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.
July 19, 2016
Ryan Gibbs brings the Broadway version of the Disney classic to the Dutch Apple stage. Fly away into fantasy with everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins.BWW Review: SHREK at the Fulton Delivers Fun Life Lessons
July 8, 2016
Randall Frizado directs a short, fun-filled version of the children's production of SHREK: THE MUSICAL with a top-notch veteran Shrek and Donkey pair.BWW Review: Everybody Cut FOOTLOOSE at the Fulton
June 17, 2016
Marc Robin and Samantha Hewes-Cramer bring the movie to life on the Fulton stage. Kevin Bacon may not be dancing through a warehouse, but there's still a lot going on, dancing and otherwise, in Bomont.BWW Review: EPAC Shines With VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
June 17, 2016
Pat Kautter directs playwritght/actor Christopher Durang's comedy of three siblings who don't quite respect each other. But weren't they all warned to beware of the mysterious Hootie Pie?BWW Review: THE BURNING MAN at Oyster Mill Playhouse
June 10, 2016
It's not a summer festival in Nevada. It's not just THE MOUSETRAP in a new setting. It's not quite what you expect.BWW Review: PORTRAIT OF A LADY: DIANA at Lancaster Trust
June 5, 2016
Reji Woods opens his second series of the diva tributes with a Diana Ross super-night.BWW Review: OLD TIME RADIO GOSPEL HOUR Swings Servant Stage Company
June 5, 2016
Bluegrass, barbershop, hymns, children's songs -- they're all here, and all 'live on radio' in front of you. Prepare for foot-tapping fun.BWW Interview: Reji Woods, Portrait of an Actor/Cabaret Producer
May 29, 2016
Reji Woods, a Lancaster area stage and song fixture, has a full plate this summer, with his PORTRAIT OF A LADY series and two summer shows in Philadelphia and Vermont. He talks about producing and performing at the same time.BWW Review: OrangeMite Studios Is Doing the Best Shakespeare You Haven't Seen
May 28, 2016
Artistic director William Wolfgang runs an ambitious schedule for a community theatre: all Shakespeare, all the time. Area theatre veterans pitch in with high school students to make a barn in Dover the most happening place in the region.BWW Review: THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE Is Homage To The Thirties
June 9, 2016
It's lush, it's beautiful, it's darkly, evilly funny, and it's the best vampire film out right now. Vienna in the 1930s has never looked better or been deadlier.BWW Review: MARK OF THE WITCH Has Italian Flair But Thin Plot, Acting
May 27, 2016
What starts as an homage to Dario Argento ends weakly, with style victorious over substance. Unlike its inspiration, it doesn't all hang together.BWW Recap: Thoughts on THE BLACKLIST Season Three Finale
May 20, 2016
Tom and Agnes are kidnapped, Red doesn't get his target, Ressler and Mr. Kaplan admit mistakes, Liz is alive, and Alexander Kirk is WHO?BWW Review: ALMOST HOLY is Challenging Look at Vigilante Priest in Ukraine
May 19, 2016
Ghenadiy is your typical Russian Orthodox priest. With boxing gloves, a van, and midnight raids on drug houses, where he kidnaps the children hanging in them. Is this any way to run a children's charity? He thinks so. Do we?BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Has a Whole Lotta Music Going at Dutch Apple
May 17, 2016
Rockabilly, country, and blues fans, rejoice. Elvis fans, look sharp. The greatest recording event in history is happening at Dutch Apple through June 19, and you can be there.BWW Recap: 'Alexander Kirk' Creates Very Strange Bedfellows on THE BLACKLIST
May 13, 2016
Is the best way to find a Russian criminal to steal a Presidential candidate's entire campaign account? Raymond Reddington and Scottie Hargrave (Famke Janssen) think so, and Tom Keen wants to help. The FBI isn't so sure, especially when it turns out that the FBI's in charge of the robbery.BWW Review: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a Catch at Rainbow
May 11, 2016
The show that gave birth to bumbling detectives in ternchcoats is alive, well, and on stage at Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse. Catch it if you can.BWW Review: Gritty, Solid CUCKOO'S NEST at York Little Theatre
May 7, 2016
It's not a pretty show but it's one of the most compelling in theatre, and solid direction and casting make it a thought-provoking drama. York Little Theatre does it right.BWW Recap: 'Scottie Hargrave' Arrives On THE BLACKLIST
May 6, 2016
Famke Janssen's possible spin-off series character, Scottie, arrives on THE BLACKLIST. Why was her company after Liz Keen, and are they responsible for her death? And how is she managing to ignore Raymond Reddington?BWW Cooks: All That Cheese
May 5, 2016
There's an entire world of cheese out there, and you're still eating the same few all the time. Expand those flavor horizons.BWW Review: EPAC Delivers a Classic HELLO, DOLLY!
May 5, 2016
You know it. You love it. You want to sing along to it. Hello, boys, Dolly's back.