A message from Nicole

   

One perk of theater is that it can transport you to other worlds, far from the tedium of daily life. Usually, this happens through a play. For a select group of artists from the Anacostia-based Theater Alliance, however, theater took them on a literal adventure: to India! They joined a project organized by the U.S. State Department to unite performance artists from the U.S., Bangladesh, India, and Nepal to tour a piece of theater they would create together to foster connection across different cultures. It was such an interesting story that we wanted to know more about it. Ezinne Elele, one of the artists on the trip, shared the experience with us through a vivid photo essay that you can find below. 

Staying closer to home, I had an adventure of my own. I was invited to speak to the Theater Lovers' Group at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University. (Thanks for the invitation, Norma!) In a spirited 90-minute Zoom call, we spoke about the diversity of theater we are lucky enough to live near. After mentioning that there are nearly 80 professional theaters in the region, I asked the students — theater lovers all — how many local theaters they typically visit in a year. Most answered three. Maybe four. So I gave them the same challenge I gave myself when I first moved here: sometime this year, visit a theater you've never been to before. You may just find a hidden gem! 

The 2022 Helen Hayes Award nominees will be announced tonight. Stay tuned for updates on the Theatre Washington Twitter account and the DC Theater Arts socials. And see below for the 2022 DCTA staff favorites for Outstanding Creative Elements (Professional).

Best,
Nicole

 

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