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"Sara is one of DC?s most accomplished actors. A company member of four DC area theatres, WSC/Avant Bard, Factory 449, Rorschach and the Klunch, Sara has been a fixture for a decade. She made her first big splash as Jackie in WSC?s The House of Yes, and since then racked up numerous credits, notably ... (read more)
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"Sara is one of DC?s most accomplished actors. A company member of four DC area theatres, WSC/Avant Bard, Factory 449, Rorschach and the Klunch, Sara has been a fixture for a decade. She made her first big splash as Jackie in WSC?s The House of Yes, and since then racked up numerous credits, notably ... (read more)
BWW Review: SEA at Scena TheatreBWW Review: SEA at Scena Theatre
by Evann Normandin - Nov 9, 2019

I have to hand it to Scena Theatre- they consistently elevate interesting, international work. Director Robert McNamara brings Jon Fosse's SEA to DC for its US debut performance at the intimate DC Arts Center, and the performance will surely leave you thinking. Norwegian playwright Fosse, one of Europe's most performed dramatists, has been translated into over 40 languages and, in 2010, won the biggest prize in global theatre- the Ibsen award. There were moments on opening night when all the stars aligned: persuasive acting, poignant dialogue, precise movements, and inspired casting. There were also moments when pacing, language, and the play's inherent incomprehensibility made engaging with Fosse's work difficult. (more...)

BWW Review:  WSC Avant Bard's A MISANTHROPE a Classic FarceBWW Review: WSC Avant Bard's A MISANTHROPE a Classic Farce
by Andrew White - Jun 12, 2019

Director Megan Behm has embraced the world of old French farce, and crafted a contemporary satire that is as frenetic and slap-stick as it is wickedly witty. Minnicino's rhyming couplets constantly leave you gasping for breath with laughter, and every single member of the cast has honed their characters to their sharpest comic edge. There isn't a moment, a word, or a gesture wasted, and the way the actors literally throw themselves into their roles is a pure joy to watch. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Avant Bard's A MISANTHROPEPhoto Flash: First Look at Avant Bard's A MISANTHROPE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2019

Avant Bard presents A Misanthrope, a world premiere adaptation of Moliere's The Misanthrope by Manhattan-based playwright Matt Minnicino, directed by Megan Behm in her Avant Bard debut. (more...)

BWW Interview: Matt Minnicino of A MISANTHROPE at WSC Avant BardBWW Interview: Matt Minnicino of A MISANTHROPE at WSC Avant Bard
by Jack Read - May 21, 2019

WSC Avant Bard's Script in Play Festival, started in 2016, has been an opportunity to test out shows for full production treatment through the guise of a series of staged readings and post-play discussions. Written and performed by rising professional talent, these readings have led to some memorable productions, including new versions of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night and Lauren Gunderson's hit Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight. In 2017, a reading of playwright Matt Minnicino's 'distillation' - not 'adaptation,' as we get into below - of Moliere's The Misanthrope was performed. Written entirely in rhyming couplets, it follows a professional cynic who falls in love with an ingenue, and finds his devotion to insincerity tested. Now, it's the capper of Avant Bard's 29th season. I spoke to Minnicino about his career thus far, the adaptation process, and why audiences should be excited for this show. (more...)

Avant Bard Announces Full Cast And Creative Team For A MISANTHROPEAvant Bard Announces Full Cast And Creative Team For A MISANTHROPE
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2019

Avant Bard Theatre announces the full cast and creative team for its season finale, A MISANTHROPE, a world premiere adaptation of Moliere's The Misanthrope by Manhattan-based playwright Matt Minnicino, directed by Megan Behm in her Avant Bard debut. (more...)

BWW Review: CLOTHES FOR A SUMMER HOTEL at RAINBOW THEATRE PROJECTBWW Review: CLOTHES FOR A SUMMER HOTEL at RAINBOW THEATRE PROJECT
by Mary Lincer - Apr 7, 2019

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Rainbow Theatre Project To Present Tennessee Williams' CLOTHES FOR A SUMMER HOTELRainbow Theatre Project To Present Tennessee Williams' CLOTHES FOR A SUMMER HOTEL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2019

Rainbow Theatre Project continues their sixth season with Tennessee Williams' Clothes for a Summer Hotel. Performances will begin April 4, 2019 and run through April 28, 2019 at the District of Columbia Arts Center. (more...)

Wild Wilde: A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at Scena TheatreWild Wilde: A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at Scena Theatre
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Nov 7, 2018

If you go expecting, as it were, wild Wilde, you won't be disappointed. (more...)

BWW Review: Scena Theatre Puts a Hollywood Spin on Oscar Wilde's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCEBWW Review: Scena Theatre Puts a Hollywood Spin on Oscar Wilde's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
by Barbara Johnson - Nov 6, 2018

Now playing at the Atlas Performing Arts Center is an all-female, 1930s Tinseltown take on Oscar Wilde's WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, directed by Robert McNamara. It's an undeniably creative angle to approach Wilde, in the vein of Scena's previous gender-bending production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and it has its share of funny and dramatic moments. However, its busy design and occasionally manic delivery miss the mark at times. (more...)

Lauren Gunderson's NATURAL SHOCKS Reading To Address Gun ViolenceLauren Gunderson's NATURAL SHOCKS Reading To Address Gun Violence
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

WSC Avant Bard will present a reading of Natural Shocks, a new play by Lauren Gunderson, on Monday, April 23, 2018, at 7:30 pm at 1st Stage, as part of a nationwide weekend of theater activism against gun violence. (more...)

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Presents INSPIRING THE NEW GENERATION Starring In Mo Yang and Premiere of 2018 All-Stars Youth OrchestraFairfax Symphony Orchestra Presents INSPIRING THE NEW GENERATION Starring In Mo Yang and Premiere of 2018 All-Stars Youth Orchestra
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) salutes the next generation of classical musicians with a special performance by string virtuoso, In Mo Yang and the premiere of the 2018 Fairfax County All-Stars Youth Orchestra, featuring outstanding student musicians from across Fairfax County. (more...)

Avant Bard Announces Extension Of EMILIE by Lauren GundersonAvant Bard Announces Extension Of EMILIE by Lauren Gunderson
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

Avant Bard announces a one-week extension of Emilie: La Marquise Du Ch telet Defends Her Life Tonight. The comic drama about 18th-century scientific genius Emilie Du Ch telet--written by Lauren Gunderson, today the most-produced playwright in America--continues through November 19, 2017, at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two in Arlington, VA. 'When we began the run, few folks knew much at all about Emilie Du Ch telet,' said Tom Prewitt, Artistic and Executive Director. 'And no wonder. One of the most brilliant mathematicians who ever lived, Emilie had become a 'hidden figure' in history, a woman remembered if at all as the lover of a great man, Voltaire. Happily that has changed for audiences who have seen Gunderson's whip-smart play and are blown away by the passionate genius they get to know. (more...)

BWW Review:  WSC Avant Bard's EMILIE:  LA MARQUISE DU CHATELET DEFEDS HER LIFE TONIGHT a Heady, Brilliant EveningBWW Review: WSC Avant Bard's EMILIE: LA MARQUISE DU CHATELET DEFEDS HER LIFE TONIGHT a Heady, Brilliant Evening
by Andrew White - Oct 23, 2017

As effervescent and fun as it is filled with the world of ideas (and equations), 'Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight' is a heady evening, bringing a great women back to brilliant life both onstage and in our collective memory. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 10/20/2017Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 10/20/2017
by BWW - Oct 20, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/20/2017 for Washington, DC (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - 'EMILIE' Blazes a Trail for Women in Science at Avant BardPhoto Flash: First Look - 'EMILIE' Blazes a Trail for Women in Science at Avant Bard
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2017

Avant Bard begins Season 28 with Lauren Gunderson's Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight - a witty reincarnation of a passionate and defiant woman who in 18th-century France dazzled Voltaire and blazed a trail for women in science. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Avant Bard Announces 2017-2018 SeasonAvant Bard Announces 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

The exhilarating musical The Gospel at Colonus returns, Lauren Gunderson's fiery genius Emilie makes her DC debut, and Shakespeare's fantastical The Tempest takes the stage by storm (more...)

Avant Bard Announces 2017-2018 SeasonAvant Bard Announces 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2017

The exhilarating musical The Gospel at Colonus returns, Lauren Gunderson's fiery genius Emilie makes her DC debut, and Shakespeare's fantastical The Tempest takes the stage by storm (more...)

Avant Bard Announces Full Cast and Design Team for Lauren Gunderson's EMILIEAvant Bard Announces Full Cast and Design Team for Lauren Gunderson's EMILIE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

Avant Bard announces full casting and creative team for its first production of the season, Lauren Gunderson's Emilie: La Marquise Du Ch telet Defends Her Life Tonight--a witty reincarnation of a passionate and defiant woman who in 18th-century France dazzled Voltaire and blazed a trail for women in science. (more...)

DC Talent to Assemble for MUCHO KLUNCHO TALENT SHOWDC Talent to Assemble for MUCHO KLUNCHO TALENT SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Opera singers, jugglers, tango dancers, strippers, puppets, and waaay more! An epic assemblage of talent, the likes of which DC hasn't seen in centuries; performed in three 60-min(ish) blocks, with two intermissions, six hosts, and ten tons of talent! Audience can come and go during the show, forage for foods at any of the nearby restaurants, and get drinks at the bar. (more...)

Helen Hayes Award-Winning Factory 449 presents LELA & CO.Helen Hayes Award-Winning Factory 449 presents LELA & CO.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

Playwright Cordelia Lynn's is well aware of the intense, yet important journey examined in LELA & CO. "I knew that the play could be horrifying and shocking and upsetting - and all those things you can get out of visual violence, without actually showing it," says Lynn. "I want the audience to leave and think there are things happening that I don't see -- maybe because I don't want to see". (more...)

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