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Events - June 2019

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ART


Through June 9

A Gaze through the CINTAS Fellowship Program

This exhibition illustrates the efforts of the CINTAS Foundation in promoting the arts of Cubans and descendants of Cubans beyond the island for more than 55 years. It juxtaposes works from the foundation with those of the Art Museum of the Americas collection, showcases artists of the Cuban vanguard such as Hugo Consuegra and Mario Carreño, as well as artists who emerged later in the 20th century such as Andrés Serrano and Ana Mendieta.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

June 14 to Aug. 19

Escape Velocity

Abstract paintings on canvas by Singapore-born artist Chee-Keong Kung are influenced by the artist's formal education in art and architecture as well as his upbringing in multiethnic Singapore. Kung embraces influences from traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, the pace and intensity of the digital age, as well as images of buildings under construction (or destruction).

The Fred Schnider Gallery of Art

June 15 to Aug. 11

Being Here as ME- New Media Art Exhibition of Women Artists from Taiwan

This exhibit features new media art, with augmented reality, animation and digital images, to explore how Taiwanese women artists surpass discussions of gender equality and express broader concerns. The emerging popularity of new media technology provides these artists new tools of creation and new topics of concern, helping them reveal their anxieties and opinions about the ecology of society, science, technology and the environment.

American University Museum

June 15 to Aug. 11

Burying Teeth: Maia Cruz Palileo

There is a mystery in the act of burying and even more so in uncovering throughout the works of contemporary artist Maia Cruz Palileo. Created from 2016 to 2019, they depict historical narratives from the colonial past of the Philippines, Maia's country of origin, as well as stories and moments about her own life as a Filipina American growing up in the United States. Her paintings and drawings replicate figures from old family photographs, as well as photos from American textbooks depicting anthropological documentation of Filipinos during the American colonization. While her work evokes nostalgia and romanticism, it is imbued with a critical undertone of America's colonization of the Philippines.

American University Museum

June 15 to Aug. 11

Passages: Keith Morrison, 1998-2019

A magician of color and space and a teller of tales, fanciful and real, Jamaican-born Keith Morrison focuses on the tangible and spiritual components of culture. His acrylic and oil paintings on canvas and transparent watercolors on paper encompass Afro-Caribbean and Meso-American art and architecture, along with the somber history of the Middle Passage.

American University Museum

Through June 20

National Geographic Photo Camp

World-class National Geographic photographers and magazine editors provide students with a personalized, immersive learning experience, inspiring the next generation of photojournalists. Then, through intimate presentations in their own communities and public exhibitions that reach millions of viewers, National Geographic Photo Camp showcases the students' perspectives on issues that are important to all of us

Kennedy Center Hall of Nations

Through June 29

Topographies by Bosco Sodi

Spanning the Mexican Cultural Institute's first-floor galleries, the presentation brings together Bosco Sodi's first series of paintings realized in black and white with four of the artist's timber columns and an installation comprised of ceramic glazed volcanic rocks. Sodi's multivalent practice employs quotidian materials such as sawdust, pigment and clay, in pursuit of authenticity that draws upon the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. Organized in conjunction with The Phillips Collection, "Topographies" marks Sodi's first exhibition in this historic cultural building.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through June 21

Korean Craft: Yesterday and Today

This exhibition pairs traditional and modern Korean craft arts to evoke both classical sensibilities and clean, contemporary style. Divided into three parts, "Korean Craft" sheds light on the distinct lines and colors embedded in a variety of Korean handicrafts. Complementary aesthetics emerge from bringing together these diverse forms, such as handmade wooden furniture, vibrant costumes and textiles, and elegant household ceramics. This unique exhibition brings together rare historical artifacts from the collection of the Sookmyung Women's University Museum, including items used in the daily lives of the Sadaebu, the ruling elite class who dominated Korean political and cultural life during the evocative Joseon Dynasty period from the 15th to the 20th centuries, as well as reconstructed and reimagined works by modern craft artists.

Korean Cultural Center

Through June 23

The Soul of Rurality

In keeping with its commitment and work for the empowerment of women and girls, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has mounted a traveling photo exhibition that includes 27 photographs by renowned Brazilian photographer Cecilia Duarte. The project is the product of an unprecedented partnership with Vogue Magazine and portrays the reality of women who work the land in Jujuy, Argentina; Pará, Brazil; Antigua; Guatemala; and Treasure Beach, Jamaica.

Organization of American States

Through June 30

Siri Berg: Statements

Since the 1960s, Swedish painter and multimedia artist Siri Berg has worked with a geometric abstraction, one both strictly reduced and rich in variation and the visually unexpected. This retrospective provides an exclusive access to a selection of Berg's vintage and new paintings, offering a different investigative look at the varied interests and aesthetic experimentations of Berg's career. One exhibition gallery closes on May 12 while the other closes June 30. Part of the Swedish Embassy's 2019 thematic programming "Smart Societies – Creative & Inclusive"; for information, visit www.swedenabroad.se/en/embassies/usa-washington/current/calendar/.

House of Sweden

Through July 5

Ruth Maier: The Austrian-Norwegian Anne Frank

Through photographs and diary extracts, this exhibition tells the story of the Ruth Maier, born in Vienna in 1920. Ruth began keeping a diary when she turned 13, recording her everyday life and the increasing persecution of Jews in Austria following the Anschluss in 1938. After witnessing the violent anti-Semitism of the Kristallnacht Pogrom, Ruth found refuge in Norway while the rest of her family escaped to Great Britain. She completed her education and continued to write in her newly acquired language, Norwegian. However, her newfound safety did not last: In 1942, Ruth was arrested and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she was murdered on arrival.

Her friend, the Norwegian poet Gunvor Hofmo preserved her writings. Since 2014, the diaries of Ruth Maier have been part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, secured at the Norwegian Centre for Holocaust and Minority Studies.

Embassy of Austria Atrium

Through July 7

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto (1518/1519–1594), the National Gallery of Art and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia presents this major exhibition on the Venetian master. As the first retrospective of the artist in North America, the exhibition will include many significant international loans traveling to the U.S. for the first time. The exhibition will feature nearly 50 paintings and more than a dozen works on paper spanning the artist's entire career and ranging from regal portraits of Venetian aristocracy to religious and mythological narrative scenes. The exhibit is accompanied by "Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice" focusing on his work as a draftsman (through June 9) and "Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto" featuring some 40 prints from the second half of the 16th century (through June 9).

National Gallery of Art

Through July 21

The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Ruskin (1819-1900), the most influential art critic of the Victorian era, the National Gallery will present more than 90 paintings, watercolors, and drawings created by American artists who were profoundly influenced by Ruskin's call for a revolutionary change in the practice of art.

National Gallery of Art

Through July 23

Rirkrit Tiravanija (who's afraid of red, yellow, and green)

Using food as his main medium, Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija creates art from real-time experiences and exchanges, upending the traditional relationship between object and spectator. The Hirshhorn will present its first-ever exhibition of works by the conceptual artist, which that will transform the museum's galleries into a communal dining space in which visitors will be served curry and invited to share the meal together.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through July 28

Helen Zughaib: Migrations

Inspired by Jacob Lawrence's 1941 seminal "Migration Series," Lebanese-born artist Helen Zughaib's "Syrian Migration Series" allows for an exploration of the contemporary consequences of the post-World War II peace through the lens of the current Syrian conflict and the mass migration it has triggered, focusing In particular on the experiences of refugee women and children. This exhibition is presented to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.

Woodrow Wilson House

Through July 28

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

This major exhibition celebrating one of the most influential sculptors working today marks the most ambitious Ursula von Rydingsvard exhibition to date in the United States and her first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C. Featuring 30 sculptures, a wall installation and 10 works on paper, the exhibition focuses on the artist's signature works — monumental, organic-shaped sculptures made from carved cedar wood — as well as other pieces that are on view in this project for the first time.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Aug. 11

Forward Press: 21st-Century Printmaking

Ten innovative print artists from across the United States employ the finest examples of hand-printed and digital techniques, creating works that reinterpret centuries-old printmaking techniques in the digital age, exploring themes of culture, identity, religion, environment, memory, and art history.

American University Museum

Through Aug. 11

Glacier

The Icelandic chairmanship in the Arctic Council will emphasize the Arctic marine environment; climate and green energy solutions; people in the Arctic and welfare issues; as well as a stronger Arctic Council. In conjunction with the chairmanship, the Embassy of Iceland will host a photo exhibition at the House of Sweden by Ragnar Axelsson (RAX), one of Iceland's most prominent photographers. He has chronicled life in the Arctic through his lens for many decades having traveled on multiple occasions to all the Arctic countries to document life and nature in the high north. His new book and exhibition "Glacier" focuses on the awesome beauty of the northern glaciers and their magnificence.

House of Sweden

Through Aug. 23

Queer as German Folk

This innovative punk, activism and DIY-inspired project synthesizes local and German narratives on the constant crusade for queer equality and achieving queer civil rights throughout the last half century.

Goethe-Institut Washington

Through Sept. 8

Roots of Peace: Carlos Páez Vilaró Works and Writings

This retrospective looks at the work of Carlos Páez Vilaró, a Uruguayan painter, potter, sculptor, muralist, writer, composer and builder. Specifically, it showcases paintings, books and other archival materials examining the history of the "Roots of Peace" mural, painted in 1960. Spanning over 530 feet in a tunnel linking the OAS main building in D.C. and the Art Museum of the Americas building, "Roots of Peace" is one of the longest murals in the world. Its goal is to serve as a graphic statement of continental peace and harmony throughout the Western Hemisphere, highlighting the spiritual unity that bonds peoples of the Americas while respecting their unique differences.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through Sept. 15

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings

American painter, printmaker, and sculptor Oliver Lee Jackson (b. 1935) has created a complex body of work which masterfully weaves together visual influences ranging from the Renaissance to modernism with principles of rhythm and improvisation drawn from his study of African cultures and American jazz.

National Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 29

Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

In the cities of the West African nation of Senegal, stylish women have often used jewelry as part of an overall strategy of exhibiting their elegance and prestige. Rooted in the Wolof concept of sañse (dressing up, looking and feeling good), "Good as Gold" examines the production, display, and circulation of gold in Senegal as it celebrates a significant gift of gold jewelry to the National Museum of African Art's collection.

National Museum of African Art

Through Oct. 20

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

More than 225 works of art — including blades and currencies in myriad shapes and sizes, wood sculptures studded with iron, musical instruments and elaborate body adornments — reveal the histories of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth's most fundamental natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, artistry and spiritual potency.

National Museum of African Art

Through Oct. 27

Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America

This exhibition explores how the French king's officers understood the American Revolution and their role in the achievement of American independence, and how they remembered the war in the years that followed—years of revolutionary upheaval in France that included the execution of the king and many of their brothers-in-arms.

American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

Through Nov. 17

Portraits of the World: Korea

Pioneering feminist artist Yun Suknam (born 1939) uses portraiture to gain insights into the lives of women, past and present. A wood assemblage portrait of her mother is the centerpiece of this exhibition, which includes portraits of American artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Louise Nevelson, Marisol, Kiki Smith and Nancy Spero.

National Portrait Gallery

Through 2019

Urban Challenges

According to the U.N., 2.5 billion people are expected to live in cities by 2050. This will force cities to find new ways to handle the increased demands on natural resources, housing and infrastructure. This exhibition presents some of the social, economic and technological solutions proposed by Sweden to absorb the impact of our rapidly growing urban environment while leaving the environmental legacy next generations deserve. Come and find out more about Guerilla Crafts, Democratic Architecture and the mixed reality Block Builder application in large-scale environments. Part of the Swedish Embassy's 2019 thematic programming "Smart Societies – Creative & Inclusive"; for information, visit www.swedenabroad.se/en/embassies/usa-washington/current/calendar/.

House of Sweden

Through Jan. 5, 2020

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

 

DANCE

Through June 2

Ballet Across America with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet

The fifth "Ballet Across America" series returns, featuring full engagements from renowned companies Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet plus a spectacular shared celebration program. Tickets are $29 to $119.

Kennedy Center Opera House

June 4, 11, 18 and 25

Tango Lessons at the Embassy

Dive in the world of tango dance with four lessons for beginners at the Embassy of Argentina with instructor Luis Angel, a performer, choreographer and social dancer who specializes in the fundamental principles and techniques of tango. In these four classes, you will be taking the first steps in tango dancing, learning technical skills and motivational tools for improvisation. Admission is free; couples only; to register, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Embassy of Argentina

Wed., June 12, 8 p.m.

Caracalla Dance Theatre: One Thousand and One Nights

The "king of the musical theater world in the Middle East" (The Washington Post) makes its debut at Wolf Trap with a grand musical and balletic trilogy. "One Thousand and One Nights" takes audiences on a majestic journey to a far away and magical land where they will encounter a doomed king, a dazzling bazaar, a mystical sorcerer and more. Featuring music from Rimsky-Korsakov's acclaimed "Scheherazade" and Ravel's timeless "Boléro." Tickets start at $25.

Wolf Trap Filene Center

Thu., June 27, 10:30 a.m.

Taratibu Youth Association: Unspoken Stories

An ensemble of talented young dancers performs hip-hop, modern, and traditional African dance to powerful music including contemporary gospel, spirituals and native Zulu and Kiswahili vocals. Tickets are $10.

Wolf Trap

Sat., June 29, 10:30 a.m.

Maru Montero Dance Company

Though its roots are in Mexican folk dance, Maru Montero Dance Company performs modern Latin dances, including mambo, cha cha and salsa. Tickets are $10.

Wolf Trap

 

DISCUSSIONS

Mon., June 3, 6:45 p.m.

Secrets of the Cuban Revolution

Most people are familiar with the basics of the Cuban Revolution of 1956 to 1959: It was led by two of the 20th century's most charismatic figures, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara; it successfully overthrew the island nation's U.S.-backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista; and it quickly went awry under Castro's rule. But less is remembered about the amateur nature of the upstart movement, or the lives of its players. To mark the 60th anniversary of the revolution, Smithsonian magazine writer Tony Perrottet surveys how a scruffy handful of self-taught subversives, many of whom were just out of college, young lawyers, literature majors, and art students — including a number of extraordinary women — defeated 40,000 professional soldiers. Tickets are $30; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Wed., June 12, 6:45 p.m.

The Ten Caesars of the Roman Empire

To many people, the word Caesar might seem to refer to one or two specific men who reigned over the Roman Empire—with Julius Caesar being the most famous of all. But in fact, there were many Caesars, spanning more than 300 years, from Augustus to Constantine, who shaped the size, shape, and fortune of the Roman empire—including its demise. Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., June 13

Executive Forum Washington, D.C.

The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce and the Embassy of Sweden in D.C. arrange this annual event, the Executive Forum, which this year will analyze the business opportunities arising from rapidly evolving technologies such as AI, 5G, blockchain and advanced manufacturing. The current U.S. trade policies and the upcoming 2020 election will also be discussed by trade experts, governments representatives and elected officials. For information, visit www.sacc-usa.org.

House of Sweden

Sat., June 15, 9:30 am. To 4:15 p.m.

Experiencing the Divine: Religions of India

India is the birthplace of numerous religious traditions. In this exploration of India's religious history, professor Graham Schweig discusses the evolution of religious ideas over millennia, from the impact of Sanskrit hymns on Hinduism to early yoga beliefs manifested in early Buddhism and Jainism, to the Bhakti movements that evolved into Sikhism, and religious movements into and out of India. Tickets are $140; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

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

Discovering Satsuma Shochu: The Most Popular Japanese Spirit You've Never Heard Of

You might be surprised to learn that sake doesn't top the list of the most popular spirits in Japan. That distinction goes to shochu, a distilled spirit made from grains and vegetables. Join several experts as they cover the history of Satsuma shochu and the region with which it is so closely connected; shochu's traditions; manufacturing process; place in contemporary cocktail culture; and how to best enjoy this distinctive spirit. This evening and tasting, held in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy and Daikaya restaurant, also includes an overview of the local Japanese dining scene. Tickets are $50; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

FESTIVALS

Through June 3

Whitman 200 Festival

The Walt Whitman 200 Festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America's most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, D.C., for 10 years during and after the Civil War. Over the course of 12 days, this citywide celebration will emphasize the poet's continuing influence on American culture and the city's culture, and showcase the themes closest to the poet's heart: unity, democracy and healing. With events in all of D.C.'s eight wards, the festival includes multiple opportunities for residents to engage with Whitman's legacy through readings, discussions, workshops, family events, exhibits and more. For information, visit www.walt200.org.

Various locations

Through Sept. 27

Fair Water: A Right of All

Inspired by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Embassy of Spain — in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute, the Water and Sanitation Cooperation Fund from the Spanish Cooperation, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade and other institutions — presents a series of events dedicated to the right to safe drinking water and sanitation in the fields of diplomacy, human rights, sustainable development, and arts and culture. The events will include panels regarding efforts by key partners striving to make the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation a reality for all, bringing together their different experiences in a variety of fields. The program will also focus on the relationship between art, the right to water and sustainability issues featuring public installation art, film screenings, video art projections and art workshops. As part of the program, on the joint front lawn of the Spanish and Mexican cultural institutes on 16th Street, NW, Spain-based art collective Luzinterruptus will display "La Cascada," a 13-foot high and 30-foot long art installation made with almost a thousand recycled plastic buckets. For information, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/fair-water-a-right-of-all/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

MUSIC

Mon., June 24, 6 p.m.

Los Cenzontles

Like the multivoiced mockingbird, Los Cenzontles presents music and dance from various regions of Mexico. These include canciones rancheras, corridos, boleros, pirekuas of Indigenous Michoacan, and sones jarochos from Southern Veracruz.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Tue., June 25, 6 p.m.

The Eurasia Festival is a sponsored project of Kyrgyz American Foundation, with the mission to preserve and promote the multicultural heritage of Eurasia within the United States. This concert presents the festival's emerging and young artists from around the globe in an eclectic fusion of classical, traditional, folk, jazz, and operatic musical traditions from Eurasian countries.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Wed., June 26, 6 p.m.

Astrid Kuljanic: Croatian Farewells

A musical exploration of Croatian culture presented by acclaimed vocalist Astrid Kuljanic, this program features jazz, world, and original music, as well as traditional song and dance performed by Hrvatska Ruža folklore ensemble.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Thu., June 27, 6 p.m.

Kiran Deol

Kiran Deol presents "Be Yourself Less." Deol comes to the Kennedy Center by way of the United Kingdom, Florida, India, Nepal, Massachusetts and most recently California. She has been all over and has learned that while it's good to do you...sometimes the better option is to be yourself...less.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

THEATER

Through June 2

The Children

In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, their garden and their yoga practice. When former colleague Rose reappears after 38 years, her presence upends the couple's equilibrium and trust. As the fallout from long-ago decisions comes hurtling into view, Rose unveils a proposal that threatens more than their marriage. Please call for ticket information.

Studio Theatre

Through June 2

Jubilee

Inspired by the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers, Tazewell Thompson's inspirational a cappella new work chronicles the bold African American ensemble as they travel the world, captivating kings, queens and audiences with hymns and spiritual songs supported by their rich voices. Tickets are $41 to $95.

Arena Stage

Through June 2

The Orchestra

Through 10 years of war, grief and rage, Queen Clytemnestra lies in wait for her husband Agamemnon's return, determined to avenge one child, only to doom the others. The sole surviving trilogy in Greek tragedy, "The Oresteia" chronicles a deluge of violence that can only be stopped when society peers into its own soul and sees the depths of its complicity. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

June 7 to July 7

Byhalia, Mississippi

Jim and Laurel are broke, young and deeply in love. They are also about to become new parents. When Laurel gives birth to their overdue child, the biracial baby is a surprise to everyone, especially her husband Jim, igniting a firestorm in their small southern town. Tickets are $49 to $89.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Through June 9

Fame the Musical

Based on the 1980 musical film of the same name, "Fame the Musical" follows the highs and lows of the final class of New York City's illustrious High School for the Performing Arts from their freshman year to their graduation. Touching on complex issues such as racial prejudice, drug abuse and sexual exploitation, it tells the story of several of the students, depicting their struggles, triumphs and tempestuous relationships as they explore the realities of striving for a career in showbusiness (in English and Spanish). Tickets are $65.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Through June 9

Love's Labor Lost

A young king and his three confidants renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her three companions arrive. Will the men stand resolute and keep their monastic vows — or surrender to the charms of the opposite sex? Tickets are $42 to $85.

Folger Theatre

June 11 to 23

Falsettos

"Falsettos" revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin along with his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It's a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family. Tickets are $49 to $139.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

June 15 to July 14

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Arturo Ui is a tale of the meteoric rise of a small-time Brooklyn hoodlum who takes over the Cauliflower racket in 1930s Chicago. Ui ruthlessly disposes of his competitors to enrich himself and gain power. Both entertaining and provocative, this play — produced by Scena Theatre — is a powerful parable of Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Germany. It also elicits comparisons to members of our own government who aim to seize more power and control over us. Tickets are $15 to $45.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

June 15 to July 6

Ripcord

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship. Please call for ticket information.

The Keegan Theatre

Through June 16

Richard III

Paata Tsikurishvil's "Richard III" will examine the collision of the physical and cyber worlds, and the destruction of human life as the world grows more automated and less personal. Highlighting the terrifying extremes made possible through the abuse of modern technology the movement-driven production will explore King Richard III's rise to power in an action-packed display of stunning physicality and powerful visuals. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

June 18 to July 14

Blackbeard

After learning he's a wanted man by the British army, Blackbeard and his merry crew of maritime marauders embark on a fantastical journey across the globe to raise an undead pirate army from the depths of the sea. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

Sat., June 22, 8 p.m.

L'Heure Espagnole

Torquemada is the most respected watchmaker in town, and by extension a very busy man. His wife, Concepcion, has found a number of ways to deal with her husband's absences...most notably (and romantically) in the company of the poet Gonsalve, who is to arrive at any moment. But when strong and handsome Ramiro comes to the shop with a broken watch and decides to wait for Torquemada's return, things get complicated. Tickets are $20.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Through June 23

Describe the Night

In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to a low-level KGB agent who may or may not be Vladimir Putin? Please call for ticket information.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company