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Royal Drama at DC's National Theatre Feb. 11-16

January 22, 2020

It’s not the modern drama of Harry and Meghan departing England, but for the National Theatre, the timing is perfect.

THE KING’S SPEECH makes its USA debut at the National Theatre in DC on February 11-16, 2020.

The original play inspired the 2010 Oscar-winning film.

King George VI (Bertie) is thrust onto the world stage after his older brother, Edward, abdicates to marry an American (precedent for Harry?) Shy, fragile, and afflicted with a profound stammer, Bertie is ill equipped to lead a nation on the brink of World War II.  

When traditional medical interventions fail, Bertie’s wife, Elizabeth, convinces her husband to seek help from an unconventional Harley Street speech therapist, Lionel Logue. Their success or failure as therapist and patient, and as unexpected friends, will seal their destiny, the destiny of England and perhaps the world, in this compelling true story.

David Seidler’s THE KING’S SPEECH makes its long-awaited U.S. debut in a production The Mail proclaims “A right royal treat.”

Tickets for THE KING’S SPEECH may be purchased here by calling 1.800.514.3849, or in person at the National Theatre Box Office (Monday-Friday, 12pm-6pm and two hours prior to every performance).

Drama Desk Award winner Nick Westrate will star as Bertie (Prince Albert, Duke of York), with Michael Bakkensen as speech therapist Lionel Logue.

THE KING’S SPEECH was written by David Seidler, with direction by Michael Wilson.

THE KING’S SPEECH will run Tuesday, February 11 through Sunday, February 16. The production is recommended for ages 13 and up.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday at 8 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm
  • Sunday evening at 7:30 pm

The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in downtown Washington, D.C. Nearby metro stops include Metro Center and Federal Triangle. For parking information, please visit

The National Theatre invites patrons to dine pre- or post-show with partners The Occidental, BLT Prime by David Burke, Claudia’s Steakhouse, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Fig & Olive, Flight Wine Bar, The Hamilton, Mirabelle, MXDC, and Proper 21. For more information about restaurant partners and special deals, visit

The remainder of the 2019-2020 Broadway at the National season will include: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY (January 31 - February 1, 2020), BANDSTAND (March 3-8, 2020), STING STARRING IN THE LAST SHIP (March 27 - April 5, 2020), ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (April 7-12, 2020), BLUE MAN GROUP (May 8-17, 2020), BABY SHARK LIVE! (June 5-7, 2020), and SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL (July 22 - August 2, 2020).

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A Stab at Civility

December 11, 2019

The juxtaposition was head-spinning. Or cringe-worthy.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Lara Trump(the President’s daughter-in-law via Eric) said one of the power women she respected most is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. That was just minutes after Pelosi unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump in a news conference Tuesday on the Hill.

The two women of opposite political bents spoke at the Politico Women Rule Summit. They shared the same stage at the JW Marriott Hotel but missed each other by about 45 minutes -- so no feathers flew.

Harris Faulkner (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Harris Faulkner

Moderator Anita Kumar, Politico’s White House correspondent and associate editor, interviewed Lara; shortly thereafter, Politico’s Playbook co-author Anna Palmer steered Pelosi through developing hot topics.

Asked by Kumar who she admired on the slate of power women, Lara replied, Mrs. Pelosi for her survivability… “tenacity…she’s been in the game for a long time.”

When it was her turn, Pelosi shrugged off the personal compliment but took the occasion to again skewer the President on the Ukraine phone call, Russian “meddling” in the 2016 elections, and, as she put it allowing Trump “to get away with violating his oath of office.”

Perhaps there might be a middle ground. On Chris Wallace’s Fox News Sunday, former Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., suggested: “I think censure [rather than impeachment] ought to be looked at very carefully by everybody.  Maybe the fact all parties are against it means it’s the right way to go.”

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a panelist on empowering women (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a panelist on empowering women

So far, censure has little traction.

Asked if women like President Trump, Lara Trump said the polls never really reflected well for him.  In the last election, she said, 25 percent of the donors to his campaign were women. Now, she said 50 percent of the donors are women.

Lara was asked about news gossip that she might run for the Long Island congressional seat being vacated by New York Republican Peter King. “I am not a member of that district but I can never say no for the future.

“I am not running for Congress,” she emphasized, “But you can’t rule me out.’

Lara started her career as a TV producer in North Carolina for Inside Edition.  She is a senior advisor for Trump 2020.

Businesswomen Caryn Seidman Becker, Jan Wurwand & Tammy Wincup (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Businesswomen Caryn Seidman Becker, Jan Wurwand & Tammy Wincup

Harris Faulkner, an anchor for Fox, moderated a panel of self-made professional women in business and politics. She gave her own advice to the multitude of attendees, mostly young women looking to network or get career enhancing ideas: “When starting out…find a core of people who believe in you.”  She said she got that advice from her family, it worked well, so she was passing it on.

Faulkner’s conversation was with Caryn Seidman Becker, co-founder and CEO of CLEAR; Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Tammy Wincup, president of Protocol; and Jane Wurwand, co-founder of Dermalogica.



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The Museum of Bags Goes to College

November 25, 2019

The “Bag Lady” would be elated.

Lee Forman of McLean, Va., often joked that she adored that handle.

amusing shopping bags (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) amusing shopping bags

Her collection of some 13,000 shopping bags, amassed during four decades until she died in 2009, has been donated to the University of Akron. It had been at The Museum of Bags, once located in McLean, Va.  The Lee L. Forman Bag Collection now is housed as a key collection in the Institute of Human Science and Culture, part of the university’s Cummings Center for the History of Psychology. The bags will be exhibited on a rotating basis and used as part of the university’s undergraduate Museum and Archives Certificate Program.

In its description of the collection, the university traced the history of shopping bags.

“From its origins as a plain fiber sack, the humble shopping bag emerged as a sophisticated merchandising tool. Its development parallels the transformation of the American retailing economy from peddlers, shopkeepers, and dry goods stores in the 19th century, to the rise of department and chain stores, mail order catalogues, and supermarkets in the 20th century. Its development reflects changing trends in art, design, and marketing over more than a century.”

Eat Your Peas bag (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Eat Your Peas bag

The Lee L. Forman Bag Collection is the legacy and namesake of Lee, a graphic designer, who began the collection in the 1970s by saving Bloomingdale’s shopping bags. The collection grew as Forman became increasingly interested in the design and history of bags as cultural icons.

The collection includes shopping bags autographed by artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and bags from nearly every presidential election since 1948.  It also contains a 45 rpm record sleeve signed by all four Beatles and a century-old saddle bag from 1917.

 “Lee would be thrilled to known that her passion of collecting bags has found a permanent home and will be used for research and educational purposes,” said museum co-founder and Lee’s husband, Howard Forman, who successfully and lovingly spearheaded the search for the new cultural home after Lee passed in 2009.

“In addition to their use as tools of study, this extensive collection will serve a vital role in the university’s certificate program in museums and archives,” the school said on its website in announcing the gift from Howard and his wife, Elaine, residents of McLean. Both are active in the northern Virginia arts community.





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