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The 2017-2018 Season


FREE FOR ALL: Othello

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ron Daniels
Sidney Harman Hall

Ron Daniels’ “engagingly nuanced” (The Washington Post) production of Othello returns for the 27th annual Free For All, a beloved Washington tradition. Among the exotic airs and mysterious shadows of Cyprus, newly married and promoted Moorish general Othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right-hand man, Iago. As his imagination is poisoned, Othello turns on his new bride Desdemona and his loyal lieutenant Cassio, and rapidly spirals from hero to murderer in one of Shakespeare’s most haunting tragedies.


The Collection and The Lover

By Harold Pinter
Directed by Michael Kahn
Lansburgh Theatre

Following the success of his 2011 production of Old Times, Michael Kahn returns to Pinter’s gripping realm of doubt and disquiet to direct a double bill of one-acts, considering how we construct our own realities, which truths we tell and which lies we choose to believe.

In The Collection, a jealous husband confronts the culprit, whom his wife may or may not have met. In The Lover, a couple calmly plans for their scheduled infidelity. In Harold Pinter’s world of revealing silences and pregnant pauses, the characters—and the audience—never know quite where they stand, embracing reality and fantasy with equal conviction.


Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ethan McSweeny
Sidney Harman Hall

Shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, the quick-witted Viola assumes the disguise of a page boy for Duke Orsino and finds herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. Bursting with vitality and romance, Twelfth Night gives us one of Shakespeare’s most remarkable heroines matching wits with a host of captivating characters—from the love-struck Olivia to the puritanical Malvolio.

D.C. favorite Ethan McSweeny (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest) brings his expressive visual style to this topsy-turvy dream world of poetry, music and mirth.


Hamlet

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Kahn
Sidney Harman Hall

In the wake of his father’s abrupt death, Hamlet returns home from university to find his personal and political world changed as he never imagined it could—his mother remarried, his uncle on the throne and a world seemingly gone insane. When his father’s ghost appears and demands vengeance, the increasingly desperate Danish prince must decide: submit or resist. Accept or avenge. Live or die.

In Hamlet, the greatest character of Western literature confronts the meaning of life, the bonds and limits of flesh and blood, and the line between madness and inspiration—brought to the stage in Michael Kahn’s seminal production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece.


Waiting for Godot

By Samuel Beckett
Created by Druid
Directed by Garry Hynes
Lansburgh Theatre

Lingering by the side of the road, killing time with hat tricks and half-remembered stories, Estragon and Vladimir dawdle through one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. In Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett’s absurd, anarchic exploration of time, life is vaudeville and tragedy, philosophy and confusion, teetering on the edge of despair but tuned with Beckett’s unique blend of poetry and humor.

In this critically acclaimed production’s American premiere, Tony Award®-winning director Garry Hynes and Druid, Ireland’s most celebrated theatre company, offer a sharply funny and startlingly human take on Beckett’s enigmatic play.


Camelot

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Directed by Alan Paul
Sidney Harman Hall

Amid mystical forests and grand castles, Camelot tells a strikingly familiar tale of a leader’s integrity, courage and empathy—a chronicle of the struggle for civilization and goodness in a world accustomed to violence and hate. With the legendary story of King Arthur’s Round Table, doomed romance and a stunning score (“If Ever I Would Leave You,” “I Loved You Once in Silence”), Camelot has won the hearts of generations of musical theatre lovers.

Winner of four Tony Awards®, Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical is a hymn to an era of leadership that upheld idealism and championed the potential of humankind, brought vividly to life by STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul (Kiss Me, Kate, Man of La Mancha).


A SIXTH PLAY (TITLE TBA)

The final slot in our upcoming season will be a D.C. premiere production to be performed in early 2018. We look forward to sharing more information about this exciting show in the coming weeks.

 

All titles, artists and dates subject to change.