with each colorful story.
Tickets: $3/person

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 11 am
Platinum Movie: The Grace Card

Platinum Movie:  The Grace CardMac McDonald experiences 17 years of pain and bitterness, which erode his love for his family and relationship with God, after losing on of his sons in an accident. His attitude puts his job as a policeman and father on halt until he is partnered with a rising officer who is a part-time pastor and a big family man. Can these two men join forces to help one another and look past their differences?
(101 minutes)
Tickets: $2/person


Midweek Matinee
Monday, October 3, 10:15 am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series: Yellow Brick Road

GEICO Gecko Series:  Yellow Brick RoadCelebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month watching a new, bilingual musical version of The Wizard of Oz presented by TheatreWorks USA of New York City. Clicking her heels together tres veces with a hot Latin beat. Dora and her dog meet the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. Follow the classic tale of a young girl’s search for home.
Recommended for grades 1-5
*Ticket: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more


Weekend Performance
Sunday, October 2, 2011, 4 pm
GEICO Gecko Series for families: Yellow Brick Road

GEICO Gecko Series for families:  Yellow Brick RoadCelebrate the National Hispanic Festival with a new bi-lingual musical version of The Wizard of Oz presented by TheatreWorks USA of New York City. Clicking her heels together tres veces with a hot Latin beat, Dora and her dog meet the scarecrow, tin man and cowardly lion as they follow the classic tale of a young girl’s search for home.
Tickets: $6; $5/seniors, students and groups of 15 or more


Midweek Matinee
9/22/2011 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Tiny Tots Thursday: Kinderman

Tiny Tots Thursday:  KindermanThe Tiny Tots season begins with the singing, dancing, TV superhero for toddlers who presents a crowd pleasing, foot-stomping show full of enthusiastic audience participation.
Tickets: $3/person

Weekend Performance
Saturday, September 17, 1-4 pm
Open House

Help us welcome the new season with live entertainment, theatre tours, and fun for the whole family. We will have African drummers, storytelling, bellydance, Zumba, skatemobile, face painting, and more! Come out for an afternoon of excitement!
FREE

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Carmen Jones

Platinum Movie:  Carmen JonesAs magical now as it was when it was filmed in 1954, the screen classic starring Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge and Pearl Bailey is an Americanized version of Bizet’s colorful urban opera with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. (105 minutes)
Tickets: $2/person


Thursday, July 28, 10 am & 12 noon; Friday, July 29, 10 am & 12 noon; and Saturday, July 30, 11 am
African Acrobats

African AcrobatsOriginating from Kenya, the talented African acrobats have thrilled audiences of all ages with their unique display of athleticism, art, movement and acrobatic majesty. This breath-taking performance will include acrobatics, contortions, tumbling, human pyramids, and a chair balancing act. Comedy, electrifying music, and audience participation make this a performance that's great for the entire family.

Tickets: By June 24: $7/person; $6/person in groups of 15 or more

After June 24: $10/person

Thursday, July 21, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Soul in Motion Players present "Back to the Root"

Soul in Motion Players present "Back to the Root"A troupe of African drummers and dancers is performing following their appearances in Senegal. Come out and enjoy an exciting performance that will leave you cheering for more.

Recommended for all ages
Tickets: $6/person; $5/person groups of 15 or more

Midweek Matinee
Thursday, June 16, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Tiny Tots Thursday - Berenstain Bears in Family Matters

Tiny Tots Thursday - Berenstain Bears in Family MattersThere's trouble in the treehouse... Papa Bear can't stop eating junk food, Brother Bear's grades are slipping, and Sister Bear still has a lot to learn about talking to strangers. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. Theatreworks USA presents a fun-filled new musical that weaves together three of Stan and Jan Berenstain's most popular books: The Berenstain Bears Learn about Strangers, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food and The Berenstain Bears' Trouble at School.

Recommended for grades Pre-K-2
Tickets: $3/person

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 11 am
Platinum Movie - Imitation of Life

Platinum Movie - Imitation of LifeSee this full-color version of the 1959 classic about bigotry and personal pride.

Run Time: 124 minutes
FREE; Advanced registration required.

Midweek Matinee
Thursday, June 2, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Tiny Tots Thursday - The Great Zucchini

Tiny Tots Thursday - The Great ZucchiniOne of the area’s funniest and most magical entertainers performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh. This “Kid Whisperer” keeps tots laughing with his magical antics.
Recommended for grades Pre-K-2

Tickets: $3/person

Midweek Matinee
Wednesday, May 25, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Hot Peas ‘N Butter

Hot Peas ‘N ButterThe Nickelodeon/Noggin TV stars sing their wonderfully silly songs with mambo and salsa beats. Winners of the 2006, 2008 and the 2009,"Parent's Choice Awards," Hot Peas 'N Butter is a unique children's musical group that incorporates elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk, and rock.

Recommended for grades K-3
Tickets: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more

Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, May 10, 10:15 am & 12 noon; and Wednesday, May 11, 10:15 am & 12 noon
The Life and Times of Fannie Lou Hamer

The Life and Times of Fannie Lou HamerThe North Carolina Touring Ensemble presents this powerful musical play about a sharecropper who became a famous civil rights leader fighting for the right to vote.

Recommended for grades 3 & up
Tickets: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more

Midweek Matinee
Monday, May 2, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Ballet Folklorico Mexico

Ballet Folklorico Mexico Dancers and musicians in authentic costumes present a colorful tour of the history and cultures of Mexico.

Recommended for all ages
Tickets: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more

Weekend Performance
Sunday, May 1, 2011, 4 pm
Ballet Folklorico Mexico

Ballet Folklorico MexicoDecked out in lavish, flamboyant costumes - some that feature spectacular headdresses that reach a jaw-dropping six feet in length, Ballet Folkorico presents a spellbinding performance that spans the history and cultures of Mexico.

Tickets: $10/person; $8/seniors, students, groups of 15 or more & DancePass holders
NOTE: For more information about DancePass, visit www.dancemetrodc.org.

Weekend Performance
Friday, April 29, 8 pm; and Saturday, April 30, 2 pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre The incomparable Dallas Black Dance Theatre returns with a new program of modern, jazz, and spiritual works that keep audiences cheering for more. A sellout every year, this performance will have you standing on your feet.

Tickets: $20; $15/seniors, students, groups of 15 or more & DancePass holders
NOTE: For more information about DancePass, visit www.dancemetrodc.org.

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Thursday, April 28, 11 am Friday, April 29, 11 am
Platinum Live Event – Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Platinum Live Event – Dallas Black Dance Theatre A new and exciting hour-long performance by Dallas Black Dance Theatre just for seniors.

Tickets: $7/person; $5/groups of 15 or more

Workshop
Wednesday, April 27, 7:30-9 pm; and Thursay, April 28, 7:30-9 pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Workshops

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Workshops Areas dancers can train with members of Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Wednesday: advanced modern dance
Thursday: intermediate and advanced liturgical dance

Fee: $15/participant or observer

Midweek Matinee
Wednesday, April 27, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Lecture/Demo

Fabulous Dallas Black Dance Theatre is back with a stunning new show, full of creative wonder, that features audience participation.

Recommended for all ages.
Tickets: $7/person; $6/person in groups of 15 or more

Midweek Matinee
Wednesday, April 13, 10:15 am & 12 noon; and Thursday, April 14, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh Join Christopher, his best friend Pooh, and the whole animal crew for a delightful, eye-opening adventure told with the hands and voices of deaf and hearing actors. Featuring the brilliant talent of Sign Stage On Tour, this production is signed and spoken simultaneously. You’ll see things you never heard!

Recommended for grades Pre-K-5
Tickets: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more