Washington Revels Blog

Washington Revels stages celebrations filled with traditional music, dance, stories and drama from around the world, revolving around the cycle of the seasons and the joys of community connections. Revels is for anyone who wants to share common ground through old and new traditions—connecting people across time and cultures. Revels is not something that you just watch—it is an experience.

While much of Revels takes place on a stage through song and dance, here on our blog members of our community attempt to capture the magic of Revels in words. We hope you take joy in reading these posts and that you will join us to make your own Revels memories soon!

Latest Posts

  • 2021 Christmas Revels Location
    2021 Christmas Revels Location
    September 27, 2021 by
    Posted by Washington Revels
    We are excited to announce that this year's production will be staged at the historic Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, MD — next door to the new Revels office!...
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  • Welcoming Fall 2021
    Welcoming Fall 2021
    August 31, 2021 by
    A post by Roberta Gasbarre, Artistic Director
    Hello to all! I’m so glad to be writing to wish you and your loved ones a happy, and I hope healthy, end of Summer. And as the wheel of the year turns to Fall, Washington Revels looks toward traditions that celebrate...
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  • Women of Washington Revels: Joan Burns
    Women of Washington Revels: Joan Burns
    July 23, 2021 by
    By Sarah Brodnax, Washington Revels Intern
    Joan Burns was first introduced to Revels in the 1970s, when she received a vinyl record of an early Cambridge production. That record instantly became a family holiday favorite. So, when she saw an advertisement in 1983 promoting the very first Christmas Revels in DC, she knew she had to go. Since then, Joan has...
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  • A New Home at Glen Echo!
    A New Home at Glen Echo!
    July 23, 2021 by
    Posted by Washington Revels
    We are thrilled to announce that more collaborations with Glen Echo Park are on the horizon. This August, Washington Revels moves into dedicated office space within the Park! With a conference area, kitchenette, and individual offices, our new suite has room for large meetings, group collaboration, and even small rehearsals. We will occupy this space for two years, providing stability as Revels emerges from the pandemic....
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  • Honoring Asian American & Pacific Islander Month
    Honoring Asian American & Pacific Islander Month
    May 20, 2021 by
    From the Board of Directors
    Throughout the year, Washington Revels heralds the rich and varied music, dance, and story of cultures from around the world. Our guiding principle is to bring people together to mark festival times through traditions of revelry — all to celebrate life and to take Joy!...
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    Women of Washington Revels: Jo Rasi
    May 14, 2021 by
    By Rowyn Peel, Washington Revels Intern
    Jo Rasi started working for Washington Revels in 2011, but she knew about it for even longer than she initially realized. She took her son, Nico, to see her friend and colleague, Steve Winick, perform in the Quebec Revels in 2008; but even earlier than that, her younger brother had performed in a Revels at the Emma Willard School when Jo was only five years old. In the lobby after the Quebec show, Jo heard Revelers singing the Boar’s Head Carol, which finally helped her realize it was the same Revels her brother had performed in: “I listened to that song here in DC and just felt this sense of everything coming together.”...
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  • May 9 - Mother's Day
    May 9 – Mother’s Day
    May 8, 2021 by
    By Washington Revels May 9, 2021 In annual productions like The Christmas Revels and May Revels, “Stage Families” are an important part of the experience for both performers and audience members. For viewers, these families add to the creation of an onstage village, sharing in the moments,...
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  • Women of Washington Revels: Mary Swope
    Women of Washington Revels: Mary Swope
    May 5, 2021 by
    By Sarah Brodnax, Washington Revels Intern
    After seeing an early Revels show in Cambridge, Mary Swope figured she might audition to be in the cast at some point, but never imagined how tightly her life would become intertwined with Revels. In 1981, Jack Langstaff asked her to find a place in Washington, DC where Revels could perform. From then on, she “did everything in Revels that anyone could do”: office business...
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  • News Release - Celebration of Spring
    News Release – Celebration of Spring
    May 4, 2021 by
    Including Release & Production Photos For Immediate Release Washington Revels Re-Creates Outdoor May Day Festival as Virtual Celebration Glen Echo, MD, May 4, 2021 – Washington Revels captures the energy of an open-air festival of springtime music, dance, and stories with “Celebration of Spring!” Releasing on May...
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  • April 21-22 - Earth Day
    April 21-22 – Earth Day
    April 20, 2021 by
    Posted by Washington Revels
    At Washington Revels, we celebrate the changing of the Seasons, and the many powerful and creative traditions that have grown up as people throughout time have used music, dance, and story to mark those changes throughout the year. On Earth Day, we reflect on the fragile systems that make the Seasons possible. And, since we're Revelers, we...
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