Nutcracker-squareTHE NUTCRACKER

A NEW HOLIDAY MUSICAL •  AREA PREMIERE
Created by Tommy Rapley, Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, and Kevin O’Donnell
Book by Jake Minton and Phillip Klapperich • Music by Kevin O’Donnell, Lyrics by Jake Minton
Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann  Directed by Joe Calarco
November 26 – December 28, 2014
Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda
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This captivating new musical reinvents E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original tale, turning it into a brand new seasonal classic. Weaving together spellbinding spectacle, riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, and a delightful original score, Clara’s crusade to save her family (with the assistance of a remarkable nutcracker) comes alive with dazzling theatricality. This contemporary retelling is a heartwarming, hilarious story of magic and hope that’s as poignant and touching as it is hilarious, tuneful, and fun.

Rapture-squareRAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN

AREA PREMIERE
By Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
January 28 – February 22, 2015
Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda
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In a comedy hailed by The New York Times as “intensely smart and immensely funny,” Gina Gionfriddo
(Becky Shaw) takes a sharp, unflinching look at 21st century gender politics. After grad school, Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic while Gwen built a home with a husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, and a dangerous game begins as each tries to claim the other’s territory.

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THE 2015 SARAH METZGER MEMORIAL PLAY
By Enda Walsh
Directed by Zoe Malhotra
March 13 – 16, 2015
Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda
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Six teenagers, communicating only via the internet, talk about everything from pop stars to Willy Wonka to suicide: Jim is depressed and talks of ending his life and Eva and William do their utmost to persuade him to carry out his threat. From this chilling premise is forged a funny, compelling and uplifting play that tackles the issues of teenage life and cyber-bullying head-on and with great understanding.

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AREA PREMIERE
By Anton Chekhov, new version by Annie Baker
Directed by John Vreeke
April 8 – May 3, 2015
Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda
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This new version of Chekhov’s classic by Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens) is a revelation, bringing modern language to this timeless story of relationships and yearning. Written to create “a version that sounds to our contemporary American ears the way the play sounded to Russian ears during the play’s first productions,” Baker’s award-winning Uncle Vanya reintroduces audiences to Chekhov’s enduring wit, insight, and emotional depth. It was hailed as one of the top 10 shows of 2012 by both The New York Times and New York Magazine.

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AMERICAN PREMIERE
By Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by Meredith McDonough
May 27 – June 21, 2015
Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda
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Money, sex, and Photoshop! NSFW (Not Safe for Work) is a hilarious, biting comedy about power games and privacy in the media and, in particular, how magazines objectify women. When Aiden, editor of “Doghouse” men’s magazine, charges his team of journalists with finding an amateur model for a racy photo spread, he can’t foresee the trouble it will bring. In the aftermath, feature writer and prime casualty, Sam, seeks a lifeline at “Electra,” a stylish women’s magazine that surely can’t be anywhere as bad as his last job…or can it?