Two trans actors from Mosaic’s Charm tell their Truth

Mosaic Theatre’s current production, Charm by Phillip Dawkins, is inspired by the true story of Chicago trans icon Miss Gloria Allen, who teaches etiquette classes to youth at the Center on Halsted, an LGBT community center on Chicago’s northside.

Kirsten Greenidge on adapting the beloved Bud, Not Buddy for the stage

When Christopher Paul Curtis wrote the children’s book, Bud, Not Buddy, in 1999 it quickly became a darling among book critics and beloved by families everywhere. The cherished book won two prestigious awards: the 2000 John Newbery Medal for Excellence in Children’s Literature and the Coretta Scott King Award.

Think you know Roe v Wade? What the two stars of Roe at Arena Stage learned about the women who made the landmark case

Although Roe v. Wade is considered one of the Supreme Court’s most landmark cases, and there’s probably been as much written and debated about the case as any other in history, aside from their names, many aren’t that familiar with the two women who changed history.

Dawn Ursula played in 7 productions in 2016. How did she manage it?

In our look back at 2016, we tallied the number of roles played by area actors. One of the surprises was that 68 actors were cast in between 4 and 6 shows. Dawn Ursula, however, surpassed that. Last year, she appeared in 7 productions: Dot at Everyman Theatre, Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2 at Round House Theatre, Redder Blood at […]

How producer Stacey Mindich and Arena audiences helped guide Dear Evan Hansen to Broadway

A caring, open-minded producer and perceptive, engaged audience members played crucial roles in the success story of the original new Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen’s journey from page to stage. That is what a group of theater critics learned recently during this year’s American Theatre Critics Association’s mini conference in New York City.

Titanic sails in to Signature on its soaring orchestral score: James Moore and Joshua Clayton with ‘Titanic’ video

In an adventurous production, Signature Theatre brings the musical Titanic to life in its Max theatre with a robust orchestra, new orchestrations, and exciting staging.

Synetic’s Sleeping Beauty a holiday treat for all ages

Since its beginning in 2001, Synetic Theater has included, among its unforgettable visceral offerings, shows targeted for younger audiences including the much ballyhooed Alice in Wonderland and Beauty & The Beast, both with little to no dialogue.

Alan Paul on directing Tom Story in Fully Committed at MetroStage

When MetroStage’s artistic director Carolyn Griffin  pursued staging Becky Mode’s comedy Fully Committed, a huge hit on Broadway this year with Jesse Tyler Ferguson playing a myriad of 40 characters, she knew who she wanted in the Ferguson role: DC fave Tom Story with Alan Paul as the show’s director.

Jennifer Clements works puppets into new Christmas Carol adaptation at Creative Cauldron

Christmastime is officially upon us, heralded by the copious variants of Charles Dickens’ Yuletide classic A Christmas Carol springing up around the Washington, D.C. metro area. Offerings include the “must-see holiday tradition” at Ford’s Theatre, a musical version at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Md., and an intimate solo rendition of the classic at Olney […]

Giving each other a gift as loving as its inspiration, Helen and Eli Pafumi team up for The Magi at Hub

A few years ago Helen Murray Pafumi, Artistic Director for the Hub Theatre, first started considering doing a stage version of O. Henry’s classic The Gift of the Magi. Then she changed her mind.

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