Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Henley’

Arts Roundup: Helen Hayes Awards Shakeup Edition

Big local theater companies would like to see the Helen Hayes Awards divided into tiers for small and large companies. [Post]
Capital Fringe Festival adds site-specific works to the mix. [Capital Fringe via Survey Monkey]
Clearly writing for white, well-to-do theatergoers, Chris Henley assures D.C. Theatre Scene readers that Anacostia Playhouse is not dangerous. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
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No Man’s Land at WSC Avant Bard, Reviewed

Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land is a 38-year-old Rubik’s Cube covered in Rorschach blots, a confounding examination of memory and masculinity that resists easy interpretation like an Aikido master shrugging off an unwanted bear hug. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart—Magneto and Professor X themselves!—are set to appear opposite each other in the play’s two main [...]

Arts Roundup: Michael Kaiser’s Successor Edition

Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser, whose contract expires at the end of 2013, says the art center's board has put together a search committee to find his successor [Huffington Post D.C.]
The D.C. Independent Film Festival announces its 2013 schedule [DCIFF]
Takoma soupmakers aspire to be the next women-geared reality TV show [Post]
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Tom Prewitt Replaces Christopher Henley at WSC Avant Bard

WSC Avant Bard has announced that Artistic Director Christopher Henley is changing his role at WSC Avant Bard. On Feb. 1, he officially left his post as the theater company's artistic director. Henley will be succeeded by Tom Prewitt (shown), an experienced local director who's helmed shows at WSC (including the recent Six Characters in Search of [...]

The Final Days of Gaurav Gopalan

This article, from this week's print edition, expands and updates a blog post from last week.
The email came just a few weeks ago. The header said “A Huge Favor.” For Gaurav Gopalan, Heather Haney would probably have done two. She was that fond of him. Many, many people were.
They had met in the spring of [...]

Popped: Cherry Red, D.C.’s Most Debaucherous Theater Troupe, Hangs It Up

One evening in June 2000, in the black-box theater in the recesses of the now-shuttered Metro Café on 14th Street NW, a stuffed cat drenched in fake blood soared over the audience—just as it did every other night during the monthlong run of Cherry Red Productions’ Zombie Attack! But at this particular performance, the sanguinary plush [...]

Washington Shakespeare Company Is Now…WSC Avant Bard?

For about a second earlier this year, I started evaluating local theater troupes' season announcements. Not shockingly, this didn't prove very interesting, and I stopped the project almost immediately. But today, finally, comes a season roll-out worthy of deeper investigation.
This season, the arty Arlington-based Washington Shakespeare Company is staging Happy Days by Samuel Beckett; The [...]

Annals of Minor Controversies: Will Helen Hayes “Recommendations” Put Butts In Seats, or Repel Them?

On Monday, Christopher Henley, the artistic director of the Arlington-based Washington Shakespeare Theatre, received an e-mail from the group that runs the Helen Hayes Awards: The Miser would not be recommended.
Well, specifically: The company's adaptation of the Molière satire would not be "Helen Hayes Recommended," a distinction that the Washington Theatre Awards Society, which stages [...]