Joe Brack’s new play: inside the mind of presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth

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“There’s no justification, none of that, but it’s an incredibly interesting story. I don’t know that it’s ever been told before, and certainly not in this fashion,” Matty Griffiths said to me. He’s directing Don’t Die in the Dark, a play written by Joe Brack and featuring Brack in the role of the infamous actor-assassin […]

David Muse, first time musical director, on Studio’s Murder Ballad


David Muse was one of the lucky ones to have seen Murder Ballad, a rock musical by Julia Jordan and the singer-songwriter Juliana Nash, when it originally played at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Studio at Stage II in the fall of 2012, before it moved to its larger Off-Broadway home. He knew then that it […]

For Jason Loewith, staging Carousel at Olney is deeply personal


It seems you can’t turn on the news these days without hearing a story about some sort of domestic abuse. Whether it’s Ray Rice hitting his fiancée in an elevator, allegations against U.S. welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather or just any of the 2 million domestic incidents that happen each year. Fans of the Rodgers […]

Possibly the funniest interview we’ll ever post: Robert McNamara and friends


War stories and insights from Hemmingsen, Ingvarsson, and McNamara — doing it together for decades Robert McNamara is Artistic Director of SCENA Theatre and Director of The Norwegians, the play by C. Denby Swanson receiving its D.C. premiere at Anacostia Playhouse through April 19th. The production reunites him with actors Nanna Ingvarsson and Brian Hemmingsen. […]

Theatre is like a cheeseburger: Brian Hemmingsen and Nanna Ingvarsson on The Norwegians and more

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“We were trying to figure it out the other day,” Nanna Ingvarsson said after I asked her how many times she and her husband Brian Hemmingsen have worked together. I was talking to them in the dressing room at Anacostia Playhouse before a rehearsal of The Norwegians, their latest project. The SCENA Theatre production runs […]

Q2Q comics artist makes theatre’s backstage his front page


The drive to Frederick was long, but the destination was worth it. Not just because Frederick may be the most adorable town in driving distance of DC, but also because that town is home to Maryland Ensemble Theater and their go-to sound guy Steve Younkins.

Tonya Beckman, Passion Play savior: one week from first rehearsal to first audience


“I went into it expecting to be terrified. Hanging up after talking to the agency, I thought to myself, ‘Oh, I’ve just guaranteed myself two weeks of total stress.’ But it hasn’t been that way.”

Director Garces on taking chances, risking all with Lights Rise on Grace


Michael John Garcés is no stranger to Washington, DC. Washington audiences will remember the 2013 production of The Convert, and before that, Oedipus El Rey. He directed both for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, where he returns this season to bring us the world premiere of Chad Beckim’s Lights Rise on Grace, which opens March 30.

Fugard’s The Island compels Brown and Williams to reunite at MetroStage


South African playwright Athol Fugard is highly acclaimed for his plays, many of which opposed his country’s system of apartheid. In 1971, Fugard devised The Island with actors John Kani and Winston Ntshona, and it made its area premiere at MetroStage in 1991.

Venus Theatre learns to make a show, first chop up a car

Cathryn Benson as Esme in God Don' Like Ugly at Venus Play Shack

“I’ve never cancelled a show in my life,” Deb Randall told me last Sunday, speaking of Venus Theatre’s production, God Don’ Like Ugly by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield.

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