Why I love and chose to produce The Good Devil

When I was a kid, I loved Saturday morning cartoons (of course), and the old Superman series, but most of all I loved the black-and-white films of physical comedians of yore—Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy and W. C. Fields—who came of age during vaudeville and who sometimes struggled to reinvent their careers during the era […]

From solitary confinement, Mariposa & The Saint. Co-writer turns performer

In 2005, activist and award-winning playwright Julia Steele Allen was volunteering in the Bay area for the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, when she met and befriended Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca, who was serving a 12-year sentence.

Remembering Keith Parker

On Monday next, June 20th at 7 pm, a memorial will be held at Source Theatre. 1835 14th St., NW.  for Keith Parker. The long-time Literary Manager at Source Theatre Company, Keith became synonymous in many people’s minds with the annual summer Source Festival (officially known then as Washington Theatre Festival).

Laughter, tears, playing through and carrying on in the face of Orlando tragedy

Sunday morning, most of us woke up to the dreadful news about the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Sunday is a day off, of course, for a lot of people. For others, it’s a work day, and people went in to staff restaurants and the Metro and to provide the numerous other services […]

Aaron Posner on District Merchants, his irreverent spin on Merchant of Venice

Aaron Posner is everywhere this season. With productions of Stupid Fucking Bird popping up in theatres all across America, and a few Helen Hayes and Barrymore Awards in both writing and directing categories, there’s a pun or two to be made about the playwright being a feather in the cap of the Washington theatre community. 

Spoleto’s Alyson Cambridge on playing Bess

Soprano Alyson Cambridge, who began her career here in Washington, DC and has gone on to perform on some of the major opera stages of the world including Washington National Opera. She is making her debut performance as Bess in Porgy and Bess at the Spoleto Festival USA and talks here about the role and the issues of […]

Nataki Garrett directs provocative Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth

  Director Nataki Garrett remembers studying the script of Dion Boucicault’s 1859 antebellum melodrama The Octoroon in college. While working with playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins on Neighbors in 2010, she learned he had workshopped an updated version of the play in New York.

Watch: How Broadway stars wind down after the show

Actors train to get into character, but how do they get out of it? What happens at the end of a night’s intense performance, or at the conclusion of a run?

Oliver Thornton, playing Bianca. What Taming of the Shrew says about love

“It was as if the audience was holding its breath” I said. “It’s like that every night” he answered. I was talking with Oliver Thornton who plays Bianca in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s all male The Taming of the Shrew. He had found a quiet room at the National Gallery of Art and was happily ensconced […]

Brent Barrett, bringing his razzle-dazzle to Signature’s La Cage

“I have a long history with the show,” Brent Barrett told me. The extremely busy musical theatre actor, with an impressive (and international) resumé, begins previews next week playing Georges in La Cage aux Folles at Signature Theatre.

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