New York City’s SITI Company presents Radio Macbeth at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center February 4 and 5. The adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy imagines actors rehearsing the show late at night, plagued by superstition and mystery. Buy tickets ($35) at 301-405-2787 or the Clarice Smith Center’s Web site.
Woolly Mammoth’s first 2011 production is Oedipus El Rey, which runs February 7 through March 6. The play, by MacArthur “genius grant” winner Luis Alfaro, updates the Greek tragedy to a contemporary Los Angeles barrio. Buy tickets ($30 to $65) at 202-393-3939 or Woolly Mammoth’s Web site.
Arena Stage kicks off its Edward Albee Festival with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a caustic comedy about a professor and his wife (February 25 through April 10; tickets $55 and up), and At Home at the Zoo (February 25 through April 24; $55 and up), an expansion of Albee’s early one-act “The Zoo Story.” Virginia Woolf comes from Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company and stars actor and Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Tracy Letts (of August: Osage County fame). Buy tickets by calling 202-488-3300 or Arena Stage’s Web site.
On February 12, Shakespeare Theatre Company broadcasts King Lear live from London’s National Theatre. The show, sold out on its home stage, stars Derek Jacobi. Buy tickets ($20) at 202-547-1122 or Shakespeare Theatre’s Web site.
February 23 through March 20, Olney Theatre Center stages Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The musical reimagining of an Old Testament tale was one of the songwriting team’s earliest hits, premiering at a London boys’ school. Buy tickets ($26 to $54) at 301-924-3400 or Olney Theatre’s Web site.
February 10 through 27, George Mason University’s professional company, Theater of the First Amendment, stages the premiere of 24, 7, 365 by Helen Hayes Award winner Jennifer L. Nelson. The comedy, at DC’s Atlas Performing Arts Center, is about two Washington couples whose camping trip ends up complicating their lives. Buy tickets ($15 to $30) at 202-399-7993 or Atlas Arts Center’s Web site.
January 29 through February 6, the Kennedy Center presents the premiere of American Scrapbook: A Celebration of Verse, a commissioned work for children ages nine and older by Jason Williamson. Combining theater, music, and spoken word, the hourlong production is based on the favorite poems of Caroline Kennedy and her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Buy tickets ($18) at 202-467-4600 or the Kennedy Center’s Web site.
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