Theater: Baseball, Saudade, OMG and Improv

by April 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm 1,165 0

From Jana Petersen

See what’s playing at five area theaters. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Indulge yourself in the theatrics of baseball, music, and community this weekend, to name just a few! Various theaters in the area will be debuting performances and offering tailored “pay-what-you-can” and pre-screening shows — be sure to check out all of your options.

Take me out the ballgame? Look no further than The Keegan Theatre at Church Street. This Saturday, Keegan will debut the musical, National Pastime. Co-directed by Mark Rhea and Susan Marie Rhea and music directed by Jake Null, National Pastime tells the story of WZBQ, a radio station in 1933 Iowa, that invents an unbeatable baseball team and broadcasts phony baseball games in order to boost its ratings. Attend the musical to find out what happens when the media catches on to the scandal.

Full details on live theater in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area are below the fold, including Photograph 51 at Theater J and The Walworth Farce at Studio Theatre.

The Source is also home to plenty of action across the next week. This weekend is your last chance to catch Saudade: Songs of Longing and Celebration at Source. Saudade is the Portuguese word for nostalgia, and Saudade has captured this sentiment through songs from the Great Latin & American Songbook, and poetry celebrating love, life, and memory.

Soul-searchers, be aware. The Riot Actors of Washington will also show four staged readings of OMG at the Source, beginning Monday, April 11 at 8 pm. OMG is a community-driven performance and merges text taken from interviews of community members, religious leaders with dance, poetry and images. OMG aims to uncover truths about a collective sense of identity, meaning, and spirit.

Also at the Source… catch the last two weekends of the Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament (FIST) of the Washington Improv Theater going on at the Source Theater (through April 16).  Tickets are $10. Be sure to see Borderstan’s profile of the WIT: Improv: One Word, One Instant and Original Act of Theater.

Full details on live theater in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area are below the fold.

Keegan Theatre at Church Street
1742 Church Street NW
Washington, DC
National Pastime April 9 to May 14. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm.
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street NW
Washington, DC
1835 14th Street NW
Washington, DC
Saudade: Songs of Longing and Celebration runs April 9 at 3 pm and April 10 at 6 pm. OMG April 11 at 8 pm; April 12 at 8 pm. April 17 at 7 pm. April 18 at 8 pm. Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament (FIST) from Washington Improv Theater running at Source through April 16.
Studio Theatre
1501 14th Street NW
Washington, DC
The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh (Part of New Ireland: Enda Walsh Festival) runs to May 1. April 9, 2 pm: Pay-what-you-can. April 10, 12:30 pm: Pre-show screening on Enda Walsh.
Theater J
1529 16th St. NW
Washington, DC
Photograph 51 runs through April 24. Sundays, 3 pm and 7:30 pm; Wednesdays, 11 am and 7:30 pm; Thursdays, 7:30 pm; Saturdays, 8 pm.

April 14, 7:30 pm: Open-captioning


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