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For a decade, the H Street Playhouse has served as home base for some of D.C.’s most provocative theater companies, including Theater Alliance and Verbal Gymnastics. Tonight, actors and other theater insiders say farewell to their beloved black box, with performances by The Jaynettes (a doo-wop cover band from Capitol Hill) and Derecho (a Shenandoah Valley improvisational jam act that does rock covers). But there’s no need to get out your black veil just yet: The Playhouse will be reborn in Anacostia this spring. And along with the move, Chief Operations Officer Julia Robey Christian, whose parents opened the original H Street Playhouse in 2002, will change up the programming to suit the new turf. “We’re not looking to bring what we did on H Street down here and force it down people’s throats,” she says. In addition to locally produced performances, the Anacostia Playhouse will offer youth theater classes, curated art exhibits, and at least one amenity that’s sorely needed in the neighborhood: a café.

The party begins at 8 p.m. at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. Free. RSVP via Facebook or by emailing julia@hstreetplayhouse.com. (202) 544-0703. hstreetplayhouse.com.