America's most uncoordinated childhood ballet and tap student before discovering that her talents were music and writing, Marakay Rogers finally traded in her violin for law school when she realized that she might make more money in law than she did performing with the Potomac Symphony and in orchestra pits around the mid-Atlantic. Unfortunately, she forgot to factor in the student loan repayments! She has never recovered from being chewed out by Terrence Mann in public for hanging up her bow.
A graduate of Wilson College (PA), Marakay is also a writer, film reviewer and interviewer. Additionally, as of 2014, she serves as vice-chair of the Advisory Board of the Beaux Arts Society, Inc. and is a member of GALECA.
She's also taught college-level communications, writing, theatre criticism and English literature classes, has received multiple writing awards for several small-press novels, and is listed in Marquis' "Who's Who in America". She has done additional post-collegiate English and drama studies coursework with Open University (UK) in drama and literature.
Her junior high English teacher was Broadway star Katrina Yaukey's mother, Kay Yaukey. (Her high school math teacher was Ordean Yaukey, Katrina Yaukey's father, but between Marakay's mother, an editor, and Katrina's mother, English won out.) Marakay is senior theatre critic for Central Pennsylvania and a senior editor for BWWBooksWorld as well as a classical music reviewer. In her free time, Marakay practices law and often gets it right.
May 15, 2015
Oh NBC, you devils. You tease us with promos for a season two finale entitled 'Masha Rostova,' which we've come to understand is Elizabeth Keen's birth name. Yet we open to find the title card 'Tom Connolly, No. 11.' We'll discover during the evening that not one, but both, titles just may be correct. The Attorney General of the United States is a fiend, but Liz, what are you doing with that gun?BWW Reviews: GUYS AND DOLLS Is a Sure Bet At Chambersburg's CCT
May 12, 2015
The Frank Loesser classic is onn stage in Chambersburg, as sharp and sassy as everBWW Recap: 'Karakurt' Asks 'Who's Your Mama?' on THE BLACKLIST
May 8, 2015
Russian terrorist Karakurt, working for The Cabal, is trying to create a new Cold War, and no one is safe. Connolly's a Cabal mole, Cooper's a patsy, Red Reddington is still a man of mystery, but is Liz, daughter of Katrina Rostova, a Russian spy now? And what makes Tom think he and Liz can start from scratch?BWW Reviews: THE ADDAMS FAMILY Won't Creep Out Theatre Harrisburg
May 7, 2015
Director Steven Flom presents a lavish vision of America's creepiest, kookiest family. If only the book could hold up to his vision.BWW Reviews: Prepare to Plotz at EPAC's SPAMALOT
May 7, 2015
Ephrata puts on a truly riotous production of a truly riotous show. Let the frivolity begin.BWW Reviews: The Fulton's FULL MONTY Goes All The Way Into Audience Hearts
May 5, 2015
Donna Drake and a terrific cast tell the story of six men's journey to self-discoveryBWW Reviews: Simon's PLAZA SUITE Opens Allenberry Season On The Right Note
April 30, 2015
Artistic Director Ryan Gibbs knocks the Neil Simon classic out of the ballpark with the help of a veteran castBWW Reviews: Brush Up Your SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) at Oyster Mill Playhouse
April 26, 2015
Oyster Mill Playhouse presents the classic comedy summarizing all of Shakespeare in one evening for laughsBWW Reviews: THREEPENNY OPERA at Villanova Goes Back to Brecht
April 23, 2015
Valerie Joyce and a fine cast go back to the roots of Brecht's THREEPENNY OPERA and uncover a feminist treasure troveBWW Reviews: Baillie, Leukus Dazzle With TALLEY'S FOLLY at Open Stage
April 22, 2015
Director Donald Alsedek and actors Trish Baillie and Anthony M.C. Leukus create a delightful wartime romance on a riverbank between two mismatched, middle-aged loversBWW Reviews: There's No Raining on FUNNY GIRL's Parade at Dutch Apple
April 14, 2015
Don;t let April showers rain on your parade over to Dutch Apple for one of America's favorite musicals.Opinion Piece: Why Has NBC Resurrected The Psycho Killer Lesbian Plot?
April 6, 2015
The 'psycho lesbian' murderer is a staple media stereotype without basis in fact. Seeing it on NBC'S THE BLACKLIST in 'Vanessa Cruz' harks back to a less enlightened era of television and film. Isn't THE BLACKLIST sexist and offensive enough without it?BWW Recap: Major Twist Ends 'Vanessa Cruz' on THE BLACKLIST
April 3, 2015
A mysterious woman, Vanessa Cruz, is framing wealthy businessmen for crimes they didn't commit, and Red's life is in danger from the Alliance. So why is Liz letting her ex,Tom, attempt to romance her in exchange for a passporBWW Reviews: Beaux Arts Society 'Winter Carnival' Revelry at Solas
March 30, 2015
Lillian Walker-Moss, Ronnie Giles, and others entertained the BAS member crowd at SolasBWW Reviews: The Audience is Prisoners of Laughter at the Fulton's THE PRODUCERS
March 30, 2015
Director Marc Robin has another hit with Mel Brooks' funniest show, and with his casting two veteran Fulton performers as Max and LeoBWW Recap: Birthday Liz Looks Ageless in 'The Longevity Initiative'
March 27, 2015
You only live twice... or maybe you don't. A tech billionaire's funding unconventional longevity research, people are dying, who may soon include Tom, and it's all on Elizabeth Keen's birthday. James Spader and Megan Boone investigate The Longevity Initiative.BWW Reviews: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Visits York and Ephrata in Two Fine Productions
March 24, 2015
Ephrata Performing Arts Center and York Little Theatre produce two different but worthy takes on Tracy Letts' award-winning tale of a family spiraling out of controlBWW Reviews: WOMEN PLAYING HAMLET Plays at Gamut/Harrisburg Shakespeare Co.
March 21, 2015
The world premiere of Downs' new play, directed by Emmy-winner Patrick Flick, can use some work on the comic timing, but the cast shinesBWW Reviews: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF Spars Three Riveting Rounds at Theatre Harrisburg
March 21, 2015
Somewhere along the way, and probably because of the casting of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in the acclaimed movie version of Edward Albee's play. WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF got the label of 'camp classic.'BWW Column: NBC's THE BLACKLIST Is a Modern Misogynistic Gothic Novel
March 16, 2015
In a day when even standard CBS procedurals feature strong female leads who save the world, THE BLACKLIST is a Gothic throwback to weak females who need to be rescued by mysterious heroes. Can Jon Bokenkamp dig it out of the mire?