Jacob Kaplan

While most 5 year olds might spend their time playing soccer or baseball, Jacob decided to meticulously study the presidents, memorize their names, and rate them on a scale from 1-5. Candidly, he did this because he was terrible at both soccer and baseball, but he would like to believe that this more academic hobby instilled in him a love of History that remains to this day. As a D.C. native, Jacob has always tried to share local History with his community in a way that is both informative and entertaining. In high school, he made a video for the school called “Tenleytown is Funleytown,” a short film highlighting various hotspots in the vibrant neighborhood of Tenleytown. He is still waiting to hear back from Sundance. 

Posts by Jacob Kaplan

How the DC Improv Helped Stand-Up Grow Up

Jerry Seinfeld at the DC Improv. (Credit: DC Improv Archives)

In 1992, D.C. was rife with three “C’s”: Clinton, crack, and comedians. The first found a home in the White House, the second began to disappear from the streets, but the third—eager to make it as Stand-Ups—were left to wander in a city that offered them limited opportunities to perform. The opening of a new comedy club that July, the DC Improv, could not have come at a better time.

The Great White Hope at 50: Making All D.C. a Stage

The cast of The Great White Hope at Arena, 1967 (Credit: Arena Stage Records, C0017, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.)

It’s Washington in 1967, and the District’s old reputation as a sleepy, southern city is being squashed by the feet of Vietnam War protesters and the voices of Washingtonians calling for racial equality. That same year, local theatre Arena Stage announced that, on December 12th, it would be putting on the world premiere of Howard Sackler’s play, The Great White Hope. At the time of its production, the play was completely unknown. No one would have imagined that 50 years later, the production of the now-Tony-winning show would go down in history as one of the most influential moments in shaping the political and cultural landscape of Washington in the 1960s.