Friday, February 1, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's most-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Adapted from the Broadway version, this presentation especially for young audiences features 13 actors and enhanced production values. Seussical is Theatreworks USA's biggest show ever! The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this romp through the Seuss classics. Dr. Seuss's beloved classic characters find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous "think" ever save the day!
Saturday, February 2, 2013, 8 p.m.
Capitol Steps brings its signature comedy to our stage once more. No one is immune to the witty and irreverent take on our political figures and current affairs. Once Capitol Hill staffers themselves, the actors have a unique perspective on our democracy.
YAE: Lula Washington Dance Company
Friday, February 15, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
The Reflections in Black program gives children an awareness of African-American history and culture. Washington also introduces students to different dance styles. She narrates each performance and engages students in call- and-response exchanges. She brings students on stage to demonstrate or learn movements as part of the show where dancers perform short excerpts showing a wide range of dance idioms. Washington presents a “dance styles demonstration.” The performance usually includes one or more works or excerpts from the company’s touring repertoire, a trip on the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman, and an audience quiz on African-American history.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Saturday, February 16, 2013, 8 p.m.
The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is a Los Angeles-based repertoire dance ensemble that performs innovative and provocative choreography by Lula Washington. The Company tours internationally and has been received with acclaim and admiration. Lula Washington has steadfastly focused on using dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history and culture. The Company has danced in over 150 cities in the United States, as well as abroad in Germany, Spain, Kosovo, Mexico, Canada, China, and Russia. In preparation for his movie AVATAR, director James Cameron asked Washington how his Na Vi people might greet each other and move. She suggested he use the “third eye — I see you” concept with one hand touching the center of the forehead and then extending away. Her idea became a central focus to the film. Washington spent 2007 and 2008 creating cultural/ritual movements including war scenes, hunting and large dance sequences for the motion capture technology. Prior to AVATAR, Washington choreographed Disney’s The Little Mermaid movie. One of the songs that she choreographed, “Under the Sea,” won an Academy Award. Washington was featured in a PBS special that focused on her choreography for “Gospel Kwanzaa.” In 1995, NASA selected Washington to choreograph for its Mars Millennium Project educational video that depicts dance in the first human colony on Mars.
This tour of Lula Washington Dance Theatre is made possible by a grant of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Art.
YAE: The Acting Company As You Like It
Thursday February 21, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
The company’s education program — Learning Through Theater — features a student matinee performance of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” The response to these programs shows renewed interest in learning, improved grades, and better communication and social skills. The program promotes theater and literacy by bringing a touring repertory of classical productions and exceptional new works, with talented young actors and teaching artists, into communities across America — particularly those where live performance and theater arts education is limited or non-existent. The Acting Company performs each year in over 40 cities to audiences of 70,000 and reaches more than 30,000 students with its arts education programs.
The Acting Company Of Mice and Men
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 8 p.m.
Founded in 1972 by legendary producer/director/actor John Houseman and Margot Harley with members of the first graduating class of Juilliard's Drama Division, The Acting Company has performed 136 productions for over 3 million people in 48 states and 10 foreign countries. The Company has given a generation of actors the opportunity to master their craft. Alumni members include Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Jeffrey Wright, and Keith David. The Acting Company has been honored with numerous awards including the Obie, Audelco, Los Angeles Critics Circle Award, and a TONY for Excellence in Theater. The company will perform an American classic,Of Mice and Men, written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California.
The Acting Company endures as the major touring classical theater in the United States. — The New York Times
This tour of the Acting Company is made possible by a grant of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program .