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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Baltimore Center Stage’s season starts Jan 2021 with new plays and remodeled Head Theatre by Tim Treanor

Will the disruptions we are experiencing in this annus horribilis catapult us into a new world next year? If so, Baltimore Center Stage will be ready for it, with three world premieres and a…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Signature Theatre announces Eric Schaeffer departure amidst allegations of sexual assault by Tim Treanor

Arlington’s Signature Theatre announced today that Eric Schaeffer, the co-founder and only Artistic Director the company has ever had, will retire from that position and leave the company …

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Flying V Board dismisses Artistic Director Jason Schlafstein by Tim Treanor

Bethesda’s Flying V Theatre’s Board of Directors has terminated the employment of Artistic Director Jason Schlafstein. The action comes three days after the Board placed Schlafstein on a…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Should the show have gone on? Shakespeare Theatre’s Mock Trial litigates Midsummer Night’s Dream by Tim Treanor

Order in the living room! There is no bottom to Washington’s taste for litigation, but Shakespeare Theatre’s Mock Trial went beyond itself last night, charging Nick Bottom and the rest o…

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Friday, June 12, 2020

As a result of Gov. Hogan’s directive, Maryland theatres announce cancelled 2020 shows by Tim Treanor

Bethesda’s Round House Theatre has elected to cancel the 2020 portion of its live theater schedule, the company announced on Tuesday. “Governor Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery outlines a p…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Theatre patron and 2013 Gary Maker Award recipient Linda Elyce Bryce has died by Tim Treanor

Linda Elyse Bryce, a teacher, lover of Shakespeare, broad-spectrum theater supporter and winner of the 2013 Gary Maker Award, given to the audience member who best exemplifies Maker’s enth…

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Joy Zinoman’s Studio Acting Conservatory breaks ground on its new Columbia Heights home by Tim Treanor

Studio Acting Conservatory, the Joy Zinoman-led acting school previously evicted from its home at Studio Theatre, will begin work on its new 6,000 square foot Holmead Place digs and expects …

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Monday, May 4, 2020

In remembrance: arts journalist Gary Tischler by Tim Treanor

Gerhardt (Gary) Tischler, a veteran arts journalist whose debut post with DC Theatre Scene “There’s No App for That” remains one of our most-read articles, passed away at Sibley Memori…

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Theater workers can now apply for unemployment benefits under the CARES Act by Tim Treanor

Local governments in the DC area have struggled to implement the Federal CARES Act provisions (including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA) which became law on March 27, 2020. One impo…

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Quotidian Theatre to stage one last play before closing. A casualty of Covid and time. by Tim Treanor

Quotidian Theatre, the Bethesda-based company which specialized in the work of Horton Foote and, to a lesser extent, Conor McPherson, will close its doors for good after a production of Foot…

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Brush up your Shakespeare. It’s (almost) his birthday. Invites from 3 companies to celebrate by Tim Treanor

So Bill Shakespeare would have been 456 on Thursday, April 23, and under normal circumstances, I know, you would have been enjoying a fat goose and a few tankards of mead with a dozen or so …

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Review: The Grapes of Wrath, by ASC’s touring company, now online by Tim Treanor

Take an 80-year-old, 169,000-word novel, which begins with a journey halfway across the country, in the midst of the Depression, features the death of important characters, violent fistfight…

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The 2020 Capital Fringe has been canceled by Tim Treanor

The 15th annual Capital Fringe Festival, scheduled for this July, has been canceled. Capital Fringe Founding Director Julianne Brienza announced the cancellation in an e-mail to Fringe suppo…

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Monday, April 6, 2020

More of your support for theatres may be tax deductible in 2020, thanks to two CARES Act provisions by Tim Treanor

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) enacted last week has some significant appropriations for theater — including a $25 million direct grant to the Kennedy C…

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Woolly Mammoth uses its 3-D printer to help hospitals save lives by Tim Treanor

For years, theater artists have used their skills to create stage illusions from unlikely ingredients. Today, at Woolly Mammoth, two artists are using those skills to save lives. The artists…

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Contemporary American Theater Festival cancels its 2020 season by Tim Treanor

Ed Herendeen, Producing Director of the Contemporary American Theater Festival, today announced that in response to the coronavirus pandemic he has cancelled this year’s Festival and that …

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Kennedy Center to furlough administrative staff due to COVID-19 pandemic by Tim Treanor

The Kennedy Center will begin furloughing 60% of its full-time administrative staff on April 6 in response to the impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the Center announced yesterday. The cuts…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Famed playwright Terrence McNally died today from the coronavirus by Tim Treanor

Terrence McNally, the celebrated playwright, librettist, screenwriter and theater thought leader, died today as a result of complications from the new coronavirus. He was 81. Although McNall…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Round House Theatre’s 2020-2021 season: dementia, magic, blues, terrorism, bonding and broken glass by Tim Treanor

Round House Theatre’s 2020-2021 season brings the past into the present, then hits us with two world premieres and concludes with a raucous contemporary favorite known as a showcase for fi…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COVID-19 update: Arena Stage cancels the remainder of its season by Tim Treanor

Arena Stage will cancel the remainder of its 2019-2020 season, the company announced today. Arena will reschedule Celia and Fidel, Seven Guitars, and Toni Stone for the 2020-2021 season as a…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Latest COVID-19 news: The Helen Hayes Awards will be rescheduled. by Tim Treanor

Washington DC’s 2020 Helen Hayes Awards, originally scheduled for May 18, has been postponed, theatreWashington, the nonprofit organization responsible for the Awards ceremony has announce…

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American Shakespeare Center, now shut down until summer, continues to support its actors and staff by Tim Treanor

The innovative American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va has shut down its Actor’s Renaissance Season, canceled its Spring Season, and closed its doors at least until June in response to…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Review: Spooky Action cast revels in the wit and profundity of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. by Tim Treanor

There is out there, and then there is Will Eno. An interviewer once asked him one of those personality-in-a-nutshell questions. If you could pick any superpower for yourself, he asked the pl…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

L M Feldman’s Thrive wins ASC’s Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries competition; 2021 submission guidelines announced by Tim Treanor

If the present ceaselessly calls out to the past in life — and it does — it also does so in art. So, for example, we have many iterations of Jane Austen’s novels cast in the present da…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Theater J reveals the 7 plays for its 2020-2021 season by Tim Treanor

True events, leavened with fable and fantasy (and a little bit of the Kinsey Sicks) will propel Theater J’s 2020-2021, the company has revealed. In five months, the outline of our national…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Contemporary American Theater Festival 2020, July 10 – August 2, features 5 world premieres by Tim Treanor

The Contemporary American Theater Festival will stake its claim as one of the country’s most important new play festivals in 2020, with five world premieres (including one rolling world pr…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

A King and No King. ASC actors take on this outlandish 17th century comedy by Tim Treanor

Has this ever happened to you? You’re Panthea, Princess of Iberia (Zoe Speas), and you haven’t seen your brother, King Arbaces (Benjamin Reed) since you were nine years old. You live und…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Review: Henry IV, Part 2, as ASC’s Renaisance actors will it by Tim Treanor

Imagine there’s no director — it’s easy if you try — and no designers too. Imagine further that the actors, amidst their other theatrical responsibilities, must put this play togethe…

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Review: Actors’ take-over of ASC’s Much Ado About Nothing finds big laughs in Shakespeare’s comedy by Tim Treanor

At Shakespeare Theatre’s 2020 mock court Thursday night, the veteran Shakespearian actor Ed Gero described the special challenges facing a theater artist who takes on one of the Bard’s w…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Shakespeare Theatre mock trial gives a speedy – and witty – hearing in The Trial of Peter Pan by Tim Treanor

Peter Pan, having swept the Darling children up into the sky with fairy dust, brought them to Neverland, a venue full of pirates and mermaids. There, along with the lost boys, they did battl…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Arena Stage announces its history-focused 2020-2021 season by Tim Treanor

American History — some real, some imagined — will mark Arena’s ten-production 2020-2021 season. The inaugural show at the Mead Center for American Theater will be a world-premiere mus…

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