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My View: Opening Night – Feeding The Dragon – Primary Stages

My View: Opening Night – Feeding The Dragon – Primary Stages

It was one of the season’s most exciting Off Broadway Opening Night’s at The Cherry Lane Theatre last night as Primary Stages in association with Jamie deRoy and Hartford Stage presented writer and performer Sharon Washington in Feeding The Dragon.

The curtain-calls and standing ovations would not stop at the conclusion of the unique and emotional personal story.  Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. 

The celebrity filled opening night audience of John Kander, Susan Stroman, Billy Porter, Mary Testa, Lillias Whte, Chuck Cooper, Danny Burstein, Brandon S. Epatha Merkerson, and others continued the cheering for Sharon Washington at the after party a few block from the theatre.  Primary Stages advertising slogan is “Your Off_Broadway Home” and  once again it was home to a magical theatre experience with this brilliant autobiographical solo piece.

Feeding The Dragon: written and performed by Sharon Washington, directed by Maria Mileaf.

Primary Stages: Artistic Director Andrew Leynse, Executive Director Shane D. Hudson, Founder Casey Childs.

Hartford Stage: Artistic Director Darko Trenjak, Managing Director Michael Stotts

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this event go to

Feeding The Dragon

Sharon Washington

Shane D. Hudson, Maria Mileaf, Sharon Washington, Jamie deRoy, Andrew Leynse, Elizabeth Williamson, Casey Childs

Jamie deRoy, Catherine Adler, Alan Goodman, Riki-Kane Larimer, Eda Sorokoff


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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