‘How about that, Miz Washington?’: Ally Theatre Company brings untold stories to Gateway Arts District

By HELEN PARSHALL (View FULL STORY online on Hyattsville Life & Times)

The stage is somewhat sparse, simply a bed, a table and some chairs. A rollicking march plays over the speakers, reminiscent of the kinds of colonial plays one might attend in middle school. The atmosphere is cheerful, and the audience is chattering quietly — a contrast to the fevered story they’re about to see.

On the walls are portraits, but the softened lighting makes it hard to see many details. One of the paintings appears to have been of George Washington, but the canvas is mostly rolled up to reveal behind him a portrait of what seems to be an African American woman.

The stage is set for “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington,” Ally Theatre Company’s first production in their new residence at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, a short drive away from Washington, D.C.