Marakay Rogers

Marakay Rogers

 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.



 


 


 




MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: A Timely, Thoughtful ANNIE at the BelmontBWW Review: A Timely, Thoughtful ANNIE at the Belmont
Posted: Nov. 25, 2018


BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Oyster MillBWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Oyster Mill
Posted: Nov. 18, 2018


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BWW Review: TITANIC is Huge at Servant StageBWW Review: TITANIC is Huge at Servant Stage
Posted: Oct. 9, 2018


BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY This Summer's Best Bet at EPACBWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY This Summer's Best Bet at EPAC
Posted: Jul. 27, 2018


BWW Review: Take a Trip to SOUTH PACIFIC at the BelmontBWW Review: Take a Trip to SOUTH PACIFIC at the Belmont
Posted: Jun. 22, 2018


BWW Review: Go INTO THE WOODS at the Belmont TheatreBWW Review: Go INTO THE WOODS at the Belmont Theatre
Posted: Feb. 24, 2018


BWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND Sparkles at Oyster MillBWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND Sparkles at Oyster Mill
Posted: Mar. 9, 2018


BWW Review: A Timely, Thoughtful ANNIE at the BelmontBWW Review: A Timely, Thoughtful ANNIE at the Belmont
Posted: Nov. 25, 2018


BWW Review: GALLATHEA Brings Happiness All Around At GamutBWW Review: GALLATHEA Brings Happiness All Around At Gamut
Posted: Jan. 18, 2018


BWW Review: A Timely, Thoughtful ANNIE at the BelmontBWW Review: A Timely, Thoughtful ANNIE at the Belmont
November 25, 2018

Whether it's the seasonal climate or the political one, Rene Staub's production of ANNIE seems more relevant than most.

BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Oyster MillBWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Oyster Mill
November 18, 2018

Oyster Mill presents a spare but meaningful version of the Jason Robert Brown musical

BWW Review: Dare to Enter VERONICA'S ROOM at the BelmontBWW Review: Dare to Enter VERONICA'S ROOM at the Belmont
October 29, 2018

Ira Levin's thriller might have been written for the Belmont's black box Studio Theater.

BWW Review: Rock On With HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at EPACBWW Review: Rock On With HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at EPAC
October 29, 2018

Gender has never been more bent, and Plato never more accessible, than in the classic one-act rock musical.

BWW Review: TITANIC is Huge at Servant StageBWW Review: TITANIC is Huge at Servant Stage
October 9, 2018

Servant Stage has done some great work, of course. They've put together delightful revues of everything from the Great American Songbook to gospel to bluegrass, and taken them on the road to nursing homes, parks, and other places that truly can use live professional entertainment. Over the past couple of years, however, they've also gotten more settled into single-location larger productions, still on their pay-what-you-will plan that gives them outreach to those who can't afford high ticket prices.

BWW Review: Belmont's WEST SIDE STORY Flies HighBWW Review: Belmont's WEST SIDE STORY Flies High
September 25, 2018

Director Rene Staub's production of the Bernstein and Sondheim classic has packed the house at the Belmont main stage.

BWW Review: York's TAFE Takes On OUR TOWNBWW Review: York's TAFE Takes On OUR TOWN
August 13, 2018

One of the fist modern instances of 'breaking the fourth wall,' Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN is a story addressed directly to an audience - by the production's Stage Manager, the narrator and an occasional player in the story. It's a tale of the life of the fictional Grover's Corners, New Hampshire from 1901 through 1913, seen through the eyes of two neighboring families and the Stage Manager's decription of the locale.

BWW Review: Paul Hood Presents I, JOURNEYMAN Premiere in MechanicsburgBWW Review: Paul Hood Presents I, JOURNEYMAN Premiere in Mechanicsburg
August 12, 2018

Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg presented the premiere of local playwright Paul Hood's new I, JOURNEYMAN, a psychological suspense play examining the effects of guilt and secrecy.

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY This Summer's Best Bet at EPACBWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY This Summer's Best Bet at EPAC
July 27, 2018

WEST SIDE STORY, book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and music by Leonard Bernstein, a triple-header team, WEST SIDE STORY, that walked off with six Tony nominations in 1957, is somehow the musical that lost to THE MUSIC MAN for Best Musical that year. Now, there's not a thing wrong with THE MUSIC MAN, but everything has always been very right about the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet meet the gritty streets of New York.

BWW Review: Take a Trip to SOUTH PACIFIC at the BelmontBWW Review: Take a Trip to SOUTH PACIFIC at the Belmont
June 22, 2018

A fresh production of the old classic is on stage at the Belmont.

BWW Review: Swear on HAND TO GOD for Laughs at EPACBWW Review: Swear on HAND TO GOD for Laughs at EPAC
June 14, 2018

Can a church puppet be possessed by Satan himself, or is it just helping a teen express himself... badly?

BWW Review: DEATH BY DESIGN Brings Laughs at Oyster MillBWW Review: DEATH BY DESIGN Brings Laughs at Oyster Mill
June 14, 2018

When an actress, a playwright, and their friends all wind up at the star's country house unexpectedly, there are killer laughs in store.

BWW Review: COLLECTIVE RAGE Catches Fire at Open StageBWW Review: COLLECTIVE RAGE Catches Fire at Open Stage
May 3, 2018

When you hear the title COLLECTIVE RAGE and understand that the play you're to see may be feminist, queer, or both, you might picture angry women screaming about men, God, the universe, or almost anything. Once you see that the full title is COLLECTIVE RAGE: A TALE IN FIVE BETTIES, you might warm up to the idea that the play might not be so very angry. If you were to read the entire subtitle, which you're best off reading on the program and not here, and start laughing about Ernest Shackleton and comparing the Antarctic to genitalia, you will certainly realize you're face to face with comedy.

BWW Review: A Darkly Funny FUN HOME at EphrataBWW Review: A Darkly Funny FUN HOME at Ephrata
May 3, 2018

EPAC strikes again, with Alison Bechdel's black humor, Jeanine Tesori's music, the direction of Ed Fernandez, and a heavy dose of truth.

BWW Review: A Harrowing ANNE FRANK at the BelmontBWW Review: A Harrowing ANNE FRANK at the Belmont
April 18, 2018

The Belmont's production lets audiences feel as if they're living in Anne Frank's hiding place.

BWW Review: TAFE's CINDERELLA, A MUSICAL Dances Its Way Across the StageBWW Review: TAFE's CINDERELLA, A MUSICAL Dances Its Way Across the Stage
April 14, 2018

TAFE's mission is to be theatre for everyone. Its CINDERELLA does that with stage magic, not a fairy godmother.

BWW Review: Gamut's Educational Outreach: Fun, Not Just SmartBWW Review: Gamut's Educational Outreach: Fun, Not Just Smart
April 14, 2018

Some shows are too good to be hidden in a school project!

BWW Review: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Sparkle at Servant StageBWW Review: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Sparkle at Servant Stage
March 29, 2018

The Sixties are back in Lancaster, leading up to a youth production of JUKEBOX SATURDAY NIGHT in May.

BWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND Sparkles at Oyster MillBWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND Sparkles at Oyster Mill
March 9, 2018

The classic play-turned-film is no clone at Oyster Mill, where it has a life of its own

BWW Review: Go INTO THE WOODS at the Belmont TheatreBWW Review: Go INTO THE WOODS at the Belmont Theatre
February 24, 2018

The Sondheim send-up of fairy tales takes on new life at the Belmont, with an evil witch that's a delight to meet.



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