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X, the opera

X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X  by the Davis family—composer Anthony, librettist Thelani, storyteller Christopher as mounted by Metropolitan Opera but seen as a simulcast.


Strong Wind

Strong Wind by 2023 Nobel Laureate Jon Fosse mounted by Washington, DC's Scena Theatre is an existential play in the tradition of Jean Paul Sartre's Huis Clos (No Exit) and Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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In this time of war in Ukraine and in Israel comes the October 28, 2023, world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and George Brant’s opera Grounded, a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and the Washington National Opera.

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Starfall in the Temple

Starfall in the Temple from Blue Light Press by Prartho Sereno is a masterful poetry collection offering both gravitas and levity. It could be the poetry that saves your life.



The InSeries of Washington, DC, opened the 2023-2024 season with their updated version of the Euripides play Alceste as translated by British poet Ted Hughes, with additional texts by Sylvia Plath and Sybil Roberts, and supported by the music of George Frederic Handel.

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David Froom Tribute

The  21st Century Consort of Washington, DC produced a brilliant concert in tribute to the late David Froom.

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Poetry Noir

The Steiny Road Poet explores Margo Berdeshevsky's seductively terrifying poetry and art collection.



The Steiny Road Poet experiences the dance and music of Sara Baras within the framework of Donald Trump and Gertrude Stein.

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Blue, the Opera

The Steiny Road Poet reviews the exceptional contemporary opera about a Black policeman losing his son at the hand of a fellow officer.



Giuseppe De Nittis

The Steiny Road Poet reviews the art of an Italian painter—Guiseppe De Nittis—who blended Realism and Impressionism.


English in a Foreign Country

The Steiny Road Poet reviews Sanaz Toossi's play English and compares it to Gertrude Stein, living in France and writing for an American public who didn't understand what she wrote in English.


New Opera: The Hours

The Steiny Road Poet reviews The Kevin Puts and Greg Pierce opera The Hours which mixes the real life author Virginia Woolf and two fictional character.


Artists Who Ignored Their Own Banshees

The Steiny Road Poet reviews Martin McDonagh’s film The Banshees of Inisherin within the context of Gertrude Stein sitting out World War II in France on the German Border.

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In the Voice of Paul Bowles

The Steiny Road Poet presents the curious case of the magazine publisher who liked Steiny's work but not in the voice of Paul Bowles.

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ModPo a Decade Later

The Steiny Road Poet reprises the 2012 interview with U Penn professor Al Filreis whose online Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo) has introduced thousands to poetry Including Gertrude Stein.


The Nightsong of Orpheus

The Dresser reviews The NIghtsong of Orpheus, a wonderfully conceived new opera produced by INSeries in partnership with Theatre Nohgaku.



Karren Alenier reviews Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah as produced by Wolf Trap Opera which speaks to our times and troubles

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Steiny Road Poet reviews the spectacular production of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream by director Malana Maog as produced by Washington, DC’s Folger Theatre.


Port of Leaving

Port of Leaving by Roberto Christiano is a compelling journey of self-examination—a blues of longing—that opens out to the world we live in. A full-length book of poetry from Finishing Line Press.


Flight and Metamorphosis

Joshua Weiner has produced a stunning translation of Nobel Prize winning poet Nelly Sachs' Flight and Metamorphosis.


Why I Live at the PO

In May 2022, UrbanArias premiered composer Stephen Eddin and librettist Michael O'Brien's chamber opera Why I Live at the PO.

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