A garden of racial and gender power politics in ‘Letters to Kamala’/‘Dandelion Peace’ from Voices Festival Productions
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by Teniola Ayoola
8h ago
“African-American women remain at the bottom of the economic totem pole” due to “their dual victimization by race and sex-based discrimination,” Dr. Pauli Murray told Congress in 1970. Fifty years later, Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris stated, “The litmus test for America is how we are treating Black women.” Uncoincidentally, 2020 was also the year that, in the heart of a pandemic, Rachel Lynett was commissioned to write a play on the presidential election (Letters to Kamala) and a post-election reflection on the Black woman’s fight for racial and gender equality in Ameri ..read more
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Three top picks for Pride Weekend in NYC
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by Deb Miller
15h ago
The month-long celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride culminates on the last weekend of June, beginning on Friday, June 28 (the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots), and closes on Sunday, June 30, with the NYC Pride March (first organized as the Christopher Street Liberation Day March in 1970, to commemorate the uprising), which was attended by 2.4 million people in 2023. Among the many festivities in New York are concerts and special events featuring stars from Broadway and Off-Broadway, including the following three top picks. Alex Newell and the Gospel of a Diva – Live on stage at Audible’s Mine ..read more
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Calendar: Play Readings, Workshops, and Short-Run Theater Events in the DMV
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by DC Theater Arts Staff
15h ago
Play readings and workshops offer a chance to see exciting new work at various stages of development. Want to see the next big thing while it’s still being crafted? Get in on the ground level and see the creative process in action. Featuring new plays and musicals by local and national artists, here are the upcoming play readings and workshops in the DMV. JUNE The City of Gaithersburg Arts Barn, in partnership with the Theatre Arts Program Partnership (TAPP), presents Love is Love is Love, a Broadway-style cabaret in honor of Pride Month. A musical revue with a twist, Love is Love is Love tr ..read more
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2024 Cappies Gala at Kennedy Center celebrates high school theater talent
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by Laura Mills
23h ago
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts buzzed with excitement on Monday evening, June 10, 2024, as hundreds of young people from throughout the National Capital Area gathered to celebrate the achievements of high school theater. The annual Cappies Gala is the culmination of hundreds of hours for thousands of students, teachers, parents, and community leaders, all gathering to celebrate the contributions of high school theater programs. The 2024 Cappies Gala was hosted by Dr. Tara Taylor of Fairfax County Public Schools and Jack Hopewell, Cappies alumni and star of the National Tour of And ..read more
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‘Rose: You Are Who You Eat’ at Woolly is relentlessly entertaining
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by Gregory Ford
2d ago
June is National Rose Month. It is also Pride Month. And behold, there now cometh in this month of Pride and Roses one John Jarboe (she/her) with the daring, extravagant, and deeply comforting concoction that is Rose: You Are Who You Eat, now playing at Woolly. The words play or theater piece fall short in capturing the intent and effect of this heroic enterprise. We have come through recent years of a rise in violence against non-white people and trans people, the undermining of a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body, the almost intentional disaster of COVID, the undermining of ..read more
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NextStop Theatre Company announces 2024/25 season
DC Theater Arts
by News Desk
3d ago
Producing Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann and Executive Director Vicki Kile are proud to announce NextStop Theatre Company’s 2024-2025 season of professional theater in and for Northern Virginia. Get ready for laughs, excitement, silliness, and unforgettable moments. “Let’s be honest. The next year is going to be challenging for all of us,” says Hoffmann. “We are a starkly divided nation, we are headed toward the most vitriolic election in history, and we see conflict and suffering everywhere we look. That is why we wanted a season that focuses on stories of overcoming insurmountable obstacle ..read more
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An enlightening search for identity in ‘The Elephant in the Room’ at Keegan
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by Kendall Mostafavi
3d ago
Playwright, performer, and proclaimed metalhead Priyanka Shetty takes the stage at Keegan Theatre to present her one-woman show, The Elephant in the Room. Shetty guides the audience through an internal exploration of her insecurities, life discoveries, and the ongoing journey to find her identity. The stage is Shetty’s dressing room, with a changing screen in one upstage corner, decorated with pictures, fliers, and other personal mementos. In the opposite corner are some trunks and a lighted mirror where she does her makeup. A yoga mat is laid on the ground, a chair sits in the middle of the ..read more
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Solas Nua and Studio Theatre to present ‘Panti Bliss: If These Wigs Could Talk’
DC Theater Arts
by News Desk
3d ago
Solas Nua, Washington, DC’s premier contemporary Irish arts organization, has partnered with Studio Theatre to bring PANTI BLISS: IF THESE WIGS COULD TALK to Washington, DC. The show from THISISPOPBABY and the Abbey Theatre presents a full theatrical production written and performed by the “Queen of Ireland,” notorious and beloved drag queen Panti Bliss, directed by Phillip McMahon, produced by Jennifer Jennings and Laura Rigney, and presented with generous support by Culture Ireland. The performances will take place at Studio Theatre fro ..read more
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Broadway songs to celebrate Pride Month at Arts Barn June 29 and 30
DC Theater Arts
by Guest Author
3d ago
By Wyatt Stensrud For the past three years, Laura W. Andruski, City of Gaithersburg Arts Barn Theatre Coordinator, organized member companies of the Theatre Arts Program Partnership (TAPP) to participate in the “Walking With Shakespeare” event, which was held at the City’s Observatory Park in April. Funds collected from the event went toward theater improvements. Looking to do something different this year, Andruski worked with TAPP to present a Broadway-style cabaret. Love Is Love Is Love, a musical revue with a twist, travels across many moments in relationships. From young love-at-first-gl ..read more
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Atlantic Theater Company’s Off-Broadway premiere of ‘The Welkin’ is loud, long, and loaded with anachronisms
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by Deb Miller
4d ago
Though set in rural England in 1759, The Welkin, a new dark comedy written by Lucy Kirkwood and now making its Off-Broadway debut at Atlantic Theater Company, is filled with heavy-handed anachronisms, an array of inconsistent accents and speech patterns, over-the-top plot points and character revelations, and segments of surreal absurdism that unduly belabor the point that women are still universally stereotyped, treated with inequality, and only valued for doing housework and giving birth (and appearing nude on stage). Or can it just be blamed on the effect of Halley’s Comet (the old English ..read more
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