USCHS Partners with Woolly Mammoth

Guards at the Taj promo image with turban and hennaed hands

hennaed hands evoke Taj MahalThe U.S. Capitol Historical Society is partnering with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company to present “The Price of Beauty: History and Legend in the Heart of the Capital,” part of the House Lights Up series for the new production of Guards at the Taj.

Sunday, February 21st, directly following the 2pm show (—3:30)
In the Rehearsal Hall

Free and open to all, but space is limited!

Special for USCHS members: use the code for $25 tickets, good for any show (except Saturday nights) through 2/21! Contact Bee Barnett at (202) 543 8919 x20 for more information, or click here to join.


About “The Price of Beauty:”

Who actually built the Capitol (the first time, the second time, the third time…)?  Did anyone ever consider it the most beautiful building in the world? Which tragic tales are true, and which just make good stories?

Take a glimpse into the past with experts in DC history and architecture, as they share stories of historical oddities, mysterious legends, and unsung heroes in the construction of the nation’s capital.

Panelists include former Capitol Fellow Richard Chenoweth, AIA; The Capitol Dome contributor Jane Armstrong Hudiburg; and USCHS Chief Guide Steven Livengood. USCHS Chief Historian William C. diGiacomantonio will moderate the panel.

About Guards at the Taj:

Guards at the Taj runs 90 minutes and contains fog, mature situations, and language. Recommended for ages 16+.

Winner of the 2015 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award
Winner of the Steinberg Playwright Award

India, 1648: two imperial guards watch as the sun rises over the newly-completed Taj Mahal, an awe-inspiring monument to the emperor’s dead queen. But awe gives way to terror when the guards are given a new assignment: to perform a bloody task whose grisly aftermath will force them to question the very ideas of beauty, responsibility, and friendship.

Guards at the Taj—from playwright Rajiv Joseph and director John Vreeke, the team that brought us Gruesome Playground Injuries—is a tragicomic fable as hilarious as it is horrifying. Beauty has a price. Are we willing to pay it?

“The most astounding brutal tableau you’ll ever see on stage”—Entertainment Weekly

“Funny, haunting and deeply insightful”—LA Weekly

“Comic, absurd and profoundly horrifying”—New York Times, “The Stage’s Best Moments of This Year” (2015)

Tickets and more information.

Actors Kenneth De Abrew and Ethan Hova in costume

Kenneth De Abrew and Ethan Hova