Performances

Upcoming Events

 alert-triangle-whiteA notice to our patrons

Masks are required at all times regardless of vaccination status inside the Publick Playhouse. Patrons must also maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet and will receive assigned seating during performances. If you are sick, we ask that you please stay home. Patrons who do not comply with these policies will not be admitted into the facility.




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African Drumming Workshop (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, December 2, 2021, 6 - 7 pm

Feel the rhythm and join our community of drummers for an interactive demo and African Drumming session. All Levels Welcome.

For Ages 18 and Up

Cost: $5/Residents; $7/Non-Residents; SOLD OUT





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Family Film Day: "Polar Express"

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Kick off the holidays and gather at the Publick Playhouse for a special holiday screening of “Polar Express.” In the film, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship and bravery. 1hr 40 min. Rated G. All ages welcome.

Cost: $3

Call 301-277-1710 or CLICK HERE to register online.


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Holiday Sing-Along

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 11 am - 12 pm

Celebrate the holidays with traditional renditions of timeless classics and modern arrangements of original songs of the season from gospel to Motown. Bring holiday cheer and enjoy a fantastic time with the music of the season that we all know and love. Warm-up your vocal cords and sing along with a live band!

For Ages 60 and Better

Cost: $10

Call 301-277-1710 or CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.

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Warren Wolf: The History of Vibes

Saturday, December 11, 2021, 8 - 9:15 pm

Celebrated vibraphonist Warren Wolf plays live at the Publick Playhouse showcasing the styles of many popular vibraphonists in recent history including Roy Ayers, Bobby Hutcherson, Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Cal Tjader, and more. All ages welcome.

Cost: $25/Adults; $20/Seniors, Students, and Children

Call 301-277-1710 or CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.

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Fore•word: Conversations and Readings

A Conversation with Ruth Forman

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 4 - 5 pm


Hosted and curated by the critically acclaimed writer Derrick Weston Brown (the inaugural Poet-In-Residence of Busboys & Poets), this hour-long series is a colorful mash-up that is a one-on-one, up-close-and-personal discussion of the writing life beyond the stage and page.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CLICK HERE to watch.




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Holiday Soul Review (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, December 16, 2021, 11 am - 12 pm

Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy Motown holiday favorites by The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, Nat King Cole, the Jackson 5, James Brown, Chuck Brown, Otis Redding, and others.

For Ages 60 and Better

Cost: $10; SOLD OUT





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Digital Family Theatre: "Seasons of Light"

Smithsonian Discovery Theater

Available on Demand:
Saturday, December 18, 2021 - Sunday, December 19, 2021

See the beloved holiday favorite that bridges communities and cultures the world over – virtually! Enjoy an adapted, filmed version of this enchanting signature Smithsonian Discovery Theater show. Celebrate the history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the First Nations’ tradition of the Winter Solstice.

Cost: $3

Registration Coming soon!

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In-Person Event


39th Annual Choreographers Showcase


Saturday, January 22, 2022, 8 pm

Join us for an evening of innovative dance creations at the 39th Annual Choreographer's Showcase. Auditions were held in November 2021 with visiting adjudicators Gesel Mason and Peter DiMuro. A select cohort of choreographers are chosen to perform in the Showcase. All auditioning choreographers receive adjudicator feedback. In addition to a stipend, the audience at the Showcase votes on their favorite piece, and the winning choreographer wins the Audience Choice Award.

The Choreographers Showcase is one of the longest-running showcases of new and established choreographers in the country, inspiring dance audiences and supporting choreographers across the DMV.

Cost: $25/Adults; $20/Seniors, Students, and Children

Registration Coming soon!


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Black History In Motion

Friday, February 11, 2022, 10:30 am - 12 Noon

Celebrate Black History Month with seniors from throughout Prince George's county and beyond with a historical journey highlighting the contributions of African Americans through musical performance at The Publick Playhouse.

For Ages 60 and Better

Cost: $7

Call 301-277-1710 or CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.

Past Events

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Fore•word: Conversations and Readings

A Conversation with B. Sharise Moore

Sunday, September 26, 2021, 4 - 5 pm

Hosted and curated by the critically acclaimed writer Derrick Weston Brown (the inaugural Poet-In-Residence of Busboys & Poets), this hour-long series is a colorful mash-up that is a one-on-one, up-close-and-personal discussion of the writing life beyond the stage and page.

Click Here to watch.




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Mute: Dance Silenced by COVID

Film Screening and Artist Talk
Sunday, October 17, 2021, 4 - 5:15 pm

Mute: Dance Silenced By COVID is an Award-Winning short documentary of six US dancers and their experiences within the initial months of COVID. A “light on the other end of the tunnel” story, Mute: Dance Silenced By COVID also speaks on personal reactions to George Floyd’s murder, artist unemployment, new hopes, and creativity. Mute: Dance Silenced By COVID, written and directed by local DMV artist Shawn Short. 





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Film: Soul

Friday, October 22, 2021, 11 am - 12:40 pm

After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife. Rated PG| Duration 1h 40min

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Fore•word: Conversations and Readings

A Conversation with Bassey Ikpi

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 4 - 5 pm

Hosted and curated by the critically acclaimed writer Derrick Weston Brown (the inaugural Poet-In-Residence of Busboys & Poets), this hour-long series is a colorful mash-up that is a one-on-one, up-close-and-personal discussion of the writing life beyond the stage and page.

Click Here to watch.
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Full STEAM Ahead: An Epic Story Adventure 

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 11 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 2 pm

Join InterAct Story Theatre in an interactive story experience creating an original story rooted in STEAM concepts and skills. This audience participation theatre experience engages all ages in creative problem-solving. 



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African Dance Workshop

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6 - 7 pm

Get moving and feel the beat in an interactive demo and African Dance workshop in-person at the Publick Playhouse. All levels welcome.

For Ages 18 and Up