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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Tony-Winner Susan Hilferty on designing The Oresteia at Shakespeare Theatre by Sarah Scafidi

Currently in its final weeks at Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Oresteia is Michel Khan’s swan song after over thirty years as the Artistic Director before Simon Godwin takes over next se…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:42AM
Friday, September 7, 2018

Ian Merrill Peakes has played Macbeth before, but never like this Folger production by Sarah Scafidi

This is not actor Ian Merrill Peakes’ first time playing Macbeth on the Folger stage. Ten years ago, he and Kate Eastwood Norris played Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth, and now return to their roles …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 07:24AM
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Robert Richmond puts Lady Macbeth in Bedlam mental hospital and other wild ideas for Macbeth at Folger Theatre by Sarah Scafidi

In 2008, Folger Theatre’s Macbeth, directed by Aaron Posner and Teller (of the magician duo: Penn and Teller), starred Ian Merrill Peaks and Kate Eastwood Norris in the titular roles. Ten …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:36AM
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Dria Brown plays Joan of Arc. How being a woman of color affects Bedlam’s Saint Joan by Sarah Scafidi

Bedlam Theatre Company of New York City once again returns to DC, bringing their acclaimed, stripped-down production of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan at Folger Theatre.  Audiences migh…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:42AM
Friday, April 27, 2018

Druid actors: Beckett was having a bit of fun with Waiting for Godot. Come for the chuckles. by Sarah Scafidi

Based in Galway, Irish theatre company Druid is known for its epic productions of large-scale works such as DruidSynge, all six John Millington Synge plays performed in a single day, DruidMu…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:32AM
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sovereignty actors on the Cherokee Nation story at Arena Stage by Sarah Scafidi

Sovereignty by Mary Kathryn Nagle at Arena Stage brings the rarely-heard Native American voice to the DC stage. Tribal sovereignty is defined as “the concept of the inherent authority of i…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:35AM
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Speaking from the Heart: Playwright Christina Ham on Nina Simone: Four Women by Sarah Scafidi

A play with music, Nina Simone: Four Women meditates on songstress Nina Simone’s transition from a singer to an activist, eventually writing songs that would underscore the Civil Rights Mo…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:06PM
Friday, September 22, 2017

Bring a Herd – Woolly Mammoth’s new app entices audiences in the age of technology by Sarah Scafidi

How many times have you tried to make plans with a friend to see a show, only to have it all get lost in phone tag, conflicting schedules, and awkwardness over who will be stuck with the bil…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:36PM
Monday, July 24, 2017

Capital Fringe head asks “If every theatre in town is operating full-tilt in July, is there a need for a Fringe festival anymore?” by Sarah Scafidi

For the past 12 years, DC’s Capital Fringe Festival provides performance space and resources to small theatre companies, solo and performance artists, dance troupes, musicians, and more. �…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:48AM
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Director Tracey Erbacher on Abortion Road Trip protests at Capital Fringe by Sarah Scafidi

By nature of being a Fringe festival, DC’s Capital Fringe often sees provocative or pioneering work that pushes the envelope.  This year, one unsuspecting play in particular has struck a …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:42PM
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Lisa Hodsoll’s playing First Lady Laura Bush in new Klunch comedy Laura Bush Killed a Guy by Sarah Scafidi

In The Klunch’s newest comedy, written by Artistic Director Ian Allen, Lisa Hodsoll plays former First Lady Laura Bush as she recounts the incident, as the title suggests, when she killed …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:36PM
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Meet the parents: Robert Petkoff and Susan Moniz on playing Fun Home in the nation’s capital by Sarah Scafidi

The first national tour of the Tony-Award winning, Broadway hit Fun Home is on stage at the National Theatre through May 13.  Adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, the musical is base…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 03:06PM
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Two Plays at once?  “You can’t do that!”- Aaron Posner on doing just that with his newest play, No Sisters by Sarah Scafidi

Playing now at Studio Theatre, Aaron Posner’s latest adaptation, No Sisters, about the lesser characters of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, is a true companion piece to its renowned counterpart…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:42AM
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The deep dive that is Mnemonic at Theater Alliance by Sarah Scafidi

“It’s a really hard play to put into words.  I think it’s an exploration and a dive into what we call home, where we come from, and how we connect with what that means both in a l…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 04:24PM
Friday, February 3, 2017

Expressing the Inexpressible: Clare Barron on her play, Baby Screams Miracle by Sarah Scafidi

Woolly Mammoth’s dark comedy Baby Screams Miracle by Clare Barron blurs the lines between the bizarre and the normal, exploring family, religion, and how we cope with hard times. Sarah Sc…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:18AM
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tom Stoppard’s Hard Problem. Insights from the director and playwright by Sarah Scafidi

Tom Stoppard’s newest play The Hard Problem refers to philosopher David Chalmer’s “hard problem” of how to explain consciousness.  Science can explain how our brains perceive sensat…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 09:33AM
Monday, January 16, 2017

Two trans actors from Mosaic’s Charm tell their Truth by Sarah Scafidi

Mosaic Theatre’s current production, Charm by Phillip Dawkins, is inspired by the true story of Chicago trans icon Miss Gloria Allen, who teaches etiquette classes to youth at the Center o…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 10:42AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Titanic sails in to Signature on its soaring orchestral score: James Moore and Joshua Clayton with ‘Titanic’ video by Sarah Scafidi

In an adventurous production, Signature Theatre brings the musical Titanic to life in its Max theatre with a robust orchestra, new orchestrations, and exciting staging. Sarah Scafidi sat dow…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:54PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Actress Andrus Nichols on the importance of A View from the Bridge at this time in history by Sarah Scafidi

“…it’s kind of terrifying how relevant it is all of a sudden.  And I’m hoping … that people are going to hear this play this time around in a way that maybe they have …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 01:12PM
Monday, September 26, 2016

brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Theater Alliance (review) by Sarah Scafidi

In recent years, turning on the TV or radio, or even just logging in to Facebook, can often feel like a feat of the will.  The barrage of stories of unspeakable violence, pain and anguish i…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 11:09AM
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Eric Tucker on his off-the-wall production of Sense and Sensibility at Folger Theatre by Sarah Scafidi

Eric Tucker is the Artistic Director of Bedlam, a theatre company in New York City “committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience,” creating works tha…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 01:45PM
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Personal stories of hope after 9/11 from Broadway-bound Come From Away by Sarah Scafidi

Just announced:  Come From Away has secured Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre where it will open for previews February 18, 2017. Come From Away, a new musical at Ford’s Theatre,…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 09:31PM
Friday, September 9, 2016

A Dream Within a Dream: Madness. Transmedia production brings Poe to life (review) by Sarah Scafidi

Fantastical and macabre, Through the 4th Wall ‘s A Dream Within a Dream: Madness at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Alexandria is a celebration of the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe. …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 08:27AM
Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Klunch brings DODO’s acclaimed The Last Class: A Jazzercise Play to DC by Sarah Scafidi

Hoping to put you “into a ‘klunch’ (an internet-y little word to describe the state of mind of someone who’s become totally engrossed in something like Facebook, Netflix, or Pokémon…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:15PM
Monday, August 8, 2016

FEAR, Kathleen Akerley’s latest, a heady brew (review) by Sarah Scafidi

So, why doesn’t Shakespeare excite anyone anymore?  And, what would it take for Shakespeare to garner the same level of hype as Star Wars or Harry Potter? These are the central questi…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 02:50PM
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Welder Wisdom: Playwrights Gwydion Suilebhan and Stephen Spotswood on the first handoff by Sarah Scafidi

The concept of The Welders playwrights’ collective is seemingly simple, “Three years. Five plays. Pass it on.”  But the effort and dedication that went into its formation is anything …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 04:16PM
Friday, July 22, 2016

, she took me back so tenderly, Capital Fringe (review) by Sarah Scafidi

In , she took me back so tenderly, banished? productions has created a 360 degree feast for the senses exploring loss, grief, and the fleeting nature of shared experience. Produced at the ne…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 12:40PM
Friday, July 15, 2016

Deb Margolin on 8 Stops, her comedy about motherhood, life and death by Sarah Scafidi

Deb Margolin is a woman of many, incredible talents: playwright, professor, mother, and solo performer.  She was founding member of the feminist Split Britches theatre company and has writt…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 03:19PM
Monday, July 11, 2016

Hello | Brother (review) by Sarah Scafidi

Hello | Brother is the stuff Fringe dreams are made of.  An evening of two bold and experimental short plays, writer/director solomon HaileSelassie takes a risk and succeeds with flyi…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 07:11PM

Dial R for Robot (review) by Sarah Scafidi

 A recipe for one ambitious musical: throw in Hitchcock’s Rope and the sci-fi film Blade Runner, add in some funky rock tunes by world-groove-jazz trio Djesben, and top if off with video …

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 04:09PM

A Breakup Is Swift (review) by Sarah Scafidi

In an age where relationships begin with a swipe to the right – based on select photos and carefully written profiles – how do you really know you’ve gotten to know the real pe…

SOURCE: DC Theatre Scene at 07:40AM

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