The Helen Hayes Awards ceremony descended on Warner Theatre last night, and Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Candide” was the big winner. (See the full list of recipients here) While the awards generally celebrate shows that have come and gone, there are still opportunities to see what all the fuss was about. Get the scoop on how to see the award-winning shows or similar ones after the jump.
As Lavanya reported last week, “Clybourne Park,” the winner of the award for best resident play and best direction of a resident play, will return to Woolly Mammoth in July. The show, which recently took home another coveted prize — this year’s Pulitzer for drama — is a clever black comedy inspired, in part, by “A Raisin in the Sun.”
Also in July, Arena Stage’s inaugural production at the Mead Center, a rollicking rendition of “Oklahoma!,” revisits the complex’s Kogod Cradle. The musical garnered four Helen Hayes Awards, including best musical direction and best choreography. And chicks and ducks and geese better scurry, because Nicholas Rodriguez, who tied for outstanding lead actor in a resident play, will reprise his role of Curly this summer.
While Synetic Theater’s run of “Othello,” which took home the best direction award for a resident play, is over, you can see another of the company’s acclaimed silent Shakespeare productions. Synetic’s clown-filled take on “King Lear” continues through May 8 at the troupe’s theater in Crystal City.
D.C. audiences have had a number of chances to see the plays and adaptations of playwright David Ives, including the Charles MacArthur Award winner for outstanding new play, “The Liar.” Interested in Ives’s work? See another of his inventive pieces when “Venus in Fur” opens at the Studio Theatre in May. The play mirrors Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s kinky 1870 novel, which inspired the term masochism.
Tom Teasley’s work on Constellation Theatre’s “The Ramayana” won for outstanding sound design for a resident production, and the company is remounting the award-winning fairy tale epic in August. You can also hear Teasley offer live music during the company’s upcoming “The Green Bird.”