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This is the place where I can tell you how I feel, promote young and up-and-coming actors, and let you know what I think about what’s happening in our theatre community. And I’l be writing “They Stole the Show,’ an article about actors/actress/singers that ‘stopped the show.’ And you’ll have your chance to chime in!

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A Chat with Pippin’s Leading Player-Sasha Allen

Two nights before we chatted, Sasha Allen was burning up The National Theatre Stage and doing some fancy moves on a high-hanging trapeze while wowing the crowd as the Leading Player in the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin, which has made DC its home through January 4th. Joel: How are you doing? You were terrific on […]

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“Moving On': An Interview with Theater J’s Managing Director Rebecca Ende and Acting Artistic Director Shirley Serotsky

Managing Director Rebecca Ende and Acting Artistic Director Shirley Serotsky and their team are ‘moving on’ and preparing for an exciting 2015 season at Theater J. Joel: How do you see your new roles as an opportunity to move more strongly and deliberately in the direction the theater has been going? Rebecca: As Managing Director, my […]

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Reaction to Ari Roth’s Dismissal Articles: New articles in Washington Jewish Week; and American Theatre and ‘A Conversation with Ari Roth’ on DCMTA

12/30/14 Update:  Why Ari Roth Was Fired by Suzanne Pollak in The Washington Jewish Week. Read it Here. ____ 12/29/14 Update: Read John Stoltenberg’s interview with Ari Roth: The Imperative to Reconcile’: A Conversation with Ari Roth by John Stoltenberg on DCMetroTheaterArts. __ The Facts on the Ground at Theater J: The backstage drama between D.C.’s influential Jewish […]

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Meet the Cast of ‘My Fair Lady’ at Damascus Theatre Company–Part 2: Director Stephanie Bonte-Lebair

In Part 2 of a series of interviews with the director and cast members of Damascus Theatre Company’s My Fair Lady, meet Director Stephanie Bonte-Lebair. Joel: Introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform or direct on our local stages? Stephanie: I’m a lifelong performer, born and raised in Illinois, earned my Masters […]

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Meet the Director and Cast of American University’s ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown': Meet Director Carl Menninger

In our series of interviews with the director and cast of American University’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown meet Director Carl Menninger. Joel: Carl, tell us about your position and your responsibilities at American University. Introduce yourself and describe your position and your responsibilities? Carl: I am an Assistant Professor of Theatre and […]

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A Chat with Patti LuPone on ‘Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda’ on September 27th, 2014 at ‘Arts by George’ at George Mason University

Two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone and I had a conversation about her upcoming performance of Coulda Woulda Shoulda coming up at George Mason University’s Arts by George on September 27th at The Center for the Arts. It’s a benefit for George Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the money raised that night will help fund student scholarships and […]

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‘Making Sparks': Meet the Managing Director, Cast, and Director of Theater Alliance’s ‘Spark’ Part 2: Sarah Strasser

Spark by Caridad Svich opens this weekend at the Anacostia Playhouse and runs through September 28, 2014. This gritty, powerful drama tells the story of a veteran returning from war, and the ongoing battle she and her family face to overcome economic challenges, emotional conflict, and the spectre of war that haunts them. Spark also opens […]

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‘Making Sparks': Meet the Managing Director, Cast, and Director of Theater Alliance’s ‘Spark’ Part 1: Elliott Bales

Spark by Caridad Svich opens this weekend at the Anacostia Playhouse and runs through September 28, 2014. This gritty, powerful drama tells the story of a veteran returning from war, and the ongoing battle she and her family face to overcome economic challenges, emotional conflict, and the spectre of war that haunts them. Spark also opens […]

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Meet the Cast of Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s ‘Masquerade’ Part 6: Carol V. Calhoun (Emma)

In Part Six of a series of interviews with the cast of Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s production of Masquerade, meet Carol V. Calhoun (Emma).  Joel: Where have theatregoers seen you perform on the stage? Carol: “The Flood” in The Vagina Monologues with the Rude Mechanicals at Greenbelt Arts Center. -Meg in The Actor’s Nightmare with Chevy Chase Players at […]

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Meet the Cast of Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s ‘Masquerade’ Part 5: Timothy Jansen (Steven)

In Part Five of a series of interviews with the cast of Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s production of Masquerade, meet Timothy Jansen (Steven). Joel: Where have theatregoers seen you perform on the stage? Timothy: In A Christmas Carol with Wolfpack Theatre Company last December. Why did you want to become involved in Masquerade? I am a social worker […]

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Meet the Director and Cast of PGLT’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’: Part 4: Casey Baum (Eugene)

In Part Four of a series of interviews with the director and cast of Prince George’s Little Theatre’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, meet Casey Baum (Eugene). Joel: Please introduce yourself, and tell our readers how you heard about Prince George’s Little Theatre’s auditions for Brighton Beach Memoirs. Casey: My name is Casey Baum and I play Eugene in PGLT’s production […]

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Meet the Cast of Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s ‘Masquerade’ Part 3: Lauren Giglio (Janet)

In Part Three of a series of interviews with the cast of Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s production of Masquerade, meet Lauren Giglio (Janet). Joel: Where have theatregoers seen you perform on the stage? Lauren: Wolf Pack Theatre Company, Kensington Arts Theatre, NASA’s Madd group, Greenbelt Arts Center, Bowie Community Theatre, and Bowie High School. Why did you […]

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Meet the Director and Cast of PGLT’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’: Part 3: Sophie Speciale (Nora)

In Part Three of a series of interviews with the director and cast of Prince George’s Little Theatre’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, meet Sophie Speciale (Nora). Joel: Tell me a little about yourself and how you started acting? Sophie: I have been acting since I was about eight. I realized I really enjoyed theater when I attended classes at […]

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Meet the Director and Cast of PGLT’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs': Part 2: Annalie Ellis (Laurie)

In Part Two of a series of interviews with the director and cast of Prince George’s Little Theatre’s Brighton Beach Memoirs,  meet Annalie Ellis (Laurie). Joel: Where have local theatregoers seen you perform on the stage? Annalie: I am a freshman at the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet at Annapolis High School majoring in Theater. As well […]

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Meet the Cast of Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s ‘Masquerade’ Part 2: Alie Kamara (Kyle)

In Part Two of a series of interviews with the cast of Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s production of Masquerade, meet Alie Kamara (Kyle). Joel: Where have theatregoers seen you perform on the stage? Alie: At Prince Georges Community College and the Greenbelt Art Center. Why did you want to become involved in Masquerade? I was intrigued by the whole […]

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