Interviews and Features

Stepping to Go-Go, Step Afrika! takes on COVID prevention

“We have a shared responsibility to keep our communities safe,” Step Afrika! founder C. Brian Williams told me at the top of our phone...

Ditch the “Is this theater?” debate, by Jordan Friend and Gregory...

Gregory Keng Strasser (producing director): Hey, Jordan. Jordan Friend (artistic director): Hey, Greg. I guess we have to pretend like we don’t talk to each...

Theaters honor Dr. King’s dream by acting on #WeSeeYouWAT demands

An insurrection by far-right extremists within the U.S. Capitol; Washington, DC, looking like a war zone prepared for battle; and state capitals around the...

Why Trump has made Shakespeare matter more than ever in DC

There is something inherently Shakespearean about DC. It’s easy to picture Lincoln wandering the corridors of the White House reciting his favorite passages. In...

MetroStage to stream ‘Mothers and Sons’ in tribute to Terrence McNally

What does a gay man call another gay man to whom he is committed? The character Cal in Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons gropes...

‘Twelve Days of Watchmas’ from #WeSeeYou is a blunt and raw...

Revolution is rooted in protest. And in revolutionary ways, protest theater promotes social change. The ubiquitous We See You, White American Theater movement courageously...

The year that COVID canceled live theater and a revolution came...

Theater history will long remember that 2020 was the year that COVID canceled live performance. It canceled lots else, of course, including, tragically, hundreds...

A tribute to Lorraine Treanor, Washington theater’s booster-in-chief

By Susan Galbraith In June 2005 Lorraine Treanor, a relatively new theater-maker transplant from Chicago, who had followed her husband’s work to settle in the...

How the pandemic got music educators to think outside the box

In a typical year, Sound Impact reaches some 8,000 students throughout the United States and Central America. But typical, 2020 is not. The upheaval...

Tennessee Williams’s ‘Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers’ returns

Spooky Action Theater’s utterly charming production of The Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers—a recently discovered early work by Tennessee Williams directed for...

In Audrey Cefaly’s wistful ‘Story of Walter,’ a lonely dad and...

Social media once again proves invaluable to connect theatergoers with performance. This instance is courtesy of Signature Theatre’s SigWorks: Monday Night Play Readings. Not...

Three queer yeshiva grads defy “ex-gay” therapy in ‘Abomination’ at Theater...

Sure, we theatergoers miss live productions. But then again, for the adventuresome, there is a veritable taster’s menu of virtual theatrical events. No need...

Using Zoom in a new way to create theater that transforms...

By Neal Davidson “Dramatic Betweenness”: A new theatrical experience  Here’s an incredibly simple idea: a play written and performed as a video call. Nothing more. Not...

Solas Nua’s latest is one time only and off the wall

Virtual connections have become a life force in these days without live performance as the pandemic is reaching its ninth month with us. What...

George Mason University to center Black voices in artist-activist conversations

As the DC-area theater community reckons with and takes steps to combat racism through open, heartfelt conversations and real-world actions to bring forth equity,...

Tiny chamber concert series strikes audience gold in crisis

When Ellen Hwangbo launched a chamber concert series in November 2019 that included a venue just a stone’s throw from the White House, little...

Why Shaw’s wit is a perfect fit for Washington Stage Guild...

In mid-March DC-area theaters went dark and theatergoers’ calendars emptied of live shows to take in—but light and sound and performances are coming into...

Patrons pining for in-person performance are now finding it by the...

We thought the days of drive-in movie theaters, with patrons braving the weather for the sake of a good time, were a thing of...

How the Kennedy Center is keeping live performance alive (cautiously)

Update November 18, 2020: COVID cancelations to cost Kennedy Center over $80 million  Scheduled performances through April 25 are off; Broadway musical tours are...

Felicia Curry and Adam Immerwahr to co-teach Black and Jewish plays...

In these tumultuous times, theatermakers and theatergoers have been working to share a long-time common goal: to reflect upon and engage with the human...