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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…

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...