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 makes me believe once again that there’s no place like home in the district. Here are some recent arts-related headlines and reports that will make you feel the same way. Check back weekly for upcoming Monday Art Gatherings.

Heads will roll: SIXby Toby Marlow and Lucy Mossbrings together the six women married to Henry VIII, including Anne Boleyn– and pop sensibilities to “remix 500 years of historic heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power!” (According to the press release.) The Broadway sensation, with its all-female cast and girl group (dubbed The ladies of honor), arrives at the National Theater in DC on July 5, where it will continue until September 4. With lyrics like “Divorced, beheaded, dead, divorced, beheaded, survived”, I’m not sure it’s my definition of “girl power”, but what do I know – I learned this term from the The Spice Girls, after all. Tickets for SIX goes on sale at 10 a.m. on April 19.

We take care of each other: The praised game Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karskiwritten by Clark Youngdirected by Derek Goldmanand starring the Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn, returns to a local and meaningful stage in May. After a successful run with the Shakespeare Theater Company last fall, the play took off on its national tour. Now, before heading overseas this summer, it will be presented at the Gonda Theater at Georgetown University from May 12-22. This is particularly important because Karski, who “provided the first complete accounts of Germany’s goal to exterminate the Jewish people,” was a professor at Georgetown for 40 years. The university’s Global Performance and Policy Lab, co-directed by Goldman, was the first to present a draft Remember this in 2014.

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