Live theatre is back at STC and the time has come to PLAY ON!
The 2021/22 Season includes two plays by William Shakespeare, a gripping drama about pioneering Black actor Ira Aldridge, a beloved 20th century American classic, and a first for STC: a Broadway-bound musical…featuring the songs of Britney Spears, no less! It’s going to be an amazing season.
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Inspired by Music Performed and Recorded by Britney Spears
Written by Jon Hartmere
Creative Team: Keone and Mari Madrid
Sidney Harman Hall | NOV 30, 2021–JAN 2, 2022
In this highly anticipated world premiere Broadway-bound musical, beloved classic fairytale princesses gather for their fortnightly book club, longing for a new story. When a rogue fairy godmother drops The Feminine Mystique into their corseted laps, it spurs a royal revelation: there is more to life than bird-made dresses and true love’s kiss! Powered by the chart-topping anthems of the Princess of Pop herself, Britney Spears—including “Oops!… I Did It Again,” “Lucky,” “Stronger,” and “Toxic”—Once Upon a One More Time sends audiences on a heartwarming and uproarious musical adventure about smashing the glass slipper and reclaiming your own happily ever after.
Lead corporate sponsorship support for Once Upon a One More Time is generously provided by CoStar Group. Lead individual sponsorship support for Once Upon a One More Time is generously provided by Michael Paese.
By William Shakespeare
A Co-Production with Theatre for a New Audience
Directed by Arin Arbus
Michael R. Klein Theatre at the Lansburgh | MAR 22–APR 17, 2022
In a city steeped in the ills of antisemitism, racism, misogyny, and homophobia, Shakespeare’s incendiary play exposes the fissures between fairness, accountability, and justice—and who profits from them. Tony Award nominee John Douglas Thompson (Jitney, Mare of Easttown), “one of the most compelling classical stage actors of his generation” (The New York Times), makes his STC debut as the enigmatic Shylock in this searing portrayal of society’s prejudices and the elusive nature of mercy.
The Merchant of Venice is generously sponsored by KPMG LLP, Stephen and Toni Allis, Michael Beriss and Jean Carlson, and Kathy Rondon.
The Merchant of Venice is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Alan Paul
Sidney Harman Hall | MAY 12–JUNE 11, 2022
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town continues to leave audiences awestruck with wonder and a shared sense of our humanity. Guided by an amiable stage manager, the theatre becomes turn-of-the-century Grover’s Corners, where the occurrences of everyday life reveal universal truths about community and love, life and death. “A hauntingly beautiful play” (The New York Times), Our Town is both deeply allegorical and endlessly captivating. Directed by STC’s Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul (Camelot), Our Town will celebrate the artists who call the DMV-area home.
Our Town is generously sponsored by Share Fund, Anita M. Antenucci, Bonnie and Louis Cohen, John and Meg Hauge, and John and Meg Hauge.
By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Jade King Carroll
Michael R. Klein Theatre at the Lansburgh | JUN 16 –JUL 17, 2022
London’s Theatre Royal, 1833. Theatre history is made when Ira Aldridge becomes the first Black actor to take the stage as Shakespeare’s Othello. As a bill promoting the abolition of slavery sends shockwaves through Parliament, how will London react to Aldridge’s groundbreaking performance? Director Jade King Carroll makes her STC debut with Lolita Chakrabarti’s “gripping, intelligent, and passionate” (The Financial Times) Red Velvet, celebrating a pioneering actor who triumphed in his art despite a tempest of social injustice.
Red Velvet is generously sponsored by Jean and David Grier and M Powered Strategies, Inc and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Simon Godwin
Sidney Harman Hall | POSTPONED TO NEXT SEASON
The course of true love never did run smooth, especially when the ON AIR sign is lit. Shakespeare’s cherished romantic comedy lands in a cable newsroom, where sparring co-anchors Benedick and Beatrice trade barbs behind the news desk. Helmed by Artistic Director Simon Godwin (PBS’ Romeo & Juliet), “one of the most insightful and sensitive directors of Shakespeare today” (WhatsOnStage), Much Ado About Nothing is the perfect blend of sparkling screwball comedy and romance.
Much Ado About Nothing is generously sponsored by Carol and Landon Butler, Dr. Mark Epstein and Amoretta Hoeber, Emily A. Lenzner, and Mark Tushnet and Elizabeth Alexander.
Much Ado About Nothing is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2021/22 Season is made possible by Michael R. Klein and Joan Fabry and the Harman Family Foundation.
All titles, artists, and dates subject to change.
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During the run of Once Upon a One More Time, STC will require that all patrons provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend any performances or events. STC also requires proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for all performers and theatre staff. Please visit our Health and Safety page for full guidelines about providing proof of vaccination at the theatre. This vaccination policy will be re-assessed on an ongoing basis.
Attendees must remain masked while within our venues, including during performances, unless they are eating and drinking in designated lobby areas. Only performers and people invited onstage for talkbacks will be unmasked. Thank you for your understanding.