Calendar of Events
As part of its Civil Rights at 50 series, Newseum will highlight the pivotal year of 1968. Explore the essential and tragic events of this year through stunning photography and interactive elements. You will learn more about the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the important Black Power protest at the Olympics and much, much more.
Hours & Admission
Playwright Annalisa Dias examines post-9/11 America in this timely Signature Theatre play that is presented as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The title references the amount of days that Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center without charge. Split between Essaid’s interactions with those on the outside and historical events, 4,380 Nights depicts the profound effects that a climate of fear can create.
The music of the famous Gershwin brothers guides this Tony Award-winning holiday spectacular. When a banker heads to a small town to foreclose on its theater, his love of music causes him to revive it instead. This decision leads to mistaken identities, a love story and a whole lot of 1930s flair that audiences will love. Prepare to tap your feet to numbers like, “I’ve Got Rhythm” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
For the first time, the work of Anne Truitt will be showcased in a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Art. Experience the development of Truitt’s work across 50 years through nine sculptures, 12 paper works and two paintings. Some of the artist’s most acclaimed pieces will be on display, highlighting her successful use of different forms of media.
The uplifting story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan will light up the Kennedy Center stage this month. The duo rose from humble beginnings in Cuba to mega stardom on the U.S. pop charts, but not without struggles and tragedy along the way. You will hear classic songs throughout the production, all woven into an inspiring tale of love, perseverance and irresistible grooves.
More than 60 photographs from the collection of Robert B. Menschel will be on display at the National Gallery of Art for this exhibition. Inside, visitors will discover how posing for a portrait changed as the medium evolved. Works in the exhibit stretch from the 1840s to the 1990s, and include portraits of famous figures such as Lewis Carroll, Edward Weston, Man Ray and Robert Frank.
Hours | Free admission
Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, this Arena Stagedrama concerns a young Cherokee lawyer who learns, while fighting for her nation’s independence, why some wounds never heal. During her battle, Sarah Ridge Polson must face the tragedies of the Cherokee Nation, encountering historical figures like Andrew Jackson, as well as the ghosts of her own ancestors, along the way.
The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Play comes to the Kennedy Center for a limited run this January. The Humansconcerns Erik Blake and his Pennsylvania family, who journey to his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan for the first time to celebrate Thanksgiving. During the family dinner, scary sounds are overheard, eventually bringing family fears and foibles into focus. With a cast of stage and TV veterans and riveting dialogue, this award-winning play promises to be one of the highlights of the theater season in the District.
Adapted from a William Congreve play, this Folger Theatreproduction asks if true love can overcome the immense importance of wealth and status in a place like the Hamptons. Mae has inherited $600 million, but her boyfriend Henry’s dalliance with her aunt inspires her to withdraw from the community. However, Henry has a plan to win Mae back. Filled with physical comedy and witty commentary on the upper class, The Way of the World is satire you won’t want to miss.
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world.