‘A Quick 5′ with Parker Esse

Parker Esse

Parker Esse is currently the choreographer for Fiddler on the Roof  at Arena Stage which begins performances on October 31st. This is Parker’s  fifth production with Arena Stage and with artistic director Molly Smith. He previoulsy choreographed Arena Stage’s The Music Man (Helen Hayes nomination), critically acclaimed Oklahoma! (Helen Hayes Award), The Light in the Piazza and A Christmas Carol 1941. […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Joseph Ritsch

Joseph Ritsch

Joseph Ritsch is currently the Co-Producing Artistic Director at Rep Stage. You would think that would be enough of a job to keep him busy but Joseph is also the director for Rep Stage’s season opener Venus in Fur.  Joseph is a principal ensemble member with Jane Comfort and Company, and has performed at The Joyce […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Bruce Coughlin

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Bruce Coughlin is currently the orchestrator for Elmer Gantry at Signature Theatre which begins performances on October 7th. Elmer Gantry is not the first time Bruce has worked at Signature Theatre. He co-orchestrated Giant with Larry Hochman and also scored A Second Chance and Sycamore Trees.Bruce’s resume is as varied as anyone’s you’ll ever see. […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Maggie Boland and John Hance

John Hance and Maggie Boland with daughter Willa.

Today marks the third anniversary of A Quick 5 on MD Theatre Guide. When I started this column I never thought it would last this long and be as popular as it has become. Today’s column is number 328 which means I have asked 1,640 questions in the past three years. I always knew I […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Dee Hoty

Dee Hoty

Broadway actress/singer Dee Hoty is currently performing in 9 to 5 the Musical  at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia PA in the role of Violet Newstead. On Broadway she has been seen in such blockbusters as The Will Rogers Follies a Life in Revue (Tony Nomination) and City of Angels. Her two other Tony nominations were […]

‘A Quick 5′ with John Preece

John Preece

To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof , today’s A Quick 5 subject is a man who knows the show very very well. John Preece has played in many productions of Fiddler on the Roof  either as Lazar Wolf or Tevye. All totaled he has played the show 3,455 performances. Broken down, […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Jane Horwitz

Jane Horwitz

Jane Horwitz is someone you might know from a number of local entertainment mediums. If you read the Washington Post regularly, then you know about Jane’s work as a reviewer and that she has a column called The Family Filmgoer which she has been writing since 1993. From 1997 to 2011 she wrote the Post’s Backstage […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Gillian Williams

Gillian Williams

Gillian Williams is currently starring as Abby in Belleville at Studio Theatre. She was recently seen in Venus in Fur at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company. Other regional theatre credits include Cabaret at Trinity Repertory Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Hartford Stage, and Hamlet and boom at Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre. Gillian was one of […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Brynn O’Malley

Brynn O'Malley

Brynn O’Malley is currently starring in the dual roles of Dot/Marie in Signature Theatre’s fantastic production of Sunday in the Park with George.  She has appeared on Broadway in Annie (revival), Wicked, Sunday In The Park With George (revival at Roundabout Theatre Company), Hairspray and Beauty And The Beast. In DC she appeared at Arena Stage in She Loves […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Jenna Sokolowski

Jenna Sokolowski

Jenna Sokolowski is currently opening the 2014/15 season of Arena Stage as Phyllis in the world premiere of The Shoplifters which runs through October 19th. Although this is her Arena Stage debut, she has been performing in and around the area for over ten years. Select area appearances include Beneatha’s Place and Clybourne Park at CenterStage, Maria […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Katie deBuys

Katie deBuys

Katie deBuys is currently in rehearsals at Round House Theatre for Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love in which she plays the role of May. She appeared at Round House Theatre last season in Seminar. Recent DC area credits include Stupid F***ing Bird (both the original run and the recent remount) and In The Next Room at Woolly Mammoth […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Jon Kalbfleisch

Jon Kalbfleisch

Jon Kalbfleisch is currently the musical director for Signature Theatre’s 25th anniversary season opener Sunday in the Park with George. Jon has been the resident musical director for Signature Theatre from the very beginning and has been on the podium for some of their biggest productions. Recent productions include Gypsy, Side by Side by Sondheim, […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Rachel Stroud-Goodrich and Chris Goodrich

Rachel Stroud-Goddrich and Chris Goodrich

Rachel Stroud-Goodrich and Chris Goodrich are one ambitious theatre couple. They are the C0-Artistic Directors of Unexpected Stage Company which is presenting its first musical called Dani Girl at Randolph Road Theatre (original home of Round House Theatre) in Silver Spring MD, through August 10th. Here is a couple raising three young kids, while holding full-time […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Robert Michael Oliver

Robert Michael Oliver

Robert Michael Oliver is currently embodying Walt Whitman in his one man tour de force solo piece called Song of Myself: The Whitman Project. This is the second in Oliver’s American poetry-in-performance series which started with his one man show based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe which also played Capital Fringe. Some of you might […]