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CATCO Takes Their Fundraiser Virtual on April 16

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO Takes Their Fundraiser Virtual on April 16

When Leda Hoffmann came to Columbus as CATCO’s new Artistic Director for the 2020-2021 season, after acclaimed stints at Chicago’s Strawdog and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, all plans had to account for a pandemic we haven’t seen in a century.  For the last year, she’s led the company through shifting actors’ equity regulations, overlapping safety […]

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Priyanka Shetty Premieres ‘#Charlottesville’ at the Abbey’s Virtual Theatre Project

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Priyanka Shetty Premieres ‘#Charlottesville’ at the Abbey’s Virtual Theatre Project

Since the pandemic began, the Abbey Theater of Dublin’s artistic director Joe Bishara has thrown himself into producing solo shows for streaming as part of the Virtual Theatre Project with a wide-ranging group of talents. Next in line, #Charlottesville is simultaneously a premiere and a reunion. I talked to Bishara and playwright and star Priyanka […]

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Hamilton to Return to Columbus in September

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Hamilton to Return to Columbus in September

Broadway in Columbus has announced its updated season schedule. Many of the season’s previously announced shows, in partnership with Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, will run starting this fall, through spring 2022. However two shows, Disney’s Frozen and Riverdance‘s 25th Anniversary Show, could not be rescheduled. The schedule will run as follows: Hamilton Sept. […]

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Opera Columbus Names New Director & CEO

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Opera Columbus Names New Director & CEO

Opera Columbus has announced its new general director and CEO. Julia Noulin-Mérat replaces Peggy Kriha Dye, who left the position in October. Noulin-Mérat’s career spans that of producer, designer, and arts administrator for the Boston Lyric Opera and Guerilla Opera, also in Boston. Internationally, she also served as production designer and producer for More Than Musical, Broadway Asia, […]

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Theater Preview: Gallery Players Returns with Streamed Version of Classic Musical ‘I Do! Do!’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Gallery Players Returns with Streamed Version of Classic Musical ‘I Do! Do!’

Gallery Players – a bright spot in the Columbus theater world for over 70 years – opened a run of She Loves Me on March 8, 2020. After only two performances, director Pamela Hill and the cast fully expected to return the following Thursday. The burgeoning pandemic had other ideas and the show – like […]

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Theater Preview: Abbey Theater Premieres Livestream of Julie Whitney Scott’s ‘Diary of Recovering Daughters’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Abbey Theater Premieres Livestream of Julie Whitney Scott’s ‘Diary of Recovering Daughters’

Julie Whitney Scott has reshaped and enriched Columbus culture for the last 40 years as an author, poet, journalist, actor, playwright, director, and producer. Her new work, Diary of Recovering Daughters, premiering virtually through the Abbey Theatre of Dublin with Joe Bishara directing, uses a lifetime of experience both in the theatre and in her […]

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Theatre Preview: CATCO Presents Twist on Classic with Streaming ‘A Columbus Christmas Carol’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: CATCO Presents Twist on Classic with Streaming ‘A Columbus Christmas Carol’

CATCO’s Artistic Director Leda Hoffmann reached out to Detroit-based playwright Julianna Gonzalez to adapt her acclaimed modern take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – originally performed with Black and Brown Theatre – to Columbus audiences and to a digital presentation. I spoke with the playwright by Zoom. Last year, before taking the reins at […]

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