Think your Metro ride over to Fort Fringe took awhile? Alan Harris will one-up you – he’s come over from Wales for the run of his new play Marsha.
Fringe is a melting pot for people of all backgrounds. At the moment I’m getting to know a less common pairing: a classical poet and an actor skilled in long-form recitation.
I find Sam Simon at the Baldacchino Tent in the afternoon, sitting with his director Jessie Roberts and enjoying a few moments of calm before showtime. After our interview he’s headed around the corner to perform The Actual Dance, a solo show chronicling his wife Susan’s battle with Stage 3 breast cancer beginning with her […]
He’s seen her twist and slither across the stage as Roxie Hart five times in NYC, and now Joel Markowitz interviews his favorite Roxie – Charlotte d’Amboise, who is playing the publicity-seeking murderess in Chicago, now on The National Theatre stage.
She is in her 37th year onstage as a folk singer, a cabaret star and musical theatre actress, and now Maureen McGovern is bringing her solo show A Long And Winding Road to Arena Stage in Crystal City, after workshops in Florida and Boston. Maureen sat down with Joel Markowitz to talk about the songs she […]
They’ve Got Hatitude! They’ve come from different times and places – E. Faye Butler, the Chicago born musicals star whose favorite roles include Caroline, or Change, The Gospel According to Fishman, Saving Amy, and Polk County, and Zurin Villanueva, Brooklynite, Howard University student, and winner of Arena Stage’s Finding Yolanda talent search. In Crowns, E. […]
At a little before 2 pm on February 24th, I called the phone number which Arena Stage had provided. A thin, cultured, cheery voice said, “Hello?” I explained who I was and asked to speak with Edward Albee. “This is he,” the voice said, and just like that I was on the phone – with […]
Actress Kathleen Chalfant, perhaps best known for her role as Vivian Bearing in Margaret Edson’s Wit (winning her numerous awards including an OBIE), began her career in New York in 1972. She has played an astonishing range of roles written by playwrights such as Jules Feiffer, Christopher Durang, Eve Ensler, Samuel Beckett, Alan Bennett and […]
by Joel Markowitz A conversation with Synetic Theater Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili, director of Dante and Ben Cunis, co-adaptor, who appears in the title role. Three hours before their call at Rosslyn Spectrum, Paata Tsikurishvili and Ben Cunis sat down with Joel Markowitz to talk about the daunting task of creating a play out of […]
Considered by many to be the greatest living playwright, in his conversation with Tim Treanor, Edward Albee gave us a look into his creatuve process,answers questions about A Delicate Balance, and places responsibility for what gets produced in the hands of the audiences themselves. Funny, thought provoking and insightful Click here.
It was late, the end of a long evening rehearsal, and the cast of Cool Papa’s Party had one more song in them – “Sho’ Can Dance” which they recorded for us before quitting the stage, leaving just me, 12-time Helen Hayes Award-Winning writer and director Thomas W. Jones II, and the legendary dancer, director […]
Brian d’Arcy James Talks with Richard Seff Recorded by Joel Markowitz Sixteen years ago Richard Seff met Brian d’Arcy James when the two performed in Lend Me AaTenor at the Players Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. A bond was formed, and Richard has watched Brian grow from the Bellboy in Tenor to Shrek The Ogre in Shrek The […]