In , she took me back so tenderly, loss and regeneration shape-shift, dance, cling, fold, blink, burn and are filed away into multiple experiences that inform our present moment. If we have ever lost something – keys, cities, identities, loves – we have had to confront the same questions the show tries to trace: What […]
Aliens, Nazis, and Angels: A Capital Fringe Peek
–Solo performer Leah Harris responds to some questions from DC Theatre Scene– Tell us about the moment where you said to yourself: “I just have to do this!” I’ve been a poet and spoken word artist for many years, as well as a mental health advocate who always told my story behind the safety of […]
A Fringe peek at HUNT: A Political Drama about Power, Blackmail and Tragedy in the U.S. Senate
Theatergoers from the Washington, DC area are no strangers to American political history, but few of us know about the despicable, yet true, events on which HUNT is based. I’m fascinated by Congress, where I have spent most of my career, and knew I could bring a nuanced understanding of the Senate to creating this […]
Henry the Hero-Monster, a Fringe Peek at H5x7
When William Shakespeare was writing The Life of King Henry the Fifth, an extraordinarily famous and polarizing nobleman was on his way to Ireland to put down a very bloody and persistent rebellion. In the play, Shakespeare refers almost explicitly to Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex, who was leading 16,000 English troops against the […]
Fringe Peek: The Trial of Mrs. Surratt
The second collaboration between Broadway playwright Lanie Robertson (Lady Day at the Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Broadway & HBO) and Director Natalie Villamonte Zito, The Trial of Mrs. Surratt is a historical exploration of the lives of those infamously dubbed as the Lincoln conspirators.
How a Top 50 Beck album became Song Reader: The Musical . A Fringe Peek
Tell us about the moment you said, I JUST HAVE TO DO THIS!! Beck Hansen released an album to the public that he said “was open to artist interpretation.” With the visual art and music within the Song Reader book, there was a concept album waiting to happen. We were actually shocked that no one […]
22 Boom!, a Fringe Peek
Director Renana Fox shares her thoughts on 22 BOOM! Long ago I came across a quote by the author and museum director Kenneth Clark explaining the value of public art.
A Fringe peek at Do Not Disturb
Sex, lawyers, and slamming doors — when opera meets the modern sitcom, it leads to comedy of operatic proportions! The Forgotten Opera Company is pleased to present the world premiere of Do Not Disturb at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival.
Oral Histories, a Fringe Peek
For those who know me, the concept of Oral Histories doesn’t sound like the type of play that I would write. I’m seen as a little straight-laced. I have people who apologize to me when they swear. I teach a Bible study at my church. What I am doing writing a play about blow jobs? […]
The Real World: Kabul, A Fringe Peek
Who is the kind of person who decides to move to Kabul, Afghanistan? Obviously, there are diplomats, military service members, and NGO workers who accept assignments in dangerous locations like this. Certainly, they’re people without kids or mortgages. Most definitely, they’re people comfortable taking a risk.
A Fringe peek at The Elephant in the Room
We used to live down the street from a playground with a giant cement slide that dated from the 1950s. Our daughter has always loved thrilling experiences, so when she was two she decided that she wanted to go down, but only if I’d sit next to her and hold her hand. The first time, […]
Whisper Into My Good Ear . A Fringe Peek
Some thirty-five years ago I and my buddy Pat O’Brien (Underneath the Lintel) performed the two-hander, Whisper Into My Good Ear for a one-act theater competition in the Twin Cities. It’s a classic from the ‘60’s about two old farts sitting on a New York park bench coming to terms with their soon to be ending […]