The business of an artist is not much different than the business of a baseball umpire, though his field of vision is bigger. The artist must see the world, and then call it as he sees it.
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train—a disturbing, dark dramedy by the Pulitzer-prize winning Stephen Adly Guirgis and first performed in 2000—places incarceration and morality side by side and asks you to consider if they are all that different; after all, both act as restrictive measures with a side of redemption. If you are so inclined. To […]
For their inaugural Logan Festival of Solo Performance, 1st Stage will welcome acclaimed artists from San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, and New York for two-weeks of performances and community conversations, July 6-16.
Black rage—internalized, until it’s not. Stories that carry like the blues. Language that ricochets like jazz. Penetration into the trauma of the black experience in America.
1st Stage’s 2017-2018 will feature two plays by acknowledged masters, two other plays by up-and-coming artists (including a world premiere from a local playwright) and an evening of solo performances.
Down with sick people! How annoying they are! When we want them to do something, they instead give us their excuses, their rheums and complaints, and what’s more, they present depressing pleas for sympathy, which distract people from us! It is bad enough when they have real, medically discernible symptoms. But far worse are those […]
When Audrey Bertaux takes the stage as Lisa Kron at the beginning of Well, being staged at 1st Stage, her character will explain to the audience that the play is not “about my mother and me” despite the fact that the play very much does explore the relationship between the playwright and her force-of-nature mother Ann.
It’s not easy being a famous child actor struggling to stay in show business after passing puberty. It’s even more difficult when that actor is a chimpanzee, Nick Jones imagines in his witty comedy Trevor, now playing at 1st Stage.
Director Shirley Serotsky’s touching Broadway Bound at 1st Stage is a captivating mix of coping humor and tragic poignancy, borne aloft by Teresa Castracane’s soaring performance as Kate Jerome, a stoic, mid-20th century working-class mother and wife.
Helen Hayes Award-winning actor Andy Brownstein has been absent from the DC stages since his 2012 performance as Michael in the pitch-black comedy God of Carnage at Signature Theatre. However, this week he makes his return in 1st Stage’s production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound, a fragile, tender comedy dealing with divorce, pain, family tension and […]