Editor’s Picks: Theater Openings, Closings, and Festivals in June

Tony Award-winning Cole Porter, the Source Festival, two world premieres, and more on Washington stages this month.

By: Sophie Gilbert

Opening This Month

Round House Theatre
Patricia McGregor directs the local premiere of Becky Shaw, Gina Gionfriddo’s 2008 comedy about a couple set up on a bad first date. The New York Times called the Pulitzer Prize finalist “as engrossing as it is ferociously funny.” Through June 23.

Theater J
Local playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton’s The Hampton Years explores the true story of two African-American artists tutored by an Austrian refugee during World War II. Through June 30. $25 to $60. Read our review.

The Source Festival returns with three full-length premieres, 18 ten-minute plays, and three artistic “blind dates,” or cross-genre collaborations. The full-length plays are by Jason Gray Platt, Joe Waechter, and Topher Payne, the ten-minute plays by writers including locals Renee Calarco and Stephen Spotswood. June 7 through 30.

American Century Theater
American Century presents Biography, S.N. Behrman’s 1932 play about an artist offered a large sum to write about her experiences making celebrity portraits. June 7 through 29.

Kennedy Center Opera House
Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award-winning production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes comes to the KenCen, featuring “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It’s De-Lovely,” and “Let’s Misbehave.” Variety called the 2011 New York run “a daffy, shipshape romp.” June 11 through July 7.

Olney Theatre Center
Patrick Hamilton’s Angel Street gets a revival at Olney for the first time since 1950. Set in 1880s London, the play is about a husband intent on psychologically torturing his wife. It was the basis of Gaslight, the 1944 Ingrid Bergman/Charles Boyer movie. June 20 through July 14.

WSC Avant Bard
Caesar and Dada, a new play by Allyson Currin, who teaches playwriting at George Washington University, looks at the origins of the avant-garde movement and Dadaism’s impact on artists. June 22 through July 14.

Studio Theatre
The New York visual-theater company Wakka Wakka Productions presents Baby Universe, a science-fiction-inspired show incorporating puppetry, mime, and multimedia. The New York Times called it a “funny and poignant eco-fable” during a 2010 run. June 26 through July 14.

Keegan Theatre
Rabbit Hole, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer-winning drama about a couple haunted by the loss of their child, comes to Church Street. June 28 through July 21.


Twelfth Night is at the Folger Theatre through June 9. Read our review.

The Three Musketeers is at Synetic Theater through June 9. Read our review.

Clementine in the Lower 9 is at Forum Theatre through June 15. Read our review.

Stupid F**king Bird is at Woolly Mammoth through June 23. Check in later in the week for our review.

The Guardsman is at Kennedy Center through June 23. Read our review.

The Winter’s Tale is at Shakespeare Theatre through June 23. Read our review.

The Real Thing is at Studio Theatre through June 30. Read our review.

Company is at Signature Theatre through June 30. Check in later in the week for our review.