Upcoming Performances

Upcoming Performances

King Stag

by Carlo Gozzi | Tickets: $15
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Young King Deramo’s greatest wish is to find an honest woman to be his queen. There is only one problem – he’s too trusting! Desperate to find a solution he turns to a powerful magician, Norando, who offers a magical fix for his problems: a living statue whose smile can alert the king to lies and dishonesty. But magic comes at a cost. The magician’s second gift becomes a curse when it falls into the hands of the diabolical Prime Minister, Tartaglia, who uses the spell to impersonate the King, usurp his power, marry his betrothed, and turn the King himself into a stag! 

Alone and afraid, Deramo must find it within himself to trust others — and hope that the trust is returned so he can save his kingdom, his future queen, and himself.

Performance Dates:

  • September 24 at 8 pm
  • September 25 at 3 pm
  • October 1st at 8 pm
  • October 2nd at 3 pm

All performances will take place in our Studio in Tysons Corner Center.

Please Note:

  • Masks will be required for all audience members.
  • There will be the use of theatrical fog and minimal strobe effects.

Commedia Christmas Carol

Based on the Story by Charles Dickens | Tickets: $15
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Scrooge is a miserly banker with little compassion for his fellow men. He doesn’t care for charity, cheer, or Christmas. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, who wails at his misfortune in the afterlife. He is being punished for the greed he exhibited in life and warns Scrooge that if he does not change his fate will be the same.

With the assistance of three ghosts, Scrooge visits Christmases of the Past, Present, and Future to learn kindness and compassion. Can Scrooge regain his humanity in time for Christmas?

Performance Dates:

  • December 2 at 8 pm
  • December 3 at 8 pm
  • December 4 at 3 pm
  • December 9 at 8 pm
  • December 10 at 8 pm
  • December 11 at 3 pm

All performances will take place in our Studio in Tysons Corner Center.

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

Persephone
By Judith Walsh White
July 29 in Traveling Players Studio
11 am | Ages 6+ | 30 min
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Demeter and her daughter Persephone live a life of eternal bliss on the sacred Earth. When the trickster Cupid shoots his Arrow at the head-over-heels Hades, Persephone is taken to the underworld. Soon the Earth suffers from her departure; famine, dust bowls, droughts. Can Hades win her love? Will mother reunite with daughter? And, most importantly, will the Earth retain her beauty? 

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 29 – August 3
Ages 8 + | 2 hours, plus 15 min intermission

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:

  • July 29, 7pm | Peaks of Otter Lodge | Bedford, VA
    • Performance will be moved to 8pm in the dining hall if it rains.
    • To reserve a room in Peaks of Otter Lodge, ask for Lauren at the front desk and let her know you’re coming to the show — she’ll get you a good room.
  • July 30, 7pm | Peaks of Otter Lodge | Bedford, VA
    • Performance will be moved to 8pm in the dining hall if it rains.
    • To reserve a room in Peaks of Otter Lodge, ask for Lauren at the front desk and let her know you’re coming to the show — she’ll get you a good room.
  • Aug. 1 | Private Performance | Winchester, VA
  • Aug. 1 | Private Performance | Winchester, VA
  • Aug. 3, 7 pm | Tysons Corner Center Plaza | Tysons, VA
    •  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.)
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.