Monday Arts Roundup: Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo

It’s rainy and cold again, but Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo, a new exhibit coming to the National Museum of American History this year has me once again believing there’s no place like home in the District. Here are some recent arts-related headlines and news stories that’ll leave you feeling the same way. Check back weekly for future Monday Arts Roundups.

Heads Will Roll: SIX, by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, brings together the six women married to Henry VIII—including Anne Boleyn—and pop sensibilities to “remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st-century girl power!” (According to the press release.) The Broadway sensation, with its all women cast and all women band (dubbed The Ladies in Waiting), arrives at D.C.’s National Theatre on July 5, where it will run through Sept. 4. With lyrics like “Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived,” I’m not sure this is my definition of “girl power,” but what do I know—I learned that term from the Spice Girls, after all. Tickets for SIX go on sale at 10 a.m. on April 19. 

We Take Care of Each Other: The praised play Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, written by Clark Young, directed by Derek Goldman, and starring Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn, returns to a local, and significant, stage this May. After a successful run with Shakespeare Theatre Company last fall, the play took off for its national tour. Now, before heading overseas this summer, it will show at Georgetown University’s Gonda Theater from May 12–22. It’s particularly significant because Karski, who “provided the earliest comprehensive accounts of Germany’s aim to exterminate the Jewish people,” was a professor at Georgetown for 40 years. The university’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, co-directed by Goldman, was the first to present a draft of Remember This in 2014. 

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