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Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘20th Century Blues’

Susan Miller’s 20th Century Blues, which opened last weekend at Shepherdstown’s Contemporary American Festival, speaks right from the heart of successful, east coast boomer women. Four 60-something women meet for the 40th annual anniversary of the night they spent in jail in the 1970s. Each year, Danny, the photographer, has captured their group’s heart and soul in black and white. Now, with her […]

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Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Playwrights’ Interviews: Part 2: Christina Anderson and “pen/man/ship”

Here is Part 2 of 5 interviews by Sharon J. Anderson, Contemporary American Theater Festival Trustee/Professional Story Listener and Creative Director. Meet Playwright Christina Anderson and learn about her play pen/man/ship. Sharon: This is a big play with a small cast. It deals with black/white, rich/poor, male/female, young/old, free/slave, and gay/straight issues . . . do you need […]

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Talking With 16 Year-Old Amir Randall on Playing Trayvon Martin in ‘The Ballad of Trayvon Martin’ at New Freedom Theatre

“Without these people, I would just be another black boy passing on the street” “The Ballad of Trayvon Martin by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj and Thomas J. Soto is a poetic docudrama inspired by the death of teenager Trayvon Martin inside a private gated community in Florida. Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a […]

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Review: ’12 Angry Jurors’ at St. Mark’s Players

There is probably no clearer distillation of classic American courtroom drama than Reginald Rose’s 12 Angry Men. The classic tale of a seemingly cut-and-dry murder case turned upside down by a lone dissenting juror has been captivating audiences since its debut as a television special in 1954. Rose adapted his teleplay into a script, and […]

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DC Black Theatre Festival: ‘Secrets of a Black Boy’

A theater troupe from Toronto brought this play to town for three performances only for the DC Black Theater Festival. Secrets of a Black Boy speaks with great honesty and artistry. It achieves on stage that rare synthesis when a show that is entertaining enriches an audience’s understanding at the same time. One wishes it […]

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‘Collidescope: Adventures in Pre-and Post-Racial America’ at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

On the eve of a grand jury’s decision on the killing of Ferguson’s Michael Brown, Collidescope: Adventures in Pre-and Post-Racial America is a boldly courageous indictment on the origins of racial injustice in America, breathtaking in brutal honesty and astounding in creative genius. Co-created and co-directed by Ping Chong, award-winning theatre artist and pioneer in […]

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‘Rodney King’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

“Can we all get along?  Can we all get along?” is the urgent, impassioned five word plea that became a cultural touchstone for the nation twenty-two years ago. The 1991 videotaped brutality of 25 year old Rodney King being repeatedly beaten, kicked, and clubbed by four L.A. police after an eight-mile-long, high-speed car chase and […]

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Magic Time! ‘Rodney King’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

If ever there was an Inadvertent American Hero, it’s Rodney King, the black construction worker whose brutal beating in 1991 by white cops in LA, caught on videotape, appalled the world, indicted a nation’s racism, and galvanized a community’s outrage. Roger Guenveur Smith, the creator and virtuoso performer of the solo theater piece Rodney King now playing […]

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