Art Theatre News

THE CARDINAL Finds Full Company at Southwark PayhouseTHE CARDINAL Finds Full Company at Southwark Payhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

Natalie Simpson (Royal Shakespeare Company's recent productions of King Lear, Hamlet and Cymbeline) joins an eleven-strong cast to play Duchess Rosaura alongside the previously announced Stephen Boxer in THE CARDINAL at Southwark Playhouse. James Shirley's tragic masterpiece, directed by Justin Audibert, plays from 26 April - 27 May with a press performance on 28 April. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE LITTLE MERMAID with a Big Heart at Literally Alive TheatrePhoto Flash: THE LITTLE MERMAID with a Big Heart at Literally Alive Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

In 1837 Hans Christian Anderson wrote his most beloved tale "The Little Mermaid".  180 years later she is still swimming her way into the hearts of young and old.  On February 26th, Literally Alive Theatre opened their Off-Broadway musical adaptation of this classic tale with books and lyrics by Brenda Bell and music by Michael Sgouros at the Players Theatre located at 115 MacDougal Street (between Bleeker and West 3rd) in Manhattan.  Their adaptation is true to the original story by Hans Christian Andersen, unlike the Disney version, which has a different ending.  "We tell the story in its original form" says Artistic Director Brenda Bell, "We believe that the true ending shows children that every wish has a price and that love comes with many sacrifices." (more...)

Sh!t Theatre to Bring LETTERS TO WINDSOR to HOME Manchester This AprilSh!t Theatre to Bring LETTERS TO WINDSOR to HOME Manchester This April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Letters to Windsor House (no, not that one) is the latest show from multi award- winning duo Sh!t Theatre, comprising Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit, whose last appearance at HOME was in Women's Hour in HOME'S ORBIT Festival in autumn 2016. Letters to Windsor House plays at HOME for four performances, Wed 19 - Fri 21 April 2017. (more...)

Something's Coming! WEST SIDE STORY Headed to La Mirada Theatre This SpringSomething's Coming! WEST SIDE STORY Headed to La Mirada Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Powerful, poignant and timely as ever, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the fourth show of its 2016-2017 season, the most acclaimed musical of all time, WEST SIDE STORY, book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein with musical direction by Brent Crayon, choreography by John Todd and directed by Ovation award-winner Richard Israel. (more...)

Joshua Jackson, Stephen Spinella, John McGinty and Lauren Ridloff to Lead BTG's CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, Helmed by Kenny Leon; Summer Casting Set!Joshua Jackson, Stephen Spinella, John McGinty and Lauren Ridloff to Lead BTG's CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, Helmed by Kenny Leon; Summer Casting Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Berkshire Theatre Group announces the final production of its upcoming 2017 Summer Season will be Mark Medoff's Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award-winning play, Children of a Lesser God, which will begin performances on Thursday, June 22 at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage. Opening night is set for Saturday, June 24 at 8pm. (more...)

Bee Advocacy Takes the Stage in BUZZ, SON OF A BEEBee Advocacy Takes the Stage in BUZZ, SON OF A BEE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2017

BUZZ is a timely musical with two hearts-One, the coming together of eight diverse characters who eventually form a Company, and in so doing, a Connection, via a strange catalyst...Bees. Saving bees--one song at a time--and spreading love & laughter--that's what makes this musical sparkle (more...)

Mad Cow Theatre Presents Chekhov's THREE SISTERSMad Cow Theatre Presents Chekhov's THREE SISTERS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

Mad Cow Theatre is delighted to announce its upcoming production of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, a lyrical Russian masterwork adapted by Libby Appel, which will take the Harriett stage March 24, 2017 as the sixth production of Mad Cow Theatre's Season 20.  (more...)

Artemisia Announces the World Premiere of VISITINGArtemisia Announces the World Premiere of VISITING
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Artemisia, a Chicago theatre, is proud to announce the world premiere of Visiting, by Ed Proudfoot and directed by Carrie Lee Patterson, April 14 - May 7, at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. The opening night is Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. Tickets for all performances are $25 and are available at ArtemisiaTheatre.org or by calling 312.725.3780. Group and VIP Passes* are also available. (more...)

Suffolk University Students Explore Time-Travel, Gender Fluidity and Transformation in OrlandoSuffolk University Students Explore Time-Travel, Gender Fluidity and Transformation in Orlando
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

After a night of debauchery, Duke Orlando awakens in the morning as a Duchess. During her/his/their frolic through 17th century Constantinople, Victorian and 20th century England - and places and selves in between - Orlando strives to unlock the mystery of identity: 'Who then am I?' (more...)

Rhino Studio 237 To Present Innovative Staging of PETER AND THE STARCATCHERRhino Studio 237 To Present Innovative Staging of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Fantasy, humor, and heart align in Rhino Studio 237's upcoming production of Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice with Music by Wayne Baker (based on the Disney-Hyperion novel by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry). (more...)

Artists Rep & Isinglass Partner to Host Summer Theatre Leadership Academy for High School StudentsArtists Rep & Isinglass Partner to Host Summer Theatre Leadership Academy for High School Students
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Artists Repertory Theatre is partnering with local arts advocacy non-profit Isinglass to offer Egg, the organization's three year-old summer theatre leadership academy. Egg is an intensive seven-week program that teaches high school students the art and business of producing their own theatrical production. This summer 2017 program concludes with a week-long planning session for students to develop theatre and arts advocacy projects which they implement in their own schools during the following school year. (more...)

American Repertory Theater Raises Record Amount at 2017 GalaAmerican Repertory Theater Raises Record Amount at 2017 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

The Board of Trustees of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University along withDiane Paulus, A.R.T. Artistic Director, and Diane Quinn, A.R.T. Executive Director, are pleased to announce that the theater's annual gala raised nearly $1.3M in support of the theater's artistic, community, and education programs. The event was held at the Boch Center Wang Theatre on Monday, February 27, 2017 with nearly 500 supporters from Boston, Los Angeles, and New York in attendance. (more...)

2017 Downtown Urban Arts Festival to Kick Off with LISA LISA at Joe's Pub; Lineup Announced!2017 Downtown Urban Arts Festival to Kick Off with LISA LISA at Joe's Pub; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), presented by Creative Ammo Inc., is a renowned multi-disciplinary arts event with cultural offerings in theater, film, music and poetry held annually during the spring at venues in downtown Manhattan, NYC. (more...)

Vista Group International Hosts 8th Biennial Customer Conference for Global Cinema Industry in Auckland, New Zealand March 6-9Vista Group International Hosts 8th Biennial Customer Conference for Global Cinema Industry in Auckland, New Zealand March 6-9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

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English Translation of Anatoly Kurchatkin's 'Tsunami' is ReleasedEnglish Translation of Anatoly Kurchatkin's 'Tsunami' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Summary: Anatoly Kurchatkin's novel, set in Russia and Thailand, ranges in time from the Brezhnev years of political stagnation, when Soviet values seemed set to endure for eternity, through Gorbachev's Perestroika and the following tumultuous and disorientating decades. Under the surface, ancient currents are influencing the destinies of mathematician Rad, art gallery owner Jenny, entrepreneur (and spy?) Dron, American investor Chris, redundant Soviet diplomat Yelena and Thai playboy Tony in a rapidly globalizing world of laptop computers, mobile phones, credit cards and international finance. It is 2004, Vladimir Putin has been in the Kremlin for four years and the tsunami of lawlessness which swept over Russia in the Yeltsin years of 'gangster capitalism' is believed to be over. As the iron curtain rusts away and former Soviet citizens can at last travel abroad freely, the ethics of the New Russia encounter the unfamiliar values of Western capitalism and the Buddhism of Thailand. The fourteenth-century battle in which the Prince of Muscovy, inspired by St Sergius of Radonezh, defeated the Golden Horde of the Mongol Empire foreshadows a modern struggle for the soul of Russia. Tsunami was shortlisted for the Russian Booker Prize and the Russo-Italian Moscow-Penne Prize. About The Author: Born in 1944 in Sverdlovsk, Anatoly Kurchatkin graduated from the Moscow Literary Institute in 1972. Kurchatkin's eagle eye has chronicled the changes in Russian society since the 1970s. He has won numerous prizes over the years, and his novels have been dramatized by the Moscow Art Theatre and turned into feature films. His other works include: Notes of an Extremist (1990), The Joy of Death (2000), The Happiness of Benjamin L. (2002), The Sun was Shining (2004). One of the most European of contemporary Russian writers, his work has been translated into ten languages. Critics describe him as 'a student of human behaviour with a firm belief in basic principles of human decency.' A master of dialogue, his writing has the resonance of parable. Review copies are available upon request. Title: Tsunami Author: Anatoly Kurchatkin Translator: Arch Tait Publisher: Glagoslav Publications Language: English ISBN: 9781911414292 Extent: 352 pages Format: paperback, hardback, e-book (more...)

Shattering Muslim Stereotypes: DIRTY PAKI Lingerie Gets N.J. PremiereShattering Muslim Stereotypes: DIRTY PAKI Lingerie Gets N.J. Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

Dirty Paki Lingerie by Aizzah Fatima - a one-woman show about Muslim life in America that has toured overseas and throughout the U.S. - makes its New Jersey premiere as part of Borderless, the ongoing series about the repercussions of 21st Century globalization, presented by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC). (more...)

TimeLine Theatre Welcomes 2017-18 Playwrights CollectiveTimeLine Theatre Welcomes 2017-18 Playwrights Collective
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

TimeLine Theatre Company has announced the playwrights who will be in residence during 2017 and 2018 with its Playwrights Collective, the company's new-play incubator. (more...)

Searing Play About Gender Equality, CHAPTER 2 SECTION 9, Comes to the BaxterSearing Play About Gender Equality, CHAPTER 2 SECTION 9, Comes to the Baxter
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

The Johannesburg-based Sibikwa Arts Centre is back in Cape Town after five years to perform their latest production CHAPTER 2 SECTION 9, directed by Phyllis Klotz, at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio. (more...)

UNCLE VANYA Opens Tonight for Now-Extended Run at the GoodmanUNCLE VANYA Opens Tonight for Now-Extended Run at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls marks his 30th anniversary season with the Chicago premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker's (The Flick) adaptation of Uncle Vanya. Uncle Vanya opens tonight and appears for a now-extended run through March 19 in the Owen Theatre. (more...)

Theatre NOVA to Present World Premiere of CLUTTER by Brian CoxTheatre NOVA to Present World Premiere of CLUTTER by Brian Cox
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

Theatre NOVA, an Ann Arbor nonprofit company that focuses exclusively on new and recent plays, presents the world premiere of "Clutter" by Brian Cox. (more...)

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