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Events – December 2019










Dec. 6 to Jan. 3

Recollection: Reinterpreting Tradition and Heritage

In this group exhibition of painting, photography and sculpture works, five Korean artists radically reinterpret a variety of classic forms into the visual language of contemporary art. Through vastly different artistic approaches, materials and subject matter, Jaehyug Choi, Soomin Ham, Hyeon Suk Her, Doo Yeon Jung and Yoohyun Kim each grapple in personal terms with the apparent contradiction of a modern Korean society still deeply rooted in its cultural history. Whether those bonds to the past are merely added weight or a strengthening foundation is up to each artist to decide.

Korean Cultural Center


Through Dec. 14

Moves Like Water: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection

This exhibition contains select paintings and photographs from the collection of 9,000 artworks the AU Museum received as a gift from the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Following the closure of the Corcoran, more than 19,456 works from the collection were distrubted to museums and institutions in Washington, D.C. This is the first in-depth exhibition at AU Museum of work from the collection and is inspired by Walter Hopps, briefly the director of the Corcoran and an American curator of contemporary art.

American University Museum


Through Dec. 15

Ann-Sofi Sidén – After the Fact

Ann-Sofi Sidén is one of Sweden’s most internationally renowned contemporary artists. She puts herself in the center of her projects, often with provoking statements about society and the human condition. The works presented in House of Sweden include three ways of looking at the female body. They independently carve out their own narrative space and yet converge by depicting an experience either happening in the periphery or in the hidden, challenging preconceived ideas of what a woman is or should be.

House of Sweden


Through Dec. 15

Fast Fashion/Slow Art

“Fast Fashion/Slow Art” scrutinizes today’s garment industry. A diverse group of emerging and established contemporary artists and filmmakers including Julia Brown, Cat Mazza, Hito Steyerl and Rosemarie Trockel explore issues of waste, consumerism and the human cost of mass production through 11 films and video installations.

GW Art Galleries


Through Dec. 15

Swedish Dads by Johan Bävman

The photo exhibition portraits 45 fathers who belong to the relatively small percentage of fathers in Sweden who choose to stay at home with their children for at least six months. Swedish photographer Johan Bävman examines why these fathers have chosen to stay at home with their children and how their relationship with their partners and their children has changed as a result. The exhibition aims to show the effects of gender equality on parenting, both for an individual and for society.

House of Sweden


Through Jan. 5

By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs

The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. Photography played a significant role both in preparing for the mission and in shaping the cultural consciousness of the event. An exhibition of some 50 works will include a selection of photographs from the unmanned Ranger, Surveyor, and Lunar Orbiter missions that led up to Apollo 11.

National Gallery of Art


Through Jan. 5

Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination

Imagine an apocalyptic landscape. It appears barren, devastated and hopeless. It is not. At the Renwick Gallery, internationally renowned artist Ginny Ruffner creates a seemingly bleak environment that suddenly evolves into a thriving floral oasis by combining traditional sculpture with augmented reality (AR) technology.

Renwick Gallery


Through Jan. 5

A Monument to Shakespeare

The Folger Shakespeare Library is throwing back the curtains on its origins and exciting future in an exhibition where visitors are invited to play, lounge, be curious and see more of the Folger Shakespeare Library than ever before. Among the treats: rummage through Henry Folger’s desk and read the correspondences that brought the Folger to the nation’s capital; explore large scale reproductions of Cret’s detailed architectural drawings, newly digitized for this exhibition; and visit the first complete edition of Shakespeare’s plays published in 1623.

Folger Shakespeare Library


Through Jan. 12

Everything is Palpitating: Rodolfo Abularach

From 1957, when the Art Museum of the Americas’ (AMA) founding director José Gómez Sicre acquired several pieces by Guatemalan master Abularach for its collection, the artist has been prominently interwoven within the institution’s history, as well as that of Guatemalan and Latin American art in a broader sense. This exhibition is an opportunity to gather one of the larger samplings of Abularach’s works representing 60 years of his output. It surveys not only the artist’s impact on the direction of art of the hemisphere in the 1950s to the 1970s, but also the role that AMA has played in its development.

Art Museum of the Americas


Through Jan. 12

Intersections: Los Carpinteros – Cuba Va!

Los Carpinteros (Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez) is an internationally acclaimed Cuban artist collective best known for merging architecture, sculpture, design, and drawing. From the outset in the early 1990s, Los Carpinteros’s work has reflected on social transformations in post-revolutionary, socialist Cuba, offering critical commentary of dominant ideologies and power structures with humor and artistry.

The Phillips Collection


Through Jan. 12

Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt

When he photographed her for the November 5, 1965 issue of Life magazine, Alfred Eisenstaedt cemented Marjorie Merriweather Post’s place among the most notable people of the 20th century. Featuring nearly fifty Eisenstaedt photographs and ephemera from his career in photojournalism, focusing on his timeless images of life in the mid-20th-century and the era’s most celebrated figures, this special exhibition will explore the relationship between Post and Eisenstaedt and the broader body of Eisenstaedt’s work documenting life in the mid-twentieth century.

Hillwood Museum, Estate & Gardens


Through Jan. 20

Live Dangerously

“Live Dangerously” reveals the bold and dynamic ways in which female bodies inhabit and activate the natural world. Twelve groundbreaking photographers use humor, drama, ambiguity and innovative storytelling to illuminate the landscape as means of self-empowerment and personal expression. A major section of the exhibition showcases the performative and fantastical works of Janaina Tschäpe. For the first time, NMWA will exhibit all 100 large-scale photographs in the series “100 Little Deaths” (1996-2002), in which the artist stages her own body within sites from her travels around the world.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through Jan. 26

Bonnard to Vuillard: The Intimate Poetry of Everyday Life

This exhibition presents over 60 exquisite, rarely seen works by a leading group of European Post-Impressionist artists who ushered in a new form of artistic expression in the 1890s. Assuming the name “Nabis” (from the Hebrew navi, meaning “prophet”), its members shared a belief in art’s intimate connection to everyday life.

The Phillips Collection


Through Jan. 26

None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers

Learn more about the U.S. Diplomatic Courier Service, which in wartime and peacetime carries the sensitive materials, equipment and information that make diplomacy possible. Today, the State Department’s 100 badged diplomatic couriers travel the globe safeguarding our nation’s most sensitive information and materials. They constantly trouble-shoot and innovate to ensure secure logistic supply chains while supervising the delivery of classified equipment and documents, as well as secure construction materials to nearly every nation where U.S. diplomats work.

U.S. Postal Museum


Through Jan. 26

The Touch of Color: Pastels at the National Gallery of Art

Featuring approximately 70 exquisite examples drawn entirely from the permanent collection, “The Touch of Color: Pastels at the National Gallery of Art” traces the history of pastel from the Renaissance to the 21st century and examines the many techniques that artists have developed to work with this colorful and versatile medium.

National Gallery of Art


Through Feb. 17

Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain

This is the first major exhibition held outside Spain to celebrate the expressive art of the most important sculptor active on the Iberian Peninsula during the first half of the 16th century, Alonso Berruguete, featuring an impressive range of more than 40 works from across his career, including examples of his earliest paintings from his time in Italy, where he trained.

National Gallery of Art


Through March 8

Visual Memory: Home + Place

This mid-career survey of multimedia artists Scherezade García and iliana emilia García explores how each artist reflects upon constructed notions of human geography and history in a creative multidisciplinary approach. Generating a provocative and incisive rethinking about the possibilities of visual memory, they engage with timeless universal concerns about global migration, settlement and the spaces we occupy.

Art Museum of the Americas


Through May 1

Women: A Century of Change

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the U.S. constitutional amendment confirming women’s right to vote, this powerful new exhibition and book from National Geographic showcases iconic women around the world. The exhibition’s stunning photographs, drawn from National Geographic’s unparalleled image collection, span nine decades and feature a myriad of countries.

National Geographic Museum


Through May 25

Chiura Obata: American Modern

Chiura Obata (1885-1975) ranks among the most significant Japanese American cultural artists and figures of the 20th century. Best known for his majestic views of the American West, Obata brought a distinctive trans-Pacific style to the arts community of California as an artist and teacher. This major traveling retrospective presents the most comprehensive survey to date of his acclaimed and varied body of work, from bold landscape paintings of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park to intimate drawings of his experiences of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Smithsonian American Art Museum


Through July 5

I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa

Taking its name from a 1970’s feminist anthem, “I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa” draws upon a selection of artworks by women artists from the National Museum of African Art’s permanent collection to reveal a more contemporary feminism that recognizes the contributions of women to the most pressing issues of their times. With experimental and sophisticated use of diverse media, the 27 featured artists offer insightful and visually stunning approaches to matters of community, faith, the environment, politics, colonial encounters, racism, identity and more.

National Museum of African Art


Through Sept. 7, 2020

Pat Steir: Color Wheel

The Hirshhorn will host the largest painting installation to date by the acclaimed abstract painter Pat Steir. The exhibition is an expansive new suite of paintings by the artist, spanning the entire perimeter of the Museum’s second-floor inner-circle galleries, extending nearly 400 linear feet.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Through Sept. 13, 2020

Lee Ufan: Open Dimension

“Lee Ufan: Open Dimension” is an ambitious site-specific commission by the celebrated Korean artist Lee Ufan. The expansive installation, featuring 10 new sculptures from the artist’s signature and continuing Relatum series, marks Lee Ufan’s largest single outdoor sculpture project in the US, the first exhibition of his work in the nation’s capital, and the first time in the Hirshhorn’s 45-year history that its 4.3-acre outdoor plaza has been devoted, almost in its entirety, to the work of a single artist.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Through Oct. 12, 2020

Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection

Featuring the recent gift of over 50 major historical works, including more than 35 seminal works by Marcel Duchamp, this exhibition comprises an unparalleled selection of art, thoughtfully acquired over the course of two decades and offering a rarely seen view of the entire arc of Duchamp’s career. This is the first stage of a two-part exhibition on the life and legacy of Duchamp. The second stage, opening spring 2020, will examine Duchamp’s lasting impact through the lens of the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection, including significant works by a diverse roster of modern and contemporary artists.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden



Nov. 23 to Dec. 29

The Nutcracker

Set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score, this celebrated production is set in historic 1882 Georgetown with George Washington, King George III and other historical figures coming to life with intricate, stunning set designs, original period costumes and over 100 dancers including students and trainees from The Washington School of Ballet. It has become the signature Nutcracker of the nation’s capital. Please call for ticket information.

Warner Theatre


Fri., Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

French Embassy Holiday Gala and Viennese Ball

This holiday gala and Vienniese ball at the French Embassy features alumni from Princeton, Yale, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Wellesley, Stanford, Smith, NYU, Johns Hopkins and many other U.S. universities. A partner or prior dance experience are not needed to attend, as Viennese Waltz lessons will be offered just before the ball. Enjoy a night of classic music with the Salon Orchestra of Washington Strauss performing waltzes, the famous Radetsky Grand March and other ballroom music from around the world. Tickets are $79 to $109; for information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/french-embassy-holiday-gala-viennese-ball-french-wine-desserts-dance-tickets-80409818933.

Embassy of France


Dec. 15 to 16

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

With world-class artists, dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppet, and soaring birds, don’t miss your chance to ring in the holidays with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. Please call for ticket information.

Music Center at Strathmore



Wed., Dec. 4, 6:45 p.m.

The Architecture of Reuse: Lessons from European Cities

Europeans have spent centuries integrating the architectural legacies of their cities into buildings that meet the changing needs of their residents and reflect an evolving array of design styles. Highlighting examples in Italy and France, architect Paola Lugli addresses how historic buildings can survive and thrive through modern adaptations, as well as how architects are re-purposing buildings today. Tickets are $30; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Thu., Dec. 5, 6:45 p.m.

Delayed Justice: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America

In 1990, in a basement archive in Prague, two American historians made a startling discovery: a Nazi roster from 1945 that no Western investigator had ever seen. The long-forgotten document, containing more than 700 names, helped unravel the details behind the most lethal killing operation in World War II. Author Debbie Cenziper unfolds the harrowing wartime journeys of two Jewish orphans from occupied Poland who outran the Nazis and settled in the United States, only to learn that some of their one-time captors had as well. Tickets are $30; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Mon., Dec. 9, 6:45 p.m.

Buone Feste: How Italy Celebrates Christmas

Italy has many of the most beautiful and meaningful celebrations of the Christmas season to be found anywhere. oin popular Smithsonian speaker Fred Plotkin, an expert on everything Italian, on a memorable tour that celebrates the magic that is Christmas in Italy. Tickets are $90; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Tue., Dec. 10, 6:45 p.m.

Vital Voices: Endangered Languages in a Changing World.

Languages are integral to our identity, heritage, and humanity. There are roughly 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, but it’s estimated that without intervention, more than half of them will disappear by the end of this century. Mary Linn of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage examines the critical importance of maintaining language diversity, the forces that threaten to silence endangered languages, and the efforts to combat them. Tickets are $30; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Thu., Dec. 12, 6:45 p.m.

Barack and Joe: The Making of a Presidential Friendship

Joe Biden and Barack Obama were a study in sharply contrasting styles. That they came to form a dynamic professional partnership and close personal relationship is remarkable in so many ways. Author Steve Levingston explores the evolution of this relationship in his new book based on original interviews, media reports, memoirs and other sources. Tickets are $30; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center



Tue., Dec. 3, 7 p.m.

Clara Schumann’s Life and Love

On the 200th anniversary of the birth of German pianist and composer Clara Schumann, acclaimed Austrian pianist and lecturer Elisabeth Eschwé has created a scenic piano recital, staging Schumann from her early childhood under the tutorial guidance of her father Friedrich Wieck; to the celebrated prodigy, secret fiancé and then wife of Robert Schumann; to a grief-stricken mother and widow; and finally her years as internationally renowned pianist and lifelong friend of Johannes Brahms. Admission is free; register at acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria


Wed., Dec. 4, 6:45 p.m.

Gala Holiday Concert with the New York Virtuosi Strings

Join the Embassy Series for its annual holiday concert featuring champagne, cuisine, carols and a performance by the New York Virtuosi Strings. Tickets are $225, including buffet and wine; for information, visit embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Slovakia


Fri., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Zlatomir Fung, Cello;

Rohan de Silva, Piano

Enjoy the acclaimed sounds of cellist Zlatomir Fung, who just won the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition. He also recently captured First Prize at the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition, as well as the competition’s sole performance engagement prize for a concert with Poland’s Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets are $125, including buffet, wine and valet parking; for information, visit embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Bulgaria


Fri., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Timeless Armenian Classics: Komitas at 150

Komitas (born in 1869) is rightfully considered the father of Armenian national school of music. He collected and transcribed over 3,000 pieces of folk music and was revered by his contemporaries, including by composers Clade Debussy and Camile Saint-Saens, before his tragic death in Paris in 1935. Strathmore presents an evening of music of Komitas, Khachaturyan and other Armenian composers performed by Armine Grigoryan, one of Armenia’s most accomplished pianists. Tickets are $35.

Music Center at Strathmore


Sat., Dec. 7, 3 and 8 p.m.

Eileen Ivers: A Joyful Christmas

“A Joyful Christmas” recalls the roaring hearths and roars of laughter that make up Christmas in Ireland. Virtuoso fiddler Eileen Ivers interweaves age-old Wren Day songs, beloved American carols and even a jigging Bach for a tuneful, soulful celebration capturing the true spirit of the season. Tickets start at $29.

Wolf Trap


Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey

Damien Sneed brings good tidings to Sixth and I with a combination of gospel, jazz, and classic Christmas carols, presented by Washington Performing Arts. Tickets are $35.

Sixth and I


Dec. 7 to 15

The Christmas Revels: Celestial Fools

Magic is just around the corner in a rustic village in Europe. As the winter days grow short, three wandering performers from far-off lands weave music, dance and stories from their cultures into an enchanting and dramatic tale of the Winter Solstice. But when the sun finally sets on the longest night, these “Celestial Fools” lead us on a journey into the heavens to reclaim the light and restore its warmth to the world. Join a cast of over 100, ages 9 to 90, for this timeless fable and sing along and dance through the aisles to eclectic instrumentals by Seth Kibel, Vladimir Fridman and Bob Abbott, with the glorious tones of the Washington Revels Brass. Tickets are $12 to $65.

GW Lisner Auditorium


Wed., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Year-End Concert with Korean Artists

This year-end concert hosted by the Embassy Series in cooperation with the Korean Cultural Center features violinist Youjin Lee, cellist Min Ji Kim and pianist Do-Hyun Kim. Tickets are $60, including buffet and wine, or $150 for patrons; for information, visit embassyseries.org.

Anderson House


Thu., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Tribute to Tchaikovsky

In advance of Tchaikovsky’s upcoming 180th anniversary year, the Russian Chamber Art Society’s 2019 holiday concert will be a unique and festive tribute to the beloved composer. Though best known worldwide for his ballets, orchestral works and operas, Tchaikovsky displayed his supreme gift for melody in more than 100 Russian art songs or “romances.” Exceptional young lyric tenor Fanyong Du, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Odessa National Academy of Music in Ukraine, will perform a selection of Tchaikovsky’s most exquisite romances with pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern, RCAS founder and artistic director. Tickets are $55, including post-concert reception; for information, visit thercas.com.

Embassy of France


Dec. 15 to 24

The Choral Arts Society of Washington: Songs of the Season

The Choral Arts Society of Washington brings glad tidings with a selection of its favorite holiday carols and seasonal classics performed by the Choral Arts Chorus and Youth Choir that combine traditional favorites and choral jewels of the season with masterpieces performed by soloist Kristina Lewis. Tickets are $15 to $72.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall


Sat., Dec. 21, 8 p.m.,

Sun., Dec. 22, 3 p.m.

National Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah

No Christmas celebration is complete without a performance of Handel’s uplifting oratorio Messiah, a work that has delighted and inspired audiences worldwide since its premiere in 1741. Please call for ticket information.

Music Center at Strathmore



Dec. 1 to Jan. 5

She The People

Since 2009, Woolly Mammoth has partnered with The Second City to bring their signature brand of laughter-fueled activism to D.C. audiences. This brand-new play further satirizes the reality of being a woman in the United States, exploding the myths and misrepresentations surrounding body positivity, bachelorettes, Beyoncé, the 2020 ballot, and exploring the impact of the Trump presidency and the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Tickets start at $38.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company


Dec. 3 to Dec. 29

The Second City’s Love, Factually

“Love, Actually” — whether you love it, hate it or have never even seen it, you’ll definitely love this romantic romp that parodies the film along with many other classic holiday rom-com moments. Back by popular demand following a sold-out run in 2018, this year’s “Love, Factually” is packed with even more parody of the classic holiday film. Tickets are $49 to $79.

Kennedy Center Theater Lab


Dec. 3 to Jan. 12

Peter Pan and Wendy

Bold, budding scientist Wendy Darling dreams of earning a Nobel Prize. When Peter Pan arrives at her bedroom window, she takes a leap and leaves finishing school behind, chasing adventure among the stars. Facing down fairies, mermaids and the dastardly Captain Hook, Wendy, Peter and their friends discover the power of standing up together for what’s right. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company


Thu., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

Of Gods and Men

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Baltimore School for the Arts, its theatre experimental lab presents a new performance using translated extracts by Spanish authors such as San Juan de la Cruz, Calderón de la Barca, Miguel de Unamuno, Santa Teresa and Irma Correa — offering a journey into Spanish literature from the 16th century to the present day. Admission is free but RSVP is required and can be made at www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain


Through Dec. 8


Edward Albee’s “Occupant” imagines an interview with sculptor Lousie Nevelson from beyond the grave and digs into the icon’s turmoil and triumphs as she transforms from a young Jewish girl immigrating from Russia to a master at the height of her creative powers. Through her ups and downs, her contradictions and evasions, the audience witnesses the complicated evolution of one of the 20th century’s greatest artistic minds. Tickets are $39 to $69.

Edlavitch DCJCC Theater J


Dec. 8 to Jan. 5

The Snow Queen

Synetic presents a whimsical, family-friendly adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved fairy tale, The Snow Queen. Join Gerda, a little girl with gumption, a magic mirror, and a quest to save her best friend, as she sets out on a life-changing journey that takes her over mountains and across distant lands to the Snow Kingdom. Tickets are $15 to $30.

Synetic Theater


Dec. 12 to 31

An Irish Carol

An original work by Keegan company member Matthew Keenan, “An Irish Carol” is an homage to Dickens’ classic — told as only the Irish can. This comic and touching play, set in a modern Dublin pub, follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But on this Christmas Eve, three voices may change David’s life forever. Tickets are $36 to $46.

Keegan Theatre


Dec. 14 to Jan. 12

The Dead

Scena Theatre presents an original musical version of the classic short story by Ireland’s greatest writer, James Joyce. The story opens at a Christmas party where the young Gretta swoons while a renowned tenor sings at the piano. Her husband Gabriel feels amorous while he watches her. Later that night, he’s devastated to learn she was actually moved by the memory of her first love, who died hopelessly obsessed with her. Realizing his marriage lacks such passion, Gabriel feels like a shadow of a person, flickering in a world where the living and “the dead” converge. Tickets are $15 to $50.

The Atlas


Through Dec. 15

White Pearl

A leaked ad for skin-whitening cream is going viral for all the wrong reasons and someone’s definitely getting fired in this twisted corporate comedy about selling whiteness and the ugliness of the beauty industry. Please call for ticket information.

The Studio Theatre


Dec. 17 to Jan. 19

My Fair Lady

Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “My Fair Lady” tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed? Tickets are $39 to $159.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Through Dec. 22


Genius and jealousy collide in the opulent salons and opera houses of 18th-century Vienna when an impulsive and eccentric prodigy outshines an envious, God-fearing composer consumed by bitterness. Theatrical fireworks emerge as mediocre Salieri will do everything in his power to destroy his musical rival Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Tickets are $27 to $85.

Folger Theatre


Through Dec. 22

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Murder. Mystery. Mayhem. Math. What begins as an investigation into the grisly death of a neighbor’s dog results in a remarkable coming-of-age journey for 15-year-old Christopher Boone, a self-described “mathematician with some behavioral problems. Tickets are $32 to $68.

Round House Theatre


Through Dec. 29

Dear Jack, Dear Louise

When two strangers meet by letter during World War II, a love story begins. U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, begins writing to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress and dancer in New York City, hoping to meet her someday if the war will allow. But as the war continues, it threatens to end their relationship before it even starts. Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage


Through Dec. 29

Disney’s Newsies

In the summer of 1899, the newsboys of New York City took on two of the most powerful men in the country — Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst — and won. Inspired by true events, the Broadway smash hit is a testament to the power of standing up and speaking out. Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage


Through Dec. 29

A Christmas Carol

It’s the 10th Anniversary of Olney’s favorite Christmas tradition, as Paul Morella’s captivating solo performance of the Dickens classic keeps audiences coming back season and after season. Tickets are $40 to $84.

Olney Theatre Center


Through Jan. 1

A Christmas Carol

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Tickets are $34 to $124.

Ford’s Theatre


Through Jan. 4

A Chorus Line

Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, overflowing with sensational ballet, tap and jazz dance numbers, this nonstop showcase with one of the largest casts in Signature history is the one singular sensation for the holiday season. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre