WNO's American Opera Initiative Festival To Host Premiere of TAKING UP SERPENTS and MoreWNO's American Opera Initiative Festival To Host Premiere of TAKING UP SERPENTS and More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2018

Washington National Opera (WNO) presents the seventh season of its acclaimed American Opera Initiative (AOI) with four world premieres from January 11-13, 2019, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. A comprehensive commissioning program that originates and develops new works, the American Opera Initiative provides rare opportunities for emerging composers and librettists to partner and write for the opera stage. The Initiative encourages and ensures the future of contemporary American opera through development, mentorship, and performance, with works based on American themes and stories. Since its inception, the annual program has commissioned 28 chamber operas, with some going on to future productions around the country; notables include this summer's successful production by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis of An American Soldier, an AOI commission in 2014, and Opera Omaha's and Miller Theater's recent productions of AOI's 2018 commission, Proving Up. (more...)

Washington National Opera Announces The 2019 American Opera Initiative FestivalWashington National Opera Announces The 2019 American Opera Initiative Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2018

Washington National Opera (WNO) presents the seventh season of its acclaimed American Opera Initiative (AOI) with four world premieres from January 11-13, 2019, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. A comprehensive commissioning program that originates and develops new works, the American Opera Initiative provides rare opportunities for emerging composers and librettists to partner and write for the opera stage. The Initiative encourages and ensures the future of contemporary American opera through development, mentorship, and performance, with works based on American themes and stories. Since its inception, the annual program has commissioned 28 chamber operas, with some going on to future productions around the country; notables include this summer's successful production by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis of An American Soldier, an AOI commission in 2014, and Opera Omaha's and Miller Theater's new productions of AOI's 2018 commission, Proving Up. (more...)

BWW Review: Longacre Lea's THE INTERSTELLAR GHOST HOUR at The Callan TheatreBWW Review: Longacre Lea's THE INTERSTELLAR GHOST HOUR at The Callan Theatre
by Roger Catlin - Aug 20, 2018

In Kathleen Akerley's 'Interstellar Ghost Hour,' the latest fanciful play from Longacre Lea, an astronaut travels back through time and space to arrive in her deceased parents home to get some answers. (more...)

WNO presents The American Opera Initiative Festival This JanuaryWNO presents The American Opera Initiative Festival This January
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

Washington National Opera (WNO) presents the sixth season of its acclaimed American Opera Initiative, a comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers and librettists. All of the program's world premiere operas are presented during the American Opera Initiative Festival weekend,January 19 21, 2018, all in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. The festival begins with the world premiere of a new hour-long work by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, Proving Up, on January 19 and 21, 2018, directed by Alison Moritz and conducted by Christopher Rountree, both in their WNO debuts. Three new pairings of opera composers and librettists Nathan Fletcher and Megan Cohen, Gity Razaz and Sara Cooper, John Glover and Erin Bregman offer new, one-act operas during the festival. Two semi-staged concert performances of each 20-minute opera are presented on January 20, 2018. (more...)

Krysta Rodriguez to Join NSO for WEST SIDE STORY IN CONCERTKrysta Rodriguez to Join NSO for WEST SIDE STORY IN CONCERT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2018

Broadway's Krysta Rodriguez of the Tony Award nominated revival of Spring Awakening, joins the cast of the National Symphony Orchestra'sWest Side Story in Concert, led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, February 14, 16, and 17, 2018 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Rodriguez replaces previously announced Ana Villafa e as Anita, who has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts. (more...)

Corey Cott, Solea Pfeiffer and More to Join National Symphony Orchestra for WEST SIDE STORY in ConcertCorey Cott, Solea Pfeiffer and More to Join National Symphony Orchestra for WEST SIDE STORY in Concert
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2017

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Pops continues the international celebration of Leonard Bernstein at 100 with West Side Story in Concert, led by Steven Reineke. (more...)

WNO presents The American Opera Initiative Festival This JanuaryWNO presents The American Opera Initiative Festival This January
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

Washington National Opera (WNO) presents the sixth season of its acclaimed American Opera Initiative, a comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers and librettists. All of the program's world premiere operas are presented during the American Opera Initiative Festival weekend,January 19 21, 2018, all in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. The festival begins with the world premiere of a new hour-long work by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, Proving Up, on January 19 and 21, 2018, directed by Alison Moritz and conducted by Christopher Rountree, both in their WNO debuts. Three new pairings of opera composers and librettists Nathan Fletcher and Megan Cohen, Gity Razaz and Sara Cooper, John Glover and Erin Bregman offer new, one-act operas during the festival. Two semi-staged concert performances of each 20-minute opera are presented on January 20, 2018. (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Margaret Atwood and More to Shine at 2018 Glimmerglass Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

The Glimmerglass Festival has released the details of its 2018 schedule. For a second year, the Festival's programming will explore themes of home and country. (more...)

Faction of Fools Theatre Company to Present THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Faction of Fools Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, pairing heightened text with heightened physical comedy in the style of Commedia dell'Arte. One of Shakespeare's most rich and intricate plays is also one of his most controversial, as it explores a burgeoning merchant class and what happens when things get personal. By utilizing masks and physical characterizations from Commedia dell'Arte, Faction of Fools puts the comedy back into the text, allowing the tragic junctures to cut all the more profoundly. Performances run November 18th - December 11th, 2016 in the Eastman Studio Theatre at Gallaudet University. (more...)

BWW Review: THE GOOD DEVIL (IN SPITE OF HIMSELF) at WSC Avant Bard
by Roger Catlin - Jun 23, 2016

It turns out that there's a reason that WSC Avant Bard's production of The Good Devil (In Spite of Himself starts 15 minutes late. The actors who are running frantically back and forth for last minute details and consultation are actually already in character. (more...)

Avant Bard Theatre Premieres a Devilish Comedy Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Avant Bard presents a riotous new comedy inspired by real events. When a commedia dell'arte theater troupe in 17th-century France is bedeviled by a royal decree forbidding them from speaking onstage, the rambunctious actors stage an ingenious revolt. Taking a flying leap off historical fact, The Good Devil (in Spite of Himself) is a hilarious spoof on art and censorship. (more...)

Avant Bard Theatre Premieres a Devilish Comedy Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Avant Bard presents a riotous new comedy inspired by real events. When a commedia dell'arte theater troupe in 17th-century France is bedeviled by a royal decree forbidding them from speaking onstage, the rambunctious actors stage an ingenious revolt. Taking a flying leap off historical fact, The Good Devil (in Spite of Himself) is a hilarious spoof on art and censorship. (more...)

Avant Bard Theatre Premieres a Devilish Comedy This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2016

Avant Bard presents a riotous new comedy inspired by real events. When a commedia dell'arte theater troupe in 17th-century France is bedeviled by a royal decree forbidding them from speaking onstage, the rambunctious actors stage an ingenious revolt. Taking a flying leap off historical fact, The Good Devil (in Spite of Himself) is a hilarious spoof on art and censorship. (more...)

Faction of Fools to Present THE MISER, 6/2-26
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Faction of Fools Theatre Company presents Moliere's THE MISER whipped up with the physical flare of Commedia dell'Arte. (more...)

NextStop and Faction of Fools Co-Produce a New Adaptation of PINOCCHIO!, Now thru 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2014

Faction of Fools Theatre Company and NextStop Theatre Company are proud to announce their upcoming co-production of PINOCCHIO!, a new adaptation of Carlo Collodi's beloved tale about a marionette's journey to become a real boy, running today, March 8-30, 2014 at the Industrial Strength Theatre in Herndon. Written and Directed by Paul Reisman, this production will be the first collaboration by the two DC area theatre companies, as well as Faction's first play specifically geared toward young audiences. (more...)

NextStop and Faction of Fools Co-Produce a New Adaptation of PINOCCHIO!, 3/8-30
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Faction of Fools Theatre Company and NextStop Theatre Company are proud to announce their upcoming co-production of PINOCCHIO!, a new adaptation of Carlo Collodi's beloved tale about a marionette's journey to become a real boy, running March 8-30, 2014 at the Industrial Strength Theatre in Herndon. Written and Directed by Paul Reisman, this production will be the first collaboration by the two DC area theatre companies, as well as Faction's first play specifically geared toward young audiences. (more...)

BWW Reviews: No Rules Theatre Co Starts Season Strong with Quirky LATE: A COWBOY SONG
by Jennifer Perry - Jan 6, 2014

No Rules' latest quirky offering is what we've perhaps come to expect from the company that continues to offer the unexpected. And that's more or less a good thing. (more...)