North Carolina Symphony Performs Indie-Classical Mash-up

by Maria Rodriguez Ever seen a full-fledged symphony organized in an art gallery for a contemporary classical concert? Thursday, April 29, the North Carolina Symphony pulled in prominent current composers, Caroline Shaw and Sarah Kirkland Snider, along with indie pop singers Shara Nova, Michael Stith, and Padma Newsome from the band The National, for a Read More …

Dramaturgy Student Wins Prize Promoting Women Playwrights

By Maria Rodriguez With a name like Catholic University, and a Drama department named for it’s founder, a priest, one might not at first guess look at the Hartke Theater as a source of advocacy for women playwrights. Lindsay Adams, female playwright and Catholic University graduate student in the MFA playwrighting program, has challenged that Read More …

The Reduced Shakespeare Company – A Poetic Review

by Maria Rodriguez No other stage could be filled with such glee As one with the Reduced Shakespeare Company! This band of brothers to the Folger said A long lost first play was found from, now dead, William Shakespeare, who as a youth, Penned a manuscript of such length – uncouth – In a story Read More …

Experiencing the Angst of the Past: An Interview

By Maria Rodriguez Harrison Smith is a frontiersman. Not the jet-set Monday in Mumbai, Tuesday in Tokyo seeker of adventure, but a lover of the unexplored territory of his own performance, a love he has had to drawn on to play “Johnny” in the Keegan Theater’s current production of American Idiot. American Idiot, is a Read More …

From the Hartke to Signature Theatre – An interview with Stefan Alexander Kempski from “Road Show”

by Maria Rodriguez Not even having yet graduated, Stefan Alexander Kempski from Catholic University’s Department of Drama is currently performing in a local theater’s production of Road Show by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Kempski, who took off a year from his studies at Catholic University to focus on acting opportunities, is playing multiple roles Read More …

Actors Excite A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By Maria Rodriguez Shakespeare is not sedate, but alive and singing at the Shakespeare Folger Theater’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Under a moonlit night the players contemporize the foolishness of love and rapture in a theater space meant to hearken back to the older times of Shakespeare himself. If you ever thought that Read More …

Folger stages Pericles from Oregon Shakespeare Festival

By Maria Rodriguez Folger Shakespeare Library brings west coast Shakespeare to DC with the stormy tale of Pericles The production opened on November 13 and features the original cast from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Direction is by Joseph Haj, a director who’s work has appeared at the Folger before-and to much acclaim. Pericles tells the Read More …

A Most Happy Fella: the CUA Fall Musical

By Maria Rodriguez A Most Happy Fella opens at the Hartke Theater on campus. “Basically, it chronicles the journey of this woman who is known as Rosabella,” said Emma Onasch, senior music theater major who plays the lead role of Rosabella. She receives a mysterious letter from a customer singing the praises of her physical Read More …

The Tower goes to Landmark Music Fest

By Maria Rodriguez T-shirts for The Strokes peppered the crowd, mingling with tees representing the myriad of bands that came out during the last weekend in September to support the rebuilding of the National Mall.   Landmark Music Festival’s inaugural year went by rather smoothly. The weather was fall at its best, the bands were Read More …

Kennedy Center Stages Punk Rock Skate Park

By Maria Rodriguez All this week, the national performing arts center has played host to those who kept their beanies fresh and their hair long. The Kennedy Center, home of the Washington National Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra, has become the temporary home to a skate park. Last Friday, the festival opened with a  Read More …