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The Kennedy Center plans to present works from 20 countries from nearly every continent. WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014 is your passport to a world of innovative storytelling and stunning stagecraft - from works by famed director Peter Brook, novelist/playwright Ariel Dorfman, and acclaimed War Horse collaborators Tom Morris and the Handspring Puppet Company; to plays featuring Academy Award nominees Dame Janet Suzman and Emmanuelle Riva; to puppetry, Shakespeare, and twists on other classics.The festival includes 13 fully staged productions, 9 of which are U.S premieres, as well as theater-focused installations, staged readings, and panel discussions.

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The shows are listed below:

The Suit, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (France) - In renowned director Peter Brook's stage adaptation of a classic South African story, a lawyer forces his adulterous wife to treat her lover's left-behind suit as an honored guest. (Mar. 11 - Mar. 13, 2014)

Rupert, Melbourne Theatre Company (Australia) - U.S. PREMIERE! Australia's best-known and most prolific playwright, David Williamson, takes on one of the greatest media moguls of all time in a riveting new production guaranteed to make headlines. (Mar. 12 - Mar. 15, 2014)

Incendios, Tapioca Inn (Mexico) - U.S. PREMIERE! At odds over their mother's will, two grown twins travel back in time to unravel her deepest secrets, discovering a very different mother from the one they thought they knew. (Mar. 14 - Mar. 16, 2014)

La Muerte y La Doncella (Death and the Maiden), LA MAFIA Teatro (Chile) - U.S. PREMIERE! Inspired by the Chilean transition to democracy, this 1992 Olivier Award–winning play describes a former political prisoner's chance encounter with the man she believes once tortured her. (Mar. 14 - Mar. 16, 2014)

Harmsaga, The National Theatre of Iceland (Iceland) - U.S. PREMIERE! In this modern love story, a young couple desperately tries to save their marriage, exposing betrayed promises and broken dreams in the process. (Mar. 15 - Mar. 16, 2014)

Savannah Bay, Théâtre de l'Atelier (France) - U.S. PREMIERE! Featuring 2012 Academy Award nominee Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Savannah Bay follows a young woman desperate to discover the truth about her mother's suicide the day after her birth. (Mar. 19 - Mar. 22, 2014)

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bristol Old Vic & Handspring Puppet Company (England & South Africa) - The internationally acclaimed War Horse collaborators reunite to re-envision Shakespeare's romantic comedy of love triangles, fairies, and kings. (Mar. 20 - Mar. 23, 2014)

Penny Plain, Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes (Canada) - Part-gothic thriller, part-apocalyptic comedy, this puppet theater piece follows an old boarding house owner whose end-of-days vigil is interrupted by several bizarre characters. (Mar. 20 - Mar. 22, 2014)

Not by Bread Alone, Nalaga'at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble (Israel) - While making, kneading, and baking dough, eleven deaf and blind actors re-enact vivid memories, recall forgotten dreams, and share joyful moments. (Mar. 25 - Mar. 26, 2014)

Green Snake, National Theatre of China (China) - U.S. PREMIERE! Two female snake spirits take human form in this contemporary staging of the Chinese myth, in which goddesses and mortals find themselves beyond redemption. (Mar. 27 - Mar. 30, 2014)

Les Souffleurs Commandos Poétiques, Tokyo Theatre Company KAZE & Les Souffleurs commandos poétiques (Japan & France) - U.S. PREMIERE! Tokyo Theatre Company KAZE and Les Souffleurs commandos poétiques present a site-specific performance to create spontaneous, peaceful, and meaningful poetic interruptions as an endeavor to slow down the world. (Mar. 28 - Mar. 30, 2014)

The Adventures of Robin Hood, Visible Fictions (Scotland) - U.S. PREMIERE! Updated, inventive, and hilarious, this new production is unlike any Robin Hood you've seen before! Scotland's acclaimed Visible Fictions bring this classic tale to life with two actors and lots of imagination. (Mar. 28 - Apr. 06, 2014)

Solomon and Marion, Baxter Theatre Centre (South Africa) - U.S. PREMIERE! Academy Award and Olivier Award nominee Dame Janet Suzman stars as one of two injured souls searching for redemption in a fragile, post-apartheid South Africa. (Mar. 28 - Mar. 30, 2014)

It is a good thing the Kennedy Center offers a Passport Package which allows you to watch 3 shows for a special price, because it will be difficult to pick just one from this incredible offering.

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