Nancy Robinette, the Meryl Streep of Washington theatre, grants a rare interview.

Stephen Lorne Williams as Willie and Nancy Robinette as Winnie (Photo: Don Summers, Jr)

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Nancy Robinette told me as we sat in a small pie shop down the block from The Atlas Performing Arts Center.  We spoke a couple of hours before she was to do a preview of Happy Days by Samuel Beckett and about an hour after I spoke to […]

It’s been a very good year for actress Erin Driscoll

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The 2013-14 DC theater season has been something of a whirlwind for Erin Driscoll. Theatergoers have been treated to one amazing performance after the next from the beautiful and talented actress, whose operatic soprano and rich vocals have been lighting up area stages.

Finding Ophelia – Kimberly Gilbert and Taffety Punk’s newest revelation

In rehearsal: (l-r) Erin White, Katie Murphy, Kimberly Gilbert, and Eleni Grove. (Photo by Christopher Grady)

Enter Ophelia, distracted opens June 20 at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. The word ‘distracted’ did not originally have the meaning you’re familiar with. “We found these wonderful definitions,” says Kimberly Gilbert, speaking about the preparations for Enter Ophelia, distracted, which she conceptualized and is bringing to life with Taffety Punk Theatre Company.  “What it really […]

Buyer and Cellar star, Michael Urie, on Barbra and the Kahn connection

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Michael Urie is coming to town in Buyer and Cellar, giving DC audiences the chance to see one of New York City’s most talked-about performances of last season.  It’s exciting news that Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) has augmented its STC Presentation Series to include such a can’t-miss, hot-ticket show.  (It did so at the last […]

Trayvon Martin-inspired play Detroit Blues at DC Black Theatre Festival

Jevonnah Mayo will play Caludia (Photo:  Matt Simpkins)

- Playwright Patrice Cassedy writing about her new play debuting at the 2014 DC Black Theatre Festival – A few days after Trayvon Martin was killed, my husband and I ate out in Burbank, California, where I was working on a musical. Steve and I are white, the owner and wait-staff black. All of them […]

Sun King Davis embraces the mind of a stone cold killer

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When he was first asked to take on the role of the unscrupulous title character in Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe, in the SeeNoSun production at DCAC, Sun King Davis was both intrigued and excited. After all, it’s not every day you get to play a police office who moonlights as a contract killer in a […]

Author Ed Dixon steps into his own musical Cloak and Dagger at Signature

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Back in high school, Ed Dixon penned three entire musicals—we’re talking book, music and lyrics!—and almost four decades later, the playwright is as busy as ever. Over the years he’s written critically praised plays such as Scenery and Murder at the Apthorp, plus notable musicals like Fanny Hill, A Park Avenue Christmas and Whodunit… The […]

David Muse talks about Mike Bartlett and his play Cock

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“I’ve been a fan of Mike Bartlett and his writing for years.  Four years ago I got to know him personally, and I’ve been paying a lot of attention to him.  It’s impossible to over-emphasize what a big deal he is in London right now.”

How Disney World inspired Wild with Happy author

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People handle grief in different ways—some lash out, some hide from their emotions, some break down—but no one can say for certain which is truly the most cathartic. This is the basis behind playwright Colman Domingo’s new comedy, Wild with Happy, currently playing at Center Stage.

Playing Romantic writers, the men of Bloody Poetry

James Flannagan as Polidori and Dan Crane as Shelley (Photo: Teresa Castracane)

“How can I capture this guy who means so many things to so many people,” asked Dan Crane, who is playing the legendary Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in the Taffety Punk Theatre Company production of Howard Brenton’s play Bloody Poetry, playing through May 31st at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. “The poems just punched me […]

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