Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events and Performances

Geico October - May
The GEICO Gecko Series 2015-2016

The Publick Playhouse is pleased to present the GEICO Gecko Series, a series of midweek matinees for youth generously supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation. GEICO Gecko Series matinees are free to Title 1 Schools in Prince George's County, giving young people the opportunity to experience outstanding performances at the Publick Playhouse. Educators, look for the GEICO Gecko that identifies the performances, and call Group Sales at 301-277-1710 to reserve your space.

Thursday, October 8, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Felix Pitre: Stories & Songs of Latin America

Thursday, October 29, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Petunia and Chicken

Monday, December 14, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Season’s Greetings

Monday, February 1, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart

Monday, February 29, 10:15 am & 12 noon
The Right to Dream

Monday, March 14, 10:15 & 12 noon
Upcycled Cinderella

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Butterfly: The Story of A Life Cycle

Monday, May 9, 10:15 am & 12 noon
My Heart In a Suitcase

 
Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29, 11:00 am
Platinum Live: Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Platinum Live: Dallas Black Dance TheatreDallas Black Dance Theatre returns to the Publick Playhouse with a program specially created for the Platinum audience. The performance includes dance pieces set to music by Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles, and "The Ostrich" returns for another lively appearance.
Tickets: $10/Person, $8/Groups of 20 or More

Friday, April 29, 7 - 8 pm
Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre - Scholarship Audition

Scholarship opportunity for the Summer Youth Workshop, June 6 - 24
(Ages 12-14)

Advanced dance students ages 12 -14 who would like to attend the Dallas Black Dance Theatre Summer Youth Workshop, which will be held June 6 -24 in Dallas, may attend this open master class to be considered for a scholarship. Call the Box Office at 301-277-1710 for more information.

Class fees: $20 per person per class; $15 if purchased with a ticket to an April 30 or May 1 performance; $10 per observer per class.

Photo by Sharen Bradford.

Friday, April 29, 2016, 8 - 9 pm
Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre - Scholarship Audition

Scholarship opportunity for the DBDT Professional Level Summer Intensive Workshop - June 27 - July 8 (Ages 16 & up).

The Dallas Black Dance Theatre is seeking advanced dance students ages 16 & older with an interest in attending the Dallas Black Dance Theatre Summer Intensive Workshop.

This workshop will be held June 27-July 8 in Dallas, TX. Those interested in the intensive workshop may attend this open master class to be considered for a scholarship.

The one-hour class will consist of jazz and modern technique and include a combination from one of DBDT's dances.

Class fee: $20 per person, $15 if purchased with a ticket to an April 30 or May 1 performance, $10 observers


Weekend Performance
Saturday, April 30, 2 pm & 8pm Sunday, May 1, 4 pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance TheatreThe acclaimed modern dance company returns to the Publick Playhouse, performing new works by Bruce Woods and Kirven Drought-Boyd, set to music by Philip Glass and Prince.

Tickets: $30/Person, $25/Seniors, Students, Groups of 20 or more

Photo by Brian Guilliaux

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, May 6, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Hand Dancing for Seniors

Platinum Movie: Hand Dancing for SeniorsA 30-minute film on the popular dance form Hand Dancing will be followed by a brief panel discussion with noteworthy dancers, and a showcase by the National Hand Dance Association: Classic Hand Dancers. The hand dancers will present hand dance styles from the 50s and 60s. After the showcase, the hand dancers will come off stage and engage seniors in freestyle dances of the 60s such as The Jerk and The Twist.

For seniors 60 and better.
Tickets: $10/Person


Midweek Matinee
Monday, May 9, 10:15 am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series: My Heart in a Suitcase

GEICO Gecko Series: My Heart in a SuitcaseAnne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. Life in 1938 Germany is deteriorating quickly for the Lehmanns and all Jews living there. This gripping production about Anne and her family's decision whether or not to send her on the Kindertransport is a tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of a family's love. Recommended for grades 4 - 8. Curriculum Connections: Family Relationships, Historical, Literature-Based, Values-Based.
Tickets: $8 /Person; $6/Groups of 20 or More; Free to Title 1 Public Schools.
This performance is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation

Weekend Performance
Friday, June 3, 8 pm
Trio Caliente

Trio CalienteSince 2003 Trio Caliente’s blend of Flamenco, Pop, and Brazilian Jazz has been entertaining fans throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Middle East. Named Best Latin Group by the Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies) in 2013, Trio Caliente’s guitars, vocals and rhythms create a matchless evening of entertainment.

Tickets: $20/Person

Weekend Performance
Saturday, June 4, 8 pm
Clones of Funk

Clones of FunkDevotees of Parliament and Funkadelic won’t want to miss Clones of Funk. Since 1989 this eight-piece band has been performing to enthusiastic fans, who rave about their slammin’ rhythm section – complete with horns – and fantastic vocals.

Tickets: $20/Person

Weekend Performance
Friday, June 10, 8 pm
Joe Falero & DC Latin Jazz Allstars

Joe Falero & DC Latin Jazz AllstarsBoth jazz and Latin music lovers will find Joe Falero’s vocals and pulsating rhythms of the DC Latin Jazz Allstars irresistible. Performing vibrant original material and classic covers with a fresh, inspiring sound, and "packing a heavy groove with a light touch, DCLJAS continues a tradition of Latin-jazz from the Nation's Capitol that reflects DC itself: intelligent and funky!" - Jim Byers, host, WPFW 89.3 FM's "Latin Flavor/Classic Edition."

Tickets: $20/Person

Weekend Performance
Saturday, June 11, 8 pm
The Tribe Band

Do you have trouble finding a concert that pleases everyone in your family or group of friends? Are you a Blues fan dating someone who loves Funk? Do you love R&B but your BFF only likes Gospel? Then this concert is for you!

The Tribe Band is a versatile group that performs all types of music for all types of fans. Whether you are a fan of Gospel, Smooth Jazz, R&B, Soul, Funk, Old School Music, Blues – or something in between – The Tribe Band does it all.

Tickets: $20/Person

Weekend Performance
Friday, June 17, 8 pm
The Fabulous Hubcaps

The Fabulous HubcapsRock n' Roll is alive and well! The Fabulous Hubcaps perform classic 50s and 60s Rock to sell-out crowds throughout the Mid-Atlantic, in a show where the music and costumes create a virtual reincarnation of some of Rock's greatest stars.

Recognized as one the best oldies bands in the U.S., The Fabulous Hubcaps bring your favorite songs to the Playhouse stage, so plan to sing, dance, and rock the night away!

Tickets: $20/Person

Weekend Performance
Saturday, June 18, 8 pm
Orquesta La Romana

Orquesta La RomanaSalsa lovers, prepare for a night of pure Salsa entertainment when Edwin Ortiz brings the “Hard Salsa” sound of Orquesta La Romana to the Playhouse stage. This “high-torque salsa machine … honors classic salsa numbers with fresh, feisty arrangements that exude the spirit of exploration that once defined the golden age of salsa. Mario Iván Oña, Washington Post.

Tickets: $20/Person

Weekend Performance
Sunday, June 19, 4 pm
Allyn Johnson and the Sonic Sanctuary

Allyn Johnson and the Sonic SanctuaryNative Washingtonian Allyn Johnson is a multi-talented musician, composer, arranger and producer whose trademark sound gives brilliance and fortitude to the art of Gospel and jazz improvisation. Backed by Sonic Sanctuary, an impressive ensemble of talented vocalists and instrumentalists, Allyn Johnson performs a medley of gospel and spiritual music influenced by jazz, soul, and R&B. Celebrate Black Music Month with this outstanding Juneteenth Concert Celebration.

Tickets: $20/Person

Weekend Performance
Friday, June 24, 8 pm
Afro Bop Alliance

Afro Bop AllianceLatin Grammy Winner Afro Bop Alliance performs Afro-Cuban jazz with a big band sound that exquisitely balances jazz and Latin styles. The band has released five CDs and won four WAMMIEs (Washington Area Music Awards), and continues to electrify fans with their smart, steamy, exhilarating sound.

Tickets: $20/Person

Weekend Performance
Saturday, June 25, 8 pm
A Tribute to the Music of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye

Get ready to sing and dance to your favorite hits by two iconic music stars Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Stevie Wonder’s vibrant music reflects a joyous positivity even when addressing serious racial, social and spiritual issues, and he is acclaimed as a genius of both R&B and popular music. A pioneer of Motown, Marvin Gaye’s music helped shape the sound of R&B and soul music and inspires singers and songwriters today. Enjoy an evening of greatest hits in this tribute to two musical legends.

Tickets: $30/Person; $25/Seniors, Students, Groups of 20 or More.