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Checking out the D.C. Theatre Scene

In my last post, I referenced my small liberal arts college and my internship at The Kennedy Center, but if it’s not clear already: I’m one of those “theatre kids." Most people don’t think of D.C. when they think of theatre. Most think of New York City, the West End, maybe even Chicago, but usually not D.C. Interestingly enough, D.C. actually has a thriving theatre scene so this past week I decided to start checking it out.


First, I saw a production of Edward Albee’s "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at the historic Ford’s Theatre. As someone who’s always been very interested in theatre and American history, just sitting in this building was both intimidating and exhilarating.


Ford's Theatre


To see the place where Lincoln was assassinated and to know that John Wilkes Booth slid down the flag and landed on the stage before me was unreal. Then the show began, and the small cast of four were captivating, filling not only the stage but the entire theatre with their energy as they questioned the boundaries of marriage. There was never a dull moment; every word and every pause had the audience hanging on to it, grasping for more.


I also attended “Baby Screams Miracle,” written by Clare Barron, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Thanks to Woolly Mammoth's 30 & Under ticket program, I was able to get a great seat (the picture below was taken from my seat) that was totally affordable.


Stage at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company


Upon walking into the theatre, I realized this was a company whose target demographic was absolutely a younger audience. The space was very open and modern, unlike anything I had ever seen before. The play was unlike any show I’d ever seen before as well. The play is about a dysfunctional family of mostly women, only one man, who find themselves caught up in a natural disaster emblematic of their own lives.

Whether you're already in the D.C. area (or you're thinking about coming in the future), I encourage you to take advantage of D.C.'s growing theatre scene. The work they’re doing at Woolly Mammoth is new and exciting for the “under 30” crowd, but the rich history found at Ford's Theatre is also not to be missed.

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