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terpreted and Captioned Events at the Kennedy Center

To purchase tickets, call (202) 416-8528 (voice/relay); (202) 416-8524 (TTY). For more information and to find out when tickets go on sale, please visit .

VSA International Young Soloists Concert

Family Theater

terpreted & Captioned: Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 PM

Interpreter: Hank Young

VSA presents a diverse evening of musical talent featuring the 2011 VSA International Young Soloists. The VSA International Young Soloists Program recognizes outstanding young musicians with disabilities in their pursuit of a career.

This year's IYS Award Recipients are Mandy Harvey, a 23-year-old jazz vocalist from Colorado; James Schlender, a 17-year-old jazz violinist/fiddler from Montana; and Rachel Sklenickova, an 18-year-old pianist from the Czech Republic.

This performance is a FREE event. Tickets are required and may be reserved by contacting the Presenter, VSA. Please e-mail VSA at or call (202) 628-2800. Include the number of tickets requested, the name under which the tickets should be held at the will call table, and any accessibility requests.

Beethoven's Ears: An Investigation with Saul Lilienstein

Terrace Gallery

Captioned: Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 PM

There is a mystery about all acts of creative genius, but none more imponderable than Ludwig van Beethoven's. When he was only 32 years old, Beethoven wrote these words:

"But, think that for six years now I have been hopelessly afflicted ‘Speak louder, shout, for I am deaf.' I must live almost alone, like one who has been banished. But what a humiliation for me when someone standing next to me heard a flute in the distance and I heard nothing, a little more of that and I would have ended my life - it was only my art that held me back."

Yet, many of his masterworks were still to come. In this lecture, music scholar Saul Lilienstein examines these questions: How did he do it? How did encroaching deafness affect his music? Are there miscalculations? Some mysteries will remain, but the character of the man and the immensity of his talent are the deeper subjects at the heart of this presentation.


Eisenhower Theater

Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, May 24 & Friday, May 27 at 7:30 PM

Interpreters: Jocelyn Michael & Billy Sanders

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Fred Beam

Captioned: Friday, June 3 at 7:30 PM & Sunday, June 5 at 1:30 PM

Winner of seven Tonys, Follies is one of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's greatest works. All of life's might-have-beens take center stage as two couples rehash past times and favorite songs amid the crumbling magnificence of their old theater.

D.C. Metropolitan Area


Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) Theatre Malz on the campus of Gallaudet University

Thursday, May 5 at 10:00 AM; Friday, May 6 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 PM

The Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) Performing Arts Program cordially invites you and your students to attend this year’s not-to-be-missed Spring Play: Hairspray!

It's 1962, the time of high bouffant hairdos and teenage TV dance programs like Baltimore's "Corny Collins Show." Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches her hometown a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on the show. Come and join in the fun as hilarious teen rivals compete on the dance floor in John Waters's famous Hairspray! The show is suitable for middle school through high school students.

For ticket reservations, contact or call (202) 651-5031. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s play

Liberty Smith

Ford's Theatre

Sign-Interpreted: Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 PM & Saturday, May 14 at 2:30 PM

Ford’s Theatre presents the world premiere of Liberty Smith, a madcap musical romp through Revolutionary America. A childhood friend of George Washington, apprentice to Benjamin Franklin and linked to Paul Revere’s remarkable ride, the elusive Liberty Smith weaves his way through familiar tales of a young nation.

To purchase tickets, please call the Box Office at (202) 347-4833 or visit in person.

Moonlights and Magnolias

CenterStage at Reston Community Center

terpreted: Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 PM

Interpreters provided by Quercus Consulting, LLC

Hollywood 1939: Famed producer David O. Selznick is only three weeks into filming his latest historical epic, Gone with the Wind, but the screenplay just isn't working. He hires script doctor Ben Hecht to rewrite the script in five days. Only one problem: Hecht has never read the novel! So, Selznick summons Hecht and director Victor Fleming from The Wizard of Oz to his office and locks the door. The three men spend five days locked in the producer's office re-enacting Margaret Mitchell's bestseller to craft a screenplay that will become one of the most successful films of all time. Inspired by true events, Moonlight and Magnolias is a wildly funny and winning story that illuminates the behind-the-scenes business of movie-making (andlarger-than-life egos) during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Tickets are $15.00-$18.00 and may be purchased by calling (703) 476-4500 (press 3), by visiting , or in person at the Reston Community Center Box Office. Group rates are also available by calling Amy at (703) 380-7121. RCP proudly offers student and senior (age 65+) tickets.

Snow White

Puppet Co. Playhouse

terpreted: Sunday, May 8 at 1:00 PM

Based on the Grimm fairytale, the production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view - starting with the dwarves. Playwright Christopher Piper gave each of the vertically challenged bachelors a special ability, illustrating why the Tolkien spelling “dwarves” is used. It implies a more magical charm to their characters, causing Snow White to look beyond the obvious to see how marvelous her new friends really are. He also chose to avoid the contrivance of yet another evil stepmother, instead introducing a slightly less familial antagonist. Of course, the result is the Puppet Co.’s traditional result of everyone living "Happy Ever After."

For information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 634-5380 or visit .

Quest Visual Theatre presents Nano

Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD

Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 PM & Sunday, May 15 at 7:00 PM

Incorporating dark comedy, gestures in action, digital media, masks and movement in a surreal exploration of the nanotechnology world, the Nano cast portrays five scientists who make the discovery that size matters in a dynamic presentation that poses questions about the ethics of the invasion of nanotechnology into every corner of human activity and human genetics.

Central to this production is the emerging science of nanotechnology, which promises the ability to manipulate matter on a molecular level and humans on a genetic level. The result raises both hope and ethical questions for the future of humanity.

Nano is accessible to deaf, hearing, and non-English speaking audiences.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and artists, and $10 for students. To purchase a ticket, visit or call Joes Movement Emporium at (301) 699-1819.

The Day John Henry Came to School

Imagination Stage

Sign-Interpreted: Saturday, May 14 at 1:30 PM & Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 PM

Johnny is way into video games and not especially motivated at school. Imagine his surprise one night when there's a loud knock at the door and his ancestor John Henry bursts into his bedroom, wielding a 12 lb hammer and insisting that he will visit Johnny's class the next day for "Show & Tell." At first unimpressed by John Henry's tragic tale about his race with the steam engine, the kids in Johnny's class come to appreciate the importance of his ultimate sacrifice. The award-winning playwright of Lost & Foundling (seen here in 2008) has created another witty and insightful contemporary comedy. Enjoyed by ages 7+

To purchase tickets, please call our Box Office at (301) 280-1660, open daily from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Bano de Damas (Ladies Room)

Teatro de la Luna

All performances are captioned: May 19 - June 11

A bright comedy about intimacy and illusion, desire and defeat. How many secrets can one little room hold, anyway? An Area Premiere for ages 13 and up.

To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (703) 548-3092 or email . For more information, visit .


Arena Stage

Sign-Interpreted: Thursday, May 19 at 8:00 PM & Sunday, May 22 at 7:30 PM

In war-torn Congo, Mama Nadi keeps the peace between customers on both sides of the civil war by serving everything from cold beers to warm beds. This shrewd matriarch both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds “ruined” by the brutality of government soldiers and rebel forces alike. Inspired by interviews conducted in Africa, this searing play is an engrossing and uncommonly human story told with humor and song, revealing the immeasurable loss and hopelessness of war, yet finding affirmation in life and hope.

Groups of 10+ save!

Go to , call the sales office at (202) 488-3300 (voice/relay), (202) 484-0247 (TTY) or e-mail for more information.

George and Martha: Tons of Fun

Imagination Stage

Sign-Interpreted: Saturday, May 21 at 1:30 PM & Sunday, May 15 at 4:00 PM

George and Martha are best friends. They play music together and share meals, presents, picnics, and exciting adventures like flying a balloon. Sometimes they have differences but like all good friends, George and Martha just can't stay angry for long! This simple story says much about our relationships at any age. Geared for our youngest theatre-goers but enjoyable for all, this new musical by Joan Cushing sparkles with clever lyrics and laughter. Enjoyed by ages 3+

To purchase tickets, please call our Box Office at (301) 280-1660, open daily from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

The Moscows of Nantucket

Theater J

Captioned: Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 PM

Affluent, anxious and at each other’s throats, the Moscows attempt some unusual family bonding over a summer weekend in Nantucket. On the agenda are brisket, booze and a blowout confrontation between competing brothers who’ve avoided each other for years. A fast-paced new American comedy with its heart in Chekhov country, from the author of Helen Hayes Award-nominated The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall.

To purchase tickets, visit or call (800) 494-TIXS.

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Penumbra Theatre Company: I Wish You Love

Terrace Theater

Captioned: Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 PM

On television and radio, 1957 America was entertained by the sweet sounds and warm personality of Nat "King" Cole. His carefully manicured image distracted an entire generation of white viewers from the reality of racial violence raging in the streets. Still, he believed that with enough talent and persistence he could be valued for the strength of his character as opposed to the color of his skin. But as storm clouds gathered on the horizon, trouble brewed in the studio where Nat "King" Cole was trying to live his dream.

Next to Normal

Eisenhower Theater

Captioned & Sign-Interpreted: Sunday, July 3 at 7:30 PM

From the director of Rent comes Next to Normal, an emotional powerhouse of a musical with a thrilling contemporary score about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal is the most talked about Broadway show on tour. Having recently been chosen as "one of the year's ten best" by major critics around the country, this powerful musical is showing audiences what it takes to pass for "normal." The Washington Post praises Next to Normal as "a moving, blisteringly honest, and inordinately powerful new musical. It is stocked with beautiful songs that get to the heart of the story--and simply get to the heart."


Opera House

Sign-Interpreted: Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 PM & Friday, July 29 at 7:30 PM

Interpreters: Janet Bailey & Bobbie Quinn

Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL): Ernie Hairston

Captioned: Wednesday, July 26 at 7:30 PM; Friday, August 5 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, August 7 at 1:30 PM

Back by "Popular" demand. Entertainment Weekly calls Wicked "the best musical of the decade," and when it last played Washington, D.C. in 2005, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is Broadway's biggest blockbuster, a cultural phenomenon, and was named "the defining musical of the decade" by the New York Times.


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