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News: Traveling Players Ensemble to Perform ‘The Trojan Women’ March 17 and 18

Traveling Players Ensemble will present two public performances of The Trojan Women on March 17, and 18. The Trojan Women explores the consequences of war and women’s relationship to war. The two-weekend tour will perform at venues with unique relationships to those themes, allowing the audiences and the high school-aged performers to engage in vital conversations. Each performance is followed […]

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Here Are the Winners of the 2017 WATCH AWARDS

THE 18th Annual WATCH AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED Sunday, March 11, 2018 – 7:00 pm at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA HERE ARE THE WINNERS (IN BOLD) Outstanding Set Design in a Musical (5) Skip Gresko – She Loves Me – Arlington Players Andrew JM Regiec and Dan Widerski – Aida – Reston Community Players Dan Widerski […]

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News: Woolly Mammoth Appoints Maria Manuela Goyanes to Succeed Howard Shalwitz as Artistic Director

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the selection of Maria Manuela Goyanes to succeed co-founder Howard Shalwitz as the organization’s Artistic Director. Goyanes is currently serving as the Director of Producing and Artistic Planning at The Public Theater in New York. “Maria has a compelling vision for the art Woolly can make, the […]

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News: The Welders Receive Grants for the Development of New Work

(Washington, D.C.) The Welders—Washington’s only playwrights’ collective devoted exclusively to developing and producing new plays—has received funding for artistic development of projects by individual artists Annalisa Dias, Rachel Hynes and Hannah Hessel Ratner, and the company has been awarded additional funding from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities specifically to support artistic development. “One […]

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News: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Coming to Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia is excited to be the first regional theater in the metropolitan area to present The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Justin Luciano as Quasimodo and Thomas Adrian Simpson as Dom Claude Frollo. Located at 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, performances begin on March 14th and run […]

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Review: Take the Stage Delivers with ‘Dynamic’ Revue

By Marco Mazzarino It isn’t often that you walk away from a performance of (mostly) adolescents giddy and excited. Especially if none of the performers are friends or family members. The production of Dynamic, by Take The Stage Performance Company, was one of those rare times. I brought my elementary-age daughters along for what I […]

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Preview: ‘That Part is True’ at Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival

That Part Is True, written and directed by DC local Madeline Farrington, is a psychological thriller for the resistance featuring activists, intrigue, betrayal, and garden stakes. As a blizzard approaches, members of DC activists’ collective Safe House are planning something big.  Once snowed in together, they discover that one of their dearest friends/lovers/accomplices isn’t who […]

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The Day My Great-Great-Grandfather Saved Frederick Douglass from a Probable “Lynching” by the U.S. Government Right After the Harper’s Ferry Raid

(DC Metro Theater Arts is pleased to publish this remarkable first-person history on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth and Theater Alliance’s production of Idris Goodwin’s play The Raid, an imagined confrontation between Frederick Douglass and John Brown.) By Joseph Hamilton The year was 1859. My great-great-grandfather John White Hurn— who […]

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Review: ‘The Boys Next Door’ at the Port City Playhouse

Review by Betsy Lizotte The Port City Playhouse production of The Boys Next Door is playful, yet provocative. This community theater, operating out of the Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church in Falls Church, VA, produced a remarkably entertaining and enjoyable production of Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door. The action and sentiments were mostly heartwarming, […]

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Take the Stage Announces Annual Broadway Revue ‘Dynamic’

Dynamic showcases the best of Broadway and movie musical numbers choreographed by our own talented directors and special guest artists including Broadway and film actress and New York choreographer Chryssie Whitehead, and DCs own award-winning choreographer Rachel Leigh Dolan. At the music helm is four-time Helen Hayes nominated music director Walter “Bobby” McCoy. Take the […]

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Michael Kahn Announces His Final Season as Artistic Director of Shakespeare Theatre Company

At a presentation in Lansburgh Theatre Wednesday morning, Michael Kahn announced Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2018-2019 Season. With two world premieres from celebrated playwrights, a multiple Tony Award-winning presentation, a dynamic adaptation of a classic novel, two Shakespeare plays and a group of acclaimed directors and artists, it is an ambitious grand finale for STC Artistic Director […]

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Review: ‘Death by Design’ at The Potomac Playmakers

By Karen Lane Walking into the elegant, bright theater hall of The Woman’s Club, the audience happily chatters away anticipating a fun-filled evening. Before them on the stage, a cozy English sitting room invites curious glances. Rob Urbinati’s play Death by Design implies murder is afoot, but we soon discover laughter is its main objective. And […]

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Review: ‘The Underpants’ at Rockville Little Theatre

Review by Bob Ashby The Underpants, an intermittently amusing adaptation by Steve Martin of a 1911 script by German playwright Carl Sternheim, concluded its run at Rockville Little Theater on February 4, 2018. The German original, Die Hose, was the first, and best known, of a series of four Sternheim plays satirizing the lives and […]

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Review: ‘Blithe Spirit’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

By Betsy Lizotte The Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Noel Coward’s world-class comedy Blithe Spirit was an old-fashioned roller coaster of fun: an essentially delightful thrill-ride of sustained, euphoric runs, flecked by a few short intervals of arid and rickety ascents. In the play, Charles and Ruth Condomine, British socialites, are preparing to host a […]

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Review: ‘Rabbit Summer’ at Ally Theater Company

By Guest Author Cecilia Mencia Institutional racism, cultural trauma, gun right, police brutality: Playwright Tracy Conyer Lee tackles many social issues in her play Rabbit Summer. Directed by KenYatta Rogers, this world premiere tragicomedy performed at the Ally Theatre Company is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The formidable cast features performances by Michelle […]

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Tributes to Ursula K. Le Guin, whose novel ‘The Lathe of Heaven’ will be staged at Spooky Action Theater (Women’s Voices Theater Festival)

This year’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival features 24 plays, four of which are adaptations. Three are based on works by great male writers—Shakespeare, Congreve, Ibsen—and one is based on the work of a great woman writer: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin. The renowned fantasy fiction author died Monday at the age of 88. […]

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Pinky Swear Productions Presents the World Premiere of ‘Use All Available Doors,’ a Local Playwright’s Love Letter to DC and the Metro

Pinky Swear Productions is excited to announce the world premiere production of a new play by a local playwright that celebrates the beauty, diversity, and absurdity of life in the nation’s capital. Brittany Alyse Willis’ Use All Available Doors follows a soon-to-be decommissioned WMATA train car, a grieving operator re-evaluating her life’s path, and a […]

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