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2014-2015 Season



William Shakespeare’s
As You Like It
directed by Michael Attenborough
Lansburgh Theatre
October 28 – December 7


William Shakespeare’s
The Tempest
directed by Ethan McSweeny
Sidney Harman Hall
December 2 – January 11


David Ives’
The Metromaniacs
adapted by David Ives
directed by Michael Kahn
Lansburgh Theatre
February 3 – March 8
David Greig’s
Dunsinane
directed by Roxana Silbert
from the National Theatre of Scotland
& Royal Shakespeare Company
Sidney Harman Hall
February 4 – February 21


Man of La Mancha
book by Dale Wasserman
lyrics by Joe Darion
composed by Mitch Leigh
directed by Alan Paul
Sidney Harman Hall
March 17 – April 26


Moliere’s
Tartuffe
directed by Dominique Serrand
Sidney Harman Hall
June 2 – July 5





STC Presentation Series

Isango Ensemble Repertory
The Magic Flute - Impempe Yomlingo and Venus and Adonis
Lansburgh Theatre
September 12–21, 2014

Mozart's
The Magic Flute - Impempe Yomlingo
Lansburgh Theatre
September 13–21, 2014

An adaption of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo performs the play’s score on marimbas, drums and South African percussion, and reinterprets the story in contemporary South Africa through the unique perspective of its townships. This Olivier Award-winner for Best Musical Revival has thrilled audiences in London, Dublin, South Africa, Tokyo and Singapore, and received the Globes de Cristal for Best Opera Production following a sold-out season at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Shakespeare's
Venus and Adonis
Lansburgh Theatre
September 12-17, 2014

Venus and Adonis, Shakespeare’s epic poem of love and seduction, is reborn with this adaption that takes the heart of the original work and reimagines it as only this South African troupe can. Venus, Goddess of love, finds herself enchanted by the power of beauty in the form of Adonis, after her rebellious son, Cupid, wounds her. Performed in three African languages and in English, the play transcends borders with carnival-like theatricality, music and dance.


A letter from Michael Kahn announcing the season.

This season, I wanted to introduce you to some of the best classical theatre artists from around the world, as well as beloved returning faces whose approach to the classics is decidedly fresh. I have wanted to bring these gifted artists and unique productions to Washington for many years, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with all of you.

I am honored that acclaimed British director Michael Attenborough will finally make his American directing debut at STC, opening our season with an intimate and beautiful production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. We follow that with The Tempest, brought to life by Ethan McSweeny, director of our imaginative A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Next, I look forward to returning to the rehearsal room with David Ives, as we collaborate on his third translation of a French classic with David Ives’ adaptation of Alexis Piron’s The Metromaniacs. Then we are delighted to present David Greig’s powerful and timely Dunsinane, from the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul is an exciting young director, who brings his talent for musicals and operas to the beloved, classically inspired Man of La Mancha in the spring. Finally, we close the season with director Dominique Serrand’s impassioned revival of Tartuffe, starring Steven Epp, one of the finest comic actors in America.

Preceding our Season, the STC Presentation Series includes two productions by the Isango Ensemble from South Africa, Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute and Shakespeare’s epic love poem Venus and Adonis, which will play in repertory in September.

I am thrilled to bring these world-class artists to our stage, and look forward to you taking this theatrical journey with us.

Michael Kahn
Artistic Director