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Photograph of the inaugural speech of President John F. Kennedy

KC Festival: The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
The Kennedy Center marks the 50th anniversary of a remarkable American presidency
Presidents, America, Dance, Music, Theater, Poetry

From The Mouths Of Monsters

2700 F St.: From The Mouths of Monsters
Can language unleash the beast in each of us? her a mask to help, but the gift possesses supernatural powers that cause her to give words amazing power—and also the potential to cause terrible harm.
Literature, Theater, Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

2700 F St.: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Performance/Discussion
Christopher Boone is your average teenage boy. He plays video games, studies for his exams, hangs out in front of the TV… the usual. But Christopher is also just a little bit unique.
Theater, Backstage, Accessibility

Musical Theatre Today

2700 F St.: Musical Theatre Today
Forget everything you thought you knew about Broadway-style shows because this performance gives you an insider’s look at modern musical theater—musical theater today.
Theater, Backstage, Broadway, Musicals, Playwrights & Plays

Superman 2050

Cuesheet: Superman 2050
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Superman 2050! Fast forward 35 years from now to see the fearless Man of Steel battle his arch-enemy Lex Luthor.
Backstage, Theater, Playwrights & Plays, Science Fiction & Fantasy

All That Fall

Cuesheet: All That Fall: Performance/Discussion
Discover a different kind of theater with no stage and no actors. Experience this radio play as the author, Samuel Beckett, intended—to be heard rather than seen.
Theater, Backstage, Technology

The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly

Cuesheet: The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
It’s hard to make your voice heard, especially when you’re small.
Backstage, Theater, Playwrights & Plays

Moby Dick

Cuesheet: Moby Dick
Hoist sail, raise anchor, and join the hunt for the great white whale! Set off on an epic sea adventure as one of America’s greatest novels comes to life on stage.
Backstage, Theater, Playwrights & Plays

The Cerulean Time Capsule

Cuesheet: The Cerulean Time Capsule
Tap into the funk with four homegrown hoofers from Minneapolis, complete with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes, and a big brass band. Join them for a joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance.
Nature, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Theater

Mariko's Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure

Cuesheet: Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure
In this new dance work from Chicago’s acclaimed Hubbard Street 2 in collaboration with the shadow puppeteers of Manuel Cinema, a restless girl finds inspiration from her mom’s old records to move to her own beat.
Theater, Dance

Flowers Stink

Cuesheet: Flowers Stink Student Guide
Meet Acacia, a middle school girl, who's struggling to write a nature-themed poem for school. That is, until she meets two zany, fantastical plant beings who help her discover the power of imagination and beauty of nature.
Nature, Theater

Darius & Twig

Cuesheet: Darius & Twig
Based on the award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, this captivating tale about the power of friendship takes the late author's "unerring eye for what's real and meaningful in life" (Newsday) to depict visceral scenes of inner-city struggle with sensitivity and wit.
Theater, Family, Controversial

OLIVÉRio

Cuesheet: OLIVÉRio
OLIVÉRio adapts the themes, events, and characters of the novel Oliver Twist into a story full of the sights and sounds of modern-day Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Backstage, Theater, Playwrights & Plays, Latin America

Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play

Cuesheet: Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play
Straight from Mo Willems’ award-winning book series, best friends Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through fundamental questions like, should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Discover the answers and much more!
Animals, Backstage, Theater, Playwrights & Plays

To Sail Around The Sun

Cuesheet: To Sail Around The Sun
Picture the four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Next, add live music and dance. Now get ready for an incredible journey through the year as the Earth sails around the sun.
Theater, Composers, Music, Nature, Plants, Science

Nearly Lear

Cuesheet: Nearly Lear
What if William Shakespeare’s great and tragic story of King Lear were told from the point of view of the King’s closest companion—the court Fool? In this one-woman show, Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool and every other character, borrowing from the Bard’s legendary words, to tell a new version that’s Nearly Lear.
Theater, Shakespeare

Grug and the Rainbow

Cuesheet: Grug and the Rainbow
Grug is a small guy bursting with big curiosity. He is fascinated by the world around him, solving everyday problems with creativity and joy. In this whimsical tale, Grug goes on an epic adventure to find a rainbow.
Theater, Puppets

Titus

Cuesheet: Titus
Ten-year-old Titus has seen life’s disappointments pile up and he’s on edge—the edge of the school roof to be exact. From that perch, he shares the story of his life and all the losses that have left him hurting. He still has his wicked sense of humor, but can he find a ray of hope and happiness for the future?
Theater, Family, Controversial, Playwrights & Plays

/peh-LO-tah/: A Futbol Framed Freedom Suite

Cuesheet: /peh-LO-tah/: A Futbol Framed Freedom Suite
As a child of Haitian immigrants, poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph found freedom on the soccer field. He embraced the sport as a means to navigate his own American Dream. In /peh-LO-tah/, Marc teams up with young players, and combines his explosive Hip Hop style with spoken word, text, movement, music, and folklore to explore the “spinning ball” (pelota) we call Earth.
Theater, Sports, World Cultures

Mouth Open, Story Jumps Out

Cuesheet: Mouth Open, Story Jump Out
Master storyteller Polarbear introduces a world of zany characters and madcap adventures. Journey with him as he takes you back to the day he started making up stories for fun, for fame, for friendship…and for his lost father.
Theater, Poetry, Hip-Hop, Family

All The Way Live!

Cuesheet: All The Way Live!
Anything can come to life with a simple beat, rhythm, and rhyme. Join Hip Hop artists, Paige and Baye, as they “remix” everything from folk tales to classical art.
Hip-Hop, Backstage, Theater, JFKC

Freeze Frame... Stop the Madness

Cuesheet: Debbie Allen's Freeze Frame... Stop The Madness
Part of the Kennedy Center Hip Hop series, Debbie Allen’s Freeze Frame…Stop the Madness hones in on the issues of violence and race relations shaping today’s conversations and news stories in America.
Hip-Hop, Backstage, Theater, Controversial, JFKC

Where Words Once Were

Cuesheet: Where Words Once Were
Have you ever felt like you couldn’t find the right words to express how you feel? What if you couldn’t find those words because they weren’t allowed to exist?
Theater, Language

Bud Not Buddy

Cuesheet: Bud, Not Buddy
It’s 1936 in Flint, Michigan, and ten-year-old Bud Caldwell sets off on an epic journey of discovery, set to the soulful sounds of jazz.
Theater, Jazz, History, America

Somewhere in Quixote

Cuesheet: Somewhere in Quixote
No matter how familiar you are with the story of Don Quixote, prepare to experience it in a whole new way with this Spanish theater company.
Europe, Theater, Folklore

Scottish Ballet: A Streetcar Named Desire

Cuesheet: Scottish Ballet Working Rehearsal: A Streetcar Named Desire
Scottish Ballet celebrates the 65th anniversary of Tennessee William’s literary masterpiece with this original adaptation, a vibrant fusion of drama and dance set to a jazz-inspired score.
Dance, Choreographers, Ballet, Theater

Jack's Tale: A Mythic Mountain Musical Adventure

Cuesheet: Jack's Tale: A Mythical Mountain Musical Adventure
He’s not the Jack you may know from “Jack in the Beanstalk.” This Jack is based on the heroic character from the Scots-Irish “Jack Legends,” passed down by the early American settlers of the Appalachian mountains.
Theater, Family, Folklore

The Voice of Anne Frank

Cuesheet: The Voice of Anne Frank
Told through dance, music, spoken text, sound effects, and lighting, The Voice of Anne Frank presents a unique view of Anne as a bright and vivacious thirteen-year-old.
Music, Poetry, Theater, Europe, Controversial

Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire!

Cuesheet: Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire! The Electricity Tour
Science is a blast, and nothing says scientific discovery quite like “kaboom.” Get ready for hilarious, electrical entertainment with Doktor Kaboom and get psyched about science.
Science, Inventions, Theater

Mockingbird

Cuesheet: Mockingbird: A World Premiere Kennedy Center and VSA Commission
Adapted by Julie Jensen from the 2010 award-winning book by Kathryn Erskine, this vibrant and moving world premiere play tells the story of a young girl on the autism spectrum who changes a community.
Accessibility, Theater, Literature, Family

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord's The Suit

Cuesheet: Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord's The Suit
Hearts will be broken in this tragic tale of a wife’s betrayal and a husband’s revenge set in South Africa during the days of apartheid. Can music and wit soften the pain?
Theater, Family, Playwrights & Plays

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Cuesheet: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Welcome to an enchanted world of fairies, potions, mischief, and magic... where actors and puppets present Shakespeare’s classic comedy of fickle love.
Backstage, Shakespeare, Theater, Puppets

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Cuesheet: The Adventures of Robin Hood
He robs the rich and gives to the poor. He sneaks around Sherwood Forest with his band of merry men. It’s a tale that has been told a thousand times, but never quite like this!
Theater, Folklore, Comedy

Not by Bread Alone

Cuesheet: Not by Bread Alone
What is it like to live in a world of darkness and silence? Find out as the actors of this Israeli theater troupe share their memories, dreams, and joyful moments…while baking bread!
Theater, World Cultures, Accessibility

Me and My Shadow

Cuesheet: Me and My Shadow
Shadows—they’re mysterious, they’re goofy, and they can do some pretty remarkable things. But making friends with your shadow can be tricky. Presented in the form of a visual poem, Me and My Shadow uses a combination of light and shadow, paper and water, fantastical imagery, and intriguing sounds to reveal the perplexities and pleasures of friendship.
Choreographers, Puppets, Theater

Orphie and the Book of Heroes

Cuesheet: Orphie and the Book of Heroes
Join Orphie, a young girl growing up in Ancient Greece, as she sets sail to save Homer and his Book of Heroes—a quest that takes her from the heights of Mt. Olympus to the depths of the underworld.
Folklore, Greece, Theater

Man of the House

Cuesheet: Man of the House: A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission
“Son, I’ve got to go. Now you are the man of the house.” Pablito never forgot those words from his father. Now it’s time to do something about them.
Backstage, Family, Theater, Playwrights & Plays

Four Little Girls

Cuesheet: Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham, Alabama church bombing that took the lives of four young girls, this reading remembers this seminal event in American history and how it helped to galvanize the American Civil Rights Movement.
America, Controversial, History, Playwrights & Plays, Theater

Elephant & Piggie's We Are In A Play

Cuesheet: Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play (Premiere)
Straight from Mo Willems’ award-winning book series, best friends Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through fundamental questions like, should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Discover the answers and much more!
Animals, Backstage, Theater, Playwrights & Plays

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Cuesheet: All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
The a cappella voices of Cantus and actors from Theater Latté Da recall the remarkable World War I truce between Allied Forces and German soldiers on Christmas, 1914. All is Calm brings this extraordinary tale to life with words and songs from the soldiers who laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas.
History, Playwrights & Plays, Theater, Europe

Maria Callas as Norma

Article: Viva la Diva!
A look at some of opera's most demanding female roles
Theater, Orchestra, Music, Tragedy, Opera

Atlanta Opera's production of Cosi Fan Tutte

Article: Cozying up to Così
A guide to Mozart's hilarious romantic comedy
Opera, Music, Theater, Comedy, Composers

La Traviata

Article: Boy Meets Girl, Girl Meets Tragic End
You haven't experienced stage romance until you've experienced opera. Here's a look at opera in love
Opera, Tragedy, Europe, Music, Theater

Little Dancer

Article: On Stage: Little Dancer
This feature includes background about the musical Little Dancer as well as an interpretive piece for younger audience members about the play’s more sensitive themes
Theater, Ballet, Backstage, Controversial, Dance, Europe, Young Artists

Musical Theater Performance

Field Guide: Dramatic Do's and Don'ts
Everything you need to know before you go to a play or musical theater performance
Theater

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Gear: The Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight
One of the jobs of a lighting designer is to be an illusionist; to convince the audience they’re somewhere special
Theater, Jobs in the Arts, Backstage

Death of a Salesman

Master + Work: Arthur Miller and Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller’s voice of social conscience and theatrical imagination changed the face of American theater. Meet him through his masterwork, Death of a Salesman.
America, History, Broadway, Playwrights & Plays, Theater, Controversial

As You Like It

Article: Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare made the pursuit of love just as difficult as leading men to war, or solving your father's murder
Playwrights & Plays, Shakespeare, Tragedy, Literature, Theater

Romeo and Juliet

Article: Romeo and Juliet
Find out why William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is such an enduring love story. Learn more about Act II’s balcony scene and the tragedy’s most well-known adaptations
Playwrights & Plays, Shakespeare, Tragedy, Literature, Theater

Heart-shaped Chocolates

Collection: Love
These resources offer ways to look at the concept of love beyond the lovey-dovey. Whether as sweeping ballet choreography or tragic Shakespearean poetry, you'll explore how love can be expressed in different artistic contexts.
Dance, Education, Poetry, History, Shakespeare, Theater, Tragedy

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