All the City's a stage
Warner Theatre's place
The Warner Theatre's place in the history of Washington began in the 1920s when dozens of grand theatres and movie houses
lit up downtown. Built first for vaudeville and silent movies, the Theatre was opened as the Earle Theatre in 1924.
It was converted in the 1950s to a cinema-only format and continued as such through the 1960s. During the 1970s the
theatre reinvented itself as a major concert venue and as a stop for touring Broadway and pre-Broadway shows like Fosse,
Rent and Grease.www.warnertheatre.com.
With its name alone, Ford's Theatre is probably the most famous stage in Washington, DC.
This fame arose from the tragic assassination of President Abraham Lincoln just a few weeks
after the end of the Civil War. Ford's Theatre operates today as a living legacy to Lincoln's
appreciation of theatre. Each season the theatre stages productions that embody the ideals of family
life, multiculturalism and national pride.www.fordstheatre.org.
The Washington Ballet is Washington, DC's only permanent ballet company. Since 1976, when ballet pioneer Mary
Day founded the organization, the Washington Ballet has put on annual reviews at the Kennedy Center,
the Warner Theatre and the Center for the Arts at George Mason University.
The company performs under the direction of acclaimed artistic director Septime Webre,
and is well-known for creating a DC-based version of "The Nutcracker."www.washingtonballet.org.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is America's National
Park for the Performing Arts. A typical season at Wolf Trap includes pop, country,
folk, blues, orchestra, dance, theater and opera, as well as innovative performance art
and multimedia presentations. The Filene Center season runs from the end of May to the beginning
of September with an average of 90 performances each year. From October to early May, the indoor venue,
The Barns of Wolf Trap presents a diverse line-up of artists in a casual atmosphere.www.wolftrap.org.
located just outside the District in Arlington, Virginia, is a theatre committed to
producing new works. A perennial Helen Hayes Award-winner, Signature presents Broadway-quality productions
in its new facility in Arlington's Shirlington neighborhood. Signature has presented 21 world-premiere productions
and six world-premiere commissions to date including, "The Rhythm Club" and "The Gospel According To Fishman"as well
as Kander and Ebb's "Over & Over"and Michael John LaChiusa's "The Highest Yellow." Signature also specializes
in presenting the works of luminary Stephen Sondheim, a tradition that began in 2001 with the production of "Sweeney Todd."
Since then Signature has presented Sondheim classics including "Into the Woods," "Passion," "Gypsy," and "Company."www.sig-online.org.
Capital Fringe Festival
Nearly 20,000 people came out last July to see edgy, unusual productions during the first-ever Capital Fringe Festival.
The festival, designed to be an exposure outlet for fringe artists in the DC area, features 10 days with hundreds of
traditional and non-traditional performances including theatre, dance, spoken word, puppetry and even genres that
are so edgy, they can't be categorized.
This year's Capital Fringe Festival will be just as exciting, and will feature nearly
400 performances taking place in venues all around the District. capfringe.org.