All the City's a stage
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Since 1986 the Shakespeare Theatre Company has dedicated itself to becoming the nation's premier classic
theatre. In its 451-seat performance space in the heart of Washington, DC's Pennsylvania Quarter arts district,
the Shakespeare Theatre focuses on "works with profound themes, complex characters and heightened language written by Shakespeare,
his contemporaries, and those playwrights he influenced." The Shakespeare Theatre produces five main stage shows at its year-round home
in downtown Washington, and two weeks of free Shakespeare at The Shakespeare Theatre Free For All each summer at
Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park. The theatre is expanding its downtown presence with the construction of the Harman Center
for the Arts, a new 800-seat playing space slated to open October 1, 2007. The Shakespeare theatre will also continue to operate out
of its current facility at the Lansburgh Building, adding to the renaissance of the Penn Quarter with two prime playing spaces.www.shakespeare-dc.org.
The Studio Theatre
The Studio Theatre has built a national reputation for the production of bold American and European works,
innovative revivals and original performance art. A highly energetic and urban theatre,
The Studio is a centerpiece in the artistic revival of Logan Circle and the 14th Street area.
Now sporting a new expansion, The Studio Theatre has become an economic lynchpin in rebuilding this neighborhood,
with its two new theatres and additional classroom space.www.studiotheatre.org.
Gala Hispanic Theatre
Located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, Gala Hispanic Theatre is now beginning
its third season operating out of its new home, the city's historic Tivoli Theatre,
as the East Coast's only National Center for the Latino Performing Arts.
Gala seeks to promote the culture of Hispanics in North America through the
presentation of bilingual theatre. Like The Studio Theatre, Gala stands to reinvigorate a
developing DC neighborhood, Columbia Heights, which is welcome new retail, restaurant,
and residential developments in the near future - including the Washington,
DC first Target store.www.galatheatre.org.
Downtown's Warehouse Theatre also showcases some of the city's edgiest productions.
Opened in 1994 as an art gallery, Warehouse began presenting plays in 1996 and presents productions in three venues:
the 150-seat black box theatre and a 45-seat black box theatre, as well as a 50-seat film screening room.www.warehousetheatre.com
Folger Shakespeare Theatre
Located on Capitol Hill, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre is the performing arts extension of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
The theatre works to engage scholars and artists who present Shakespeare and other period writers' works both traditionally
and in the avant-garde. Performances often include lectures by noted authorities. The Folger also stages premieres that are
related to Shakespeare, mimic his style or embody the value system of Elizabethan theatre.www.folger.edu.