Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events and Performances

 
Weekend Performance
Sunday, February 26, 4 pm
PRAISE Dance Festival

Be inspired and uplifted when this popular annual festival returns with outstanding liturgical dance performances by the best studios and dance ministries in the DC area. Audition date 11/12/16, deadline to apply 11/4/16, 5 pm, for an audition application call 301-277-1710.
Tickets: $25/person; $20/seniors, students, groups of 20 or more


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, March 2, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Bob Brown Puppets: Jellybean Circus

Bob Brown Puppets:  Jellybean CircusThe Jumping Jellybeans are the stars of Bob Brown’s puppet circus, with friendly bears, adorable elephants, wacky goony birds and their hilarious pals entertaining kids with tumbling, tricks, and lots more circus fun.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
Tickets: $5/person



Weekend Performance
Friday, March 3, 7 pm
Prince George’s Best Dance Crew Competition

Prince George’s Best Dance Crew Competition Come cheer for your favorite rising stars from Prince George’s as they compete for cash prizes in this exciting and entertaining contest.
Tickets: $3


Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 4, 8 pm
District Comedy

District Comedy will have you in stitches when they bring DC’s hottest comedians to the Playhouse stage. Since 2009 District Comedy has kept people laughing through nearly 7,000 performances across the DMV, so don’t miss this chance to see the latest, brightest, and funniest talent. This show contains adult-oriented material and may not be suitable for children under the age of 18.
Tickets $15/person


Midweek Matinee
Wednesday, March 8, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Alexander Who is Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move

Alexander Who is Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to MoveWhen Alexander learns his family is moving to a new city, he is sure that he will hate it, so he decides that he won't move. First he tries to live with three different neighbors. Then he tries to build a tent so he can live by himself. Then he decides he'll hide so that his parents will never find him, but that doesn't work out either. With a little help from his mom and dad and even his bossy older brothers, Alexander learns that home is "where your family is, where you're with the people who love you best of all."
Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 3
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships and Family
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more




Thursday, March 9, 7-9 pm
J’nell Jordan: Artist Reception and Exhibition

J’nell Jordan: Artist Reception and ExhibitionMeet Hyattsville-based artist, J’Nell Jordan, at a free reception in the lobby of the Publick Playhouse. Jordan paints with oil on top of metallic acrylics using a subtractive fashion of painting, where she wipes away, etches into and press against the top layers of oil paint to layers underneath. Lighting plays big part in her work because it interacts with the metallic colors to reveal different intricacies and patterns from certain angles. Her work often depicts festive environments, capturing people in "feel good" moments; those moments where figures are caught in the vibe of the music, posing, flirting or caught mid-smile.
The exhibition runs January 13 through March 19, 2017.
Free admission.


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, March 14, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Thomas Edison: Inventor, Lecturer, and Prankster

Thomas Edison: Inventor, Lecturer, and Prankster Meet the greatest inventor of all time, live and in-person! Help Thomas Edison recreate some of his most famous experiments and learn some secrets that will help you every day: the importance of hard work, the value of mistakes, the ability to turn liabilities into assets, and the necessity of enjoying one’s work.
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more
Recommended for Grades K - 4
Curriculum Connections: Mathematics, Science, U.S. History

Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 18, 8 pm
Frank McComb

For 20 years Frank McComb has been beguiling fans with his silky, soulful vocals and splendid keyboard work. His expressive neo-soul songs are backed by instrumentals that embrace contemporary jazz and R&B while staying true to the spirit of soul. “Worldwide fans and followers of Frank McComb says that his sound and style of music is the perfect combination of Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.” cdbaby.com
Tickets $30/person $25/seniors, students, groups of 20 or more


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, March 21, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Gus Goes Green: A STEM Adventure

Gus Goes Green: A STEM AdventureWacky Professor Parsnip takes audiences on an adventure through science while teaching young people how to make good choices with diet, exercise and the environment. Exciting science experiments from the lab of Professor Parsnip reinforce healthy habits and good character traits. Interactive and fun, this production features a lots of fun and interesting science experiments.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 5
Curriculum Connections: Literature, Mathematics, Reading
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, March 23, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Rosalia de Aragon: Rosalia and Don Gato

The fun of Southwest cultural traditions come to life in this exciting program which is perfect for young audiences. Puppets, pantomime, and instruments create an exciting journey into the cultural traditions of the South West. Interactive storytelling engages children as they learn about traditional folk dances, music, and stories in Hispanic culture.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
Tickets: $5/person



Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, March 24, 11 am
Platinum Live: Little Margie Clark and Friends

Margie Clark, also known as Little Margie, is a powerhouse blues, soul, and R&B vocalist. She is one of the original Jewels, a group that has been performing and recording since the late 1950s and whose hit “Opportunity” stayed on the national charts for 11 weeks. Little Margie performs at the Playhouse with her blues band, so don’t miss this morning of pure blues entertainment.
Tickets: $10/person



Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 25, 8 pm
World Dance Showcase

World Dance ShowcaseExperience a myriad of fascinating cultures at the World Dance Showcase. Professional dance companies representing a wide range of national and regional traditions bring beguiling dance, exquisite costumes, and intriguing music to the Playhouse stage for an evening of truly global entertainment.
Tickets: $15/person; $10/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more.



Weekend Performance
Saturday, April 1, 8 pm
Story District presents What Was I Thinking?!?

Join DC's most popular storytelling establishment for a night of hilarious and heartfelt true stories about mistakes, missteps, and epic disasters. Story District is the nation's expert in turning good stories into great performances, being a platform for diverse perspectives and a training ground for new voices on the storytelling stage. Find out more at StoryDistrict.org or follow them on social media at #storydistrict
This show contains adult-oriented material and may not be suitable for children under the age of 18.
Tickets: $15

Midweek Matinee
Monday, April 3, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Miss Nelson is Missing

Room 207 has the worst behaved students in the whole school, but when their sweet teacher Miss Nelson vanishes, the class is taught by a strict substitute, and the students want to find Miss Nelson. This lighthearted musical based on the popular children’s book reminds us all to appreciate the people we have.
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more
Recommended for Grades K - 5


Weekend Performance
Saturday, April 8, 2 pm
Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater on Tour: Mother Earth and Me

The magic of earth science takes center stage in this fun, interactive Discovery Theater original as we explore the origins of our planet, the water cycle, and our important role in the ecosystem, as well as folklore about the “big blue marble” we call home. Kick off Earth Month by pledging to become an Earth Warrior—and find out some great ways to start right away!
Tickets: $5/person


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, April 14, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Risen (2016)

In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of an executed Jew rumored to have risen from the dead. Thoughtful acting by star Joseph Fiennes and a script that deftly blends elements of detective yarn, war story, and religious epic make for a film described by Matt Zoller Seitz (rogerebert.com) as “an old-fashioned Biblical spectacular with fresh blood in its veins.”
For seniors 60 and better.
Tickets: $2/person


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, April 20, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Billy B.: Billy B. Pre

Billy B.: Billy B. PreBilly B. introduces preschoolers to the pride of helping themselves and to the joys of nature in this performance bursting with energetic songs and dances about swamps, estuaries, biodiversity, rainforests, geology and natural wonders. Billy knows that kids love to move and make noise so he creates kinetic learning experiences with original and outlandish melodies that have children dancing, singing, and celebrating life on Earth.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
Tickets: $5/person



Workshop
Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm
Master Class With Dallas Black Dance Theatre: African Dance

Experience African dance and drumming in an open master class of West African movement. Join the dancers from Dallas Black Dance Theatre in this great adventure.
Ages 15 & up
Class fee: $20/per person; $10/observer


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Thursday, April 27, & Friday, April 28, 11 am
Platinum Live: Dallas Black Dance Theatre

A perennial favorite, Dallas Black Dance Theatre returns to the Playhouse with a matinee especially designed for seniors. Tickets sell quickly and early, so don’t wait to buy yours. For seniors 60 and better.
Tickets: $10/seniors; $8/groups of 20 or more


Workshop
Thursday, April 27, 6 pm
Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Liturgical Dance for Youth

Dance students ages 8-14 will enjoy learning praise movements and choreography from the professionals of DBDT. This class sold out last year, so reserve your space now, call 301-277-1710.
Class fee: $20/per person; $10/observer


Workshop
Thursday, April 27, 7:45 pm
Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Liturgical Dance for Teens & Adults

Dancers ages 15 and up won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn Praise dance movements and choreography from the world-class dancers of DBDT. This class sold out early last year, so don’t want to reserve your spot. Call 301-277-1710
Class fee: $20/per person; $10/observer


Weekend Performance
Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29, 8 pm; Sunday, April 30, 4 pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance TheatreCelebrated for a repertory that features innovative modern choreography but also upholds African-American dance traditions, Dallas Black Dance Theatre performs dance pieces that address our collective political, social, and personal experience. Experience the stunning athletic grace of the dancers in works both new and venerable.
Tickets: $30/person; $25/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more
Early bird purchase: The first 50 tickets for each full-length performance sold before December 1, 2016 are $20/person, limit 4 per patron.


Weekend Performance
Saturday, May 6, 8 pm
Comedy Night: I Can't Stop Laughing

If you love to laugh then don’t miss this Comedy Night at the Publick Playhouse. “I Can’t Stop Laughing” features comedian SKIBA and Friends. SKIBA has appeared on BET Comic View, Apollo, the Roland Martin Show, and has headlined at major comedy venues around the world. He is bringing some of his funniest friends with him to keep you laughing all night long. This show contains adult-oriented material and may not be suitable for children under the age of 18.
Tickets: $15/person


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, May 11, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Bob Brown Puppets: Doggy Doodles

Bob Brown Puppets: Doggy DoodlesIt's dogs’ day out when Bob Brown’s puppet canines romp in the snow, do tricks with snowballs, and perform their own rockin’ version of the Elvis Presley hit “Hound Dog.”
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
Tickets: $5/person


Weekend Performance
Saturday, May 13, 2 pm
Mark H. Ronney: An Introduction to Taiko, the Art of Japanese Drumming

High energy, engaging teacher and performer Mark H. Rooney leads this interactive program that features both traditional and contemporary songs and rhythms. Learn more about the instruments, the use of one’s voice in taiko, as well as a bit of Japanese history and vocabulary. Performances include the chance for volunteers to get up and try their hand at playing these BIG drums!
Tickets: $5/person


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, May 23, 11 am
Platinum Live: Live Blues featuring Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark

Anthony Clark is a world class musician who has performed his trademark mix of contemporary blues with a funk edge up and down the east coast. He has recorded with some of the best local and national blues acts, and his CD “RAW” has been featured on many college and internet radio stations. Don’t miss this memorable blues concert that has been specially tailored for a senior audience.
For seniors 60 and better
Tickets: $10/person


Thursday, June 8, 7-9 pm
Angelis Hunter: Artist Reception and Exhibition

Meet artist Angelis Hunter at a free reception in the Publick Playhouse lobby and view her "The Writing on the Wall" exhibition, which features words spray painted on walls, pictures and videos of seasonal changes, man-made signals to go, slow or stop, and staged photos with titles. These pictures represent the desires of hearts, signs of the time, difference, our beliefs and more or less. They signify public discourse sometimes unnoticed. It's a call to consider living in the moment of NOW thoughtfully.
The exhibition runs March 20 - June 29, 2017.
Free admission


Weekend Performance
Saturday, June 10, 8 pm
YahZarah: “Purple Reign” A Tribute to the Life & Music of Prince

YahZarah: “Purple Reign” A Tribute to the Life & Music of PrinceGrammy-nominated vocalist YahZarah stars in this performance that recalls the iconic, provocative, and revolutionary music of one of the music industry’s most popular and successful stars. This performance consistently sells out throughout the mid-Atlantic, so don’t wait to buy your tickets.

Tickets: $25/person
$20/person (seniors, students, groups of 20 or more)


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, June 16, 11 am
Platinum Movie: The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2013)

How does a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated 1950s America wind up as one of the world’s most notorious jewel thieves? A glamorous 81-year-old, Doris Payne is as unapologetic today about the nearly $2 million in jewels she's stolen over a 60-year career as she was the day she stole her first carat.
For seniors 60 and better.
Tickets: $2/person


Weekend Performance
Saturday, June 24, 8 pm
A Tribute to the Soul Divas

Relive the hit songs and powerhouse vocals of music’s greatest divas: Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Stephanie Mills, and Chaka Khan. You won’t want to miss this evening of powerhouse performances.
Tickets: $30/person; $25/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more