PRAISE FOR JOE BANNO’S WORK AT SOURCE THEATER
“Scintillating, nasty, and rather breathtaking….A creepily erotic production…. Banno is in sharp, smart, hallucinogenic form in this production, which looks, moves and sounds like an urban nightmare….”
“A tease and a giggle….
The production is like a hyperkinetic comic toy under Banno’s antic, sophisticated direction….
He shuffles the levels of reality like a pack of cards….”
on PRIVATE EYES
“Filthy, funny and sexy pretty much sums up ‘Closer’ at Source Theatre…. Under Banno’s sleek direction, it’s edgy and quick.”
“An appetizing and elegant production….Banno keeps the comedy decorous and dry as a proper martini, and the vignettes overlap and dovetail with crisp precision….”
on THE DINING ROOM
"Imbued by Banno's snappy staging with the crackle of Stoppardian farce, this production is spare in design and precisely on target….It’s sure to tickle funny bones.”
WASHINGTON CITY PAPER on PSYCHOPATHIA SEXUALIS
From 1997 through 2006, Joe Banno served as Artistic Director of Washington DC’s eclectic and audacious Source Theatre Company (after his 15 years of critically acclaimed work as a guest director and, later, Associate Artistic Director with the company). Source – which had given early-career boosts to theatre artists as diverse as Marcia Gay Hardin, Charles Busch and Eric Schaeffer, and won the GLAAD Award and the Washington Post Award for its production – was instrumental in the early efforts to revive DC’s historic, but economically depressed Shaw neighborhood into the thriving, culturally diverse destination it has become. As Artistic Director, Banno built on the fine work of his predecessors, continuing to raise the quality and prestige of the company’s productions, nurturing the development of burgeoning writers (among them, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Caleen Sinnette Jennings) through the annual Washington Theatre Festival of New Plays, and producing and directing works by a who’s-who of contemporary American and British playwrights (involving many of the finest actors and designers on the DC theatre scene in the process). Banno’s multi-year cycle of nine plays by David Mamet featured many rarely-revived works, and culminated in the multiple-Helen Hayes Award-nominated production he directed of “Edmond”. Under his creative leadership, Source expanded well beyond its mission of producing its own work as an SPT theatre. Banno initiated a late-night theatre season by guest companies; offered extensive musical programming, ranging from intimate cabaret series to all-night rock events to chamber music recitals to workshop stagings of opera; hosted installations of gallery art and photography; and forged partnerships, artistic residencies and co-productions with emerging DC theatre, dance and musical ensembles – resulting in Source’s growth into a bustling, multi-disciplinary arts center.
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