The history of theater goes all the way back to the 1970s, when audiences were eager to see "living movies." See how far these unfilmed talkabouts have come in only 40 years with today's Groupon to the Washington Shakespeare Company in Arlington. Choose from one of the following performances:
- For $12, you get one ticket to Night and Day on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. (a $25 value).
- For $15, you get one ticket to Night and Day on Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. (a $35 value).
- For $15, you get one ticket to Night and Day on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. (a $30 value).
- For $15, for one ticket to Tennessee Continuum on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. (a $30 value).
- For $15, you get one ticket to Tennessee Continuum on Sunday, May 29 at 2 p.m. (a $30 value).
- For $12, you get one ticket to Tennessee Continuum on Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. (a $25 value).
With a packed trophy case including multiple Helen Hayes Awards, the Washington Shakespeare Company defends the American theater vanguard with its lively, evocative productions of time-tested and contemporary classics. The dazzling, razor-edged wit pervading Tom Stoppard's infrequently staged Night and Day slices the fourth wall into eighths as it deftly explores a British newspaper strike and its effect on a cadre of formidable journalistos covering an African civil war.
Sharing the stage in repertory is Tennessee Continuum, a double-bill of one-acts by sage-like scribe and menagerie enthusiast Tennessee Williams. The first, Portrait of a Madonna, paints a haunting picture of an embattled heroine and the absurdly hilarious The Gnädiges Fräulein is said to mimic the author's own creative process. All performances take place at Arlington's vibrant Artisphere and general-admission seating ensures tardy show-goers won't disrupt performers by leaping over patrons in cacophonous rocket boots.
WSC Avant Bard
Established as the Washington Shakespeare Company in 1990, WSC Avant Bard is dedicated to updating classic theater for modern audiences, revitalizing well-worn drama with challenging interpretations. Under the leadership of newly appointed artistic director Tom Prewitt, the theater treats audiences to daring productions of established classics, new works, and little-known Shakespeare fan-fiction about him teaming up to fight crime with Queen Elizabeth I.