Season Preview: Theater Alliance’s 2012-2013 Season by Lee Daugherty

Theater Alliance’s Tenth Anniversary Season is the company’s most ambitious to date. Here are the theater shows we’ve selected and why we love them:

The cast of ‘REALS.’ Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

World Premiere
Reals by Gwydion Suilebhan
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
August 27 – September 16, 2012
H Street Playhouse

Why We Love It: DC-based playwright Gwydion Suilebhan has woven a plot thick with action, complex characters, and a twist ending. And did we mention real-life superheroes?

‘Black Nativity.’ Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

Back by Popular Demand
Black Nativity by Langston Hughes
Directed by Stephawn Stephens
November 27, 2012 – January 7, 2013
Atlas Performing Arts Center

Why We Love It: After a record-breaking run in Season Nine, we are pumped to bring Black Nativity back for a fourth holiday season. This year, the glorious music and dance of this vibrant Gospel retelling of the Nativity story will soar to new heights in the Lang Theatre of The Atlas Performing Arts Center.

‘Wonderful Life.’ Photo by John Potter.

Beloved Family Classic
Wonderful Life
HUB Theatre Co-Production by Jason Lott & Helen Pafumi
Directed by Gregg Henry
November 29 – December 30, 2012
H Street Playhouse

Why We Love It: George Bailey’s struggle to grasp why life is worth living has been moving audiences for decades. Now, the story finds fresh energy in a one-man retelling of the enchanting story with popular DC actor Jason Lott playing all the colorful characters of Bedford Falls.

‘The Night Before Christmas.’ Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

Area Premiere
The Night Before Christmas By Anthony Neilson
Directed by Hannah Todd
November 23 – December 29, 2012
H Street Playhouse

Why We Love It: Visions of sugar plums got you down? This wicked little comedy is the perfect antidote to holiday sweetness. Late on Christmas Eve, a burglar is caught breaking into a London warehouse. He claims to work for the “International Gift Distribution Agency” as an…elf. Hijinks ensue as they wait for the police arrive.

‘Word Becomes Flesh.’ Photo by Jati Lindsay/Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

Special Limited Engagement
In Association with The Atlas Performing Arts Center
Word Becomes Flesh By Marc Bamuthi Joseph
March 22 – 24, 2013

Why We Love It: Acclaimed artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph leads a talented collective of performers through spoken word, dance, djing, and visuals reflecting a young single father’s thoughts and emotions in anticipation of his unborn son.


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