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Susan Dormady Eisenberg: A Maryland Teacher Changes Lives By Creating Opera in the Classroom

12 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Mary Ruth McGinn's class at Stedwick Elementary School in suburban Maryland has an intriguing second name and unique purpose: they've have formed an in-house troupe called the Fire Starters Kids Opera Company.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: TV's Smash Seems Doomed, But The Show Deserves a Third Season

I'm sorry Smash didn't morph into a "smash hit," but the showrunner has announced that all of season two will be shown and the finale will be satisfying to the show's fans. To be honest, I'm still hoping for a third season which this program deserves.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: The Music Man Marches Into D.C. And Fills Arena Stage With Charm

2 years agoNews : Huffington Post

When I read that Molly Smith, artistic director of Arena Stage, was going to produce The Music Man, I picked a date and bought advance tickets. I was not disappointed.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: Opera's Francesca Zambello Talks About This Summer at Glimmerglass and WNO's Future Plans

Francesca Zambello ranks among the world's most prolific opera and musical theater directors. When I caught up with the director last month, she was about to meet with the artistic staff at Washington National Opera, while also preparing to direct Aida.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: Finding the Face of My Muse: A Vietnam Veteran I Never Met

So in a few weeks when Memorial Day again rolls around, I'll raise a glass to my pen pal and say the words, "Semper Fi." And I'll be silently thanking the VVMF for its ongoing campaign to find and post photos of all who died in that conflict.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: How James Purefoy Will Heat Up the Hamptons When Revenge Finally Returns

ABC executives have been mostly mum about the late-season arrival of James Purefoy, the hunky British actor who joins the cast of Revenge as the show returns from hiatus on April 18. It was announced in January that Purefoy would portray...Show More Summary

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: How James Purefoy Will Heat Up the Hamptons When Revenge Finally Returns

Kudos to ABC for casting this versatile actor whose instinctive choices are never boring. It will be wonderful to see him back on American TV, seducing his leading lady in Revenge.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: Review: Frank Langella's Dropped Names Is a Literary Debut to Savor

Frank Langella's Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them offers shrewd and often poignant observations that linger in the mind long after each chapter ends--and there are 66 vignettes to savor.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: An Interview With Terence Winter: Executive Producer and Creator of HBO's Boardwalk Empire (Part 2 -- On Writing for TV)

In Part Two of our phone interview, Winter speaks about his unexpected admission to New York University; his decision to follow his heart and become a writer; his special regard for three mentor-colleagues -- Martin Scorsese, Frank Renzulli, and David Chase; and his 2007 film, Brooklyn Rules.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: An Interview With Terence Winter: Executive Producer, Writer, and Creator of HBO's Boardwalk Empire (Part 1)

Boardwalk's second season ended this past December 11 with a closing shot that electrified the fans, but Winter and his creative team had already been in their writers' room since September, devising plot lines for season three.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: Why Capote's A Christmas Memory Is an Enduring Gift for All Seasons

"Imagine a morning in late November. A coming of winter morning more than twenty years ago." It's my favorite opening in fiction, the first two lines of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: Author Louise Nayer Chats About Winning the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award for Burned, A Memoir

When Louise Nayer was four in 1954, she and her parents and her six-year-old sister Anne took their first family vacation. Tragedy soon struck when Nayer's father and mother tried to light a gas water heater that exploded.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: Broadway Review: Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross Dazzle in a Sparkling Revival of Private Lives

Noel Coward's timeless comedy opened last week at the Music Box Theatre, and if you have the privilege of seeing Paul Gross's long-awaited Broadway debut, you'll enjoy a nuanced, charismatic star turn.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: As Wolf Trap Opera Marks 40th Year, 14 Star Alumni to Return for Benefit Concert

3 years agoNews : Huffington Post

How valuable is Wolf Trap's program for young people who participate? The proof is in the numbers.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: The Night Lena Horne Rescued the Joffrey Ballet: A Birthday Tribute

Lena Horne would've turned 94 on June 30, and it's been more than a year since the world lost this ground-breaking singer. But when I think of Ms. Horne, I remember her as the unflappable diva who rescued the Joffrey Ballet.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: Author Interview: M.J. Rose Talks About The Hypnotist

"Reincarnation is just another form of therapy. In my books, instead of going to a traditional shrink, my characters go to a therapist who practices past-life regression."

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: Author Stephanie Cowell Chats About Claude and Camille and Her Next Historical Novel

Stephanie Cowell writes lush and compelling fictional portraits of the world's greatest artists, writers, and composers: their struggles, their liaisons, their failures and successes.

Susan Dormady Eisenberg: Alice McDermott Talks About Her "Long Run" in Fiction as Charming Billy Becomes a Play

Alice McDermott will celebrate three decades of literary achievement in 2012, but this month marked a new phase in her career as Charming Billy, her best-known work, moved from page to stage.

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