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About Gavin

WBJC listeners and Baltimore audiences may know Gavin from his nearly 20 years as dramaturg and associate artistic director at Baltimore Center Stage (in which capacity he was a frequent guest on WBJC to talk about programs and events), or from regular appearances alongside Jonathan Palevsky at the Charles Theater for Cinema Sundays discussions. A director, dramaturg, producer, translator, and adaptor who also teaches on the theater faculty at Towson University, Gavin is a recent addition to the WBJC team and delighted to play this new role.

Jun. 11 2024

Getting hysterical with Summer at the Center

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on Getting hysterical with Summer at the Center

2024 heralds the revival of the Summer at the Center arts festival at Towson University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC)–for the first time in nearly 20 years. This festival offers a celebration of, as well as a tribute to, Baltimore’s vibrant artistic tapestry and COFAC’s long history as a part of it. Spread […]

May. 14 2024

Go into the woods with Shakespeare at Everyman

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on Go into the woods with Shakespeare at Everyman

Everyman Theatre is making a rare foray into the Shakespearean canon with its current production of the much-loved comic romance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream–playing through June 9th. This fresh, surprising new take* on the old classic looks to find new resonance, new twists, new laughs, new life, new bite, and a balance between heart and […]

Apr. 29 2024

Crossing borders and breaking boundaries with Spooky Action Theater

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on Crossing borders and breaking boundaries with Spooky Action Theater

Spooky Action Theater’s artistic director, Elizabeth Dinkova, joined me by phone to unpack some of the humor, humanity, and heart at play in the latest production from this inventive DC-based theater compnay. She spoke with extra authority and insight having known the playwright, Philip Howze, since overlapping at drama school; having selected and programmed the […]

Apr. 25 2024

CINDY OF ARC jousts with the patriarchy at Theatre Project

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on CINDY OF ARC jousts with the patriarchy at Theatre Project

I had the pleasure of chatting all the way across the Atlantic with writer/performer/creator Cynthia Kaplan about her new play Cindy of Arc, coming to Baltimore Theatre Project May 2nd-4th after a raucously successful stop at Intiman Theatre in Seattle. The journey of this piece has been a lengthy and arguably convoluted one, from extremely topical […]

Apr. 16 2024

The “mother of all musicals” takes the stage at CTM

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on The “mother of all musicals” takes the stage at CTM

Now playing through April 28th at Classic Theatre of Maryland is the beloved Broadway classic from 1959, Gypsy–featuring the music of Jule Styne, the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, a book by Arthur Laurents, and more familiar standards of the repertoire than you can fit on your workout playlist. Under the direction of CTM Producing Artistic […]

Apr. 01 2024

Baltimore Playwrights Festival helps launch BROKEN BY THE BAY

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on Baltimore Playwrights Festival helps launch BROKEN BY THE BAY

After several years of writing, rewriting, and rewriting the rewriting, a new play by Baltimore playwright Kevin Kostic will have a free public reading through the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. You can hear the cast of local actors bring this original story to life–and play your own crucial role in the life of a new play’s […]

Mar. 11 2024

BOOK CLUB shenanigans on stage at Everyman

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on BOOK CLUB shenanigans on stage at Everyman

Director Laura Kepley leads a collection of Everyman Theatre company members and local actors on a rollicking ride filled with comic chaos,  diverting disruption, literary laughs, and assorted merriment–all accompanied by some thoughtful reflections on art, friendship, and identity. It’s The Book Club Play by DC-based playwright Karen Zacarias, on stage at Everyman from March […]

Feb. 20 2024

Set sail with Happenstance Theater in ADRIFT at Theatre Project

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on Set sail with Happenstance Theater in ADRIFT at Theatre Project

Perhaps you find yourself sometimes (and maybe more so lately) wondering, Where am I, Who am I, What’s going on, Where is this all going? Maybe you feel a little adrift, or unsure how you’re supposed to stay afloat on the rickety raft that’s carrying you across uncharted waters. Welcome to the Ship of Fools, […]

Feb. 14 2024

Dontrell takes a Baltimore hero’s journey at the Peale

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Baltimore-based theater company Sisters Freehold presents the local premiere of Charm City-set Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea by Nathan Alan Davis at The Peale from February 16th through March 3rd. To join Dontrell Jones III, his family and friends on this magical, theatrical, poetic quest through the streets of Baltimore, into the Aquarium, and “down-y […]

Feb. 11 2024

Peabody Chamber Opera transforms Theatre Project with SVABDA

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on Peabody Chamber Opera transforms Theatre Project with SVABDA

What do you get when you join six sopranos and mezzos, take away the orchestra, add folk dances and wedding customs, and put the whole thing in Serbian? Some of us might end up with nothing short of aa cacaphonous mess; but in the capable hands of composer Ana Sokolović , conductor Djordje Nesic, stage […]

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