Posts Tagged ‘molly smith’

Tomorrow on the Mall: An Arts-Infused March for Gun Control

Like most of the country, Arena Stage's Artistic Director Molly Smith was horrified when she first heard about the massacre in Newtown, Conn. But after moving past her initial shock and sadness, Smith got to work. With her partner, Suzanne Blue Star Boy, Smith began organizing the March on Washington for Gun Control, which will [...]

Arts Roundup: Lip-Synched Edition

The U.S. Marine Band says Beyoncé lip-synched the National Anthem at Monday's inauguration, and the backpedaling begins! [WJLA]
In a blog post that declares poetry dead, Post humor blogger Alexandra Petri manages to enrage poets and mailmen alike: "Poets are like the Postal Service—a group of people sedulously doing something that we no longer need, under [...]

Arts Roundup: National Theatre’s History of Neglect Edition

Nelson Pressley: "... the National [Theatre] is a low-budget, skeletal operation that maintains a handful of outreach operations to help justify its not-for-profit status. Rent doesn’t seem to be an issue. Bottom line: When the theater is dark, no one really loses money." [Post]
Furniture magnate Mitchell Gold and his former Smithsonian researcher husband Tim Gold [...]

In Arena’s My Fair Lady, “Fair” Doesn’t Mean Lily White

When the curtains open on Arena Stage’s production of My Fair Lady tomorrow, the spotlight will be on a distinctly different leading lady: The role of Eliza Doolittle, the unrefined street hawker who sneaks her way into the elite upper class in turn-of-the-century London, will be played by Chinese-American actress Manna Nichols.
Arena's Artistic Director Molly Smith [...]

Arts Roundup: Paper and Paste Edition

After hanging from scaffolding for two days, French street artist JR has completed his first D.C. installation: covering an abandoned building at 14th and T streets NW with Ernest Withers's image of striking Memphis sanitation workers. Watch your back, Christo! [Post]
Speaking of people named JR, Pig Destroyer vocalist JR Hayes talks with DC Heavy Metal [...]

Arts Roundup: Arctic Char Edition

New designs for the National Museum of the U.S. Army in Fort Belvoir, Va. [The Style Blog]
TV show not set in the District to be film in the District [NBC Washington]
Local music superfan Pat Walsh shares some favorite D.C. tunes with Danger Mike [Radio CPR Dissonance]
The film show at DCIFF whose name we dare not [...]

Four Things About Arena Stage’s 2012-2013 Season

Arts Desk won't make a habit of reporting on season announcements this year—there are, after all, more than 70 professional theater companies in the D.C. area. But Arena's unveiling of its 2012-2013 slate is interesting for a few reasons. Briefly:
1) Tazewell Thompson's new play Mary T. and Lizzy K. is scheduled to run March 15 to April [...]

Arena Stage Loses Key Staffers, Partially Relocates New Play Institute

So much for that slow arts news week after Christmas.
Arena Stage announced today that David Dower, right-hand man to artistic director Molly Smith, will leave the theater in April for Emerson College. Also departing for cold academic climes: the American Voices New Play Institute director Polly Carl, and several key elements of the institute. Exactly [...]

Arts Roundup: Renewed Contracts For Arena Leadership

Validation: Arena Stage's Board of Trustees has announced that artistic director Molly Smith and managing director Edgar Dobie will stay on at least another five years. Smith will maintain her title; Dobie will assume the role of executive producer. Board chair David E. Shiffrin says, "It is clear to all of us on the Board [...]

Arts Roundup: Dissonance Edition

Loitering in B Flat: In what might only guarantee more loitering from me if not a decrease in the loitering of anyone else, the National Portrait Gallery is now playing classical music outside in an effort to keep the kids away from its very perchable stairs, DCist reports. DCist also suggests the museum play Wagner's [...]