Most memorable moments on DC area stages in 2016

As this year closes, perhaps you, like we, are thinking back over your own year spent watching the various riches spread before us by Washington area theatres. I asked our staff for their most vivid memories. We hope you will share your own as comments for us all to savor.

Stephen Spotswood’s Girl in the Red Corner (review)

The Welders’ latest show, Girl in the Red Corner by Stephen Spotswood, falls short of some expectations, but makes up for it in its many human moments delivered by its talented cast.

Welder Wisdom: Playwrights Gwydion Suilebhan and Stephen Spotswood on the first handoff

The concept of The Welders playwrights’ collective is seemingly simple, “Three years. Five plays. Pass it on.”  But the effort and dedication that went into its formation is anything but.  At their annual summer party The Weld, the six founding members of the company did something tremendous: they gave away their company. A new generation […]

Transmission from The Welders (review)

Transmission, the newest and final offering from this iteration of the playwriting collective The Welders, tests my inherent resistance to superlatives. But the problem with resisting the “mosts,” “leasts,” and “-ests” of the world is that sometimes a show deserves them, and Gwydion Suilebhan certainly deserves superlatives for his superlative…thing.

The Welders receive $30,000 challenge grant

The Reva & David Logan Foundation, a Chicago-based philanthropic organization which has funded several Washington-area theatre companies, will be giving The Welders a $10,000 annual matching grant for each of the next three years, the company announced.

Renee Calarco develops play foreseeing the aftermath of home grown terrorism in America

The DC playwriters’ collective The Welders is taking a new direction with their latest offering, Our National Museum of the Unforeseen Tragedy. While their previous productions have been full stagings of their member playwrights’ plays (happiness by Bob Bartlett, Not Enuf Lifetimes by Calleen Sinnette Jennings, The Carolina Layaway Grail by Ally Currin), Welder Renee […]

New from The Welders: happiness (and other reasons to die) Review

We are in darkness.  A shatteringly loud gunshot explodes.  The lights go up.  There is a body under a cover, and a gruesome splattering of blood all over the room.  Particularly disgusting: a huge splotch of gore on the refrigerator.  Several people rush into the room.  They are confused, then upset, then angry.  Octogenarian Ella […]

Not Enuf Lifetimes from The Welders

Can children ever escape the sins of their fathers and mothers? In their electric, incisive premiere of playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ Not Enuf Lifetimes, The Welders wade into the cycles of pain and redemption that define American families of every economic and racial stripe.

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