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Lynn Nottage's SWEAT Headed to The Public Next Year; Broadway on the Horizon?Lynn Nottage's SWEAT Headed to The Public Next Year; Broadway on the Horizon?
by Jessica Khan - Aug 28, 2015

Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's SWEAT, currently making its premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, could be headed off-Broadway next year.  (more...)

BWW Review: DOGFIGHT at Keegan TheatreBWW Review: DOGFIGHT at Keegan Theatre
by Jamie McGonnigal - Aug 28, 2015

The musical tells the story of a marine about to head to Vietnam for the war that saw an estimated 1.5 million casualties. Birdlace (Tiziano D'Affuso), and his fellow marines Boland (Harrison Smith) and Bernstein (David Landstrom) are on leave in San Francisco when they plan a party, like the soldiers before them, called 'The Dogfight.' All the soldiers put money in a pot and compete by bringing the ugliest girl and dancing with her at the party. (more...)

Broadway Veterans Round Out Cast of Arena Stage's Reimagined OLIVER!Broadway Veterans Round Out Cast of Arena Stage's Reimagined OLIVER!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Molly Smith directs her 30th production as Artistic Director of Arena Stage with a gritty and relevant take on the Tony Award-winning musical Oliver!, blending the chaotic worlds of 19th-century Victorian London with 2015 London. Smith's new in-the-round staging infuses a modern edge to the classic musical about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and conmen, highlighting the disparity between classes and dangerous life on London's streets today. Featuring a remarkable score including 'You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,' 'Consider Yourself,' 'Where is Love?' and 'Food, Glorious Food,' Oliver! runs October 30, 2015-January 3, 2016 in the Fichandler Stage at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

Arena Stage and DC Casineros to Host Dance Party After DESTINY OF DESIRE, 9/13Arena Stage and DC Casineros to Host Dance Party After DESTINY OF DESIRE, 9/13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in partnership with renowned dance company DC Casineros will host Desire a Dance, a FREE Latin American dance party and class on Sunday, September 13, 2015, following the 7:30 p.m. performance of the world-premiere telenovela-inspired comedy DESTINY OF DESIRE. (more...)

A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker Passes AwayA.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Carey Perloff released the following statement on the passing of A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker: (more...)

Tom Key to Star in 'R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER' at Theatrical Outfit This FallTom Key to Star in 'R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER' at Theatrical Outfit This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER: THE HISTORY (AND MYSTERY) OF THE UNIVERSE will run October 1-25, 2015 at The Balzer Theater at Herren's (downtown Atlanta), starring Tom Key as R. Buckminster Fuller. Written by D.W. Jacobs with direction by David de Vries, the play is based on the life, work, and writings of R. Buckminster Fuller. (more...)

Cal Shakes to Close 41st Main Stage Season with KING LEARCal Shakes to Close 41st Main Stage Season with KING LEAR
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

California Shakespeare Theater concludes its 2015 Main Stage season with King Lear, Shakespeare's most brilliant and profound tragedy, helmed by nationally-acclaimed director Amanda Dehnert, and featuring two-time Tony nominee and film star Anthony Heald (Silence of the Lambs, Broadway's The Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper) in the title role. King Lear plays at the BART-accessible Bruns Amphitheater from September 16 through October 11. (more...)

WRESTLING JERUSALEM to Play Oshman Family JCC- Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 9/20WRESTLING JERUSALEM to Play Oshman Family JCC- Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

The Oshman Family JCC presents Aaron Davidman's groundbreaking and critically acclaimed solo show Wrestling Jerusalem. Set in America, Israel, and Palestine, the play follows one man's journey to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Davidman's performance is a personal story that grapples with the complexities of identity, history, and social justice. Giving voice to over a dozen different characters, the play sheds light on one of the most entrenched conflicts of our time. Wrestling Jerusalem will be presented at 8pm Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the Oshman Family JCC- Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. For tickets ($25-$30) and more information visit http://paloaltojcc.org/Events/wrestling-jerusalem or call (650) 223-8649. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to Stage Bill Cain's EQUIVOCATIONShakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to Stage Bill Cain's EQUIVOCATION
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

Next up on the Main Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present the New Jersey premiere of Bill Cain's Equivocation. When the Bard and his troupe of players receive a royal commission to dramatize the events surrounding the infamous Gunpowder Plot, the artist must confront the demons of his past, his present, and his obligations to the truth and artistic integrity. Equivocation was described in Variety as "one of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade." (more...)

FOR HER AS A PIANO to Make World Premiere at Pegasus Theatre This FallFOR HER AS A PIANO to Make World Premiere at Pegasus Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

Pegasus Theatre Chicago is pleased to launch its 2015-16 season with the world premiere drama FOR HER AS A PIANO by Nambi E. Kelley, playwright of the critically acclaimed 2014 hit Native Son, featuring music by Jaret Landon and directed by Producing Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan. Produced in association with Goodman Theatre and Chicago Dramatists, FOR HER AS A PIANO will play September 30 - November 1, 2015 at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

FOR HER AS A PIANO Premiere to Launch Pegasus Theatre Chicago's 2015-16 Season; Lineup Announced!FOR HER AS A PIANO Premiere to Launch Pegasus Theatre Chicago's 2015-16 Season; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

Pegasus Theatre Chicago just announced its 2015-16 season, kicking off this fall with the world premiere drama FOR HER AS A PIANO by Nambi E. Kelley, playwright of the critically acclaimed 2014 hit Native Son. (more...)

Women's Voices Theater Festival to Welcome Tony Winner Lisa Kron for Launch PartyWomen's Voices Theater Festival to Welcome Tony Winner Lisa Kron for Launch Party
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2015

Tony Award-winning playwright Lisa Kron will be a featured guest and participant at the launch party of the Women's Voices Theater Festival on September 8 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The invitation-only event kicks off the beginning of the Festival, an unprecedented collaboration among professional theater companies that includes the presentation of more than 50 world-premiere productions of work by female playwrights, taking place this September and October in the nation's capital region. The launch party features a creative conversation between Kron and National Public Radio's Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg focused on gender parity in the arts in the Museum's Performance Hall, followed by a celebratory party and toast to officially declare the start of the Festival. (more...)

Full Cast Set for THE BANDSTAND Starry World Premiere at Paper Mill PlayhouseFull Cast Set for THE BANDSTAND Starry World Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2015-2016 season with the world premiere musical The Bandstand. As previously announced, Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde), Corey Cott (Newsies, Gigi) and Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, 42nd Street) will star in The Bandstand. (more...)

Nicholas Rodriguez Joins 26 PEBBLES Benefit Reading at Arena StageNicholas Rodriguez Joins 26 PEBBLES Benefit Reading at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

The March on Washington for Gun Control will present a Benefit reading of a Newtown documentary theater piece 26 Pebbles by Eric Ulloa on August 24 at 8:00 p.m. at Arena Stage at the Mead Center of American Theater directed by Molly Smith. This is a stirring new play that explores the power of community in the face of the tragedy in Newtown, CT and proceeds will benefit Everytown for Gun Safety and the Newtown Action Alliance. (more...)

World Premiere of PLEASE EXCUSE MY DEAR AUNT SALLY to Open Off-BroadwayWorld Premiere of PLEASE EXCUSE MY DEAR AUNT SALLY to Open Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

One Year Lease Theater Company presents the World Premiere of Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally by Brooklyn-based playwright Kevin Armento (Good Men Wanted - 2015 O'Neill National Playwriting Finalist/PlayPenn Finalist, 2015-2016 Ars Nova Artist-in-Residence, Companion Piece at Pleasance Theatre, London)for a limited Off-Broadway run from September 30 to October 24 at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, NYC). Tickets for Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally are $35 (59E59 Members $24.50) and can be arranged online at www.59e59.org or by calling 212.279.4200. Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission. Opening night October 3, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at the Stars of Arena Stage's DESTINY OF DESIREPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at the Stars of Arena Stage's DESTINY OF DESIRE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

The world premiere of Karen Zacarias' DESTINY OF DESIRE runs September 11-October 18, 2015 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Below, BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the stars in costume! (more...)

DROP DEAD PERFECT, Starring Everett Quinton, Begins Tomorrow Off-BroadwayDROP DEAD PERFECT, Starring Everett Quinton, Begins Tomorrow Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

DROP DEAD PERFECT, the madcap comedy starring the legendary Everett Quinton returns to the Theatre at St. Clements (423 West 46 Street - between 8th and 9th Avenues) and begins previews on Wednesday, August 19th, for a limited eight week engagement. The official opening is set for Sunday, August 23rd. (more...)

Arena Stage Voices of Now Teams with Embassies in Croatia & SloveniaArena Stage Voices of Now Teams with Embassies in Croatia & Slovenia
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, in partnership with the U.S. Embassies in Zagreb, Croatia and Ljubljana, Slovenia, will send three Arena Stage Voices of Now artists to Zagreb, September 12-18, 2015. The U.S. Embassies will invite 25 college-age youth from vulnerable communities across the region for a seven-day workshop, culminating in an original play performed at the Tresnja Theater in Zagreb. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tramell Tillman, Kimberly Scott, Jack Willis & More in Oregon Shakespeare Festival's SWEATPhoto Flash: First Look at Tramell Tillman, Kimberly Scott, Jack Willis & More in Oregon Shakespeare Festival's SWEAT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Ashland, Ore.-The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will open Lynn Nottage's Sweat, the final production of the Festival's 2015 playbill, on August 2 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Preview performances are July 29, July 31 and August 1. (more...)

LA-TI-DO Set for 54 Below, 9//1LA-TI-DO Set for 54 Below, 9//1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents La-Ti-Do on September 1, 2015 at 9:30pm. La-Ti-Do is a cabaret where musical theatre and spoken word poetry collide. La-Ti-Do debuts at 54 Below featuring some of both Washington, DC and New York's finest musical and spoken word talent. (more...)

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