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 for the Wilkes-Barre (PA) Independent Gazette, science-fiction publications, and other news outlets. Additionally, as of 2014, she serves as vice-chair of the Advisory Board of the revived Beaux Arts Society, Inc.
She's also taught college-level communications, writing, 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 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 21, 2014
Neil Simon's first odd couple is on stage at Hanover, and the laughs are gentle but plentiful.BWW Reviews: A 'Just Sensational' MAME Plays at Allenberry
September 17, 2014
Dann Dunn and cast give Central Pennsylvania a production that revives the Old South,Jerry Herman, and audience spiritsBWW Preview: THE BLACKLIST Answers Some Questions, Asks Even More
September 15, 2014
Producer Jon Bokencamp's THE BLACKLIST, not only a breakout hit in its first season, but NBC's biggest hit since... forever, is back for a second season beginning September 22, and it once again promises more questions than answers.BWW Reviews: Attention Must Be Paid to DEATH OF A SALESMAN at EPAC
September 14, 2014
Ephrata Performing Arts Center gives Arthur Miller's classic play a worthy treatmentBWW Reviews: Theatre Harrisburg's THE PHILADELPHIA STORY Kicks Off New Season
September 11, 2014
Theatre Harrisburg begins its season with the Philip Barry classic wedding comedyBWW Reviews: Dutch Apple's HAIRSPRAY Will Dance Into Your Hearts
September 3, 2014
Twist and shout your way through early 1960's Baltimore with the big-hearted, big-haired Tracy Turnblad and friends at Dutch AppleBWW Reviews: Gettysburg Community Theatre's LITTLE WOMEN is a Big Show
August 22, 2014
A talented cast brings the classic American novel to life on the Gettysburg stageBWW Reviews: DONE TO DEATH is a Real Killer at Oyster Mill
August 19, 2014
Tom Moore leads a crew of classic mystery writers through a slew of murders on a deserted island, in a play that stands AND THEN THERE WERE NONE on its very comic ear.BWW Reviews: Beaux Arts Society Summer Soiree Salutes Cabaret With Diana Templeton, Helen Klass
August 16, 2014
The annual Beaux Arts Society, Inc. summer luncheon presented its members with classic cabaret performances and danceBWW Reviews: A Different Interpretation of GODSPELL Plays at Totem Pole Playhouse
August 13, 2014
Artistic Director Rowan Joseph presents a new take on GODSPELL - with Jesus sharing bread, wine, and a funky chicken among his disciples. It's fresh, it's different, and it may be just slightly too much. But the cast -- ah, the cast.BWW Reviews: Totem Pole's THE FOREIGNER Shouldn't Be a Stranger
August 4, 2014
The Jenkins family -- Ken, Dan, and Jesse -- took over the Totem Pole stage for a riotous trip to GeorgiaBWW Reviews: Allenberry's OKLAHOMA! Falls Short of the Classic
August 3, 2014
Beautiful sets. Great secondary characters. Delicious choreography. Where's the music in Allenberry's production?BWW Review: OMG You Guys, LEGALLY BLONDE Is Playing at Ephrata Pertorming Arts Center!
July 29, 2014
OMG, like, Elle Woods is back, and she's turning Ephrata pink!BWW Reviews: York Little Theatre's SHREK: THE MUSICAL - It's Big, Green, and Raucous
July 23, 2014
Rene Staub leads Randy Stamm and a large cast of fractured fairy tale stars in a musical tale of love, loss, daring heroics, and dragons, donkeys, and ogresBWW Reviews: It's Christmas in July with PLAID TIDINGS at Hanover Little Theatre
July 15, 2014
The Plaids are back for their one and only Earthly Christmas special, and they're doing it at Hanover Little Theatre for Christmas in July.BWW Reviews: DIXIE SWIM CLUB Plays to Oyster Mill's Strengths
July 15, 2014
When five former swimmers spend their summer vacation together at the beach every year, anything can -- and does -- happen.BWW Reviews: THE MUSIC MAN at Dutch Apple is a Bright, Lively Take on Tradition
July 13, 2014
Brian Enzman gives the old classic a fresh look and feel, with some spectacular staging.BWW Reviews: A Toe-Tapping, Tap-Dancing 42ND STREET at Allenberry Playhouse
July 10, 2014
Director Ryan Gibbs and choreographer Dann Dunn put the tapping feet of 42ND STREET on the Allenberry stage.BWW Reviews: DEATHTRAP With Marsha Mason at Bucks County Playhouse
July 7, 2014
Off-Broadway's Evan Cabnet directs a DEATHTRAP with Marsha Mason as the ever-amazing Helga ten Dorp. There are some other amazing things here as well, of all sorts.BWW Reviews: RING OF FIRE Lights Up Totem Pole Playhouse
July 7, 2014
The bio-musical of the life and music of Johnny Cash takes center stage at Totem Pole with the best band you'll see on stage this year.