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buy tix offFeaturing The Shanghai Circus
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m.
$40/$30 MCC district residents/$35 seniors and students

 

For the last 32 years, The Peking Acrobats® have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their technical prowess at such arts as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They push the limits of human ability, defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Everybody at every age will be thrilled and delighted by The Peking Acrobats®.

“... At no time have we seen anything like the Peking Acrobats. Feats of clowning, dexterity, grace, strength and coordination rippled from the stage in a series of pleasurable waves. One was left waterlogged in wonder.” - Chicago Tribune

 

Photo: Tom Meinhold Photography

 

buy tix offMonday, Dec. 19, 4 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC district residents/$12 seniors and students

A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat, and when he places the hat on a snowman’s head, that snowman comes to life! Can Frosty help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join them on a thrilling quest through New York City as they discover that the real magic of the season is love.

“I am still blown away by the powerful heart-warming message embedded into this story. Truly amazing!” - Audience Member




buy tix offA play by Nassim Soleimanpour of Iran
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 6-7, 7 p.m.
$20/$15 MCC district residents/$17 seniors and students

No rehearsals. No director. No set. A different actor reads the script cold for the first time at each performance. Forbidden to leave his country, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distilled the experience of an entire generation in a wild, utterly original play. “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” is a work about contemporary Iran and of Nassim’s generation: computer-literate, well-informed young people who have never known an Iran other than the Islamic Republic. The play has been performed over 3,000 worldwide including by Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming, Whoopi Goldberg, Laura Linney, Martin Short, Sinead Cusack, F. Murray Abraham and Cynthia Nixon, among many others. The actors performing on these dates will be announced soon.

“A dazzling, transcendent piece of alive-and-kicking avant-garde theater.” – Entertainment Weekly

Photo: Nima Soleimanpour

 

 

buy tix offA play by Nassim Soleimanpour of Iran
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 13-14, 7 p.m.
$20/$15 MCC district residents/$17 seniors and students

No rehearsals. No director. No set. A different actor reads the script cold for the first time at each performance. Forbidden to leave his country, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distilled the experience of an entire generation in a wild, utterly original play. “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” is a work about contemporary Iran and of Nassim’s generation: computer-literate, well-informed young people who have never known an Iran other than the Islamic Republic. The play has been performed over 3,000 worldwide including by Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming, Whoopi Goldberg, Laura Linney, Martin Short, Sinead Cusack, F. Murray Abraham and Cynthia Nixon, among many others. The actors performing on these dates will be announced soon.

“A dazzling, transcendent piece of alive-and-kicking avant-garde theater.” – Entertainment Weekly

Photo: Nima Soleimanpour



 

 

buy tix offNorthern Ireland's Leading Children's Theatre Company
Friday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m.

$15/$10 MCC district residents/$12 seniors and students

 

Meet Danny Carmo—it wasn’t long ago that he thought school, and in particular, math wasn’t for him. He was more interested in dreaming about a future on the stage and perhaps the big screen – all he ever wanted to be is a famous magician. But when he knuckled down to learn all the tricks of the trade, he realized that math was not only essential… it was the SECRET to a whole load of magic. Prepare to be amazed, dazzled and bewildered by Cahoots NI’s mind-blowing show where math, theater and digital technology collide to create a fun and interactive performance.

“It was a nail-biting, heart pumping, feet stamping show” - Audience Member

 

 

buy tix offSaturday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
$30/$20 MCC district residents/$27 seniors and students
$45/$35 VIP Tickets 1 p.m. show only. VIP includes priority seating and a meet-and-greet following the performance.

Paddington, our favorite accident-prone bear, makes his stage debut in this fun-filled family comedy. Paddington is making his favorite marmalade jam with the help of the Brown’s housekeeper Mrs. Bird, but they run out of sugar, so Paddington heads next door to borrow some from Mr. Curry. The usually grumpy Mr. Curry is even more short tempered than ever as he prepares for a visit from his great aunt who is a stickler for tidiness. Paddington volunteers to help him with his chores, but, unfortunately for Paddington, his good intentions end up leading to chaos. Will Paddington be able to fix everything before Mr. Curry and his great aunt arrive home?


“However many ways there are to say ‘wildly adorable’ is exactly how many reasons you have to see this show.” - Broadway World

 

 

buy tix offSaturday, March 4, 4 p.m.
$25/$15 MCC district residents/$20 seniors and students

 

The mission of Mad River Theater Works is to create and perform inspiring original plays with music that uplift characters from the past, challenging racism, sexism and intolerance. “Freedom Bound” is a one-act play with music by Mad River that revolves around Ohio’s most famous incident in the history of the Underground Railroad: the story of Addison White, an escaped slave, and his rescue by the citizens of the town of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. “Freedom Bound” brings history to life through original songs and an array of characters that pop right out of the past to recreate the turbulence and hope of the Underground Railroad.

“The shows are artistically beautiful, crafted with heart and authenticity, and the messages embedded in the work about tolerance and racism are vital.” - Overture Center, Madison, WI

 

 

buy tix offSaturday, March 18, 6 p.m.
$25/$15 MCC district residents/$20 seniors and students

 

“Makin’ Cake” slices into American history exploring race, culture and class in a refreshing and fun way. It is storytelling in layers and filled with “Aha!” moments and poignant vignettes, digital media, and an onstage baker. This show serves up an experience and a conversation about equity in America. Part history lesson, part social science revelation, “Makin’ Cake” is a short story about America’s sweet tooth and pathway to salvation (and salivation) and leaves room for dessert and dialogue.

“Dasha’s way of telling a slice of America’s history is captivating and makes the bad ingredients a little easier to swallow because they, too, are a part of the cake.” - Audience Member

 

Photo: Andrew Feller 

buy tix offSaturday, March 25, 4 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC district residents/$12 seniors and students

New Zealand’s Trick of the Light Theatre shares an eerie, elegant wordless tale about death, love, grief and monsters. After a girl’s granny passes away, she starts to suspect she is being pursued by the smoke demon shapeshifter from the old woman’s stories. In the tradition of “Spirited Away” and “Coraline,” “The Griegol” is a mythic, gorgeously rendered dark fantasy for lovers of theater that conjures magic and laughter out of silhouettes, puppetry, live music and animation.

“Charming, poignant and expertly performed. A unique theatre experience.” – TheatreScenes

This engagement of Trick of the Light is made possible in part through the Performing Arts Page 5 of 12 Global Exchange program of Mid-Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C.


Photo: Philip Merry - Axylotl Photography 

buy tix offSunday, April 23; 4 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC district residents/$12 seniors and students

It’s a perfect, balmy night in the outback. A sleep-deprived camper, a cheeky quokka and an emu with a penchant for creating wild inventions, awake to discover that a koala has come down with a stubborn and ear-shatteringly loud case of the hiccups! The three embark on an epic journey frantically eating, singing and inventing their way towards a cure before the sun comes up. “Hiccup” is a hilarious rocking musical extravaganza about working together, finding friendship and how to, once and for all, stop the hiccups.

“Windmill’s performance of “Hiccup!” has barely begun when the theatre erupts in the giggles.” - INDAILY