All the World’s a Stage in U Street


The man in black: Catch “Zorro” at Constellation on Jan. 17 at the “Pay What You Can” preview show. Alas, the good doctor is unlikely to attend. (ewen and donabel via Flickr)

Washington, D.C., never seems to run out of arts offerings, or ones I’m familiar with anyway. Shows you how much I know.

Today we’ll talk about the Constellation Theatre Company. It’s located at performing arts space Source in the U Street Corridor in Northwest, only a couple of blocks and change from the U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro stop on the Green/Yellow Line.

So if you don’t rent an apartment in the neighborhood and want to pay a visit, this place is conveniently located.

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Still relatively young, 2007-08 marked the theatre’s first season in production. I’ll give you their entire mission since it’s so profound:

Constellation Theatre Company creates epic, ensemble theatre to reveal the vast range of the human experience. We awaken our audience with powerful visual imagery, original music, elevated language and heightened movement. Like bright lights in the dark sky, Constellation strives to illuminate life in ways that are dynamic, compelling and relevant today.

Let’s take a few seconds to digest that powerful prose. OK, whewww.

In 2009, the Constellation Theatre Company received the Helen Hayes John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, so they are off to a good start. Not only that, look at these gushing reviews.

View Larger Map Constellation Theatre Company
in residence at Source

1835 14th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

Here is the leadership staff, along with the 2012-13 ensemble. Maybe you know one of these guys? Though a good-sized city, D.C. isn’t New York, you know.

So, what is on tap for the rest of the season? Well, as you can see from their calendar, there are only two productions left, “Zorro,” which runs from January 17 to February 17, and “Gilgamesh,” which takes the stage from May 2 to June 2.

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And tickets, well, look at this deal the theatre generously offers up, letting you see both of the aforementioned plays for $62 “in the best seats in the house!” Here are single tickets; depending on when you go, general admission seating can be had for as low as $30. Students, military and groups of eight-plus get in cheaper.

You can even get involved with the theatre yourself.

The U Street Corridor has its own unique feel, so why don’t you come out and enjoy it in the coming year?

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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