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Take Ten: Kristin A. Thompsonby Michael Kyrioglou

First inspired by the London fog that cloaked a creepy Dracula, lighting designer KRISTIN A. THOMPSON is a 2017 Helen Hayes Award nominee for her work with ...

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Take Ten: Gregory Wooddellby Michael Kyrioglou

Appearing in The School for Lies at Shakespeare Theatre Company through July 9, ...

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Take Ten: Melynda Burdetteby Michael Kyrioglou

Sit back and Take Ten with actor-educator MELYNDA BURDETTE, then catch her in Pallas Theatre Collective’s ...

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Take Ten: Mitchell Hébertby Michael Kyrioglou

Actor MITCHELL HÉBERT returns to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, where he’s a longtime company member, for Taylor Mac’s ...

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Take Ten: Sherri L. Edelenby Michael Kyrioglou

From a ghoulish debut in a Halloween pageant to dropping lines in front of Broadway heavyweights to her current role in Jesus Christ Superstar - at...

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Take Ten: Tuyet Thi Phamby Michael Kyrioglou

Catch actor TUYET THI PHAM in The Man Who at Spooky Action Theater through June 4, and...

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Take Ten: Juan Luis Espinalby Michael Kyrioglou

Hailing from the Dominican Republic, actor JUAN LUIS ESPINAL is having a dream-come-true experience appearing in In the Heights (in...

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Take Ten: Stephen Scott Wormleyby Michael Kyrioglou

STEPHEN SCOTT WORMLEY traces his show-must-go-on attitude back to that Christmas Pageant dance solo when he “spun for Jesus” despite a costume malfunction that would have had weaker men hiding in...

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Take Ten: Roberta Gasbarreby Michael Kyrioglou

Whether studying with a young Michael Bennett or dreaming of 17th century poet Matsuo Basho, director ROBERTA GASBARRE is “drawn to ritual, a sense of participation and...maybe a little chaos!” Check out...

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Take Ten: Justin Schmitzby Michael Kyrioglou

A sound designer with proven “moxie,” JUSTIN SCHMITZ brings his aural magic to the world premiere of Randy Baker’s ...

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Take Ten: Jacob Yehby Michael Kyrioglou

Relax and Take Ten with actor JACOB YEH before you catch him in The Hub Theatre’s The Late...

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Take Ten: Kiernan McGowanby Michael Kyrioglou

When actor KIERNAN MCGOWAN tackles the title role in We Happy Few Productions’ Henry V, he continues a...

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Take Ten: Jenna Berkby Michael Kyrioglou

From her 4th grade debut as Titania to dreams of a more mature Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, actor JENNA BERK loves her life in the theatre. In this week’s Take Ten, she shares the joy of dual...

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Take Ten: Elizabeth Pierottiby Michael Kyrioglou

ELIZABETH PIEROTTI, appearing in WELL at 1st Stage through April 23, has a theatrical history that runs...

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Take Ten: William K. D’Eugenioby Michael Kyrioglou

Lighting and sound designer WILLIAM K. D’EUGENIO (a 2017 Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding Lighting Design on Theater Alliance's Word Becomes Flesh) brings his artistry...

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Take Ten: Kathryn Tkelby Michael Kyrioglou

Catch KATHRYN TKEL in the roll-in-the-aisles funny FICKLE: A FANCY FRENCH FARCE at...

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Take Ten: Elizabeth Raycaby Michael Kyrioglou

It’s not surprising that ELIZABETH RAYCA, in Show Boat at Toby’s Dinner Theatre through ...

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Take Ten: Doug Brownby Michael Kyrioglou

In this week’s Take Ten, actor DOUG BROWN looks back to his debut as an audience member and the career-inspiring experience of seeing James Earl Jones in The River Niger at the National Theatre....

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Take Ten: Nigel Reedby Michael Kyrioglou

Catch actor Nigel Reed in God of Carnage at Compass Rose Theater in Annapolis...

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Nominations for the 2017 Helen Hayes Awardsby Michael Kyrioglou

The nominees for the 2017 Helen Hayes Awards were announced on February 6, 2017. One of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors, The Helen Hayes Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in professional...

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Take Ten: Matt Torneyby Michael Kyrioglou

This week’s Take Ten finds Matt Torney, associate artistic director at Studio Theatre, tackling Stoppard’s ...

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Take Ten: Wood Van Meterby Michael Kyrioglou

Relax and Take Ten with Wood Van Meter, appearing in Last Train to Nibroc at the Washington Stage Guild through February 19. Whether drawing...

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Take Ten: Susan Lynskeyby Michael Kyrioglou

Actor Susan Lynskey has enjoyed a long working relationship with Roe, from its beginnings at the Oregon...

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Take Ten: Karen Lange & Allyson Harkeyby Michael Kyrioglou

Allyson Harkey and Karen Lange share the spotlight in this week’s Take Ten – and in Pinky Swear Productions ...

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Take Ten: B'Ellana Duquesneby Michael Kyrioglou

Sit back, relax, and Take Ten with B’Ellana Duquesne, appearing in Charm at ...

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Take Ten: Eleanor Holdridgeby Michael Kyrioglou

Whether directing Michael Frayn’s classic comedy Noises Off or tackling the complexity of his Copenhagen...

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Take Ten: Zana Gankhuyagby Michael Kyrioglou

Relax and Take Ten with Zana Gankhuyag, appearing as the Prince in Synetic Theater’s Sleeping Beauty through January 8. A...

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Take Ten: Frank Labovitzby Michael Kyrioglou

This week’s Take Ten finds director-designer Frank Labovitz digging deep into the “weirder corners” of his imagination for Pointless Theatre’s ...

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Take Ten: Ryan Sellersby Michael Kyrioglou

Ryan Sellers is enjoying a busy holiday season! He’s the writer/director for Arts on the Horizon's ...

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Take Ten: Danny Gaviganby Michael Kyrioglou

This week’s Take Ten offers an inside look at the glamorous life of actor Danny Gavigan, appearing in Miss Bennet:...

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Take Ten: Jonelle Walkerby Michael Kyrioglou

Playwright Jonelle Walker has a hit on her hands with TAME at WSC Avant Bard through December 11....

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Take Ten: Betsy Morganby Michael Kyrioglou

Broadway vet Betsy Morgan brings her formidable talent to Arena Stage as Julie in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic ...

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Take Ten: Deidra LaWan Starnesby Michael Kyrioglou

A familiar face on Washington area stages, actor and director Deidra LaWan Starnes returns to Mosaic Theater Company of DC through November 27 in Kirsten...

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Take Ten: Audrey Bertauxby Michael Kyrioglou

Actor Audrey Bertaux takes the title role in Stephen Spotswood’s Girl in the Red Corner, a production of ...

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Remembering Oran Sandelby Michael Kyrioglou

Oran Sandel was part of a theater movement. Through his work with the Living Stage Theater Company, and beyond, he dramatically transformed the cultural landscape of Washington, DC.  He understood creativity and...

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Take Ten: Russell Harvardby Michael Kyrioglou

Actor Russell Harvard - recognized for his work in Deaf West's recent Broadway revival of Spring Awakening, the FX series "Fargo" and the off-Broadway hit Tribes - returns to...

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Take Ten: Paige Hathawayby Michael Kyrioglou

This week’s Take Ten finds designer Paige Hathaway enjoying her dream job, with The Gulf at Signature Theatre through November 6, and ...

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Take Ten: Elena Velascoby Michael Kyrioglou

Artistic Director Elena Velasco brings Witch to Convergence Theatre through October 30. Inspired by the Jacobean...

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Take Ten: Caroline Clayby Michael Kyrioglou

Enjoying a good bit of gossip was not a new experience for actor Caroline Stefanie Clay, who plays Mrs. Jennings in Sense and Sensibility at...

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Take Ten: Andrew Veenstraby Michael Kyrioglou

Actor Andrew Veenstra returns to the Shakespeare Theatre Company as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet...

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Take Ten: Justin Weaksby Michael Kyrioglou

Family members might say Justin Weak’s career peaked in the 5th Grade with his masterful portrayal of the Munchkin Mayor but audiences who catch him in Lobby Hero...

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Take Ten: Joseph Carlsonby Michael Kyrioglou

Brave Spirits Theatre - known for its "kick-ass classics" - presents Shakespeare's steamy ...

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Take Ten: Ali Oliver-Kruegerby Michael Kyrioglou

Ali Oliver-Krueger would love to travel back to Ancient Greece for a classic “three-playwright throwdown at the City Dionysia.” In the meantime, she’s brightening the lives of children and adults through her work with...

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Remembering Nancy Michelby Michael Kyrioglou

On August 19, 2016 Toby’s Dinner Theatre lost a longtime employee and friend. Nancy Michel, lover and supporter of the arts, passed away peacefully with her family by her side.

Nancy will be remembered as a spiritual person who was...

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Take Ten: Scott Ward Abernethyby Michael Kyrioglou

Actor Scott Ward Abernethy is relatively new to Washington audiences but has already appeared with 1st Stage and has joined the team at The Keegan Theatre...

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Signature Team Creates Logo for Area Playwrightsby Sara Dabney Tisdale

It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s simple, and that’s the goal for the new logo Signature Theatre has created to advertise its collaboration with four local playwrights that the theater...

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Take Ten: Irene Sankoff & David Heinby Michael Kyrioglou

This week's Take Ten offers a twofer deal, with insights from married writing team Irene Sankoff and David Hein, creators (music, book & lyrics) for the Broadway-bound ...

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Take Ten: Jake Nullby Michael Kyrioglou

Music Director Jake Null brings his love of musical theatre to Constellation Theatre Company’s Urinetown...

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Take Ten: Kathleen Akerleyby Michael Kyrioglou

Take Ten gets up close and personal with KATHLEEN AKERLEY, Artistic Director at Longacre Lea, and author and director of Fear...

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Remembering Zelda Fichandlerby Michael Kyrioglou

Since the passing of Zelda Fichandler on July 29 there has been an outpouring of personal tributes from artists, audiences, and administrators. Here are just a few reminiscences from those who worked with her - and were inspired by her work: BETH...

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Take Ten: Amelia Acosta Powellby Michael Kyrioglou

In this week’s Take Ten interview, AMELIA ACOSTA POWELLArtistic Associate & Casting Director at Arena Stage, talks about the fun to be had directing...

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Take Ten: Stori Ayersby Michael Kyrioglou

In this week’s Take Ten interview, actress Stori Ayers, currently appearing at Anacostia Playhouse in ...

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A Tapestry of Tributes to Zelda Fichandlerby Norman Allen

When she co-founded Arena Stage 66 years ago, Zelda Fichandler paved the way for today's thriving Washington theatre community - and altered forever the way theatre is produced in the United States....

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Take Ten: Tim Getmanby Michael Kyrioglou

Tim Getman brings a lifetime of experience to his work in Hand to God - at S...

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Take Ten: Deb Margolinby Michael Kyrioglou

This week’s Take Ten gets the inside scoop on OBIE Award-winner Deb Margolin, currently appearing at Unexpected Stage Company in her solo-show ...

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Take Ten: Helen Pafumiby Michael Kyrioglou

In this week’s Take Ten, playwright Helen Pafumi shares the early inspiration of Hawaiian Hulu and the joy of watching a cast at work. A provocative look at interfaith relationships, her play ...

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SUMMER HUMMER V: Champions, Tickets Now on Saleby Michael Kyrioglou

Tickets are now on sale for the Washington area’s hottest, sweatiest, most provocative summer tradition - SUMMER HUMMER V: Champions - on AUGUST 22, for two shows, 7:30pm & 9:30pm. This racy benefit for...

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Take Ten: Ryan Carlo Dalusungby Michael Kyrioglou

Actor Ryan Carlo Dalusung describes the experience of Jumanji - at Adventure Theatre-MTC...

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Take Ten: Raven Bonniwellby Michael Kyrioglou

Raven Bonniwell, co-founder of ...

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Take Ten: Bobby Smithby Michael Kyrioglou

Actor Bobby Smith, already beloved by Washington audiences, is earning raves reviews as drag star Albin in the ...

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Take Ten: Jon Hudson Odomby Michael Kyrioglou

From his current appearance at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon – playing through...

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Take Ten: Toby Mulfordby Michael Kyrioglou

In this week's Take Ten, actor and director Toby Mulford talks about his early connection to Sweeney Todd, admiration for Peer Gynt, and bringing his Commedia magic to Molière's ...

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Take Ten: Tricia Homerby Adriane O'Pharrow

In this week's Take Ten, St. Thomas native Tricia Homer shares how a fellow native inspired her to persue a career in the arts. Catch her in the Theater Alliance production of ...

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Take Ten: Michael Doveby Adriane O'Pharrow

In this week's Take Ten, Forum Theatre Artistic Director Michael Dove shares his admiration for theatre greats Tony Kushner, Caryl Churchill and Joe Papp; offers a shout-out to Marie...

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Alice at the Pallas: "Lost in Wonderland"by Sara Dabney Tisdale

Pallas Theatre Collective, a 2016 nominee for the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theater Company, has been cultivating new musicals since 2010. The company subscribes to a two-year...

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Helen Hayes Awards Celebrates Stellar Year in Area Theatreby Adriane O'Pharrow

theatreWashington celebrated 236 Helen Hayes Award nominees and 47 Award recipients at tonight’s gala event, held at the historic ...

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Take Ten: Addison Switzerby Adriane O'Pharrow

Actor Addison Switzer started his stage career at 35, with training from the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory and that passion carried him to theatres across the area. Catch...

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MaryKate Brouillet: Flying High as Peter Panby Jamila Reddy

For this month’s Art of the Actor, MaryKate Brouillet shares the playful approach that keeps J. M. Barrie's beloved story fresh and magical for children and adults alike. You can see the results in ...

At Rise

And The Nominees Are…!by Jamila Reddy

For this week’s At Rise, writer Jamila Reddy sat down with theatreWashington’s President and CEO Amy Austin, to get the inside scoop on the Helen Hayes Awards, being celebrated May 23 at the Lincoln Theatre.

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Take Ten: Sally Boyettby Adriane O'Pharrow

Sally Boyett is living the dream as Producing Artistic Director of Annapolis Shakespeare Company and is currently director of ASC's production of ...

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Take Ten: Rex Daughertyby Adriane O'Pharrow

In this week's Take Ten, Solas Nua Artistic Director Rex Daugherty shares embarrassing stage moments, his dreams of joining the raucous crowd at the Globe Theatre, and the inspiring power of Woody...

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William Hubbard: Songs From The Heartby Norman Allen

This month’s On That Note! looks at the role of the music director, and the unique challenges facing Helen Hayes Award recipient William Hubbard as he delved into a world that encompasses the Gullah communities of the southern...

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Folger Theatre: Reduced Shakespeare Uncovers "Lost" Playby Sara Dabney Tisdale

Founded in 1981, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has become synonymous with Bard-inspired comedy. But success hasn’t stopped the RSC’s co-directors, Reed Martin...

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Take Ten: Gwydion Suilebhanby Adriane O'Pharrow

As the first of The Welders playwright collective prepares to hand the reins to eights new theatre-innovators, Artistic Director and playwright Gwydion Suilebhan...

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Alan Wade: Finding Truth in a Mystery Classicby Jamila Reddy

Actor Alan Wade has long been a favorite of Washington audiences. For this month’s Art of the Actor, he shares his views on stage craft, his obsessions with English detective shows, and the pleasure he finds in channeling...

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Take Ten: Sabrina Mandellby Adriane O'Pharrow

Sabrina Mandell got a round of applause on her very first entrance - into the world. Now Founder and Artistic Co-director of Happenstance Theater, she is also a costume designer, poet...

At Rise

Kathryn Kawecki: "Proof" of Geniusby Jamila Reddy

Designer Kathryn Kawecki has brought her mind-broadening vision to a series of productions at 1st Stage, culminating with her evocative creations for ...

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Take Ten: Craig Wallaceby Adriane O'Pharrow

Actor Craig Wallace appears in All The Way at Arena Stage through May 8, and has just been announced...

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Take Ten: Janine and Russell Sundayby Adriane O'Pharrow

Dynamic duo and Helen Hayes Award nominees Janine and Russell Sunday have joined theatrical forces to take on the "romantic" leads in Red Branch Theatre Company's ...

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Marcia Milgrom Dodge: Getting Involved with Lifeby Norman Allen

For this month’s musical theatre focus, On That Note!, we caught up with Marcia Milgrom Dodge, director of 110 in the Shade - at...

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Take Ten: Michael Tolaydoby Adriane O'Pharrow

In this week's Take Ten, Broadway and Washington-area theatre vet Michael Tolaydo shares memories of his early days, tales of performances gone awry, and the history-making theatre event he dreams of reaching in time-travel fantasies...

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Randy Baker: Reality Just Isn't Enoughby Norman Allen

For this week's web feature, we caught up with playwright and director Randy Baker, nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for his direction of...

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Take Ten: Robert Croghanby Adriane O'Pharrow

In this week's Take Ten, Helen Hayes Award nominee for Scena Theatre's The Cripple of Inishmaan, costume designer Robert Croghan shares his past as a failed puppeteer, and his dreams of finding...

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Derek Goldman: A Director and Adaptor "Falling Out of Time"by Sara Dabney Tisdale

For this month’s The Wright Stuff, Sara Dabney Tisdale caught up with director/playwright Derek Goldman in the midst of his commute between Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre, where...

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Take Ten: Hanna Bondarewskaby Adriane O'Pharrow

In this week’s Take Ten, Hanna Bondarewska shares the passion that drives her work. For Dario Fo’s ...

The Art of the Actor

Jonno Roberts: Avoiding the Slimeby Jamila Reddy

In this month's Art of the Actor, Jonno Roberts faces the challenge of breathing life into the villainous Iago in the Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of...

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Take Ten: Natalie Graves Tuckerby Adriane O'Pharrow

Inspired by her devoted – and entrepreneurial – grandmother, Natalie Graves Tucker recently made the daring leap from cherished dream job to full-time acting career.  In this week's Take Ten, she gives shares what...

At Rise

Emerging Companies Garner HHA Nominationsby Jamila Reddy

At the announcement of this year’s Helen Hayes Award nominations, three companies were honored with first-time, stand-alone recognition....

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Take Ten: Tia Shearer Bassettby Adriane O'Pharrow

Whether getting teary eyed as toddlers enjoy their first theatre experience or planning dinner with Proust (“so dreamy!”), playwright/director Tia Shearer Bassett shares some unique perspectives in this week's Take Ten.

On That Note!

Rachel Leigh Dolan: Eclectic Choreographerby Norman Allen

When the Helen Hayes Awards nominations were announced on February 1, choreographer Rachel Leigh Dolan was recognized for her work on both Avenue Q at...

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HHA Nominations Honor New Work on Area Stagesby Sara Dabney Tisdale

Included among this year’s 2016 Helen Hayes Awards nominations are 11 world premiere plays and musicals in the original and adapted categories. For this month...

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Take Ten: Vaughn Irvingby Adriane O'Pharrow

From early career highlights playing a bench to current hijinks as co-writer and performer in ...

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Take Ten: Joseph Ritschby Adriane O'Pharrow

Artistic Director Joseph Ritsch's production of the multi-playwright The Antigone Project: A Play in 5 Parts just opened at ...

The Art of the Actor

Luz Nicolás: The Faces of Elizabeth Ardenby Jamila Reddy

Nominated for a 2016 Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of the title character in Yerma, Luz Nicolás returns to ...

At Rise

Presenting the Aniello Award Nominees!by Jamila Reddy

When the Helen Hayes Award nominations were announced on February 1, three theatre companies were named as finalists for the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company: Arts on the...

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Take Ten: Katrina Clarkby Adriane O'Pharrow

Actor Katrina Clark is currently playing the role of Maggie in the Compass Theater production of Tennessee Williams' classic, ...

On That Note!

Moisés Kaufman's Collaborative Carmenby Norman Allen

For this month's On That Note! playwright Norman Allen visits with writer/director Moisés Kaufman to explore the creative collaborations that brought the world premiere ...

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Take Ten: Tom Jones and William Knowlesby Adriane O'Pharrow

It's a Take Ten double bill with songwriters Tom Jones and William Knowles! MetroStage celebrates their compositions in the current roof-raising revue, ...

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Take Ten: Jenna Sokolowskiby Adriane O'Pharrow

Helen Hayes Award recipient, Jenna Sokolowski is one of Washington's most versitile artists. She currently plays Laura in The Glass Menagerie at...

The Wright Stuff

Conjuring Monsters at Creative Cauldronby Jamila Reddy

This month’s installment of The Wright Stuff finds Stephen Gregory Smith and Matt Conner creating a new musical, commissioned by Creative Cauldron’s Bold New Works for...

The Art of the Actor

Holly Twyford: The Adventure Continuesby Jamila Reddy

The recipient of four Helen Hayes Awards, actor Holly Twyford is crossing gender barriers to take on the role of Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at...

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Take Ten: Michael Chamberlinby Adriane O'Pharrow

Helen Hayes Award nominated director, Michael Chamberlin's production of Wil Eno's Middletown is currently playing at...

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Take Ten: Emily Townleyby Adriane O'Pharrow

Actor and 2015 Helen Hayes Award nominee, Emily Townley currently plays Detective O'Connor in Studio Theatre's dramedy ...

At Rise

Turning the Corner: Peter's Alley Theatre Productionsby Jamila Reddy

In this month's focus on emerging theatre companies and up-and-coming individual artists, At Rise finds Peter's Alley Theatre Productions preparing for its upcoming run...

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Take Ten: Taylor Robinsonby Adriane O'Pharrow

Actor Taylor Robinson tackles the dream role of Rosalind in Synetic Theater's wordless As You Like It through January 17...

On That Note!

Actor Lesley McKinnell: On the Road with "Gentleman's Guide..."by Norman Allen

Each month On That Note! explores the myriad aspects of creating musical theatre, from performance to direction, choreography, design, and stage management. With the acclaimed ...

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Take Ten: Natascia Diazby Adriane O'Pharrow

From ballet to Broadway - three time Helen Hayes Award recipient - Natascia Diaz has done it all! Currently reprising her role as Anita in the Signature Theatre production of...

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Jeffrey Hatcher: The Writer as Character Actorby Jamila Reddy

For this month’s The Wright Stuff, writer Jamila Reddy caught up with playwright Jeffrey Hatcher in the midst of rehearsals for his adaptation of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s ...

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Take Ten: Matthew Schleighby Adriane O'Pharrow

This week's Take Ten finds Matthew Schleigh, currently portraying George Bailey in the Toby's Dinner Theatre production of ...

The Art of the Actor

Dawn Ursula: In Service to the Storyby Jamila Reddy

In the latest addition to our Art of the Actor interview series, writer Jamila Reddy chats with Helen Hayes Award recipient Dawn Ursula about the challenges of uncovering a character, and her current work in...

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Take Ten: Erin Weaverby Adriane O'Pharrow

This week's Take Ten finds Erin Weaver - recipient of five Helen Hayes Awards - playing the title role in A Lump of Coal for Christmas at...

The Art of the Actor

Nova Payton: The Beauty of the Backstoryby Jamila Reddy

From her early work singing back-up for Roberta Flack to a career as one of Washington’s leading musical theatre actors, Helen Hayes Award recipient Nova Payton has always been an audience favorite. This week’s Art of...

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Take Ten: Tom Prewittby Adriane O'Pharrow

WSC Avant Bard Artistic and Executive Director Tom Prewitt has directed Avant Bard's current production, Truman Capote's ...

At Rise

Director Jennifer Nelson Brings "Gospel" to Mosaicby Jamila Reddy

Jennifer Nelson has been part of the Mosaic Theater Company team since its founding last year when Artistic Director Ari Roth invited her to serve as Resident Director. After long and fruitful...

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Take Ten: Matthew McGeeby Adriane O'Pharrow

Matthew Aldwin McGee is a Helen Hayes Award winning actor and freelance artist living in the DC/MD area. He is currently in The Edge of the Universe Players 2 production, ...

At Rise

Adam Immerwahr Takes the Reins at Theater Jby Norman Allen

Adam Immerwahr arrives in Washington this week as Theater J’s new artistic director. We caught up with him in the final throes of packing for the move, and found him...

The Wright Stuff

A Story Reborn: Cheryl West’s Akeelah and The Beeby Hannah Hessel Ratner

“We were just talking about this,” playwright Cheryl L. West tells me over the phone. “I’m one of the most produced contemporary playwrights at Arena Stage.” West received the...

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Take Ten: Julie-Ann Elliottby Adriane O'Pharrow

Julie-Ann Elliott is presently playing Lana Sherwood (as Violet, Zuzu, & others) in It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Washington Stage Guild, where she also appeared in In Praise of Love and Old...

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Take Ten: Josh Adamsby Adriane O'Pharrow

Actor Josh Adams currently plays the role of Billy in the Scena Theatre production of The Cripple of Inishmaan now playing through November 29th.

The Art of the Actor

The Apple Family Cycle: Rick Foucheux and Sarah Marshallby Jamila Reddy

For this month's The Art of the Actor, writer Jamila Reddy chatted with Rick Foucheux and Sarah Marshall from the cast of the Apple Family Cycle...

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Take Ten: Daniel Coreyby Adriane O'Pharrow

Actor Daniel Corey currently plays the role of Max in Forum Theatre's production of World Builders now playing through...

At Rise

Nu Sass Productions: Breaking Barriers Onstage and Offby Jamila Reddy

Speaking with Aubri O’Connor and Angela Kay Pirko is like listening in on a conversation with two old friends. They finish each other’s sentences, agree on certain things as strongly as they disagree on others, and share that special...

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Take Ten: Evan Hoffmannby Adriane O'Pharrow

Evan Hoffmann is a professional actor and director who has worked extensively in the DC area, as well as nationally and internationally. At NextStop Theatre Company he has directed ...

On That Note!

Constellation Theatre: An Epic Avenue Qby Norman Allen

Constellation Theatre Company, now in its ninth year, is taking a bold new step with its first production of a Broadway musical. “AJ and I have always loved musicals,”...

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Take Ten: Mel Bieler and Patti Kalilby Adriane O'Pharrow

Co-Creators Mel Bieler and Patti Kalil are the minds behind Pointless Theatre's production of Gimme A Band, Gimme A Banana! The...

The Wright Stuff

The Keegan Theatre: New Work from Irelandby Hannah Hessel Ratner

As part of The Women's Voices Theater Festival, The Keegan Theatre is presenting a repertory schedule of plays by two Irish...

The Art of the Actor

Shayna Blass: Living Multiple Livesby Jamila Reddy

Born and bred in Washington, DC, Shayna Blass is an actor, singer and dancer who tries “to do it all, because why not, it feels really good.” She started performing at the age of 11, and has grown up alongside the DMV’s...

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Take Ten: Alex Zavistovichby Adriane O'Pharrow

Alex Zavistovich is a founder and Artistic Director of Molotov Theatre Group, a two-time Capital Fringe Festival award winning company that preserves and revives the Grand Guignol French Theatre of...

At Rise

Audrey Cefaly: Magic in the Quiet Momentsby Jamila Reddy

Audrey Cefaly is a self-identfying Southern playwright and director whose work draws inspiration from her home state of Alabama. She wrote and directed the world premiere of her new drama ...

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Take Ten: Yaël Farberby Adriane O'Pharrow

Yaël Farber is the adaptor and director of Salomé, now playing in its world premiere production at the ...

On That Note!

Flowers Stink: And Sing - And Inspire!by Norman Allen

For songwriting team Debra Buonaccorsi and Stephen McWilliams location is everything – especially when commissioned to write a musical for family audiences to be performed at the United States Botanic Garden...

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Take Ten: Christine Evansby Adriane O'Pharrow

Playwright Christine Evans' plays are produced in her native Australia, the US and the UK, and published by Samuel French and elsewhere. World premieres include: American...

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Take Ten: Alyssa Wilmoth Keeganby Adriane O'Pharrow

Actor Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan plays Abby Cory in the Olney Theatre Center production of Bad Dog through October 25.

On That Note!

Playwright Sheri Wilner: Add Music and Stirby Jamila Reddy

Continuing theatreWashington's focus on The Women's Voices Theater Festival, writer Jamila Reddy chatted with playwright Sheri Wilner about the play that inspired...

The Wright Stuff

Director Sharon Ott: Playing with Timeby Norman Allen

Finishing up our theatreWeek celebration of the Women's Voices Theater Festival, we turn to historic Ford's Theatre and the world...

The Wright Stuff

Playwright Zeder: Taking Flight with Family Audiencesby Jamila Reddy

In celebration of theatreWeek 2015 and the Women's Voices Theater...

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Take Ten: Jefferson A. Russellby Adriane O'Pharrow

Actor Jefferson A. Russell plays Tommy in the Round House Theatre production of Ironbound through...

The Wright Stuff

Liz Maestri: Staking Her Claimby Hannah Hessel Ratner

In celebration of theatreWeek 2015 and the Women's Voices Theater...

The Wright Stuff

Karin Coonrod: Elizabeth R. Reigns Againby Allyson Currin

In celebration of theatreWeek 2015 and the Women's Voices Theater...

The Wright Stuff

Playwright Jennings: Life Upon the Stageby Jamila Reddy

In celebration of theatreWeek 2015 and the Women's Voices Theater Festival,...

Theatre News

Austin to Lead theatreWashingtonby Adriane O'Pharrow

theatreWashington is pleased to announce Amy Austin, the long-time Publisher of the Washington City Paper, a local news and online destination, has accepted the position as President and CEO of theatreWashington. 

Along with...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Alex Levyby Adriane O'Pharrow

Since joining 1st Stage in September of 2014, Artistic Director Alex Levy has directed the regional premiere of The Good Counselor at 1st Stage and the world premiere of...

The Art of the Actor

Cynthia Barker: Part of a Bigger Pictureby Norman Allen

When MetroStage presents Gabrielle Fulton's Uprising as part of the...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Nicholas Rodriguezby Adriane O'Pharrow

Actor Nicholas Rodriguez returns to Arena Stage as Sebastian Jose Castillo in Karen Zacarias' ...

At Rise

InterAct Story Theatre: The Adventure Continues!by Norman Allen

When InterAct Story Theatre opens The Hero of Everything this weekend at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre it...

On That Note!

Caps for Sale: A Collaboration That Spans the Agesby Norman Allen

When Adventure Theatre MTC’s Caps for Sale, The Musical joins the Women’s Voices...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Jenny McConnell Frederickby Adriane O'Pharrow

As Artistic Director of Rorschach Theatre and director of Programs for CulturalDC, Jenny McConnell Frederick surely has her work cut...

The Wright Stuff

Women's Voices Theater Festival: Spotlight on Area Playwrightsby Hannah Hessel Ratner

When seven of the larger theatres in the Washington area came together to create the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, they were experimenting on a grand scale. Could the local...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Karen Vincentby Norman Allen

Actor Karen Vincent makes her NextStop Theatre debut in the star-turn double role of Kate and Lilli Vanessi in ...

Blog

Summer Hummer IV - Success!by Anonymous

On August 17, the fourth annual Summer Hummer added $30,000 to the Taking Care of Our Own emergency fund for artists in need, exceeding last year’s total by $12,000.

The Art of the Actor

Seamus Miller: Finding Truth in Absurdityby Norman Allen

After every performance of Longacre Lea’s double bill of one acts by Kathleen Akerley and Miranda Rose Hall, Managing Director Seamus Miller takes the stage to encourage audiences to...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Director Suzanne Bealby Norman Allen

In 2013, Suzanne Beal joined Joseph Ritsch to become Rep Stage's dynamic artistic director duo. Her directing credits with the company include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,...

At Rise

Amber Jackson: Director on the Riseby Jamila Reddy

Amber Jackson is a director, writer, actor, and choreographer with a growing reputation in the Washington theatre community. She made a splash last season with her production of ...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Gracie Jonesby Norman Allen

Gracie Jones comes to her role as Betty Thorpe in the Pallas Theatre Collective's Code Name: Cynthia after frequent appearances at Olney Theatre Center, including roles in Carousel, The Little Mermaid, Spring...

On That Note!

Rick Hammerly: Reviewing the Situationby Norman Allen

Actor Rick Hammerly discovered the brilliance of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! at an early age – a very early age. “Mom saw the show...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Jimmy Mavrikesby Norman Allen

A native of Washington and a proud graduate of Catholic University, Jimmy Mavrikes is appearing as Jack in Into the Woods at Toby’s Dinner...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Alex Neeby Norman Allen

You can catch Alex Nee playing Andrej - and understudying the lead role of Guy - in Once at the Kennedy Center for...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Tom Storyby Norman Allen

Tom Story, appearing in Studio Theatre's Silence! The Musical through August 9, has found a vital theatrical home in the Washington area. In addition...

The Wright Stuff

Happenstance Theater: A Jungle-Gym Traditionby Hannah Hessel Ratner

In 2006 something game-changing came to the Washington area. Capital Fringe opened it’s doors and with it came new opportunities for theatre artists and performers interested in working...

The Art of the Actor

Claire Schoonover: A Juliet of a Certain Ageby Norman Allen

The Unexpected Stage Company’s Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No Age (playing through August 9) takes a bold new look at Shakespeare’s most beloved play, placing the title...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Frank Brittonby Norman Allen

A familiar face to area theatre-lovers, Frank Britton is appearing with Pinky Swear Productions in Stephen Spotswood’s The...

At Rise

Keegan Theatre: New Beginnings, Loyal Audiencesby Jamila Reddy

When the Keegan Theatre calls themselves a neighborhood theatre, they mean it. Nestled in the historic Church Street Theatre—named for St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church at the end of the block...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Will Rolandby Norman Allen

Appearing in Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage through August 23, Will Roland is a Brooklyn-based...

On That Note!

Actor Stephen Schmidt: Avoiding the Pigeonholesby Norman Allen

When actor Stephen Schmidt came to the role of Franz Liebkind in The Producers at Olney Theatre Center (through July 26), it was like coming back to a childhood...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Elliot Balesby Norman Allen

Elliott Bales returned to performing after a 26-year career as a United States Army officer. He recently appeared as Victor/Argument in the Theater Alliance production of The...

The Wright Stuff

All the World's a Stage: Spotswood’s Audio Playsby Hannah Hessel Ratner

Since November, Forum Theatre has been releasing episodes of Walking The City Of Silence And Stone. Seven out of nine episodes of playwright Stephen Spotswood’s site-specific audio...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Designer Deb Sivignyby Norman Allen

The work of designer Deb Sivigny has been seen on stages across the Washington, DC area. Recent work includes costumes for G-d’s Honest Truth at ...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Improvs, Festivals, and You!by Adriane O'Pharrow

It’s the perfect weekend to engage in the many festivities happening in the Washington area. This week’s thematic roundup features a plethora of shows that welcome audience participation. Whether taking part in festival activities,...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Cam Mageeby Norman Allen

A longtime company member at WSC Avant Bard, Cam Magee plays the title role in The Madwoman of Chaillot through...

The Art of the Actor

Manu Kumasi: Seeking New Perspectivesby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

Manu Kamasi grew up performing African drums and doing performance karate in New York. His parents encouraged him to enter a storytelling contest as a child, and he developed an appreciation for the stage. However, he didn't become...

On That Note!

Jamie Eacker: Life Really is a Cabaretby Norman Allen

You know someone has found true happiness when they’re willing to commute in heavy traffic with nary a complaint. Jamie Eacker, who lives in Baltimore, does just that to reach Virginia's ...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Musical Comedy Madness!by Adriane O'Pharrow

Get your top hat and tap shoes ready - it’s the weekend of musicals! Each week, theatreWashington offers a thematic take on the weekend’s offerings. This week’s roundup features six musicals that serve up hilarious melodic takes...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Maboud Ebrahimzadehby Norman Allen

A familiar presence on stages across the Washington area, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh appears in The Tale of the Allergist...

At Rise

Rainbow Theatre Project: Producing with Prideby Jamila Reddy

Lee Gable, a twenty-year veteran of the Washington theatre scene, admits that running a theatre that reflects the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) experience is no easy task. “There are a lot of letters to cover,...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Make Love, Not Warby Adriane O'Pharrow

Each week, theatreWashington offers a thematic take on the weekend’s offerings. This week's Roundup features seven shows that venture into the complex worlds of civil unrest and political instability. These socially charged...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Andy Proskyby Norman Allen

Appearing in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Folger Theatre through June 28, Andy Prosky will be familiar...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Make 'Em Laugh!by Adriane O'Pharrow

Each week, theatreWashington provides you with a thematic list of things to do for the weekend. This week's Roundup features five shows that will tickle your funny bone. These comedies showcase imaginative worlds of satire that will...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Caroline Clayby Norman Allen

Appearing in The Blood Quilt at Arena Stage through June 7, Caroline Clay's ...

The Wright Stuff

Spooky Action Theater: Discovering Jarryby Hannah Hessel Ratner

Alfred Jarry is not a household name. Those who know him, know him as the author of the pre-absurdist play Ubu Roi, featuring the grotesque Pere Ubu with his signature cone-head and rotund stomach. As a writer, Jarry, a French symbolist...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: You Can't Beat the Classicsby Adriane O'Pharrow

Each week, theatreWashington provides you with a thematic list of things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup features six shows that explore the unforgettable classics from William Shakespeare to Arthur Miller and beyond....

10 Questions

Take Ten: Dallas Tolentinoby Norman Allen

Appearing in The Fire and the Rain at Constellation Theatre Company through May 24, Dallas Tolentino has been acting, fighting, and...

The Art of the Actor

Olney Theatre Center: At Home with Valerie Leonardby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

Actress Valerie Leonard is among the Washington area’s greatest treasures. She starred in lead roles in New York City for 20 years before moving to the region, where she has appeared in a vast range of shows from Brecht’s A Man...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Entertain Me!by Adriane O'Pharrow

Each week, theatreWashington provides you with a thematic list of things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup features six shows that will leave you breathless and wanting more!  Not only do these shows use the universal...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Matt Connerby Norman Allen

Director of Creative Cauldron's Once On This Island, playing through May 31, Matt Conner has been performing, composing, teaching and directing in the...

At Rise

Alliance for New Music-Theatre: What Would Kafka Want?by Jamila Reddy

In the spring of 1994, fifteen artists got together to ask question, “What is new music-theatre?” The question became the foundation for the Alliance for New Music-Theatre, and remains at the heart of the work that they do today....

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Innovation Through Imaginationby Adriane O'Pharrow

Each week, theatreWashington provides you with a thematic list of things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup features six shows that will explore the magic and mystery of storytelling through the eyes of a few very...

10 Questions

Take Ten: Tracy Lynn Oliveraby Norman Allen

Appearing in Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War at Ford’s Theatre through May 20, Tracy Lynn Olivera is a familiar...

On That Note!

Creative Cauldron: Why We Tell The Storyby Norman Allen

On That Note! is a monthly feature that explores the making of musical theatre. This month we look at Once On This Island, a Caribbean-inspired musical that opened...

Class Act

Theatre Lab: Collaborating for a Worthy Causeby Norman Allen

Class Act is an occasional series highlighting theatre education programs in the Washington area. For a complete listing of all that’s available, visit theatreWashington's ...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Uncle Sam's Opening Actby Anonymous

Each week, theatreWashington provides you with a thematic list of things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup features seven shows that put the spotlight on the multi-faceted world of politics and government. There's...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Redefining Successby Anonymous

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup features 10 shows that focus on various characters’ sense of disillusionment and the powerful affect it has on their...

The Wright Stuff

The Welders: The Birth of a Suicide Playby Hannah Hessel Ratner

“I have a wacky curiosity with suicide cults and group suicide,” playwright Bob Bartlett admits. Bartlett’s play happiness (and other...

The Art of the Actor

Round House Theatre: Joy Zinoman Returns to the Stageby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

Joy Zinoman, Founding Artistic Director of Studio Theatre, certainly needs no introduction. Her decades of work speak for themselves. As Director of Curriculum and Teacher Training at the theatre’s Acting Conservatory she continues to have...

Blog

A Letter from Kurt Crowlby Kurt Crowl

In announcing the retirement of President and CEO Linda Levy, Kurt Crowl, Chair of theatreWashington’s Board of Directors, shared this open letter with Washington area theatergoers and theater-makers.

To the Washington...

At Rise

First-Time HHA Nominations for Rising Companiesby Jamila Reddy

The Helen Hayes Awards -  to be presented tonight at the historic Lincoln Theatre – offer an opportunity for emerging theatre companies in the...

Final Bow

Actor and Storyteller Kevin Boggsby Alexander Strain

The theatre community lost a friend and colleague on March 13, 2015 with the passing of actor and storyteller Kevin Boggs. Guest writer Alexander Strain shares his memories of times shared on stage and off.

On That Note!

Ford’s Theatre: Freedom’s Song Rings Outby Norman Allen

When actor Kevin McAllister takes on the role of a fugitive slave who survives to become a Union soldier, he feels the burden of history. “It’s a nightly challenge,” he says, “to honor those who have gone through this. You...

The Wright Stuff

NNPN: A National Impact from a Little Officeby Hannah Hessel Ratner

At this year's Helen Hayes Awards – to be celebrated April 6 – the National New Play Network (NNPN) will receive the...

The Wright Stuff

Adventure Theatre: A New Yellow Brick Roadby Hannah Hessel Ratner

The stories we experience in childhood frame how we see the world. Theatre, movies, and books become invaluable sources for understanding what’s around us. For playwright, dramaturg and all-around theatre savant Jacqueline E. Lawton, the...

The Art of the Actor

Metro Stage: Two Actors Enter the “Small Space of the World”by Otis Ramsey-Zöe

The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona was first performed at Metro Stage in 1991...

Blog

The 2015 Helen Hayes Award: Moving Forward!by Norman Allen

After a 30th Anniversary marked by an awards presentation that doubled as a cocktail party and schmooze fest, this year’s Helen Hayes Awards – on April 6 – will look and feel very different. A communal thumbs-up has already been...

Theatre News

What to Know Before You Goby Dan McEvily

Please take a moment to review the following information. This will ensure that you understand what to expect so you have an extraordinary evening: 
 

1. When and Where to Go

At Rise

Flying V: Genre-Defying Aniello Award Recipientsby Jamila Reddy

If Flying V doesn’t sound like the name of a conventional theatre company, it’s because it’s not supposed to. Founded in 2011 with a mission to align the experience of theatregoers with that of music and comic book fans, Flying...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Redefining Successby Dan McEvily

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup features 10 shows that focus on various characters’ sense of disillusionment and the powerful affect it has on their...

On That Note!

Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Munsey Offers a ‘Big Comedy Hug’by Norman Allen

On That Note! focuses on the individual artists who come together in the process of creating a work of musical theatre. This week, actor Lawrence Munsey uncovers the power of a long term actor-director collaboration and its salutary effects...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: By Land, Sea, Air...or Time?by Dan McEvily

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup features 7 shows whose settings change based on land, air, or sea transportation. But let’s not forget that these...

The Art of the Actor

Arena Stage: E. Faye Butler Tells the Storyby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

The incomparable E. Faye Butler has graced Washington stages so many times that we tend to claim her as our own. Arena Stage productions include Smokey Joe's CaféPullman Porter BluesTrouble in...

The Wright Stuff

Theater J: Local Playwright Tackles Local Truthsby Hannah Hessel Ratner

Theater J has made a huge commitment over the past few years to local playwrights, with its Locally Grown new play initiative embracing writers in all stages of their process....

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Embrace Your Imaginationby Dan McEvily

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup features 8 shows focused on imaginary characters and stories. If you want to fly on a magic carpet or solve a mystery, you...

The Art of the Actor

Gala Hispanic: The Astonishment of Natalia Mirandaby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

In her native Chile, Natalia Miranda entered college with dreams of being a geneticist. Happily, a theatre elective taken during her freshman year sparked a new passion. She has since appeared on stages in New York, DC and across the globe. She...

Final Bow

In Memoriam: Saying Goodbye to theatreWashington Board Member Richard Schwartzby Linda Levy

In February of 2012 theatreWashington Chairman Victor Shargai and I lunched with a dapper gentleman who had indicated an interest in supporting the work of theatreWashington. He invited us to his favorite table at his favorite haunt where...

Blog

Theater J: Looking to the Futureby Norman Allen

As the dust settles following the DC Jewish Community Center's controversial dismissal of Ari Roth – Theater J...

At Rise

NextStop Theatre: The Elden Street Players Go Proby Jamila Reddy

NextStop Theatre has been around for 27 years, making it one of the longest-standing companies in the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) area that you’ve probably never heard of. That’s because...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: People Will Say We're In Loveby Dan McEvily

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup features ten shows focused on the upcoming holiday of love- Valentine’s Day. From adolescent crushes to loyal...

On That Note!

Imagination Stage: Harry Pickens on Myth and Musicby Norman Allen

Playwright Suzan Zeder had already experienced significant success with her children’s play Wiley and the Hairy Man when Peter Holloway, Artistic...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: The Hero in All of Usby Dan McEvily

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup features nine shows that will transport you to the world of monarchies, leaders, and the hero in all of us. Check out the...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Families- The Ties That Bind Usby Dan McEvily

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup features eight productions that highlight family relationships and the influences they can have on our lives. Check out...

The Art of the Actor

Studio Theatre: "Choir Boy" Jelani Alladin on Holding Honorby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

In Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy, Pharus Jonathan Young aspires to...

The Wright Stuff

Mead Mentorship: Two Projects Flourish With Insight and Supportby Hannah Hessel Ratner

Artists Rachel Hynes and Annalisa Dias are both in the process of creating unique pieces of theatre that prove the importance of artistic conversations and mentorship. The medium for developing these conversations, and the work that comes out of...

10 Questions

Take Ten With Nikki Grizzleby Dan McEvily

1.    What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have?

It was extremely important to my mother that I be introduced to the arts at a young age, so I can't pinpoint the first...

At Rise

Red Knight: Potty Humor with Classby Jamila Reddy

Red Knight Productions got their start in 2012, when Scott Courlander was dating his now-wife and company co-owner Katie Zitt (now Katie Courlander). While Scott was doing improve and sketch comedy in New York, Katie discovered a script in...

At Rise

Ari Roth: Planting a Flagby Norman Allen

A trusted colleague recently described playwright-producer-educator Ari Roth as a “gentle ninja.” It’s a description that fits him well. Thoughtful and kind, Roth is also an artist who gets things done, and who fights for what...

10 Questions

Take Ten With Roz Whiteby Dan McEvily

1.    What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have?

The first show I saw was Dreamgirls at the National Theatre. I was about 13...

The Art of the Actor

Geraint Wyn Davies: The World in a Coupletby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

At six years old, Geraint Wyn Davies, child of a teacher and a Welsh minister, was sitting with the organist and watching his father preach when he realized that he wanted to be a performer. Since that church-inspired revelation, Davies has...

The Art of the Actor

Keepers of Faith and Flameby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

Just before ringing out 2014, I sat down with Thomascena Nelson, an extraordinary veteran performer, and Marquis D. Gibson, a gifted newcomer, from Theater Alliance’s production of...

At Rise

Anu Yadav: The Potential of Transformationby Jamila Reddy

For Anu Yadav, the work she does on stage is only as important as the people who see it. The conversation between work and witness is central to her mission as an artist. “For me its not just about doing the performance,” she says,...

The Wright Stuff

'Tis (Still) the Season to Be Pointless!by Hannah Hessel Ratner

Following up the holiday season in the Mead Theatre Lab at downtown's Flashpoint are a bunch of Santa's elves who are ready to put on a show - just for you. It's not just any show but the North...

Theatre Roundup

Holiday Show Scheduleby Sandy Bass

‘Tis the Season to Go See A Show!

With the season’s festivities at their height, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by shopping demands, visiting family, and sugar-crazed children. And that makes it the perfect time...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Alicia Sellsby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
It’s funny, but I never really saw theatre growing up. Sure we had the odd field trip to the symphony or The Nutcracker...

On That Note!

A Broadway Christmas Carol: Walking the Lineby Norman Allen

On That Note! focuses on the individual artists who come together in the process of creating a work of musical theatre. This week, Michael Sharp shares insights – as both actor and director – on a beloved Washington-area tradition...

At Rise

Red Branch: Small Space, Big Storyby Jamila Reddy

Red Branch Theatre Company started off with what most emerging theatre companies only dream of: a permanent artistic home. Stephanie Williams, the owner of the...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Sherry Bergby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Taking Ordersby Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup features 15 productions where orders are being barked (sometimes literally) from those given an array of power,...

The Wright Stuff

Playwrights: Start Your Applications!by Hannah Hessel Ratner

Playwrights often write in isolation for months at a time, prior to sharing their work in workshops, readings, and, eventually, productions. But there are a number of ways to become part of a larger community, to sharpen skills, and to feel...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Ben Cunisby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
I remember seeing a local high school production of Peter Pan, I think, when I was a little kid. I don't remember it very...

At Rise

Brave Spirits Theatre: Verse and Violenceby Jamila Reddy

It takes a brave spirit indeed to make “plays from the era of verse and violence” exciting, accessible, and relevant to modern audiences—all while dismantling their system of patriarchy!...

On That Note!

Blending the Arts on Stage and in Lifeby Joseph J. Simeone

On That Note! focuses on the individual artists who come together in the process of creating a work of musical theatre. This week, we offer a guest feature by actor and artist Joseph J. Simeone, appearing in the world...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Anderson Wellsby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
While recently watching The Wiz, the particularly suggestive scene with Evillene and her henchman brought forth a vivid memory...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Stealing the Spotlightby Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for the upcoming weekend. This week’s Roundup features ten productions where competitive, power-hungry, or attention-seeking characters abound. Check out the list...

On That Note!

Designer James Fouchard Goes "Under the Sea!"by Norman Allen

On That Note! focuses on the individual artists who come together in the process of creating a work of musical theatre. This week, we delve into the choices facing set designer James Fouchard as he brought Disney's ...

The Art of the Actor

Tom Wiggin: Staying True to Textby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth once asserted that Tony Kushner’s ...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Vincent Kempskiby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
I saw Power Rangers Live when I was a kid. My brother and I used to jump around the basement all day playing different roles and...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Do You Believe In Magic?by Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. From flying carpets to evil sea witches, this week's Roundup invites you on a journey into the realm of magic. Check out...

The Wright Stuff

WSC Avant Bard Gets a Taste of Mickle Maherby Hannah Hessel Ratner

Though this series generally showcases new work by area playwrights, this week I want to introduce you to a writer who, though he isn’t DC-based, is entertaining audiences at WSC Avant Bard with a...

On That Note!

Fiddler on the Roof: Creating a Richer, Deeper Placeby Norman Allen

On That Note! focuses on the individual artists who come together in the process of creating a work of musical theatre. This week we delve into the choices facing lighting designer Colin Bills as he brought ...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Allan Stevensby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
It wasn’t a show; it was a display. I couldn’t have been more than five years old, living in Alexandria. It was in the fall....

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: We Are Familyby Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week's Roundup includes nine shows featuring all kinds of family dynamics. Check out the list below.

The Art of the Actor

The Importance of Being David… or Moncrieffby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

Homosexuality, parenthood, and child neglect take center stage in Handbag, an "in-yer-face" dark comedy by Mark Ravenhill. The play’s dual plot concerns gay and lesbian couples who...

At Rise

Arcturus Theater Company: Don’t Indulge the Tragedyby Jamila Reddy

In the past two years, Arcturus Theater Company has produced plays about a child with Attention Deficit Disorder, a World War I soldier reincarnated as a ghost, and a young girl’s experience...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Serge Seidenby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Trick-or-Treatby Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. In honor of Halloween, this week’s Roundup features eight spooktacular events happening around town. Check out the list...

The Wright Stuff

Caleen Sinnette Jennings on The Welder's Wayby Hannah Hessel Ratner

Caleen Sinnette Jennings called me on a Saturday morning from the parking lot of G Street Fabrics. She was on a mission to buy facing for the riser’s at Atlas Performing Arts Center where her play...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Chris Sizemoreby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
Les Misérables, and I was blown away and told myself, "This is it. This is what I want to do, and I want to do this show...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Oh, Behave!by Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week’s Roundup includes nine productions that feature some antagonistic characters that love stirring up trouble. Check...

At Rise

Pallas Theatre: A Collective Voiceby Jamila Reddy

Ty Hallmark, the Artistic Director of Pallas Theatre Collective, admits that, as an emerging company in DC’s theatre scene, “we’re still trying to find our footing.” Founded...

The Art of the Actor

“We going back to ‘88, ya’ll”by Otis Ramsey-Zöe

In Forum Theatre’s production of Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On, under the direction of Paige Hernandez,...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Katherine Renee Turnerby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
The first show I ever saw was when I was about six years old, and my parents took me to see the ...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Breaking Stereotypesby Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week’s Roundup features six shows highlighting characters that manage to break societal norms. Check out the list...

On That Note!

Elmer Gantry: The Sound and the Furyby Norman Allen

On That Note! focuses on the individual artists who come together in the process of creating a work of musical theatre. This week, we delve into one of the most fascinating but least recognized of those artists: The Sound Designer.

...

The Wright Stuff

Studio’s Intimate Commissionsby Hannah Hessel Ratner

Every year, during the season planning process, Studio Theatre goes through dozens of unproduced scripts, enjoying what they’re reading, being impressed by the talent but having a hard time...

Final Bow

A Tribute to Ralph Coshamby Catherine Flye

Catherine Flye – actor, director, and founder of the Interact Theatre Company – remembers happy times, shared onstage and off, with the late Ralph Cosham, his wife Beverly, and the friends and families with whom they shared their...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Scott J. Strasbaughby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
In high school, a friend of mine was in the The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch. After the show, he guided me on stage (actually...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Hush-Hushby Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week’s Roundup features ten shows that are full of very powerful and juicy secrets. Check out the list below.

The Art of the Actor

In the Driver’s Seatby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

Set in the Deep South, Alfred Uhry’s 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy explores the surprising, twenty-five year friendship between a waspish Jewish...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Dorea Schmidtby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
When I was 16, I went to watch my friend’s high school production of Les Misérables. I had never seen it or heard of it...

At Rise

Constellation’s Infinite Possibilitiesby Jamila Reddy

Allison Stockman, the founding Artistic Director of Constellation Theatre Company, always dreamed of running her own theatre. In 2007, she left her job as a high school teacher to follow...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Comediesby Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week’s Roundup features twelve shows that are sure to leave you in stitches. Check out the list below.

Final Bow

A Tribute to Reggie Rayby Joe Salasovich

“Rest in Peace.” We all jump to these words at the passing of someone we love. In the past few days, since Reggie Ray’s passing, I have seen the words “Rest in Peace” all over social media. I understand the...

The Wright Stuff

The Science of Syneticby Hannah Hessel Ratner

Nathan Weinberger has amassed a growing collection of adaptations. As the resident dramaturg at Synetic Theater—the physical theatre company based in Arlington, VA—he’s ready with...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Jaysen Wrightby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
When I was 10 or 11, my godmother took me to see The Tempest at the Shakespeare Theatre...

On That Note!

Sean McLaughlin: Bringing It Homeby Norman Allen

On That Note! focuses on the individual artists who come together in the process of creating a work of musical theatre. This week: The Actor.

Sean McLaughlin, who opens as Juan Peron in Evita at...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Relationship Issuesby Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week’s Roundup features eight shows with characters experiencing some serious relationship issues. Check out the list...

At Rise

Arts on the Horizon: Before We Had Wordsby Jamila Reddy

After working at The Kennedy Center for ten years, Michelle Kozlak, the Founder and current Artistic Director of Arts on the Horizon, left full...

The Art of the Actor

Keeping One’s Head in Woolly’s Marie Antoinetteby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette takes a highly contemporary look at the famously iconic and controversial queen of France, from her growing celebrity to her ultimate...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Deb Randallby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 

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Weekend Roundup: Legendary All-Starsby Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week’s Roundup features legendary characters that are very familiar with the spotlight. From entertainment and...

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The Writers of theatreWashington: Going Deepby Norman Allen

When theatreWashington President & CEO Linda Levy invited me to develop and deepen the company’s web coverage, it seemed the perfect opportunity to get re-acquainted with the region’s range of companies and...

The Wright Stuff

Building the Tiny House Playsby Hannah Hessel Ratner

Proving its commitment to new work that reflects the unique qualities of our region, Pinky Swear Productions recently invited six playwrights to write short plays to be performed in the tiny houses...

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Take Ten with Theresa Cunninghamby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
The first Broadway show I ever saw was The Tap Dance Kid with Savion Glover. I remember thinking that the performers looked...

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Weekend Roundup: Delightful Differencesby Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week’s Roundup features 13 shows that highlight and celebrate characters of diversity. From race and religion to...

The Art of the Actor

Carving Out Character: Two Actors in Processby Otis Ramsey-Zöe

Dramaturg and Howard University lecturer Otis Ramsey-Zöe launches his new series The Art of the Actor in conversation with Joy Jones and Maduka Steady as they delve into the rehearsal process for Belleville...

At Rise

Taffety Punk: A Theatreband Mentalityby Jamila Reddy

Taffety Punk’s inaugural production, The Devil in His Own Words, was performed at the...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Thomas Keeganby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
I believe the first play I ever saw was a production of Henry V at PTTP (...

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Weekend Roundup: I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar!by Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. In this week’s Roundup we feature some fierce ladies, and although they may not be Beyoncé, these women are...

On That Note!

Jill Sobule: A New Score for an Old Taleby Norman Allen

On That Note! explores the musical theatre’s collaborative process by focusing on the individual members of the creative team. This week, we look at the work of composer-lyricist Jill Sobule whose score for Yentl can be heard...

The Wright Stuff

George O’Brien: An Irish Playwright for an Irish Taleby Hannah Hessel Ratner

As a longtime professor at Georgetown University, George O’Brien kept his classes lively by always exploring new perspectives. Planning a lesson on John Millington Synge’s Irish classic The Playboy of the Western World, O...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Helen Huangby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
When I was a little girl, I saw a production by the Soviet Union's Ballet Company while they were on tour in Beijing. I was...

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Weekend Roundup: Great Pretendersby Kelsey Secules

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week’s Roundup features six shows with sly, sneaky, and seductive characters that manage to captivate audiences from...

The Wright Stuff

How to Page-to-Stage in 2014by Hannah Hessel Ratner

When most people are out of town enjoying their last bit of summer, The Kennedy Center comes to life. For almost 15 years, new plays get their time to shine over the Labor Day weekend. This...

Final Bow

A Tribute to Tana Hickenby Bill Largess

In the spring of 1978, I went to see a play at Baltimore's Center Stage, David Rudkin's Ashes. The play, about a couple's struggle to conceive a child (that somehow or other became a...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Evan Caseyby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have? 
The first Broadway show I ever saw was Starlight Express, which really didn't have all that much impact other than my six...

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Third Annual Summer Hummer Raises Over $18,000 In Support of Taking Care of Our Own Emergency Fundby Sandy Bass

Summer Hummer Update: Total Tops $20,000!

Thanks to three anonymous and generous donors, the Summer Hummer grand total has been raised to an even $20,000 in support of Taking Care of...

At Rise

Annapolis Shakespeare Company: Classic Works, Modern Audienceby Jamila Reddy

Sally Boyett, a classically trained actor and professional ballerina, never meant to start a theatre company. It all began in 2009, when she began teaching acting classes in Annapolis, working closely with college and advanced high school...

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Summer Hummer: Making History on August 18!by Norman Allen

When the third annual Summer Hummer hits the Signature Theatre stage on Monday night, history...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Kerry Epsteinby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have?
When I was six years old, I saw Sandy Duncan in Peter Pan. We were going to the Arie Crown...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Maria Rizzoby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have?
My parents and grandparents took me to a lot of live theatre growing up and saintly dealt with my movie musical obsession. The first Broadway show I...

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Weekend Roundup: Time for an Adventure!by Ariana Kruszewski

This week’s Roundup features six shows filled with adventures to distant lands, unexpected circumstances, and the limitless worlds of imagination. Check out the list below!

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Camp Longacre Lea is in Sessionby Hannah Hessel Ratner

What do you do when you’re about to graduate with your MFA in acting, but you want to try directing Macbeth? If you’re Kathleen Akerley, you start a theatre company. For over a decade, ...

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Take Ten with Eric Schaefferby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have?
The King and I at Fleetwood High School. My sisters were in it, so I had to go. I instantly fell in love with the American musical....

At Rise

Going Rogue: New Work and DIY Aesthetic Mark Washington Rogues’ Success Storyby Jamila Reddy

Founded in 2008 by Megan Reichelt, Rachel Miller-Bleich, and current Artistic Director Ryan S. Taylor, the Washington Rogues was born from the desire to create opportunities for early-career theatre...

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Summer Hummer Facebook Contests!by Sandy Bass

The Summer Hummer  is getting closer and closer, and with the anticipation building by the day, we want you to be apart of ALL of the fun...

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Weekend Roundup: Lessons Learnedby Ariana Kruszewski

From looking past preconceived notions to leaving things better than you found them, this week’s Roundup features nine shows where lessons are learned by various characters, and even the audience, young and old, can walk away with something...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Angela Millerby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have?
My first Broadway show was Annie Get Your Gun, and it had a huge impact on me. I memorized the soundtrack, and I had my very own...

On That Note!

Director Chris Goodrich: Asking All the Right Questionsby Norman Allen

On That Note! explores the musical theatre’s collaborative process by focusing on the individual members of the creative team: performers, directors, stage managers, designers, music directors, musicians, choreographers, etc. First up...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Christopher Youstraby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have?
Not sure – but early tours of Annie and Cats when I was young really captured my imagination. Hearing those larger...

Theatre News

The American Century Theater At Its Zenith as Doors Closeby Norman Allen

The closing of The American Century Theater, announced this week, came as sad news, but Artistic Director Jack Marshall sounds far from defeated. “I felt we were at our zenith,...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Nick Lehanby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have?
The first show that I remember seeing is It's a Wonderful Life at Toby's Dinner...

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Weekend Roundup: Not To Be Trustedby Sandy Bass

From a jealous brother seeking to take over as King of the African Pridelands to a high school powerhouse driven to make one girl's life a living hell, this week’s Roundup features nine productions with characters...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Rachel Zampelliby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have?
The first professional show was Les Misérables. In general, I believe that the first show I saw was The Pirates of Penzance...

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Dana Krueger Rememberedby Donna Migliaccio

I have a confession to make. When I first met Dana Krueger in 1994, I didn't like her very much. 

I was managing director of Signature Theatre, stretching every penny of our four...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Howard Breitbartby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have?
My first Broadway show was Sweeney Todd with the original cast. I was studying classical music, and my parents thought that I should...

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Weekend Roundup: theatreWashington's Theatres Take on Capital Fringeby Sandy Bass

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. From an ape by the name of Red Peter behaving like a human to the Greek legend Medea explaining her uncensored side...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Karma Campby Sandy Bass

1. What was the first show you ever saw, and what impact did it have?
The first show I ever saw was a production of Oliver! I was totally mesmerized and thought, this is exactly what I want to do! I...

At Rise

Pinky Swear: More Than Just A Promiseby Jamila Reddy

For Karen Lange and Allyson Harkey, Co-Artistic Directors of Pinky Swear Productions, a pinky swear was more than just a promise. It was a vision. They began collaborating six years ago in response...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Sam Ludwigby Sandy Bass

1. First show you saw:
I think my earliest memory of theatre was when I saw a Broadway production of The Wizard of Oz, starring Roseanne Barr, when I was seven or eight years old. I was probably too young to...

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Weekend Roundup: Unlikely Friendsby Ariana Kruszewski

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. From surviving dream lands of magic to surviving the streets of NYC, this week’s Roundup features nine productions that...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Enter the Land of Fantasyby Ariana Kruszewski

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week, we feature eight productions that all bring the spirit of fantastical realms and imagination to the stage. Check out...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Aaren Keithby Sandy Bass

1. First show you saw:
The first show I saw was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. From what remember, I was around 4 or 5 and was completely enchanted by the fantasy elements of the production. The way the...

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Weekend Roundup: Leading Ladiesby Sandy Bass

From a little girl who just can't stop eating pink cupcakes to a hot-shot fighter pilot grounded by an unexpected pregnancy, this week's Roundup features eight productions that are driven by female characters of all ages and...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Dani Stollerby Sandy Bass

1. First show you saw:
Crazy for You on Broadway 

2. First involvement in a theatrical production:
I played "Annie" at Camp Lokanda...

At Rise

Spooky Action: A Portal to the Subconsciousby Jamila Reddy

When we dream, we speak the language of images. We play the role of audience to our own lives, watching the action unfold in front of us. Richard Henrich, Founding Artistic Director of Spooky Action Theater...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Ryan Patrick Welshby Sandy Bass

1.   First show you saw: 
The first show I saw was Beauty & The Beast on Broadway with my grandparents. I believe I was 7 or 8 at the time. It was magical. Who doesn't die over a...

The Wright Stuff

Discovering Liz Lermanby 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: 2014 Source Festivalby Sandy Bass

Each week, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week, we feature the productions being staged this weekend at CulturalDC’s...

10 Questions

Take Ten with Philip Fletcherby Sandy Bass

1.   First show you saw: 
I remember seeing my older brother in a Cactus High School production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. It was hilarious and such a treat to see my...

At Rise

No Rules Theatre: Dual-City, Omni-Collaborativeby Jamila Reddy

When Co-Artistic Directors Joshua Morgan and Brian Sutow decided to call their company “No Rules,” they really meant it. It is the only theatre company in the...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: New Month, New Theatre!by Sandy Bass

From a world premiere to a Broadway revival, this week's Roundup features 14 productions that just opened over this past week. Check out the list below.

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Revisiting the Classicsby Ariana Kruszewski

Every Wednesday, theatreWashington will provide you with a list of suggestions for things to do for the upcoming weekend. This week, we feature 10 productions that retell and re-imagine classic stories and songs that truly withstand the test of...

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Theatre Community Rallies Behind Performer Frank Brittonby Jen Clements

We at theatreWashington are incredibly moved by the power of the Washington theatre community. Following an unprovoked attack on beloved performer Frank Britton (more information below), theatre professionals and patrons of all...

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Theatre Education Roundup: Summer Classesby Sandy Bass

In this Theatre Roundup, we spotlight the theatres that are now accepting enrollments for summer classes and workshops. Check out the list below, and visit our Education Explorer...

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Weekend Roundup: It's Not You, It's Me...by Sandy Bass

From two couples struggling with their relationships on the days leading up to 9/11/01 to one man's indecision to reunite with his ex-boyfriend or continue his new-found relationship with a woman, this week's Roundup ...

Theatre Roundup

Weekend Roundup: Please Don't Stop the Music!by Sandy Bass

From six awkward adolescents singing about their quest to be crowned champion of the county spelling bee to the infamous Blue Man Group, this week's Roundup features 14 productions with song, music, and dance that will grab...

The Wright Stuff

The Creative Sourceby 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...

At Rise

Maddening Beauty – In Progressby Jamila Reddy

If queer avant-garde British filmmaker Derek Jarman had made a performance piece about his own life 20 years after his passing, it would likely look like force/collision’s multimedia performance...

Theatre News

Webcast of the 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awardsby Jen Clements

On Monday, April 21, over 1,800 members of Washington theatre -- from audiences to supporters to theatre professionals and artists -- came together to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2013 season. 

Whether you were there with us...

Theatre News

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...

The Wright Stuff

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...

Theatre Roundup

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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Helen Hayes: 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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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...

The Wright Stuff

She Tells Storiesby 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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Theatre Roundup: 2014 - 2015 Season Announcementsby Sandy Bass

Meteorologically speaking, Washington doesn't seem to know what season we're in. As we anxiously await the Spring's arrival, here's a season we know we can count on: Washington's 2014 - 2015...

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Fuel for the Flame: Antwaun Jeffersonby Elisabeth Robinson

Discovering theatre is about much more than just finding new productions. It’s also about discovering the deep passions of the heart and allowing them to run freely.

Meet Corporal Antwaun Jefferson of the Marine Corps.

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Weekend Roundup: Where's Dad?by Sandy Bass

From a grief-stricken prince dealing with the mysterious death of the former King, to two sisters plotting to end the maltreatment received from their abusive father, this week's Theatre Roundup features five...

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Anacostia Playhouse Co-Founders to be Honored with The Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadershipby Jen Clements

In partnership with theatreWashington, The Washington Post today announced that...

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Weekend Roundup: Two of a Kindby Sandy Bass

Sometimes the best things do in fact come in pairs. In this week's Theatre Roundup, we feature seven productions that follow the lives of the show's two lead characters. Check out the list below.

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Class Act – Giving Voiceby Norman Allen

In a broad spectrum of educational opportunities available to everyone from preschoolers to adults, Arena Stage’s Voices of Now...

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Pointless Theatre Co. to Receive 2014 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Companyby Jen Clements

theatreWashington is proud to announce that the 2014 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company will be presented to Pointless Theatre Co., an ensemble of young...

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Weekend Roundup: Atlas Intersections Festivalby Sandy Bass

Need plans for the upcoming weekend? theatreWashington is here to help. In this week's Theatre Roundup, we feature the 23 productions that will be playing at the...

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Weekend Roundup: Wake Up!by Sandy Bass

From a rowdy group of adolescents, to an inseparable pair of best friends, to even, well, a sleeping beauty, this week's Theatre Roundup features five productions that force its main characters to wake up from their false sense of...

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Take Ten with Lewis Feemsterby Jen Clements

First show you saw: I recall a production of The Wizard of Oz in my elementary gymnatorium? Prior to that shining example, I encountered a number of deliciously unmemorable "original...

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Elisabeth Robinson: Formerly Skeptical, Newly Addictedby Elisabeth Robinson

It was just a random, innocuous Sunday night.

My husband Brian and I walked into the Fichandler Theatre at Arena Stage, feeling completely conspicuous against the backdrop of older, more affluent theatergoers.  I wore ripped jeans,...

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Weekend Roundup: The Power of Storytellingby Sandy Bass

Everyone has a story, and the way in which stories are shared is what makes the art so unique. In this week's Weekend Roundup, we feature seven productions that demonstrate the eclectic art of storytelling. Check out the list below.

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Webcast of the 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards Nominationsby Jen Clements

Miss the webcast of the Nominations Announcement when it was live? Don't worry. It's not too late to hear the names of this year's Helen Hayes Awards Nominees read from the podium.

Click...

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Weekend Roundup: The Journey to Success!by Sandy Bass

From one of America's most beloved legends of Jazz, to one man's climb up the corporate ladder, to dueling politicians facing off to be the next President of the USA, this week's Theatre Roundup features seven productions...

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Weekend Roundup: Colorful Theatreby Sandy Bass

In this week's Theatre Roundup, we feature four productions with plots, storylines, and characters that are just as vivid as the colors included in their titles. Check out the list below!

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Weekend Roundup: Characters Playing Charactersby Sandy Bass

From a young girl letting her imagination run wild, to a clever sister assuming the role of her shipwrecked brother, to a teacher giving in to an alternate persona, this week's Theatre Roundup features six productions that star...

Three Questions With

Theatre Supporter Glen Howardby Jen Clements

theatreWashington asked longtime theatre supporter and host of the upcoming Helen Hayes Nominations Announcement webcast three questions about theatre. Here are his...

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Helen Hayes Awards Ceremony Moves Venues, Changes Formatby Nelson Pressley

Via The Washington Post

Washington’s theater prom...

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Weekend Roundup: Compelling Male Leadsby Sandy Bass

“Let’s hear it for the boys!” In this week’s edition of Theatre Roundup, we feature eight productions with compelling male leads. Check out the list below!

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Weekend Roundup: Fierce Femalesby Sandy Bass

They are women, hear them ROAR! In this week’s edition of Theatre Roundup, we feature eight productions that feature strong female characters. Check out the list below!

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Weekend Roundup: Holiday Showsby Sandy Bass

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the theatre in Washington is delightful! In this week’s edition of Theatre Roundup, we feature 14 productions that celebrate the holiday season. Check out the list below.

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Compass Rose – Going Pro!by Norman Allen

Not long before Carrie Underwood traipsed across the Alps in NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music, the artists at Compass Rose mounted a production in their intimate, black-box...

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Weekend Roundup: Give the Gift of Theatreby Sandy Bass

Still looking for great gifts for family, friends, and colleagues? theatreWashington is here to help! In this week’s edition of Theatre Roundup, we feature merchandise that will entice your loved ones to experience the joys of live theatre...

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Weekend Roundup: We've Got a Problem...by Sandy Bass

From investigating a murder that takes place above a unisex hairstyling salon to a slave attempting to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door, this week's edition of Theatre Roundup features six...

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Weekend Roundup: A Cornucopia of Theatreby Sandy Bass

Once you've gone around the table, said what you're thankful for, nomnomnommed your face full of turkey and cranberry sauce, and helped your dinner host with the dishes, we at theatreWashington encourage you to loosen your belts,...

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Synetic Theater’s Teen Company – Learning to Listenby Norman Allen

The young actors who study at Synetic Theater perform without speech, telling their stories through highly precise movements grounded in a lengthy period of study, experiment, and rehearsal. Their...

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Weekend Roundup: World and Area Premieresby Sandy Bass

Looking for something new and fresh? Well, look no further. This week, we feature eight theatres that are premiering new work to the greater Washington area. Check out the list below.

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Victor Shargai Passes the Gavel to New Chair Kurt Crowlby Jen Clements

theatreWashington President & CEO Linda Levy announced today that longtime Board Chair Victor Shargai, after the election of the Board of Directors, has passed the gavel to Kurt Crowl, Senior Vice President of Connoisseur Travel, Ltd, to fill...

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The Portland Diaries: My Experiences at NAMPby Sandy Bass

(A Hypertext Journey in Animated Gifs)

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Weekend Roundup: Small But Powerful Castsby Sandy Bass

Sometimes, great things come in smaller packages, including the plays listed below. In this week's edition of Theatre Roundup, we feature nine plays that have less than five individuals in the cast. Check out the list below.

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Finding Your Voice – at Young Playwrights Theatreby Norman Allen

Stepping into the bull pen of desks and bean bag chairs that define the offices of Young Playwrights Theatre (YPT) is like stepping into the mind of a teenager. Bright colors and a kaleidoscope of...

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Weekend Roundup: Laugh out Loud!by Sandy Bass

In the mood for a good laugh? You're in luck! In this week's edition of Theatre Roundup, we feature seven lighter plays that will make you laugh out loud. Check out the list below!

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Canadian Passion Proves Contagiousby Hanna Bondarewska

Ambassador Theater Artistic Director Hanna Bondarewska’s experiences at the Magnetic North Festival in June 2013, sponsored by the...

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Weekend Roundup: 2013 fallFRINGE Festivalby Sandy Bass

With the 2013 fallFRINGE Festival kicking off this Friday, we thought it was only appropriate to share the shows featured in this year’s lineup. Check out the list below!...

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Honing Their Craft – at Adventure Theatre-Musical Theatre Centerby Norman Allen

Entering the offices of Adventure Theatre-Musical Theatre Center (ATMTC) in Rockville, Maryland, I found a flyer emblazoned with the words “College Just Ahead.” It’s an image...

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Weekend Roundup: Theatre for Young Audiencesby Sandy Bass

From a popular tale of good versus evil to the humorous antics of a very nocturnal bunny, this week's edition of Theatre Roundup features six theatre shows for young audiences. Check out the list below.

1.    ...

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Keeping Washington Work... in Washingtonby Linda Levy

theatreWork to Launch Soon

Many years ago after one particular Helen Hayes Award presentation, while we were thrilled that so many talented artists were recognized, it seemed...

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Special Edition of Weekend Roundup: Shutdown Specials IIby Sandy Bass

Although it is unfortunate to hear that so many federal workers are still furloughed due to the extended government shutdown, it is gratifying to note that members of the greater Washington community are offering specials to those affected by...

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Weekend Roundup: The Dark, the Brooding, and the Seriousby Sandy Bass

From adolescent double-suicides to the trials and tribulations of middle age, some stories don't need or want a happy ending. Get your fix of the dark, the brooding, the seriocomedy, and the serious in this week's edition of Theatre...

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Heeding the Call: The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatoryby Norman Allen

The old adage, “Those who do, do; those who can’t, teach,” has always seemed like a load of baloney. Teaching is one of the toughest jobs out there. It’s not for the faint of heart, and it’s not for the person who...

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Weekend Roundup: Ten Shows under Two Hoursby Sandy Bass

Are you in the mood for a show that is relatively short and sweet? Well, theatreWashington is here to help! Although some of these productions may not be described as "sweet," we feature ten shows that each have a run time under...

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Weekend Roundup: Shutdown Specialsby Sandy Bass

Although it is unfortunate to hear that so many federal workers have been furloughed due to the government shutdown, it is gratifying to note that members of the greater Washington community are offering specials to those affected by these recent...

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Class Act: Stirring the Creative Cauldronby Norman Allen

To choose the first education program featured on Class Act, I used the handy Education...

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Weekend Roundup: Foreign Placesby Sandy Bass

From a stately home in London to the fiery pits of Hell, this week's edition of "Theatre Roundup" focuses on seven plays set in locations outside of the United States. Check out the list below.

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An Open Letter to Peter Marks Regarding His Recent Articleby Linda Levy

Dear Peter,

I just read your article about...

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So It Was Written, So It Shall Be Doneby Linda Levy

Tuesday night, more than 100 members of the theatre community arrived at The Washington Post conference center to attend the presentation of the newly restructured...

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Weekend Roundup: Family Mattersby Sandy Bass

Where one son continuously attempts to explain the alternative lifestyle of being a drag queen to his mother in Torch Song Trilogy, another tries to reason with his mother not to detonate explosives in her simple Brooklyn...

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FAQs About the NEW Helen Hayes Awards Processby Anonymous

We will continue to update this page as we receive and respond to your questions. 

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Class Act: Magic Is Just the Tip of the Icebergby Norman Allen

Anyone who’s ever written a theatre-related grant proposal, press release, or marketing brochure has grappled with phrases like “the magic of theatre” and “a transformative experience.” It’s tough to avoid the...

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At Rise: Rorschach Theatreby Joe Brack

Washington theatre audiences have been enthralled by Rorschach Theatre's Neverwhere, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 1996...

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Weekend Roundup: Classicsby Sandy Bass

From Hamlet's indecision "to be or not to be" to the commedia stylings of Molière, this weekend offers a variety of classics that would each make great additions to your plans.

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Weekend Roundup: Musicalsby Sandy Bass

From "one singular sensation" to "I dream a dream," the heat is on in musical theatre this weekend--and each of the shows listed below promises to be a triple threat. 

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The First-Timer's Guide to Page-to-Stageby Maddie Gaw

Capital Fringe and Source Festival are in the rearview. How will lovers of new and inexpensive work whet their appetites before next summer? Look no further...

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Speculation, Assumption, and Rumor – OH MY!!by Linda Levy

No topic is too sacred to discuss. In the past weeks, there’s been a lot of passionate discussion reflecting the community’s interest in revisions to the Helen Hayes Awards process. It signals that the Awards has deep importance to...

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5 Things to See & 4 Things for Freeby Sandy Bass

Not sure what to do this weekend? Snag a ticket to one of these plays and theatre events while they're still running.

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Distance Yields Perspectiveby Linda Levy

Folks who work in theatre seldom have time to actually go to the theatre. I’m not a practicing theatre artist, but finding time to do this particular thing that I love and believe in – frankly – is a challenge.  ...

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7 Plays to Catch Before They Closeby Anonymous

Not sure what to do this weekend? Snag a ticket to one of these plays and theatre events while they're still running. 

1. Capital Fringe...

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At Rise: Quotidian Theatre Companyby Joe Brack

Few people know that the The Birds, a landmark Hitchcock film, began life as a short story by Daphne du Maurier, author of Rebecca and other gothic tales. Audiences will get a new perspective on that story with a visit to the...

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The Horizon Aheadby Linda Levy

“Summit” is an interesting word. We chose it carefully for our recent meeting with the theatre community as we sought guidance for the future of The Helen Hayes Awards. For us, it was a summit just like the ones those world leaders...

Let's Play

Celebrating All Things New, Part Twoby Anne Meredith McCaw

ANOTHER LOOK INTO THE CITY'S NEW PLAY FESTIVALS

In this Let's Play article, I'd like to introduce you to two of the largest new play festivals in the area: The Kennedy Center's Page to...

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The Art of Growing a Voiceby Jojo Ruf

The seed of an idea for a play began to germinate during a reading series playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton attended in the fall of 2010.  It was “Backstage at the Lincoln,” a joint initiative between the...

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At Rise: Flying Vby Joe Brack

The Flying V theatre company shares its name with an iconic 1957 guitar, one noted for its radical, futuristic design. It’s an instrument that speaks of the future, of possibility, of...

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Celebrating All Things New, Part Oneby Anne Meredith McCaw

A LOOK INTO THE CITY'S NEW PLAY FESTIVALS

New plays have long found a home in Washington, DC.  In fact, the city can boast 40 years of world premieres, including the Pulitzer Prize winning drama The Great...

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At Rise: Venus Theatreby Joe Brack

“I think that we are constantly almost doing something that could break through in a significant way. I'm not sure if it's a sense of emerging or a long term push against some strange glass ceiling. Maybe they’re one and the...

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Zev Rembaby Manny Strauss

The Washington theatre community and theatreWashington lost one of its pillars on June 9, 2013 when Zev Remba passed away suddenly. While you may not recognize his name, if you are reading this tribute, you are familiar with his brilliance.

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Help Me Bring Truth Tonight: Ralph Remingtonby Rachel Grossman

Rachel Grossman: Start right off with the big nebulous question: define theatre.

Ralph Remington: Theatre is actor and an audience.

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Oh, Canada!by Colin Hovde

An account of Theater Alliance Artistic Director Colin Hovde’s experience with the Canadian/Washington Theatre Partnership

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Stephen Spotswood: On Writing, Collaboration, and Werewolvesby Danielle Mohlman

With a Source Festival play in June, a Capital Fringe collaboration in July, a Washington Rogues production in October, and an off-Broadway premiere in November, playwright Stephen Spotswood has a lot to look forward to.

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A Feat for Big Nateby Jojo Ruf

Nate Wright isn’t your typical sixth grader. He’s a self-described genius, holds the record in his school for most detentions (22 and counting!), is an accomplished cartoonist, and just happens to be the drummer for the coolest garage...

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Dreaming a Film Forwardby Jojo Ruf

Sometimes all a playwright needs is a little inspiration from a little-known film.  For Brian Sutow, Producing Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Co., Stanley Tucci’s 2007 movie ...

What is Theatre?

In the “now,” which can be, like, a bit of a battleby Rachel Grossman

Rachel Grossman: I’m opening all of these conversations with the big question--what is theatre?

Julianne Brienza: Theatre is something that is in the moment. Like, it’s not recorded....

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Adding Flourishesby Deryl Davis

 "There's a saying in the world of Commedia.‘The play you’re doing tonight is not the play you did in rehearsal,’” muses Faction of Fools Theatre Company Managing Director Toby Mulford. He’s explaining...

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The 2013 Helen Hayes Awards Experienceby Jen Clements

The energy at the historic Warner theatre was electric as a crowd of nearly two thousand celebrated the outstanding theatre of Washington at the 29th Helen Hayes Awards, held on Monday, April 8th.

Special honors went to Actors...

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Capital Fringe to Receive The 2013 Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership in the Washington Theatre Communityby Manny Strauss

Capital Fringe, the only major unjuried, self-producing, open-access Festival in the Washington area will receive The Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theatre Community at...

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The Search for Duendeby Jojo Ruf

Duende [is] a mysterious force that everyone feels and no philosopher has explained.  So, then, the duende is a force not a labour, a struggle not a thought.  I heard an old maestro of the guitar say:...

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Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue to Receive 2013 John Aniello Award at 29th Helen Hayes Awardsby Anonymous

The 2013 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company will be presented to Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue at the 29th Helen Hayes Awards on April 8. Named in...

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Category Communiqué: Sound Designby Anonymous

Bang! Whizz! Pop! Ding, Dong! A sound designer specifies, acquires, manipulates, and even creates the audio ambiance of a production. One of the youngest fields in stagecraft, modern audio technologies in the adept hands...

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The best stimulant on the market today!by Rachel Grossman

Rachel Grossman: Let’s start by just jumping right into the deep-end: what is theatre?

Peter Marks: What I always think of are the ancient masks of comedy and tragedy. It’s at some level first...

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Category Communiqué: Productionby Anonymous

Powerful, provocative, compelling, engaging, and insightful. Drama, farce, classical, musical, or exciting new works. Throughout the year Washington stages are graced with productions that each tell their own stories in their own distinctive...

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A Revolutionary Macbethby Deryl Davis

Long before his hefty older self was hawking wine on television – even before his younger self was lured to Hollywood to create the groundbreaking Citizen Kane – youthful Orson Welles was shaking up the theatre world with...

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A Just and Lasting Peaceby Jojo Ruf

“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away,” declared President Abraham Lincoln from the steps of the newly finished US Capitol during his Second Inaugural Address 148 years ago...

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Category Communiqué: Leading Performersby Anonymous

Mary Martin, Robert Prosky, John Barrymore, even our own Helen Hayes, were leading ladies and leading men of their time. The 2013 Helen Hayes Nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor and Lead Actress guided their audiences through an endless variety...

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Newest Class of Nominees Celebratedby Manny Strauss

On Monday, March 18, nominated actors, directors, designers, choreographers, and producers gathered at The Hamilton for the 2013 Helen Hayes Awards Nominations Celebration. This exclusive...

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Category Communiqué: Musical Directionby Anonymous

Strike up the band, Maestro! A revue, a musical, or a play with music would be lost without the guidance of a musical director. And this year’s Helen Hayes Awards Nominees for Outstanding Musical Direction in a Resident Production each...

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Don’t Worry About a Thingby Deryl Davis

A new musical built around the songs of reggae legend Bob Marley. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Wait. A children’s musical? With characters named Ziggy (as in Bob’s son and grandson) and Cedella (his daughter)? Are you kidding?

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Category Communiqué: Directingby Anonymous

The show must go on. A stage director is responsible for unifying the creative and practical decisions of a production, whether directing a play or musical. A director’s work begins long before the rehearsals and long before coordinating...

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Category Communiqué: Set Designby Anonymous

A scenic designer, or scenographer, is responsible for creating the environment of a play or musical. From renderings to models, from painting and textural notations to set dressings, these designers shape the world that actors, dancers, and...

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Category Communiqué: Ensembleby Anonymous

The cowboys, the wrestlers, the tumblers, the clowns, and the actors and actresses who together make up this year’s Helen Hayes Nominees for Outstanding Ensemble in Resident Musicals and Resident Plays all exude the power of a team. Each...

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Category Communiqué: Costume Designby Anonymous

Hey Dapper Dan, hey Beau Brummelly, hey Senator, hey Janitor - you’re never fully dressed without a costume designer. When drafting, crafting, or even darning the occasional sock, a costume designer’s work enhances a character’s...

Welcome Mat

Tom Prewittby Christopher Henley

It is with great pleasure, anticipation, and reassurance that I unfurl a welcome mat for Tom Prewitt as my successor Artistic Director of WSC Avant Bard

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Category Communiqué: Choreographyby Manny Strauss

Step, kick, kick, leamp, kick, touch...again! Tap, jazz, ballet, swing, sword fighting, boxing, and brawls are but a few of the Choreopgraphers' tools of their trade. In collaboration with the director and designers, they create a wondrous...

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Jason Loewithby Ryan Rilette

When I joined Round House Theatre as Producing Artistic Director, Jason Loewith wrote a Welcome Mat article about me. I’m thrilled to now return...

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Scholars and Artists Unite for Historic Engagementby Alexandra Desaulniers

On Thursday morning February 28, in Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle before, a buzzing audience of press, theatre enthusiasts, and academics, Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith introduced The National Civil War Project. The Project is a...

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Category Communiqué: Supporting Performersby Anonymous

Where would Batman be without Robin; Fred Astaire without Ginger Rogers? Whether a sidekick, an antagonist, or a seemingly small part, supporting roles — regardless of size — are pivotal to the plot. And those who play them...

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At Home on Rep Stageby Alexandra Desaulniers

As young man from a small farm in Crossroads, North Carolina, imprisoned as a draft dodger for refusing to serve in Vietnam on moral and religious grounds, drawn by big city promises and opportunity, Cephus Miles sounds a little bit like most of...

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Category Communiqué: Lighting Designby Anonymous

The theatre would indeed be a dark place if not for the luminous brilliance seen on Washington stages almost every night of the year. Lighting paints the environment with an array of spotlights and specials, gobos and gel (not the kind for...

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Listen Nowby Anonymous

Linda Levy Grossman (President and CEO of theatreWashington) chatted with Jojo Ruf (General Manager of the National New Play Network and author of theatreWashington's Audi-...

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Come to the Cabaret: Keegan Stages a Character-driven Musicalby Ellyn Wexler

It’s character that counts at The Keegan Theatre.

“The honest, raw exploration of character is the driving force behind our work,” says Mark Rhea, Producing Artistic Director of the resident company at the Church Street...

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Peter Marks, Have You Ever Been to Toby’s?by Linda Levy

During a recent Twitter exchange, Washington Post Theatre Critic Peter Marks (@petermarksdrama) commented: "You cannot credibly make claim to being America's no. 2 theater town if most nommed musical...

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29th Helen Hayes Awards Nominationsby Manny Strauss

Oh what a night! The nominations for the 29th Helen Hayes Awards were announced this evening. We just published more images from the wonderful evening (courtesy of Shannon...

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Go See A Show: The 2012 Season in Reviewby Manny Strauss

As part of the Helen Hayes Awards nominations announcement on January 28, 2013, theatreWashington premiered a video that celebrates...

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Instant Images from the Nominationsby Manny Strauss

Instant access to events has come a long way. Not too long ago Polaroid was the answer. Today, as theatreWashington announces the nominees for the 29th Helen Hayes Awards, we're providing you with two types of instant gratification...

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The Helen Hayes Awards Nominations: It’s All in a Year’s Workby Manny Strauss

This evening, The National Theatre’s Helen Hayes Gallery will be the scene for the announcement of the 2013 Helen Hayes Awards nominees. The Helen Hayes Awards is one of the most prestigious honors for artists and theatre companies in...

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A Tonal Poem Told in the Key of Jazzby Jojo Ruf

Charlie “Bird” Parker was one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. His advanced technique and utterly unique sound left a lasting effect on the way...

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What Should We Do?by Manny Strauss

You have set a date with your spouse, partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, or BFF. You both have been rushing around. You are overwhelmed by all the choices and don’t know where to begin.
 
We at theatreWashington can help!...

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Music Man and More: The Man Behind the Pianoby Alexandra Desaulniers

“Hello, Dolly!” “How ‘bout Seasons of Love?” “Could you play something from Les Mis?” Each month a crowd gathers by the piano at Showtunes & Cocktails, sharing a drink and a song, belting and...

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Now Accepting Applications from Theatre Professionalsby Jen Clements

Washington, DC — theatreWashington is happy to announce that effective today, December 17, 2012, Taking Care of Our Own is accepting applications from theatre professionals to assist with unforeseen emergency needs. After a period of...

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A Match Made in Outer Spaceby Jojo Ruf

They began with only a title — A Trip to the Moon — but within days the dynamic duo Natsu Onoda Power and Jared Mezzocchi, who first collaborated on Studio Theatre’s Astro Boy and the God of Comics last...

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The Magic Moment of Adaptationby Jenn Book Haselswerdt

Marc Acito’s How I Paid for College, adapted from the playwright’s own autobiographical novel and receiving its world premiere at The Hub Theatre, provides an evening of witty musical fun that producer/director Helen Pafumi says...

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Cultural Collaboration in the Artsby Alexandra Desaulniers

British author, composer, and actor Neil Brand once wrote, “All music communicates more than the sum of its notes.” Quotidian Theatre Company’s current production of James Joyce’s The Dead, in collaboration with...

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Catch a Show Before the Year Endsby Jen Clements

theatreWashington is making it easier than ever to see theatre in the final week of 2012. Everyone has their own traditions this time of year. It may be dim sum on December 25th, it may be a family feast. And we know many of you enjoy a...

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The Weather Outside Is Frightful, But The Divas Are So Delightfulby Manny Strauss

And so we congregated with friends from across the Washington-area theatre community on November 26, in the warmth of Signature Theatre, to celebrate the launch of a very special holiday album. An enthusiastic crown joined us to snag their copy...

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Being Game for a Killingby Jojo Ruf

A group of 65 gather on a cold November night in Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle Theatre, and within the first seven minutes of the performance every person in the room is dead. Some die quietly, slumped in their chair or hunched over the person...

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What Thanksgiving Means to Me — A post-elementary school perspective from one who is very gratefulby Linda Levy

I love Thanksgiving. For forever it has been my very favorite holiday; the anticipation of waking up on that Thursday morning when we didn't have to go to school, sitting on my parents’ bed and reveling in The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade —...

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Donna Migliaccio: The Role’s the Thingby Ellyn Wexler

Donna Migliaccio bemoans the scarcity of challenging parts for women her age. “I've spent the past two years doing housekeeper roles, and I'd like something with a little more meat on its bones,” says the 56 year-old award-winning actress who has...

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A Search for Understandingby Jojo Ruf

Korean-American playwright Mia Chung writes about the unknown. Her stories and characters do not begin from a place of expertise, nor are they created in an attempt to educate her audience. Instead, Chung writes because of a craving for knowledge...

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John Bakerby Jojo Ruf

tW: What initially drew you to Mia’s play You For Me For You?
JB: We first became aware of this play because it was being developed at the Icicle Creek Theater Festival [a year ago], and were extremely excited about it immediately...

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Stars of the Washington Stage Salute Helen's Starsby Alexandra Desaulniers

A host of incomparable theatre artists join theatreWashington tomorrow evening to salute this year’s Helen’s Star recipients, Bonnie Fogel, Carolyn Griffin, and Molly Smith at the Star Gala & Benefit Auction. Simon Diesenhaus and...

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MetroStage's Carolyn Griffin to Receive Helen's Starby Manny Strauss

tW: Congratulations for being honored with Helen’s Star! Helen’s Star is presented to daring visionaries who have shaped and redefined the landscape of Washington theatre. In your words, how do you think you have changed the landscape since 1984...

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Imagination Stage's Bonnie Fogel to Receive Helen's Starby Manny Strauss

tW: Congratulations for being honored with Helen’s Star!
BF: Thank you. Victor [Shargai] made me laugh. When he told me, my first comment was, “Oh gosh, I don’t think I should be getting this. Janet [Stanford] should be getting this. She’s...

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Arena Stage's Molly Smith to Receive Helen's Starby Manny Strauss

tW: Congratulations on being honored with Helen’s Star!
MS: I was really moved when Victor [Shargai] called me about the Award. It’s an incredible award. It’s lovely to be recognized. I’ve been very happy here in Washington…

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Sebastian Clarke — An Auctioneer for All Reasonsby Manny Strauss

tW: Where did you grow up?
SC: In England; I was born in Wales but then as a kid moved to London and grew up in Central London. I went to boarding school in the south of England and then when I was 18 I...

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I’m Always True to You Darling in My Fashionby Alexandra Desaulniers

As actors, our income relies on our versatility of course — our ability to play any part offered. We all know well the line on audition sheets, “Will you accept any role?” Our response is usually Just about, especially while we are just...

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The High-Wire Act of Producing New Workby Jojo Ruf

More than two years ago, Studio Theatre Artistic Director David Muse decided to take a risk on an unfinished script. It was a piece by British playwright Bryony Lavery, a story of death, of decay, of debris, of dirt, commissioned by Manhattan...

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Quest with Meby Rachel Grossman

One.
​​While working at Round House Theatre, the Education & Outreach staff and I created an introductory activity: “What is theatre?” We...

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Ryan Riletteby Jason Loewith

Ryan Rilette was presiding over his last meeting as President of the National New Play Network when the Washington Post broke the news he’d been tapped as the Producing Artistic Director of Round House Theatre. My colleagues at the table...

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Kara Lee Corthronby Jojo Ruf

tW: What was your inspiration for Holly Down in Heaven?

Kara: The original impetus comes from a really strange place. I was visiting my niece who was fourteen at the time, and she received a really odd Christmas gift: a Carol...

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Jaylee Montague Mead — Arts Supporter and Astronomerby Linda Levy

It is with enormous sadness that we share that arts philanthropist and acclaimed astronomer Jaylee Montague Mead died on September 14, 2012 after a lengthy illness.

Jaylee and her husband Gilbert, who died in May 2007, were unrivaled...

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Get Up, Stand Up: Stand Up for Your Rights!by Manny Strauss

Bob Marley’s famous lyric is an apt motto for Academy Award-nominated actress Kathleen Turner, legendary journalist Molly Ivins, whom Turner currently is portraying in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Arena Stage — and...

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Jim Petosaby Bill Graham

We know Jim Petosa has been deeply engaged in our Washington theatre community for many years and as “connected” as anyone I have ever known over the past 50+ years. He has uncommon energy and endurance blended with insight and generosity

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Social Media Green Roomby Jen Clements

A collaboration between theatreWashington and the Social Media Club DC, this special Green Room brought social media enthusiasts and newbies together to discuss how this new interactive tool can be used to promote the arts, build audiences, and...

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10 Questions — Jojo Rufby Manny Strauss

First show you saw:
I think it was probably the three-person A Christmas Carol at Glen Echo when I was four or five. I saw it every single winter for years and years growing up.

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Summertimeby Manny Strauss

In a last gasp of summer freedom, I traveled to New York this past weekend to fill a long-recognized gap in my theatregoing experience by seeing Porgy & Bess. Like much of the rest of my summer, the trip had a theatrical element....

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Jason McCool — theatreWashington’s (@theatreWashDC) New Social Media Voiceby Manny Strauss

There is a new sound to theatreWashington’s social media voice — Jason McCool, an adventuritter who friends, follows, posts, shares, links, and tweets zealously about theatre and the arts. We consulted our “twictionary” to ask him a few...

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My Friend Marvinby Karma Camp

The world renowned Maestro, composer, author, funny man — my friend, Marvin Hamlisch passed away on August 6, 2012 after a brief illness. It was a shock to many to lose such an amazing man at the age of 68 as he still had so much he wanted to...

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Audition Season Silver Liningsby Alexandra Desaulniers

They are the words every actor dreads hearing. The half-hearted “Thanks . . . that’s all we need to see today” or “Unfortunately . . . we cannot offer you a role, but please do audition for future productions.” A working actor is only such when...

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Summer Hummer Raises Over $16,000 for "Taking Care of Our Own"by Manny Strauss

Oh, what a night.

Oh, what a night.

 

 

Indeed, last night’s first outing to benefit "Taking Care of our Own" was a confluence of forces rarely seen before to support the Washington theatre...

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Every Artist Insuredby Anonymous

Finding affordable health insurance is not easy. To help theatre artists and professionals in their search for health care, last night theatreWashington partnered with The Actors Fund to present resource information and guidance on how to find...

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Devised Theatre: The Art of the Impossibleby Alexandra Desaulniers

Devised theatre? Also known as collaborative creation, original work, or ensemble pieces, among other names, devised theatre is a unique concept to be sure and not easily defined. For the past six months I have been part of

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Anything but Spectacleby Jojo Ruf

A play about superheroes conjures wild images of smoke and magic and special effects. Of a masked man, transformed by the bite of a spider, who stuns audiences with his supersized acrobatics and feats of flight. This is what we have come to...

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Partying for a Serious Causeby Manny Strauss

Just as the 2012/13 theatre season begins, a collaborative of more than 25 actors is throwing a party on August 20, 2012 — the Summer Hummer. Why? Matthew Gardiner, Signature Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director and the director of the...

Artist Insight

10 Questions — Alexandra Linnby Manny Strauss

First show you saw:
The first one I can truly remember was a production of Aesop’s Fables at the Monmouth Theater in Monmouth, Maine, though I was a volunteer usher with the company every summer from the age of 5 so I’m sure there...

Alexandra Linn in <em>Putting It Together</em> (Colby College, January 2011). Photo © 2011. Jeff Earickson, Colby College.

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434,520 Minutesby Alexandra Desaulniers

Okay, so it’s not exactly how the song goes. But this is surely my own “Season of Love.” 92,520 minutes short of a year ago I packed my station wagon to the gills and drove 618 miles from the quaint and quiet coastal town of Rockland, Maine to...

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Only One Weekend Left For CATFby Linda Levy

There are several summer delights that I relish and look forward to every year: a baseball game (major or minor league) on a summer evening, the forbidden indulgence of a mocha chip ice cream cone, and fireworks on the fourth among them. But six...

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Washington Actors Play for the Summer at CATFby Ellyn Wexler

A short 90-minute drive will transport Washingtonians to a place serene and green where theatre is paramount. It’s The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) in bucolic Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the epicenter of a celebrated five-play...

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Proceed at Your Own Riskby Manny Strauss

Warning: Don’t try this at home as there can be various side effects, including excessive pupil dilation and neck and back pain. To what do I refer? My sport: extreme theatregoing. Between January 1, 2012 and July 1, 2012, I have ...

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10 Questions — Julianne Brienzaby Manny Strauss

First show you saw:
I grew up in a small town in Montana — we did not have a lot of live theatre options to choose from. I believe the first show I saw was at the Virginia City Players Theatre in

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Fringe Benefitsby Ellyn Wexler

“Fringe” does not just mean tassels and trimming customarily used for ornamental decoration. In Washington — for the last six summers — “Fringe” means one thing: the Capital Fringe Festival. Executive Director Julianne Brienza says ...

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Blake Robisonby Michael Dove

I will never forget the phone call. As I was driving to a rehearsal, one Friday night in March of 2009, Blake Robison called me. It was one of those conversations that you hear about and assume that it couldn’t have gone as well or as simply as...

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10 Questions — Jenny McConnell Frederickby Manny Strauss

First show you saw:
I actually don’t remember, but I can say for certain that in high school I did a Career Day at a production of 1776 at Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre.

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Mentor Health: Collaboration Fuels Creativity at Source Festivalby Ellyn Wexler

Jenny McConnell Frederick puts her money where her mouth is. After two years as producer of the Source Festival, she recognized that communication among artists in its 10-Minute Plays was challenged. “The schedule didn’t allow for much...

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Ten Winners of tixCertificatesby Manny Strauss

During the Capital Pride Festival on June 10, 300 theatrelovers visited theatreWashington’s booth and submitted their names for a chance to win Washington Area Theatre tixCertificates. The names of ten winners, each of whom will receive two...

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Shakespeare Theatre Company to Receive Regional Tony Awardby Deryl Davis

If, long ago, Michael Kahn dreamed of winning a Tony Award, he probably didn’t imagine it would have to do with his work in Washington. “I thought I’d only be here about three years,” the renowned Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director...

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Folly or Logical?by Manny Strauss

The Kennedy Center’s 2011 glorious production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies originated in DC, went on to a successful run on Broadway, and recently transferred to Los Angeles. With eight Tony nominations and additional accolades as best...

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10 Questions — Michael Russottoby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: The first show I ever remember seeing was Hello, Dolly! in London when I was 6 or 7. I think Carol Channing was the star. We lived in Italy at the time, and we were on vacation in England.

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10 Questions — Eric Suttonby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: When I was in 7th grade, the local high school held auditions for junior high kids to appear as orphans in their upcoming production of Oliver. I had lofty dreams of stardom, even at a young age

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Remembering Our Friends in the "Lonely Planet"by Manny Strauss

A decade ago, actor Eric Sutton was making a name for himself in the Washington area theatre community with memorable roles in Round House’s production of The Drawer Boy and in Theater J’s production of Jump/Cut, among others....

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10 Questions — Carolyn Coleby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: I think it was Miss Saigon. My mom was embarrassed because she didn’t realize the opening scene involved prostitutes, and I was definitely the youngest person in that entire audience.

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Carolyn Cole: Making Her Moves on DCby Ellyn Wexler

For Carolyn Cole, the third time was not the charm. In fact, it took the steadfast singer-actress some 40 auditions within nine years to get the role she coveted. Admittedly “frustrated,” she says, “I had come to terms with the fact that it would...

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10 Questions — Nova Y. Paytonby Manny Strauss

  1. First show you saw:
    The Wiz (national tour) with Stephanie Mills.
  2. First involvement in a theatrical production:
    I was 3 yrs old and a flower in a...

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Nova Y. Payton: A Star that Shines Brightby Ellyn Wexler

More than seven years before her birth, Nova Y. Payton’s fate was sealed. The DC native has proven her mother’s prescience in deciding to name her not-yet conceived daughter after a bright star. Payton just received a Helen Hayes Award for...

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Shakespeare Theatre Company to Receive Regional Tony Awardby Manny Strauss

One week after the 28th Helen Hayes Awards, Washington theatre continues to receive national recognition: The American Theatre Wing announced today, May 1, 2012, that the Shakespeare Theatre Company has been named the 2012 recipient of the...

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A Community Celebrating Craftby Cristen Kennedy

On Monday night I had the privilege of attending the Helen Hayes Awards and what a night it was! I moved to Washington DC from NYC in August of 2011. For all of the theatre being done in NY, there is little to no sense of community or belonging...

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Linda Levy Grossman's Testimony on Funding for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (4/26/12)by Linda Levy

Good afternoon. My name is Linda Levy Grossman. I’m the President and CEO of theatreWashington. We represent, promote, and support Washington area theatres, theatre . . .

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The 28th Helen Hayes Awardsby Deryl Davis

April 23, 2012 was a night for celebrating Washington area theatre and theatreWashington, dropping names, and making proclamations. An opening musical number headlined by Awards hosts and actresses Felicia Curry and Holly Twyford highlighted the...

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Why Go to New York?by Anonymous

Who knew the Warner Theatre could hold millions? For one night, 2,261,509 audience members, 84 theaters and producing organizations, 805 productions and readings, and 9,903 performances were together in one place. For one evening, the Warner...

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Alexandra Linn -- I Love Washington Theatre Contest Winnerby Manny Strauss

Alexandra Linn was one of two winners of theatreWashington's I Love Washington Theatre contest. Her winning essay follows: All DC’s a stage! At least that is how I feel as a young professional actor new to Washington DC. In just five months in...

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Cristen Kennedy -- I Love Washington Theatre Contest Winnerby Manny Strauss

Cristen Kennedy was one of two winners of theatreWashington's I Love Washington Theatre contest. Her winning essay follows: I was a shy wall flower in school. Always the awkward one — short, chubby, glasses, hand me down clothes, a musician. I...

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Getting Noticedby Deryl Davis

With 84 theatres, producing organizations and festivals in the Washington area, how does a new one get noticed? Receiving The John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company certainly is one way. The Award, established to honor the...

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Jane Lang and Paul Sprengerby Ellyn Wexler

While most high-profile attorneys have neither the time nor the inclination to be leaders in the arts world, Jane Lang and Paul Sprenger have proven to be anything but typical. The couple demonstrated vision and commitment by leading the effort...

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Helen Hayes Awards Nomination Celebration 2012by Manny Strauss

Last evening, Mickey's Backstage at Rivers at the Watergate set the scene for an exciting celebration of the Helen Hayes Awards Nominee Class of 2012. While the evening was full of energy and joy (as is apparent from the photo gallery), it was...

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Jared Neffby Brad Watkins

When I first crossed paths with him, Jared Neff was a green, ambitious, brash, optimistic, dynamic, invincible young man who was wet-behind-the-ears and looking for a stepping stone out of St. Louis on his way to Broadway. His resume rose to the...

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Faction of Fools Theatre Companyby Deryl Davis

Upon first hearing, you might think “Faction of Fools” a strange, or at least very self-deprecating, theatrical handle. But trace the Washington-based troupe’s theatrical lineage back to the Renaissance, and you will recognize...

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Bringing Theatre into Focusby Ellyn Wexler

How do you cobble together a living in the theatre? It’s an age old question and despite the stereotypical reliance on waiting tables, there likely are nearly as many solutions as there are theatre professionals. Colin Hovde, Artistic Director of...

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10 Questions — Colin Hovdeby Manny Strauss

First show you saw:
I don’t think that it was the FIRST show I ever saw, but it was the first show that I really saw . . . Fool Moon by Bill Irwin and David Shiner at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. Beautiful,...

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Hidden Treasuresby Brad Watkins

Well, folks, the flurry and frenzy of crossing the "t"s and dotting the "I"s for the HHA nominations is in the rear view mirror and the flurry and frenzy of the monster collaboration of the HHA lies ahead — it never seems to stop here @ tW....

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Spooky Action Theater: Constructing a Foundation for the Futureby Ellyn Wexler

With arts organizations of every caliber struggling to survive, the story of a little theatre that has kept its head above water can be inspirational –- and in this case, a bit spooky, too. The founder of Spooky Action Theater, playwright, actor...

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The Whispered Conversationsby Linda Levy

With a nod to Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber’s lyrics from Sunset Boulevard I fervently believe that great philosophy is found within a show tune. These words characterize our time-honored ritual each February in the National Theatre’s Helen Hayes...

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Record Setting ArtSpeak!by Manny Strauss

If “education” is supposed to be hard to swallow, then Mark Shugoll and his ArtSpeak! program have found the proverbial spoonful of sugar! More than 500 students, parents, and audience members attended the most recent session held at...

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Arts Leaders Testify for More Funding for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanitiesby Manny Strauss

theatreWashington Prez Linda Levy Grossman was one of 25 arts leaders who testified yesterday at the DC City Council Oversight Hearing to request that funding for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities increase for the 2013 District Budget...

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Linda Levy Grossman's Testimony on Funding for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (2/8/12)by Manny Strauss

Good Afternoon. My name is Linda Levy Grossman. I’m the President and CEO of theatreWashington. For the last 27 years we have proudly been doing business in the District as the Helen Hayes Awards. The enthusiastic and passionate showing here...

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Jessica Burgess — Snowy Wonder and Lost Tonguesby Manny Strauss

To capture the innocent wonder and imagination of a child experiencing snow for the first time, and in the same month grapple with the loss of language and dying world cultures is a testament to the range of Jessica Burgess’ directing skills...

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Top 10 Reasons I Go to the Theatreby Manny Strauss

Forty-five years after I went to my first show (a revival of Annie Get Your Gun starring Ethel Merman at Lincoln Center), including 24 years as a resident in the Washington area, I am still compelled to attend as much theatre as possibl...

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You Never Know Who You'll Meet at the Theatreby Linda Levy

Imagine my awe: last night when, at Signature Theatres’s performance of Hairspray, out of my peripheral vision I saw that I was randomly sitting directly next to civil rights leader Julian Bond and his wife Pam Horowitz....

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Allyson Currin -- Keeping All the Balls in the Airby Manny Strauss

Juggling is probably not on Allyson Currin’s resume. But she acts. She directs. She teaches at George Washington University. She has written over twenty plays. She is a single mom of 14 year old twin daughters (her husband, Chris, passed away...

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10 Questions — David Sniderby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: I grew up in my Dad’s church, seeing tons of pageants and holiday shows. When I was fourteen we traveled to Oberammergau, Germany to see the Passion Play. The entire village performed and produced...

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Lance Hayden Kumpby The Studio Theatre

The Studio Theatre staff and friends were stunned by the recent death of our Marketing Manager, Lance Hayden Kump. Lance was an invaluable member of the staff and a great colleague. His warm spirit will be sorely missed....

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The Show Must Go Onby Brad Watkins

So, Wednesday night, I had the good fortune to tag onto Linda Levy Grossman’s coattails and catch the VIP Preview of Ford’s Theatre’s world premiere of Necessary Sacrifices. It was the cast’s first time in front of an audience....

James Johnson and Psalmayene 24 in Imagination Stage's production of <em>P.Nokio: a Hip-Hop Musical</em>. Photo by Blake Echols.

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Psalmayene 24by Manny Strauss

Psalmayene 24, a multi-talented artist in the Washington area, wrote, directs, and stars in P.Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical, a reimagining of the classic tale of Pinocchio, receiving its world premiere at Imagination Stage...

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Remembering Marcia Gardnerby Eric Schaeffer

One of the brightest lights at Signature just went out. Marcia “Marsh’ Gardner was a jack of all trades at Signature Theatre. I had the great pleasure of working with her for the past 23 years. Marcia started as an actor in our production of......

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Meet Laura Daileyby Manny Strauss

Meet The Audience introduces you to the dynamic theatregoers in our area. Each week we will publish a response like this one from Laura Dailey. During the month of January, each audience member whose response is published on...

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10 Questions — Helen Pafumiby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: A Hula dance piece. I lived in Hawaii until the age of 10, in a fairly rural farming area. So there was not much in the way of actual theatre, but the dancing was incredible. Most people don’t realize how...

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A New Brand of "Hairspray"by Manny Strauss

Just as no two snowflakes are identical, the same can be said for theatrical productions. That’s part of the magic of live theatre. Signature Theatre’s current production of Hairspray exemplifies this...

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10 Questions — Eric Schaefferby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: The King and I at Fleetwood High School. And it was good too!
First involvement in a theatrical production: I was in Godspell playing Jeffrey in 6th grade.
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Habit Formingby Manny Strauss

Everyone seems to have their own story about their first experiences going to the theatre. Mark Shugoll was drawn to theatregoing by “twofers” while growing up on Long Island. He and a friend started going twice a month to...

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Meet Charlie Fontanaby Manny Strauss

Meet The Audience, introduces you to the dynamic theatregoers in our area. Each week we will publish a response like this one from Charlie Fontana. During the month of January, each audience member whose response is published on...

The cast of Theater J's production of <em>The Religion Thing</em> with Renee Calarco.  <em>Photo by C. Stanley Photography</em>

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Family Timeby Manny Strauss

Spending time with family around the holidays has usually been an impossible dream for busy and accomplished theatre artists Renee and Joe Calarco. These siblings are always working on the next play, project (including projects for...

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10 Questions — Renee Calarcoby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: Twigs by George Furth. I was 9 and went to see it with my best friend and her parents.
First involvement in a theatrical production: In fourth grade, I was one of the vonTrapp...

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10 Questions — Joe Calarcoby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: The first show I ever saw was a production of Bells Are Ringing at a community theater in my hometown, Rochester, New York. The first professional production I ever saw was a tour of The Wiz...

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Meet Lisa Carrby Manny Strauss

A new feature of theatrewashington.org, Meet The Audience, introduces you to the dynamic theatregoers in our area. Each week we will publish a response like this one from Lisa Carr. During the month of December, each audience...

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Meet Mark Shugollby Manny Strauss

Meet The Audience, introduces you to the dynamic theatregoers in our area. This is a bonus edition to introduce Mark Shugoll.

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Democratization of Opinionby Manny Strauss

The Washington area is leading the way to Democracy. Don’t worry. You didn’t click from theatrewashington.org to some other website. I’m talking about theatre criticism. For many years, members of the Washington area theatre community would...

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Have a Theatrical Holidayby Manny Strauss

The holidays always manage to produce a fair share of drama -- the travel, the shopping, the football, the food, and of course - the family. So this year, stop the madness and actually enjoy the drama . . . genuine, live theatrical drama...

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10 Questions — Paul R. Tetreaultby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: First Professional show I saw was Hello Dolly with Carol Channing.
First involvement in a theatrical production: I think I played a table in first-grade. My first designated...

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10 Questions — Ken Ludwigby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: Visit to a Small Planet by Gore Vidal
First involvement in a theatrical production: As a freshman in high school and the play was Letters to Lucerne. I was an actor and...

Emily Levey and Rex Daugherty in Ken Ludwig's <em>'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Photo by Bruce Douglas</em>

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There's No Place Like Homeby Manny Strauss

Playwright Ken Ludwig’s plays and musicals have been staged throughout the world. Stars who have appeared in his plays over the years include Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Alec Baldwin, Joan Collins, Robert Goulet, Mickey Rooney, Hal Holbrook,...

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10 Questions — Michael Doveby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: Probably a Christmas pageant or Easter dramatized church concert. I liked big themes, early! Probably also influenced my desire to produce plays with angels in them (Forum did four shows in three seasons that...

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Meet Tim Madiganby Manny Strauss

A new feature of theatrewashington.org, Meet The Audience, introduces you to the dynamic theatregoers in our area. Each week we will publish a response like this one from Tim Madigan. During the month of December, each audience...

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Meet Sarah Burnettby Manny Strauss

A new feature of theatrewashington.org, Meet The Audience, introduces you to the dynamic theatregoers in our area. Each week we will publish a response like this one from Sara Burnett. During the month of December, each audience...

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Meet Evelyn Sandgroundby Manny Strauss

A new feature of theatrewashington.org, Meet The Audience, introduces you to the dynamic theatregoers in our area. TheatreWashington wants you to share your thoughts with us. Each week we will publish a response like this one...

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10 Questions — Matt Connerby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: Sweeney Todd
First involvement in a theatrical production: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Favorite musical: Cabaret

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Online Giving Makes New Support Possible for Area Theatresby Manny Strauss

The annual November celebration of democracy (Election Day) is being followed this year by a celebration of non-profits in the Washington area. After you exercise your civic duty by voting on November 8th, you can show your support on November...

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10 Questions — Karen Zacaríasby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: I was seven. It was lovely a production of Annie in Spanish in Mexico. When I was eight, I saw Evita which works in Spanish much better than Annie does. My first play in English was...

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The Importance of Being Resilientby Manny Strauss

In her childhood, Karen Zacarías must have played well with others in sandboxes, which no doubt prepared her for what the Washington area playwright calls an “unprecedented” development process for her latest work –...

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Date Night (With “Drama” But Without Chaos)by Manny Strauss

You crave a night out with your special someone. You are jealous of Barack and Michelle Obama because even they manage to have date nights. You have two children, ages 6 and 8. Maybe you’d like to go to the theatre but the logistics of getting a...

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Remembering Emery Battisby Edward Gero

These are the words I never wanted to write. A heart-breaking and impossible task to reflect upon the magnitude of the mind, spirit and heart of the inimitable Emery Battis. As an actor, his resume reads like the history of the American theater:...

Joshua Morgan as Linus in No Rules Theatre Company's <em>You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Photo by C. Stanley Photography</em>

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Joshua Morgan: There Are No Rulesby Manny Strauss

Joshua Morgan exudes confidence in a disarmingly charming way. So much so that it is easy to imagine him pulling off a wonderful rendition of “I Believe in You” from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying....

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Why Not Stay Home and Watch TV?by Manny Strauss

Not at all interested in going to the theatre? We get that. We really do. After all, it’s expensive, it’s hard to get to, it’s not all that entertaining or inspiring, and it’s really hard to buy a ticket...Right?

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What—and Who—is theatreWashingtonby Linda Levy

First, “WHAT” is TheatreWashington? TheatreWashington is more than a name — for it’s a designation that accurately reflects our organization’s programmatic and geographic scope.TheatreWashington is more than a new organization...

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10 Questions — Michael J. Bobbittby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: Ooo . . . good question. I vaguely remember seeing a production of Freedom Train at the Lisner. I also saw Porgy and Bess in NY in 3rd grade. Anyway, it got me hooked!
First...

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10 Questions: Joshua Morganby Manny Strauss

First show you saw: Annie Get Your Gun starring Bernadette Peters
First involvement in a theatrical production: Artful Dodger in Oliver!
First show you saw:

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Who Are We - And What Must We Grow Into?by Linda Levy

In September of 2009, David Snider, then President of the League of Washington Theatres, approached us with an idea that had been circulating among managing directors of many of our constituent theaters. The idea: that the organization currently...

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