Welcome to our coverage of this year’s 2011 Source Festival. Here’s how this year’s producers describe it: “Every creative journey begins with one bold step. In the spirit of adventure, Source Festival combines the forces of rising talents with established artists. Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, Source Festival artists from across the nation present […]
Archives for June 2011
This year the Source Festival provided three different themes for the over 500 entries in its 10-Minute Play competition. The Festival chose to highlight the group of six plays in its “Lovers & Friends” category for the official opening night. These are plays that “take a closer look at the complexities we all face in […]
Due to high box office demand, both Studio Theatre and Woolly Mammoth this week announced extended runs. Woolly Mammoth’s Bootycandy by Robert O’Hara now closes July 3, 2011. DCTS’ Jayne Blanchard described it “Hilarious, tasteless and shocking, Bootycandy does for breaking taboos what the John Waters cult movie “Pink Flamingos” did for dog poo.” Buy tickets here. […]
Michael Hollinger, who is enjoying a well-deserved revival here (he co-adapted Folger’s Cyrano with Aaron Posner, and his Red Herring had a recent run at Washington Stage Guild), was a violinist before he was a playwright. He thus brings insight and assured realism to Opus, a story about the lives of classical musicians who are, […]
In Peter Marks’ article in the Washington Post this weekend, Molly Smith, Artistic Director of Arena Stage, was quoted as saying that in theater today to survive is to thrive. Down alongside Washington’s southwest waterfront, there is something more than surviving going on in Smith’s still freshly minted Mead Center for American Theater.
Lou Bellamy on Nat ‘King’ Cole, August Wilson and his company Penumbra Theatre Director Lou Bellamy is back in Washington, and we had the chance to talk with him about, among other things, the great Nat ‘King’ Cole, because his Penumbra Theatre Company’s production of I Wish You Love has just opened at the Kennedy […]
When Amadeus closes this weekend at Round House Theatre, its leads set off on very different paths. Sasha Olinick, who plays the audacious genius Amadeus, goes into rehearsal as Toad in Wind in the Willows at Imagination Stage, which opens June 22nd. Sure to be another fun role for Olinick, the press release promises “reckless […]
Before listeners around the country who were tuned in to NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Thursday heard about the regional Tony Award being presented Sunday night on the televised awards show, they first learned that a new kind of award – recognizing an outstanding audience member – is being presented live this Saturday in Arlington, […]
A long long time ago (December 5, 1941) a small thriller called Angel Street opened on Broadway, and it had one thing in common with The Motherf**ker With The Hat, in that both plays’ plots are moved forward by the discovery of a hat left on a table by someone who’d been in the room […]
It’s tough being a kid, and the pay is very low. You may have forgotten how it was to bear the sodden weight of your parents’ expectations while coping with the assault of the raging hormones, but book-writer Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn, who composed a witty upbeat score, did not, and neither has Keegan […]
Rusty Clauss, who mastered comedy and drama during a lengthy career on Washington stages and who performed in movies and on television, died on June 4th after suffering a stroke following a brief hospitalization. She was 81.
A perfect example of the well-made boulevard comedy of the early twentieth century has been resurrected by Jonathan Bank and his lovely company of players at the Mint Theatre on the third floor of an office building on West 43rd Street. Under the direction of Jackson Gay, a company of fourteen dedicated actors (playing fifteen […]