Our latest ArtsWatch includes plans for Theatre Week’s return, cast and new managing director announcements.
Theatre Washington Announces Plans for Theatre Week 2022
The return of “Theatre Week” is September 22 through October 9, a three-week celebration including discounted prices, a kickoff festival, concert and more. The kickoff concert is Saturday September 24 at the SW Waterfront. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arena Stage, enjoy workshops, performances, free food and more from over 40 D.C. area theaters.
Synetic Theater Announces New Managing Director
The Synetic Theater has announced Ben Cunis as its new managing director as of September 1. Cunis was most recently a working filmmaker and professor at the University of Southern California. He has a history with Synetic, having first worked there in 2006 as an actor and then later an administrator. He’s excited about returning after 16 years. The start of his time at the theater coincides with the 2022-2023 season, which debuted Monday with “Host and Guest.”
Glover Park Resident Publishes First Novel
Amber Wiser Thompson, a Glover Park resident, just published her first novel “City of Steel: A Damascus Love Story.” The book is set in Syria, which is where she grew up. It tells the tale of Laila, a 19-year-old raised in California by her American mother and Syrian father. She receives news her father died in a car accident while visiting Syria, so she returns to Damascus to reclaim her heritage and reconnect to her roots. The book is currently available at Politics & Prose on Connecticut Ave. and at Thompson’s family’s wine shop, Georgetown’s Bacchus Wine Cellar.
Arena Stage Announces Cast for “Holiday”
The Arena Stage has announced the cast for its new production of the show “Holiday” by Philip Barry. “Holiday” is a classic romantic comedy about the haves and have-nots and pursuing a “life worth living.” The Broadway play was a hit in 1928 and was adapted into a film 10 years later. Holiday is currently set to run from October 7 through November 6. Cast members include DMV native Regina Aquino, a Filipinx artist and activist making her Arena Stage debut, and John Austin, who previously was in the Arena Stage production of “Right to Be Forgotten” and “Kleptocracy.”