The Last Schwartz won’t be his last time on a DC stage, Billy Finn hopes

When Adam Immerwahr was asked to make his D.C. directorial debut with The Last Schwartz as the new artistic director for Theater J, he knew the actor he wanted to cast as Gene, the youngest son in the absurd, yet thoughtful Jewish comedy. He called Billy Finn and the actor was happy to sign on board.

Meet Lisa Carr, 2016 Gary Maker Audience Award recipient

“Don’t be afraid to jump in and see everything.” Sage advice from Lisa Carr, this year’s Gary Lee Maker Audience Award honoree, who will receive her award at the September 28th performance of Brave Spirits’ Anthony and Cleopatra.

Blackberry Daze creators on turning a popular murder mystery into a jazzy musical

In 2012, Ruth P. Watson’s novel Blackberry Days of Summer became a critical darling. The story is an exciting historical whodunit, where a young black man is murdered at the beginning of the 20th Century, and even though suspects abound, no one is trying too hard to find his killer. The show was adapted into […]

Eric Tucker on his off-the-wall production of Sense and Sensibility at Folger Theatre

Eric Tucker is the Artistic Director of Bedlam, a theatre company in New York City “committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience,” creating works that “reinvigorate traditional forms” of theatre.  They brought their four-actor, repertory versions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Shaw’s Saint Joan to Olney Theatre Center in 2013. […]

Washington Ballet looks to past to begin future with Julie Kent

When new leadership takes the reins of an arts institution, the focus tends to be on where the company is going in the future. For the new Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet, Julie Kent, however, her first season will open with a celebration of the company’s past.

Edward Albee personal tribute: he forgave me (and didn’t have to)

The legendary, indispensable (and greatly lamented by me) Circle Theatre was a movie house famous for its double features. The program changed every two or three days. As an adolescent, I spent more hours at the Circle than I did, say, doing sports, which may explain a lot about me, but that’s another story.

Derek Goldman on directing The Diary of Anne Frank in Olney’s intimate space

When Olney Theatre Center decided to stage Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett’s Tony-winning The Diary of Anne Frank this season, Derek Goldman seemed like the perfect choice to direct. “It’s a story that has been with me for most of my adult life,” Goldman says. 

Personal stories of hope after 9/11 from Broadway-bound Come From Away

Just announced:  Come From Away has secured Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre where it will open for previews February 18, 2017. Come From Away, a new musical at Ford’s Theatre, tells of how the small town of Gander on an isolated island in Newfoundland took in almost 7,000 stranded strangers, or “Come From Aways,” for a week […]

Allison Stockman on directing Constellation’s Urinetown

  When Urinetown first played the New York Fringe Festival in 2001, it became one of the most buzz-worthy musicals to hit the Big Apple in years. With an outrageous original story by Greg Kottis and music by Mark Hollmann, the story details a city in the midst of a dire water shortage and an all-powerful […]

Melissa Baughman on giving Mystery of Edwin Drood Landless’ Symphonic Metal treatment.

Landless Theatre Company is developing its second Metal musical: the Broadway musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd was the first. Melissa Baughman, resident director and Associate Producing Director for Landless, is the woman behind Landless’ Metal Theatre projects.

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