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The Kitchen to Premiere New Tina Satter WorkThe Kitchen to Premiere New Tina Satter Work
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

Award-winning writer and director Tina Satter, along with her company Half Straddle, re-imagine and re-invigorate cult pop and literary tropes in an effort to trouble and question language and identity. As company member Jess Barbagallo has written, 'Characters in Tina's plays are often on the precipice of a subversive self-discovery, and articulate a sad but liberating and intrinsically queer value: that the self is perhaps never to be discovered, but always to be made.' In Satter's meticulous landscapes, both actors and characters playfully embrace fluidity, feminine agency and subversion. Critics have marveled at Satter's theatricality. Ben Brantley in The New York Times called her work, 'enchanting,' and, 'so very refreshing' while Helen Shaw in Time Out New York declared, 'Satter's Half Straddle company is launching a particularly coordinated goal-line drive to a new feminist form.' (more...)

The New England Foundation for the Arts Awards $404K for Dance Touring & Production ResidenciesThe New England Foundation for the Arts Awards $404K for Dance Touring & Production Residencies
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2014

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has awarded $404,000 through the National Dance Project (NDP) to support production residencies and touring by contemporary dance companies in 2015-16. NEFA's National Dance Project fuels the creation of new dance works and brings the work of the most compelling dance artists of our time to audiences across the nation. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Hosts Book Signing and Children's Book Drive Tied to World Premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/3, 12/5-21The Houston Grand Opera Hosts Book Signing and Children's Book Drive Tied to World Premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/3, 12/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2014

Houston Grand Opera will partner with Houston organizations for a public book signing with esteemed English actor, director, and author Simon Callow; and for a children's book drive during the run of the company's world premiere production ofA Christmas Carol this December. (more...)

Tonya Pinkins, Trezana Beverley & More Star Yale Rep's WAR, Beginning TonightTonya Pinkins, Trezana Beverley & More Star Yale Rep's WAR, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Yale Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of WAR by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, running tonight, November 21, through December 13 at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street). (more...)

Elevator Repair Service to Premiere New Work at NYTW Next FallElevator Repair Service to Premiere New Work at NYTW Next Fall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) has announced the world premiere of a new play from its acclaimed Company-in-Residence Elevator Repair Service (The Sound and the Fury, The Select, Gatz) to premiere in Fall 2015. (more...)

Sundance Institute Sets Seven Artists for 2015 Playwrights & Composers RetreatSundance Institute Sets Seven Artists for 2015 Playwrights & Composers Retreat
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

Sundance Institute today announced the seven artists selected for its 2015 Playwrights & Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation. The 16th annual writing colony at the 20,000-acre working cattle ranch outside of Sheridan, WY takes place February 2-20. Under the supervision of Artistic Director Philip Himberg and Producing Director Christopher Hibma, the Playwrights Retreat is made possible through the generosity of Ucross Foundation. The program is one of the 24 residency labs across many creative disciplines focusing on artistic process that Sundance Institute offers annually. (more...)

Arms and Armor from the Met Museum to GAME OF THRONES, Cubist Art and More Set for Dec 2014 TalksArms and Armor from the Met Museum to GAME OF THRONES, Cubist Art and More Set for Dec 2014 Talks
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

Met Museum Presents has announced its December 2014 talks. Highlights include a look at arms and armor, from the Met's beloved galleries to HBO's Game of Thrones; and Cubist art from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Details below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Grace Bender, John Lloyd Young and More at LUNGevity Foundation's 2014 'Musical Celebration of Hope' GalaPhoto Flash: Grace Bender, John Lloyd Young and More at LUNGevity Foundation's 2014 'Musical Celebration of Hope' Gala
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

Business leaders, philanthropists, survivors, and researchers attended LUNGevity Foundation's Musical Celebration of Hope Gala to celebrate the extraordinary progress in lung cancer research at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Target Margin Theater's 24th Season to Honor Gertrude SteinTarget Margin Theater's 24th Season to Honor Gertrude Stein
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

Target Margin Theater will dedicate its 24th season to the exploration of works created by the great American novelist, poet and playwright, Gertrude Stein. The 2015 Season begins in January 2015 with The TMT Stein Winter Lab at The Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn, and concludes in May 2015 with the world premiere of Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity, a new performance piece from Obie Award-winner David Greenspan, and The TMT Stein Spring Lab, that will run in tandem at The Connelly Theater at the Cornelia Connelly Center in Manhattan. (more...)

Theater at PS122's 2015 COIL Festival Kicks Off 1/2Theater at PS122's 2015 COIL Festival Kicks Off 1/2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

Performance Space 122's contemporary performance festival, COIL, returns for its tenth anniversary year. Known for its groundbreaking contemporary performance, this year's COIL 2015 festival spans interdisciplinary art working with new technologies and forms. Through installations, live and virtual practices, PS122 is committed to redefining how, where and when performance is experienced. (more...)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Host 6th Annual BSO Academy Week in June 2015Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Host 6th Annual BSO Academy Week in June 2015
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is pleased to announce the launch of its sixth annual BSO Academy Week. From Saturday, June 20 through Saturday, June 27, 2015, instrumentalists from across the country are invited to rehearse and perform side-by-side with BSO musicians and under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop in an intensive music 'fantasy camp.' The BSO's Academy Week was notably featured in The New York Times and has become a popular destination for amateur musicians from across the country. The Academy provides an immersive experience for participants who desire a comprehensive learning experience through four distinct tracks for performers, educators and administrators: Orchestral Track, Chamber Music Track, Music Educator Track and the Arts Administrator Track. Please see below for complete registration details. (more...)

MARIE ANTOINETTE, GRAND CONCOURSE and More Set for Steppenwolf's 2015 Season; Tickets Go on Sale 12/5MARIE ANTOINETTE, GRAND CONCOURSE and More Set for Steppenwolf's 2015 Season; Tickets Go on Sale 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company kicks off the New Year with the Chicago premiere production of Marie Antoinette (February 5, 2015 - May 10, 2015), a modern, witty take on the young queen of France by David Adjmi (Elective Affinities, 3C) and directed by Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy). Next is the US premiere of The Herd (April 2, 2015 - June 7, 2015), the deftly comic story of a suburban English family by actor-playwright Rory Kinnear. Ensemble member and Tony Award winner Frank Galati directs in place of previously announced director K. Todd Freeman, who had an artistic scheduling conflict. Ensemble member Lois Smith joins the cast of The Herd, which features fellow ensemble members Francis Guinan and John Mahoney. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Now Accepting Lottery Entries for POCATELLO's First PerformancePlaywrights Horizons Now Accepting Lottery Entries for POCATELLO's First Performance
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

Playwrights Horizons is now accepting entries for its popular LIVEforFIVE online lottery for up to two $5 tickets each to the world premiere of POCATELLO, a new play by Obie, Drama Desk and Lortel awards winner and 2014 MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' grantee Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale at PH, The Few, A Bright New Boise), directed by Davis McCallum (The Whale at PH, The Few, London Wall, A Bright New Boise, Water by the Spoonful). (more...)

Steppenwolf Presents AIRLINE HIGHWAY, 12/13-2/08Steppenwolf Presents AIRLINE HIGHWAY, 12/13-2/08
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company continues its 2014/15 subscription season with the world premiere production of Airline Highway, written by Lisa D'Amour (Detroit, How to Build a Forest) and directed by Joe Mantello (The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, Wicked). Steppenwolf's production will be presented by Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) at their Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway in Spring 2015. Airline Highway begins previews December 4, 2014 (Opening night is December 14, 2014; Press performances are December 13 at 3pm and December 16 at 7:30pm) and runs through February 8, 2015 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). (more...)

Lyric Unlimited Presents MEMORY AND RECKONING, 2/24-3/15Lyric Unlimited Presents MEMORY AND RECKONING, 2/24-3/15
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, today announced Memory and Reckoning, a confluence of activities related to the Chicago premiere of Mieczysaw Weinberg's The Passenger, on stage at Lyric February 24 through March 15. This poignant and gripping 20th-century masterpiece portrays the story of the Holocaust from the perspectives of both victim and perpetrator, and was only recently rediscovered after more than 40 years of suppression. (more...)

Jessica Lang Dance to Bring Evening of Contemporary Dance at Mesa Arts Center, 11/20Jessica Lang Dance to Bring Evening of Contemporary Dance at Mesa Arts Center, 11/20
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

Choreographer Jessica Lang, who was recently recognized with a Bessie Award for Best Emerging Choreographer, will bring her company, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) to perform an evening of contemporary dance in Mesa Arts Center's Piper Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20. Tickets are available at the Mesa Arts Center Box Office, at mesaartscenter.com or by calling 480-644-6500. (more...)

American Opera Projects and Adelphi University to Present New Opera INDEPENDENCE EVEAmerican Opera Projects and Adelphi University to Present New Opera INDEPENDENCE EVE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

(American Opera Projects) and Adelphi University present Independence Eve, a new chamber opera in three scenes that explores the troubled journey of race relations in America. The concert performances will take place on Thursday, November 13 at 7:30PM at the Concert Hall of the Performing Arts Center at Adelphi University (1 South Ave, Garden City, NY 11530), with a second performance on Saturday, November 15 at 8PM in the Great Room at AOP's South Oxford Space (138 S Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217). Composed by Sidney Marquez Boquiren with a libretto by Daniel Neer, the opera will include performances by baritone Jorell Williams, and tenor Brandon Snook. Damian Norfleet will act as stage director, while Mila Henry will provide music direction and piano. (more...)

BRIC and Sundance to Offer Reading of New Paula Vogel Play, 11/24BRIC and Sundance to Offer Reading of New Paula Vogel Play, 11/24
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

BRIC and the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, in partnership with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Yale Repertory Theatre, are pleased to host a work-in-progress reading of Indecent. Co-created by director Rebecca Taichman and the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, Indecent is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1922 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance - a play considered by many to be a seminal work of Jewish culture, by others, an act of traitorous libel. Alive with popular songs of the era, this deeply moving play charts the history of an incendiary work, the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it, and the evolving identity of the culturally rich community that inspired its creation. (more...)

The Richmond Symphony to Participate in MUSIC ALIVE: NEW PARTNERSHIPSThe Richmond Symphony to Participate in MUSIC ALIVE: NEW PARTNERSHIPS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

Twelve orchestras and composers have been selected to receive Music Alive: New Partnerships grants of $7,500 each, the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA announced today. Matching composers and orchestras who have not previously worked together, the program will support a series of one-week residencies between 2014 and 2016, each culminating in the performance of an orchestral work from the composer's catalog. Orchestras with operating budgets of approximately $7 million and below were eligible to apply. (more...)

John Tiffany-Helmed LET THE RIGHT ONE IN to Make American Debut at St. Ann's Warehouse This WinterJohn Tiffany-Helmed LET THE RIGHT ONE IN to Make American Debut at St. Ann's Warehouse This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

St. Ann's Warehouse welcomes back the National Theatre of Scotland, director John Tiffany and associate director Steven Hoggett for the American Premiere of Let the Right One In, which Jack Thorne adapted for the stage from John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel and screenplay, and which garnered tremendous acclaim on London's West End earlier this year. (more...)

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