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  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Gem of the Ocean First Rehearsal Recap

    Before first rehearsal for Gem of the Ocean began, Director Gregg T. Daniel invited Choreographer Joyce Guy to help him perform a libation ceremony. Joyce Guy, with dangling earrings shaped as the African continent, followed after him as he poured wine from a gourd on each of the four corners of the room. As they walked,…

  • A Noise Within

    First Look at Gem of the Ocean

    We were back in the studio for the second time this season with our cast from Gem of the Ocean: Veralyn Jones as soul cleanser Aunt Ester, Kevin Jackson as former Underground Railroad conductor Solly Two Kings, and Evan Lewis Smith as the play’s main protagonist Citizen Barlow. Given the play’s themes of healing and baptism…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Frankenstein First Rehearsal Recap

    “Who here has read Mary Shelley’s original novel Frankenstein?” This was Director Michael Michetti’s opening question to the cast and crew at Frankenstein‘s first rehearsal. Some hands went up, but some didn’t. “That’s okay, you weren’t expected to,” said Michetti. “Not everyone has read it, so there are a lot of misconceptions about the story.”…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    First Look at Frankenstein

    A scientist and a Creature walk into a photo studio… It’s a face-off for the Victorian age! In our Frankenstein photo shoot, Kasey Mahaffy and Michael Manuel came together for the first time as Victor Frankenstein and the Creature, along with director Michael Michetti. Our concept for the shoot explored the dualities of creator and creation,…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Get to Know Desdemona & Medea

    One of most unique traits of A Noise Within is our dedication to rotating repertory theatre, where several plays alternate on our stage and where our actors create an artistic muscularity from juggling different worlds and aesthetics and characters at once. This season, one such example is Angela Gulner, who plays Desdemona in Othello and Medea…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Meet the Women of Othello

    We love hearing from you, the audience member, about what you thought of our productions – including Othello. Recently, some of you noticed how several roles traditionally cast as men are played by women in our production and you wanted to hear from the cast about their experience. Today, we’re bringing your questions to our actors and…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Q&A with Military Consultant Jack LaZebnik

    A unique part of our rendition of Othello is that even though the language is Shakespeare, Venice stands in for Washington D.C. and Cypress for Afghanistan, and the characters are in modern military uniform. Director Jessica Kubzansky wanted our representation of the military to be as authentic as possible, which is why we have CPT Jack…

  • A Noise Within

    Q&A with The Glass Menagerie Lighting Designer Ken Booth

    Lighting plays a big role in Tennessee Williams’ original vision for his memory play, evoking how memories fade around the edges and shift with the passing of time. Resident Artist Ken Booth talks about how he is combining his vision with Williams’ in the lighting design of The Glass Menagerie. What attracted you to The Glass Menagerie?…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Argonautika First Rehearsal Recap

    All aboard the Argo! Our largest cast of the spring season gathered together for the first time with our captain Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and her crew of designers for Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts. Julia Rodriguez-Elliott opened first rehearsal by sharing her love for the play, which she considered a fairy tale for adults…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Q&A with Deborah Strang: Looking Back on The Glass Menagerie

    This is not the first time that Resident Artist Deborah Strang has assumed the role of our fearless matriarch Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. A Noise Within staged the production over twenty years ago, and now we’re re-living the memory with Deborah as she reminisces about her past experience and talks about what’s new in…

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