Two couples, two plays, two powerful stories...

Two couples, two plays, two powerful stories…

Anacostia Playhouse is proud to present two powerful, emotional plays in repertory this summer helmed by two of our favorite directors. Riches by Lee Blessing and directed by long-time friend, collaborator and colleague Paul Douglas Michnewicz, was first produced under the title War of the Roses (later to become a...
East River Jazz at the Playhouse Featuring Phil Wiggins

East River Jazz at the Playhouse Featuring Phil Wiggins

In partnership with DC Jazz Festival’s Jazz in the ‘Hoods 2016, EAST RIVER JAZZFest presents Phil Wiggins in Blues-Jazz Gumbo on Monday, June 13, 2016 at the Anacostia Playhouse. ​Phil Wiggins is arguably America’s foremost blues harmonica virtuoso. While rooted in the melodic Piedmont or “Tidewater” blues of the Chesapeake...
Theater Alliance Opens Final Show of the Season!

Theater Alliance Opens Final Show of the Season!

Going to a Place where you Already Are By Bekah Brunstetter Directed by Colin Hovde Roberta has always agreed with her husband Joe that there is no heaven, no afterlife, just life. Their granddaughter Ellie has never even stopped to think about it. But as the years have passed and...
Two couples, two plays, two powerful stories...

Two couples, two plays, two powerful stories…

Anacostia Playhouse is proud to present two powerful, emotional plays in repertory this summer helmed by two of our favorite directors. Yellowman, by Dael Orlandersmith, will be directed by Thembi Duncan, an Anacostia Playhouse favorite. Yellowman is a memory play about an African American woman who dreams of a life...
Art-Drenaline Cafe Now Open for Pre-theater Fine Dining!

Art-Drenaline Cafe Now Open for Pre-theater Fine Dining!

Just around the corner in the Anacostia Arts Center at 1231 Good Hope Road, SE, is our newest neighborhood addition, the Art-Drenaline Cafe. Opening February 19, 2016, Art-Drenaline offers a fabulous fixed price pre-theater dinner menu and will get you in and out in time for curtain at the Playhouse....
Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick

Anacostia Playhouse is committed to bringing together the rich talent and culture East of the River and the performance community across DC. But to do that we need your help!
About the Anacostia Playhouse

About the Anacostia Playhouse

The H Street Playhouse opened its doors in July 2002 with a production of The Colored Museum. Now the Playhouse has reopened as The Anacostia Playhouse. The new theater at 2020 Shannon Place, SE, is located in a place of both rich history and great promise, much as H Street...
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Summer shows now on sale!

Summer is a great time to see great theater! Don’t miss Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith, directed by Thembi Duncan and Riches by Lee Blessing directed by Paul Douglas Michnewwicz. The season opens with Riches on July 9 and Yellowman opens July 16. They run alternating weekends through August 14, Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm with...

A Standing Ovation Big Bad Wolf-style!

The weekend of May 19-22 was a wild and crazy time at the Anacostia Playhouse. 25 youngsters age 6-13 sang and danced (yes, at the same time), remembered their lines and entrances and basically brought the house down. All five performances were sold out and the final one was standing room only. Kudos to our...
Let's show this young cast our support!

Let’s show this young cast our support!

The Anacostia Playhouse’s first children’s production, The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, is deep into rehearsal. This place rocks every Saturday morning with 50s-themed music courtesy of our wonderful music director, cool dance moves and lots of laughter as the jury sashays and the wolf pack howls. The judge bangs her gavel trying to...

“American Moor” by Keith Hamilton Cobb Induction into Folger Shakespeare Library Collection

Actor Keith Hamilton Cobb’s Play, American Moor Becomes Part of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Permanent Collection in Washington, DC March 28 Cobb to Perform Award-Winning Solo Play at the University of Maryland March 29 The Anacostia Playhouse theater is celebrating last summer’s successful production of Keith Hamilton Cobb’s award-winning solo play, American Moor, and The...

American Moor’s Keith Hamilton Cobb wins the AUDELCO Solo Performance Award

We are beyond excited to share that Keith Hamilton Cobb has won the AUDELCO Solo Performance Award for his work American Moor. We hope you were able to see American Moor at the Playhouse earlier this year in July, and that you enjoyed it to the fullest. We are so excited to have been part of...

Colorblind: The Katrina Monologues Receives Wonderful Review

We hope many of you came out to see Colorblind: The Katrina Monologues this past Saturday! With two wonderful performances, Colorblind touched and deeply affected all who saw it. DC Metro Theater Arts has published a glowing review of Colorblind, and we are over joyed to share it with you! To read the review, please...

Anacostia Playhouse hosts The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts D.C. Auditions!

The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts Audition Tour is coming to DC! Aspiring actors, bring the best you’ve got to NYCDA’s 2016 audition tour and you may be joining them in New York City next fall for an exciting, challenging and complete education in the film, television and theater business. Show your raw talent...

Get on the Wall!

We are caught up on our bricks and ready for more! Help support the Anacostia Playhouse by purchasing a brick on the outside right wall of our theater. Choose what you’d like your brick to say, and we’ll add it to the wall. Brick by Brick is a great way to show your support for the arts and the...

Anacostia Playhouse is Pleased to Receive…

The Creative Economy Award We are incredibly excited to announce that on May 1st  2015, the Anacostia Playhouse received the Creative Economy Award at the 5th Annual Congress Heights Great Streets Honors Awards ceremony. In recognition of our commitment to the arts and economic contribution to the Anacostia community, we were presented with this (see...

Anacostia Playhouse Featured in Washington City Paper

If you haven’t picked up a copy of last week’s City Paper, get thee to the news stand and grab a copy. The entire issue centers on the relationship between the arts and economic development in Historic Anacostia. There are five great articles, one of which features the Anacostia Playhouse. Click here to read our...