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BWW Blog: Meet Patti Murin of Goodspeed's HOLIDAY INN - Plenty to Be Thankful For
by Patti Murin - November 25, 2014

Greetings from the beautiful town of East Haddam, CT, home of the esteemed Goodspeed Opera House, where the world premiere of "Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn" is currently running until December 28th! My name is Patti Murin, and I am delighted to bring you the first installment of "Life in the Country", or "Suburbs of Suburbs", or "We Have So Much Free Time Up Here and This Is What I'm Doing With Mine" (more...)


BWW Exclusive: Advice from an NTI Alum - Matt Newton
by National Theater Institute - November 24, 2014

This week students are honing their acting skills on-camera with NTI alum Matt Newton (NTI Fall '97). Matt is the founder of MN Acting Studio NYC and currently the on-set acting coach for Season 5 of the hit CBS show BLUE BLOODS. As well as teaching Auditioning and Business of the Business for NTI, he is a contributor to BACKSTAGE and the author of the book 10 STEPS TO BREAKING INTO ACTING. Scroll down for photos of Newton working with NTI, plus an exclusive Q&A for Risk Again, in which he shares his NTI memories, what it's like returning to campus as a faculty member, and his advice for young actors! (more...)


BWW Blog: Ed Dixon of Pittsburgh Public Theater's L'HOTEL - Final Rehearsals
by Ed Dixon - November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 11 My lifelong friend, Jane Parham arrived in town for the invited dress rehearsaltomorrow and I had lunch with her at Sonoma Grill. Have I mentioned that Sonoma Grill is awesome? So is Jane. We had a marvelous time and then I took her to the theater to see the set. While we were standing there, Zach Moore ran a sound cue, Bizet's Symphony in C… loudly. Both Jane and I burst into tears. Got to introduce her to Ted Pappas who greeted her like an old friend. Good times. (more...)


Writers Writing About Writers
by Roundabout Theatre Company - November 18, 2014

To write a play in which the first scene was written by a character in the second scene, Stoppard's protaganist would necessarily have to be a playwright, a fact that left Stoppard in a state of dread. 'I didn't want to write a play about a playwright. That seemed to be the end of the rope: you write a play about someone who's trying to write a play.' (more...)


BWW Exclusive: Advancing Young Directors with NTI
by National Theater Institute - November 17, 2014

In order to best showcase the student's perspective and share what it means to spend 14 weeks 'studying away', Risk Again! asked alum Emma Miller (NTI-AD Spring '14) to write a letter to a prospective student sharing the impact NTI's Advanced Directing program had on her. (more...)


Jim Parsons returns to Studio 54 for one-night-only!
by Roundabout Theatre Company - November 14, 2014

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Desert Island Disc Listening Station
by Roundabout Theatre Company - November 12, 2014

In The Real Thing, playwright Henry (Ewan McGregor) struggles to name the songs he'd take if he were stranded on a desert island. (more...)


BWW Blog: Ed Dixon of Pittsburgh Public Theater's L'HOTEL - Getting Closer
by Ed Dixon - November 11, 2014

Tuesday, November 4 Started the day REALLY early with packing. They're moving me to housing right next to the theater. The Pennsylvanian is a lovely place but it's a HIKE and the weather is about to turn cold, so I'm really glad to be getting closer to work. After the move we did some trouble areas of the play and tightened the up considerably. Then I did an interview with Bill O'Driscoll from the City Paper. Forgot to mention, I did interviews with Sharon of the Post-Gazette and Alice Carter from the Tribune last week. Both were very enjoyable. We did a run through in the afternoon and it was the first time the first act had come together. The show is an ensemble piece so almost the entire cast is onstage all the time. This means everyone has to be on their toes ALL THE TIME or cues will be missed. This was the first time everyone kept the ball in the air for the entire first act. The second act wasn't as fortunate… one step at a time. (more...)


BWW Exclusive: 14 Hours at the National Theater Institute
by National Theater Institute - November 10, 2014

Today, Risk Again! takes a look at that 'singular schedule' in the photo gallery below! Last Tuesday at NTI featured 19 classes and 11 faculty members, all master teachers or industry professionals, who come to the O'Neill every week and share their talents with the students of the NTI Semester, NTI-Advanced Directing, and National Music Theater Institute. (more...)


Casting announced for Little Children Dream of God
by Roundabout Theatre Company - November 07, 2014

I am so pleased to announce that casting for the world premiere of Jeff Augustin's Little Children Dream of God, directed by Giovanna Sardelli, is complete. The play will feature Gilbert Cruz (Manuel), Dashiell Eaves (Trevor), Carl Hendrick Louis (Toussaint and Man), Maurice Jones (Joel), Crystal Lucas-Perry (Madison), Chris Myers (Vishal), Deirdre O'Connell (Carolyn), and Carra Patterson (Sula). (more...)


BWW Blog: Ed Dixon of Pittsburgh Public Theater's L'HOTEL - Third Week
by Ed Dixon - November 04, 2014

Tuesday, October 28 We started the new week with the top of act two. We sat around and read it. We've started doing this in comfy chairs in a circle rather than around a table and it's very intimate. Then we started at the top. Everyone's on stage from the beginning and it's so marvelous to see how at this point, everyone is really inside the characters so it goes really quickly in a kind of short hand. We got all the way up to the "eleven o'clock number" moment of the second act and quit there. (more...)


BWW Blog: Molly Garner of BIG FISH - One Final Note
by Molly Garner - November 03, 2014

Big Fish officially opens this Saturday, November 1st. I'm surprised to find myself both happy and sad. I'm thrilled that we're opening, of course. The show is terrific, and I can't wait for audiences to see it. Very few people know Big Fish, so we get to perform for people who have no preconceptions of the show. They have a wonderful surprise awaiting them. (more...)


BWW Exclusive: NTI Alumni Company - The Debate Society
by National Theater Institute - November 03, 2014

These are just some of the ways NTI students have responded to working with our alumni company, The Debate Society. The Debate Society is an Obie Award winning, Brooklyn based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos (writer/performer/NTI Fall '98), Paul Thureen (writer/performer/ NTI Fall '98/ MATS '00), and Oliver Butler (director/developer). The company specializes unexpected stories set in supremely intricate, vividly theatrical worlds. (more...)


BWW Blog: Christopher Vo of ON THE TOWN - Opening Night!
by Christopher Vo - October 30, 2014

It's been a little over a week since our big Broadway opening for ON THE TOWN on October 16, and I'm still aglow from the sheer magnitude of opening night. So many loved ones and proud supporters of our show were in the audience, which included celebrities that run the gamut of film, TV, and theater. (more...)


BWW Blog: Molly Garner of BIG FISH - Tech Week!
by Molly Garner - October 29, 2014

This week we move into the gorgeous Carpenter Center at Cal State Long Beach and begin the arduous process of tech. We made so much magic in the old studio-- as well as a lot of mistakes! Here are some shots of the final days of rehearsal. Photo credit to our dance captain Ricky Bulda. (more...)


BWW Blog: Ed Dixon of L'HOTEL - Week of Rehearsals in Glorious Pittsburgh
by Ed Dixon - October 28, 2014

Monday, October 20 Day off. I had been hearing about "The Strip" ever since I arrived so Deanne Lorette aka Sarah Bernhardt and I trundled off to have lunch there. The surprise is that it's not some Vegas area as you might imagine from the name. It's a very down home neighborhood with a lot of local produce and outside markets. One set of stalls looked like something you might have found in Omaha in the 1950's. Surprising. (more...)


BWW Exclusive: NTI - Unparalleled Access to New Work & Living Writers
by National Theater Institute - October 27, 2014

This week Risk Again explores the rich relationship between the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute (est. 1970) and National Playwrights Conference (est. 1964). Both committed to developing new work in a collaborative environment where artists are free to risk and safe to fail. (more...)


Casting Announced for Into The Woods
by Roundabout Theatre Company - October 27, 2014

It is my pleasure to announce that the upcoming production of Into The Woods at the Laura Pels Theatre will feature the original McCarter Theatre Center/Fiasco Theater cast. These ten extraordinary actors are Jessie Austrian (Baker's Wife), Noah Brody (Lucinda/Wolf/Cinderella's Prince), Paul L. Coffey (Mysterious Man), Andy Grotelueschen (Milky White/Florinda/Rapunzel's Prince), Liz Hayes (Cinderella's Stepmother/Jack's Mother), Claire Karpen (Cinderella/Granny),Jennifer Mudge (Witch), Patrick Mulryan (Jack/Steward), Ben Steinfeld (Baker), and Emily Young (Little Red Ridinghood/Rapunzel). As you know, Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld (co-Artistic Directors, along with Jessie Austrian, of Fiasco Theater) are also directing this thrillingly imaginative iteration of the musical. (more...)


BWW Blog: Molly Garner of BIG FISH - Tears During Rehearsal
by Molly Garner - October 24, 2014

I felt the tears building long before I released them. I stood stock still as my throat tightened and my breathing became shallow. (more...)


Dates announced for Noises Off starring Andrea Martin
by Roundabout Theatre Company - October 24, 2014

I am pleased to announce that our 2015-2016 Season production of Noises Off, starring Andrea Martin, will begin previews on December 17, 2015 and open on January 14, 2016. Jeremy Herrin, who makes his Broadway debut this season with Wolf Hall, will direct the production. (more...)


Thérèse Raquin starring Keira Knightley joins our 50th Anniversary Season
by Roundabout Theatre Company - October 23, 2014

I am honored to announce that the first production of our 50th Anniversary Season will be Emile Zola'sTherese Raquin, in a Roundabout-commissioned adaptation by Helen Edmundson and directed by Evan Cabnet. I am also thrilled to announce that Keira Knightley will be making her Broadway debut as Therese. (more...)


BWW Blog: Ed Dixon Returns in Pittsburgh Public Theatre's L'HOTEL
by Ed Dixon - October 21, 2014

In my cranky old age, I have become virtually phobic about all means of public transportation, an odd affectation for someone who has spent his entire life zooming from one theater to another across several countries. My dear friend, Nick Noone knows this about me, so when he learned that I was about to start rehearsing my new play, L'HOTEL at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, he offered to drive me both to and from. He did this in spite of the fact that he lives nowhere near Pittsburgh or New York City. This has prompted me to refer to him as Mother Teresa del Auto Spirito. (more...)


Additional casting for On the Twentieth Century
by Roundabout Theatre Company - October 20, 2014

It is my pleasure to announce additional cast members for On the Twentieth Century, our next production at the American Airlines Theatre. The previously announced Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher will be joined by Tony Award nominee Andy Karl (Bruce Granit), Mark Linn?Baker (Oliver Webb), Tony Award winnerMichael McGrath (Owen O'Malley) and Tony Award winner Mary Louise Wilson (Letitia Primrose). (more...)


BWW Blog: Molly Garner of BIG FISH - Mom's Advice
by Molly Garner - October 20, 2014

My mother has been reading my blog and her sole piece of advice is to stop talking about my baby. "Remember, NO ONE cares about your kids," she told me, with capital letters and all. "They all have their own and they think theirs are just as special." (more...)


Stoppard as Structuralist
by Roundabout Theatre Company - October 17, 2014

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