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


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, March 23, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Baba Jamal Koram: The Story Man

Baba Jamal Koram: The Story ManMaster storyteller Baba Jamal Koram shares the history, humor, music, and lore of African and African-American cultures. Blending traditional and contemporary storytelling techniques with drumming, movement, call and response, and playful wit, his stories encourage children to care for our earth and its animals and believe in the good in everyone. From beginning to end, audiences are inspired by these tales and have fun following Baba Jamal’s lead. Recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award, Baba Jamal has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian museums, National Black Storytelling Festival, regional festivals, and schools nationwide.

Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
Tickets: $5/person



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

Platinum Live: LilMargie Clarke, 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


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, April 13, 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
Special offer: Buy 1 ticket, get 1 free


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


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


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