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No Rules Theater Company Brings “Suicide, Incorporated” to Washington, DC

Joshua Morgan, Co-Artistic Director of New Rules Theatre Company, explains the challenges and delights of staging Andrew Hinderaker’s play, “Suicide, Incorporated,” about a man who gets a job with a company that helps suicidal people compose satisfying and eloquent final notes.

1. How did the play “Suicide, Incorporated” come to your attention?

We had settled on our 11/12 season when Brian (Co-Artistic Director and “Jason” in “Suicide, Incorporated”), who had been talking …more…

Washington, DC’s WSC Avant Bard Mixes Classic Themes with Bold Innovation

Frank Britton in "The Bacchae"

Until the drumming began and the guitars wound their gypsy music across the stage and members of the chorus began to gyrate, I didn’t realize how much I was longing to see something new.

I shouldn’t be surprised that I found it at WSC Avant Bard’s production of “The Bacchae.” Although the play premiered in 405 BC, WSC Avant Bard managed to infuse it with energy, excitement, …more…

DC Playwrights Plot to Take the Stage

Gwydion Suilebhan

Theater in DC seems to live in the shadow of New York. Many of the big theaters here cast actors out of New York, rather than casting from the talented local pool. And they readily introduce new plays to the area, as long as they’ve had a successful run elsewhere. Like New York. All of which frustrates DC’s playwrights.

Although the Washington, DC, area might not seem to be …more…

Washington, DC’s Cutting-Edge Hub is in the ‘Burbs

Helen Pafumi, Artistic Director at The Hub

Not everyone respects the suburbs. Certainly when I lived in DC, I believed rats and sirens were a prerequisite for vibrancy, the grit that settled on the window sills a crucial creative leavening. The Virginia suburbs especially were pathetic—and Fairfax County? The least cool place within a fifty-mile radius. Ironic, then, that I moved there. But some of the newest, most vibrant theater …more…

DC’s Source Festival Culls Plays for 2012

Many playwrights nationwide were disappointed recently, and a few elated, as Source Festival, Washington, DC’s annual summertime splurge of brand new work, announced its 2012 line up. In its fifth year, Source Festival is a coveted production opportunity. A fully financed and fully mounted production of a previously unproduced ten-minute play is a rare opportunity, and in this era of budget-strapped theaters unwilling to risk ticket sales on new work, …more…

DC Showcases Women Artists in a Series of Free Events

 On March 31, 135 female artists in Washington, DC will stick their necks out, stretch their wings, and plunge into SWAN Day.  SWAN (Support Women in the Arts Now) Day does what theaters, publishers, and other curators of culture too often fail to do: afford visibility to women and their art.  The international holiday was begun five years ago by WomenArts, a worldwide community of artists and …more…

DC’s Forum Theatre Tackles the Question of Gender Bias

Washington, DC’s Forum Theatre is redressing a basic wrong—or, more accurately, taking a crucial first step. Forum recently hosted a discussion on the disparity, nationwide, between the rates at which female and male playwrights’ work is produced. Forum Theatre itself had produced only three plays by women in its nine-year history. Forum Theatre artistic director Michael Dove remedied that situation, slating three plays by women for his 2011-2012 season and kicking off a Female Voices Festival, culminating in the panel discussion. ...more...

Washington, DC’s Constellation Theatre: High Aims and Lofty Success

Constellation Theatre is one of Washington, DC’s under-the-radar wonders. Founded in 2007, the theater company, in its intimate space, has quietly been doing the big things that theater alone can do. With a BA in religion from Princeton and an MFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon, founding artistic director Allison Stockman set out to do epic, ensemble plays that would engage the audience imaginatively, create a sense of shared ritual …more…

Interview with DC Actor Emily Love Morrison

Emily Love Morrison is a Washington, DC actor, currently performing in American Century Theater’s “Little Murders,” by Jules Feiffer. ...more...