Upcoming Performances

Upcoming Performances

Join us all summer long in the Studio and on the Plaza at Tysons Corner Center!

Heracles!
By Judith Walsh White
July 8 & July 29 in Traveling Players Studio
11 am | Ages 6+ | 30 min
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Heracles, a demi-god hero, commits a terrible crime while under a spell cast by the goddess Hera. His penance requires the completion of 12 impossibly challenging labors, while under the command of vengeful Hera and her cowardly partner in crime, Eurystheus. Heracles shows us that with a little hard work, good can vanquish evil, and awkward kids can grow into the greatest heroes of all time!

Tickets: $15
(Campers get 2 comps each. Limited availability; tickets may not be available at the door.)

Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare
Touring July 28 – August 3
Ages 8 + | 2 hours, plus 15 min intermission
Tysons Corner Center Plaza
Free and open to the public! (Rain Tickets Available)

Twenty years ago, two pairs of identical twins were separated in a great storm. Now they are on a mission to reunite! But they must act quickly or their father will be executed for a heinous crime – being from Syracuse!

Chaos abounds as the two sets of twins dodge mistaken identities, weighty women, and the forces of the law in Shakespeare’s ludicrous four-way identity crisis!

Tour Schedule:

Rain Tickets: $15
(If it rains, the performance will be moved indoors. Capacity is strictly limited, so buy Rain Tickets if you want to guarantee your chance to see the show during inclement weather. Campers get 2 comps each. Limited availability; tickets may not available at the door.)

Festival of 3 Plays

July 14 & August 4 on the Tysons Corner Center Plaza

Free and open to the public!

Rain Tickets: $15
(If it rains, the performance will be moved indoors. Capacity is strictly limited, so buy Rain Tickets if you want to guarantee your chance to see the show during inclement weather. Campers get 2 comps each. Limited availability; tickets may not available at the door.)

Sganarelle
by Moliere
4 pm | Ages 6+ | 45 min

A misplaced locket and an unexpected fainting fit lead to a hilarious mix-up of mistaken identities, miscommunications, and imagined betrayals that just might ruin two relationships!  

Will the young lovers be reunited?  Will husband and wife clear the air?  Maybe, but not without a duel or two.

King Stag
by Carlo Gozzi
5 pm | Ages 6 + | 45 min

A naive King’s search for love leads to disaster when his evil Prime Minister takes advantage of a magical gift to turn the King into a Stag! 

Now Angela, the King’s betrothed, must team up with wily servants, a cowardly soldier, and a talking parrot to save her love and the Kingdom!

Two Gentlemen of Verona
by William Shakespeare
7pm | Ages 8+ | 75 min

When Valentine and Proteus visited Milan to broaden their horizons, they never expected that they would both fall in love with the same woman. 

Now, the beautiful Sylvia must contend with the two young admirers, her father’s disapproval of them, and Proteus’ old girlfriend — who has shown up, disguised as a man, of course! 

Raining? Performances scheduled for the Plaza will move indoors to our Studio. Capacity is strictly limited, so buy Rain Tickets if you want to guarantee your chance to see the show during inclement weather. Campers get 2 comps each. Limited availability; tickets may not available at the door.

For all performances in the Studio:

  • Required: Masks while in the Studio. (Acceptable masks: medical, N95 or KN95; cloth masks can be worn on top of these, but not instead of)
  • Exceptions: Our performances are not recommended for children under the age of 6.
  • Tickets will be required, as capacity in the Studio is strictly limited.
  • Thank you for your understanding and adherence to our policies.  Our Studio is small, and our performers and audience members are treasured members of our community.  We want to keep everyone safe.
  • More information about our rain plan available here.

Join us for
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he Original March Madness:

A Dionysian Festival of 3 Greek Plays!

The performances are now sold out. If you like to come 30 minutes early, you can be added to the rush list and possibly be seated at the show’s start time.

Thank you.

Tickets will be held at Will Call.

Our audience capacity is limited due to COVID restrictions, so we advise reserving your tickets as soon as possible!

Interested in group sales? Email programassistant@travelingplayers.org for rates!

Festival Schedule:

Performance Dates – March 12, 13, 19, 20

11 am – Ariadne’s Thread:
The Adventures of Theseus and the Minotaur
recommended for ages 6 and up; Run Time: 35 minutes

In this modern twist on the myth, Ariadne feels like she hasn’t lived up to her title of “Princess” until she manages to protect the life of her half-brother, the Minotaur. Follow Theseus on his quest to find his family — an adventure that is filled with danger, humor, and a heartwarming reaffirmation of the value of family.

3 pm The Odyssey
recommended for ages 8 and up; Run Time: 45 minutes

Set sail with Odysseus as he fights cyclops, sirens and Gods on his journey home to Ithaca. In an adaptation that focuses on both Penelope’s long wait and Odysseus’ ten-year voyage at sea, experience Homer’s epic tale of adventure, fate, and dignity in the face of unyielding obstacles.

7:30 pm – Hecuba
recommended for ages 12 and up; Run Time: 75 minutes

Betrayals, sacrifices, ghosts — a heap of bodies litter this unforgettable tale of the day after the Trojan War ends. In Euripides’ rarely-produced revenge tragedy, Queen Hecuba and the women of Troy have survived, but the impact of war lingers. Translated by the impeccable Kenneth McLeish.

*There will be a talk back with Peace Activist Barbara Wein after the March 12 performance of Hecuba

  • Required: Maximum vaccination level possible — fully immunized and boosted, if that is an option for you.  You must show proof of vaccination card in advance of or upon arrival.
  • Required: Masks while in the Studio. (Acceptable masks: medical, N95 or KN95; cloth masks can be worn on top of these, but not instead of)
  • Exceptions: None.  Our performances are not recommended for children under the age of 5.
  • Please note: Our Studio will be filled to 60% capacity.  We will seat family/bubbles together, socially distancing between family bubbles. Our performers will be unmasked while on stage and masked while backstage.
  • Thank you for your understanding and adherence to our policies.  Our Studio is small, and our performers and audience members are treasured members of our community.  We want to keep everyone safe.
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In Dust by Sarah Daniels, a high school drama field trip to London goes awry when they discover an unclaimed bag on the underground.  Everyone evacuates the subway train, except for one girl – the girl being taunted by the bullies.  She is let off the train at an ancient tunnel that has no electricity to walk her way to safety with just a flashlight.

Big explosion – flashback to… Roman Londinium!  It’s now the 1st century, when London was being occupied by Rome.  The play becomes an Alice-down-the-rabbit-hole adventure of our poor outcast student encountering major heroes (Queen Boudicca!) and everyday folks around the Londinium Amphitheatre – gladiators, gladiator wannabes, prisoners, guards, lion tamers, food vendors, make-up sellers, and fortune readers. Written by one of England’s most celebrated female playwrights, Dust brings present day teens into collision with the past, clarifying what courage looks like.

The Thief Lord

Two orphaned brothers have run away to Venice, where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins. The leader of this motley crew of lost children is a clever, charming boy who calls himself the Thief Lord. And he has a dark secret. Something from a forgotten past that poses a threat to the boys’ freedom: a treasure so enchanted, it can spin time. Adapted from Cornielia Funke’s New York Times bestselling novel, The Thief Lord is a dazzling adventure about growing up and the families we create for ourselves. 

Beowulf (and the Bard)

Beowulf (and the Bard) is a fun, frenetic and freewheeling farce that updates the Old English poem about the warrior Beowulf, who must rescue the mead hall from a hideous ogre (and his even more hideous mother).  Told through the eyes of the epic’s writer—a character known simply as “the bard”—the comedy’s events unfold much differently than the familiar story passed down through the ages.  In reality, Beowulf is an out-of-shape prince hoping to fulfill the heroic code, while the bard is a desperate poet struggling with a nasty case of writer’s block.  This retelling also introduces a new female character: the bloodthirsty warrior princess Gunborg, whose quest to reach her heroic destiny is ignored by her overprotective father, the king.  Beowulf (and the Bard) is a comedy about friendship, duty and what it means to be a hero.