A roundup of some of this week’s theatrical news and notes from Capital Fringe Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Kennedy Center, The Welders, Molotov Theatre, DC Hip-Hop Festival, Wolf Trap, and National Theatre.
Caleen Sinnette Jennings was describing what had inspired her latest play. One of the things she mentioned was a white college-age son of her friend telling her, “If a hip hop candidate ever ran, I’d vote for him.” Processing that declaration, she noted how much different hip hop culture and values are from baby boomer […]
The newly-christened Welders playwright collective has burst confidently onto the DC theater landscape with its daring debut of The Carolina Layaway Grail. In a cozy side room of the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the Welders have blended country soul, big city hustle, and magical realism into an enchanting tale of love and self-determination. This assured […]
“Already I feel like this is the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” says Allyson Currin, local playwright. The Welders, the D.C-based, playwright-run collective previously profiled by DCTS here, is kicking off their innovative project – in which the five founding writers will take turns as artistic director of the company, staging one […]
The Kennedy Center’s 12th annual Page-to-Stage event was an all you-can-eat buffet last Monday. Not to worry if the flavors and tastes run together. Everyone won in this Labor Day Weekend event which ran the weekend before the DC theatre season cranks up in earnest. Small companies may boast they’ve landed the big venue gig; […]
“Three years, five plays, pass it on.” -Renee Calarco This is a thumbnail portrait of The Welders, one of the newest, and most unique, organizations to pop up on the DC theatrical landscape. Describing itself as “a playwrights’ collective,” The Welders are made up of five of our accomplished and prominent local theatre writers: Calarco, […]
What is worse – the worry of having a loved one in a distant war or the pain of dealing with his return, crippled both physically and emotionally? Both situations are experienced by the characters in The Pull of Negative Gravity, a dark but gutsy choice as the inaugural production of the Welders Theatre Company. […]