As the cast dances in the aisles of Keegan Theatre, it’s difficult not to catch the contagious, rose-colored energy from this musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery. I left bobbing to a handful of upbeat songs playing on repeat in my head. And with several somber, but just as
Keegan’s production [of As You Like It] is not a traditional Shakespearean play, but instead the DC-area premiere of the musical version of the show, written by co-adapters Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery as a commission for The Public Theatre in 2017. Taub and Woolery’s musical version replaces some of the dialogue with songs, including Jaques’ monologue, which is the basis
November 8, 2018: The Keegan Theatre announces the cast and creative team of its beloved holiday tradition, AN IRISH CAROL, written by Dublin native and Keegan company member Matthew J. Keenan. AN IRISH CAROL, returning for its eighth season, runs December 13- 31, 2018, at the Keegan Theatre in Washington, DC. Press opening is December 14, 2018.
[In Lincolnesque,] playwright John Strand has crafted a well structured comedy about the conflict between democratic ideals that, until recently, even the worst practitioners paid lip service to, and the situational ethics that even the most high-minded must indulge in if they are to accomplish anything. While some of the words are borrowed … Strand also has a
Year 2 Brings Increased Audience Accessibility and a Robust Expansion of the WOMXN on Fire Festival October 4, 2018: Now in its second official year of supporting new works, today Keegan Theatre’s Boiler Room Series launches its international, national, and local searches for new plays. From thousands of entries, five plays will be selected to
Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery’s musical adaptation opens November 1 October 1, 2018: The Keegan Theatre’s 2018–19 season continues with the announcement of the cast and creative team for Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Directed by Josh Sticklin and Cara Gabriel, with music direction by Tiffany Underwood Holmes and
Lincolnesque is a look back at a man and a time and a look at the here and now, when the high-minded words and ethics—integrity, honor— of the 16th President are seen as an innovative take on politicking. The script is funny, full of long runs of dialogue barbed with truths that catch your breath and make
In Lincolnesque, a play written by John Strand and directed by Colin Smith, the art of lying for one’s country succeeds in fusing a deceptively light touch and inside-the-Beltway political humor with profoundly deep messaging that goes straight to the heart. Lincolnesque’s timeliness hits the bullseye. Brandon McCoy as Francis brings a boyish innocence to his delusional
The widely lamented awfulness of right now is why the Dupont Circle troupe Keegan Theatre has brought back [John Strand’s] “Lincolnesque,” a dark fantasy about a noble speechwriter who breaks down and starts channeling Abraham Lincoln’s loftiest prose. With “Lincolnesque,” the Keegan audience gets no sense that the seemingly of-the-moment show is over a decade old.
September 26, 2018: The Keegan Theatre is pleased to announce initiatives designed to make Keegan a more inclusive and accessible destination for patrons and artists alike. Launching now, at the start of Keegan’s 22nd season, these efforts have been developed to help Keegan promote equity, diversity, and inclusion through art and action – a central element of the