Discount Performances 5/5

This is a fantastic week for seeing discount theatre. You could be at the theatre four nights this week for very little money! Best of all, the offerings are incredibly varied.

Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30pm
Free Reading
The War with the Newts
adapted from Karel Capek by Emily Solomon
Washington Stage Guild
Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G Street, NW
Call ahead for reservations at (240) 582-0050 or e-mail at

A pioneering work of science fiction mingled with social satire (or perhaps the other way around) by the great Czech author has been adapted for the stage by DC playwright Emily Solomon, with a “cast of thousands” and hilarious results.

Wed-Fri, May 7-9, at 7:30pm
Pay-What-You-Can Preview
Crumble (lay me down Justin Timberlake)
Catalyst Theatre Company
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th Street, SE

CRUMBLE is the story of a young, lonely girl who fantasizes about Justin Timberlake; her widowed mother, who fantasizes about Harrison Ford; and their underappreciated apartment, who fantasizes about the days it was better cared for. It's Christmas, and a year has passed since the untimely death of Janice's father. In an effort to cope, Janice holds spiteful conversations with her dolls, Mother prepares six course meals, and their deteriorating Apartment incessantly begs for repairs. Their only true comfort comes from visits from their respective celebrity crushes -- Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. With the support of Justin's affection, Janice begins to craft a plan that will mend the chasm in the second collaboration between playwright Callaghan and director and company member Shirley Serotsky, a 2008 Helen Hayes nominee for Outstanding Director.

Thursday, May 9 at 8 pm
Pay-What-You-Can Preview
The Oresteia
An epic Greek tragedy by Aeschylus, translated by the brilliant Robert Fagles.
Adapted and Directed by Allison Arkell Stockman
Powerful visual imagery, live music and a cast of 29 in one dynamic evening of theatre.
Constellation Theatre Company
Clark Street Playhouse, 601 South Clark Street Arlington, VA 22202

The only surviving Greek trilogy brings us Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, Orestes, Electra and The Furies in the ultimate story of war, love, vengeance and mercy. The tragic chain of murder and blood sacrifice culminates in the birth of a justice system and the triumph of compassion. The three plays,Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides have been streamlined into a single, epic evening of theatre complete with live music and dance.

Sunday, May 11 at 8:00pm
Pay-What-You-Can Preview
David in Shadow and Light
Libretto by Yehuda Hyman, Music by Daniel Hoffman
Directed by Nick Olcott, Music Directed by George Fulginiti-Shakar
Theatre J
Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center
1529 16th Street NW in Washington, DC, 4 blocks east of Dupont Circle

An epic musical retelling of King David's astonishing trajectory from boy shepherd, to superstar ruler, to aging king as he wrestles with the lowest and purest of human impulses. This visually stunning production incorporates thrilling dance sequences and a post-modern frame through which we can identify with the triumphs and travails of one of the most complex and charismatic figures in biblical history.


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