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Geoff Hoyle's LEAR'S SHADOW Extends at The MarshGeoff Hoyle's LEAR'S SHADOW Extends at The Marsh
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

The Marsh has announced award-winning actor/playwright Geoff Hoyle's newest solo show Lear's Shadow will extend, with continuing performances through June 27. It may be business-as-usual when great tragedians such as Laurence Olivier, Sir Ian McKellen, and Paul Scofield perform in King Lear, but this time a great clown tackles Shakespeare's masterpiece. Audiences experience King Lear like never before as the Jester (played by Hoyle), recently unemployed, tells his side to Shakespeare's most tragic, cosmic, and human of stories in this poignant solo performance. Lear's Shadow, written in collaboration with and directed by the master of the solo form David Ford, will run Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 5pm through May 30. Beginning June 4, Lear's Shadow will be performed Thursdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 5pm at The Marsh (1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco).  For tickets ($20-$100), the public may visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. (more...)

Unicorn Theatre's Purni Morell to Direct ALPHA BETA at Finborough, June 18-July 19Unicorn Theatre's Purni Morell to Direct ALPHA BETA at Finborough, June 18-July 19
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

The first major revival of Ted Whitehead's Alpha Beta since 1972, directed by Unicorn Theatre Artistic Director Purni Morell, opens at the Finborough Theatre for a five week season on Thursday, 18 June, 2015 (Press Nights: Tuesday 23, June and Wednesday, 24 June at 7.30pm). (more...)

Theatre Bay Area Lists TBA Awards-Recommended ShowsTheatre Bay Area Lists TBA Awards-Recommended Shows
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Each week hundreds of adjudicators attend and evaluate eligible productions from all over the Bay Area on behalf of the TBA Awards. Based on the 'overall production' scores from their peers, Theatre Bay Area issues a weekly list of productions still running that have reached a minimum threshold of scoring to be deemed 'recommended.' (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Company to Present TARTUFFE, 6/2-7/5Shakespeare Theatre Company to Present TARTUFFE, 6/2-7/5
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) will finish its 2014-2015 season with Moliere's Tartuffe. A co-production with South Coast Repertory and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Tartuffe is directed and designed by Dominique Serrand, the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of The Moving Company, a company dedicated to creating new work and reimagining work from the past. Tartuffe will play at the Sidney Harman Hall (601 F Street) from June 2, 2015 - July 5, 2015. (more...)

Rutina Wesley to Lead The Old Globe's TWELFTH NIGHT; Cast, Creatives Set!Rutina Wesley to Lead The Old Globe's TWELFTH NIGHT; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe production of William Shakespeare's delightful and romantic Twelfth Night. Rebecca Taichman, whose production of the time-traveling Time and the Conways fascinated audiences last April, is back to direct the first show of the 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival. The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on June 21 and run through July 26, 2015, with opening night on Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m., in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. (more...)

THE WAY WE GET BY, Starring Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski, Opens Tonight at Second StageTHE WAY WE GET BY, Starring Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski, Opens Tonight at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Second Stage Theatre welcomes film star Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Dear John, Mamma Mia!, upcoming Ted 2 and Pan) in her off-Broadway debut opposite Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom, Wild, upcoming in NBC's The Slap) in the world premiere production of NEIL LaBUTE's drama, The Way We Get By. Directed by Tony nominee LEIGH SILVERMAN, the production began previews on April 28, 2015 and officially opens tonight, May 19, 2015 at Second Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Extends THE HOW AND THE WHYAurora Theatre Company Extends THE HOW AND THE WHY
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Due to popular pre-sale demand, a year in advance, Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will extend West Coast Premiere of Sarah Treem's (Netflix's House of Cards, HBO's In Treatment) thought-provoking THE HOW AND THE WHY, the third fully staged production to be performed in the company's second stage performance space, Harry's UpStage. The company will add an additional two weeks of performances to the original run dates. Acclaimed Bay Area actress and director Joy Carlin (Talley's Folly, After the Revolution, Body Awareness, Jack Goes Boating, Awake and Sing!) helms this intimate and keenly perceptive play about which the Washington Post said, "brims with ideas and emotional colors that eddy and refract like rivulets in a lively, plunging stream." (more...)

Berkeley Rep Announces New HiresBerkeley Rep Announces New Hires
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

This month Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes four exceptional new hires: General Manager Theresa Von Klug; Director of Marketing, Communications, and Patron Engagement Polly Winograd Ikonen; Associate Managing Director Sarah Williams; and Artistic Associate Sarah Rose Leonard. Together they bring to the award-winning Theatre a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience working in the arts and not-for-profit performing arts sectors. (more...)

The Mountain Play Association Adds PETER PAN to 102nd SeasonThe Mountain Play Association Adds PETER PAN to 102nd Season
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

The Mountain Play - 'A Great Outdoor Theatre Adventure' and the San Francisco Bay Area's most magical outdoor theater experience, is proud to present Broadway's timeless musical Peter Pan directed by Michael Schwartz for its 102nd  season in May and June of 2015.   (more...)

LaChiusa's 'FIRST LADY' Follow-Up with Mary Testa and Rachel Bay Jones, THE ODYSSEY Musical Adaptation & More Set for The Public's 2015-16 SeasonLaChiusa's 'FIRST LADY' Follow-Up with Mary Testa and Rachel Bay Jones, THE ODYSSEY Musical Adaptation & More Set for The Public's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham announced the line-up today for The Public's 2015-16 season, continuing the theater's six-decade tradition of producing theater that is accessible to all. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company to Present DETROIT, 6/19-7/19Aurora Theatre Company to Present DETROIT, 6/19-7/19
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Aurora Theatre Company closes its 23rd season with the Bay Area Premiere of Lisa D'Amour's (Anna Bella Eema, Airline Highway) wicked Obie-winning satire about our uncertain economic times, DETROIT. Josh Costello (Wittenberg) directs this explosive dark comedy, featuring Amy Resnick (Body Awareness, Collapse), Jeff Garrett, Luisa Frasconi, and Patrick Kelly Jones (Metamorphosis), that brilliantly captures our current economic moment. DETROIT plays June 19 through July 19 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($32-60) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

Shakespeare's Globe Names Kneehigh's Emma Rice New Artistic DirectorShakespeare's Globe Names Kneehigh's Emma Rice New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

Shakespeare's Globe today announces Emma Rice as its new Artistic Director. In April 2016, Emma will take over from Dominic Dromgoole, who will complete the recently opened Summer season and one more Winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, departing once the Globe to Globe Hamlet tour completes its two-year adventure next April. (more...)

West End's AMERICAN IDIOT Taps X FACTOR's Amelia Lily to Lead ShowWest End's AMERICAN IDIOT Taps X FACTOR's Amelia Lily to Lead Show
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

X Factor star, Amelia Lily (playing Whatshername), will star in Green Day's explosive, award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot, as it blasts into the UK for its West End premiere from the 17 July at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. Running until 27 September 2015, with press night on 22 July, American Idiot - The Musical features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. The musical is being directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with sound by Chris Whybrow, design by Sara Perks and lighting by Tim Deiling. Further casting will be announced in due course. (more...)

OSF Sets New AMERICAN REVOLUTIONS CommissionsOSF Sets New AMERICAN REVOLUTIONS Commissions
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

American Revolutions is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 10-year commissioning program (2008-2018) of up to 37 new plays that look at moments of change in America's past, with the goal of helping to establish a shared understanding of our national identity and illuminate the best paths for our nation's future. (more...)

South Coast Repertory's 2015-16 Season to Include ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS; AMADEUS & MoreSouth Coast Repertory's 2015-16 Season to Include ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS; AMADEUS & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

South Coast Repertory's 2015-16 season will take audiences- theatrically speaking-from Brighton, England, in the swinging '60s (Richard Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors) to 18th-century Austria (Peter Shaffer's Amadeus) to the American Wild West (Beth Henley's Abundance). In addition, the season will delve into the lives of artist Mark Rothko (Red by John Logan) and writer Sandra Tsing Loh (in her adaptation of her memoir, The Madwoman in the Volvo). (more...)

Amanda Seyfried Makes Off-Broadway Debut Opposite Thomas Sadoski in THE WAY WE GET BY, Beginning Tonight at Second StageAmanda Seyfried Makes Off-Broadway Debut Opposite Thomas Sadoski in THE WAY WE GET BY, Beginning Tonight at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

Second Stage Theatre welcomes film star Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Dear John, Mamma Mia!, upcoming Ted 2 and Pan) in her off-Broadway debut opposite Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom, Wild, upcoming in NBC's The Slap) in the world premiere production of NEIL LaBUTE's drama, The Way We Get By. Directed by Tony nominee LEIGH SILVERMAN, the production begins previews tonight, April 28, 2015 and officially opens on May 20, 2015 at Second Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street. (more...)

Samantha Barks Leads AMELIE Workshop; Premieres at  Berkeley Rep This AugustSamantha Barks Leads AMELIE Workshop; Premieres at Berkeley Rep This August
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Berkeley Repertory Theatre will kick off its 48th season with the world premiere of Amelie, an inventive and captivating new musical directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) written by Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss). BroadwayWorld has just confirmed that Les Miserables star Samantha Barks recently led a recent NYC workshop of the new musical. Casting for the Berkeley run has not yet been announced. Stay tuned for more news! (more...)

Berkeley Playhouse Welcomes New Education DirectorBerkeley Playhouse Welcomes New Education Director
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Berkeley Playhouse has announced the addition of Rachel Eisner to their full time staff. With over 80 extremely qualified individuals applying during the three months-long search, Eisner's proven commitment to Berkeley Playhouse made the decision by Producing Artistic Director Daren A.C. Carollo and Founding Artistic Director Elizabeth McKoy an easy one. She begins July 6, 2015. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY, CONSTELLATIONS, 'AMERICAN PROBLEM' & More Set for Seattle Rep's 2015-16 SeasonCOME FROM AWAY, CONSTELLATIONS, 'AMERICAN PROBLEM' & More Set for Seattle Rep's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Seattle Repertory Theatre's 2015-2016 season was announced today by Acting Artistic Director Braden Abraham. The season is headlined by the new musical Come from Away, Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced and the world premiere of R. Hamilton Wright's Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem. (more...)

Wrenn Schmidt, Zach Appelman, Marsha Mason, Conrad John Schuck and More to Star in ARMS AND THE MAN at The Old Globe; Cast & Creative Team Announced!Wrenn Schmidt, Zach Appelman, Marsha Mason, Conrad John Schuck and More to Star in ARMS AND THE MAN at The Old Globe; Cast & Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man, joining celebrated director Jessica Stone, who recently made her Globe debut with Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Shaw's romantic comedy, which continues the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration, will run May 9 - June 14, 2015 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run May 9 through 13. Opening night is Thursday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

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