A variety of theatrical experiences will be offered on Friday, Aug. 4, including “An Octoroon,” which closes this weekend at Woolly Mammoth. On Sunday, Aug. 6, Signature Theatre will hold its annual pre-season open house.
‘Happily Ever After … A Cinderella Tale’
Dreams really do come true in “Happily Ever After … A Cinderella Tale,” presented by the Emmy-nominated Pushcart Players at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods on Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. The play, for age 10 and younger, takes audiences on a sometimes happy, sometimes sad, always compelling journey fueled by inner beauty, courage and kindness. Admission is $12. Wolf Trap is located in Vienna, Virginia. For details, visit wolftrap.org or call 877-965-3872.
‘Woman Who Would Be King’ at Millennium Stage
This one-woman show, written and performed by Esosa E., chronicles the journey of Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh of Egypt. In the play, Esosa embodies 11 characters from Hatshepsut’s world to bring to life her fascinating journey from her youth until the moment she takes the throne. This free Millennium Stage performance will take place on Friday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 800-444-1324.
GALA Theatre: ‘Diles lo que está realmente mal’
On Friday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m., GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Paso Nuevo youth program with a free evening of original work in English and Spanish by young artists: “Diles lo que está realmente mal” (“Tell ’Em What’s Really Wrong”). The six-week summer intensive immerses participants aged 13 to 18 in writing, acting, dance and music classes. For details, visit galatheatre.org or call 202-234-7174.
Closing Weekend: ‘An Octoroon’
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s incendiary and Obie-winning riff on a 19th-century anti-slavery melodrama is part period satire and part meta-theatrical middle finger, challenging the racial pigeonholing of 1859 and today. Performances at Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St. NW, are: Thursday, Aug. 3, and Friday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 5, at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 6, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $89 and $99. For details, visit woollymammoth.net or call 202-393-3939.
Signature Theatre’s Open House
Starting at noon on Sunday, Aug. 6, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. in Arlington, Virginia, invites area residents to help kick off Signature’s upcoming season at an open house with free performances every 15 minutes, special ticket offers, raffles and a grand finale concert. For details, visit sigtheatre.org or call 703-820-9771.
On the international front, there’s a Korean art opening on Friday and a French film screening on Saturday.
Opening Reception: ‘From Nature’
At the Korean Cultural Center DC, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW, through Aug. 31, “From Nature” features six Korean artists — Bukang Kim, Hyang Yeon Lee, Hyun Jeung, Jung Woo Cho, Soo il Choi and Yurim Seong — who explore in a variety of media what it means to espouse the values found in nature In their art and life. The opening reception, Friday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m., is free, but registration is required. To register, visit koreaculturedc.org or call 202-939-5688.
Screening: ‘L’assassin habite au 21’
As part “Gaumont at 120: Twelve Unseen Treasures,” the National Gallery of Art presents a free screening of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1942 comedy-mystery (in the style of Hitchcock) about a calling-card serial killer on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. The screening, in French with English subtitles, will take place in the East Building Auditorium, 150 4th St. NW. For details, visit nga.gov or call 202-737-4215.
Also on Saturday, something for small children and something else for old-house researchers.
Puppet ‘Sing-a-Long’ at Glen Echo
Everybody sings in this happy-go-lucky show, recommended for ages 2 to 4, in which favorite childhood songs come to life with big colorful puppets. The 30-minute show starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, in the Puppet Co. Playhouse at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, in Glen Echo, Maryland. Tickets, required for all, are $6. For details, visit thepuppetco.org or call 301-634-5380.
House History Day Workshops
Humanities DC presents free workshops on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to help researchers of any skill level understand and navigate the many public resources the District has to offer. Participants will learn how to research the history of their home or any other historic property through sessions on maps, photo archives, directories and online databases. The workshops will be held at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-387-8391.
Finally, the finals. Sunday is the last day of the Citi Open tennis tournament.
City Open Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals
Tension increases as the Citi Open, the only elite ATP World Tour 500-level event held in the United States, draws to a close at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, 16th & Kennedy Streets NW. The quarterfinal matches take place on Friday, Aug. 4, at 2 and 7 p.m., the semifinal matches on Saturday, Aug. 5, at noon and 7 p.m. and the finals on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 12:30 p.m. Single-session tickets start at $25. For details, visit citiopentennis.com or call 202-721-9500.