Synetic Theater announces 2023/24 season

Paata Tsikurishvili directs a new adaptation of 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' audience favorite 'Romeo & Juliet' returns, and more.

Synetic Theater announces its 2023/24 season featuring five mainstage productions, including a new, thrilling adaptation of The Tell-Tale Heart and the return of fan favorite Romeo & Juliet. Season subscriptions are on sale now, as well as single tickets to Cyrano de Bergerac, at

“As we unveil Synetic’s 2023/24 season, I am filled with excitement and anticipation for what’s to come,” remarked Synetic co-founder and Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili. “I am particularly eager to return to my director’s chair and lead us into a season that perfectly balances the innovative, boundary-pushing work we are known for with beloved, classic Synetic productions.”

Synetic Theater re-envisions Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling story, The Tell-Tale Heart, in a thought-provoking adaptation that marks co-founder Paata Tsikurishvili’s return to the director’s chair. With haunting imagery and a touch of macabre humor, the new production invites the audience to question: “Who is the crazy one?” as an eccentric old man and his caretaker spiral into madness and murder.

Irina Kavsadze and Zana Gankhuyag in Synetic Theater’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ 2019. Photo by Johnny Shryock.

The 2023/24 season also features the return of Synetic’s acclaimed Romeo & Juliet. Stripped of dialogue, this original “Silent Shakespeare” production is set against the whirring gears of a giant clock, where two lovers race against time and fate in a passionate and lyrical piece. Hailed as a “highly charged, atmospheric” and “extraordinary vision of wonder and passion” (BroadwayWorld), the Bard’s ultimate tale of love and tragedy is expressed through Synetic’s imaginative design elements and innovative storytelling.

Synetic’s enchanting holiday show, Snow Maiden, returns this season after a successful premiere last year, warming hearts with the story of a lonely boy’s wish for a friend in the cold winter. And, based on Aleksandr Pushkin’s fable, The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish presents a cautionary tale of love and greed, brought to life through poetic pantomime. Throughout the holiday season, the two family-friendly productions will play in repertory, providing audiences with a season full of whimsical stories and heartwarming tales.

In addition to its mainstage professional productions, Synetic Theater will continue to offer its award-winning outreach and engagement programs for young people, including the 9-month long pre-professional Teen Company program, student matinees, and winter break, spring break, and summer break camps. For more information, visit

Synetic Theater’s 2023–2024 Calendar of Main Stage Events
Performances take place at Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell Street, Arlington, VA.
Productions typically run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees; please check for dates and showtimes.

CYRANO DE BERGERAC | July 14 to August 13, 2023
Cyrano has a larger-than-life personality….and a nose to match. He’s a man who has it all–except for the confidence to win the heart of his beloved Roxanne. This timeless tale features mistaken identities, breath-taking sword fights, unrequited love and acts of heroism – all expressed through Synetic’s signature wordless style, with a commedia dell’arte twist, in a production that earned an astounding nine Helen Hayes nominations.

THE TELL-TALE HEART | September 29 to November 5, 2023
Step into the eerie world of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, where madness takes hold and the boundaries of sanity blur. In this twisted tale, an eccentric old man and his caretaker embark on a lethal dance that spirals into madness and murder. With dark humor and a haunting atmosphere, Synetic invites you to question: who is the crazy one?

THE TALE OF THE FISHERMAN AND THE GOLDEN FISH | December 8, 2023 to January 7, 2024
When a humble fisherman discovers a wish-granting fish at sea, his wife convinces him to capture the magical creature and grant her every desire. With stunning visuals and imaginative storytelling, The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish takes audiences of all ages on a journey of greed, love, and magic.

SNOW MAIDEN | December 9, 2023 to January 6, 2024
In a frozen silver forest high in the mountains, a lonely boy builds a girl from snow. When she mysteriously comes to life, mischief, laughter, and enchantment abound. But what will happen when the ice begins to melt?

ROMEO & JULIET | February 16 to March 24, 2024
Set amidst the whirring gears of a giant clock, Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed lovers unfolds as a bitter family feud sends the pair on a race against an ill-fated destiny. With masterful physicality and choreography, Synetic Theater’s Romeo & Juliet presents a unique and stunningly visual interpretation of a classic story, capturing emotion with every movement.

Founded in 2001 by the husband and wife team of Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili, Synetic Theater is a center for American Physical Theater, fusing dynamic art forms such as text, drama, movement, acrobatics, dance, and original music. Synetic has received a total of 158 Helen Hayes Award nominations and 37 awards, including for directing, choreography, acting, costume design, and best production.


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