August Wilson News

Date of Birth: April 27, 1945
Date of Death: October 02, 2005 (60)
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Gender: Male
Cast Announced for JERSEY BOYS' Return to National TheatreCast Announced for JERSEY BOYS' Return to National Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Casting has been announced for the Washington engagement of the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing the National Theatre for three weeks only, April 6 - 24, 2016. The cast of Jersey Boys will be led by Matthew Dailey (Tommy DeVito), Aaron DeJesus (Frankie Valli),Keith Hines (Nick Massi), and Drew Seeley (Bob Gaudio) as The Four Seasons, with Barry Anderson and Thomas Fiscella. (more...)

Broadway Weekly Buying Guide, Powered by SeatGeek: February 4, 2016Broadway Weekly Buying Guide, Powered by SeatGeek: February 4, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 4, 2016

Read on to catch up on this past week's trends: January 29-February 4. (more...)

Staceyanne Burrell Wins Boston August Wilson Monologue Competition 2016 FinalsStaceyanne Burrell Wins Boston August Wilson Monologue Competition 2016 Finals
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Staceyanne Burrell of Boston Arts Academy took first place on Monday, February 1, 2016 with her performance as Tonya from King Hedley II at the Boston Regional Finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, held for the sixth year by the Huntington Theatre Company, the playwright's longtime artistic home.  (more...)

Robert Joy & More Round Out Cast of Public Theater's HEAD OF PASSES with Phylicia RashadRobert Joy & More Round Out Cast of Public Theater's HEAD OF PASSES with Phylicia Rashad
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau. Part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season, HEAD OF PASSES begins previews on Tuesday, March 15 in the Newman Theater and runs through Sunday, April 17, with an official press opening on Monday, March 28. (more...)

Arden Theatre Company to Present August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING, 3/10-4/10Arden Theatre Company to Present August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING, 3/10-4/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Arden Theatre Company continues its 28th season with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING, from March 10 - April 10, 2016, on the Arden's F. Otto Haas Stage at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia. (more...)

National Theatre Announces 2016 Productions - Andrew Garfield Stars in ANGELS IN AMERICA, James McArdle in YOUNG CHEKHOV, WAR HORSE Tour and More!National Theatre Announces 2016 Productions - Andrew Garfield Stars in ANGELS IN AMERICA, James McArdle in YOUNG CHEKHOV, WAR HORSE Tour and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

New work by Lee Hall, David Hare, Bryony Kimmings, Lucy Kirkwood, Nina Raine, Gillian Slovo and Alexander Zeldin, and contemporary revivals of two of the NT's most celebrated 20th century premieres - Amadeus and Angels in America - are among the forthcoming productions at the National Theatre announced today by Rufus Norris. (more...)

August Wilson's HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED Begins 3/5 at Huntington Theatre CompanyAugust Wilson's HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED Begins 3/5 at Huntington Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

The Huntington Theatre Company will present the powerful memoir August Wilson's How I Learned What I Learned, co-conceived and directed by Todd Kreidler (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner adapter at the Huntington) and featuring Eugene Lee (Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean, and The Piano Lesson at the Huntington), both longtime Wilson collaborators. Performances begin Saturday, March 5 and continue through April 3, 2016 in the BU Theatre / Avenue of the Arts. (more...)

VIDEO: Viola Davis at SAG Awards: 'Diversity Is Not A Trending Topic'VIDEO: Viola Davis at SAG Awards: 'Diversity Is Not A Trending Topic'
by Michael Dale - Feb 1, 2016

The acclaimed actor speaks out about not accepting casting limitations and on always finding ways to be excellent. (more...)

BWW Review: FENCES is a Homerun in TucsonBWW Review: FENCES is a Homerun in Tucson
by Maria Rita Meli - Feb 1, 2016

When discussing August Wilson's Pulitzer-Prize and Tony Award winning play, Fences, it is most applicable to say that the Arizona Theatre Company's cast hits this poignant performance out of the park. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 1/29; Pre-Broadway EMPIRE in L.A., VIOLET in Denver and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 1/29; Pre-Broadway EMPIRE in L.A., VIOLET in Denver and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 29, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Denver, and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include OF MICE AND MEN at Milwaukee Rep, the pre-Broadway engagement of EMPIRE in Los Angeles, and VIOLET in Denver,  just to name a few. (more...)

Tony Kushner Will Write Screenplay for Denzel Washington-Helmed Film Adaptation of FENCESTony Kushner Will Write Screenplay for Denzel Washington-Helmed Film Adaptation of FENCES
by TV News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

According to Deadline, Tony Kushner has signed on to write the screenplay for Denzel Washington's upcoming big-screen adaptation of FENCES. Washington, who won a Tony for his role in the 2010 revival, will direct his Tony-winning co-star, Viola Davis.  (more...)

Kathryn Erbe & More Join Frank Langella  in MTC's THE FATHER on BroadwayKathryn Erbe & More Join Frank Langella in MTC's THE FATHER on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have just announced complete casting for Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming American premiere of The Father, the new play by Moliere Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, God of Carnage), in a new production directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Outside Mullingar, City of Conversation) atMTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company to Present FENCES, 2/11-28Arizona Theatre Company to Present FENCES, 2/11-28
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

Arizona Theatre Company celebrates the new year with a great American classic in August Wilson's stunning, Pulitzer-Prize winning play, Fences. A vivid, heartfelt exploration of the African-American experience set in the 1950's, the story remains strikingly relevant today.  Performances begin at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, on Friday, Feb. 11 and continue through Sunday, Feb. 28. I. Michael and Beth Kasser are Arizona Theatre Company's 2015-16 Season Sponsors. The Stonewall Foundation is the Production Sponsor. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

An epic global portrait of the modern world and the artist's role within it, 2666 by the late Chilean author/poet Roberto Bolaņo appears in a world premiere stage adaptation at Goodman Theatre, by its Tony Award-winning Artistic Director Robert Falls and Playwright-in-Residence Seth Bockley. (more...)

Tim Bond to Join Faculty of University of Washington School of DramaTim Bond to Join Faculty of University of Washington School of Drama
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Tim Bond-noted director and educator and current Producing Artistic Director at Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University Department of Drama-has been hired as a full professor at the University of Washington School of Drama. An alumnus of the School of Drama MFA Directing program, Mr. Bond will teach in both the undergraduate curriculum and the MFA directing and acting programs. (more...)

Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, Sarah Burgess & More Among 2015-16 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize FinalistsDominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, Sarah Burgess & More Among 2015-16 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalists
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has announced 10 Finalists for its prestigious playwriting award, the oldest and largest prize awarded to women playwrights. (more...)

BWW Review: August Wilson's JITNEY Astounds at American StageBWW Review: August Wilson's JITNEY Astounds at American Stage
by Peter Nason - Jan 26, 2016

American Stage's ninth venture into Wilson's Pittsburgh Century Cycle is a powerful production that packs quite a punch. (more...)

Court Theatre Extends SATCHMO AT THE WALDORFCourt Theatre Extends SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Due to overwhelming demand, Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces an extension to its critically-acclaimed production of Terry Teachout's Satchmo at the Waldorf, directed by Charles Newell and featuring Barry Shabaka Henley. Satchmo at the Waldorf now runs through February 14, 2016 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online at www.courttheatre.org or by calling the box office at (773) 753-4472. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/23/16- LITTLE WOMENSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/23/16- LITTLE WOMEN
by Stage Tube - Jan 23, 2016

Today in 2005, Little Women opened at the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson Theatre), where it ran for 137 performances. Based on Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, it focuses on the four March sisters - brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth - and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. The Broadway cast included Sutton Foster, Maureen McGovern, Janet Carroll, Jenny Powers, Megan McGinnis, and Amy McAlexander. (more...)

Buckland Theatre Co. Launches With Strindberg's Miss JulieBuckland Theatre Co. Launches With Strindberg's Miss Julie
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Buckland Theatre Co. today announces its launch as a full-scale producing company with a powerful new version of August Strindberg's Miss Julie. Miss Julie will open at Camden's Etcetera Theatre this February, taking over the space entirely for the duration of its four-week run. Directed by Gary Condes, with Set and Costume design by Carla Goodman and Lighting and Sound design by Joe Price, the production will feature Laura Greenwood as Miss Julie, Charlie Dorfman as Jean and Danielle Henry as Kristin. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

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