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Talking With 16 Year-Old Amir Randall on Playing Trayvon Martin in ‘The Ballad of Trayvon Martin’ at New Freedom Theatre

“Without these people, I would just be another black boy passing on the street” “The Ballad of Trayvon Martin by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj and Thomas J. Soto is a poetic docudrama inspired by the death of teenager Trayvon Martin inside a private gated community in Florida. Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a […]

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Lizzi Albert and Sue Struve on Appearing in ‘Collected Stories’ at Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions

Lizzi Albert and Sue Struve takes us on their journey of preparing for their roles and appearing in Collected Stories at Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions. Joel: Please introduce yourselves and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform on local stages. Lizzi: For the last several years I’ve worked mainly with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company […]

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An Interview with Pianist Simone Dinnerstein on Performing at Washington Performing Arts at Strathmore on May 22nd

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein (pronounced See-MOHN-uh DIN-ner-steen), based in New York, gained an international following the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she raised the funds to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was […]

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An Interview with Eric Lynum of The Dolly Rockers

The Dolly Rockers are based in the Washington, DC area. Band members are Eric Lynum (vocalist, guitar), Larry D. (guitarist), Megan Strings (violin), Mike Trippi (bass), Derrick Decker (drums), and Loki (didgeridoo, hand drums). I conducted an interview with Eric Lynum about their music, their influences, and their goals.  Marlene: How did you get your […]

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Beth Hylton, Carl Schurr, and Dawn Ursula on Starring in Everyman’s The Great American Rep of ‘Death of a Saleman’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

The Great American Rep’s At Everyman Theatre has received critical acclaim from local critics. Beth Hylton, Carl Schuur, and Dawn Ursula talk about their roles and experience appearing in two classic simultaneously. Joel: Please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform on our local stages. Beth: I am Beth Hylton, […]

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In the Moment: Better Said Than Done’s 5th Anniversary Celebration and Story-telling Contest

Story telling has been part of human history for–well–forever. In recent days story-telling has had a resurgence with digital media, pod casting and, of course, radio. Think This American Life, The Moth and Serial, to name just a few. Here in the DC area, we are fortunate to have local, story-tellers and organizations such as Better Said Than […]

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“A Shiver Goes Down My Spine”: An Interview with Playwright Andrea Stolowitz on Her Play ‘Schlüterstraße 27’

“I’m trying to find everyone. Everyone of my generation.” “We are all screaming across time . . . we feel comfortable here.” Summary: In 1936, Dr. Max Cohnreich escapes Berlin, Germany, and arrives in NYC, settling there with his immediate family. In 1939, he writes about his experiences in a diary. In 2013, his great-granddaughter, […]

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Meet the Cast of Adventure Theatre MTC’s ‘The Emperor’s Nightingale’: Part 4: José María Pineda-Fernández

In Part Three of a series of interviews with the cast of Adventure Theatre MTC’s The Emperor’s Nightingale meet José María Pineda-Fernández. Joel: Please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform on our local stages. José: Hello everyone, my name is José María Pineda-Fernández, but am known by my family and […]

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‘Machinal’: An Expressionistic Masterpiece: Interview With Director Brenna Geffers, Part 2

Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, considered one of the most important Expressionist plays in the United States, premiered on Broadway in 1928. Inspired by the life of Ruth Snyder, who was convicted of and executed for murder, this dark play captivated audiences and earned accolades from its inception, including Burn Mantle’s The Best Plays of 1928-1929. In […]

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Lover, Wife, and Murderess—EgoPo’s Stunning ‘Machinal’: Interview with Director Brenna Geffers: Part 1

Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, considered one of the most important Expressionist plays in the United States, premiered on Broadway in 1928. Inspired by the life of Ruth Snyder, who was convicted of and executed for murder, this dark play captivated audiences and earned accolades from its inception, including Burn Mantle’s The Best Plays of 1928-1929. […]

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Playwright Bruce Graham Discusses His Artistic Process and Thought Process for “White Guy on the Bus”

Following its premiere at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre in 2015, White Guy on the Bus, a new work by Philadelphia’s prolific award-winning playwright Bruce Graham, comes to Passage Theatre in Trenton, NJ, and Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, before moving Off-Broadway to 59E59. The dark and disturbing drama considers the socio-economic inequities, raging anger, and lack […]

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