Colin Hovde, who has served as Artistic Director of the Anacostia-based Theater Alliance since 2011, will be stepping down from that position at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season, the company announced yesterday.
Five minutes into Flood City — clearly as part of that play’s idiosyncratic plot — Theater Alliance Artistic Director Colin Hovde interrupted proceedings to announce, among other things, that he would soon reveal the company’s 2018-2019 season. Although it’s doubtful that Flood City required that the season be announced on June 21, it was, and […]
“More matter and less art,” Queen Gertrude enjoined Polonius during one of his interminable dissertations. After watching Gabrielle Reisman’s Flood City, I feel ya, Your Majesty! Seldom have I seen so fine a cast, in service to a play by so gifted a writer, be put to more pointless a use. Flood City is, in […]
“Everyone in this play is dead,” Harriet Tubman (Tiffany Byrd) announces minutes into the first act. Frederick Douglass (Marquis D. Gibson), John Brown (Nicklas Aliff), Henry Kagi (Josh Adams), Emperor (Dylan J. Fleming), John Brown Jr. (Robert Bowen Smith), and Mahala Doyle (Moira Todd), speak directly to the audience from seats among us, and introduce […]
Hey, put down your guns! I’m not talking about hand-carrying, capitalist-and-NRA-endorsed devices you can buy on DC streets. I’m talking about the weapons of words we use to hate on each other and heap hate on ourselves. I’m here to tell you Word Becomes Flesh, a play not just for blacks, has returned and though […]
Debbie Minter Jackson sends back this report from her visit to the Saturday, September 2, opening day of this year’s Page-to-Stage festival at the Kennedy Center and brings back some standouts that, hopefully will find their way from the page to local stages .
Anacostia’s Theater Alliance, which scored big earlier this past June with the debut Mollye Maxner’s devised play, Still Life With Rocket, will do itself one better this year, with two plays in redevelopment — and a third play, which Theater Alliance has already produced twice to acclaim.
No other play now on area stages has been more enhanced by its soundtrack than Theater Alliance’s Still Life with Rocket. Matthew Nielson’s underscored music, sound effects and songs of this collaborative production are so perfectly tuned to the performances, it is difficult to imagine the play without them.
Some plays are compelling because their dilemmas are so universal they provoke the shock of recognition in all of us. Disgraced is like that. Other plays are compelling because, though the characters are repulsive, they are repulsive in so entertaining a way that we cannot take our eyes away. August: Osage County is like that. […]
“It’s a really hard play to put into words. I think it’s an exploration and a dive into what we call home, where we come from, and how we connect with what that means both in a larger societal way and in a very individual, personal way.” That’s Theater Alliance Artistic Director Colin Hovde talking […]