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6 Shows Opening in D.C. this January

December 26, 2016 by CJ Schwartz
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Can’t wait to see all of the exciting theater in 2017? Neither can we! January is staring off with some pretty thrilling theatrical experiences from the D.C. premiere of Philip Dawkins’ critically-acclaimed, Charm, to Ford’s Theatre’s highly anticipated Aaron Posner helmed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Check out the list below to find out what’s opening this January and remember to mark your calendars!

1. Charm


Mosaic Theater Company, January 4 – January 29

Mosaic Theater Company brings Philip Dawkins’ fresh-faced take on sexuality, race and gender identity to Washington, D.C. Get Charm tickets here.

2. Copenhagen


Theater J, January 5 – January 29

In his Tony-winning play Copenhagen, Michael Frayn re-imagines the 1941 meeting of famed physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, an event that has been subject to much historical speculation. Take a journey through the realm of science and beyond, embarking from Theater J at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

3. The Hard Problem

Hard problem

Studio Theatre, January 11 – February 19

Critics have gone crazy for The Hard Problem, the latest from Tom Stoppard, writer of Arcadia and Shakespeare in Love. Stoppard’s searing drama centers on Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute who is haunted by a single theory: If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? Watch psychology and biology collide in this provocative drama at Studio Theatre.

4. Roe


Arena Stage, January 12 – February 19

The lawyer: a young, brilliant, courageous woman arguing Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court. The plaintiff: a complex, single woman seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy. The landmark 1973 case legalized abortion, but also began their separate journeys that would come to mirror the polarization in American culture.

4. Mack, Beth

Mack beth

Keegan Theatre, January 21 – February 11

A world premiere from two-time Helen Hayes-nominated playwright Chris Stezin, Mack, Beth takes the phrase “power couple” to a whole new level. Experience all the intrigue of the original while reveling in updates for the digital age when Mack, Beth comes to the Keegan Theatre in Washington, D.C. Get Mack, Beth tickets here.

5. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Ford’s Theatre, January 21 – February 19

Featuring razor-sharp dialogue, Edward Albee’s equally hilarious and harrowing masterpiece won the 1963 Tony Award and went on to become a classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Now this devastating tale comes to Washington, D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre starring multiple Helen Hayes Award winner Holly Twyford and directed by the acclaimed Aaron Posner. Get Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf tickets here.

6. As You Like It

As You Like It

Folger Theatre, January 24 – March 5

Escape with Rosalind into the Forest of Arden, a world where desire is turned upside-down, women disguise themselves as men and “love is merely a madness.” Enchantment abounds in this new production from Folger Theatre in D.C., presented in association with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

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