Satchmo at the Waldorf

By Terry Teachout | Directed by Eleanor Holdridge | Starring Craig Wallace
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
August 25—October 2, 2016
By Terry Teachout
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
EXTENDED! Must close October 2

It’s March 1971 at the Waldorf Astoria, and Louis Armstrong has just played one of the final performances of his extraordinary career. Unwinding backstage, the legendary ‘Satchmo’ recounts the events—and regrets—that led him to a place of stature in danger of being stripped away. Helmed by Eleanor Holdridge and starring DC-favorite Craig Wallace, this one-man, three-character powerhouse play with music dives into the complicated relationships between Armstrong, his embattled Jewish manager Joe Glaser, and his fiercest competitor and critic, trumpeter Miles Davis.


“Fascinating…seamless, and full of surprises” (Chicago Sun Times), Satchmo at the Waldorf is an uplifting play about the price of success, the birth of jazz, and the soul of Satchmo—as you’ve never heard it before!

Run Time: 80 minutes, no intermission

This play contains profanity and mature themes, and is not recommended for patrons under the age of 14.

Box Office

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

Box Office

202-399-7993 ext 2

Box Office Hours

M-Sat: 10:30am-5:30pm

Sun: 10:30am-1:30pm

Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.


Thur Aug 25 at 8PM | Post show discussion with artistic staff
Fri Aug 26 at 8PM | Post show discussion with artistic staff
Sat Aug 27 at 8PM
Sun Aug 28 at 3PM
Thur Sept 1 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Fri Sept 2 at 8PMHappy Hour at 7pm
Sat Sept 3 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Sat Sept 3 at 8PM


Sun Sept 4 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Thur Sept 8 at 8PM | Cast Talkback
Fri Sept 9 at 8PM | Happy Hour at 7pm
Sat Sept 10 at 3PM 
Sat Sept 10 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Sun Sept 11 at 3PM | Post show discussion; captioned performance
Sun Sept 11 at 7:30PM | Post show discussion; captioned performance
Thur Sept 15 at 11AM | Post show discussion with the cast
Thur Sept 15 at 8PM | Post show discussion; captioned Performance
Fri Sept 16 at 8PM
Sat Sept 17 at 3PM | Post show discussion; H Street Festival*
Sat Sept 17 at 8PM
Sun Sept 18 at 3PM | Post show discussion with the cast
Wed Sept 21 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Thur Sept 22 at 8PM Post show discussion
Fri Sept 23 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Sat Sept 24 at 3PM | Peace Café
Sat Sept 24 at 8PM Post show discussion

Sun Sept 25 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Wed Sept 28 at 8PM 

Thur Sept 30 at 8PM | Post show discussion

Fri Sept 30 at 8PM 

Sat Oct 1 at 3PM | Post show discussion

Sat Oct 1 at 8PM 

Sun Oct 2 at 3PM 

*Please note, parking during the H Street Festival will be very restricted. We recommend patrons attending take Uber or Lyft to get to the theater for the Saturday, September 17 matinee.

Special Post-Show Event: Race & Identity Discussion, led by Richael Faithful and Shari Motro 

RSVP today to participate in this special, 75-minute workshop following Satchmo at the Waldorf at 3pm on September 25. Then catch Mosaic's workshop presentation of The Black Jew Thing at 7pm.

RSVP below to the free workshop, or click here to learn more.

Race & Identity Discussion
Sep 25, 2016, 4:30 PM
Mosaic Theater Company
Reva & David Logan Foundation
Community Engagement Events
All discussions are free and open to the public,
and begin immediately after scheduled show time.
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