The Blood Quilt involves four sisters – all with the same mother, now deceased, but with different fathers – meeting for their annual quilting reunion off the coast of Georgia. The premiere at Arena Stage marks a first for Hall and for director Kamilah Forbes: They’ve never been part of a show so entirely powered by black women (cast, writer, director)… Read more
What you get when you cross Christopher Durang with Anton Chekhov meets your best expectations from the king of anxious comedy and the master of Russian despair – gloom and guffaws. Durang starts with Chekhov but runs every which way in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Greek tragedy? Walt Disney? Why not?… Read more
The cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by C. Stanley Photography.
The New York Times
In December, after more than a year of research and reflection, Edward Gero went to see an argument at the Supreme Court. He was in the final stages of preparing to portray Justice Antonin Scalia onstage, and it was time to see his subject in his element. Mr. Gero, a seasoned actor steeped in Shakespeare, felt right at home. “The level of listening in that room was astonishing,” he said. “The only thing analogous to that is being in a theater with a good show.” And Justice Scalia, who dominates Supreme Court arguments with probing questions laced with sarcasm, gave a fine performance… Read more
Tony winner Phylicia Rashad will serve as honorary chair for the opening night celebration of Katori Hall's The Blood Quilt on May 7 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. Rashad will serve in the title alongside event chair Shawna Watley… Learn more
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