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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

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