Opera singer Eric Owens, from Glimmerglass Festival to Washington National Opera

Melody Moore as Lady Macbeth and Eric Owens as Macbeth in The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of Macbeth. (Photo: Karli Cadel)

I interviewed Eric Owens, the world-renowned bass-baritone, in the beautiful surroundings of Glimmerglass Festival. He had just come off a performance of Verdi’s Macbeth two nights before and was preparing to work with singers from the Young Artists Program. Soon he would be appearing alongside Artistic Director Francesca Zambello pre-show to greet audiences and encourage […]

Black actors in a white theatre industry: Keith Hamilton Cobb on American Moor

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Like most actors who have been in this industry for 25 years, Keith Hamilton Cobb, who opens  this Friday in his play American Moor, has his share of audition horror stories. But one particular audition really got under his skin.

Earth girl loves alien in Don Thompson’s comedy, now at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

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Here in the DC area this July, there is what can only be described as an abundance of plays on stage, both from our year-round theatre companies, and the mega-Capital Fringe opening tonight. But in Frederick, MD, the big news is the METLab Plays festival at Maryland Ensemble Theatre. Don Thompson’s The God of this […]

Singer/songwriter Ryan Link at home on the national tour of Once

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If one were to have asked Ryan Link what he envisioned for his life while in his early 20s, he would have never answered anything to do with Broadway or the theater, but here he is at an age he describes as “young enough to do it, but old enough to do it right” and […]

DC Theatre Scene celebrates its tenth year

American Century production of Emperor Jones, 2005

Ten Years and Counting, DC Theatre Scene is Still Going Strong One June evening in 2005, a woman named Noelle Wilson walks into the Gunston Arts Center’s Theater II to watch a production of The American Century Theater’s The Emperor Jones. She watches ATC’s take on the seldom-produced O’Neill play, notes the performances of Bus […]

Jason Schlafstein on Flying V’s new fight show: Heroes & Monsters

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At this year’s Helen Hayes Awards, Flying V Theatre was awarded the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. Beginning on June 11th, the troupe will unveil its first production since that award brought the five-year-old company onto the radar of some theatergoers who may not yet have been aware of them.

Liberating Madwoman of Chaillot: Laurence Senelick on his new translation at WSC Avant Bard

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One curiosity of the theater – though it is being seen more and more in film as well – is a script that has been translated from another language. When we watch a play in translation, whether it’s one of the recent runs of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya that have come through DC or a 2000 […]

50 years later, why see Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead?

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For a couple of guys for whom death is inevitable, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are having a pretty good time. Prince Hamlet’s school chums are of course the title characters in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a comic riff on Shakespeare’s tragedy where minor characters in Hamlet are thrust in to the spotlight.

The spooky action of Richard Henrich and Alfred Jarry

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As the founder of Spooky Action Theater, Richard Henrich is always searching for unique works to stage at his 16th Street NW venue. For his season closer, he had to search no further than his desk drawer.

The Call playwright and TV writer Tanya Barfield: “It’s nearly impossible to make a living in the theatre”

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The Call by Tanya Barfield is one of those rare plays that puts the most intimate of situations into a compelling global context. It’s the story of a white couple in the U.S. who decide to adopt a child from Africa. The intersection of the couple’s personal struggles and the international implications of the transaction […]

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