Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events and Performances

Hours vary, call 301-277-1710 for information.
Exhibition: Past as Prologue: Portals and Doors by Julee Dickerson-Thompson

With over 44 years of experience using found objects in her artistic process, local artist Julee Dickerson-Thompson creates multi-medium works that seek to record recent histories, physically involved the audience into her artmaking, and create a bridge to access past histories. In Past as Prologue: Portals and Doors, she vibrantly composes narratives using doors and half doors to create series of colorful portals. Using Adinkra symbols, she layers the stories that have “touched her soul” and invites the viewer to navigate the realm of the stories presented.
The exhibition runs March 20 - May 30, 2017.
Free admission

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

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

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

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