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Women of Washington Revels: Roberta Gasbarre

By Rowyn Peel, Washington Revels Intern
Roberta Gasbarre is most well-known in the Washington Revels community as our Artistic Director, but she is also officially the Education Director and the Christmas (or Solstice) Revels Stage Director. Before her time with Revels, Roberta was already directing and choreographing professionally in the DC area.

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Women of Washington Revels: Andrea Jones Blackford

By Rowyn Peel, Washington Revels Intern
Andrea has always wanted to perform, but majored in Journalism at Wayne State University in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, because her father encouraged her to pursue what he saw as a practical degree. She then did marketing and a fellowship in orchestra management, as a way to be involved in music performance without doing it herself. For a while, she thought that would be enough, but she loves performing, and she says Revels “gave me the strength to really set out and perform on my own.”

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Season of Reveling: Passover

Sunset of March 27 – Nightfall of April 4 From Reveler Rowyn Peel March 27, 2021 Pesach, or Passover, is one of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar. It celebrates the exodus from enslavement in Egypt. We honor the suffering and strength of our ancestors

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Women of Washington Revels: Betsy Fulford

By Rowyn Peel, Washington Revels Intern
Betsy knew of Revels in college, when she owned a Christmas Revels LP record. She finally got a chance to see the show in DC in 1991, and fell in love. She says, “it was a really striking performance because the group from Russia came in and… I had never heard singing like that before.” Betsy says her favorite thing about Revels is that “it had lots of variety: many different ages, many different kinds of music… It’s always something different and interesting and multigenerational.”

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Season of Reveling: Marking Purim

Season of Reveling: Marking Purim

From the Revels Community
Purim celebrates the story of Esther, and all instances of Jews rising up to defeat their would-be oppressors. An important part of celebrating Purim is reading the megillah (scroll) of Esther aloud to the congregation, who boo and make noise with groggers (noise-makers) to drown out the name of Haman, the villain, every time it is read.

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Season of Reveling: Celebrating Tu B’Shevat

Season of Reveling: Celebrating Tu B’Shevat

From the Revels Community

Tu B’Shevat literally means the 15th day of Shevat (a month on the Hebrew calendar), which is when we celebrate the “New Year of the Trees,” or “Jewish Arbor Day.” It is not a major religious holiday, but it is culturally important, because it ties us to our agricultural ancestors. Tu B’Shevat marks the beginning of spring; it is when the trees start to

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News Release – Winter Solstice Revels

News Release – Winter Solstice Revels

Including Release, Photos & Videos For Immediate Release Washington Revels Caps Virtual “Season of Reveling with Winter Solstice Revels Glen Echo, MD, December 8, 2020 – In December, Washington Revels would normally be in the final stretch of preparations for its annual Christmas Revels production — but

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Washington Revels Transition & FAQs

Washington Revels Transition & FAQs

From the Board of Directors Friday, October 2, 2020 Dear Revels Community – You’ve just learned that Greg Lewis is changing roles, shifting responsibilities from Executive Director to part-time Director of Special Projects, with Colin K. Bills becoming Producing Director and Ross Wixon becoming Administrating Director. So

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Message from Greg: It’s Time

Message from Greg: It’s Time

Transition Announcement Thursday, October 1, 2020 Hi, All – I am writing to let you know that, effective today, with the Board’s concurrence and support, I have stepped away as Washington Revels’ Executive Director. I have wondered for several years how I would feel when I finally

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