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In the Moment: Interview with Andrew Braughman, Landless’ ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood [Symphonic Metal Version]’

Moving into its 18th year of producing exciting and accessible alternative theater to cultivate new and diverse audiences, the Landless Theatre will present the world premiere of The Mystery of Edwin Drood [Symphonic Metal Version]. It is an exclusive “MetalTheatre” adaptation of Rupert Holmes’ Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. And yes, Rubert […]

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In the Moment: Interview with Joe Calarco about ’12 Million Footsteps’

For nearly two decades, the inventive Signature in the Schools education program has exposed Arlington County public high school student actors to highly-charged, real-world issues well beyond the confines of a textbook by allowing them to participate in an original Signature Theatre production. The Signature in the Schools program, under the leadership of Arlington’s Signature […]

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In the Moment: Interview with Sound Designer Justin Schmitz

All too often the work of a theater sound designer can go unnoticed. In fact, not long ago the Tony Awards decided not to even provide an award category for sound design (now reinstated). Thankfully, the DC area’s Helen Hayes Awards did not follow the Tonys’ dismissive attitude toward theater sound design. But, what is […]

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An Interview with Award-Winning Actor Dan Hodge: Making his Off-Broadway Debut in the New York Premiere of ‘Dogs of Rwanda’

Just concluding his comic roles in the Walnut Street Theatre’s national touring production of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, with its final performances this week in California, Virginia, and Maryland, Barrymore Award-winning Philadelphia-based actor Dan Hodge is about to begin previews for his New York debut with Dogs of Rwanda, in its Off-Broadway […]

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Discovering Your Story in Circus: Street Light Circus’s Julia Quigley, Louise Chase Dettman, Dani Pierce Steuber, and Christian Kloc on ‘Circus in Lines: Many Stories Tall’

A couple of things about the local circus community: One, if you show up as your authentic self and are willing to work, you will be heartily, soul-nourishingly embraced. Two, a lot of folks who aren’t born into circus come to it to work something out. Eight incredible circus performers are sharing their stories in […]

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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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Interview: Monumental Theatre Company’s Bridget Grace Sheaff and Gretchen Midgley on ‘Infinite Future: Bernstein’s Lasting Impact’

Monumental Theatre Company is a theatre troupe on the rise. Recently eligible for the Helen Hayes’ John Aniello Award, their productions are steadily gaining high praise and acclaim–and they show no signs of slowing down. In this interview, we discuss their new cabaret Infinite Future: Bernstein’s Lasting Impact, written by Gretchen Midgley and directed by […]

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In the Moment: DIAVOLO ‘The Veterans Project: A Long Journey Home’ at The Kennedy Center

“We all move, we all walk, we all run, we all fall, we all can even dance.” said Artistic Director Jacques Heim of DIAVOLO. With a motto of “architecture in motion” DIAVOLO will be bringing its highly original, contemporary styles of dance and motion melded with architecture to the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater this month. What caught […]

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Turning Trauma Into Art: Amy Oestreicher on ‘Gutless and Grateful’ and PTSD in Theater

Amy Oestreicher was a theatre-obsessed teen until her world changed overnight after waking from a coma, caused by her stomach literally exploding. After 27 surgeries and six years being unable to eat or drink, Amy’s digestive system was miraculously reconstructed. She learned that the human spirit heals through “gutsiness,” gratitude, and humor. An inspiring comedic take […]

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Jessica John in Hysterical Photo by Brynne Levy

Interview: Alter Circus members Zoe Stasko, Georgeanna Layton, and Jessica John Get ‘Hysterical’

One of the newest companies in the DC circus scene (yes there is one), Alter Circus, is dedicated to challenging gender norms and celebrating “the rebellious spirit, strength, and grace of women.” Their first show, Hysterical, will be part of the Intersections Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center this weekend. I got an opportunity […]

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Breanna Sinclairé’s Revolution: On Being a Transwoman in Opera and Performing With the GMCW

Recently, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, announced that transgender opera singer Breanna Sinclairé will join the Chorus for two concerts in 2018— first for the world premiere of the tenor-bass arrangement of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem in March, and then again for TransAmerica in June. A native of Baltimore, Breanna Sinclairé is a graduate […]

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In the Moment: Interview with Patrick Lord, Projection Designer

For regular theater-goers, we have seen that projection design is not a fad or an eye-popping, one-time visual effect. Projection design has become an integral part of many a production’s overall design storytelling elements. As technology has rapidly evolved, so has the use of projection design to help tell a theatrical story. Projections add their […]

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