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.
October 21, 2014
Are you more afraid of domestic ecoterrorism, or of Ebola? You can have both in THE BLACKLIST's 'The Front', in which we're introduced to the terror group that's Number 74 on Red's list. But the three most important things to take away from the episode? Liz is jealous of Red's daughter; Aram and Samar may have a little something going on; and most amazingly, even Raymond Reddington, The Concierge of Crime, gets stuck in DMV lines, waiting to be served. If all-powerful super-criminals can't get service from the clerks at Motor Vehicles, there's no hope at all for the rest of us.BWW Reviews: DRIVING MISS DAISY Is a Powerful Season Opener
October 16, 2014
Alfred Uhry's DRIVING MISS DAISY comes to vivid life at Open Stage of HarrisburgBWW Reviews: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Carlisle is a Truly Relevant Twist on History
October 16, 2014
Dustin LeBlanc and Carlisle Theatre Company bring the updated Aussie version of the show, an Occupy Jerusalem concept, to the area, and it works beautifully.BWW Reviews: Dutch Apple's CRAZY FOR YOU is Crazy With Fun
October 15, 2014
The all-Gershwin musical by Ken Ludwig is bright, bouncy, and full of slapstick in Dean Sobon's hands at Dutch AppleBWW Recap: BLACKLIST Warns, Don't Phish With This Creel
October 14, 2014
Gypsy Rose Lee perfected the striptease that emphasized the tease and avoided an actual reveal. THE BLACKLIST has copied her style when will we get any concrete information on Elizabeth Keen? This week, we managed to learn only that she isn't Red's missing daughter, Jennifer. In non-Keen news, we learned that Naomi's real name is Carla and that Red was a lousy husband. Perhaps we should discuss government mind control programs instead. That's Red's solution to these issues.BWW Recap: It's 10 p.m. on THE BLACKLIST; Do You Know Where Your Kidneys Are?
October 7, 2014
At an outdoor caf, a man is accosted by a balding stranger who wants something and 'wasn't sent here to negotiate.' His victim runs away but is almost hit by a car; meanwhile, the stranger comes over and injects him. The guy wakes up being rushed into surgery but 'Mr. Wyatt' is then found in a pile of garbage with a missing heart. It's all the work of Dr. James Covington, #89 on THE BLACKLIST.BWW Reviews: EVITA Sings Out at Oyster Mill Playhouse
October 6, 2014
Director Stephanie Via brings cast packing a powerhouse punch to the OMP stage in her production of EVITABWW Reviews: YLT GREASE is No 'Greasy Kid Stuff' -- It's a Fresh Take
October 1, 2014
Director Rene Staub breathes some new life into the classic tale of 1950's high school romanceBWW Recap: BLACKLIST Asks If Your Money's Safe at the Bank
September 30, 2014
We learn several things in the course of BLACKIST's 'Monarch Douglas Bank'. The three most important: Red's daughter's name is Jennifer, the US marshals lost track of her seven years ago (so she's not the girl in The Stewmaker's file, folks), and Mr. Kaplan's first name is Kate! Knowledge is power and don't forget it. Also, Red has a hot Latina manicurist, but that may not be news.BWW Reviews: JOSEPH AND THE... Lights Up Hershey Theatre's Broadway Series
September 26, 2014
A splashy light show of a Webber/Rice musical sings its way into audience heartsBWW Recap: Berlin, Mossad, Mrs. Reddington Kick Off BLACKLIST Season 2
September 23, 2014
When last we saw Rayomnd 'Red' Reddington on THE BLACKLIST, he was on a stoop in front of his latest safe house, plotting to find Berlin, but now in the Season Two premiere, 'Lord Baltimore,' he's on the road in Cameroon, ducking down in a Jeep being chased by a military vehicle full of kids; bullets flying and rocket launchers launching - ah, for adventure.BWW Reviews: Neil Simon's BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Entertains on the Hanover Stage
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 dance
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Alice Ripley Posts New JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Inspired 'Answer To Haterz'
THE VOICE Star Chris Mann, Katie Travis, Storm Lineberger and Anne Kanengeiser to Join THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National Tour