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Philadelphia Theatre Company's Theatre Masters Series to Continue with Tony Winner Billy Porter, 3/23Philadelphia Theatre Company's Theatre Masters Series to Continue with Tony Winner Billy Porter, 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

Tony and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter continues Philadelphia Theatre Company's new Theatre Masters Series on March 23 at 7:00 PM at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets). Porter will be joined in conversation by theatre historian and author John Kenrick. Launched as part of PTC's celebration of its 40th Anniversary season, Theatre Masters offers an array of Monday night on-stage interviews with major theatre artists with whom PTC has worked, each sharing personal journeys of transformation and creative growth over time and how it has impacted both art and life. The series, which launched February 16 with a sold out house for Bill Irwin, concludes with Anna Deavere Smith on May 11. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Berkeley PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Berkeley Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

Berkeley Playhouse at the historic Julia Morgan Theater continues their seventh season with You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown directed and choreographed by Christina Lazo (Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show with Altarena Playhouse; All Shook Up, West Side Story with Tri Valley Repertory Theatre; A Chorus Line, Catch Me If You Can with Woodminster; and Bye Bye Birdie with Contra Costa Musical Theatre). Previews begin tonight, February 19, and runs from February 21 to March 15, 2015 at the Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave. in Berkeley. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Crowded Fire Theater Welcomes New Artistic DirectorCrowded Fire Theater Welcomes New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT), one of the Bay Area's most innovative and critically acclaimed producers of new plays, today announced the hiring of Mina Morita as the new Artistic Director. Morita replaces Marissa Wolf, who resigned from her post in December 2014 to become Director of New Works at Kansas City Rep. Morita's hire is the result of a national search that saw applications from over 40 talented candidates. As Artistic Associate at Berkeley Rep, Morita helped establish and run The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep's Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. Mina also served as Board President of Shotgun Players for the past five years, during which she oversaw immense growth for the company. She will be leaving both positions to lead Crowded Fire in collaboration with longtime Managing Director and current Executive Producing Director Tiffany Cothran. (more...)

Cynthia Nixon in AN EVENING WITH DESDEMONA AND EMILIA & More Set for 2015 Spring Public Forum Drama Club SeasonCynthia Nixon in AN EVENING WITH DESDEMONA AND EMILIA & More Set for 2015 Spring Public Forum Drama Club Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

The Public Theater announced the 2015 Spring Public Forum season, featuring an exciting line-up of one-night-only readings and discussions that connect dramatic literature to society. Continuing its fifth year, the popular Public Forum series presents the theater of ideas: conversations and performances with leading voices in politics, media, and the arts. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Bridge Rep Rep: Oreos and a Father-Son Car RideBWW Reviews: A Bridge Rep Rep: Oreos and a Father-Son Car Ride
by Nancy Grossman - Feb 10, 2015

Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston continues its second season with shows two and three running in repertory. While seemingly very different, FUFU & OREOS and SIXTY MILES TO SILVER LAKE are linked by a common theme of struggling to navigate between two worlds. As the Boston theater community examines the issue of gender parity, they are also linked by strong direction by the tandem of Rebecca Bradshaw and Shana Gozansky. (more...)

Bill Irwin to Kick Off Philadelphia Theatre Company's New THEATRE MASTERS Series, 2/16Bill Irwin to Kick Off Philadelphia Theatre Company's New THEATRE MASTERS Series, 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2015

Tony Award-winning actor and clown Bill Irwin opens Philadelphia Theatre Company's new Theatre Masters Series on February 16 at 7:00 PM at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets). Irwin will be joined in his conversation by arts consultant and former Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing Howard Sherman. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Let's Bowl! Go Inside Second Stage's 2015 Bowling ClassicPhoto Coverage: Let's Bowl! Go Inside Second Stage's 2015 Bowling Classic
by Jennifer Broski - Feb 3, 2015

For over 25 years, stars of stage and screen have come out to bowl in support of Second Stage's award-winning seasons and to assist the theatre in its fund-raising efforts at its annual All-Star Bowling Classic. Last night, stars gathered at Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge to bowl and BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the event below! (more...)

BWW Review: SMALL AXE at The Theatre CentreBWW Review: SMALL AXE at The Theatre Centre
by Dennis Kucherawy - Feb 2, 2015

Five years in development, 'Small Axe' is a compelling, timely, provocative and inspiring new piece of Verbatim Theatre now playing at the Theatre Centre. It is presented by The Theatre Centre and Project: Humanity (PH). Founded in 2008, PH calls itself 'a non-profit organization raising awareness of social issues through the arts.' It reunites actor/writer Andrew Kushnir and director Alan Dilworth, who previously collaborated in 2010 on PH's 'The Middle Place,' a successful play about Toronto's homeless youth. Premiered at SummerWorks, it was restaged as a coproduction of Theatre Passe Muraille, Canadian Stage and PH. (more...)

Final Season of Showtime's NURSE JACKIE to Premiere 4/12Final Season of Showtime's NURSE JACKIE to Premiere 4/12
by TV News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

This spring, SHOWTIME will bid farewell to one of its signature series with the premiere of NURSE JACKIE's final season on Sunday, April 12th at 9 P.M. ET/PT, followed by the highly-anticipated second season of the hit drama series PENNY DREADFUL on Sunday, April 26th at 10 P.M. ET/PT. (more...)

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN to Run 2/21-3/15 at Berkeley PlayhouseYOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN to Run 2/21-3/15 at Berkeley Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

Berkeley Playhouse at the historic Julia Morgan Theater continues their seventh season with You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown directed and choreographed by Christina Lazo (Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show with Altarena Playhouse; All Shook Up, West Side Story with Tri Valley Repertory Theatre; A Chorus Line, Catch Me If You Can with Woodminster; and Bye Bye Birdie with Contra Costa Musical Theatre). Previews begin February 19 and runs from February 21 to March 15, 2015 at the Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave. in Berkeley. Tickets are now available through the Box Office, call (510) 845-8542 x351 or visit berkeleyplayhouse.org. (more...)

Bill Irwin, Billy Porter and Anna Deavere Smith Set for PTC's 2015 'Theatre Masters' SeriesBill Irwin, Billy Porter and Anna Deavere Smith Set for PTC's 2015 'Theatre Masters' Series
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

From clown to actor, from performer to playwright, from actor to social commentator, Bill Irwin, Billy Porter, and Anna Deavere Smith share their artistic journeys in Philadelphia Theatre Company's new Theatre Masters series. Launched as part of PTC's celebration of its 40th Anniversary season, Theatre Masters will offer an array of Monday night on-stage interviews with major theatre artists with whom PTC has worked, each sharing their personal journey of transformation and creative growth over time and how it has impacted both their art and their lives. This season's schedule features Bill Irwin on February16, Billy Porter on March 23, and Anna Deavere Smith on May 11. (more...)

Terrence McNally's MOTHERS & SONS Begins 2/6 at Philadelphia Theatre CompanyTerrence McNally's MOTHERS & SONS Begins 2/6 at Philadelphia Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Philadelphia Theatre Company's continues its 40th Anniversary season with the Tony Award-nominated play Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally February 6-March 8. Directed by Wendy Goldberg, the cast features Hugh Kennedy, Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned, James Lloyd Reynolds, and Patrick Gibbons and Jacob D. Wilner in alternating performances. (more...)

Bonnie Metzgar to Direct Red Tape Theatre's THE WALK ACROSS AMERICA FOR MOTHER EARTH; Cast AnnouncedBonnie Metzgar to Direct Red Tape Theatre's THE WALK ACROSS AMERICA FOR MOTHER EARTH; Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

Casting has been completed for Red Tape Theatre's (RTT) upcoming Chicago Premiere of The Walk Across America for Mother Earth. (Full cast list below) Tickets are on sale now at www.steppenwolf.org and 312.335.1650. All performances will be held at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre located at 1624 N Halsted St, as part of the sixth annual Garage Rep. General Admission tickets are $20, with a limited number of discounted student tickets for each performance and 'Pay What You Can' tickets for Wednesday performances only. A complete performance schedule of the 2015 Garage Rep can be found at www.steppenwolf.org. (more...)

THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS Begins in January at 59E59 TheatersTHE ROAD TO DAMASCUS Begins in January at 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

59E59 Theaters will welcome the world premiere of THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS, written by Tom Dulack and directed by Michael Parva. Produced by The Directors Company and part of the 59E59's inaugural 5A Season, THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS begins performances on Saturday, January 17 at 8 PM for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 1. Opening Night is Tuesday, January 27 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM. Single tickets are $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org. (more...)

Met Guild to Honor Licia Albanese & Carlo Bergonzi in 'INCOMPARABLE' in 2015Met Guild to Honor Licia Albanese & Carlo Bergonzi in 'INCOMPARABLE' in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Summer saw the passing of two of opera's most iconic figures: Licia Albanese, at the age of 105, and Carlo Bergonzi, at 90. (more...)

BLACK-ISH, GET ON UP, Jennifer Hudson Among Nominees of 46th ANNUAL NAACP IMAGE AWARDSBLACK-ISH, GET ON UP, Jennifer Hudson Among Nominees of 46th ANNUAL NAACP IMAGE AWARDS
by Movies News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

Nominations have been revealed for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards. The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and be broadcast live on TV One. (more...)

The Other Theatre Company to Open TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 in JanuaryThe Other Theatre Company to Open TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis is proud to announce the launch of The Other Theatre Company, a new Equity theatre company, and its debut production, Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. The production, directed by Jason W. Gerace, will play at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., January 23 February 22. Previews are Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.Opening/Press night is Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. The regular performance schedule is Thursdays Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. (NOTE: performance times have been updated as of January 12). Preview tickets are $20 with the regular run tickets $25 and may be purchased atbuzzonstage.com/theatres/other-theatre-company. For more information, please visit theothertheatrecompany.com. (more...)

Public Theater to Present THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER as Part of Public Forum, 12/14Public Theater to Present THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER as Part of Public Forum, 12/14
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

The Public Theater announced the return of Public Forum's holiday tradition, a one-night-only Drama Club reading and discussion of THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER on Sunday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe's Pub at The Public. Just in time for the holidays, this exciting evening will feature a reading of Thornton Wilder's 1931 one-act featuring Tarell Alvin McCraney, Ethan Lipton, Andrew Solomon, and Tappan Wilder. Wilder's ingenious, heartbreaking play traces 90 years in the life of an American family, and will spark a discussion about family and storytelling in a society that's rapidly accelerating. (more...)

THE BILL COSBY ASSAULT to Debut at Philadelphia Fringe 2015; Kickstarter LaunchedTHE BILL COSBY ASSAULT to Debut at Philadelphia Fringe 2015; Kickstarter Launched
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

In the spirit of Anna Deavere Smith and The Laramie Project, several area theatre artists are creating a new work in the wake of the increased allegations against superstar and hometown favorite Bill Cosby. The Bill Cosby Assault is set to debut in the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Right now, the producer has gathered some of the city's top theatre artists and they have begun a Kickstarter campaign at www.kickstarter.com/projects/1401536246/the-bill-cosby-assault-a-play. Money raised will fund the completion of the play by a writing team and director, a workshop with the actors, and some of the production costs of the 2015 Fringe Festival debut. (more...)

Billy Crystal Receives United Solo Special Award for 700 SUNDAYS; Full List of Winners Announced!Billy Crystal Receives United Solo Special Award for 700 SUNDAYS; Full List of Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

The world's largest solo theatre festival concluded its season with an awards ceremony held on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Theatre Row in New York City. It was the closing night for a ten-week season of solo theatre and the fifth anniversary of the festival, a resident company at Theatre Row. (more...)

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