Audio Described Performances for Large Theaters in the Washington DC Metro Area

Arranged in Order Alphabetically by theater

 

 

Theater, Show Title, Describer and Program Notes

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The Grange Theater 9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066 – Mclean Community Players –

1-800-838-3006

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Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center - 202-488-3300

The Heiress

Finding one’s voice is never easy. Socially awkward and plain Catherine Sloper has struggled her entire life under the disapproving and resentful gaze of her father. It is the unexpected visit from a suitor full of sincerity and instantaneous devotion that awakens Catherine’s long abandoned hopes of true love and the opportunity for a fresh start. A devastating betrayal forces the scorned Catherine to learn how to roar, realize her truth and take control of her.

Describer:

Program Notes: Rita Tehan

Fri 2/8

Sun 3/10

Sat 2/23

2:00pm

Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center - 202-488-3300

Junk

As the brilliant and calculating Robert Merkin prepares a hostile takeover of a family-owned manufacturing company, he is not concerned about crossing the line to get what he wants in the name of “saving America.” Inspired by the volatile and cut-throat financial world and the junk bond giants of the 1980s, “this epic piece of work” (Chicago Tribune) is an enticing look at the money makers, their hubris and those who tried to hold them accountable. Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar’s (Disgraced) latest work asks if redemption is truly possible or if there is always a new scheme waiting in the wings.

Describer: Sylvia Rosenthal

Program Notes: Rita Tehan

Fri 4/5

Sun 5/5

Sat 5/4

2:00pm

Arena Stage

The Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle at the Mead Center

202-488-3300

JQA

Complicated, passionate and difficult, John Quincy Adams was a brilliant diplomat, ineffectual one-term President and congressman known for his eloquence, arrogance and integrity. This unique, highly-theatrical play by award-winning playwright Aaron Posner (Stupid F**king Bird) imagines key confrontations between JQA and some of America’s most dynamic figures: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, his own father, John Adams and more. At once provocative, haunting and hilarious, this Power Play challenges the way we think of our country, our government and ourselves.

Describer: Larry Heflin

Program Notes: Dennis McCoy

Fri 3/1

Sun 4/14

Sat 4/13

2:00pm

Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center - 202-488-3300

Kleptocracy

It is one of the most pivotal moments in history — the Soviet Union has collapsed. In the ensuing rampage of hyper-capitalism, the Oligarchs, a new class of robber barons, plunge Russia into a terrifying dark age of chaos and corruption. When the richest and most ruthless Oligarch attempts to reform and open Russian markets to the world, he’s confronted by a young Vladimir Putin who is charting his own path to power. This world-premiere drama by Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) turns the spotlight on U.S. — Russia relations when crude oil is the language of diplomacy and events that dominate today’s headlines are first set in motion.

Describer: Larry Heflin

Program Notes: Sylvia Rosenthal

Fri 1/18

Sun 2/24

Sat 2/2

2:00pm

Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center - 202-488-3300

Jubilee

The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers shattered racial barriers in the U.S. and abroad, entertaining kings and queens. For centuries, the bold acapella African American ensemble born on the campus of Fisk University has blended their rich voices together sharing a heritage of suffering, strength and endurance. “A known showman” with a “gift for stirring theatricality” (Washington Post), playwright and director Tazewell Thompson brings an innovative and heart-stirring score to life in this world premiere. With uplifting spirituals and hymns including “Wade in the Water,” “Ain’t That Good News,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” this acapella musical with more than three dozen songs is sure to ignite audiences.

Describer: Regina Smith

Program Notes: John Weber

Fri 4/26

Sun 6/2

Sat 5/18

2:00pm

Ford’s Theatre 202-347-4833

Twelve Angry Men

Behind closed doors, tensions run high as a lone juror argues the innocence of a teenager accused of murder. In this provocatively resonant American drama, 12 jurors from all strata of society revisit the evidence, debate the issue of reasonable doubt and confront each other's personal biases. Broadway director Sheldon Epps ignites a conversation about how prejudice can shape the quest for justice.

Describer & Program Notes: Bob Coley & Janet Carsetti

Fri 1/18

Sun 2/17

Tues 1/29

Sat 2/9

7:30pm

2:00pm

Ford’s Theatre 202-347-4833

Into the Woods

In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of the beloved Grimm fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch's curse in hopes of having a child of their own. The couple’s quest takes them into the woods, where they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim's lush Tony-winning score and James Lapine's Tony-winning book conjure a world where "giants can be good and witches can be right." Peter Flynn (Ford's "Ragtime," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "1776") returns to direct this fanciful tale about the lengths to which we’ll go to get what we wish.

Describer: Rita Tehan

Program Notes: John Weber

Fri 3/8

Wed 5/22

Tues 3/26

Sat 5/4

7:30pm

2:00pm

Hexagon - Woodrow Wilson High School Theater, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC 20016 (Between Nebraska Avenue and 40th Street) 202-333-7469

www.hexagon.org

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National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

School of Rock – The Musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the titans of musical theatre, returns with the uproarious, fist-pumping hit that “has Broadway rocking!” SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “An inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Chicago Tribune raves, “SCHOOL OF ROCK offers us a chance to be kids again, only with more talent than we ever had.”

Audio Describer: Patti Wong

Program Notes:

Wed 1/16

Sun 1/27

Sun 1/27

2:00pm

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

Finding Neverland 

NPR hailed this breathtaking tale, magically directed by Tony® Award-winner Diane Paulus, as “far and away the best musical of the year.” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes a monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.

Describer: Fran Bowie

Program Notes:

Tues 2/26

Sun 3/3

Sun 3/3

2:00pm

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

A Bronx Tale

A high-powered creative team – including co-directors Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, writer Chazz Palminteri, and composer Alan Menken – bring this streetwise smash to the stage. Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high, energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

Describer: Fran Bowie

Program Notes: Rita Tehan

Tues 3/26

Sun 3/31

Sun 3/31

2:00pm

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell The Musical

Named Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theater Awards, this rock ‘n’ roll spectacle “will make your jaw drop, your heart soar and have you singing along” (WhatsOn Stage). The romance of rock ‘n’ roll comes alive on stage in Jim Steinman’s “jaw-dropping spectacle” (London Evening Standard). The streets are heating up as Start, the forever young leader of rebellious gang The Lost, falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian in a love story that has “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End). Forget everything you know about musicals and get lost in this critically-acclaimed, smash-hit theatrical spectacle. Winner of Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theater Awards.

Describer: Geoff Seeley

Program Notes: Carolyn Mark

Tues 5/7

Sun 5/26

Sun 5/26

2:00pm

Olney Theatre Center – Historic Stage 301 924 3400

MADELINE & THE BAD HAT

This colorful musical captures the blithe yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans’ much loved Madeline series. This amusing tale traces the adventures of a young Parisian girl who – despite starting off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor – eventually learns that first impressions aren’t everything. Told with gentle humor, and featuring a beautiful musical score, this amusing tale of enemies-become-friends will charm and entertain children and adults alike.

Describer

Program Notes

 

Sat 3/30

12:00pm

Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage 301 924 3400

Once

This unlikely gem of a musical delighted Broadway in 2012 with its emotional folk-rock ballads and an ensemble that plays its own instruments, winning 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical.  Set in contemporary Dublin, a thirty-something street guitarist is about to give up on his musical dreams when he meets a curious woman who wants to know all about him. Captivated by her optimism, the two embark on a remarkable music-making journey that includes a cadre of unlikely companions -- immigrants, oddballs, and lonely hearts. Along the way, can the two of them find love? Based on the 2006 film which won an Oscar® for Best Original Song, Once channels the visceral power of music and the elusive mysteries of love.

Describer & Program Notes: Bob Coley & Janet Carsetti

Wed 2/6

Sun 3/10

Wed 2/20

8:00pm

Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage 301 924 3400

A Comedy of Tenors

The Tony Award®-winning playwright of Lend Me a Tenor is back with another farce set on the precipice of a big concert in 1936 Paris. When star tenor Tito Merelli refuses to perform (he mistakenly believes himself cuckolded), the American impresario Saunders and his sidekick Max stumble upon Beppo the Bellman, who happens to look exactly like Tito and has a voice to match. Throw in a couple of young lovers caught in flagrante delicto, Tito’s fiery wife, a randy Russian diva, some slamming doors, and the result is an uproarious adult evening of laughter and love.

Describer:  Patti Wong

Program Notes: John Weber

Wed 4/10

Sun 5/12

Wed 4/24

8:00pm

Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage 301 924 3400

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

From the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes another unlikely hero: Matilda Wormwood. Born to parents who prize their own ignorance and disdain books, learning, and any information they can’t get from television, Matilda somehow manages to emerge...a genius. Maybe even a magical one. However, she and the rest of the school are under the tyrannical rule of a deliciously devious villain, principal Agatha Trunchbull. Matilda embraces the fearful and terrifying moments of childhood with humor, hard-earned optimism, and astoundingly witty musical numbers. Songs like “Miracle,” “Naughty,” and “Revolting Children” will ring true to adults and belong in the survival kit of any child making their way through pre-adolescence and beyond.

Audio Describer: Patti Wong

Program Notes:

Fri 6/21

Sun 7/21

Wed 7/10

8:00pm

Olney Theatre Center:  Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

301 924 3400

Oil

Scorchingly ambitious,” (The Guardian) this genre-busting American premiere follows mothers and daughters over two centuries, from the dawn of the age of oil in 1889 to its “peak-oil” demise sometime in the not-to-distant future. In five separate but connected playlets, a single mother named May defies the odds to provide for her daughter by any means necessary. From Cornwall, to Tehran, London, Baghdad, and back, the mother-daughter power struggle evolves and shifts, even as the resources that fuel it (and the rest of the world) begin to dwindle. Bursting with theatricality, big ideas, and deeply personal emotions, Oil showcases the talent of one of Britain’s fastest rising playwrights.

Describer:

Program Notes:

Sun 2/17

Sun 3/31

Wed 3/13

7:45pm

Olney Theatre Center:  Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

301 924 3400

Mary Stuart

Based on the play by Friedrich Schiller. The two most powerful women of the 16th Century – Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots – are on an explosive collision course in this thrilling drama of sex, power, intrigue, and betrayal.  Pressured by the men of her court, who desperately want her to marry and ensure the succession, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I must decide whether to put her cousin, the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, to the death. As she tries to keep her fragile hold on both the realm and her conscience, a country fights to define itself. Artistic Director Jason Loewith adapts Schiller’s classic clash of titans for the #MeToo world with six extraordinary performers and the barest of sets in our most intimate performance space.

Describer & Program Notes: Bob Coley & Janet Carsetti:

Wed 5/8

Sun 6/9

Wed 5/22

7:45pm

Olney Theatre Center:  Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

301 924 3400

Tiger Style!

In this outrageous satire about stereotypes, political correctness flies out the window as two Chinese-American siblings search for their authentic selves. Albert Chen is a computer programmer so modest he lets others take credit for his work.  His sister Jennifer, a doctor, is so professionally driven she can’t sustain a relationship (even if she could find someone worthy of her work ethic).  Despite their Ivy League educations, musical virtuosity and impeccable manners, the siblings mount a delayed adolescent rebellion against their disappointed Tiger Mother (and equally demanding Tiger Father): they embark on an “Asian Freedom Tour” that takes them to the People’s Republic of China, where the tour goes - no spoilers - terribly wrong.

Describer: Sylvia Rosenthal

Program Notes:

Wed 7/17/19

Sun 8/18/19

Wed 7/31

7:45pm

Round House Bethesda: 240 644 1100

Oslo
In 1993, unbeknownst to the rest of the world, an audacious husband-and-wife team of Norwegian bureaucrats assembled a motley band of would-be diplomats from the Middle East to attempt the unimaginable: negotiate peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Operating only through back-channels—in secrecy, and without any official bargaining power—the group struggles to find middle ground as political tensions reach a fever pitch. But at the heart of diplomacy lies empathy, and these peacemakers must rely on the strength of the surprising personal bonds they have forged if they want to succeed. Artistic Director Ryan Rilette helms this thrilling nail biter, based on the true events surrounding the Oslo Peace Accords that swept the 2016-2017 awards season.

Describer:

Program Notes: John Weber

Wed 4/24

Sun 5/19

Sat 5/4

2:00pm

Round House Bethesda: 240 644 1100

A Doll’s House, Part 2
(at Lansburgh Theatre)

When last we saw Nora Helmer, she left her husband Torvald—and audiences—with the slam of a door that became a feminist battle cry. Now, 15 years later, Nora knocks on that same door in search of closure… except the reactions of those she left behind are not quite what she anticipated. That’s the funny thing about the end of relationships, though: hindsight isn’t necessarily 20/20 if you don’t stick around for the aftermath. Associate Artistic Director Nicole A. Watson shares her artistic vision with Round House audiences for the first time, directing this clever and sharp sequel to Ibsen’s 1879 masterpiece that opens up old wounds with fresh insight, unexpected humor, and modern sensibility.

Describer: Rita Tehan:

Program Notes:

Wed 6/5

Sun 6/30

Sat 6/15

2:00pm

Roundhouse Silver Spring:  240 644 1100

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Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre:  202 547 1122

Vanity Fair

Becky Sharp never blushes. As the wily Becky and her gentle friend Amelia scale social ladders and hurdle the whims of fate, only one question matters: how do you get what you want in life? A bright dance hall pageant poking fun at all our pretenses, this new adaptation by Kate Hamill (Sense and Sensibility, The Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year 2017) harnesses the frivolity of Thackeray’s novel while recasting its (anti) heroines as complex, vibrant women, delivering “a gift to actors and a goody bag for its audience” (New York Times).

Describer: Geoff Seeley

Program Notes: Carolyn Mark

Tues 2/26

Sun 3/31

Sat 3/23

2:00pm

Shakespeare:  Sidney Harman Hall :  202-547-1122

Richard The Third

What does it look like when a man with no scruples stops at nothing to gain power? If you’re unsure, Richard of Gloucester will gladly demonstrate. What he lacks in looks he makes up for in bottomless ambition, ruthless cunning and rapacious zeal: the crown, at all costs. As he climbs ever higher, Richard bends the world to his will until even his mother can’t bear to own him. Shakespeare’s mesmerizing chronicle of the megalomaniac’s rampage to the throne—one of his greatest variations on history—remains an irresistible study of villainy. David Muse returns after his hit production of King Charles III, rendered “more incisively than…in its Broadway incarnation” (The Washington Post).

Describer: Dennis McCoy

Program Notes:

Tues 2/5

Sun 3/10

Sat 3/2

2:00pm

Shakespeare:  Sidney Harman Hall :  202-547-1122

The Oresteia

Through ten years of war, grief and rage, Queen Clytemnestra lies in wait for her husband Agamemnon’s return, determined to avenge one child, only to doom the others. The sole surviving trilogy in Greek tragedy, The Oresteia chronicles a deluge of violence that can only be stopped when society peers into its own soul and sees the depths of its complicity. Playwright Ellen McLaughlin (The Persians) has written a new version of the classic, commissioned by STC. Her play, three years in the making, weaves together the works of Aeschylus with stunning poetry and emotional heft. An epic, world-premiere interpretation of this pillar of western culture, The Oresteia makes a fitting end to Michael Kahn’s tenure as Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Describer: Dennis McCoy

Program Notes: Rita Tehan

Tues 4/30

Sun 6/2

Sat 5/25

2:00pm

Studio Theatre: 202-332-3300

Admissions

 “Astonishing and daring. An extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire—of the left, by the left, for the left—for today.” —The New York Times

Bill and Sherri are the progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admission at Hillcrest, a mid-tier New Hampshire boarding school. Over the last fifteen years, they’ve worked tirelessly to diversify the school’s mostly white population. But when their high-achieving son’s Ivy League dreams are deferred, his reaction blasts open a deep rift between the family’s public values and private hypocrisies. A no-holds-barred satire on privilege, power, and the perils of whiteness.

This is the follow-up to Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, which shattered Studio box office records at Studio in 2014, and was remounted in the 2015-2016 season. In his latest scathing comedy, Admissions, Harmon takes aim at affirmative action and the two-facedness of well-meaning white liberals at a New England prep school.

Describer: Rita Tehan

Program Notes: Sylvia Rosenthal

Wed 1/16

Sun 2/17

Sun 2/17

2:00pm

Studio Theatre: 202-332-3300

Queen of Basel

World Premiere

SUPPORTED BY STUDIO R&D, STUDIO THEATRE’S NEW WORKS INITIATIVE

“Bettis a writer to keep an eye on.” —NYTheater.com (about American Girls)

It's Art Basel, Miami's weeklong party for the rich and famous, where socialite darling Julie reigns over the blowout her real-estate mogul father is throwing at his South Beach hotel. But when her fiancé dumps her in front of the crowd, Julie hides from her humiliation—and her father—in the hotel’s barely used storage kitchen. Her companions are Christine, a cocktail waitress who recently fled war-torn Venezuela, and Christine’s fiancé John, an Uber driver from the Miami slums. This explosive elixir of power, class, and immigration status is a bold and contemporary take on Strindberg’s Miss Julie by vibrant rising voice Hilary Bettis (The Americans).

Studio will premiere Queen of Basel, Hilary Bettis’s unapologetically contemporary adaption of Miss Julie. Bettis takes August Strindberg’s iconic play about class and sex and adds race, language, skin color, and immigration status to its volatile mix.

Describer: Rita Tehan

Program Notes: Sylvia Rosenthal

Wed 3/6

Sun 4/7

Sun 4/7

2:00pm

Studio Theatre: 202-332-3300

The Children

In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, their garden, their yoga practice. When former colleague Rose reappears after 38 years, her presence upends the couple’s equilibrium and trust. As the fallout from long-ago decisions comes hurtling into view, Rose unveils a proposal that threatens more than their marriage. A hit in London and New York, Lucy Kirkwood’s latest is a taut and disquieting thriller about responsibility and reparation—what one generation owes the next. 

Describer: Rita Tehan

Program Notes:

Wed 5/1

Sun 6/2

Sun 6/2

2:00pm

The Washington Revels

GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

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