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Sep
18
Wed
2019/2020 Homecoming Season @ Round House Theatre
Sep 18 2019 – Jul 3 2020 all-day

Round House Theatre’s meteoric rise continues in 2019 as we get ready to reopen our dramatically transformed theatre with a full six-play lineup that’s brimming with heart, soul, and a whole lot of humor.

Our “homecoming” launches with the Off-Broadway hit comedy, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh. Next, we’ll spark joy during the holidays with a run of Simon Stephens’ Tony Award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 2020 kicks off with another Tony-winning sensation—the powerful and poignant musical Spring Awakening—followed by last year’s Pulitzer Prize winner, Cost of Living by Martyna Majok, whose award-winning Ironbound made its world premiere at Round House in 2015. We’ll close the season with THE LOVE/HATE REP, a bespoke juxtaposition of two electrifying comedies in rotating repertory—Big Love, Charles Mee’s contemporary take on a rollicking classic, alongside Hatef*ck, a fiery, new romantic comedy that just premiered Off-Broadway!

Feb
8
Sat
Zomo The Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth @ Imagination Stage
Feb 8 – Mar 22 all-day
Zomo The Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth @ Imagination Stage

By Psalmayene 24
Music by Nick “tha1da” Hernandez
Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell
Best for ages 4+

Zomo- one hip-hoppity rabbit- is taking on Washington, DC. When Zomo is dissed and dismissed by the other tricksters in town, he turns to the Sky God for more power. The Sky God sends him on an impossible quest taking him from the breakdancing fish on the DC Waterfront, to the graffiti artist cow at the National Zoo, and finally to the DJ Leopard in Adams Morgan. Will Zomo find the power he’s seeking? Or will he wise up? This high-energy hip-hop adaptation of a Nigerian folktale, originally commissioned by Imagination Stage in 2009 (Helen Hayes-Nominated Outstanding Production- Theatre for Young Audiences), puts a local spin and lots of silly humor on the global tradition of trickster tales.

Feb
14
Fri
The Snowy Day @ Adventure Theatre
Feb 14 @ 10:00 am – Apr 5 @ 12:00 am

This beautiful show follows the character of Peter and his friend Archie around the neighborhood in four of Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved tales, The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and A Letter to Amy. Renowned for his tender personality, the character of Peter faces relatable everyday challenges to which children of all ages will find delightfully entertaining.

Feb
15
Sat
Thumbelina @ Imagination Stage
Feb 15 – Apr 5 all-day
Thumbelina @ Imagination Stage

Written and Directed by Natsu Onoda Power
Adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale
Best for ages 4+

What happens when a girl no bigger than a thumb finds herself lost in a great big world? She takes control of the story, of course! In this plucky retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, Thumbelina sets off to find her place in a world where she does not seem to “fit,” meeting a bashful toad, a bullying band of maybugs, a helpful field mouse, and many more friends along the way. But is her story written for her? OR can she control her destiny? Inspired by Kamishibai – a form of Japanese street theatre that uses illustrated boards to create the story-this production features live video projections, puppetry, dioramas, and other theatre magic. Thumbelina will dazzle audiences with an eye-catching celebration of individuality and friendship.

Feb
28
Fri
Bye Bye Birdie @ Holy Child
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm
Bye Bye Birdie @ Holy Child |  |  |

Join the Connelly School of the Holy Child community as they tell the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to go into the army with their upcoming performance of Bye Bye Birdie. Watch Holy Child students and guest actors from Landon and the Heights School put on a performance of this classic musical act on Friday, February 28th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, February 29th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm and on February 22 at 11:00 am for a special sensory friendly performance.

Adult Fan Fiction World Championships! @ The Writer's Center
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Adult Fan Fiction World Championships! @ The Writer's Center |  |  |

Nothing is sacred and no fandom is off the table in this raucous, raunchy night of parody erotica – featuring some of the best Comedians, Writers, and Performers from both the DMV and beyond! Audience members will get to decide the topics AND the winners in this head to head competition of super fun smut! Be sure to pick up an index card when you arrive and write something you love on it for a chance for your topic to be picked and written about by someone who might not know a single thing about it. Topics can be anything from TV shows, cartoons, celebrities, games, movies – anything!

In Round 1, five performers who have pre-written adult fan-fiction about a pop-culture topic of their choosing will read them to an audience who is judging them super hard on how much they know about that fandom and all the weird kinky stuff they wrote about.

In Round 2, five different performers will have Round 1 to write an entirely new and original adult fan-fiction about topics chosen by the audience at the start of the show! They may know it, they may not, but they’re going to learn to love it and share that love to you – before they’re also judged by the audience and declared the totally official, 100% legit World Champion of Adult Fan-Fiction!

Location: THE WRITER’S CENTER (4508 Walsh St, Bethesda MD – less than 10 minutes from the Bethesda Metro Station)
Date: Friday 2/28
Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8pm
Cost: Pay What You Want at the Door!
18+

There will be Beer & Alcohol On Sale throughout the night!
After the performance, hang out with the performers and fellow attendees, when all beverages will be at happy hour prices.

Hosted by Noah Houlihan of +2 Comedy

Mar
6
Fri
The Spitfire Grill @ Arts Barn
Mar 6 – Mar 22 all-day
The Spitfire Grill @ Arts Barn |  |  |

In partnership with Rockville Little Theatre
A feisty parolee (Percy) follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are $100, and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin’ at The Spitfire Grill.
Performances are Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM.
Recommended for ages 15 & up.

Teen Performance Company One Acts @ Round House Theatre
Mar 6 @ 8:00 pm
Teen Performance Company One Acts @ Round House Theatre |  |  |

Round House’s 18th annual Sarah Metzger Memorial Play presents two coming-of-age one acts by celebrated playwrights, creating a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. In Nick Gandiello’s How The Moon Would Talk, a group of high schoolers grapple with questions of loss and grief, seeking connection and meaning in a seemingly random universe. Naomi Iizuka and Ryan Pavelchik’s Freak weaves a tale of exclusion and othering, using an Ancient Greek myth to address urgent contemporary themes. With eloquence and empathy, these two one-acts depict the triumphs and tragedies of being young in a broken world, and trying to put the pieces back together.

Mar
7
Sat
Teen Performance Company One Acts @ Round House Theatre
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm
Teen Performance Company One Acts @ Round House Theatre |  |  |

Round House’s 18th annual Sarah Metzger Memorial Play presents two coming-of-age one acts by celebrated playwrights, creating a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. In Nick Gandiello’s How The Moon Would Talk, a group of high schoolers grapple with questions of loss and grief, seeking connection and meaning in a seemingly random universe. Naomi Iizuka and Ryan Pavelchik’s Freak weaves a tale of exclusion and othering, using an Ancient Greek myth to address urgent contemporary themes. With eloquence and empathy, these two one-acts depict the triumphs and tragedies of being young in a broken world, and trying to put the pieces back together.

NOTE: The Saturday, March 7th 2:00pm performance will be a Relaxed Performance programmed to provide a safe and welcoming environment for individuals with sensory and cognitive disabilities, their families, and friends.

Teen Performance Company One Acts @ Round House Theatre
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm
Teen Performance Company One Acts @ Round House Theatre |  |  |

Round House’s 18th annual Sarah Metzger Memorial Play presents two coming-of-age one acts by celebrated playwrights, creating a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. In Nick Gandiello’s How The Moon Would Talk, a group of high schoolers grapple with questions of loss and grief, seeking connection and meaning in a seemingly random universe. Naomi Iizuka and Ryan Pavelchik’s Freak weaves a tale of exclusion and othering, using an Ancient Greek myth to address urgent contemporary themes. With eloquence and empathy, these two one-acts depict the triumphs and tragedies of being young in a broken world, and trying to put the pieces back together.

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