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.
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
May 27, 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.BWW Review: Oyster Mill I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE Boasts Strong Cast
April 30, 2016
The Off-Broadway sketch comedy musical about relationships is back, and Oyster Mill's got it.BWW Review: MAD MEN Meets DALLAS in THE OLD FRIENDS at Open Stage
April 29, 2016
Suburban Texas in the Swinging Sixties. It isn't all fun and games -- sometimes it's positively chaos. Get your cocktail duds on and prepare for anything,BWW Review: Hershey Theatre RAGTIME is All Too Timely
April 28, 2016
The rich versus the working class. Immigrant crises. Police clashing with rioting African-Americans. Women discovering their independence. Celebrities in your face. Is it 2016 or 1916, and how do you know?BWW Review: The New 'Chamber Musical' of GHOST is Nearly Awesome
April 24, 2016
One of the most loved films in history produced one of the most panned musicals around. The new, smaller version of the show is closer to the film and far easier to watch - and actually is worth watchingBWW Review: Friel's TRANSLATIONS Shines at Villanova Theatre
April 23, 2016
Communication is everything. Can the residents of an Irish village translate the words and the meanings of the English soldiers mapping their district?BWW Cooks: New Ideas For Those Meals During Passover
April 23, 2016
Passover lasts eight days. After the seders and the leftovers, is there anything left besides matzah lasagna? Please?BWW EXCLUSIVE: Rubin, Robin and the Cast on the New Production of GHOST
April 19, 2016
GHOST author Bruce Joel Rubin and director Marc Robin are unveiling a new, leaner, tighter version of GHOST: THE MUSICAL. They and leads Gregg Goodbrod and Liz Shivener speak out on re-recreating a classic story.BWW EXCLUSIVE: THE BLACKLIST - Liz Keen Is Dead; Long Live Liz Keen
April 19, 2016
Television fans are reeling at the death of Elizabeth Keen. But in television, dead isn't always dead, and temporary write-outs, even of leads, aren't uncommon.