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Events – February 2020











Feb. 2 to May 3

True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780-1870

An integral part of art education in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, painting en plein air was a core practice for avant-garde artists in Europe. Intrepid artists — highly skilled at quickly capturing effects of light and atmosphere — made sometimes arduous journeys to paint their landscapes in person at breathtaking sites, ranging from the Baltic coast and Swiss Alps to the streets of Paris and ruins of Rome. Drawing on new scholarship, this exhibition of some 100 oil sketches made outdoors across Europe during that time includes several recently discovered works and explores issues such as attribution, chronology and technique.

National Gallery of Art


Through Feb. 7

In Between and Beyond

In this comprehensive suite of works by Jorge Caligiuri, the artist explores dramatic and engaging compositions, detaching the image from the two-dimensional aspect of the wooden panel to create three-dimensional assemblages that draw the viewer into his world. That world is filled with expressive fearlessness, taking mediums to the edge to change our perspectives on subject, line, color and ideas.

Embassy of Argentina Art Gallery


Feb. 7 to 25

The Moment: Nature, Life, and Re-creation

The year’s first exhibition for the Korean Cultural Center and the first drawn from the center’s 2020 Open Call for Artists, “The Moment” showcases more than 25 works by three contemporary Korean artists who reflect on the inherent connection between creation and destruction in the natural world: Leeah Joo, Youn-kyung Cho and Kyoung-Hye Han. Employing diverse artistic media and stylistic approaches — including oil painting, fiber craft and traditional ink brushwork on Korean Hanji paper — Joo, Cho and Han bring their unique stories and ideas to the central themes of regeneration, life as a cycle, and the perspective shifts that understanding these ongoing processes can bring about.

Korean Cultural Center


Feb. 16 to June 14

Raphael and His Circle

Raphael (1483-1520) was one of the greatest artistic figures working in the Western classical tradition. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of his death, the gallery presents 25 prints and drawings in an intimate installation that illustrates how the combination of artistic traditions, wide range and immediate influence of Raphael’s art shaped the standard of aesthetic excellence for later artists.

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


Feb. 28 to May 25

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

For the past 50 years, Graciela Iturbide has produced majestic, powerful and sometimes visceral photographs. She is considered one of the greatest contemporary photographers in Latin America. This monumental survey of photographs of Mexico spans Iturbide’s career with images from 1969 through 2007. It encompasses compelling portrayals of indigenous and urban women, explorations of symbolism in nature and rituals, and haunting photographs of personal items left after the death of Frida Kahlo.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Feb. 29 to May 24

Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition

This exhibition presents works by African American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries together with examples by the early 20th-century European artists with whom they engaged. European modernist art has been an important, yet complicated influence on black artists for more than a century. The powerful push and pull of this relationship constitutes a distinct tradition for many African American artists who have mined the narratives of art history, whether to find inspiration, mount a critique or claim their own space.

The Phillips Collection


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 March 15

Heroes & Losers: The Edification of Luis Lorenzana

Luis Lorenzana (b. 1979) is a self-taught Filipino artist whose background in politics has infused his work with a cynicism that belies his longing for a kinder, more equitable world. The exhibition thus touches on the themes of a desperate kind of selfless heroism — and the all-too familiar failure of a democratic political system. These are works that will have relevance to the current American landscape; indeed, to anywhere in the world.

American University Museum


Thorugh March 15

Landscape in an Eroded Field: Carol Barsha, Heather Theresa Clark, Artemis Herber

Depicting nature and the environment is one of the most ancient and elemental expressions of art. From cave painting to Dutch still lifes to social practice incorporating life forms, artists have always been attentive and responsive to the world around them. This exhibition spans landscape painting that takes no social or political stance to multimedia painting and sculpture but puts climate change at the center of its meaning.

American University Museum


Through April 19

Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits

Multimedia artist Delita Martin (b. 1972) makes large-scale prints onto which she draws, sews, collages and paints. Martin’s meticulous, multilayered works create a powerful presence for her subjects: black women and men depicted on a monumental scale. Through her imagery, Martin forges a new iconography that is rooted in African tradition, personal recollections and physical materials.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through April 26

Dialog: Landscape and Abstraction – Freya Grand and AMA’s Permanent Collection

This exhibition pairs important 20th-century abstract works by artists in the OAS Art Museum of the Americas’s permanent collection with works by contemporary landscape painter Freya Grand. The pairings of Grand and artists living and working in the Americas (1960-73) convey a common dialogue through their shared forms, textures, symbols, color and composition. Here, Grand’s immersive landscapes derived from her experiences in remote regions of Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands intermingle with those of such stalwarts of the OAS AMA’s art collection as Maria Luisa Pacheco (Bolivia), Angel Hurtado (Venezuela) and Anibal Villacis (Ecuador).

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 24

Robert Franklin Gates: Paint What You See

“Robert Franklin Gates: Paint What You See” showcases an adventurous artist who greatly influenced the course of Washington art from his arrival from Detroit in 1930, at the age of 24, until his death in 1982 as an AU Professor Emeritus. He was a muralist, painter, printmaker, draftsman, and professor at the Phillips Gallery School and then American University for over 40 years.

American University Museum


Through May 24

Volkmar Wentzel

Volkmar Kurt Wentzel (b. Dresden, 1915-2006) arrived in Washington, D.C., in the early 1930s. When the Great Depression led to prohibitive housing costs in D.C., he moved to West Virginia to join a community with Robert Gates and several other artists who had become close friends. In 1937, back in Washington, purchased a new camera and began photographing the series “Washington by Night.” First lady Eleanor Roosevelt, out for a stroll one evening, encountered Volkmar and purchased several of his pictures. Volkmar completed his Washington photographs and brought them to National Geographic. The event led to his 48-year photographic career as a National Geographic photographer.

American University 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

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

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


Through Oct. 12

Portraits of the World: Denmark

“Portraits of the World: Denmark” will feature the painting “Kunstdommere (Art Judges)” by Michael Ancher (1849-1927), on loan from the Museum of National History in Hillerød, Denmark. The monumental group portrait pays tribute to a tightly knit artists’ community in northern Denmark, which served as the incubator for the Modern Breakthrough in Danish painting. A complementary display of American portraits will highlight the proliferation of artists’ communities in New York City during the first half of the 20th century, which likewise accelerated the development of modern art in the United States.

National Portrait Museum



Through Feb. 2

The National Ballet of Canada

Canada’s esteemed ballet company returns with two programs: On Jan. 28 and 29, experience two works by William Forsythe: Jiří Kylián’s “Petite Mort” and Alexei Ratmansky’s “Piano Concerto #1.” Then on Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, “The Sleeping Beauty” is the romantic tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, danced to Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music. Tickets are $29 to $149.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Thu., Feb. 6, 8 p.m.

Bereishit Dance Company

Bereishit Dance Company is a groundbreaking Seoul-based company that approaches Korean traditional culture from a contemporary view. “Judo” and “Balance & Imbalance,” two of the company’s acclaimed works, are stunning examples of their style that merges the control and full-body excitement of break dance with sleek artistry and urban cool. Tickets are $35 to $75.

Music Center at Strathmore


Feb. 11 to 16

American Ballet Theatre: Giselle

An exciting new generation of ABT’s international stars comes to D.C. for one of the world’s most cherished ballets. Considered a quintessential tale of unrequited love, heartbreaking loss, and triumphant forgiveness, “Giselle” remains a timeless favorite. Tickets are $49 to $295.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Feb. 19 to 23

Balanchine + Ashton

From a lively and jazzy Broadway production to divine elegance, witness bellwether ballets by 20th-century dance titans George Balanchine and Sir Frederick Ashton presented by The Washington Ballet. Tickets are $25 to $170.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater


Tue., Feb. 25, 8 p.m.,

Wed., Feb. 26, 8 p.m.

Cherish The Ladies

Irish-American super-group Cherish The Ladies creates an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. Tickets start at $27.

Wolf Trap




Tue., Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.

When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains

The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with Scribner, presents the book launch and discussion of “When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains,” with author Ariana Neumann. Of 34 Neumann family members taken by the Nazis in World War II, 25 were murdered. One of the survivors was Hans Neumann, who went on to build an industrial empire in Venezuela, although he never spoke of his past to his daughter Ariana. When he died, he left Ariana a small box filled with letters, diary entries and other memorabilia, launching her on a worldwide search that would deliver indelible portraits of a family loving, finding meaning and trying to survive amid the worst that can be imagined. To RSVP, visit https://whentimestopped.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic


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

A Clear Distinction: Muslim Cultures and the Islamic Faith

For many non-Muslims, it can be difficult to distinguish Islamic religious practices from cultural practices in Muslim-majority countries. Farhana N. Shah of the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring will examine the differences between the faith of Islam and the cultures found in the Muslim world. Tickets are $30; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Feb. 4 and 5

Boundless: Africa

As part of the 2019-20 “World Stages” season, the Kennedy Center presents the literary mini-series “Boundless: Africa,” a program that combines performances, panel discussions and readings, with most events held at the REACH at the Kennedy Center. Featuring playwrights, poets and writers of African heritage living in Africa and the diaspora, including the U.S., the series brings to the forefront relevant issues that inform the boundaries separating genres, art forms, geography and time. While highlighting visionary artists at the forefront of international discourse, each performance dives into topical themes — such as forgiveness, survival, identity and community — revealing a vision of the world like you may never have seen.

Kennedy Center / George Mason University


Fri., Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Golden Age of Spanish Art

Spanish art’s golden age — as exemplified by the works of artists such as El Greco and Velázquez — reflects a complex set of forces that combined humanist ideas originating in Renaissance Italy with an emphasis on spirituality rooted in the middle ages and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine provides an overview of the era and the enduring achievements of Spanish artists who shaped its visual culture. Tickets are $140; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Sat., Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Ancient Egypt Through Its Art, Architecture and Archaeology

The secret to understanding the daily life and culture of ancient Egypt under its great rulers and pharaohs is right before our eyes: in its art and architecture. Using evidence from the most recent archaeological discoveries, Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson surveys the social and historical realities of this civilization from its early pyramids through the art created under King Akhenaten, who upended centuries of tradition to created new artistic conventions. Tickets are $140; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Sat., Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Religious Crises in the Western World: Triumphs and Traumas

When the fabric of religion is altered, or a new religion begins to grow, the social, cultural and political consequences are often significant. Ori Z. Soltes, professor of Jewish civilization at Georgetown University, examines some of the key transitional moments in the religious history of the West such as the rise of Christianity, the Muslim golden age, the crises of the papacy and the onset of the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation, concluding with a look at the diaspora of Jews and Judaism. Tickets are $140; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Mon., Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

Reading: Defending Democracy

After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the victory parade of democracy seemed unstoppable. Twenty years later, the initial euphoria of basic democratic thinking has given way to disillusionment. Globalization, rising unemployment, retrenchment in social programs, marginalization of large societal groups and the bank and sovereign debt crisis of 2008 have all led to shrinking trust in democracy and its institutions. To discuss these trends, Gregorij H. von Leïtis and Michael Lahr from the New York-based nonprofit Elysium – Between Two Continents/The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive will present the program “Defending Democracy. A Meditation on Basic Democratic Values in Times of Political and Economic Insecurity,” a literary collage with texts by Mahatma Gandhi, Robert F. Kennedy, Hermynia zur Mühlen, Erich Mühsam, Alfred Polgar, Carl von Ossietzky and others. Admission is free but registration is required; for information, visit https://acfdc.org/events-2020/reading-defending-democracy.

Embassy of Austria



Fri., Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Inka Road Food Fiesta

Visitors can explore the foods found in communities that live along the Inka Road of South America. Freddie Bitsoie, executive chef of the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe, and other guest chefs will share the stories and food traditions that sustained and continue to support the diverse peoples of the intricate road system. Visitors can enjoy Andean music between tastings and take part in cultural interpreters’ tours of the museum’s “The Great Inka Road” exhibition.

National Museum of the American Indian



Fri., Feb. 7, 8 p.m.

Drum Tao

“DRUM TAO 2020” is the latest production from TAO, internationally-acclaimed percussion artists. TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals, TAO creates an energetic and unforgettable experience. Tickets are $29 to $69.

Music Center at Strathmore


Tue., Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

Trio Artio

Trio Artrio is a young and dynamic classical music ensemble founded in Vienna in 2017 by Austrian violinist Judith Fliedl, Austrian pianist Johanna Estermann and German cellist Christine Roider. Each member of the trio already had an extensive list of chamber music experience, and thanks to joint concerts in New York, Berlin and Graz, they decided to embark on a musical future together in the form of a piano trio. Admission is free but registration is required; for information, visit https://acfdc.org/events-2020/concert-trio-artio.

Embassy of Austria


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

Michal Hrůza and his band Hrůzy

For Valentine’s Day, bring a friend, a loved one or rock it solo for an unforgettable evening of music with pop singer/songwriter Michal Hrůza and his band Hrůzy, making their D.C. debut. Hrůza wrote the song “Za100let (In 100 Years),” which has 17 million views on YouTube, as well as songs for popular Czech films. Come dance the night away with Hrůza and his band at the Czech Embassy. Admission free; to RSVP, visit https://michalhruza.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic


Sat., Feb. 29, 8 p.m.

Kiran Ahluwalia

Kiran Ahluwalia is a modern exponent of the vocal traditions of India and Pakistan whose original compositions embody Indian, West African blues, contemporary jazz, rock and R&B influences. She has collaborated with the legendary Malian group Tinariwen as well as fiddler Natalie McMasters and renowned fado masters. Tickets start at $24.

Wolf Trap



Through Feb. 1

World Stages – Grey Rock

A Palestinian man decides to build a rocket to the moon in a shed. “This show is about people, about relationships between a father and a daughter, a mentor and an apprentice, a woman and her suitors,” says writer and director Amir Nizar Zuabi. Tickets are $15 to $35.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Feb. 6 to March 8

The 39 Steps

One evening in 1930s London, Richard Hannay attends a vaudeville performance at the London Palladium when a fight breaks out in the theater and shots are fired. In the ensuing panic, a frightened young woman named Annabella persuades Hannay to take her back to his flat. There, she claims to be a spy who has uncovered a plot to steal British military secrets implemented by a mysterious espionage organization known as “The 39 Steps.” The next morning, Hannay wakes up to find Annabella stabbed to death. Now a suspect in her murder, Hannay must careen across Europe to evade the police and expose the killer’s true identity in this fast-paced and riotously funny adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 spy thriller film presented by Constellation Theatre Company. Tickets are $25 to $45.

Source at 1835 14th St., NW


Feb. 10 to March 8

Shipwreck: A History Play About 2017

A group of well-meaning liberals gather at a farmhouse in upstate New York for a relaxing weekend. A son adopted from Kenya struggles to feel connected to his new family and country. And the 45th U.S. president sends a history-altering dinner invitation. There is plenty of blame to spare as snow piles high, mountains crumble and the wounds of the 2016 election break open. The mythology of America is rewritten in real time as we are forced to grapple with the legend of a frightening New York man made from gold. Tickets start at $34.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company


Feb. 11 to March 15

The Amen Corner

Margaret, a zealous church pastor of a storefront church in Harlem, must confront the past she left behind when her estranged husband Luke returns. Trying to find his own identity outside of the confines of the church, their son David bonds with his ailing father over their shared love of jazz music. Margaret’s misguided but fervent beliefs cause further disunity both within their fragile family union and in her congregation as her past comes to light. Tickets are $35 to $120.

The Shakespeare Theatre


Feb. 11 to 16

The King’s Speech

King George VI (Bertie) is thrust onto the world stage after the abdication of his older brother, Edward. Shy, fragile and afflicted with a profound stammer, Bertie is ill-equipped to lead a nation on the brink of world war. When traditional medical interventions fail, Bertie’s wife Elizabeth convinces her husband to seek help from an unconventional Harley Street speech therapist. Please call for ticket information.

National Theatre


Feb. 13 to 15

The Clemency of Titus

After stand-out performances at the Kennedy Center’s Artes de Cuba Festival in 2018, the multi-award-winning Havana Lyceum Orchestra and one of Latin America’s most cutting-edge theater directors Carlos Diaz join forces for a Cuban adaptation of Mozart’s opera “La Clemenza di Tito.” Tickets are $39 to $149.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Feb. 15, 22 and 29

Hear Me Say My Name

“I am not your mascot, and I don’t live in a tipi. See me for who I am, hear me say my name.” This original multimedia play, created in collaboration with Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater, tackles America’s assumptions about American Indians and starts a conversation with audiences reclaiming rich history, challenges, hopes and dreams.

National Museum of the American Indian


Through Feb. 16


Nya is a single mom and dedicated teacher at a high-poverty city school, determined to give her teenaged son Omari opportunities that her students will never have. When an altercation with a teacher at his private school threatens Omari’s future, Nya has to fight a system that’s against him in any environment. A searing, eloquent, and deeply compassionate look at a broken education system, the moments we are pushed to our limits, and the ferocity of one parent’s love. Tickets are $60 to $90.

Studio Theatre


Feb. 19 to March 15

The Wanderers

Esther and Schmuli are Satmar Hasidic Jews embarking on an arranged marriage, despite barely knowing each other. Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a dangerously flirtatious correspondence, despite being married to other people. On the surface, the lives of these two couples couldn’t be more different. The play explores the hidden connections between these seemingly disparate people, drawing audiences into an intriguing puzzle and a deeply sympathetic look at modern love. Tickets are $39 to $69.

Edlavitch DCJCC Theater J


Through Feb. 23

Gun & Powder

Inspired by a true story, make way for the sisters Clarke in a dynamic, moving and inspiring world premiere musical of notorious outlaws who ruled the Wild West. To help their mother settle a sharecropper debt, Mary and Martha Clarke — light-skinned African American twins — pass themselves as White to seize the funds by any means necessary. However, their bond of sisterhood is tested when they fall in love with two very different men, one black, the other white. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre


Through Feb. 23

Silent Sky

A decade before women gained the right to vote, Henrietta Leavitt and her fellow women “computers” transformed the science of astronomy. In the Harvard Observatory, Leavitt found 2,400 new variable stars and made important discoveries about their fluctuating brightness, enabling fellow scientists to map the Milky Way and beyond. This inspiring drama explores the determination, passion and sacrifice of the women who redefined our understanding of the cosmos. Tickets are $22 to $72.

Ford’s Theatre


Feb. 28 to April 12

Celia and Fidel

Can one woman change the mind of a man and the fate of a nation? Fidel Castro’s most trusted confidant and political partner, Celia Sánchez, is never far from his side as he grapples with how to move his country forward. It’s 1980 and a failing economy has led 10,000 Cuban citizens to seek asylum at the Peruvian Embassy in Cuba. Castro must decide what kind of a leader he wants to be: merciful or mighty. Imbued with magical realism, “Celia and Fidel” is the dynamic story of radical change in Cuba featuring the country’s most notorious political figure and Cuba’s most influential female revolutionary. Tickets are $40 to $95.

Arena Stage


Through March 1

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The boisterous Falstaff hatches a dubious plan to woo the wealthy wives of Windsor, pilfer their fortunes and make their husbands green with jealousy. The scheming plot is met with fun-filled retaliation when the ladies devise a plot to teach Falstaff a lesson he won’t soon forget. Tickets are $42 to $85.

Folger Theatre


Through March 1

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Set in 1992 in war-torn Afghanistan, this gripping story centers around a friendship that develops between two Afghan women following a tragedy. While facing insurmountable odds of a brutal and oppressive way of life, the two form an unlikely bond in a heart-rending fight for survival. Tickets are $41 to $95.

Arena Stage