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Archive | In the Moment

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” asked Mary Oliver in her “The Summer Day.” Long ago I answered, like many of you. Be part of the performing arts. And so this column about the anticipation being in a theater when the curtain goes up…waiting for what comes next.

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In the Moment: Walnut Street Theatre’s Touring Company Brings ‘A Life in the Theatre’ to GMU’s Center for the Arts on February 6th

America’s oldest theatre, Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, also has a touring company component. The touring company is a regular presence at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, Great Performances series. Walnut Street Theatre will be bringing a production of A Life in the Theatre (1977) by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet to the […]

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In the Moment: George Mason University Gets STEAMED

What is the arts role as a means to spark creativity for the American workforce in the post-recession world? Much is being said about keeping the competitive edge of the United States through what is known as STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). I noticed that the arts seem not to be included in the […]

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‘In the Moment’: ‘Bessie’s Blues’ Remounted at MetroStage

It’s been a long time coming. But the time is right. The multi-Helen Hayes Award production, Bessie’s Blues is returning twenty years after it first appeared on The Studio Theater stage. It is being remounted and performed at Alexandria’s MetroStage. Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin described Bessie’s Blues as “a musical odyssey of the blues and […]

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‘In the Moment’: Aquila Theatre’s ‘The Tempest’ Visits George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, January 23rd at 8 PM

Bringing “the greatest works to the greatest number,” the nationally recognized Aquila Theatre, will bring its touring stage production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest to the George Mason University Center for the Arts on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8 PM. The Aquila touring productions are generally on college campus venues. The Tempest arrives on the Fairfax campus […]

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In the Moment: ‘Poetry Out Loud’ at Signature Theatre on February 6, 2015

DCMetroTheaterArts is constantly on the look-out to learn about ways local theater companies make their venues available for community activities beyond presenting plays and musicals. We are aware of a nation-wide competition called Poetry Out Loud sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. So, we investigated in one area, Northern […]

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In the Moment: Hub Theatre’s 2014-2015 Season Announced: Interviews with Helen Pafumi, Matt Bassett, & Kristen LePine

The Hub Theatre recently announced its full 2014-15 season. The season includes several mainstage productions and the annual Hub Playfest, along with developmental play readings. There will also be formal ventures to support the next generation of playwrights;  those currently in college and high school. Details can be found on The HUB’s website. Now in […]

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In the Moment: “Julius Caesar’ at Folger Theatre

Let’s be provocative in this column. Let’s imagine a world where the debates within Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar are not between ambitious political people like Brutus, Mark Anthony, Cassius, and Julius Caesar; but one between, say, ambitious entrepreneurs like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey over information and trending topics and news and how to […]

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In the Moment: A Chat with the Director and Cast Members of George Mason University’s ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ Which Opens This Friday Night

Ah, theatrical heaven! Being in the midst of the usually unseen controlled chaos of a rehearsal, especially with a large cast. Such a delight, so much infectious, intense energy pervading a large, brightly lit rehearsal room. Your columnist was at a recent rehearsal for the upcoming George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts […]

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In the Moment: An Interview with Tom Teasley on His Live Score for ‘Nosferatu’ on October 25th at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA

“I invite you to participate in a merging of sight, sound, drama and fantasy. For fifty minutes I will take your imagination on a fantasy journey and return you safely to your seats!” Now that is how multi-Helen Hayes Award recipient for Outstanding Sound Design, and multi-Washington Area Music Awards (WAMA) recipient Tom Teasley invites […]

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Aquila Theatre Brings ‘Wuthering Heights’ to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on October 5th and ‘The Tempest’ to Hylton Performing Arts Center on October 11th

Enduring works of live theater continue to be performed; even in this fast-changing digital age, with disruption to so much long-held, accepted wisdom. Classic works of literature and theater keep on sparking audience’s interests and hearts. Bringing “the greatest works to the greatest number,” the nationally recognized Aquila Theatre, a touring stage troupe based in […]

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In the Moment: An Interview with the Fredgren Studio Theater

A place to create is critical to the performing arts and artist. In Northern Virginia available space for emerging performing arts companies can be both difficult to locate and costly. So when a brand new, well-outfitted performance space opens in Northern Virginia that is good news to share. The good news comes with the dedication […]

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In the Moment: This Saturday 9/27/14: ‘ARTS by George!’ at George Mason University: An Interview with Co-Chair Mark Shugoll

ARTS by George, a signature event gala that supports scholarships and the Great Performance series at George Mason University, has raised more than $1 million. The co-chairs of this year’s gala are Merrill and Mark Shugoll. This is the second year in a row that they have served as Chairs of the event. David: How does ARTS […]

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‘Seven Guitars’ at No Rules Theatre Company

Under the affecting direction of Michele Shay, No Rules Theatre Company’s production of August Wilson‘s Seven Guitars raises an intimate, open-eyed  awareness of lives without long-term satisfaction, with too many unfulfilled hopes and dreams, and too loose a hold on the redemption of long-term unconditional love. There is plenty of sharp humor to protect and medicate from the […]

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‘Fool for Love’ at Round House Theatre

Burnished to an earthy golden, Director Ryan Rilette’s absorbing, sensually deep, measured take on Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love(1983) is full of the stickiness of love and repulsion. There are betrayals and revelations galore along with raging verbal assaults and physical intimidations. It is riveting in its hold even three decades after it was first […]

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