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Photo Flash: Andre De Shields and More Celebrate DISGRACED Opening at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Andre De Shields and More Celebrate DISGRACED Opening at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Arena Stage presents the final production of its 2015/16 season, Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama DISGRACED. Director Timothy Douglas (Arena's King Hedley II) tackles this emotionally-charged play by Akhtar, author of the novel 'American Dervish' and currently the most produced playwright in the United States. DISGRACED runs now through May 29, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

BWW Review: Explosive DISGRACED Makes Strong DC Regional Premiere at Arena StageBWW Review: Explosive DISGRACED Makes Strong DC Regional Premiere at Arena Stage
by Jennifer Perry - Apr 29, 2016

Akhtar's script is so beautifully complex yet simple, and asks some hard questions. The performances and physical production elements are first-rate. This is one of the strongest productions I've seen all season, and perhaps in recent years in the Washington, DC area. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

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Photo Flash: First Look at August Wilson's FENCES at Milwaukee RepPhoto Flash: First Look at August Wilson's FENCES at Milwaukee Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's 2015/16 season comes to a close with August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play FENCES. The production, which is a co-production with Arizona Theatre Company and Indiana Repertory Theatre, is helmed by legendary American theater director Lou Bellamy and features an all-star cast. FENCES plays in the Quadracci Powerhouse from tonight, April 26, through May 22, with Opening Night on Friday, April 29. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Syracuse Stage to Present KEN LUDWIG'S BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, 5/11-29Syracuse Stage to Present KEN LUDWIG'S BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, 5/11-29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

?The game is wildly and hilariously afoot as Syracuse Stage concludes the 2015/2016 season with Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, May 11-29. (more...)

BWW Interview: Being That Sixth Person-Talking with Director Timothy Douglas about DISGRACED at Arena StageBWW Interview: Being That Sixth Person-Talking with Director Timothy Douglas about DISGRACED at Arena Stage
by Ellen Burns - Apr 26, 2016

Lest you might think careers are well-planned, organized endeavors, take a lesson from director Timothy Douglas, who is gracing Washington in a return visit to Arena Stage (last season's King Hedley II was his Arena Stage debut) with his work with Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced, a play about being Muslim or, perhaps more importantly, being perceived as Muslim, in America in current times. 'I tripped into directing,' says Timothy, 'I went to LA as an actor, but found I didn't have the skin for it, so I stepped back and thought I'd be a career teacher, but through some dumb luck, I directed a show, and some people liked what they saw, and I ended up with the Center Theatre Group in LA, as a director. When I finally stopped resisting the path, it started to work.' 'It seems every good thing,' he laughingly reflects, 'has happened as I was being dragged through the back door kicking and screaming.' So, it seems, tripping doesn't always mean falling. (more...)

Who's on the Wheel of Life? Meet the Full Cast of TUCK EVERLASTING, Opening Tonight on BroadwayWho's on the Wheel of Life? Meet the Full Cast of TUCK EVERLASTING, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 26, 2016

TUCK EVERLASTING, the new musical based on Natalie Babbitt's beloved best-selling novel of the same name, with direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon), officially opens tonight, April 26, 2016 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch highlights from the show! (more...)

BWW Interview: Leila Buck, Shana Gold Talk HKEELEE at Mosaic TheaterBWW Interview: Leila Buck, Shana Gold Talk HKEELEE at Mosaic Theater
by Jennifer Perry - Apr 26, 2016

Mosaic bills Leila Buck's solo show as "a probing portrait of a cosmopolitan Lebanese matriarch as remembered by her Lebanese-American granddaughter who attempts to piece together her beloved Teta's story." Ms. Buck and her director Shana Gold were gracious enough to answer a few of my questions over email about the impetus for the show, the development process, and expectations for this highly anticipated production. (more...)

Horse Head Theatre Co. to Present Surreal Drama LIDLESS This JuneHorse Head Theatre Co. to Present Surreal Drama LIDLESS This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Horse Head Theatre Co. announces their upcoming production, LIDLESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, which will run June 2 through 18, 2016 at the Fresh Arts Gallery located in Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX 77007. (more...)

Sheldon Epps Named TUTS' New Artistic AdvsiorSheldon Epps Named TUTS' New Artistic Advsior
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars announced today that Sheldon Epps will lead the organization through its current transition. Epps will assume the role of Artistic Advisor supporting all aspects of the company. (more...)

The Drama League Reveals Recipients of 2016 Directors Project FellowshipsThe Drama League Reveals Recipients of 2016 Directors Project Fellowships
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The Drama League has announced the 11 stage directors who have been selected as the 2016 Directing Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project: Noa Egozi, Drew Feldman, Sara Holdren, Candis Jones, Yavor Kostov, Katie Lupica, James Palmer, Jesca Prudencio, Ilana Ransom Toeplitz, Chloe Treat, Shaun Patrick Tubbs. More information can be found at www.dramaleague.org (more...)

BWW Review:  I AM ANNE HUTCHINSON/I AM HARVEY MILK Premieres at StrathmoreBWW Review: I AM ANNE HUTCHINSON/I AM HARVEY MILK Premieres at Strathmore
by Jennifer Perry - Apr 25, 2016

I am enormously thrilled that Strathmore took this one on. It's not the kind of event the largely classical venue usually presents and I hope to see more risk-taking in the future. The pieces offer up stories that need to be heard, and there's no denying the music and performers are first rate. (more...)

Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar Named Arena Stage Resident PlaywrightPulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar Named Arena Stage Resident Playwright
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Artistic Director Molly Smith announces Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Ayad Akhtar as Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater's next resident playwright as part of the American Voices New Play Institute, effective July 2016 through June 2017. Akhtar's emotionally-charged drama Disgraced, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, completes Arena Stage's 2015/16 season. Now in previews, the production officially opens April 28 and runs through May 29, 2016. (more...)

Ed Asner to Lead Staged Reading of Walter Bagot's ELEVATOR MUSIC at Skylight Theatre, 5/9Ed Asner to Lead Staged Reading of Walter Bagot's ELEVATOR MUSIC at Skylight Theatre, 5/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Ed Asner, winner of seven EMMY Awards with 20 nominations and five Golden Globes, will star in the staged reading of Walter Bagot's third play, Elevator Music, at the Skylight Theatre. An entertainment icon, Broadway performer, and Television Academy "Hall of Famer," Asner will be sharing the stage with theatre veteran Rob Nagle (recently Rogue Machine's Pocatello, Antaeus, Troubadour, Denver Center, and Arena Stage). (more...)

Samuel D. Hunter's New Drama THE HEALING Heads Off-Broadway This JuneSamuel D. Hunter's New Drama THE HEALING Heads Off-Broadway This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Theater Breaking Through Barriers will present the World Premiere of THE HEALING by Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale, A Bright New Boise). It will be directed by Stella Powell-Jones. Previews begin June 11 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre with opening night slated for June 22. (more...)

Jennifer Ehle, Jefferson Mays and More to Lead Lincoln Center Theater's OSLOJennifer Ehle, Jefferson Mays and More to Lead Lincoln Center Theater's OSLO
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Lincoln Center Theater will welcome Michael Aronov, Adam Dannheisser, Jennifer Ehle, Daniel Jenkins, Dariush Kashani, Jefferson Mays, Daniel Oreskes, Henny Russell, Joseph Siravo, and T. Ryder Smith in the cast of its upcoming production of OSLO, a new play by J.T. Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher. (more...)

Matt Farcher to Lead Wildhorn & Murphy's THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO at Pioneer Theatre CompanyMatt Farcher to Lead Wildhorn & Murphy's THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO at Pioneer Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the American professional premiere of the new musical THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, written by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy. Performances take place May 6 through May 21, 2016. PTC has just announced the full cast and creative team for the production! (more...)

Alice Rapoport Center for Education & Engagement to Open Next Month at the GoodmanAlice Rapoport Center for Education & Engagement to Open Next Month at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Goodman Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, becomes the first Chicago theater to establish a facility dedicated to education and engagement programs next when it opens the new Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement ('the Alice') next month. (more...)

BWW Interview: Satomi Blair Chats About KENTUCKY, Tribeca Film Festival and Much More!BWW Interview: Satomi Blair Chats About KENTUCKY, Tribeca Film Festival and Much More!
by Nora Dominick - Apr 20, 2016

Actress and producer Satomi Blair is ready to take on a role that she has been working on for over a year now. Starting tonight Blair stars in the world premiere production of KENTUCKY. (more...)

When It Rains It Pours! Broadway-Bound MONSOON WEDDING Musical to Premiere at Berkeley RepWhen It Rains It Pours! Broadway-Bound MONSOON WEDDING Musical to Premiere at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced that award-winning film director Mira Nair will bring her exuberant and sumptuous MONSOON WEDDING to the stage in this highly anticipated world premiere musical based on the 2001 Bollywood hit. (more...)

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