2013/14 Season | Signature Theatre

Tender Napalm

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  • by Philip Ridley
  • Directed by Matthew Gardiner
  • Scenic Design Luciana Stecconi
  • Costume Design Laree Lentz
  • Lighting Design Collin K. Bills
  • Sound Design Eric Shimelonis
  • Stage Manager Julie Meyer


  • On sale: February 14
  • Pride: March 28 & April 11
  • Discussion: March 26, April 8 & 16

The performance will last approximately 95 minutes. There is no intermission.

The Washington, DC Premiere
Co-Starring Laura C. Harris and Elan Zafir

Tender Napalm makes its Washington debut in a transfixing, intimate and savage exploration of love in the face of heartbreak.

A pair of young lovers creates a fantastical, often violent, world through an interweaving dialogue of increasing perplexity. At the heart of their fantasies lies an unimaginable tragedy that both bonds and breaks the two. Fused with raw energy, the couple blurs the distinction of truth and illusion in this battle-of-the-sexes wild ride.

Ultimately beautiful and richly moving, Tender Napalm is a complex and layered romance for the modern era.

London Times

Tender Napalm contains graphic language and adult situations. For mature audiences only. 

The Threepenny Opera

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  • Book & Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
  • Music by Kurt Weill
  • English translation of dialog by Robert David MacDonald
  • English translation of lyrics by Jeremy Sams
  • Directed by Matthew Gardiner
  • Choreographer Matthew Gardiner
  • Music Director Gabriel Mangiante
  • Scenic Design Misha Kachman
  • Costume Design Frank Labovitz
  • Lighting Design Colin K. Bills
  • Sound Design Lane Elms
  • Video/Projection Design Rocco DiSanti
  • Stage Manger Kerry Epstein


  • On sale now! 
  • Pride: May 9
  • Discussion: May 13 & 21

Groundbreaking Musical

Brecht. Signature style.

Mack the Knife is back in town! The MAX Theatre transforms into London’s gritty underworld in this reimagined futuristic dystopia inspired by A Begger’s Opera. The haves clash with the have-nots while Macheath, the ultimate sneering antihero, perches in the middle of the storm. A brilliant masterpiece of epic theater, Brecht’s sharp critique of Capitalism originated the popular songs “The Ballad of Mack the Knife” and “Pirate Jenny.”

With its haunting jazz score, acid harmonies and biting lyrics, The Threepenny Opera influenced Cabaret and Urinetown. Now, Signature revives the juicily audacious musical that started it all.

“The greatest musical of all time.”

This performance contains graphic language and adult themes.


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Cloak & Dagger

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  • Book, Music & Lyrics by Ed Dixon
  • Directed by Eric Schaeffer

Sponsored in part by Jeffrey Thurston and Charlie Berardesco


  • On sale: May 9
  • Pride: June 20
  • Student Night: June 27
  • Discussion: June 25 & July 1

A World Premiere Musical Comedy

From Helen Hayes Award Winner Ed Dixon (Signature’s Sunset Boulevard) comes a delightfully screwball musical comedy send-up of the 1950s film noir.

Third-rate detective Nick Cutter is down on his luck when a beautiful blonde bombshell tosses a very intriguing case (and herself) into his lap. For the next 90 minutes, Nick races through every New York neighborhood in this zany, mile-a-minute whodunit. With four actors playing nearly 20 roles, Cloak and Dagger uproariously spoofs erstwhile mysteries with lightning speed and rapier wit.

“Mr. Dixon has a way with clever lyrics and sophisticated music.”
Quad City Times