Lisa Traiger


How 'Camp David' Peace Talks Became the Stuff of Drama

By Lisa Traiger

How 'Camp David' Peace Talks Became the Stuff of Drama
In the play ‘Camp David,’ Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright dramatizes the famed 1979 summit between Jimmy Carter, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin.Read More


Woody Guthrie Gets Onstage Musical Treatment

By Lisa Traiger

Woody Guthrie Gets Onstage Musical Treatment
Woody Guthrie sang of America’s “redwood forests” and “gulf stream waters.” The traveling troubadour and American folk poet electrified a nation with his paeans to America’s indomitable spirit and beauty.Read More


Inside the Sex Industrial Complex

By Lisa Traiger

Inside the Sex Industrial Complex
There won’t be much physical action in “Married Sex,” Washington, D.C.-based playwright Laura Zam’s latest work. And, truthfully, like the complaints of many long-married couples, the sex in this one-woman show is really just a starting point to discuss relationships, traumas and healing. But the play, which makes its New York debut August 10 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, takes audiences on a wild and emotional ride through what might be called the sex industrial complex.Read More


A Playwright Confronts His Shadows

By Lisa Traiger

A Playwright Confronts His Shadows
Playwright Ari Roth stumbles sometimes when discussing the characters in “Andy and the Shadows,” his family drama that opens this week at Washington, D.C.’s Theater J. In fact, when Roth discusses Nate, the patriarch in the work, he slips, saying, “my father.” It’s undestandable, for Roth, long-time artistic director of Washington D.C. JCC-based theater, has fused elements of his own family history with fantasy, fact and fiction, in crafting his most personal work to date.Read More


Marc Chagall on Parade

By Lisa Traiger

Marc Chagall on Parade
Part spectacle, part tribute to Chagall, with a heaping dose of Cirque du Soleil, a new performance piece called “The Grand Parade” is premiering at D.C.’s Arena Stage.Read More






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