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Friday, June 10, 2022

‘Othello/Desdemona,’ IN Series’ unique two-evening opera, is epic by Gregory Ford

Seeing them both engages you in a conversation about race and art, about white supremacy and inevitable change.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:32PM
Monday, May 23, 2022

Comforting common ground is found in Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Our Town’ by Gregory Ford

As the play delves into its subject of life and death, the hearts of the audience are treated with tender and gentle grace.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:50PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

A glorious score and lovely voices raise the dead in ‘Voices of Zion’ by Gregory Ford

In 'The Black Georgetown Cemeteries Project,' a new site-specific work by Alliance for New Music-Theatre, the deceased confront their descendants.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:24AM
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

‘Parable of the Sower’ at Strathmore becomes a musical community ritual by Gregory Ford

Called a 'congregational opera' by its creators, Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon, the performance offered up a benediction of hope and faith.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:09AM
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Next from the Welders: A solo show of intersectionality by JR ‘Nexus’ Russ by Gregory Ford

He performs candid standup about being Black, Filipino, and Queer, in his 'Crossroads, Detours, and Exits,' premiering May 4.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:31AM
Friday, April 1, 2022

‘Grace,’ an overwhelming show of gratitude, premieres at Ford’s Theatre by Gregory Ford

Nolan Williams, Jr.'s compassionate new musical about Black family and culture is unstoppably entertaining.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:12PM
Monday, March 28, 2022

A monumental cantata remembers George Floyd by Gregory Ford

'America’s Requiem: A Knee on The Neck' presented by The National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, in partnership with The Washington Chorus, at Strathmore and Capital One Hall.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:33PM
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

An exhilarating and liberating ‘Poetry to the People: The June Jordan Experience’ at Anacostia Arts Center by Gregory Ford

From IN Series and Theater Alliance: an introduction to the poem as a weapon we can use to free ourselves.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:44PM
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

‘I Am Shakespeare: The Henry Green Story’ part two: the backstory by Gregory Ford

Interview with Stephen Dest, director of the documentary, and Jeremy Goldman of Silhouette Stages, which is hosting a screening on March 12.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:45PM

‘I Am Shakespeare: The Henry Green Story’ part one: a review in rage by Gregory Ford

The film is a stunning documentary about a young Black man who triumphed as Tybalt on stage and was shot point-blank on his way home.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:42PM
Saturday, February 19, 2022

IN Series’ free opera ‘Black Flute’ to premiere online Saturday by Gregory Ford

A bold, brazen, and Black engagement with Mozart’s 'Magic Flute' and by extension with the western canon of music.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:39PM
Saturday, February 12, 2022

‘Daphne’s Dive’ at Signature is a comfort and a joy by Gregory Ford

The story of folks who choose to be committed to each other’s well-being, the play is a paean to the possibility of connection.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:36PM
Monday, December 13, 2021

‘A Snowy Nite at the Dew Drop Inn’ sparks joy at Anacostia Playhouse by Gregory Ford

The show consists of popular R&B songs that featured Aframerican performers and is all about having a good time in a world full of dark, cold nights.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:23AM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

IN Series reimagines ‘A Fairy Queen’ as an old-time radio program by Gregory Ford

In Artistic Director Timothy Nelson's knowledgeable hands, the device comes off not like a gimmick but as a doorway into discovery.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:37PM
Saturday, December 4, 2021

The blues in ‘Seven Guitars’ at Arena Stage are exhilarating by Gregory Ford

The play sings to us about the African American genius for finding a way to make a way out of no way.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:24PM
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Friday, November 5, 2021

Alliance for New Music-Theatre to preview ‘Black Georgetown Cemeteries Project’ by Gregory Ford

Event November 10 to feature music composed by 19-year-old Duke Ellington grad Ronald Walton.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:16PM
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

IN Series’ animated ‘Boheme in the Heights’ with live music is magical by Gregory Ford

The Afro-Latinx reimagining of Puccini’s beloved classic opera, performed two nights only at GALA, will be available free on-demand.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:01AM
Monday, October 25, 2021

Constellation Theatre’s ‘Mysticism & Music’ goes nowhere by Gregory Ford

Despite aesthetically engaging music and an enthusiastic cast, the production does not work.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:25AM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Unabashed comfort and joy in ‘The Book of Mamaw’ at 1st Stage by Gregory Ford

A solo performer's tribute to his maternal grandmother, who raised him and gave him the tools he needed to engage with life.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:05AM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

‘Becoming Dr. Ruth’ returns to Theater J and welcomes us in by Gregory Ford

The evening encourages us to engage with Dr. Ruth’s memories as well as to contemplate what might be our own.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:58PM
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Teshonne Powell on terror and healing in the lives of Black women by Gregory Ford

The second production from Welders 3.0 is her audioplay horror story, 'Girls’ Night (with Spirits).'

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:43PM
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

A dazzling solo performance in ‘Bo-Nita’ from 1st Stage by Gregory Ford

Terri Weagant juggles accents and body postures to give us five distinctly and flamboyantly desperate people we won’t soon forget.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:38PM
Saturday, September 18, 2021

Black resistance to slavery in PG County inspires ‘Freedom Stories’ by Gregory Ford

Psalmayene 24 to adapt local history for the stage in unique county-wide anti-racist collaboration.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:32AM
Saturday, September 11, 2021

Hear how youth feel about the pandemic in ‘Waiting Room’ from Arena Stage by Gregory Ford

In a video they devised, young people show the critical thinking, problem solving, and empathy we need to get us out of the mess we are in.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:26PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

A nerdy Black son takes a magical trip in ‘Moon Man Walk’ at Constellation by Gregory Ford

The performances are strong, the script by James Ijames surprises, and the poignant show is so, so satisfying.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:39AM
Friday, August 6, 2021

‘Blackest Battle’ from Theater Alliance is a monumental accomplishment by Gregory Ford

Psalmayene 24's graphic novel come to life is delightful in its form and harrowing in its emotional impact.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:40PM
Friday, July 16, 2021

Jared Shamberger on the urgency of embracing ‘The B Word’ by Gregory Ford

The third Welders playwrighting collective launches with a look at Black gay men and beauty.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:13PM
Monday, July 5, 2021

In Studio’s lyrical ‘Tender Age,’ our country’s crime against migrant kids by Gregory Ford

George Brant's play lays out in inescapable terms what the inhumane policy of separating children from their parents means for the moral state of Americans.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:38PM
Thursday, June 17, 2021

An achingly beautiful ‘Last Five Years’ from Constellation Theatre by Gregory Ford

The solid voices of Adelina Mitchell (as Catherine) and Alex Stone (as Jamie) convey the evening’s exhilaration, hope, and grief.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:03PM
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Silhouette Stages’ bold ‘BKLYN the Musical’ is a true tearjerker by Gregory Ford

Silhouette Stages’ current production of BKLYN the Musical (running online until June 13, 2021) has everything you could want in a musical: an energetic, cute, and enthusiastic cast with s…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:13PM

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