Theater blossoms this spring in a colorful bouquet of productions that are sure to entertain, enthrall and enlighten. Here’s an update on some of the very best.
“The Blood Quilt”
1101 Sixth Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
Date: Apr. 24, 2015 through June 7, 2015
Written by critically acclaimed playwright Katori Hall, “The Blood Quilt” is a family drama that takes viewers into the lives of four estranged half-sisters who return to their childhood home on Sapelo Island, Georgia to participate in a quilting bee and family reunion–their first meeting since their mother’s death. As the sisters stitch a family quilt to honor their deceased matriarch, they learn the details of her will and find that their inheritance isn’t what they had expected. Directed by Kamilah Forbes, this insightful and humorous play examines family dynamics and all the love, tears, laughter and conflict that come along with it. Playwright Katori Hall is also author of “The Mountaintop,” a creative reimagining of the last night of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Things Your Man Won’t Do”
513 13th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Date: Mar. 27-29, 2015
This star-studded cast includes the hilarious and over-the-top actresses Wendy Raquel Robinson (BET’s “The Game”) and Tichina Arnold (Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse”), alongside leading men Leon Robinson (“The Five Heartbeats,” 1991) and Brian White (“Stomp the Yard,” 2007) in a drama by the popular contemporary playwright Je’Caryous Johnson. “Things Your Man Won’t Do” centers on Rachel Braxton who’s at her wit’s end with a boyfriend who won’t commit. Rachel breaks off their relationship and now ex-beau Demetrius is determined to win her back. Things get complicated when Demetrius seeks the advice of his so-called friend Blake, a psychologist who’s–ahem–divorced, in order to win back his woman. Unbeknownst to Demetrius, Rachel is Blake’s old flame and Blake is willing to do all the things that Demetrius won’t in order to come out on top.
The National Theatre
1321 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Date: Mar. 17-29, 2015
Legendary actress Angela Lansbury reprises her Tony Award-winning role as Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s comedy, “Blithe Spirit.” This limited engagement at the National Theatre, which is directed by Michael Blakemore, revolves around a writer who enlists the help of medium Madame Arcati for research on his new novel. During a seance, Arcati accidentally conjures the ghost of the novelist’s dead wife Elvira, and she wants her husband back even though he’s remarried to Ruth. Two’s company, but three’s a crowd in this stylish comedy starring Lansbury, a television and Broadway legend.
“Arthur Miller’s The Price”
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road
Olney, MD 20832
Date: May 13, 2015 through June 21, 2015
Here’s another thought-provoking piece by celebrated American playwright Arthur Miller. Directed by Michael Bloom, “The Price” is a play about two estranged brothers who must deal with the demons of their past after they meet to liquidate what remains of the furniture of their deceased father. Arthur Miller is the author of popular classics like “Death of a Salesman,” “The Crucible,” “A View from the Bridge” and “All My Sons.” This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of this beloved and most talented playwright whose body of work continues to endure.
Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..