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Elevator Repair Service to Premiere New Work at NYTW Next FallElevator Repair Service to Premiere New Work at NYTW Next Fall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) has announced the world premiere of a new play from its acclaimed Company-in-Residence Elevator Repair Service (The Sound and the Fury, The Select, Gatz) to premiere in Fall 2015. (more...)

Opera Lancaster Presents AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, 12/5-13Opera Lancaster Presents AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, 12/5-13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2014

For years, Opera Lancaster has performed it in schools and downtown Lancaster, now the organization is taking the show on the road when they present the holiday classic Amahl and the Night Visitors in Lancaster, York and Lebanon Counties. (more...)

Redcat Presents Return of ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE, 11/05-09Redcat Presents Return of ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE, 11/05-09
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2014

REDCAT, CalArts Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts, is pleased to present the return of the provocative and inventive New York theater ensemble Elevator Repair Service (ERS), with 5 PERFORMANCES ONLY, November 6-9, 2014, of Arguendo, a verbatim staging of the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre, where a group of exotic dancers used the First Amendment to challenge a ban on public nudity. (more...)

Elevator Repair Service's THE SOUND AND THE FURY Comes to the Public This SpringElevator Repair Service's THE SOUND AND THE FURY Comes to the Public This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

The Public Theater announced today that Elevator Repair Service's acclaimed THE SOUND AND THE FURY will be remounted by Elevator Repair Service at The Public this spring. Directed by John Collins, THE SOUND AND THE FURY begins performances in The Public's Martinson Theater on Thursday, May 14 and run through Saturday, June 13, with an official press opening on Thursday, May 21. THE SOUND AND THE FURY will mark the third collaboration between The Public and Elevator Repair Service, having previously presented Gatz and Arguendo. October is an auspicious month to make this announcement, as it marks the 85th anniversary of the original publication date of William Faulkner's masterpiece. (more...)

War Documentary THE HORNET'S NEST is First Film Inducted Into National Infantry MuseumWar Documentary THE HORNET'S NEST is First Film Inducted Into National Infantry Museum
by Movies News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Highroad Media Inc. and the National Infantry Museum (NIM) announced today that the critically-acclaimed Afghanistan war film “The Hornet's” Nest” will become the first theatrical film-documentary enshrined at the NIM (more...)

Guitar Legend Pat Metheny Coming to QPAC, 20 OctoberGuitar Legend Pat Metheny Coming to QPAC, 20 October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) will welcome the 20-time Grammy Award winning jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and his world-class band Pat Metheny Unity Group for one unforgettable performance at QPAC's Concert Hall on 20 October 2014. (more...)

The Other Mirror to Premiere GODS AND KINGS, 09/5-9The Other Mirror to Premiere GODS AND KINGS, 09/5-9
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Set in 'Ancient Greece,' GODS & KINGS is an original alt-rock musical that boldly brings to life the timeless fable of The Bacchae. The story centers on the conflict between the unyieldingly rational King Pentheus (Ben Garrett) and the wildly anarchic God Dionysus (Jonathan Grunert) as they struggle for influence and power over the people of Thebes. With music by Neil Douglas Reilly (Rocky, The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess) and book and lyrics by Austin Ruffer, the musical asks: Do people really have to live a life stuck between Gods and Kings? (more...)

Jazz Guitarist Pat Metheny and Unity Group to Perform at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on 8/3Jazz Guitarist Pat Metheny and Unity Group to Perform at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on 8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Famed jazz fusion guitarist Pat Metheny and his Unity Group, featuring Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams & Giulio Carmassi, will perform at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $110, $135, $150 and are available online at www.whbpac.org. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Sierra Rep's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTESPhoto Flash: First Look at Sierra Rep's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

The Double Cupp Diner sits on the side of the road 'somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC.' But from June 13 to July 27 the diner - the setting of Pump Boys and Dinettes - will relocate to East Sonora as Sierra Repertory Theatre stages another rendition of this popular musical. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Strange Sun's HOT SEASON, Beginning TonightPhoto Flash: First Look at Strange Sun's HOT SEASON, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Strange Sun Theater presents the world-premiere new play HOT SEASON by Evan Mueller (Strange Sun Co-Founder and Artistic Director), directed by Kevin J. Kittle (IN GOD'S HAT) with preview performances beginning tonight, June 13th prior to an official press opening of June 16th at The Black Box at The Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street) in Manhattan. Check out a first look below! (more...)

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Opens at Sierra Repertory Theatre Tonight, 6/13-7/27PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Opens at Sierra Repertory Theatre Tonight, 6/13-7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The Double Cupp Diner sits on the side of the road 'somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC.' But from June 13 to July 27 the diner - the setting of Pump Boys and Dinettes - will relocate to East Sonora as Sierra Repertory Theatre stages another rendition of this popular musical. (more...)

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES to Return to Sierra Repertory Theatre, 6/13-7/27PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES to Return to Sierra Repertory Theatre, 6/13-7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

The Double Cupp Diner sits on the side of the road "somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC." But from June 13 to July 27 the diner - the setting of Pump Boys and Dinettes - will relocate to East Sonora as Sierra Repertory Theatre stages another rendition of this popular musical. (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet at the Drama Desk Awards- Part 2Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet at the Drama Desk Awards- Part 2
by Linda Lenzi - Jun 2, 2014

Just last night, Drama Desk and Tony Award winner Laura Benanti ('The Sound of Music Live!', Gypsy, Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) hosted the 59th Annual Drama Desk Awards at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street). Big winners for the night included Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston, Jessie Mueller, and Neil Patrick Harris and Jefferson Mays- who tied for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. Click here for a full list of winners. Also check out more photos of arrivals and photos of the winners. (more...)

Strange Sun Theater to Present HOT SEASON at The Black Box, Begin. 6/13Strange Sun Theater to Present HOT SEASON at The Black Box, Begin. 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Strange Sun Theater presents the world-premiere of Evan Mueller's new play HOT SEASONDirected by Kevin J. Kittle June 13 through June 28 at The Black Box at The Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street) in Manhattan Strange Sun Theater presents the world-premiere new play HOT SEASON by Evan Mueller (Strange Sun Co-Founder and Artistic Director), directed by Kevin J. Kittle (IN GOD'S HAT) with preview performances beginning June 13th prior to an official press opening of June 16th at The Black Box at The Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street) in Manhattan. (more...)

Julia Jarcho's NOMADS to Run 5/30-6/15 at Incubator Arts ProjectJulia Jarcho's NOMADS to Run 5/30-6/15 at Incubator Arts Project
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

NOMADS, written by Julia Jarcho and directed by Alice Reagan, will run May 30-June 15, 2014 at 8pm, Saturday June 6 at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday June 15 at 5pm & 8pm at Incubator Arts Project. (more...)

Julia Jarcho's NOMADS Set for Incubator Arts Project, 5/30-6/15Julia Jarcho's NOMADS Set for Incubator Arts Project, 5/30-6/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

NOMADS, written by Julia Jarcho and directed by Alice Reagan, will perform May 30-June 15, 2014 at 8pm, Saturday June 6 at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday June 15 at 5pm & 8pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Woolly Mammoth's ARGUENDO Stumbles in its Attempt to Please the CourtBWW Reviews: Woolly Mammoth's ARGUENDO Stumbles in its Attempt to Please the Court
by Benjamin Tomchik - Apr 4, 2014

"Mr. Chief Justice, may it please the court," is the opening every lawyer states before presenting oral arguments. When Arguendo at Woolly Mammoth Theatre keeps its focus on the oral arguments of Barnes v. Glen Theatre Inc., the show is praiseworthy on many levels. But when the Arguendo becomes distracted, it not only fails to please the court, it loses on appeal. (more...)

New Arts Venue, The Sheen Center, to Host Soft Opening in Downtown Manhattan, 5/1New Arts Venue, The Sheen Center, to Host Soft Opening in Downtown Manhattan, 5/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

The Sheen Center - a brand new arts center located on the corner of Bleecker and Elizabeth Streets (18 Bleecker Street) in Manhattan, consisting of two state-of-the-art theater spaces (the 250-seat Loretto Auditorium and the 93-seat Black Box), four studios and an art gallery - is currently completing construction and scheduled for a soft opening on May 1, 2014 and a full opening season beginning September 2014, it has been announced by The Sheen Center's Artistic Director Jessica Bashline and Executive Director Monsignor Michael F. Hull. (more...)

Dewa Budjana Releases 'Surya Namaskar' featuring Jimmy JohnsonDewa Budjana Releases 'Surya Namaskar' featuring Jimmy Johnson
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Dewa Budjana, Indonesian iconic guitar legend of Balinese ethnic heritage, is releasing his 3rd album (his 7th solo effort on his parallel jazz-fusion career) on MoonJune Records; the New York City independent label of progressive music that explores boundaries of jazz, rock, avant-garde, ethno & the unknown, run by its cosmopolitan honcho and executive producer Leonardo Pavkovic. (more...)

Woolly Mammoth's Season Continues with Elevator Repair Service's ARGUENDO, 4/1-20Woolly Mammoth's Season Continues with Elevator Repair Service's ARGUENDO, 4/1-20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2014

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present Elevator Repair Service's Arguendo, a playful and incisively witty theatricalization of the 1991 Supreme Court case in which a group of go-go dancers, citing the First Amendment, challenged an Indiana state ban on public nudity. Elevator Repair Service's Artistic Director John Collins will direct the Company in its first extended stay in Washington, DC. Originally slated to close April 20, Arguendo will be extended for an additional weekend, performing April 25-27. (more...)

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