Artistic Interpretation

Shirley here.

We do a fair amount of Artistic Interpretation here at the J: turning history and biography into theater; adapting literary work for the stage; or simply bringing to life the stories our playwrights create. But what happens when someone else Artistically Interprets us?

In May, Director of Community Outreach and New Media Becky Peters asked local comic artists to respond to THE HISTORY OF INVULNERABILITY through their art.  We received submissions from established and beginning artists alike, and all three were new to Theater J. We couldn’t have been more thrilled with these thoughtful, perceptive takes on the story.

From Carolyn Belefski of Curls Studio:

Carolyn displays a new Curls comic strip every Monday and Thursday and offends and/or entertains with her improv podcast, The Carolyn and Joe Show, each Tuesday. She collaborates with writer Joe Carabeo on the comic books Kid Roxy, Black Magic Tales and The Legettes.

Enjoy her blog, visit the Curls Studio store, and listen to her podcasts at

From Raymond H. Allard:

Raymond writes: I began my artistic career after graduating with a BFA in Fine Art by working in the advertising department of a great metropolitan newspaper.  Naturally I pursued the art of making comic books.  Later, I joined the Foreign-Service wife as we traveled overseas for twenty years, and I learned to teach academic writing.  In my life I have experimented with almost every known form of artistic expression except expressive dance. (I cannot dance.)  So I am an artist, print-maker, poet, playwright, author, cartoonist, essayist, musician, actor, teacher, comedian and gardener.

And finally, from Andrew Cohen:

And, while I reported on our disappointing techFail in recording some of our final panels of last season, I was pleased to discover that our panel with Local Comic Artists was recorded, produced, and posted on Carolyn’s blog–so have a listen! This subject relates not only to this production, but to our overall Locally Grown initiative mission–in which we aim to shine a light on artists living and working in the DC-area. So seek out these artists, and if you’re intrigued–buy their books!