This is the first part of a multi-part series of interviews with Women’s Voices Theater Festival playwrights. In this series, I asked the same series of questions to a number of Women’s Voices Theater Festival (WVTF) playwrights. The questions were aimed at learning what led each playwright to develop their play. This series is not about […]
Women’s Voices Theater Festival 2018
The Women’s Voices Theater Festival 2018 kicks off this week, and DC Metro Theater Arts is excited to cover this important event.
For the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, 24 plays penned by female playwrights will be produced at leading theaters in the DC and Baltimore metro areas over the course of the next two months.
The topics covered in the plays include the stories of women of color, immigration, warfare, incarceration, gun violence, sexual orientation, religion, mental illness, and many more.
DC Metro Theater Arts plans to review all 24 shows. In addition, we will provide both macro analyses of the over-arching topics addressed by the plays in the festival as well as interviews with individual playwrights, actors, and directors. We look forward to providing the community with a unique and thoughtful take on the Women’s Voices Theater Festival 2018’s wider meaning.
Imogen, Pointless Theatre’s adaptation of Cymbeline, places one of Shakespeare’s most confusing heroines at the center of a battle for her independence. As in Cymbeline, Imogen has to contend with a mean-spirited father, an evil stepmother, a sleazy villain, and a murderous husband. The world of ancient Britain seems to have it out for Imogen […]
Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Metro Theater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking about it, and decided to continue their exchange in writing. That’s what happened when Senior Writers and Columnists Sophia Howes (Dangereuse) and John Stoltenberg (Magic Time!) saw Theresa Rebeck’s comedy The Way […]
The Way of the World, a deft satire of the mating habits and financial vicissitudes of the 1%, arrived at the Folger Theatre last night. It was a hilarious evening. Theresa Rebeck’s comedy, very loosely based on William Congreve’s The Way of the World, reminds us that bad behavior, in Restoration England or 2018 New […]
It’s no coincidence that Queens Girl in Africa—Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ semi-autobiographical one-woman play now at Mosaic Theater Company of DC—was chosen to kick off the Women’s Voices Theater Festival earlier this week. The original play, Queens Girl in the World, was the hit of the first Women’s Voices Theater Festival in 2015. Produced by Theater […]
Erika Rose’s performance in Queens Girl in Africa is awesome to behold. She plays the playwright’s teenage self, named Jackie, plus her parents, school friends, and others, with an incandescence that won’t stop. The coming-of-age story tells of the time in the 1960s she and her family lived in Nigeria. It picks up the storyline that […]
Welcome to the very first Diverse City column on DC Metro Theater Arts. My name is Darby DeJarnette and I created this column to highlight, through interviews, the different experiences of individuals from various social and cultural backgrounds who work in theater and the arts in the DC metro area. These individuals are integral members […]
Playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings serves up an ace with the world premiere of Queens Girl in Africa – a riveting, semi-autobiographical account of her experience living in Ibadan, Nigeria in the 1960s. This production is a one-woman show starring Helen Hayes Award-winner Erika Rose, whose performance displays electrifying energy and range. The story opens on […]
The Women’s Voices Theater Festival kicks off this week, and DC Metro Theater Arts is excited to cover this important event. For the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, 24 plays penned by female playwrights will be produced at leading theaters in the DC and Baltimore metro areas over the course of the next two months. DC […]
In 1839, Mary Kathryn Nagle’s great-great-great grandfather, Cherokee statesman John Ridge, was assassinated for signing the Treaty of New Echota. In 2017, Nagle wrote a play about her family’s tangled history. And in 2018, Arena will stage its world premiere. Sovereignty, a play that bounces from Andrew Jackson’s presidency to a few years past 2017, […]