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 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.BWW Reviews: You'll Want To Sing With LES MISERABLES at Dutch Apple
May 26, 2015
Director Brian Enzman brings the Parisian Barricade to the stage at Dutch Apple Dinner TheatreBWW Recap: 'Tom Connolly' Awakens Memories on THE BLACKLIST Season Finale
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: 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 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: 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.