Emily Katz

Generic and 14th Grade to perform this weekend

Sex, love and money are the focus of shows performed by Generic Theater Company and the 14th Grade Players this weekend. While Generic will focus on the annals of the real estate business with “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 14th Grade Players will present a period comedy, Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw’s “Man and Superman.” “Glengarry Glen […]

They call it … XANADU

Recalling last year’s Forbidden Planet Productions’ musical cabaret, junior Samantha Dercher remembers that when the show sold out, the company had to turn away nearly 100 people. She said this year – which marks her directorial debut – the company added additional shows so those interested could see the company perform the collection of music […]

Minimalism and psychosis this weekend

How does one go about directing a play with no constructed characters or set? For junior Vanessa FitzGerald, meeting this challenge meant the opportunity to present “4.48 Psychosis” to the University theater community. “I had never thought about directing before, but this play was something that just hit my heart so much I had too,” […]

Theater for the proletariat

“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles,” said Marx in “The Communist Manifesto.” German playwright Bertolt Brecht addresses this sense of class struggle in “The Threepenny Opera,” performed in the Betts Theater this weekend. “Brecht wrote very political theater,” said director Leslie Jacobson, a professor of theater at the […]

Ben Folds, Live

Senior Mackenzie Lawrence received a phone call from Ben Folds’ manager two weeks ago. Last Friday, she learned the a cappella group she heads, the Vibes, would be performing with Ben Folds on stage this Saturday, when Folds headlines with Jason Mraz at the Smith Center. “We were ecstatic,” Lawrence said. “The anticipation was hard […]

Where the art is

In the Smith Hall of Art, students lay stake to the claim: Art does, in fact, exist here. The University’s Presidential Arts Scholars will be showcasing wall drawings, photography and sculptural work in a newly installed exhibition, “Crowded Spaces,” this weekend. “Crowded Spaces” will be displayed in the ground-floor gallery in Smith Hall, which opened […]

Midsummer this winter

Tom Garron wanted performers in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to live as their character. For freshman Brenna Markle, who plays the nymph Tatiana in the production, this meant being one with nature. Garron will direct the show with the 14th Grade Players this weekend in what is anticipated to be the largest student theater production […]

After the fall

Searching for art on campus? Look no further the Smith Hall windows. The exhibition space on the first floor of Smith Hall of Art will continue to host showings of art by University students and faculty, said Patrick McDonough, spokesman and organizer for the exhibitions. Along with fellow graduate students, McDonough will organize art displays […]

You better listen to the radio

Generic Theater Company will perform “Radio Free America” this weekend, an original work by theater professor Ally Currin. When director Maddie Shapiro, a senior, was unable to secure the rights to a play she found in a bookstore during her year abroad in England, she focused her directorial attention on the GW professor’s work. “I […]

Humor gets intimate with the 14th Grade Players

The appeal of Kevin Mead’s directorial debut: intense humor. Also, a desk. For Mead, directing “Speed-the-Plow” represents a longtime interest in David Mamet, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer best known as a screenwriter for “Wag The Dog.” Similar to the 1997 film, which depicts a presidential administration that constructs a fake war with Albania to cover […]