Maya Cantu

Maya Cantu Maya Cantu recently graduated from Virginia's James Madison University, where she majored in theatre. She is very excited about starting her MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama this fall. Maya was once a performer, and played roles ranging from eccentric mediums (Blithe Spirit) to slain noblewomen (Macbeth) to founding fathers (1776). While she hasn't been to an audition in ages, Maya still delights in belting showtunes - sometimes on key - at piano bars.


An Interview with the 'Spirited' Adriane Lenox
July 14, 2007

Having moved gracefully through the moral shadowlands of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt, acclaimed actress Adriane Lenox now finds herself in a lighter realm - that of Noel Coward's hilarious classic Blithe Spirit, which plays the Williamstown Theatre Festival from July 18th through 29th.

Beaty's 'Emergence-See' Rises Powerfully from the Deep
July 12, 2007

There are two kinds of great solo performers - those who can evoke awed silence in audiences, and those who can stir them to laughter, cheers and impassioned cries of affirmation and awareness. Daniel Beaty - who is part slam poet, part motivational speaker and a completely phenomenal performer - proves that he belongs in the latter category with Emergence-See

American Century Theatre's Wicked 'Stage Door'
June 23, 2007

American Century Theatre presents a fascinating staged reading of Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman's claws-out 1936 comedy Stage Door

A Chat with Legendary Theatre Director Stuart Vaughan
June 1, 2007

For over half a century, Stuart Vaughan has been - in every sense of the phrase - a true Renaissance man of the theatre. Vaughan's latest project is a new stage version of The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic 1850 novel about the conflict between Puritanism and passion. With honesty, eloquence and insight, Vaughan recently answered some questions about his incredible life in the theatre - and about a career that shows no signs at all of slowing down!

Arena Stage Offers a Glowing 'Frankie and Johnny'
March 4, 2007

Although it could benefit from a little more spontaneity at times, Arena Stage offers a lovely production of Terrence McNally's bittersweet romance Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Peter Melnick: Drifting from Macao to Off-Broadway
February 10, 2007

The characters and conventions of film noir get flamboyantly comical facelifts in Adrift in Macao, a new musical by Peter Melnick and Christopher Durang that, as presented by Primary Stages, will open at 59E59 Theaters on February 13th. Melnick has previously written musicals and has scored many films and TV shows, and Adrift in Macao is the talented composer's most high-profile project to date.

Q&A with Movin' Out Tour's Piano Man, Darren Holden
January 19, 2007

Darren Holden, the talented singer/songwriter and stage performer, formed his own band at the age of 16 - and continues to rock as the Piano Man in the national tour of Movin' Out

Beauty of 'Piazza' Transcends Words
December 22, 2006

The Light in the Piazza's ability to both dazzle and devastate is amply showcased in its touring production, which has settled at the Kennedy Center for a run through January 7th

Shout!'s 'Green Girl:' 10 Questions for Erica Schroeder
October 16, 2006

Shout!'s 'Green Girl' Erica Schroeder is a talented and insightful performer who thinks of the '60s musical as the latest colorful patch in the quilt of her life and career

Making White Noise: Q&A with Ryan J. Davis and Joe Drymala
September 1, 2006

Creator/director Ryan J. Davis and composer/lyricist/bookwriter Joe Drymala discuss the new NYMF musical White Noise, about two young singers whose pop music is infused with emotion-charged melodies, optimistic lyrics and blatant racism

Faded: Sharp Writing, Blurry Play
August 22, 2006

Although the dialogue in Robert Dominguez' Faded sometimes stings like black coffee and the author provocatively explores the media's way of turning souls into spin, the play isn't able to transcend its lurid potboiler trappings

Rapunzel is a Charming Climb
August 21, 2006

Although its clever concept is sprinkled with a few too many moonbeams and rainbows, the FringeNYC children's musical Rapunzel is charming and original

A Talent for Artistry: An Interview with Judy Blazer
A Talent for Artistry: An Interview with Judy Blazer
July 27, 2006

Judy Blazer, the talented and articulate actress most recently seen in Off-Broadway's Bernarda Alba, chats about her career and about Artist's Crossing, the program for young performers of which she is the artistic director

Musical 'Lunch' Has Potential, but Also Some Growing Pains
July 24, 2006

Shawn Northrip's punk musical 'Lunch,' currently playing the inaugural Capital Fringe Festival in DC, has attitude and vitality, but also an unfocused book and overindulgence in stereotype

At ATW, 'Vampire Lesbians' Run Grandly Amok
July 17, 2006

The Actors' Theatre of Washington is serving up a double act evening of Joe Orton's Ruffian on the Stair and Charles Busch's Vampire Lesbians of Sodom; the effect is of a grandly filling entree after an under-spiced appetizer

Chicago Tour is Sexy Fun, but Stops Short of Stratosphere
July 12, 2006

Although the national tour of Chicago, currently onstage at Wolf Trap in DC, offers darkly sexy fun and a stunning turn by Michelle DeJean, performances are uneven and the revival itself lacks a bit of sting

Back Over Here!: An Interview with Frances Ruffelle
July 4, 2006

In 1987, a British actress in a shabby brown trenchcoat, newsboy cap and with a dirt-smudged face, sang of her solitude. Breaking all but the stoniest hearts of the Imperial Theatre's audiences, she scored numerous awards--including the Tony--before returning to the UK. Two decades later, Frances Ruffelle has come back to New York to perform a cabaret show

An Interview with Brent Barrett
An Interview with Brent Barrett
June 28, 2006

Brent Barrett, known for his romantic presence and ravishing tenor has played many roles--but never before has he brought down the world's most famous chandelier

E.S.T.'s Festival of One-Acts: Series C is Mostly Compelling
June 23, 2006

Ensemble Studio Theatre bills itself as 'The Major Forum for One-Act Plays in America.' Having not surveyed too many of the minor forums, I can't necessarily second it. But if its 28th Festival of One-Act Plays 'Series C' is any indication, the company can pride itself on presenting intriguing work by artists more than skilled in the craft of one-act playwriting-and even the writing of musicals

An Interview with Stephanie J. Block
An Interview with Stephanie J. Block
June 19, 2006

Stephanie J. Block, the talented performer who will soon be appearing in concert at Birdland, dishes on her soon-to-be reign as The Pirate Queen, on her turn as Wicked's Elphaba, and on other favorite roles