Interviews and Features

West-Eastern Divan Ensemble’s first American tour features Kennedy Center performance

The world is so full of intractable political and cultural issues, with deep chasms making understanding, let alone peace, seem so far away. But...

The New Orchestra of Washington presents a love so powerful it...

While much of the city is abuzz with romantic romping this Valentine’s Day weekend, the New Orchestra of Washington will concern itself with the...

Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz discusses his new play ‘Exquisite Agony,’ now...

In a particularly poignant scene in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz’s Exquisite Agony, a heart transplant recipient named Amer has an intimate conversation with...

Megan Hilty on her upcoming Kennedy Center concert, ‘Smash,’ and love

Football and musicals rarely overlap, but it was eight years ago this month – in the coveted slot right after the 2012 Super Bowl...

Behind the lines: Laura C. Harris talks about seeing stars in...

When Laura C. Harris bursts onto the stage in Silent Sky at Ford’s Theatre, she is Henrietta Leavitt—hoop skirt and all—fresh out of college,...

‘Red’ director James Bunzli talks about Compass Rose Theater’s new production

James Bunzli, the director of Red, was recently named a Producing Director at Compass Rose Theater. He has been involved in several shows at...

Shakespeare Theatre Company rescues James Baldwin’s ‘Amen Corner’ from the vault

In May 1955, when Howard University staged James Baldwin’s play, The Amen Corner, Washington Post reviewer Richard L. Coe deemed it a “fine play...

Beyond the script: Playwright Steven Dietz talks about ‘Bloomsday,’ a love...

You don’t have to read Ulysses—or, for that matter, know anything about James Joyce, its author, or Leopold Bloom, its hapless hero—to love Bloomsday. The...

Matthew M. Nielson on bringing Shakespeare’s ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ into...

Bright and jaunty as a hippie’s tie-dyed shirt, the opening musical number for Folger’s The Merry Wives of Windsor lets the audience know what’s...

Behind the lines: A talk with Hend Ayoub, the actor...

“Read the book. But see the play first!” That’s what Hend Ayoub—the actor who plays Mariam, the empowered first wife of A Thousand Splendid Suns—told...

‘The Royale’ Director Paige Hernandez talks boxing, hip hop, and the...

Multidisciplinary artist Paige Hernandez is not a fan of boundaries. Whether performing, directing or teaching, the Baltimore native has made a career out of...

The Kennedy Center’s Alicia Adams on playwright Femi Osofisan’s ‘Not All...

There was revolution in the air. Decolonization of Africa was taking shape. The world was on fire. And The Kennedy Center’s World Stages will...

Interview with renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones ahead of world premiere...

Social commentary in a dance performance is not unusual, especially in the modern dance community. But in a week-long residency by The Bill T....

Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer on directing her play ‘Be Here Now’...

I'd say Deborah Zoe Laufer is having a bit of a moment right now, but it's been going on so long I think it’s...

‘Spring Awakening’ is more relevant now than ever. Round House’s young...

Spring Awakening has never been a shy musical. Based on German playwright Frank Wedekind's 1891 tale of teenagers awakening to their sexuality amongst adults...

For actor Justin Weaks, the diverse content produced in DC theaters...

In his five years on DC stages, actor Justin Weaks has played an impressive array of characters written by contemporary African American playwrights. It...

Director Stevie Zimmerman on the rewards of going outside of comfort...

Professional theaters in the DMV have been at the forefront of making diversity a critical watchword and action step. During the past several years,...

The audacity of Brave Spirits Theatre: a conversation with Artistic Director...

Tumultuous times call out for audacity in the performing arts. And Brave Spirits Theatre (BST) has boldly marked its territory for the next two...

Playwright Jonathan Spector on the shadows that lurk behind the laughter...

There’s no doubt about it. Eureka Day is a very funny play. The show, now having its DC debut at Mosaic Theater, features five perfectly-attuned...

‘Not just a field trip’: Strathmore partners with Montgomery County Public...

Schools play a pivotal role in cultivating the next generations, and the arts have a key role. Research suggests that arts educational experiences can...