Everyone remembers their first contact with death. I don’t mean Death, though I assume that first face to “face” meeting in the no-longer flesh is quite memorable. I mean the first prehumous contact with death of someone close, when the mind begins to grasp the shattering gravity of what it means to be gone forever.
At their best, fairytales allow adults and children alike to gently explore lessons of life, love, and loss, while safely ensconced in a cushion of abstraction. At their worst, they enable us to paper over loss and disappointment and avoid true engagement with the world around us.
DC native Stefanie Zadravec is a resident playwright at New Dramatists in New York City, and over the last seven years, has seen her star rise with a Helen Hayes Award for the 2009 staging of Honey Brown Eyes at Theater J and as the recipient of the 2013 Francesca Primus Prize for her play, The Electric […]
1. This Chihuahua Who Found Out That There Was No Live Stream of the Nomination Announcements, But Then Remembered That Twitter is a Thing. Notice that she is still real disappointed. I’m sure someone did the calculations on viewership and setup cost and it didn’t work out, but that doesn’t mean that one still can’t […]
Is it enough praise to simply say that shades of Churchill and Ruhl permeate Truth & Beauty Bombs: A Softer World, Rorschach Theatre’s brilliant new play running at Atlas Theatre? No? Then read on, for the kaleidoscopic collage of interconnected stories manages to find reality in the surreal, and uses the poetry of language to […]
In the jarring very still & hard to see, playwright Steve Yockey injects dark Japanese folklore into Stephen King’s mold of creeping horror, set far too close to home. Rorschach Theatre’s production leads the audience through a maze of darkly funny and just plain dark tales of ordinary people whose secrets take on terrifying lives […]
“At the core, this is about not just entering into someone else’s life, but entering into someone else’s fun.” So says fight choreographer Casey Kaleba, who, along with director Randy Baker and the whole Rorschach Theatre team producing She Kills Monsters, have certainly been entering into the fun together. This play is the second the […]
This is the fairy tale story of the whirlwind romance between a lonely, lyrical young script and the scrappy theater company that swept her off her feet. Such is the tale of Rorschach Theater’s production of Glassheart, currently in the midst of a hot-selling run at The Atlas Performing Arts Center.
Glassheart is an offbeat, mature riff on the classic “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale. The Beast must not only conquer the ancient curse that has given him a combined human-animal appearance until he finds love, he must also deal with doubt, depression, and dating in a contemporary American setting. Reina Hardy’s updating of the […]
Rorschach Theatre’s production of Neverwhere illustrates what it is like to be a middle-aged woman—completely invisible.