September 25, 2013 – November 3, 2013

September 26 >> November 3, 2013
Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili

Fearing the ravages of time and realizing the impermanence of youth, Dorian Gray makes a fateful wish–that his almost supernaturally lifelike portrait grow old while he remains forever young and beautiful. Synetic’s inventiveness and unforgettable visuals will elevate Oscar Wilde’s fantastical story to yet another level. This production has dialogue.

To read the director’s notes click here.

For a plot synopsis click here.

This production contains simulated nudity, sexual content and drug use and is recommended for ages 16 and up. This production runs 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 15 minutes intermission.


Join us for one of these special events during the run of The Picture of Dorian Gray!









All creatures of the night are invited to party with Synetic on Friday Nov. 1 at our annual Vampire’s Ball! Guests will take in the supernatural thriller, The Picture of Dorian Gray before dancing the night away at our new studio space! The post-show party will include a costume contest, Halloween treats, open bar and the spooky musical stylings of our resident composer Konstantine Lortkipanidze. Tickets are $60 or $100 for a pair with the code “VampirePair”.






In The House” with Paata Tsikurishvili on We Love DC

Adapting The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Nathan Weinberger on DC Metro Theater Arts

Paata Tsikurishvili on Directing ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray” on DC Metro Theater Arts


““Dorian Gray” reveals that the Tsikurishvilis never stop thinking about how to keep their aesthetic entertainingly fresh, how determined they remain to make a splash. Part of the fun of being a returning patron to Synetic is seeing and hearing familiar elements customized for their latest story. You see, Synetic’s portrait doesn’t seem to fade with age. No, it just keeps getting sharper.”
The Washington Post

“Pushes enough boundaries to make Oscar Wilde proud.”

“Something beautiful and not to be missed.”
Washington Blade 

“The creative, movement-focused company has delivered one of its most ambitious productions to date with its season opener, The Picture of Dorian Gray. The performance group is trying out some new techniques with the show…it’s clear director Paata Tsikurishvili and choreographer Irina Tsikurishvili [are] still up for taking chances.”

“A truly sexy, gothic tale perfect for the Halloween season.”
MD Theatre Guide 

“The production shows the maturing of a company willing to go well beyond the box of tricks that brought it fame and notice. Try it out with eyes wide open.”
Showbiz Radio

“Never a company to rest on its laurels, Synetic Theater brings innovative and fresh work to the stage yet again …the immensely talented creative team leverages dialogue, movement, projections, and a host of other technical effects – even, if you can imagine, more than a few splashes of neon-colored paint – to put a new twist on the well-known tale in only a way that Synetic can do.”
Director – Paata Tsikurishvili
Choreographer – Irina Tsikurishvili
Dramaturg – Nathan Weinberger
Assistant Director/Music Director – Irakli Kavsadze
Assistant Director/Fight Choreographer – Ben Cunis
Set Design -Daniel Pinha
Costumes – Kendra Rai
Lighting Design – Colin K. Bills
Multimedia Design – Riki K
Original Music – Konstantine Lortkipanidze
Vocal Coaching – Robert Smith
Sound Design and Effects – Thomas Sowers
Stage Manager – Marley Giggey

Featuring Synetic Company Members Dallas Tolentino, Joe Carlson, Robert Smith, Mitchell Grant, Vato Tsikurishvili, Kathy Gordon, Irina Kavsadze, Rachael Jacobs, Rachel Burkhardt, and Helen Hayes Award-Winning Synetic veteran Philip Fletcher as the Portrait.