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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Father Gilbert Hartke. The unlikely story of a Catholic University priest and James Cagney by Blair A. Ruble

Gilbert “Gib” Hartke was the son of an interdenominational love match that transcended the social norms of late-nineteenth-century Chicago. His father, Emil, the offspring of a prominent…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

1984. A “spiritual happening” when Morgan Freeman preached The Gospel at Colonus at Arena Stage by Blair A. Ruble

Editor’s note: The mix of cultures has always provided a rich stew for theater, showing us both the universality of human longing and the diverse ways in which it can be expressed. So, for…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

How 1970’s culture clashes played out on two Washington DC stages by Blair A. Ruble

By 1970, Washington, DC had long been a major college town; home to tens of thousands of young people who were trying to define their generation in opposition to the dominant values of their…

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Robert Hooks and the pioneering DC Black Repertory Company by Blair A. Ruble

— This season, audiences have the chance to see plays about the African-American experience, written both by a new generation of writers and distinguished playwrights from the 20th century…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Is a black actor capable of playing Hamlet? That was a raging question in DC in 1951. Here is by Blair A. Ruble

[Editor’s note] In 2018, when Royal Shakespeare Theatre’s Hamlet, set in West Africa and directed by Simon Godwin, arrived at the Kennedy Center, Paapa Essiedu played the title r…

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