The DC area Theatre Community Unites for ‘March on Washington for Gun Control’ on January 26th at 10 AM by Cindy Powell

The local theatre community is well represented as Matt Gardiner – Signature Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director – leads two dozen DC-area actors/singers who will perform two songs at The March on Washington for Gun Control on Saturday, January 26th: John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

Singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” will be Rachel Zampelli, Carolyn Cole, Harry Winter, Bayla Whitten, Gannon OBrien, Shayla Simmons, Will Gartshore, Weslie Woodley, Kellee Knight Hough, Sandy Bainum, Shayna Blass, Nora Palka, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Evan Casey, Felicia Curry, Sam Edgerly, Madeline Botteri, and Kevin McAllister. Gabriel Mangiante is the Music Director.

Singing Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” is Nova Y. Payton, accompanied by Music Director Darius Smith.

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Some of the two-dozen steering committee members are involved in theater:
-An Arlington VA resident, Catherine Tripp is a film producer and local theatre director, a company member at Rorschach Theatre at 1333 H Street NE.·      

D.W. Gregory, a Silver Spring MD resident, is a playwright.

Jason McCool, also of Silver Spring, is an actor/musician/professor/social media director. He played the role of “Judas” in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Forum Theatre, and he was a trumpet player with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He works at Montgomery College, Theatre Washington, The National Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Louanne Christian, a Kensington native who now has retired in Montana, met Molly Smith at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, where Louanne worked as a stage manager, light designer, house manager, and board member.

Nicholas Yenson, a 27- year-old actor born and raised in Arlington, VA, has appeared on stage at Arena Stage in Washington, DC; McCarter Theater Festival in Princeton, NJ; the New York Musical Theater Festival in New York City, and with the national tour of Riverdance. Nicholas will be performing in the 2013 Latino Inaugural In Performance at The Kennedy Center with Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno on Jan. 20th here in Washington, DC. He’s working on social media, the website, and communications.

Paul Oakley Stovall, a 6’2” tall African American gay actor from Chicago now living in Logan Circle, who was a victim of gun violence just after graduating from college. Now 43, and a successful actor and playwright – his play Immediate Family debuts on Broadway this fall – Paul got a rough start to adulthood:  “I was shot in both my legs. I have the scars and infrequent but debilitating shooting pains (nerve damage) to this day. At 21 years old, I found myself to be a gay, crippled African American,” said Paul. A one-minute video of Paul talking about his experience is below.


Sign up to March HERE.

Saturday, January 26th at 10 AM.

The March will start at the Capitol Reflecting Pool on 3rd St, across from the Indian Museum, progress down Constitution, ending with a rally at the Washington Monument NE quadrant with speeches and music.

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