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Archive | Stage and Film Write

What is art and why do we need it? For me art is what we choose to surround ourselves with that is not essential. According to psychologist Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, art and creativity fall within the fifth tier of fundamental life necessities: not considered a basic need, yet key to achieving self actualization.

I fill my days with art: whether I’m listening to a song by Gotye or watching my daughter sketch, reading Anais Nin or reciting Dr Suess, watching The Fountain or a community theatre play, I find it all important and all worthy of investigation. Local art and community level projects thrill me as much as grand scale work. I love to find (and appreciate) art created and performed just for art’s sake. It’s equally facinating to glimpse brilliant talent and those making a career of their passion.

Literature, theater, film, music, and visual arts are like dreams: sometimes strange and abstract, sometimes full of familiar meaning and resonance,
but moving and essential nonetheless. In Stage Write, we’ll meet all walks of life from the arts and explore what motivates, excites, and informs their work.

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‘Pippin’ is Playing at The National Theatre: An Interview with Kyle Dean Massey on Playing Pippin

[Editor’s note: The National Tour of Pippin is playing through January 4th at The National Theatre in DC, and Kyle Dean Massey is here playing Pippin. Teresa McCormick Ertel interviewed Kyle in August 2014 when he was performing the role on Broadway. Here’s her interview: Kyle Dean Massey is currently playing the title role in the Tony […]

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Glyndon Area Players’ ‘Les Misérables’: An Interview with Henry Cyr (Marius)

It’s summer, which for my family means volunteering with our favorite community theatre group – Glyndon Area Players. Under the detailed direction of GAP founder Homero Bayarena, participating in GAP shows guarantees lots of late nights, hard work, and an unforgettable education in community bonding and the art of theater. Opening this Friday, August 8th, […]

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Renaissance Man Thomas Dolby: Johns Hopkins University Professor of the Arts

In a change that ups the cool factor and vibrancy of Baltimore’s film and music culture exponentially, musician, composer, and digital technology innovator, Thomas Dolby will be moving to the city at the summer’s end to teach a class at Hopkins’ Homewood campus. Sound on Film will be a course dedicated to digital music technology in relation to film. Although he […]

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Broadway Royalty Returns to Broadway: A Chat with John Rubinstein on Joining the Cast of ‘Pippin’

Actor, director, teacher, and composer John Rubinstein has taken on the role of King Charlemagne in the critically acclaimed Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin until the end of July. He’s Broadway’s original Pippin and here he shares his thoughts on his experience with the musical and how it feels to be king. Teresa: How was opening […]

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AFI Docs’ Andrea Passafiume Wraps Up This Year’s Festival

AFI Docs, held annually in Silver Spring, MD and downtown DC, is regarded as the nation’s premier film festival for documentaries. Programmer Andrea Passafiume talks about highlights and standouts from 2014’s fest, which wrapped up last weekend. Teresa: Why is it so important to have a festival devoted to strictly documentaries? Andrea: I think it’s important […]

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‘Musicians of Mercy’ Holds a Benefit Concert for The American Heart Association This Friday 1/10@7:30 PM by Teresa McCormick Ertel

This Friday, January 10th at 7:30 PM, The Musicians of Mercy, will present an evening of live music – Celebrating a Life of Love – in Baltimore City to benefit the American Heart Association. The event will feature violinist Odin Rathnam, composer and pianist Dr. Judah Adashi, and singer/songwriter Macheesté Malloy. Jeffry Newberger will be conducting the orchestra. […]

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The Glyndon Area Players’ Production of ‘The King and I’ Features Actress From the 1984 Broadway Production by Teresa McCormick Ertel

The Glyndon Area Players has been a summer tradition for my family for many years, whether we are in the audience, onstage, or helping behind the scenes. G.A.P. has been entertaining Baltimore County theater lovers for 17 years. This year the company, known for its elaborate sets and high caliber community theater, is presenting the Rodgers and Hammerstein […]

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An Interview With Theater Without Limits’ Suzi Eldridge on Summer Camp and ‘Snoopy!’ by Teresa McCormick Ertel

THEATER WITHOUT LIMITS: CARROLL COUNTY MARYLAND SUMMER CAMP FOR CHILDREN OF ALL LEARNING STYLES AND ABILITIES Suzi Eldridge shares her passion her bringing an inclusive acting program to the community that pairs actors, both well trained and aspiring, for Snoopy! The Musical. Teresa: Tell us about the inception of Theater Without Limits. What sparked the […]

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Susan Hadary on ‘Walter P. Carter: Champion for Change’ by Teresa McCormick Ertel

“The Martin Luther King of Maryland” Walter P. Carter was a central figure in ending segregation in Baltimore, Maryland. As chairman of C.O.R.E. (Congress of Racial Equality), he led highly organized non-violent demonstrations credited for inspiring an end to segregation in Baltimore in the 1950s and 60s. Award-winning filmmakers Susan Hannah Hadary and John Anglim […]

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An Interview with BOOM Theatre Company’s Ryan Nicotra by Teresa McCormick Ertel

Thanks to the energetic and visionary direction of Ryan Nicotra, BOOM Theatre Company is quickly becoming Harford County’s premier spot for quality theater that is cerebral yet accessible. Ryan and company are delivering culture as well as infusing it into the community by providing free workshops to encouraging teachers and students to become part of the […]

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Robin Fay Massie on MOM’s January 11th ‘Prelude to Peace: Our Musical Response to Gun Violence’ Benefit

Musicians of Mercy has been performing themed benefit concerts for worthy causes and inspiring community members to action since 2010. Under the direction of Robin Fay Massie, the group is coming together on January 11th at 8:30 PM at An die Musik – 409 North Charles Street – Second Floor – in Baltimore, Maryland – in response to […]

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Interview with Director and Filmmaker Jay Taylor on ‘Masse’ by Teresa McCormick Ertel

Director and filmmaker Jay Taylor speaks to Teresa McCormick Ertel about his latest project, Massé – a feature length contemporary film noir described as “Old Hollywood meets the modern era.” Teresa:  Who wrote the screenplay? Jay: I wrote the screenplay, and my wife Courtney was the story/script consultant. It was in development for a little over a year, […]

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Ann Lowe on Directing Prince George’s Little Theatre’s ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ by Teresa McCormick Ertel

Prince George’s Little Theatre is in production for Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo, which is a hilarious farce/comedy that takes the audience into the world of a theater company. It’s being produced by area veteran William Powell Jr., who has teamed up with Director Ann Lowe. Here, Ann gives us a peek into her process. The duo’s […]

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