Author Archive for William F. Zeman

Fantasy, History, and Mikhail Gorbachev at Ford’s Theatre

You'd think a play about the relationship between George H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev based on the recollections of Marlin Fitzwater, Bush's former press secretary, would be a pretty straightforward affair. There should be some history, some transcripts acted verbatim by actors, and a few historical flashbacks. After all, this is the town that [...]

Eric Hendrixson, Author of Bizarro Novels, Needs You to Buy His Killer-Tomato Book

100 more books.
That's all bizarro novelist Eric Hendrixson needs to sell to keep his writing career going. The Arlington author released his book Bucket of Face last October as part of a deal with Eraserhead Press, a small publishing house based in Portland, Ore.
The novel, revolving around a doughnut shop worker who "finds he is the target [...]

Gray Budget Suggests Taxing D.C. Theaters

Buried on page 86 of Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed budget, released today, is a suggestion that "live theater" be subject to a sales tax.
According the budget's revenue projections, the mayor anticipates that a 6 percent tax on ticket sales would bring the city just less than $2.3 million a year.
Not surprisingly, administrators at D.C. theaters aren't thrilled.
"Oh, [...]

Ancient Egypt in a One-Woman Show

When Timothy Lawrence started writing a play about ancient Egypt, he knew what he wanted it to look like. The focus would be one of Egypt's warrior kings, and the cast would be large, befitting an epic production.
So it surprises even him that his play Her Majesty Herself, being performed at the Thurgood Marshall Center [...]

Fire, a Dog, and a Musical About the First Musical

While highbrow playgoers may like to say they see musical theater because of complex plots and intricate music, producers know there's nothing that brings in an audience like dog gags and pyrotechnics. That's what drew audiences to America's first musical–The Black Crook, which played to audiences in New York City in 1866. (Of course, the [...]

Last Day to Visit the NMHM at Walter Reed is April 3

Those interested in exhibits on subjects ranging from medicine during the Civil War to the microscope's evolution should hurry up and head to the Walter Reed Medical Center before April 3, when the exhibits are scheduled to close.
The National Museum of Health and Medicine, currently housed on the Walter Reed campus, is closing its doors [...]

Dealing with “Aliens” (Both Sci-fi and Real) at GALA

When José Torres-Tama steps on the stage of the GALA Hispanic Theatre this Friday, he has a message he’s determined to convey. And he’s going to try to get it across any way he can–ranging from Star Wars parodies to carrying a cross covered with dollar bills.
The piece, titled “Aliens, Immigrants, & Other Evildoers” is [...]

Basra Boy: Keegan Theatre’s One-Man Northern Irish Punk Rock War Story

Basra Boy is a Belfast play to its core. The one-man production centers on an 18-year-old Belfast punk, who has a dirty mouth, a penchant for trouble, and who debates joining the Royal Army to fight in Iraq or Afghanistan. It was written in dialect, with plenty of Belfast slang. And, needless to say: Its playwright, Rosemary [...]

D.C. Urban Moms: The Play, Not the Message Board

Allyson Currin's play Benched is about three D.C. urban moms. But thankfully, it has nothing to do with DC Urban Moms and Dads, the vitriolic local message board that's the area's closest thing to a Fight Club for parents. The women in Benched don't call each other names or insult each other's strollers. They just [...]

Despite Unrest, Black Tie Concert at Egyptian Ambassador’s Residence Still on Schedule–for the Moment

While most D.C. residents glued to events in Egypt right are probably focusing on whether or not Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is finally going to take a hint and resign, classical music lovers may have a more local consideration in mind, as well.
See, the Egyptian Ambassador’s residence signed up as part of the "Embassy Series: [...]