Theater Alliance 'After Party' celebrates new play, venue

Attendees include locals, suburbanites and former Congressman Kucinich. Photo: Cast of 'Broke-ology'/Malcolm Lewis Barnes

WASHINGTON, August 23, 2013 –As revealing, honest, and true as last week’s opening performances of “Broke-ology” were, the diverse new audience that the Theater Alliance attracted to the new Anacostia Playhouse was just as intriguing. Not only were local theatergoers in attendance. Audience members hailed nearby Maryland and Virginia suburbs as well.

Broke-ology cast members. (Credit: Malcolm Lewis Barnes)

Also in attendance were former Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich and his lovely wife Elizabeth, both of whom came to the theater from their Hillcrest neighborhood home in nearby Southeast Washington, D.C. Both of them mixed in with the celebratory throng of people who hung around for the gala opening night “After Party.”

“We are committed to supporting the arts in our community and we both felt it was important to be here,” said Congressman “Call me Dennis” Kucinich. “It was a first rate performance, with a well-written script and the play was well paced.”

Elsewhere in the celebratory crowd, director Candace L. Feldman teared up as she listened to the sounds of Chaka Khan’s “Through The Fire” in the background as the eclectic crowd of Bethesda labor lawyers, Arlington accountants and Dupont Circle artists collectively decided they didn’t particularly want to leave the party. 

“August Wilson influenced the ground we stand on,” said Feldman as she recounted her experience with author Nathan Louis Jackson. Both playwright and director got their training at Kansas State University, which was followed by a stint at the Kennedy Center here. 

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“It is a privilege to bring to life this story, my hometown and close friendship with a script that I have been personally connected to for almost a decade before it was called ‘Broke-ology,’ said Ms. Feldman as she touted additional works of Nathan Louis Jackson that said she wants to stage next. 

Director Feldman with former Congressman Dennis Kucinich and his wife Elizabeth. (Credit: Malcolm Lewis Barnes)

Theater Alliance Artistic Director Colin Hovde says, “Broke-ology” is vital story to be sharing right now, especially given recent events, because it shows a picture of a family surviving despite hardship. It captures a piece of the human spirit and how we relate to our family and our dreams. It is at once safe and comforting but also dangerous, thought-provoking, and heart-wrenching.” 

Elizabeth Kucinich discusses theater, area real estate with audience members after the show. (Credit: Malcolm Lewis Barnes)

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“Broke-ology” continues at the Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE, through September 8, 2013: Curtain times are Thursdays and Fridays at 8p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25 with student and senior citizen tickets available for $15. For tickets, directions and information, visit, or call 202-241-2539.


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As a credentialed professional photo journalist, Mr. Barnes writes for the SQUARE BUSINESS journal, served as the Business Editor and columnist for the Washington Informer, and the Community Development writer for The Common Denominator newspaper

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