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(L to R) Bill Pullman and Tamara Hurwitz Pullman in Healing Wars at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.
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(L to R) Bill Pullman and Tamara Hurwitz Pullman in Healing Wars at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

June 12-29: Healing Wars

Liz Lerman says she aims to deliver both information and emotion in her theatrical dance piece Healing Wars, which is at Arena Stage through June 29. A small cast uses dance and dialogue to portray doctors, soldiers, loved ones and even a Grim Reaper-like spirit who is fatigued by her ceaseless work. Lerman says the characters in her piece migrate between the American Civil War and our current wars, but find themselves affected by some of the same issues. The performance does include simulated explosions, but Lerman says it’s not supposed to match the dramatic violence of a war movie.

"This is actually more a portrait of the people who are involved in healing in the midst of all that carnage and what it’s like to be in a situation when you need to be healed when you're one of these soldiers," she says.

June 13-15: DC Caribbean Filmfest

June is Caribbean Heritage Month. This weekend you can celebrate at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, which is hosting the 14th annual DC Caribbean Filmfest. The festival runs from Friday through Sunday and will include a dozen feature and documentary films from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and more.

Music: “Memories of Love” by Boris Gardiner

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