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Edited by Paulette Beete Cherise Booth and Russell Hornsby in Signature Theatre's production of August Wilson's King Hedley II . Photo by Carol Rosegg "I wanted to place this culture onstage in all its richness and fullness and to demonstrate its ability to sustain us in all areas of...
New York City, New York Jesse L. Martin (r) with Byron Jennings in William Shakespeare's The Winter’s Tale , directed by Michael Greif, part of the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park. Photo by Joan Marcus You may recognize Virginia native Jesse L. Martin from his 198 episodes (according to IMDB...
Washington, DC In this week's Art Works podcast we're talking with playwright, actor, and activist Anna Deavere Smith. Smith came to national prominence with her one-woman show Fires in the Mirror , a play she composed from conversations with people who experienced or observed New York'...
Austin, Texas by Kirk Lynn, Co-Producing Artistic Director, Rude Mechanicals Paul Soileau in a scene from the workshop production of Rude Mechanicals' I've Never Been So Happy , one of the plays featured at Arena Stage's #NewPlay Festival. Photo by Stephen Pruitt, courtesy of Rude Mechs...
Washington, DC Anna Deavere Smith is currently appearing at Washington, DC's Arena Stage in Second Stage's production of Let Me Down Easy , directed by Leonard Foglia. Illustration by Jimmy Turrell Today is the first day of the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which this...
Tampa, Florida from l-r: Girlstories Theatre Founder and Executive Director Fran Powers and Girlstories Theatre youth representative Naomi Diaz with First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards held last week at the White House. Photo by Michael J.N...
Washington, DC Recent productions by Children's Theatre Company---one of the NEA Distinguished New Play Devleopment Project recipients---include Esperanza Rising , by Lynn Alvarez, adapted from the novel by Pam Munoz Ryan and directed by Rebecca Lynn Brown. Photo by Dan Norman. Five theaters...
Washington, DC You know what they say---instead of complaining about a problem, do something about it. And that?s exactly what Ed Herendeen did. Founder of the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Herendeen inaugurated the event in response to what he called...