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An innovative collaboration of visual and performing arts and education in the unique historic setting of the former DC prison.

Upcoming Performing Arts Events

December 20, 2014 through December 21, 2014
Saturday performance at 7pm & Sunday performance at 5pm LIVE onstage! Our cadre of carolers perform some of the world's most beautiful music to celebrate the Christmas season.
December 26, 2014 through December 27, 2014
This event has been canceled.  For refunds or ticket information, please contact us at 703-584-2900.  This weekend, the Workhouse performers will whisk us back in time, to a good old-fashioned rowdy Music Hall! Laughter and songs (both vintage and modern songs that evoke the mood) will fill the air in an homage to the famously unique brand of entertainment known as the Music Hall.
November 29, 2014 through December 27, 2014
Presented by Mestey Films Productions
December 31, 2014
Two performances on Wednesday, December 31: 7pm & 9pm! Cool Cow Comedy's headliners and featured performers take the stage in the W-3 Theatre once again! Host and Comedian Rahmein Mostafavi (who has performed stand-up as such venues as DC Improv, Richmond Funny Bone and Caroline's on Broadway) leads regular sold out shows, making Cool Cow a staple of the entertainment options in Lorton! This month, headliner Jeff Maurer appears on the Workhouse stage!
December 31, 2014
Attention all Baby Boomers and Bobby Soxers! Join The Sixth Generation for a New Year's Eve concert in 60's Dance Hall Style at the Workhouse Arts Center!
January 2, 2015 through January 4, 2015
A special encore of our one of our most requested titles! Friday and Saturday evening performance at 8pm, Sunday matinee performance at 1pm. 
January 10, 2015
Award-winning World Music Instrumentalist Tom Teasley performs original music, solo percussion and multimedia art in a collaborative live performance by critically-acclaimed Jane Franklin Dance exploring the relationship of music, rhythm and movement inspired by the Dadaist movement, in particular the films of artists Viking Eggeling and Hans Richter.
January 17, 2015
Each month (and sometimes twice a month) Cool Cow Comedy's headliners and featured performers take the stage in the W-3 Theatre. Host and Comedian Rahmein Mostafavi (who has performed stand-up as such venues as DC Improv, Richmond Funny Bone and Caroline's on Broadway) leads regular sold out shows, making Cool Cow a staple of the entertainment options in Lorton!
February 7, 2015
***This performance is a CLEAN SHOW and is appropriate for ages 16 & up. The 9PM performance is a fundraiser benefiting Girl Scout Service Unit 5208 and all tickets are $20.  Each month (and sometimes twice a month) Cool Cow Comedy's headliners and featured performers take the stage in the W-3 Theatre. Host and Comedian Rahmein Mostafavi (who has performed stand-up as such venues as DC Improv, Richmond Funny Bone and Caroline's on Broadway) leads regular sold out shows, making Cool Cow a staple of the entertainment options in Lorton!
February 7, 2015 through February 8, 2015
Saturday evening performance at 8pm, Sunday matinee performance at 2pm. Our musical romp through the Big Easy celebrates the Golden Age of Jazz! 
February 20, 2015 through March 1, 2015
Presented by Unquiet Theatre Company. Written by James Michael Shoberg. Directed by Katy Chmura.  Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm (doors open 30 minutes prior)
March 6, 2015
Each month (and sometimes twice a month) Cool Cow Comedy's headliners and featured performers take the stage in the W-3 Theatre. Host and Comedian Rahmein Mostafavi (who has performed stand-up as such venues as DC Improv, Richmond Funny Bone and Caroline's on Broadway) leads regular sold out shows, making Cool Cow a staple of the entertainment options in Lorton!
March 7, 2015 through March 8, 2015
Saturday evening performance at 8pm, Sunday matinee performance at 1pm. Some of Broadway’s most beloved characters and some of its most memorable music are written for the leading ladies.
April 4, 2015 through April 5, 2015
Saturday evening performance at 8pm, Sunday matinee performance at 2pm. Lights! Camera! Music! The best of Broadway has been preserved for future generations through their film adaptations!
May 2, 2015 through May 3, 2015
A special sequel to our one of our most popular titles of last year, with all new music! Saturday evening performance at 8pm, Sunday matinee performance at 2pm.
June 5, 2015 through June 6, 2015
Saturday evening performance at 8pm, Sunday matinee performance at 2pm. Break out the fedoras and trench coats as our cabaret performers bring the Film Noir era to the Workhouse! 
July 11, 2015 through July 12, 2015
Saturday evening performance at 8pm, Sunday matinee performance at 2pm. The story of America is as rich and fascinating as the songs, characters and stories that it inspires.