At the core of the Theatre & Dance and Music programs' educational training are a wide variety of co-curricular performances and other special events. Many of these performances are open to the general public as Season Productions.

2018-2019 Season


By David Auburn
Directed by Kerri Rambow

October 18, 19, 20 @ 7:30 pm;
October 21, 2018 @ 2 pm

How do you prove what is yours when everything around you is unstable, including yourself?  Catherine is turning 25, and has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father. After his death, her estranged sister and a former student of her father both arrive, each with a different goal. And then that mysterious notebook is found, presenting the most complicated problem of all.  PROOF was the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.


Mr. BurnsMr. Burns, a post-electric play
By Anne Washburn
Directed by Shirley Serotsky

November 1, 2, 3 @ 7:30 pm;
November 4, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

The world as we know it is over, and as group of survivors pass the time around a campfire, they piece together the plot of “Cape Feare” from “The Simpsons,” entirely from memory.  But as the apocalypse drags on, memory falters and live entertainment based on pop culture becomes mythology, of a sorts.

*This production contains adult language, stylized violence, and live gunshots in the theater



On the Threshold of WinterOn the Threshold of Winter

Presented by the Music Program
Saturday, November 3 @ 7:30 p.m.

Music and Libretto by Michael Hersch
Text adapted from Marin Sorescu’s The Bridge

In the East Coast Premiere of a new production directed by Ah Young Hong
Video Design by Maxwell Bowman

Ah Young Hong, soprano
Tito Muñoz, conductor





Flagg Building
North Atrium
500 17th Street, NW
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
Washington, DC 20006

Michael Hersch - On the Threshold of Winter - 2018 production trailer


On the Threshold of Winter is an immersive, confessional and unsettling opera about a man’s struggle with cancer in the last year of his life. In 1996, Marin Sorescu was nominated for a Nobel Prize - only to be diagnosed with liver cancer later that year. A literary hero in his native Romania, he spent the last five weeks of his life in hospital, where continued to write poems. These writings were later published and translated into English.

The composer, Michael Hersch, first encountered Sorescu’s works in 2010, a grim period in his life. For years, he had wanted to write a work for the stage and had been searching for an appropriate vehicle. With this, he finally found the material he wanted to work with, completing it in 2012. 

On the Threshold of Winter is scored for soprano and an ensemble of eight musicians playing flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, violin, cello and percussion (including drums, chimes, crotales, cymbals, gongs, vibraphone, anvil). It’s a gripping and yet spare scoring, that is the New York Times called a “genuine testament of a struggle… [our consolation is found] in his humanity, which shines like a beacon through the score's darkest page.”


Yarn/WireThe Winter Journey

A World Premiere
Composed by Douglas Boyce
Commissioned and Performed by Yarn/Wire
November 9 at 7:30 p.m.

This concert pairs an avant-garde masterpiece with a new work which echoes its colors and moods and history, but with a distinct voice and commitment to narrative. Makrokosmos III, Music for a Summer Evening (1974), scored for two amplified pianos and percussion, continues Crumb's Zodiacal, mystical, reference and quotation, as well as his extraordinary capacity to manipulate color and texture.  Douglas Boyce's The Winter Journey (2018) draws on Crumb's timbral palate and delicacy of form, but over the course of eight tableau, considers not the cosmos through the mystical, but rather the mystery of human finitude and frailty.

Boyce's work draws inspiration from a minor masterpiece of 20th century literature, George Perec's "The Winter Journey." Not quite scholarship and not quite magical fabulism, the story recounts the sad tale of a young scholar who finds the key to modern literature, a lost book seemingly the source and inspiration of every major French poet from Rimbaud to Mallarmé. Over the course of eight tableaux the narrative is re-presented through textures and color: the scholar Vernier's arrival; the discovery in the library; the intervention of war and return and loss; the search for the text. These tableaux are woven together through quotation, reference and recapitulation — Debussy, Ravel, Crumb and, of course, Schubert arrive and dissolve between delicate percussion and ferocious pianistic virtuosity.

Yarn/Wire is a quartet of two percussionists and two pianists. This instrumental combination allows the ensemble flexibility to slip effortlessly between classics of the repertoire and modern works that continue to forge new boundaries. The ensemble consists of GW Professor Ning Yu, piano; Ian Antonio, percussion; Laura Barger, piano; and Russell Greenberg, percussion.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street, NW
North Atrium
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
Washington, DC 20006


UsingersUniversity Singers: In Remembrance

Concert by GW University Singers
Professor Anthony Blake Clark, Conductor
Music by Finzi, Parry, and Esenvalds
November 11 from 2 – 4 p.m.

As we reflect on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, we remember those who were lost, celebrate freedom, and uplift ourselves and each other with music. The works performed focus particularly on Great Britain, whose sacrifices in the First World War were devastating and whose valor made victory possible. The repertoire also approaches general themes of loss, reconciliation, and peace.

Western Presbyterian Church
2401 Virginia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037


Dance Concert Fall 2018

Dance Concert Fall 2018
Artistic Director Maida Withers
Guest Artists Susan Rethorst w/ Gregory Holt
& Gabrielle Revlock; Erica Rebollar
Student Choreographers:

Emily Ariz
Morgan Furnari
Nisani Lopez
Annie Mancuso
Monique Martinez
Julia Scolapio
Sara Smith
Mary Svonovec

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

November 15, 16, 17 @ 7:30 pm

Student Choreographers from the Program of Theatre & Dance take the stage in this audience favorite!



Ticket Information


Students and seniors (60+): $10 per performance
General admission: $20 per performance



Reserve By Phone

Call (202) 994-0551 at least 6 hours in advance of the performance.

Reserved tickets may be picked up at the box office Will-Call before the performance.



Tickets to Season performances can be purchased at the box office, located at the window of the former Welcome Desk in the Marvin Center. The box office opens one hour before show time. We accept cash, credit card, and check.

Season Pass

SAVE with a 2018-2019 SIX-PACK!

The Season Pass is good for six admissions to any of our six productions.  Use them any way you like:

  • 1 admission to all 6 productions
  • You and a date to any 3 shows (or better yet, buy 2 passes and you and a date to all 6 productions!)
  • Six of your closest friends to 1 production, etc.

*All guests on the Student/Senior level Pass must present current I.D.

The possibilities are endless!

Member Passes at both the Student/Senior and General Admission level receive 20% off the single ticket price:
Student/Senior: $48
General Admission: $96

2018-2019 MainStage Season Member benefits:

  • Skip the box office lines and present your Pass directly to the House Manager/usher for instant admission (or simply exchange for tickets at the box office window)
  • Reserved seating privileges on opening nights.  Just show your Member Pass to the usher and enjoy the best seats in the house!
  • Invitation to opening night receptions with the director and cast
  • Subscription to our email newsletter
  • Pass holders can see each performance again for A BUCK! (Sunday matinee only)

How it works

Purchase online or at the box office. If you purchase online, the Season Pass will be available for pick-up at the box office when you come for your first production.

If you have any questions call 202-994-0551 or [email protected]


Dinner & A Show

Dinner and a show sponsors District Commons and Tonic

Bring your receipt from dining out at any of these participating restaurants on the night of the show and receive a $5 discount on each of your adult theatre tickets!