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.
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?BWW Reviews: York's SWEENEY TODD a Vocal Treat for Audiences
March 12, 2015
Opera performers gave Rene Staub's production the sound Sondheim intended.BWW Reviews: Gamut/HSC HAMLET Probes Character Dysfunctions
March 7, 2015
The 'educational outreach' version of HAMLET created by Gamut has real merit and a time limit anyone can manage.BWW Recap: 'T. Earl King' Pays a Price on THE BLACKLIST
March 6, 2015
Red Reddington, Van Gogh paintings, uranium -- they all have a price, and T. Earl King and family know how to get it at their auction. Lizzie goes undercover to bid on Red's freedom, but can she stay alive long enough to do it? And what's Tom doing in Germany with skinhead tattoos? THE BLACKLIST takes a darker turn than usual to explore those worlds.BWW Reviews: A Challenging Collegiate JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Oyster Mill Playhouse
March 4, 2015
Director Stephanie Via's interpretation of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR may be flawed, but it's imaginative, and it's well performed.BWW Column: Can THE BLACKLIST Continue to Delay Its Answers?
March 2, 2015
Fans and critics are complaining of a lack of answers on THE BLACKLIST. How have other shows managed to hold off on answers without angering viewers? An answer is easier than it may seem.BWW Reviews: Dutch Apple Scores With Their DIXIE SWIM CLUB
March 1, 2015
Paul Bernier scores with a fresh take on the five former swimmers at their vacation rentalBWW Reviews: MICHAEL AND EDIE Celebrates Area Premiere at Villanova Theatre
February 21, 2015
Barrymore winner James Ijames directs Rachel Bonds' tale of a boy, a girl, and their bookstore.
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STAGE TUBE: Watch AVENUE Q Cast Parody 'Circle of Life' in 2015 Easter Bonnet Performance!
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UPDATED! Betty Buckley Attends West End CATS, Shares Photo & Candidly Comments, 'I Started To Cry'
Breaking: Chicago's Non-Equity Jeff Awards Disqualify 'The Hypocrites' and Rescind Nominations