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See the 2020 SafeStart Season, called "a vision of what's possible" (DC Metro Theater Arts).

Jessika D. Williams and Mia Wurgaft. By Lauren Parker.


Holiday traditions begin at the Blackfriars Playhouse!
Celebrate the Holiday Season under our ASC SafeStart Plan.

Madeline Calais. Photo by Lindsey Walters.


ASC has become a dual citizen of the physical and digital worlds! Join us for this diverse group of events, completely online!

Much Ado About Nothing. Photo by Lindsey Walters.

Twelfth Night

Directed by DAN HASSE

Shipwrecked Viola is in love with Orsino...who is in love with Olivia…who is in love with Cesario…who is secretly Viola disguised as a man. In a world turned upside down, what could possibly go wrong (or right?) Shakespeare’s beloved comedy of (mis)identity arrives in a 90-minute, no intermission romp! Click 'More Info' to learn more!

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If truth has lost its meaning, how long can love survive?  Evil is everywhere in Shakespeare’s great tragedy of racism and jealousy, as the love of Othello and Desdemona is destroyed by envy and fact is twisted by innuendo.  You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat as the deadly machinations unfold. Click 'More Info' to learn more!

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A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by James McClure

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The beloved Blackfriars Playhouse tradition is back. Celebrate the holiday season with your favorite ASC actors as they perform our new adaptation of the timeless Dickens novel under ASC SafeStart protocols this December. 

Begins December 2
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Dr. Ralph Presents: 'Then Must You Speak'

AN EXPLORATION OF RACE AND SHAKESPEARE This series will bring together scholars and artists for probing conversations about race and Shakespeare in order to grow our understanding of the many ways in which "classical" theatre and how we pursue it in America exposes and intersects with issues of social justice, systemic racism, equity, and the perpetuation of White supremacy culture while simultaneously offering a lens through which to imagine and embody positive change.

Each Friday at 5 PM
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Live @ Blackfriars

Join ASC music maestro Chris Johnston and special guests for a free, monthly concert from the Blackfriars stage, streamed live on ASC’s Facebook!

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ASC's Annual Gala

Join us Saturday, October 17 as we come together as a community to celebrate the close of the 2020 SafeStart Season, online and in-person.


These intimate, small-class sessions focus on the creative process, guided by our extraordinary cohort of ASC artists. Join the fall semester; space is limited!

A Holiday Tradition

We are excited to bring you a brand new adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL this December under our ASC SafeStart Protocols. Tickets on sale now!

Save A Space Campaign

While the cost of creating theatre remains the same, our ability to generate revenue from ticket sales is greatly limited. We ask that you help us save a space.

The 2020 ASC SafeStart

2 shows, 3 ways to watch, & many mitigations in place to keep you safe. Welcome to the 2020 SafeStart Season! Learn more & explore our calendar...