While planning theatre in the time of Covid requires faith and flexibility on everyone’s part, we thought it valuable to show you the shows our companies hope to present. Some are virtual. Some will be in theatres once that becomes possible. This is a listing of performances. Not included are readings, panels and discussions. We’ll keep […]
Our 20 most memorable shows of 2019
What matters most, when all the theatrical offerings for 2019 have been made, is what lingers in the minds and hearts of the audience. We asked our writers and the Gary Maker Audience Award recipients to think back over the year, and tell us their most unforgettable shows. Here they are in alphabetical order. Ain’t […]
Review: HEARTSPACE the earth that is sufficient from The Welders
How are we to recover from what divides us? How do we maintain hope in the face of catastrophe from climate crisis? Such questions are not new; in fact the clamor of them pounding for our attention has so dominated our conversation and full-throttled crashed into our current existential angst it’s almost deafening. However, Annalisa […]
HEARTSPACE from The Welders. 3.2 million year old Lucy to speak about our changing climate
Annalisa Dias, member of The Welders playwrights collective, is not one to shy away from multiple, deeply involved, projects. When we spoke on the phone, she had just returned from London, and was back to work at Baltimore Center Stage as the Director of Artistic Partnerships and Innovation. Amidst so many moving projects, she is […]
How LadyM, begun as a look at Macbeth’s witches, became a menstruation comedy
Rachel Hynes is excited. She is a few hours away from the Friday night performance of LadyM, a devised production based on interviews with D.C. women on their experiences with menstruation. The ensemble-devised piece focuses on the titular LadyM and the three witches of Macbeth. Hynes explores with passion and dignity what the play description […]
Review: LadyM from The Welders
This review by Jennifer Georgia was first published by DC Metro Theater Arts on July 15, 2019. We are unable to attend the performance and are very grateful to DCMTA for permission to reprint their review here. When the audience enters the performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium, they are confronted by three women in […]
Jojo Ruf, Welders’ co-founder, named Managing Director of Theater J
Jojo Ruf, a co-founder of the Welders Playwriting Collective and the Coordinating Producer of DC’s Women’s Voices Festival in 2015, will take the reins as the new Managing Director of Theater J, the company announced Wednesday. Ruf succeeds Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg , who left Theater J to take on identical responsibilities at Studio Theatre. Ruf’s career […]
Switch playwright Brett Abelman explains it all
The Rainbow Flags are everywhere. Those who shackle themselves to the binary are besieged by the onslaught of colour. Debates rage about why there can’t be a “straight pride parade”, or something to that effect. Within the Rainbow, there are arguments and debates to make the spaces more inclusive, and to remember its roots as […]
Review: Brett Abelman’s Switch, fantastical body exchanges during Pride night
Many theatrical experiences are perfect for Pride Month, but few are devised specifically for the celebration. Enter Brett Abelman’s Switch, a new play set on the night of DC Pride, during which the two halves of a heterosexual couple swap bodies when they simultaneously orgasm, leading to what could be described as the Freakiest of […]
Deb Sivigny’s Hello, My Name Is … (review)
Memory is a home we can’t help but live in. Wandering from room to partitioned room, we reflexively replay the moments that define us in our search of what they mean for who we are.
Review to tell my story: a hamlet fanfic
Adapting Shakespeare to a modern context is always a dicey proposition – witness the NY Public Theater’s ongoing “Julius Trump” firestorm. But Welders playwright and Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri has no such issues. Petri has channeled her gift for social satire into a frenetic, funny, and relatable vision of Hamlet for the internet […]
Most memorable moments on DC area stages in 2016
As this year closes, perhaps you, like we, are thinking back over your own year spent watching the various riches spread before us by Washington area theatres. I asked our staff for their most vivid memories. We hope you will share your own as comments for us all to savor.
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