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“USA,” by Paul Shyrre and John Dos Passos, will be at the American Century Theater and Gunston Theater Two from June 22-July 15. An ambitious stage version of the epic trilogy of novels by John Dos Passos that paint the portrait of the U.S. between 1900 and 1930. The play mixes historical figures (Isadora Duncan, Rudolph Valentino and the Wright Brothers) with fictional ones to explore America's exhilaration, contradictions and obsessions. Call 703-553-8782 or visit http://americancentury.org

Washington Shakespeare Company announces that Lee Mikeska Gardner will direct an open workshop of 09/11/XX by Ian Allen of Cherry Red Productions, which juxtaposes the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 with the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks on Washington, DC and New York, from July 9-16.

The workshop, presented as part of our Arlington Dramatist Project, gives patrons an opportunity to witness the entire process of bringing a play to life on stage, from the first read through tech and into the run. The workshop includes four rehearsals and four pay-what-you-can performances. Ian Allen will attend the workshop on select dates. The public may purchase a pass to attend any or all of the rehearsals for $50, or purchase a ticket to any single rehearsal for $20. Current WSC subscribers and Theatrepass holders may attend any or all of the workshop for free. Workshop passes and rehearsal tickets are available at the WSC box office. Clark Street Playhouse is located in Crystal City at 601 S. Clark St. Call 703-418-4808. Visit http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org.

Classika Theatre presents an original family production of "Galactika" from June 10 – July 16 on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. The production is a joint effort of Classika-Synetic Theatre artistic team and NASA scientists to offer an entertaining way to learn about galaxy, stars and astronomy, in general. The show is created according to the school curriculum in astronomy. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Production takes place at Classika Theatre located in the Village at Shirlington at 4041 S. 28th Street in Arlington. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 703-824-6200 or online at www.classika.org.

"Godspell" by Stephen Schwartz will be at the Act III Theatre Company from July 21-30 on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Call 703-548-1154 ext. 1. Tickets are $10 for adults and $15 for children.

"Assassins," by Stephen Sondheim runs from May 30 – July 30. This 2004 Tony Award-winning show gives a captivating look at the lives and lunacy of nine infamous assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. With music ranging from folk to ragtime to big, Broadway ballads, it is one of Sondheim's most inventive and exquisitely scored shows. At the Signature Theatre. Call 703-820-9771 or visit http://www.signature-theatre.org.

Firebelly Productions offers "One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest," a classic social commentary written by Ken Kesey and adapted by Dale Wasserman. Performances at Theatre on the Run, 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, from July 20 - Aug. 6. Tickets $5 - $15. Special rates for seniors on Sundays; group rates available for any performance. Call 703-409-2372 or visit www.firebellyproductions.net for details.

“The Barber of Seville” will be at Lubber Run Ampitheatre July 7 – Aug. 7. The show is a 45-minute one-act version of Rossini’s masterpiece, suitable for the whole family. Adapted by the Lyric Opera of Chicago and sung in English the show is presented by the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia at 8 p.m. Free. Call 703-528-1433 or visit www.novaopera.org for specific dates.

The Keegan Theatre and New Island Theatre presents Steve Martin’s, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," opening Thursday, July 29 at the Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. The production will run through Saturday, Aug. 19. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m. matinees July 29 and Aug. 5 and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 students and seniors. Call 703-892-0202 or email boxoffice@keegantheatre.com.

"The Little Mermaid" will be at Synetic Theater, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington from June 3 – Aug. 20 on Saturday and Sunday at noon. For ages 4 and up. Tickets are $12 in advance. Call 703-824-6200 or visit www.classika.org.