From April 14-20, theatreWashington will host theatreWeek, a unique event spread across numerous live theaters in the DC area. The purpose of this week-long celebration is to show how affordable and accessible Washington theatre is.
“Breaking down barriers” is the theme of the event, as theatreWashington has partnered with renowned DC stages such as Ford’s Theatre, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to provide fine live entertainment to audiences. theatreWeek will also feature discounted tickets, free workshops, family events, meet the artist sessions and theatre open houses.
This year's theatreWeek will feature special promotions throughout, with more than a dozen deals and discounts offered at numerous locations. By using discount codes online, you can access savings to acclaimed plays such as Camp David at Arena Stage, The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee at Ford’s Theatre and Parts One and Two of Henry IV at Shakespeare Theatre Company, as well as many others. Deals range from $10 off per ticket purchased to 2-for-1 tickets to pay-what-you-can performances.
There will also be special discounts on tickets bought during theatreWeek for later performances. These include $10 off Folger Theatre’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, a savings of $20 on tickets to Blue Man Group and West Side Story at the National Theatre, and special $35 tickets to The Totalitarians at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
Go behind the curtain with various Theatre Open Houses, which give visitors an inside look at popular landmark venues that house some of DC’s best performances.
From Monday through Friday, you can catch complimentary guided tours at the Kennedy Center at various times throughout the day. On Monday, April 14, the National Theatre will offer up a tour of its historic theatre at 12:30 p.m., and a happy hour from 5-6 p.m. On Wednesday, April 16, the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts will open its doors to prospective students from 6:30-8 p.m.
Besides a wonderful array of shows, theatreWeek will host family events and free workshops. There’s plenty of fun and education for families and aspiring performers alike.
On Sunday, April 13, Faction of Fools Theatre Company will host its 5th Annual “Fool for All,” which will feature four new plays created on the day of the event. These performances will be full of slapstick, masks, heroes, heroines… and sandwiches. The following Saturday, April 19, Folger Shakespeare Library will host a Shakespeare workshop for families, celebrating William’s 450th birthday.
Free workshops include a 2-hour introduction to improvisational acting, courtesy of Washington Improv Theatre, held from 7-9 p.m. on April 18 & 19. The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts will host “Creating Characters of the Commedia dell’Arte” from 7-9 p.m. on April 17, featuring actor and educator Ray Ficca.
Throughout theatreWeek, theatre-goers will get to meet performers and discuss their works, providing an immersive and unique theatre experience.
Post-show discussions will be held at Round House Theatre (April 13 & 20) after performances of Two Trains Running, as well as at MetroStage after a performance of The Thousandth Night (April 16). Families will have a blast meeting the puppets behind Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet at Pointless Theatre (April 16-18). Theater J will also host a post-show discussion after Golda’s Balcony, including four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh, following the 7:30 p.m. performance on April 16.
The 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards will take place at National Building Museum on April 21. The highly anticipated awards, which are basically DC’s version of the Tony Awards, recognizes both resident plays and visiting productions. The ceremony identifies the DC theater scene’s best actors, directors, costume designers and more for their work in 2013.
If that weren’t enough, there will also be a feast-worthy, unlimited buffet, open bar (cash bar starts at 10:30 p.m.) and dance floor in the mix. Tickets are $150.