All stories by Keith Loria on BroadwayStars

Monday, September 9, 2019

D.C.’s newest Artistic Director, Karin Rosnizeck, launches ExPats Theatre with Fringe hit Surfacing by Keith Loria

“It’s so good and so timely, I couldn’t let go of it. I knew if I didn’t mount it right after the Fringe experience, the danger of not coming back to it would have been very real. So…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 04:48PM

Can’t Miss Events at the Kennedy Center’s REACH Opening Festival by Keith Loria

Running through September 22, the new space offers plenty of opportunities for theatrelovers in D.C.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:44PM
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Rosa Joshi on directing 1 Henry IV featuring one of the best bromances in all of Shakespeare by Keith Loria

Noted Seattle-based director Rosa Joshi makes her D.C. directorial debut with Folger Theatre’s opening production of its 2019-20 season, which will find Shakespeare’s 1 Henry IV on stage…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 07:24AM
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Page-to-Stage New Play Festival at the Kennedy Center by Keith Loria

For theater enthusiasts, Labor Day weekend isn’t about one last trip to the beach or three relaxing days at home. For those of us in D.C., it means it’s time for the annual Page-to-Stage…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 04:48PM

Round House Theatre in Bethesda reveals its major makeover. Here’s what you’ll see when you visit. by Keith Loria

After being out of house since January to make room for extensive renovations, Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md., has unveiled its new space just in time for its exciting 2019-2020 season…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:54AM
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

What Eric Ruffin found while directing Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine by Keith Loria

When Mosaic Theater decided to stage two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient Lynn Nottage’s satirical Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine, artistic director Ari Roth sought a director who c…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:03PM
Monday, July 29, 2019

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s high-flying, death-defying Volta under the Big Top in Tysons, VA by Keith Loria

There are plenty of oohs and ahhs to be heard under the big top in Tysons, VA as Volta, one of Cirque du Soleil’s most daring shows to date, brings plenty of imaginative and original acts …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 04:06PM
Saturday, July 20, 2019

What’s It Like to Be a Teenager on Broadway? by Keith Loria

The high school stars of Dear Evan Hansen, What the Constitution Means to Me, and Beetlejuice reveal how they balance school and stage, self-care and professional prep.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:00AM
Friday, June 28, 2019

Jayne Atkinson is playing Governor Ann Richards: “If she was alive today, she’d say we have to stop whining and start participating.” by Keith Loria

Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar are, among a mostly male field, serious contenders to be the Democratic Party’s pick for the 2020 presidentia…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 07:48PM
Monday, June 24, 2019

Fight choreographer Casey Kaleba on prepping actors for whole-cast swordfights in new pirate musical Blackbeard at Signature by Keith Loria

Casey Kaleba, of Tooth and Claw Combat Arts, has been a fight choreographer at Signature Theatre for approximately a decade, teaching combat arts for shows from Jelly’s Last Jam to Midwest…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:12PM
Friday, June 21, 2019

She trains others for the spotlight. Now Deb Gottesman finds her own in Keegan’s comedy Ripcord. by Keith Loria

As co-founder and co-executive director of The Theatre Lab, Deb Gottesman is a well known and respected director and teacher, preparing up-and-coming actors for a life in the theatre. Now, a…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:48PM
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Comic Michael Colyar’s drama among 150 shows in DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival by Keith Loria

On June 21st, the 2019 DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival kicks off a fifteen day multidisciplinary arts celebration, with loads of theater showcases presented by artists from around the w…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 09:48AM
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Jack Falahee Takes a Break From How To Get Away With Murder to Star Onstage In Byhalia, Mississippi by Keith Loria

Why the TV star couldn’t wait to get back to his theatre roots and what he’s up to next.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00PM
Monday, June 10, 2019

Talking tap and Donald O’Connor with virtuoso hoofer Robert Mintz from Singin’ in the Rain by Keith Loria

Ask any hoofer to name their favorite dance movies, and you’re bound to hear Singin’ in the Rain among their list. The classic 1952 Hollywood musical about the waning days of silent film…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 04:18PM
Friday, May 31, 2019

Avant Bard director Megan Behm: A Misanthrope is a millennial’s Molière by Keith Loria

The Misanthrope is a 17th-century comedy of manners in verse written by Molière, and first performed in 1666. More than 350 years later, this literary classic has been reimagined by Manhatt…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:12PM
Friday, May 24, 2019

Puppet Lab, for the curious and experienced, at Rhizome DC June 1. by Keith Loria

Rachel Gates became spellbound by puppets at an early age, and while many children share her fascination, for Gates, it didn’t end in childhood. After 30 years as a puppeteer, Gates is sti…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:12PM
Thursday, May 9, 2019

“An act of rebellion and love.” Luis Salgado on directing GALA’s bilingual Fame the Musical by Keith Loria

Fame the Musical is “an act of rebellion and an act of love.” This is how director Luis Salgado describes his latest bilingual (Spanish and English) musical, opening tonight at GALA Hisp…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:54PM
Monday, April 22, 2019

Casey Cott, Mandy Gonzalez, and Christian Borle Reveal Decades-Long Connections to The Who’s Tommy by Keith Loria

The stars of the April 24-29 Kennedy Center production talk about what to expect.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:57AM
Saturday, April 20, 2019

The 6 Most Memorable Sets From Kerry Butler's Broadway Career by Keith Loria

As she prepares to play in the funhouse of Broadway’s Beetlejuice, Butler looks back on six daring set designs that pushed her to the next level.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00PM

6 Memorable Sets From Kerry Butler's Broadway Career by Keith Loria

As she prepares to play in the funhouse of Broadway’s Beetlejuice, Butler looks back on six daring set designs that pushed her to the next level.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00PM
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

10 Original Fosse Company Members Share Backstage Broadway Secrets, Fosse/Verdon Lore, and More by Keith Loria

Rachelle Rak, director Richard Matlby, Jr., and more remember the unconventional casting process, backstage (and onstage) pranks, showmances, and more behind the Tony-winning Broadway revue.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00PM
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Roz White on Black Pearl Sings! and the songs of the Gullah people by Keith Loria

When she was a little girl, up until about the time she was 10 years old, Roz White visited her great grandmother in South Carolina every summer and saw first-hand the craftsmanship of the G…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 03:36PM
Friday, April 5, 2019

Hundreds of artists gather for CrossCurrents festival, intersecting politics and performance by Keith Loria

The D.C. theater and arts community is about to go where it’s never been before as the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics is introducing the first-ever D.C.-wide biennial Cross…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:08PM
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ayad Akhtar’s Junk draws David Andrew MacDonald back to Arena after 34 years by Keith Loria

When David Andrew MacDonald takes the stage as Leo Tresler in Arena Stage’s Junk, an economic thriller that exposes the financial dealmaking behind the mergers and acquisitions boom of the…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:48AM
Friday, March 29, 2019

After a Hit With FX’s The Americans, Hilary Bettis Is Back in Theatre by Keith Loria

The Blackburn Prize finalist has gained traction onstage with her new play Queen of Basel.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00PM
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Psalmeyene 24 on directing Richard Wright’s Native Son and writing a play in response to James Baldwin’s criticism by Keith Loria

Fans of Richard Wright’s iconic 1940 novel Native Son will want to head to Mosaic Theater Company in the upcoming weeks for the two plays, running in rep, which have emerged from the novel…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 04:24PM
Saturday, March 9, 2019

With Motown in his Blood, Hamilton Alum Ephraim Sykes Continues a Broadway Legacy of ’60s Music in Ain’t Too Proud by Keith Loria

The Hamilton and Hairspray Live performer talks about his leading role in the new Temptations musical.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00PM
Friday, March 8, 2019

Crying Hands. Treatment of the deaf and disabled under Hitler and Mussolini by Keith Loria

“The growth of Nazism during the past few years frightens me. Today’s populist politicians use rhetoric that is identical to Mussolini’s and Hitler’s propaganda. New generations need…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 01:00PM
Thursday, March 7, 2019

A Guide to Washington, D.C.’s Theatre Scene by Keith Loria

Five theatre companies and famous venues to explore, whether you live in the nation’s capital or are simply visiting.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:30PM
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Seema Sueko on directing the “revolutionary thriller from the heart”, The Heiress by Keith Loria

On Valentine’s Day this year, Arena Stage will open The Heiress, adapted from the 1880 Henry James novel Washington Square by playwrights Ruth and Augustus Goetz. While the play may seem…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 06:06PM
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

When women first took to the English stage: Alison Luff on playing Nell Gwynn at Folger by Keith Loria

In 2013, Olivier-winning playwright Jessica Swale wrote a play about the life of actress Nell Gwynn, one of the first women to trod the English stage, and who became a celebrated actress dur…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:32AM