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Women of Washington Revels: Mary Swope

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

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

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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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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