Why would an aspiring actor want to leave D.C. for Broadway? Ever since Zelda Fichandler co-founded Arena Stage in 1950, our city has been world-renowned for producing some of the best theater in the country. Fichandler’s tradition continues with women directors who run not only the show but their own theaters, too. So if you’re gonna sit tight and work the League auditions, get to know the players first. The National Museum of Women in the Arts has gathered some of our city’s most prominent female directors—including Arena’s Molly Smith, Studio Theatre’s Joy Zinoman, and Source Theatre’s Lisa Rose Middleton—to shoot the breeze about theater in D.C. for the lecture “The Play’s the Thing.” With $10 general admission—$5 for students—even starving actors can afford a brush with greatness. And just think what you’re saving in rent. At 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $10. (202) 783-7370. (Amanda Fazzone)