“Things fall apart,” as Yeats said, and sometimes it seems like there is nothing we can do about it. The theater community watched a falling apart recently at Theater J with the abrupt firing of Ari Roth, Artistic Director of 18 years at that organization, and a new theatrical landscape has emerged. The news of […]
Archives for December 2014
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Fresh new ideas from Pallas Theatre Collective: preparing for Helen Hayes wage requirements
Earlier this month, Pallas Theatre Collective issued a response to the new Helen Hayes Awards eligibility requirements. You can read it here. DC Theatre Scene reached out to us and asked us to expand on our response for their series.
Back to the 50’s with new musical Diner
You want to put on a letter sweater, grab some pom-poms and root for Diner, the world premiere musical based on Barry Levinson’s seminal male-bonding movie, to find its way. The ingredients are there—Levinson’s a great storyteller and has a knack for indelible, oddball characters. Sheryl Crow’s doing the music and lyrics, need we say […]
Andrew Baughman becomes Independent Theatre Coalition spokesman
On Friday, December 26, a mystery donor presented Washington theatre with a gift. It wasn’t the usual holiday card or end-of-year donation. Instead, an anonymous theatre patron developed the idea – and corresponding web presence – to give our region’s smaller theatre companies their own space, voice, and conversation.
C. S. Lewis adaptation,The Great Divorce, is at times surpassingly funny
The Great Divorce is a story about the bus ride from Hell – literally: the Redemption Express from the bad section (there is no good section) of “the gray town” to the verdant fields of the much larger and denser Heaven. Like Sartre and Camus and also like Dante Alighieri, whose work this recalls, C.S. […]
New look at Diner, now at Signature
Tonight, Signature Theatre gets ready to welcome the press to its last opening night of the year as the new Barry Levinson/Sheryl Crow musical Diner hits the stage. Here’s the new trailer: Will they like it? Stay tuned.
Our one wish as 2014 comes to a close
A note from Lorraine Treanor, Editor of DC Theatre Scene Dear readers, Today, I’ve been thinking of the astonishing work we’ve seen across our region’s stages in 2014. And I wanted to take a moment to ask you to think back on the highlights of your 2014 theatre year. What really touched you? What will […]
New independent theatre coalition is announced
A letter from the Independent Theatre Coalition of Washington We support theatreWashington’s decision to set compensation requirements for their professional theatre awards because we believe ALL artists are entitled to better pay. It is unfortunate, however, that tW’s approach to industry leadership and reform so often serves to filter and exclude the lower economic demographic […]
Irish Carol opens as construction continues on new Keegan theatre
Keegan Theatre’s Church Street home may be still under construction but the show must go on. The show is Keegan’s annual seasonal offering An Irish Carol. Thanks to a generous partnership, Keegan can present the show at Theater J with the proceeds going to their ongoing capital campaign.
Esteemed actor Edward Gero predicts the future of Washington theatre
Edward Gero is in his sixth consecutive year of playing Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre. If you want to do the math, he’s played the part upwards of 300 times. That comes to more than 1,200 visitations from Marley’s Ghost and the various Spirits of Christmas, be they past, present, or […]
theatreWashington’s minimum wage a good start. We should go further
Currently in the United States there is a great debate over what constitutes minimum wage. Why should the Washington Theatre Community be any different? Many of us are working hard contacting our reps in Washington and at home to get the minimum wage to a point where people aren’t taken advantage of by their employers. […]