Jacqueline Lawton: How did your company form and how long have you been presenting work in D.C.?
Kathleen Akerley: In 1998 I formed the company as a sole proprietorship just in order to rent the Arena Stage Old Vat Room and direct a production of Macbeth – I thought it would be a one-time thing and then I would move to another city and build an acting career (my degree is in acting). Obviously that’s not how it went down . . .
JL: What impact do you hope to make in the D.C. theatre community?
KA: I have no particular hopes or agenda with respect to any impact I may have.
JL: Is political theatre important to you?
KA: Not as such.
JL: Why did you decide to participate in 44 Plays for 44 Presidents?
KA: I think the three dog&pony conspirators are bad ass.
JL: Which president are you featuring? What’s his political affiliation and campaign slogan?
KA: Benjamin Harrison - Republican; ‘Rejuvenated Republicanism.’
JL: What’s something interesting we should know about him?
KA: His first wife was dying during his reelection bid and he spent more time with her than on his campaign (and lost).
JL: Did he support the arts while in office? If so, how?
KA: Not notably, as far as I can tell.
JL: If he was running for office this year, would you vote for him? Why or why not?
KA: I’d probably go all weepy about the wife thing and give him a sympathy vote for putting spousal loyalty over political victory.
JL: In addition to 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, what’s next for your company?
KA: Our 2013 summer show! TBA: www.longacrelea.org