Above a certain age, there is a community of smart phone, computer and digital technology users who can remember the first time they used an emoji or a gif. And, it stands to reason in this era of a decreasing digital divide that there are people who may not know how to use gifs or […]
Shattered Space: Between Zoom and film, creating a new theatrical experience
A new company is launching audiences into space with an exciting confluence of new technology and theatre. In Shattered Space by The Scattered Players, audiences take on the role of Star Jockeys aboard a spaceship which travels through a solar system visiting different planets on the verge of a major cataclysmic event. Shattered Space: $15. […]
DC theatres open lobbies as safe spaces for Black Lives Matter protestors
Update: Source and The 9:30 Club become the latest venues to open their doors to protestors. With thousands of people planned to gather in DC this weekend to protest police brutality, a number of theaters have joined the #OpenYourLobby movement and announced that they will open their lobbies and bathrooms to allow protestors to rest […]
They dreamed of becoming astronauts. Instead, they created the comedy series Rebecca and Becca in Space
In the early days of regional stay-at-home orders, theatre artists Rebecca Ballinger and Rebecca Wahls were not ones to waste any time. They secured the equipment they would need: some quick decorations and the FaceTime app on their phones, and produced a series of very funny shorts. A few weeks later, their 9 episode mini-series, […]
The 2020 Helen Hayes Awards ceremony will be a virtual show this summer.
On Monday, May 18, the night when the DC area theatre community would have been celebrating the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards at The Anthem, honoring theatre excellence in area productions for 2019, theatreWashington took to its Facebook page to announce that the celebration will go on as a virtual event. The move comes amidst a […]
Avoid Zoombombing and other tips on how to produce and attend Zoom shows
Not that long ago, the only unwanted interruptions shows had was when a cell phone rang. Now, theatre companies moving performances and classes online have much more to worry about. And that move has left them to make basic choices and navigate security settings on their own, a.k.a. learning by trial and error. For performances […]
For Museum 2040, 4615 Theatre creates a museum of the future, then moves in.
Starting this week, Washington, DC is getting a new museum, and a different kind of immersive theatrical experience. 4615 Theatre’s upcoming production, Museum 2040, written by Renee Calarco and currently in its last few days of development by the cast and crew team at 4615, is set in a museum curated to highlight a domestic […]
Taffety Punks’ suicide.chat.room. For choreographer Paulina Guerrero, movement is the message.
Paulina Guerrero is the choreographer for the tenth year anniversary of suicide.chat.room, opening this week at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Guerrero joins us to talk about the differences of building this remounted production from a script versus from scratch, and how her movements affect the overall story. This expands on our talk with Taffety Punk […]
Taffety Punk’s restages suicide.chat.room. For Marcus Kyd, it’s very personal.
Marcus Kyd has two résumés (acting and directing) and a music catalogue. This may not sound special until you realize that both résumés, filled to the margins with production credits, do not contain overlapping credits. As a co-founder for Taffety Punk, Kyd keeps himself busy, and consistently in a state of creation with the other […]
Justin Weaks is working two very different characters at the same time. How he keeps his balance
Justin Weaks is well-known to DC audiences these days. He’s worked over 20 productions since 2015, won a Helen Hayes James MacArthur Award in 2017 (Word Becomes Flesh), and, after finishing up Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline at Studio Theatre, will take on This Bitter Earth at Theater Alliance starting February 22. Amidst this busy schedule, Weaks […]
Review: Joe Calarco’s A Measure of Cruelty from 4615 Theatre Company
There is something very refreshing about being an audience to theatre outside of a theater. 4615 Theatre Company is proving, as did the bar hopping runaway hit The Smuggler late last year, that theatre works perfectly well when set in a bar or restaurant, park, library, or town square. In this case, Measure takes over the historic […]
“The audience won’t like him.” Family man Haysam Kadri on playing the villain in the Afghan play A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel encompassing the lives of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, living in war-torn Kabul and both married to the same man, Rasheed. The play has been living a successful theatrical adaptation in Canada, London, and California. On January 21st, this adaptation by Ursula Rani Sarma will be […]
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