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A New Environment for a New Helen Hayes Awardsby Norman Allen

This year is the first that The Helen Hayes Awards will not be presented in a traditional, proscenium theatre. Past venues have included the National Theatre, the Warner, and the Kennedy Center. The 30th Anniversary Helen Hayes Awards, though,...

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Weekend Roundup: theatreWeek Theatre!by Sandy Bass

“theatreWeek Theatre!"

In honor of theatreWeek, we're spotlighting ALL of the shows currently on stage. From comedies, to dramas, to everything in between. Theatre...

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Looking to the Past, as We Look to the Future: A Remembranceby Norman Allen

I’ve been working in the Washington theatre community for two decades now, which means I’m just a few years shy of actually seeing Helen Hayes at the Helen Hayes Awards. I wish I’d been there back in 1992, when she made her last appearance, at...

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Re/creating the Lossby Hannah Hessel Ratner

The Wright Stuff

We think of playwrights as writers but the spelling of their title reveals a deeper meaning. The rarely seen “wright” is an old word, and speaks to people who make things. It is a word for...

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Weekend Roundup: Once upon a time...by Sandy Bass

From a brother and a sister who discover a house made of delicious treats, to an ogre who must save a princess from a fire-breathing dragon, this week's Roundup features five productions whose plots are based on popular fairy...

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Pointless Theatre Co. – Far From Itby Norman Allen

Pointless Theatre Co., which will receive the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at the 30th Annual...

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What's in a Name? Putting Helen in The Helen Hayes Awardsby Norman Allen

If you speak with Bonnie Nelson Schwartz and Betti Brown, the two women most instrumental in the founding of the Helen Hayes Awards thirty years ago, all they want to talk about is a third—Helen Hayes herself. “It was [producer]...

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Forging On – The Anacostia Playhouseby Norman Allen

Walk into the Anacostia Playhouse on a weekday morning and you’ll be welcomed by Harley, a rescue mutt who takes about 30 seconds to warm up to you. Drawings from students at nearby Ballou and Thurgood Marshall high schools line the walls,...

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Weekend Roundup: Nominees Back on Stageby Sandy Bass

With April 21st being just around the corner, this week's roundup recognizes six productions that feature the work of some of the nominees for the 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards. Check out the list below.

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Weekend Roundup: Keep Your Eyes on the Prizeby Sandy Bass

From six adolescents competing in a spelling bee to three world leaders seeking peace in the Middle East, this week's Weekend Roundup features seven productions whose characters are hopeful for something big to happen, something...

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