Hill Rag Arts and Dining Special - Theater

The DC premier of "Sex With Strangers" is at Signature Theater from Oct 14-Dec 7. A raging snowstorm traps strangers Olivia, an unsuccessful, yet gifted, thirty-nine-year-old writer, and Ethan, a tech-addicted and wildly successful young blogger, in a secluded cabin. Opposites instantly attract, undeniable chemistry ignites and sex is imminent. As the dawn rises, however, what could have just been a one-night-stand transforms into something more complicated when online exploits interfere with their real-life connection. In this two actor drama, Holly Twyford plays Olivia and Luigi Sottile, Ethan. Three-time Helen Hayes Award winner Aaron Posner directs. Pride Night is Nov. 7 and 21. signature-theatre.org


"Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare is at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre from Oct. 28-Dec. 7. Julius Caesar returns home victorious, securing both unparalleled power and popularity. Fearful for the Republic and driven by their own ambition, several senators conspire to assassinate the Roman dictator in the Capitol. Michael Sharon plays Julius Caesar, Maurice Jones plays Mark Antony and Brutus and Cassius are played by Anthony Cochrane and Louis Butelli. Robert Richmond directs. In the shadow of the nearby Capitol building, Shakespeare’s commentary on power, ambition, and democratic responsibility smolders just in time for midterm elections. The Folger Shakespear Library is at 201 E. Capitol St. SE. folger.edu


Every year during the long holiday season, Arena Stage comes up with a family-friendly production for their theater in the round. This year it's the Molly Smith directed "Fiddler on the Roof" which runs from Oct. 31 to Jan. 4. Tony nominee Jonathan Hadary plays Tevye, a humble Jewish father who finds his devotion to God severely tested by his headstrong daughters, who want to be their own matchmakers, and the increasingly ruthless government forcing him from his land. Everyone will know “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Tradition." Arena Stage offers a family fun pack--four tickets for $125. Arena is at 1101 6th St., SW. arenastage.org


By popular demand, the Theater Alliance at the Anacostia Playhouse is bringing back the "Black Nativity" after a two year hiatus from Dec. 8-Jan. 4. "Black Nativity" is the retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, infused with rich gospel, blues, funk, jazz music and dance with griot-style storytelling from an ensemble cast. Originally written by Langston Hughes, the show was first performed Off-Broadway on December 1961, and was one of the first plays written by an African-American to be staged there. Eric Ruffin directs. The Anacostia Playhouse is located in the heart of Historical Anacostia at 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. Street parking is available on Shannon Place. theateralliance.com


"Famous Puppet Death Scenes" is at Woolley Mammoth, Dec. 9-Jan 4. It was created and is performed by the Canadian Old Trout Puppet Workshop. The Old Trouts promise to cure your fear of death; no more anxiety about difficult choices, no more dreading birthdays, no more desperate pleas for immortality through fame, art, or progeny. Curated and narrated by puppet Nathan Tweak, it is a collection of twenty-two infamous and theatrical end-of-life sequences, spanning a vast array of styles and genres. Woolly Mammoth is always ready to take a chance. They flop and they succeed, they're fresh and they're ridiculous, but you always come away with something. Watch for their pay-what-you-can previews. Woolly is at 641 D St. NW. woollymammoth.net

"Sex with Strangers" Holly Twyford in Sex with Strangers at Signature Theatre. Photo: Christopher Mueller
"Julius Caesar" Maurice Jones as Mark Antony. Photo: James Kegley
"Fiddler on the Roof" Image Courtesy of Arena Stage
"Black Nativity" Photo: Courtesy of C. Stanley Photography
"Famous Puppet Death Scenes" Photo: Joseph Stand Photography