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.

Nehal Joshi, from Man of La Mancha, credits Chris Henley and his DC roots


Some readers may remember Nehal Joshi from his years as an actor in D.C. Others may know him from the roles he’s played when he’s come back to town, most recently Swiss Cheese in Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage. When we talked, he was rehearsing Sancho Panza in the Shakespeare Theatre Company […]

Puppet ballet or staged silent horror remake. It’s all Pointless.


If you’ve ever taken a film history class or are just a movie buff, chances are you’ve seen the 1920 notorious German silent suspense film, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari. “It’s not only an important piece for development of European avant-garde, but it’s one of the first movies,” says Matt Reckeweg, co-artistic director of Pointless Theatre. […]

TACT says a musical goodbye with its own Broadway Hit Parade

The cast of American Century Theater's production of Lady in the Dark

On a cool April evening in 1996, a professional production of the musical Lady In the Dark lit up a darkened theater and thrilled audiences for the first time since the show’s 1941 run. That 1941 production starred Gertrude Lawrence, introduced Danny Kaye to the entertainment world, and ran for 2½ years in three different […]

Greg Pierce on creating Kid Victory with John Kander


“The impetus was from both of us,” Greg Pierce said about the new musical Kid Victory, currently in previews at Signature Theatre. Pierce wrote the book and lyrics, to music by John Kander. Kander is the Kander of Kander and Ebb, the prolific and successful team responsible for Chicago, the longest-running American musical in Broadway […]

Last of the Whyos director goes big on Spooky Action’s small stage

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When Richard Henrich, Spooky Action Theater’s Artistic Director,  was looking for a new play by a woman playwright to run this season, he reached out to one of his favorite directors, Rebecca Holderness, to see if she had anything in mind.

Chris Henley talks with the two queens of Mary Stuart, Holly Twyford and Kate Eastwood Norris


A funny thing happened on the way to the Folger. Outside the front door, I saw a poster for its production of Mary Stuart. I was there to interview the actors playing Mary, Queen of Scots, and her rival monarch, Elizabeth I of England. I had assumed that Holly Twyford was playing Mary and that […]

Chris Henley shares laughs with political humorist Mark Russell


“When I retired, I was telling people that I would dedicate the rest of my life to being an amusing dinner guest. The problem with that was, when I would start to say something, at that moment the waiter would arrive with the list of specials.”

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