Stage & Film articles

Shakespeare in Motion in Detail

Shakespeare in Motion in Detail

By Ricardo Melendez “Shakespeare in Motion” is a combination of two of my greatest passions: the power and wit of Shakespeare’s stories and my dedication to the awe- inspiring beauty and physicality of the language of Dance. When art inspires art there is both a responsibility and a pleasure; a pleasure of immersing oneself into

Harlem Renaissance  Comes to Life in Raisin’ Cane

By Jerome Langston It is early in my phone conversation with actress Jasmine Guy that I remember what I’d loved about our first time chatting, back in 2014, when the triple-threat performer first brought her Harlem Renaissance show to the 757. Jasmine keeps it extra real. The Atlanta native and preacher’s kid, famously known for

PREVIEW: A Streetcar Named Desire

By Montague Gammon III The grand reopening of the Virginia Stage Company’s newly renovated, historic Wells Theatre home in downtown Norfolk, January 20 at 6:30 p.m., features a ribbon cutting ceremony, local musicians and tours of the facility, followed by a new production of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning 1947 play, A Streetcar Named Desire.

PREVIEW: A Christmas Carol

By Montague Gammon III Virginia Stage Company’s Associate Producer (and long time Assistant Artistic Director) Patrick Mullins, who directs the 2016 restaging of VSCs’ annual, family-friendly production of A Christmas Carol, took some time between directing his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and the opening of the same author’s Christmas Carol to answer

The Z Breaks Ground, Plan B Resident Comedy

By Jim Roberts The Zeiders American Dream Theater opened a temporary performance space in Virginia Beach Town Center in 2015 and has quietly been building its reputation in the shadow of the 10-year-old Sandler Center, which is literally steps away. The musical “Love, Always” made its world premiere at “the Z” in July before moving

BROADWAY: Rent Still Going Strong after 20 Years

By Jerome Langston It’s pretty fascinating to witness the return of Rent into our current politically polarized and media obsessed Zeitgeist. The rock musical, a loose adaption of Puccini’s La Bohème, was one of the defining theatrical phenomenons of the nineties, winning both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996.