What shade Sherlock? Jess Goldstein, master of Baskerville’s quick change costumes


Arena Stage’s newest world premiere by Ken Ludwig, Baskerville, is a rollicking comedy where 3 actors play 30+ characters in a jam-packed 2 hours of farcical fun. Heading to the back offices of Arena, I met with Jess Goldstein, whose role as Costume Designer for Baskerville tasked him with creating literally dozens of designs for […]

Jessica Frances Dukes: Booty Candy, The Good Wife and now King Hedley II


When King Hedley II opens at Arena Stage on February 6, Jessica Frances Dukes will appear in the role of Tonya. It’s a special moment in time for the native Washingtonian: her six-year-old self first sat in the audience of that hallowed regional theater. “It’s almost like graduation year for me,” she says as we […]

In Love and Warcraft’s Madhuri Shekar on female virginity

Playwright Madhuri Shekar

I sat down with playwright Madhuri Shekar at Signature Theatre, where her play In Love and Warcraft ran in the ARK until January 25th. We’d done the getting-to-know-you thing: She’s from LA, grew up in India, and moved back to the states to get her MA in Communications and an MFA in playwriting at USC. […]

40 days in a locked room. Developing the Ford’s play Widow Lincoln


In 2009, Ford’s Theatre celebrated President Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial and the completed renovation of its theatre with the premiere of The Heavens Are Hung in Black, a riveting tale of Lincoln written by James Still and directed by Stephen Rayne.

Lights, Sound, Costumes, Puppets! Designers speak about STC’s The Tempest


When most audience members think of design in theater, their mind goes straight to the set. It’s easy to do, since the set is often a production’s most dominant and drastic change to a theater space. But it takes many designers, doing jobs that theater-goers often aren’t familiar with, to make the environment of the […]

Naomi Jacobson and John Lescault together in Life Sucks at Theater J


“This isn’t your Grandmother’s Chekhov. If you are looking for the samovar…” John Lescault was describing the new play, Life Sucks (Or the Present Ridiculous) by Aaron Posner, currently in previews at Theater J. Cast-mate Naomi Jacobson picked up the thread: “This is not really an adaptation of Uncle Vanya. Uncle Vanya has been used […]

From the creator of Bessie’s Blues: “Music is a quiet riot.”


As Bernardine Mitchell rehearsed for MetroStage’s upcoming production of Bessie’s Blues, the Thomas W. Jones II musical that first played the DC area 20 years ago at Studio (taking home 6 Helen Hayes Awards), she made a keen observation: “Twenty years ago I knew how to sing this, now I know how to live it.”

Lean & Hungry: their sponsor canceled. their space is closing. Time for a new plan

Jessica Hansen, Executive Artistic Director, Lean & Hungry Theater

“It has been an autumn of change, I would say. A lot of transition.” Jessica Hansen is Executive Artistic Director/Co-Founder of Lean & Hungry Theater, the company in town that produces radio versions of Shakespearean plays and other classics. Among its partnering organizations are the FM radio station WAMU 88.5 and the arts venue ArtiSphere […]

Jennifer L. Nelson: why she walked out on Theater J

Director Jennifer L. Nelson

“It’s a hard thing to walk away from work,” Jennifer L. Nelson said during our recent phone conversation. We were talking about her decision, in light of the firing by the DC Jewish Community Center of Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth, to sever her upcoming involvement with Theater J. Nelson was slated to direct […]

Michael Russotto prepares to play 600 pound man in The Whale


“Yes, it’s an unusual part,” Michael Russotto said about his lead role in Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale, beginning January 14 at Rep Stage in Columbia. “You don’t often have central characters who are 600-pound people featured in a play.”

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