Interviews and Features

Washington Performing Arts, looking ahead, sets town halls for input

With so much still unknown about the lasting effects of COVID-19 on the performing arts, the singular Washington Performing Arts (WPA) has delayed announcing...

Lessons in creative coping during COVID-19: Bowie State University theater and...

With university campuses closed because of COVID-19, how is student education continuing forward? This is a critical question, especially for higher education theater and...

Artists Who Inspire!: Patrick Flynn

Playwright Patrick Flynn was on a roll before Coronavirus brought American theater to a standstill. His adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, produced by Adventure...

Fade to black: Coronavirus closures force local theaters to rethink their...

This article originally appeared in the April issue of District Fray Magazine. It is reprinted here with permission.  The paint was still drying on the...

Lessons in creative coping during COVID-19: A conversation with Rick Davis,...

With college and university campuses in the DMV area closed because of COVID-19, distance learning is now the norm. But how do students in...

Artists Who Inspire! #4: John Becker

Welcome to the fourth installment of Artists Who Inspire! During this unprecedented shutdown of live theater, DCMTA will use this space to lift up...

Artists Who Inspire! #3: Jordan Friend

Welcome to the third installment of Artists Who Inspire! During this unprecedented shutdown of live theater, DCMTA will use this space to lift up...

What’s the future of live theater beyond COVID-19?: A point-counterpoint between...

What follows is an extraordinary conversation. It started as a Facebook post by award-winning playwright Audrey Cefaly. It was joined by her dear friend,...

Molly Smith: “Our job as artists is to remind our fellow...

“In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.” —Bertolt Brecht (motto to Svendborg Poems) When I saw the...

Artists Who Inspire! #2: Deb Sivigny

Welcome to the second installment of Artists Who Inspire! During this unprecedented shutdown of live theater, DCMTA will use this space to lift up...

Artists Who Inspire #1: Tia Shearer Bassett

Welcome to the first installment of Artists Who Inspire! During this unprecedented shutdown of live theater, DCMTA will use this space to lift up...

Whitney White on directing James Baldwin’s classic ‘The Amen Corner’ at...

In 1955 James Baldwin had just turned 30 and had written a play about a storefront church in Harlem that he could not get...

Behind the lines: A pre-opening peek at 4615 Theatre’s ‘Museum 2040’

When Jordan Friend, the highly inventive founder of 4615 Theatre Company, invited me to attend a rehearsal of Museum 2040 a few weeks ago,...

Artistic Director Dianna Cuatto reflects on 17 years at Ballet Theatre...

Dianna Cuatto, artistic director of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM), recently announced she would retire in June after leading the company for 17...

“I want to make space for women who make mistakes”: A...

Dani Stoller's world-premiere comedy Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes is funny and witty and in its own quirky way quite deep. Plus it puts...

Music of The Go-Go’s powers Monumental Theatre’s ‘Head Over Heels’

Monumental Theatre is providing DC-area audiences with a first look at the jukebox musical comedy Head Over Heels. The production features nearly two dozen...

J’Nai Bridges’ debut in ‘Samson and Delilah’ is a dream come...

When J’Nai Bridges made her triumphant debut in Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah Sunday night, it was the fulfillment of a dream. The young mezzo-soprano’s...

Beyond the script: fine-tuning farce in ‘The 39 Steps’ at Constellation

“I’ve never laughed so hard in rehearsal,” said Nick Olcott, describing some of the antics performed by a tiny but talented cast — four...

Actress Tai Alexander and director Angelisa Gillyard provide insight into reprise...

In an effort to illuminate the historic and ongoing impacts of racial discrimination in land and property use laws in Hyattsville, MD, Mapping Racism...

Actor Mikéah Jennings unpacks his powerful performance in ‘Shipwreck’ at Woolly...

Anne Washburn's Shipwreck: A History Play About 2017 is an epic, scorching, and surreal satire of white liberalism in the era of Trump. It...