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.
September 2, 2015
Every upscale restaurant or hero chef is slicing steaks in amazing plating fashions. It's pretty, but is it the right thing for the steak? What should you do when cooking your own steaks? Here's some advice on deciding.BWW Review: Dutch Apple WEST SIDE STORY is the Best Dancing in Town
August 31, 2015
Dean Sobon and Samantha Hewes Cramer give WEST SIDE STORY the dance it deserves.BWW Cooks: Battling the Giant Zucchini
August 28, 2015
Dealing with that monster zucchini that lurks in the garden in late August and September can be a challenge, but there are plenty of ways to deal with the task.BWW Cooks: Umami, the Japanese Word for Italian Flavors
August 21, 2015
Umami is Japanese for 'deliciousness.' Is that why the best sources of umami are Italian ingredients?BWW Review: Allenberry's SOUTH PACIFIC - This Paradise is More than Nearly Great
August 19, 2015
Artistic Director Ryan Gibbs brings Allenberry a SOUTH PACIFIC worth singing aboutBWW Review: ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE is a Hit for York Little Theatre
August 19, 2015
Director Christopher Quigley takes the popular Ted Swindley musical back to some comic and musical roots at York's Studio TheatreBWW Cooks: English Jacket Potato Entrees Give Baking Potatoes A New Twist
August 13, 2015
The white baking potato has lost pride of place to red potatoes, sweet potatoes, and fingerlings, but the English have made it the basis of a universe of lunch and dinner entrees. Try it yourself.BWW Cooks: End of Summer Produce Means Ratatouille, France's Easiest Classic Dish
August 8, 2015
The overabundant late summer garden was made for your cooking ratatouille, the classic French vegetable stew. Its versatility means no wrong way to make it and no wrong way to serve it.BWW Cooks: The Store-Bought Picnic Conquers the Grill
August 8, 2015
Next time you have a picnic, swap your burgers for cold roast chicken, your potato salad for Greek pasta salad. Your picnic menu can look like a food magazine picnic with nothing but a few store shortcuts and keeping a few other supplies at hand.BWW Reviews: EPAC's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Plays Well But Feels Dated
August 7, 2015
Director Rich Repkoe brings the Jerry Herman musical to Ephrata with great music and a strong cast but a wildly dated plot.BWW Reviews: THE CAT'S MEOW at Oyster Mill Is Unsettling Piece of Hollywood History
July 25, 2015
Oyster Mill reconstructs a fabled Hollywood death in CAT's MEOW with Sam Eisenhuth as a marvelous Charlie ChaplinBWW Reviews: Allenberry's DAMN YANKEES is One Devil of a Good Time
July 8, 2015
Director Ryan Gibbs gives a production of the classic sports musical that's got miles and miles of heart behind itBWW Reviews: There's a Brand New State of OKLAHOMA! at Dutch Apple
July 3, 2015
Think OKLAHOMA! is a nice, wholesome musical full of midwestern cheer and a bit of drama? Think again, as Dean Sobon takes Dutch Apple's OKLAHOMA! back to the grit and the dirt of territorial OklahomaBWW Reviews: THE ODD COUPLE Is Fun Summer Fluff at Ephrata
June 25, 2015
EPAC's current offering is Neil Simon's offering of cotton candy for comedy lovers' souls, the ultimate story of opposites NOT attracting.BWW Reviews: GREATER TUNA Finds Humor in the Dark Side of Small Towns at Theatre Harrisburg
June 22, 2015
Tuna, Texas. It's not just a play, it's been a way of life since 1981, in Austin, where the rest of the Republic of Texas had a chance to make acquaintance with its third smallest town in GREATER TUNA.BWW Reviews: TOO MANY COOKS Can't Stop Laughs at Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse
June 20, 2015
The DiSavinos are back, and the laughs have it, as a restaurant with a missing celebrity chef and cases of bootleg booze in soup cases tries to have a grand re-opening during a mob shootoutBWW Reviews: Fulton's WIZARD OF OZ Brings Lions and Tigers and Even a Circus to the Classic Musical
June 15, 2015
Marc Robin's Oz isn't the movie's. It isn't your parents'. It's bigger, it's louder, it's more colorful, and it's just a bit reminiscent of the Diane Paulus PIPPIN.BWW Reviews: Grab Your Coffee at the BUS STOP at Oyster Mill Playhouse
June 1, 2015
Director Lewis Silverman and a great cast put on William Inge's Tony-nominated Fifties classic in a diner set that will make you hungry for moreBWW Reviews: Allenberry's New Show Will Make You Want to SHOUT!
May 31, 2015
Artistic Director Ryan Gibbs brings Allenberry back to Swinging London in an all-female Sixties tribute show you'll want to sing along with.