It was more than a dozen years ago that actor Heather Raffo, whose family is from Iraq, recognized a void of female Iraqi protagonists in American theater. That propelled her to write and perform her Off-Broadway show, 9 Parts of Desire, earning her raves for her portrayal of nine Iraqi women.
Most theater performers don’t get to spend Valentine’s Day with their significant other, but that’s not the case for Rob McClure and Maggie Lakis, who spent the night kissing, embracing and singing together—in-character as Nick and Bea Bottom in Something Rotten!, playing at the National Theatre through Feb. 18.
You can’t judge a show by its title, and never was that more the case than with Something Rotten!, the musical farce now appearing at the National Theatre, which provides a rip-roaring, laugh-out-loud night of entertainment that will make even non-musical fans rejoice.
In 2007, Richard Henrich adapted the Ursula K. Le Guin book, The Lathe of Heaven, for a production at Spooky Action Theater, which he directed. But the show didn’t completely fulfill his vision of the story. Fast forward about 10 years, and Henrich approached playwright Natsu Onoda Power, associate professor in Georgetown’s Program in Theater […]
Put a group of high school junior girls together and the conversations could range from anything from boys to movies to selfies, but when those girls are part of a win-now, demanding soccer team, that talk becomes serious, fast.
“We have been doing a classical musical in the January/February slot, but it gets dark at 5, it’s winter and cold, and that audience sometimes doesn’t like going out,” director Mark Minnick of Toby’s Dinner Theatre said. “We thought, ‘let’s try a show that’s a little more edgy.’”
In the fall of 2015, the inaugural Women’s Voices Theater Festival, showcased 62 female-penned world premiere plays. The festival was a rousing success, garnering interest in the playwrights and inspiring other women to write for the theater. According to the festival, 13 productions by 17 playwrights went on to enjoy subsequent performances.
Michael Kahn, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic director, has lured Michael Urie to play the titular Prince for its upcoming production of Hamlet, opening next week and has peppered the show with a strong collection of actors, including Alan Cox as Claudius, Madeleine Potter as Gertrude and Robert Joy as Polonius.
It was back in 2008 that CulturalDC created the three-week Source Festival, a vehicle for launching new plays and fostering the careers of emerging artists. After 10 successful events, the organization announced the Festival will be no more.
The team of playwright Rachel Bonds and director Mike Donahue (The Wolfe Twins) has returned to Studio Theatre to present Curve of Departure, fresh from its world premiere at South Coast Rep in California.