While some view Easter as an opportunity to gorge on Peeps and Cadbury Creme Eggs, may we suggest something slightly more culturally, spiritually, and intellectually rigorous this season? Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl’s epic three-act Passion Play is a worthy alternative to mindless gluttony and egg hunts. Centered around three separate time periods—Queen Elizabeth I’s England, Hitler’s Germany, and Reagan’s America—each act features an ensemble of actors performing the story of Jesus’ death during these tumultuous eras and the heady debates over art, religion, and politics that subsequently arise in their communities. Read more >>> The play runs March 19 to April 11 at Forum Theatre at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $15–$30. (301) 588-8279. forum-theatre.com. (Diana Metzger)
Jack Rose Dining Saloon, the home of the largest whiskey collection in the Western Hemisphere, is celebrating the addition of its 2015th whiskey with a “2015 in 2015” celebration. The whiskey, a one-off, single-barrel Willett bourbon, is free for everyone in attendance to taste. Willett distiller Drew Kulsveen will be there, as will Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso. Flying Dog beers are discounted, whiskeys are $7, and there will be half-priced bar snacks and free hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St NW. (202) 588-7388. jackrosediningsaloon.com. (James Constant)
OH AND ALSO
Local pop act the Caribbean headlines a triple bill at Adams Morgan’s Bossa featuring Time Is Fire and Insect Factory. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. $5.
Midwestern rock band La Dispute performs at the Howard Theatre with special guests Title Fight and the Hotelier. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $23.
British shoegaze act Swervedriver formed 25 years ago but continues to tour. The band is at Rock & Roll Hotel tonight with L.A.-based pop quartet Gateway Drugs. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $20.
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