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Cover Story

Russia Puts Its Olympic Dreams,
Reputation on the Line at Sochi

a5.russia.sochi.kislyak.homeRussia's Olympic bid has been overshadowed by security threats and allegations of corruption and human rights abuses, but Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is confident the Games will go off without a hitch. Read More 

People of World Influence

Give Iran Deal a Chance, Says Man
Who Helped Orchestrate Sanctions

a1.powi.einhorn.homeThe man who helped craft the sanctions widely credited with bringing Iran to the nuclear negotiating table is urging U.S. policymakers to give those talks a chance to succeed. Read More


MEK Power

Small Band of Iranian Exiles
Gets Lots of Attention in U.S.

a2.mek.iran.protestors2.homeWith its shadowy past, shifting ideologies and deep pockets, the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) has evolved from assassinating Americans to courting them — and from supporting the Iranian Revolution to becoming its sworn enemy. Read More


Wannabe Diplomats

Hiring Slowdown at State
Leaves Candidates in Limbo

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Letter to the Editor: State Department Reply


FATCA Fat Cats

FATCA Blowback: Some Americans
Outraged by U.S. Tax Evader Law

a4.facta.Lynne.NotMyth.homeNew IRS rules are going after Americans abroad who evade their taxes, but critics complain that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, will be a bureaucratic nightmare that may alienate some Americans to the point of renouncing their citizenship. Read More


The Rotunda: Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill

Old Hand on Capitol Hill Prepares
To Be U.S. Ambassador to China

a6.rotunda.senator.baucus.homeOver four decades, Max Baucus has carved out a reputation in Congress as a dealmaker — skills that will be put to the test as the Montana senator heads to Beijing to serve as America's ambassador in China. Read More


Digital Diplomats

Social Media Helps Diplomats
Engage — Online and Off

a7.digital.diplomacy.social.homeSocial media gives diplomats direct access to the public, but the digital realm is full of dos and don'ts — and those who solely use it to push out their message quickly find their accounts unheeded by the very people they're trying to reach. Read More

No Man's Land

Turkish Cypriots Celebrate 30th
Anniversary of Fictitious TRNC

a8.turkey.cypriot.TRNC.homeAhmet Erdengiz may very well be the Rodney Dangerfield of D.C.-based foreign diplomats: He don't get no respect — as representative of his self-styled Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Read More


   

Give Iran Deal a Chance, Says Man Who Helped Orchestrate Sanctions

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By Michael Coleman

Last November, hundreds of cheering supporters greeted Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Tehran airport when he returned from Geneva after negotiating a deal to ease economic sanctions against his country.

To most of the world, it seemed the jubilant Iranians were celebrating the deal itself. But Robert Einhorn, a former State Department official who helped craft the sanctions, sensed that their elation was about something even bigger.

“They were cheering because they saw pictures of their foreign minister shaking hands with the American secretary of state and they thought that this was the beginning of the end of their isolation — the beginning of the restoration of their respectability in the world,” Einhorn told The Diplomat during an interview in his office at the Brookings Institution, where he is now a senior fellow in the think tank’s Foreign Policy Program. “They want to be world citizens; they don’t want to be outlaws. The desire to end this isolation, together with the international sanctions, is what really motivated them.”

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Robert Einhorn

Einhorn would know. Before arriving at Brookings in May 2013, Einhorn served four years as special adviser on nonproliferation and arms control to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with an emphasis on policy toward Iran and North Korea. He played a leading role in the formulation and execution of international sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program — the very sanctions that are widely credited with bringing Tehran to the negotiating table to cinch a landmark six-month deal to try to resolve Western concerns over the country’s nuclear ambitions.

“That meant traveling to a lot of key countries — China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Turkey and so forth — to build what became a very effective coalition to implement sanctions against Iran,” he recalled.

Einhorn has also helped shape the Obama administration’s overall approach to nonproliferation, working diplomatic contacts with China, Russia and elsewhere, and addressed nuclear security and stability challenges in South Asia. His portfolio at the State Department was so expansive that after his departure, his position was dissolved and split up among several high-ranking diplomats.

Between 2001 and 2009, Einhorn was a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he directed the Proliferation Prevention Program. Before coming to CSIS, Einhorn was assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation, deputy assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, and a member of the State Department Policy Planning Staff. From 1972 and 1986, he held various positions at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and served as representative to the strategic arms reduction talks with the Soviet Union.

“Early on, I was involved in kind of classical arms control issues, but at the end of the 1980s, with [former Soviet Premier Mikhail] Gorbachev and the end of the Soviet Union, it became clear to me that arms control was going to assume relatively less importance in our national security and nonproliferation and nuclear security was going to be more important,” Einhorn explained.

The career global arms expert said the Iranian deal reached in late November is an important first step in convincing the regime to abandon any plans it might have to become a nuclear weapons state. The agreement halts and rolls back portions of Iran’s nuclear program for six months in return for modest sanctions relief to allow the so-called P5+1 countries — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — to negotiate a long-term agreement by July 20.

Specifically, Iran has agreed to halt enrichment of uranium above 5 percent purity and dilute its stockpile of enriched uranium approaching 20 percent purity, which is considered close to weapons-grade fuel; it can continue to enrich to a low level of 3.5 percent. Iran can also keep its existing centrifuges but agreed not to install any new centrifuges, start up any that were not already operating, or build new enrichment facilities. It will also allow regular inspections of its nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In return, the world powers agreed to suspend certain sanctions on trade in gold and precious metals, Iran’s automotive sector and its petrochemical exports. Total sanctions relief is estimated at between $6 billion and $7 billion — $4.2 billion of which is Iranian oil revenue frozen in foreign banks that will be released in installments throughout the six months if Iran abides by terms of the accord.

Einhorn stressed that the major sanctions against Iran — oil and banking restrictions that have devastated its economy — remain firmly in place.

“What we’re getting in the interim deal is essentially a freeze in their program and the Iranians get some sanctions relief, but in reality it’s very modest sanctions relief,” Einhorn said. “All crucial sanctions will remain in place. The sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy are the banking and oil sanctions. Those will remain in place.”

That hasn’t appeased congressional critics who contend the deal was premature and lets Iran off the hook, just when the seven-year sanctions regime was beginning to have its desired effect of choking Iran’s economy and forcing its government to make dramatic concessions.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told CNN that “we had the chance to deliver a body blow” and didn’t take the shot. “The sanctions actually worked but this interim deal gives the Iranians $7 billion in cash and leaves in place one of the most sophisticated enrichment programs around,” Graham said.

Both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have banded together to support a bill, spearheaded by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J), that would slap a full slate of sanctions on Iran if the current talks fail. “Should Iran breach this [existing six-month] agreement or fail to negotiate in good faith, the penalties it would face are severe,” Menendez wrote in a Washington Post op-ed in January.

President Obama has vowed to veto the bill, saying it would torpedo the first real diplomatic opening to reverse Iran’s nuclear advancement and characterizing it as a march toward war (hard-liners in Iran have said they would boost enrichment to 60 percent if the bill passes).

Einhorn says the Menendez bill could unravel years of work in getting Iran to agree to any concessions.

“What’s at stake is undermining the best opportunity we have to stop Iran’s nuclear program,” he said. “Supporters of this bill should ask themselves what happens if inadvertently their efforts result in the scuttling of these negotiations. In that case, what options do they have for resolving this issue? I’m sure most of the sponsors of this bill are well meaning. They wish to give the administration additional leverage. But I think most of them are mistaken.”

Einhorn says the current deal, while not perfect, is far better than the alternatives of regime change or military strikes. He concedes that it does not dismantle Iran’s nuclear infrastructure or significantly lengthen Iran’s nuclear breakout timeline. But he argues that those are goals that must be achieved in a comprehensive final agreement.

“I think essentially what we’re getting is a very promising first step toward a deal,” he told us. “This imminent agreement is not meant to be seen as a self-contained deal. It’s a stepping stone, a down payment if you will, to a final deal. You can’t really draw any conclusions from this interim agreement.

“What it does is freeze in place Iran’s nuclear program — it halts further advances in that program in all significant respects,” Einhorn continued. “By doing that it buys us time and space to negotiate a comprehensive deal. One of the concerns a lot of people have had is that the U.S. would be negotiating a final deal while Iran was making progress on its program. The fear was that Iran would string us along, make progress on their program, and we’d never come to an agreement — that essentially they would use the time to advance their program under the cover of negotiations. The administration thought it was critical to halt their program right where it was during the negotiations of a final deal. I think they’ve done that very well.”

In fact, Einhorn said he was surprised by just how much the administration was able to extract from Tehran.

“The first-step deal convincingly and comprehensively closes the door to progress in Iran’s nuclear program during the six-month period…. stopping production of near-20 percent enriched uranium, banning the operation or further installation of advanced centrifuges, and preventing the fueling and operation of the Arak reactor. But it goes well beyond that,” he wrote in a Brookings blog posting, delving into the finer points of the agreement.

Among other things, it subjects Iran to daily monitoring that goes far beyond Iran’s current safeguards with the IAEA in return for a modest easing of sanctions. That relief represents a small fraction of the toll ongoing sanctions will cost Iran’s economy — $30 billion in lost oil revenue over the next six months alone, Einhorn said. “Also unexpected was the requirement to eliminate altogether the stocks of near-20 percent enriched uranium in the gaseous form most readily transformed into weapons-grade uranium,” he added. “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s famous redline required Iran to stay below 250 kilograms of near-20 percent enriched uranium in the form that could be boosted rapidly to weapons-grade. The deal will drop Iran to zero…. Few if any stones were left unturned in preventing Iran from advancing its program while negotiations are under way on a final deal.”

Einhorn, unassuming and easygoing in his Diplomat interview, has a reputation as a pit bull in nonproliferation negotiations. When representatives of South Korea, a favored U.S. ally, came to Washington to discuss extending the country’s bilateral civil nuclear agreement last year, talks broke down and the South Koreans pointed the finger at Einhorn. The Koreans wanted to enrich uranium and reprocess spent fuel rods, but because of an international ban on such enrichment (because the same technologies can be used to make nuclear weapons), Seoul was forced to import raw uranium and then send it to a foreign firm for processing into usable nuclear fuel. Einhorn and the American negotiators were unmoved by South Korea’s protests about costs and inconvenience, leading the country’s national newspaper, The Chosun Ilbo, to label Einhorn as “the non-proliferations Taliban.”

Einhorn chuckled softly when reminded of the insult, and recalled a similar reaction from an Indian journalist who covered his dealings with that South Asian nuclear-armed nation.

“A well-known Indian journalist named Raja Mohan would describe me as Ayatollah Einhorn,” he recalled. “He accused me of being a fundamentalist of nonproliferation, as a kind of unyielding zealot. It wasn’t accurate, but it indicates how I was often perceived.

“When I went to China with [former Secretaries of State] Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher, I would be the spear on nonproliferation issues,” Einhorn said. “If I look at what I’ve done in nonproliferation, it really has been dealing with the hardest problems.”

The longtime arms expert said working with rogue states that aren’t superpowers is different than the days of the U.S.-Soviet Unions arms race.

“Dealing with these hard cases is very different than dealing with the Soviet Union on arms control,” Einhorn said. “Both we and the Soviets had lots of nuclear weapons, and it was in our mutual interest to reduce them in a balanced way to create greater stability on both sides. But with North Korea, for example, it’s a totally asymmetrical negotiation. We’re asking them to stop doing things they don’t want to do.

“Nonproliferation, almost by definition, with the word ‘non,’ you’re trying to persuade countries not to do what they’ve decided is in there own national interest,” he said. “Whether they have correctly calculated what is in their interest is another story. They believe that pursuing these is in their national interests. It’s a hard job.”

One of the most strenuous — and obvious — objections Einhorn and other U.S. nonproliferation experts hear from states with nuclear weapons ambitions is that the United States is the only country to have ever actually used nukes in warfare.

“Lots of countries have detonated nuclear weapons, but we’re the only ones who have used one in war,” Einhorn conceded, referring to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan at the end of World War II.

So how does Einhorn justify America’s insistence that other countries don’t acquire or develop these weapons of mass destruction?

“We say, ‘Look, first of all, that was a different time,’” he told us. “Now that the Cold War is over, we don’t need these huge arsenals, so for the last 20 years we’ve been working to reduce them. We’re now at a pretty small fraction of what we had at the height of the Cold War.

“We say we’ve learned the mistakes of our ways and we’re reducing our capabilities,” Einhorn added. “We’re heading in this direction and you’re heading in the opposite direction.”

That argument alone won’t be enough to convince the leadership in Tehran — which also cites Israel’s widely presumed nuclear weapons arsenal as an example of the West’s double standard on the issue — to abandon its nuclear program, which is a source of national pride among Iranians, even those who oppose the ruling government.

Einhorn admits there are formidable obstacles in the talks ahead, namely reconciling Iran’s desire to pursue what it says is its inalienable “right to enrich” for peaceful, civilian purposes, with the international community’s desire to keep Tehran from nuclear weapons breakout capability. Yet he sounded optimistic about reaching a final agreement. In the meantime, Einhorn rejects criticism that the interim deal will encourage the world to resume trade and commerce with Iran, although he conceded that’s what the Iranians probably want.

“I think their hope is that this will create a psychological shift in the world,” he said. “I think they’re hoping with this initial measure that countries and companies will be less reticent to engage with Iran in areas that are permitted under the sanctions regime. They’re hoping it will create a kind of momentum even if the actual sanctions easing is quite modest.”

But Einhorn predicted that international companies are not going to plunge back into Iran until they see what the six-month agreement produces.

“Companies are not going to want to conclude new deals with Iran for a six-month period — make new investments and all of that — if after six months there is no final deal,” he said. “I think most companies are going to sit back and wait to see whether there is a final agreement that removes the sanctions. They may have preliminary discussions with the Iranians and see what can be done, but they’re not going to make business decisions before they know the sanctions are really going to be lifted and they’re not going to know that for some time. They’re not going to dive right in.

“And the concerns that sanctions over six months are going to erode are overblown,” Einhorn argued.

While sanctions appear to have forced Iran to the bargaining table, some international experts remain unconvinced that they are an effective tool for dealing with rogue, stubborn nations. Einhorn said he suspects that the Iranian response — even if it took seven long years — will help bolster the argument for sanctions instead of military force in future global conflicts.

“I do think the Iran experience will give a boost” to sanctions, he said. “I think frankly the key motivating factor [in getting Iran to the table] was the economic sanctions. I don’t know the likelihood that their audience placed on the U.S. or Israel using military force, but I do know they find the economic sanctions to be very onerous. It’s crippled their economy, and they can’t have much of a future while they have these sanctions in place.”

But what may work in forcing action from one country, may not work for another.

“For example, sanctions haven’t been decisive in North Korea. Why? Because North Korea’s material needs are tiny,” Einhorn explained. “Even if you can cut North Korea’s economic interactions with the rest of the world, as long as they have one big benefactor — China — who is prepared to fund much of its fuel and keep them afloat no matter what, then sanctions aren’t going to be decisive.

“Iran doesn’t have one big benefactor who is prepared to bail them out,” Einhorn added. “Iran has a vulnerability that North Korea doesn’t have: oil.”

The timing of the sanctions also worked, as other oil-producing nations made up the difference and unconventional forms of drilling helped unearth vast reserves of untapped oil and gas.

“We happened to impose their oil sanctions when the Saudis were boosting production, and at a time when Iraq, Libya and North America had boosted production,” he said. “At a time when we were asking countries to reduce their purchases, we were able to tell them, ‘You don’t have to reduce your consumption. You can buy oil elsewhere,’ and that’s what happened.”

Going back to the theme he outlined at the outset of his interview, Einhorn reiterated his belief that social and political pressures coming from within Iran’s youthful population helped push the country’s leaders to the bargaining table. The election of Hassan Rouhani as the country’s moderate new president was also a major factor, he said, despite the fact that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the ultimate decision maker in the country.

“The Rouhani election had a huge effect,” Einhorn said. “Rouhani is not the ultimate ruler, but what his election showed the Supreme Leader was that his people wanted a change. They were fed up with the economic mismanagement of [former President] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, they were fed up with international sanctions, they wanted change. [Khamenei] has to manage various political pressures, and I think he saw that if Iran wanted to become a great country, it could not do that without significant change.”

Einhorn also noted that at one time not that long ago, before the 1979 Iranian Revolution that ushered in clerical rule in Iran, the United States and Iran were friends.

“It’s not inconceivable that that could happen again, but it’s going to take a while,” he said. “There are a lot of layers of mistrust that have to be overcome. The first step is the nuclear deal. If that could be done conscientiously then I think it can open the door to other types of engagement. But there is a lot of skepticism on the American side. People want to take this one step at a time.”


About the Author

Michael Coleman is a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat.

   

Small Band of Iranian Exiles Gets Lots of Attention in U.S.

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Hiring Slowdown at State Leaves Candidates in Limbo

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Letter to the Editor: State Department Reply

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FATCA Blowback: Some Americans Outraged by U.S. Tax Evader Law

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Russia Puts Its Olympic Dreams, Reputation on the Line at Sochi

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Old Hand on Capitol Hill Prepares To Be U.S. Ambassador to China

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Social Media Helps Diplomats Engage — Online and Off

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Turkish Cypriots Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Fictitious TRNC

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The Attention Deficit Disorder That Often Goes Unnoticed

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National Wear Red Day Spotlights Women’s Heart Health

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‘Damage Control’ at Hirshhorn Surveys Ruins of Artistic Creation

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From Fashion to Art, Wife Spotlights ‘New Germany’

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‘Eye of Istanbul’ Focuses on Lesser-Known Side of Turkey

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Synetic Thunders Away With ‘Twelfth Night’ Silent Extravaganza

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Pollert Uses Temporary Shutdown To Expand His Pioneering Concept

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Inside ‘The Square’: Egypt’s Revolution Will Now Be Televised

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Films - February 2014

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The Atomic States of America
Directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce
(U.S., 2011, 92 min.)
This film journeys to nuclear reactor communities around the country to provide a comprehensive exploration of the history and impact to date of nuclear power, and to investigate the truths and myths about nuclear energy (screens with "Tailings" (U.S., 2012, 12 min.) and "Yellow Cake. The Dirt Behind Uranium").
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Feb. 10, 4 p.m.

Colette
Directed by Milan Cieslar
(Slovakia/Czech Republic, 2013, 126 min.)
Arnošt Lustig's novel "A Girl from Antwerp," from which the film is based, draws on his personal experiences while incarcerated at Auschwitz during World War II and the power of love under extreme life circumstances (English with Czech subtitles).
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Feb. 12, 8 p.m.

The Invisible Woman
Directed by Ralph Fiennes
(U.K., 2013, 111 min.)
At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Monuments Men
Directed by George Clooney
(U.S./Germany, 2014, 92 min.)
An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.
Area theaters

The New Black
Directed by Yoruba Richen
(U.S., 2013, 82 min.)
This documentary tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights.
West End Cinema
Wed., Feb. 12

Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1
Directed by Adam Jonas Horowitz
(U.S., 2012, 87 min.)
This documentary about the "Secret Project" in which the U.S. conducted 67 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands in the 1950s illustrates the incredible affects of radiation on humans (screens with several shorts on atomic bombs).
Goethe-Institut

Tue., Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.

The Nut Job
Directed by Peter Lepeniotis
(Canada/South Korea/U.S., 2014,
An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, but it is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery.
Area theaters

One Chance
Directed by David Frankel
(U.K./U.S., 2013, 103 min.)
In this true story, Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night, becomes phenomenon after being chosen for — and ultimately winning — "Britain's Got Talent.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Feb. 14

Philomena
Directed by Stephen Frears
(U.K./U.S./France, 2013, 98 min.)
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
AFI Silver Theatre
AMC Loews Shirlington
Cinema Arts Theatre
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Kentlands Stadium
Regal Countryside

Romeo and Juliet
Directed by Don Roy King
(U.S., 2013)
Watch Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad as they turned up the heat this fall as Broadway's rule-breaking, heart-aching couple, Romeo and Juliet.
AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 13 to 16
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Thu., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 16, 11 a.m.

Saving Mr. Banks
Directed by John Lee Hancock
(U.S./U.K./Australia, 2013, 125 min.)
Author P.L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, "Mary Poppins."
AMC Courthouse
AMC Hoffman Center
AMC Tysons Corner
Cinema Arts Theatre
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Regal Potomac Yards

The Square
(Al Midan)
Directed by Jehane Noujaim
(Egypt/U.S., 2013, 104 min.)
Jehane Noujaim follows a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and regimes and risk their lives to build a new society of conscience (English and Arabic).
West End Cinema

Tim's Vermeer
Directed by Teller
(U.S., 2013, 80 min.)
Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Feb. 14

Yellow Cake. The Dirt Behind Uranium
Directed by Joachim Tschirner
(Germany, 2010, 108 min.)
Over a period of several years, this film accompanies the biggest clean-up operation of uranium mining in Wismut, the third-largest uranium mine in the world, located in east Germany (screens with "Tailings" (U.S., 2012, 12 min.) and "The Atomic States of America").
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Feb. 10, 4 p.m.

Farsi

Fat Shaker
Directed by Mohammad Shirvani
(Iran, 2013, 85 min.)
A gluttonous alcoholic uses his deaf-mute son to lure attractive young women into drug- and booze-fueled nights of illegal excess, extorting money from the women afterward by threatening to go to the authorities. But one female photographer refuses to be intimidated and instead attempts to rescue the young man from his controlling father.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 2, 2 p.m.

A Cinema of Discontent
Directed by Jamsheed Akrami
(U.S., 2013, 86 min.)
The international success of Iranian cinema over the past decades may have veiled the fact that Iranian filmmakers work under extremely harsh circumstances. "A Cinema of Discontent" explores the censorship codes through dozens of film clips as well as interviews with Iranian filmmakers.
(Farsi and English).
Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., Feb. 22, 2 p.m.

My Name is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns
Directed by Kamran Heydari
(Iran, 2012, 65 min.)
For more than 35 years, Negahdar Jamali has been making Westerns in and around the ancient city of Shiraz — his passion bordering on obsession and causing friction with his long-suffering wife and friends.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Feb. 14, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 16, 2 p.m.

Parviz
Directed by Majid Barzegar
(Iran, 2012, 105 min.)
Parviz, a man in his 50s who has lived his entire life in his father's home and never held a job, finds his quiet routine upended by his father's decision to remarry — and to have Parviz move out.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 9, 2 p.m.

French

Camille Claudel 1915
Directed by Bruno Dumont
(France, 2013, 95 min.)
Known as Auguste Rodin's muse and protégée, Camille Claudel has lately been the focus of serious research. Filmmaker Dumont concentrates on her years of exile within a remote, church-run asylum near Avignon, where her family kept her incarcerated even after doctors urged for her release.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Feb. 15, 4 p.m.,
Sun., Feb. 16, 2 p.m.

Just a Sigh
(Le temps de l'aventure)
Directed by Jérôme Bonnell
(France/Belgium/Ireland, 2013, 104 min.)
A stage actress makes a quick escape to Paris, where she meets a mysterious English stranger. Drawn toward him, she follows him, loves him, for a few hours, before facing what could be a new life.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Feb. 19, 8 p.m.

The Past
(Le passé)
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
(France/Italy, 2013, 130 min.)
An Iranian man returns to France to grant his wife a divorce and discovers she has started a relationship with an Arab man who has a son and a wife in a coma (French and Farsi).
AMC Loews Shirlington
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Top Floor Left Wing
(Dernier étage gauche gauche)
Directed by Angelo Cianci
(France/Luxembourg, 2010, 110 min.)
This dark comedy follows Francois, whose unhappy job serving eviction notices land him in a hostage situation with a bumbling pair of amateur drug dealers.
BloomBars
Tue., Feb. 4, 7 p.m.

Hebrew

Footnote
(Hearat Shulayim)
Directed by Joseph Cedar
(Israel, 2011)
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son and rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., Feb. 9, 10 a.m.

The Wonders
Directed by Avi Nesher
(Israel, 2013, 112 min.)
In this modern day film-noir, a bartender who doubles as a graffiti artist in Jerusalem enjoys whiling away the days with simple pleasures until he becomes enwrapped in a mystery taking place in his own apartment building.
Washington DCJCC
Thu., Feb. 27, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Hindi

The Lunchbox
(Dabba)
Directed by Ritesh Batra
(India/France/Germany/U.S., 2013, 104 min.)
In Mumbai, the mistaken delivery of a lunchbox leads to a relationship between a lonely widower on the verge retirement and an unhappy housewife, as they start exchanging notes through the daily lunchbox (Hindi and English).
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Feb. 28

Italian

The Great Beauty
(La grande bellezza)
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
(Italy/France, 2013, 142 min.)
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty (Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese).
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Japanese

The Wind Rises
(Kaze tachinu)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 2013, 126 min.)
This animated film looks at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Feb. 21

Korean

Camp 14: Total Control Zone
Directed by Marc Wiese
(Germany/South Korea, 2012, 104 min.)
Born inside a North Korean prison camp as the child of political prisoners, Shin Dong-Huyk was raised in a world where all he knew was torture and abuse. Filmmaker Wiese crafts his documentary by quietly drawing details from Shin in a series of interviews (Korean and English).
West End Cinema
Wed., Feb. 26

Spanish

Gloria
Directed by Sebastián Lelio
(Chile/Spain, 2013, 110 min.)
Gloria, a free-spirited older woman in Santiago, embarks on a whirlwind relationship with a recently divorced naval officer.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Swahili

In the Shadow of the Sun
Directed by Harry Freeland
(Tanzania/U.K., 2012, 84 min.)
Filmed over six years, "In the Shadow of the Sun" tells the story of two men with albinism in Tanzania pursuing their dreams in the face of virulent prejudice.
West End Cinema
Wed., Feb. 19

   

Events - February 2014

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Art

Dance

Discussions

Music

Theater


ART

Feb. 3 to 28

Afrofuturism: Artists on Three Continents Explore ‘Black to the Future’

Three artists – Daniel Kojo Schrade (Germany), Bernard Akoi Jackson (Ghana) and Adejoke Tugbiyele (United States) - use the lens of fiction to address issues of alienation and otherness. Afrofuturism, a term coined in the early 1990s, addresses themes and concerns of the African diaspora using elements of science fiction and magic realism to critique the disinheritance of the past while exploring aspirations for the future.

Goethe-Institut

Feb. 8 to March 8

Latvian Artists: Riga and World Cities. Live Paintings

Contemporary paintings and large-scale works by Aleksejs Naumovs and Kristaps Zarins, rector and vice-rector of the Latvian Academy of Art, capture cities such as Riga, Washington, D.C., New York, Paris, Venice and Peking, where the artists worked outdoors, without letting unexpected weather stop them, to paint directly onto the canvas without sketches. The exhibition is organized as part of the program “Riga 2014: Cultural Capital of Europe” and is open Fridays and Saturdays; for information, visit www.latvia-usa.org.

Embassy of Latvia Art Space

Through Feb. 9

Lines, Marks, and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen

This exhibit considers the 40-year-plus career of Roger Ballen, one of the more recognized photographic artists working today, through a new approach: an examination of line and drawing in his photographs.

National Museum of African Art

Feb. 12 to June 21

Light Touch

The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, in partnership with Maryland Art Place (MAP), features the work of five artists who explore aspects of the physical world through the lens of light as both a medium and a resource of value to our natural environment. 

BWI Airport

Through Feb. 14

Illuminating Opportunity: A Photography Exhibit for Social Good

This photography exhibit by Trees, Water and People explores the organization’s solar energy program in Honduras through the eyes of photographer Darren Mahuron. Viewings are by appointment only; for information, call (202) 370-4618 or (202) 370-0151.

Organization of American States

Feb. 22 to July 27

Chigusa and the Art of Tea

“Chigusa” tells the story of a 700-year-old ordinary tea jar that rose to become one of the most famous and revered objects in the Japanese “art of tea” — so much so that it was granted a name, luxurious accessories and a devoted following.  

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Feb. 23 to June 29

Modern German Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection

Ruth Kainen’s love of German expressionism, first displayed at the gallery in the 1985 exhibition “German Expressionist Prints from the Collection of Ruth and Jacob Kainen,” will be celebrated with 123 works recently donated to the gallery through her bequest, as well as with a few of her earlier gifts.

National Gallery of Art

Through March 2

Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections 

In the first exhibition devoted to Byzantine art at the National Gallery, some 170 rare and important works, drawn exclusively from Greek collections, offer a fascinating glimpse of the soul and splendor of the mysterious Byzantine Empire.

National Gallery of Art 

Through March 2

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

Nearly 100 works in all media by 72 leading modern and contemporary artists present the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-20th century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Through March 2

What’s Up: New Technologies in Art

Instructive, inventive, evocative and evolving: Tech innovation is revolutionizing the art world, and this amazing exhibit puts some of the most provocative new media on display, including that of Austrian artist Waltraut Cooper, who studied mathematics and theoretical physics and whose work explores light, mathematics and color through fluorescent lights, neon and glass.

Mansion at Strathmore 

Through March 9

Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd

Los Angeles artist Alex Prager’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States debuts her latest series — elaborately staged crowd scenes, both poignant and revelatory — alongside earlier photographs and video works.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through March 16

The Dying Gaul: An Ancient Roman Masterpiece from the Capitoline Museum, Rome

Created in the first or second century AD, the “Dying Gaul” is one of the most renowned works from antiquity. This exhibition marks the first time it has left Italy since 1797, when Napoleonic forces took the sculpture to Paris, where it was displayed at the Louvre until its return to Rome in 1816.

National Gallery of Art

Through March 16

Transforming Cityscapes

On display are the winning entries of the 8th Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Design Biennial (IAUB), which focuses on lifetime achievements, outstanding works of architecture, publications, research projects and ideas presented by architects and architecture students.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through March 23

S.O.S. Spanish Office Showroom

As part of the SPAIN arts & culture program (www.spainculture.us), “S.O.S. Spanish Office Showroom” presents the most avant-garde pieces of Spanish design conceived for modern working environments, highlighting how the creativity of contemporary Spanish designers adapts to any office space and how Spanish design companies are successfully competing in international markets, such as the United States.

Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence

Through March 23

Tapas. Spanish Design for Food

Spain arts & culture showcases the Spanish chefs, including D.C.’s own chef José Andrés, as well as designers, architects, wineries and restaurants that pioneered the popular tapas movement, reflecting on the last 25 years of Spain’s avant-garde experimental blending of design and food.

Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence

Through April 13

Judy Chicago: Circa ’75

The iconic body of work from the 1970s by Judy Chicago demonstrates the prominent feminist artist’s firm belief in the power of art to redress gender inequalities.

National Museum of Women in the Arts 

Through April 27

Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts

Over time, quilts have been revered as nostalgic emblems of the past, dismissed as women’s work, and hailed as examples of American ingenuity. This exhibition breaks new ground by examining quilts through the lens of contemporary feminist theory. 

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through May 4

In Focus: Ara Güler’s Anatolia

Ara Güler, the “Eye of Istanbul,” is famous for his iconic snapshots of the city in the 1950s and ’60s, but with an archive of more than 800,000 photographs, Güler's body of work contains far more than these emblematic images — as seen in this exhibition of never-before-shown works by the legendary photographer.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through May 17

Man at the Crossroads: Diego Rivera’s Mural at Rockefeller Center

This exposition centers around the mural that Mexican artist Diego Rivera painted in New York City, reconstructing its history with unedited material, including reproduced letters, telegrams, contracts, sketches, and documents, following Rivera's commission, subsequent tension and conflict, and finally, the mural’s destruction.  

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through May 26

Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950

The first in-depth exploration of the theme of destruction in international contemporary visual culture, this groundbreaking exhibition includes works by a diverse range of international artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation and performance.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through June 8, 2014

Perspectives: Rina Banerjee

Born in India and based in New York City, artist Rina Banerjee draws on her background as a scientist and her experience as an immigrant in her richly textured works that complicate the role of objects as representations of cultures and invite viewers to share her fascination in materials.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through June 15

Shakespeare’s the Thing

Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this exhibition presents a miscellany of treasures in the Folger collection from Shakespeare’s 1623 First Folio to modern fine art prints, revealing the Bard’s influence on performance, adaptation, scholarship, printing, fine art and even in mild obsession. 

Folger Shakespeare Library

Through July 13

Dancing the Dream

From the late 19th century to today, dance has captured this nation’s culture in motion, as seen in photos that showcase generations of performers, choreographers and impresarios. 

National Portrait Gallery

Through Aug. 24

Africa ReViewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon

“Africa ReViewed” showcases the African photography of celebrated Life magazine photographer Eliot Elisofon and explores the intricate relationships between his photographic archives and art collection at the National Museum of African Art. Elisofon's images had a huge impact in framing America's perceptions of Africa and its diverse cultures during the 20th century.

National Museum of African Art

Through Sept. 21

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

A community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has developed a new form of bead art — using black fabric as a canvas and different colored Czech glass beads as the medium of expression — to empower local women.

The Anacostia Community Museum

DANCE

Feb. 4 to 9

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

America's cultural ambassador to the world, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Kennedy Center for its annual engagement with its winning combination of captivating new works and enduring classics. Tickets are $30 to $140.

Kennedy Center Opera House

Feb. 7 to 8

Modern Dance Concert: Four By Burgess

The Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company performs new works by the critically acclaimed choreographer, recognized for his modern dances that sensitively translate the psychology of our human condition.Tickets are $25 to $31.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Wed., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.

The Peking Acrobats

The ancient art form of the Peking Acrobats dates back thousands of years, but their unique acts — which include juggling, tumbling, magic and much more — are as fresh and awe-inspiring to today’s audiences as ever before. Tickets are $32 to $48.

George Mason University
Hylton Performing Arts Center

DISCUSSIONS

Tue., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Franz Schubert, 1797-1828: A Literary Biography

Gloria Kaiser discusses her literary biography “Franz Schubert,” based on letters and excerpts from diaries that form a picture of the composer’s life, including the suffering that led to the divine spark of genius; the lecture is framed by a performance by pianist David Montgomery. Admission is free but RSVP is required and can be made at http://franzschubert.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of Austria

Wed., Feb. 5, 6:45 p.m.

Barbara Tenenbaum on the Constitution of 1917

In this illustrated talk, Barbara Tenenbaum, specialist in Mexican culture at the Library of Congress, discusses the nature of the Mexican Revolution — what it was and what it was not — showing how this first lasting revolution of the 20th century was much more about Mexico than about revolution, and how the nation grew into its constitution of 1917. Admission is free; RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mexican Cultural Institute

Wed., Feb. 5, 6:45 p.m.

Medieval Mosaics in Norman Sicily: An Artistic Convergence of Empires

The artistic treasures of the Norman Sicilian kingdom during the 12th and 13th centuries vied with those of the most resplendent in the known world, thriving under the Hauteville Normans, who embraced the artistic legacy of both Muslims and Byzantines. Tickets are $25; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Feb. 5 to 7

Protocol and Etiquette Seminar

Protocol Partners-Washington Center for Protocol presents a two-and-a-half-day comprehensive seminar on diplomatic, military and international protocol, as well as business and dining etiquette, including how to: greet and host guests; accommodate international customs; and coordinate VIP visits and conferences. Tuition is $1,795; for information, visit www.theprotocolpartners.com.

Willard InterContinental Washington

Sat., Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The Artistic Legacy of Byzantium

Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine explores the Byzantine Empire, which shone with intellectual and artistic brilliance at a time when Western Europe was deep in the Dark Ages and flourished long after the first stirrings of the Renaissance. Tickets are $130; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Tue., Feb. 11, 6:45 p.m.

The Flavors of India: The Original Fusion Cuisine

Monica Bhide looks at Indian cuisine’s history and contemporary expressions, focusing on how modern Indian food combines time-honored and distinctly regional styles with new culinary influences and ingredients. Tickets are $30; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Wed., Feb. 19, 6:45 p.m.

El Greco, Goya, Velazquez, and Picasso: A Spanish Quartet

Barbara von Barghahn of George Washington University looks at selected masterpieces that span from the Baroque golden age to the 20th century and explores how these enduring paintings reveal both the individual characters of their creators and the character of a nation. Tickets are $42; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., Feb. 20, 6:45 p.m.

Ancient Jewish Sects: Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes

First-century historian Josephus observed that there were three sects among the Jews: the Pharisees, the Sadducees and Essenes. Historian Pamela Nadell examines these once-flourishing sects that thrived in the late Second Temple era until the war between the Jews and the Romans sealed their fates. Tickets are $42; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Sat., Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Scandal, British Style: 400 Years of Naughtiness and Notoriety

Lorella Brocklesby of New York University offers a perspective on how, over the centuries, famous and infamous Brits have misbehaved. Tickets are $130; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center 

MUSIC

Sat., Feb. 1, 8 p.m.,

Sun., Feb. 9, 4 p.m.

Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

Appearing in Northern Virginia as part of its first tour of the United States, this orchestra (now in its seventh decade) is a centerpiece of Israeli cultural and musical life, and boasts a massive following in its homeland. Tickets are $30 to $60.

George Mason University
Center for the Arts (Feb. 1)
Hylton Performing Arts Center (Feb. 9)

Tue., Feb. 4, 6:45 p.m.

Cepromusic Contemporary Ensemble

This 10-piece contemporary music ensemble from the Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico guides audiences through the landscape of new Mexican music, featuring interpretations of works by Julio Estrada, Víctor Ibarra, Ricardo Zohn, Jorge Torres and Georgina Derbez. Admission is free; RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mexican Cultural Institute

Wed., Feb. 12, 8 p.m.

Soweto Gospel Choir

Formed in 2002, this 52-member choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music, singing in six of South Africa’s 11 official languages to blend traditional sounds with contemporary music. Tickets are $30 to $45.

GW Lisner Auditorium

Feb. 13 to 15

National Symphony Orchestra

“Brilliant violinist” (The New York Times) Anne-Sophie Mutter joins two programs led by conductor Cristian Macelaru in his NSO debut: one features Dvorák's Violin Concerto; the other offers a D.C. premiere written specifically for Mutter. Tickets are $10 to $85.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall 

Fri., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Musical Valentine

This Valentine’s Day concert spotlights soprano Irina Mozyleva, performing a repertoire of one of the most renowned Russian cabaret singers, Kavdia Shulzhenko, who resembled the famous French singer Edith Piaf. Acclaimed accordionist, Alexander Sevastian also performs Russian romantic repertoire and Viennese waltzes. Tickets can be ordered through the Russian Chamber Art Society at http://thercas.com.

Embassy of Austria

Sun., Feb. 16, 7 p.m.

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy-winning vocalist deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time magazine whose internationally acclaimed repertoire crosses boundaries, blending Western pop and African traditions. Tickets are $30 to $45.

GW Lisner Auditorium

THEATER

Feb. 5 to March 2

Seminar

In Theresa Rebeck’s Broadway comedic hit, four aspiring young novelists sign up for a private class with an international literary figure, some thriving while others flounder under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction. Tickets are $$10 to $45.

Round House Theatre Bethesda

Feb. 6 to March 9

La Señorita de Tacna (The Young Lady from Tacna)

A writer tried to recreate the grand romance of Mamaé, a 100 year-old spinster aunt who ended her engagement with a dashing Chilean captain when she was young. Tickets are $38 or $42.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Feb. 8 to 25

Orphie and the Book of Heroes

Spunky and curious Orphie, a young girl in Ancient Greece, sets out to save storyteller Homer and his Book of Heroes in this humorous world premiere musical. Tickets are $20.

Kennedy Center Family Theater

Feb. 10 to March 9

We Are Proud to Present…

“We Are Proud to Present…” follows a group of idealistic actors — three black and three white — who come together to tell the little-known story of a centuries-old conflict in southwest Africa, recreating the extinction of the Herero tribe at the hands of their German colonizers. Tickets start at $35.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Feb. 13 to March 9

La Vida Que Me Das … y no me alcanza
(Such a Life You’ve Given Me … and it’s not enough)

This work tackles with humor the encounter of three women who examine maternity and sexuality, looking for the balance between their desires, their negative perceptions and pettiness. Tickets are $15 to $35.

Teatro de la Luna

Gunston Arts Center

Through Feb. 16

Peter and the Starcatcher

In this swashbuckling prequel to “Peter Pan,” a company of 12 actors plays more than a 100 unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become the Boy Who Never Grew Up? Tickets are $55 to $135.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

Through Feb. 16

The Tallest Tree in the Forest

Daniel Beaty brings to life the true story of Paul Robeson, hailed as the “best-known black man in the world” for his incomparable singing and acting, brought low by accusations of disloyalty to America. Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage

Feb. 18 to March 23

Beaches

Based on the beloved book, “Beaches” follows two extraordinary friends through 30 years of camaraderie, laughter and sorrow. Please call for ticket information. 

Signature Theatre

Through Feb. 23

Tribes

When Billy, who was born deaf into a garrulous academic family that raised him to lip read and integrate into the hearing world, meets Sylvia, who is going deaf herself, he decides it’s time to speak on his own terms in Nina Raine’s moving play, the second offering in Studio’s yearlong New British Invasion Festival. Tickets are $39 to $75.

The Studio Theatre

Through March 2

The Importance of Being Earnest

Keith Baxter returns to direct Oscar Wilde’s most perfect of plays — a comedy of class, courtship, and avoiding burdensome social conventions. Please call for ticket information. 

Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre

Through March 9

Mother Courage and Her Children

Kathleen Turner returns to Arena to star as a tough-as-nails matriarch who profits off the very war that steals her children from her one by one. But will the cost of war be higher than she's prepared to pay? Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage 

Through March 9

Richard III

Explore Shakespeare’s portrait of maniacal ambition and dig into the truth about this king’s real nature with this celebrated history play — staged, for the first time in Folger history, in an Elizabethan Theatre reconfigured to allow for a production “in the round.” Tickets are $39 to $72.

Folger Shakespeare Library

   

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