Tag Archives | John Brown

Frederick Douglass by JW Hurn

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 […]

Continue Reading
Theater Alliance Logo

Theater Alliance Announces Its 2017-2018 Theater Season, Including Return of ‘Word Becomes Flesh’

Theater Alliance announces its 15th Season with an impressive lineup, including the return of its Helen Hayes Award–winning production Word Becomes Flesh, presented with two regional premieres by up-and-coming American playwrights, and an exciting new format to its Hothouse Play Development Series. Theater Alliance’s mission is “to develop, produce, and present socially conscious thought-provoking work that fully […]

Continue Reading
12642542_10208120787715494_5680780963837089187_n-1-150x150 (1)

Meet the Cast of Laurel Mill Playhouse’s ‘Man of La Mancha’: Part 4: John Brown, Tracy Davidson, Richard Greenslit, Joseph Mariano, Kel McClanahan, and Christine Thomas-O’Meally

In Part 4 of a series of interviews with the cast of Man of La Mancha at Laurel Mill Playhouse meet John Brown, Tracy Davidson, Richard Greenslit, Joseph Mariano, Kel McClanahan, and Christine Thomas-O’Meally. ______ JOHN BROWN (DR CARRASCO/DUKE/KNIGHT OF THE MIRRORS) Please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform on the stage and other […]

Continue Reading
12642542_10208120787715494_5680780963837089187_n

Review: ‘Man of La Mancha’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Laurel Mill Playhouse proves the dream is possible in their powerful production of Man of La Mancha. This 1964 musical with its book by Dale Wasserman and music and lyrics by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion stands the test of time. It tells the story of a “mad” knight, Don Quixote, as a play-within-a-play, performed by […]

Continue Reading
women's voices 200x200 2

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: Another Look at ‘Uprising’ at MetroStage

Uprising by Gabrielle Fulton, and directed by Thomas W. Jones II, integrates live blues guitar and song by local musician David Cole with the powerful storytelling of a highly talented ensemble. Set in 1858 the feeling of relationship among a free black community is outstandingly portrayed. Sal, a headstrong, independent-minded, and free woman is played […]

Continue Reading
women's voices 200x200 2

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: ‘Uprising’ at MetroStage

Uprising is, quite simply, what live theater is meant to be. The gripping story, set in 1859 and told with pathos and humor, asks questions about the nature of freedom, family, sacrifice, and revolution. The entire ensemble delivers powerful yet nuanced performances offering three-dimensional, relatable characters who must make tough choices. Written by playwright and […]

Continue Reading
rmt-whorehouse-200

‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ at Rockville Musical Theatre

“Just lots of goodwill and maybe one small thrill, but there’s nothin’ dirty goin’ on!” This concluding line from the honky-tonk song, “Lil Ol’ Pissant Country Place” perfectly captures the theme of Rockville Musical Theatre’s production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.  This 1979 Tony-nominated Broadway musical features music and lyrics by Carol Hall […]

Continue Reading
season-page_our-war

Spine: ‘Whose War? Our War? Their War?’

The National Civil War Project presents the work of “a multi-city, multi-year collaboration between four universities and five performing arts organizations to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.” The project was inspired by Choreographer Liz Lerman, the creator of Healing Wars, which premiered last year at Arena Stage. According to Lerman, it is […]

Continue Reading