The MainStage




by Chelsea Marcantel

Directed by Brendan Burke

SHADOWLAND is excited to produce the region’s premiere of this loud and fast laugh riot that won the American Theatre Critics Association’s prestigious 2018 Osborn New Play Award. 

Nina is a newbie in the world of competitive air guitar. Joining a clique of super-committed rock ‘n roll nerds, she’s taken on a journey towards ultimate air guitar self-actualization: AIRNESS, the indescribable state of being that can only happen when you’re not just faking it. . . but letting go and living it. 

“To call this play a crowd pleaser is a drastic understatement!”      – Insider Louisville

“Frickin funny, hella heartfelt, and badass brilliant!”      – DC Metro Theatre Arts

“A gem of a play about collective and personal memory which, given the flow of current events, should give everyone pause.”     – DC Metro

The Studio


THE CROSSWORD PLAY (or Ezmeranda’s Gift)

by Donna Hoke

SHADOWLAND is proud to announce we’ve been selected to produce the world premiere production of Donna Hoke’s thoughtful new play, THE CROSSWORD PLAY (or Ezmeranda’s Gift) at The Studio at SHADOWLAND STAGES, our new intimate black box theatre.  

Join our expert at a crossword puzzle-making workshop, where she guides us through the creation of a brand new puzzle — this one aimed at rekindling an old flame. Will her words woo him back? Or leave her puzzled about the past? 


The MainStage



by Tom Hanks & James Glossman

based on stories by Tom Hanks

Directed by James Glossman

The centerpiece of SHADOWLAND’s season is one of the most exciting projects in its history. SHADOWLAND is thrilled to announce the organization will produce the world premiere of SAFE HOME, written by Tom Hanks & James Glossman, based on stories by Tom Hanks.

Bert Allenberry is a smart man, many say a genius. His inventions have changed the world. He has everything a man – a very rich man – is supposed to have, need, or want . . . except for Time. So now Bert is about to dive headlong through a door, into other people’s lives in other people’s places, in a time-bending odyssey to find his way SAFE HOME.


About the upcoming production, Tom Hanks said:

“SHADOWLAND STAGES is the ideal venue for SAFE HOME – a safe home for a new play. The possibility to come back to the theater, to the fine hands of the ensemble, is fresh, thrilling and due!”

The MainStage



Songs of John Denver

Songs by John Denver and others
Orchestrations and Vocal Arrangements by Jeff Waxman

Original Concept by Harold Thau


In August, SHADOWLAND shows audiences a foot-stompin’ great time as a talented cast reminds us about all the great songs of John Denver in the musical ALMOST HEAVEN.

ALMOST HEAVEN is a musical tribute and intimate celebration of John Denver’s life and career, told through his numerous hit songs – including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Calypso” and more. This musical revue creates a uniquely theatrical narrative celebrating a true American troubadour, and chronicling his impact as both storyteller and activist.

“A winning musical revue! The show pays excellent tribute to an artist who remains great at making people feel good.” 
– Variety

“[It’s like] flying along with John Denver through some mountain air!”
– The New York Times


The Studio





By Danai Gurira & Nikkole Salter

Directed by Jammie Patton


Living worlds apart in South Central Los Angeles and Harare, Zimbabwe, two young women experience a kaleidoscopic weekend of darkly comic, life-altering revelations. IN THE CONTINUUM dramatizes the devastating impact of AIDS on African and African-American women with two actresses portraying dozens of roles in this captivating story of parallel lives.

SHADOWLAND is thrilled to have director Jammie Patton returning to helm IN THE CONTINUUM, following our enormously successful collaboration on THE NICETIES last year – the inaugural production in our new second stage – The Studio at SHADOWLAND STAGES. 

“Moving, smart, spirited and powerfully funny.”      
– The New York Times

“Unforgettable theatre! Altogether engrossing. . . ”     
– Variety


The MainStage



by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell

based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal

The regular season ends with the timely and hilarious LIFESPAN OF A FACT. Based on the true story of John D’Agata’s essay “What Happens There”, this pointed comedy explores the importance of fact vs. fiction.

LIFESPAN OF A FACT follows Jim Fingal, a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact-checker for a sinking once-heralded literary magazine. When his editor charges him with the assignment of checking an article by the prominent resident literary powerhouse, the editor secretly hopes to change the magazine’s fate. Hard facts battle emotional truths in this high-stakes showdown based on actual events.

“Terrifically engaging and fascinating! It’s what you call a good time.”      
– The New York Times

“A smart, rib-bustingly funny play!”     
– Wall Street Journal

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