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BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe
by Elliot Lanes - August 27, 2020

On September 16th, Arena Stage will unveil it's latest socially relevant docudrama. The 51st State will feature the work of several playwrights including today's subject Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe.
BWW Interview: A Special Two Part Theatre Life with Howard Shalwitz. Part One: The Ea PhotoBWW Interview: A Special Two Part Theatre Life with Howard Shalwitz. Part One: The Early Years
by Elliot Lanes - March 10, 2020

Today's subject was kind enough to give me an hour of his time in the balcony of the place he lived his theatre life for almost 40 years.  I'm sure there isn't a person here in DC who would argue that Howard Shalwitz was one of the most influential minds in the DC theatre community as the Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Under Shalwitz, Woolly Mammoth produced some of the most thought provoking, wild, and sometimes shocking pieces of theatre this area has ever seen. Shalwitz stepped down in 2018 and the company is now run by Maria Manuela Goyanes. Mr. Shalwitz remains as Artistic Director Emeritus.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Jennifer Elizabeth Smith PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Jennifer Elizabeth Smith
by Elliot Lanes - March 2, 2020

Today's subject Jennifer Elizabeth Smith is currently living her theatre life touring the country in Bandstand in which she portrays the lead character of Julia Trojan. The show plays here is DC at the National Theatre from March 3rd through 8th.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Marva Hicks PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Marva Hicks
by Elliot Lanes - February 7, 2020

Today's subject Marva Hicks is currently living her theatre life onstage at Signature Theatre in the World Premiere Musical Gun & Powder. The production runs through February 23rd in Signature's MAX Theatre space. You'll be able to see my review of the show on Broadway World soon. Trust me it will be worth the wait.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with the Arena Stage Media Relations Team PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with the Arena Stage Media Relations Team
by Elliot Lanes - February 5, 2020

Today's column starts with some questions for you my fellow readers. Have you ever thought about how theatres get audiences to attend their productions? Generally the first thing you might see after a season is announced is what's known as a press release for each individual production. Have you ever wondered who puts out that information?
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Justin Weaks PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Justin Weaks
by Elliot Lanes - January 30, 2020

Today's subject Justin Weaks is currently living his theatre life onstage at Studio Theatre where he plays Omari Joseph in the company's current production of Pipeline. The production runs through February 23rd in Studio's Mead Theatre space.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with John Bell PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with John Bell
by Elliot Lanes - January 6, 2020

Today's subject John Bell is currently living his theatre life as the musical director for the Bartlett Sher directed touring production of My Fair Lady which plays in the Opera House at the Kennedy Center now through January 19th.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Corey Greenan PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Corey Greenan
by Elliot Lanes - December 18, 2019

Today's subject Corey Greenan is currently living his theatre life in a show he is very familiar with. He portrays Tommy DeVito in the current National Tour of Jersey Boys. Read on to see how many performances of the show he has under his belt. The show is currently playing at the National Theatre and will continue there through Jan 5 2020.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Ted Sperling PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Ted Sperling
by Elliot Lanes - December 10, 2019

Today's subject Ted Sperling is very well represented this holiday season here in DC. He is the Musical Director/New Orchestrator for Fiddler on the Roof which plays through December 15th at the National Theatre. Beginning December 17th his work as Musical Supervisor can be heard on My Fair Lady at Kennedy Center. That show runs through Jan 19th.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Diana Huey PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Diana Huey
by Elliot Lanes - December 4, 2019

Today's subject Diana Huey is currently living her Theatre Life at Studio Theatre where she is giving a shattering (literally) performance as Built Suttikul in White Pearl. The production runs through December 15th.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Jenn Rapp PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Jenn Rapp
by Elliot Lanes - December 3, 2019

Today's subject Jenn Rapp is making the holiday season all the more magical as the Associate Director (AD) of the international magic extravaganza The Illusionists. The show begins a DC return engagement this evening December 3rd at the National Theatre. It will play there through December 8th.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Chris Clark PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Chris Clark
by Elliot Lanes - October 10, 2019

Today's subject Chris Clark is currently living his theatre life in a big way. He is making his national tour debut in the Jimmy Buffet extravaganza Escape to Margaritaville. The tour plays here in DC through October 13th at the National Theatre.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Matt Torney PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Matt Torney
by Elliot Lanes - September 24, 2019

Today's subject Matt Torney is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Studio Theatre. Their excellent current production of Doubt: A Parable is helmed by Torney and plays through October 6th in Studio's Metheny space.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Mike Daisey PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Mike Daisey
by Elliot Lanes - July 12, 2019

Today's subject Mike Daisey is probably best known here in the DC area for his many magnificent monologues that he has performed at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. These appearances include The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, How Theater Failed America, and The Trump Card. He is currently living his theatre life at Arena Stage where he is performing his epic A People's History as part of Capital Fringe's Curated Series. The show runs through July 21st.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe
by Elliot Lanes - July 11, 2019

Today's subjects Dana P. Rowe and John Dempsey are currently living their theatre lives as the writing team for the excellent swashbuckling World Premiere Musical Blackbeard at Signature Theatre. The production runs through July 14th in the MAX.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Deb Gottesman and Claire Schoonover PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Deb Gottesman and Claire Schoonover
by Elliot Lanes - July 2, 2019

Today's subjects Deb Gottesman and Claire Schoonover are currently living their theatre lives onstage at Keegan Theatre playing two very resourceful and cutthroat senior citizens in the DC area premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's Ripcord. The production runs through July 6th.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Alexander Strain PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Alexander Strain
by Elliot Lanes - June 30, 2019

Today's subject Alexander Strain is living testament to the old adage that you can come home again. You probably remember Alexander from his many wonderful performances all over town at places like Theater J and Round House Theatre. Recently he took a break from acting to get his Masters in Psychology and many of his fans myself included were wondering if he would ever return to the stage.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Eden Espinosa PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Eden Espinosa
by Elliot Lanes - June 15, 2019

Today's subject Eden Espinosa is currently living her theatre life as part of the national tour of the William Finn/James Lapine musical Falsettos where she is portraying the role of Trina. The show is currently playing in the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center and will continue through June 23rd. The tour will then travel to Charlotte, North Carolina for its final stop where it will end on June 30th.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Holly Twyford PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Holly Twyford
by Elliot Lanes - June 14, 2019

When an actress has a long and distinguished career they are sometimes referred to as a Grande Dame. Today's subject Holly Twyford is what we call the Grand Damn! of DC Theatre. Throughout her many years of performing at pretty much every large theatre in town she proves time and time again that she is a force of nature every time she steps onto an area stage. Holly can currently be seen in the Round House Theatre production of A Doll's House Part 2. The show is running through June 30th at the Lansburgh Theatre while Round House Theatre completes its renovation for a fall re-opening.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with David Muse PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with David Muse
by Elliot Lanes - May 29, 2019

Today's subject David Muse is currently living his theatre life as the Artistic Director of Studio Theatre. This season marks his ninth in the position. He became only the second Artistic Director in the company's history when founder Joy Zinoman stepped down in 2010.He is currently represented as a director at Studio Theatre with The Children which is now playing through June 9th in the Metheny Theatre space.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Lourdes Lopez PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Lourdes Lopez
by Elliot Lanes - May 21, 2019

Since 2012 today's subject Lourdes Lopez has been living her theatre life as the Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet. The company is performing May 31st through June 2nd at the Kennedy Center as part of Ballet Across America. The May 31st performance is a shared program with Dance Theatre of Harlem who will be performing May 28th through the 30th.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with KenYatta Rogers PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with KenYatta Rogers
by Elliot Lanes - May 17, 2019

Today's subject KenYatta Rogers is currently living his theatre life onstage at Signature Theatre playing Folk Man 3 in Spunk. The production directed by the esteemed Timothy Douglas runs through June 23rd in Signature's ARK space. The show is KenYatta's Signature Theatre debut.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Zonya Love PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Zonya Love
by Elliot Lanes - May 16, 2019

Today's subject Zonya Love is currently living her theatre Life performing the role of Georgia Gordon in Arena Stage's production of Jubilee. The show runs through June 9th in Arena Stage's Kreeger Theater space. Zonya is making her Arena Stage debut with this production.
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Julia Rhoads PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Julia Rhoads
by Elliot Lanes - May 1, 2019

Today's subject Julia Rhoads is currently living her theatre life as the founding Artistic Director of Lucky Plush Productions. Lucky Plush is a dance company that melds dance with theater, dialogue elements, and more. Their work entitled Rooming House can be seen at the Kennedy Center from May 2nd through May 4th in the Terrace Theater
BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Matthew Morrison and Shoshana Bean PhotoBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Matthew Morrison and Shoshana Bean
by Elliot Lanes - April 30, 2019

It's that time of year when arts institutions hold their annual galas. This year the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD has a double bill wallop of an evening planned.

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