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Posted at 3:54 PM ET, 05/27/2010

On stage in June

By Stephanie Merry

There's no way around it: For theatergoers, the Kennedy Center is the place to be next month. The Potomac River landmark is offering Synetic Theater's new silent Shakespeare installment and a play whose star will make some sci-fi fans happy. (Hint: It's not David Duchovny.)

That star would be "Matrix" alum Laurence Fishburne, who is taking a break from "CSI" to appear at the Kennedy Center in the one-man play "Thurgood," an absorbing look at the first black Supreme Court justice. (Tuesday through June 20)

Fishburne also has a tangential connection to Synetic's new production, "Othello." The actor starred in a 1995 film version of the drama, playing the jealousy-filled Moor. Roger Payano, who appeared in Synetic's "Dracula" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream," takes on the title role this time. (June 3 through July 3)

Another big name on stage this month is Elizabeth Ashley, who stars in George Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession." The actress, who recently stole the show on Broadway in "August: Osage County," plays a self-made woman whose prim daughter is less than impressed when she uncovers the shocking source of her family's wealth. (June 8 through July 11)

Claire Danes will introduce (Correction: The actress had to cancel)
"Diagnosis of a Faun" is part of the VSA Festival spotlighting artists with disabilities. The play was inspired by its star Gregg Mozgala, who has cerebral palsy. While working with choreographer Tamar Rogoff for the show, Mozgala had a breakthrough: He developed the ability to control parts of his body he had never been able to fully command. (7:30 p.m. June 10)

June marks the beginning of Source Festival, an annual celebration of the offbeat that might best be described as an appetizer before the buffet that is the Fringe Festival. The three-week event offers a mix of performances, including 10-minute plays and the output of diverse artists who were paired up to collaborate on a piece over five months. (June 12 through July 3)

Local favorite John Epperson once again takes the Studio Theatre stage to channel divas of yore as Lypsinka. This time, Epperson is joined by James Lecesne. The pair will reprise Mary Martin's and Carol Channing's roles in the 1986 play "Legends!" about two rival has-beens duking it out in the name of fame. (June 16 through July 4)

-- Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | May 27, 2010; 3:54 PM ET
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