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2016 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards Update - Becky Gulsvig, Pia Toscano, J. Harrison Ghee in Lead!2016 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards Update - Becky Gulsvig, Pia Toscano, J. Harrison Ghee in Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 2, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Jacksonville Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks Announces a NEW Play in The DramaworkshopPalm Beach Dramaworks Announces a NEW Play in The Dramaworkshop
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

At the height of the Vietnam War, Lori's brother dodges the draft and her husband enlists. Left alone, faced with grief and loss, she disappears into her imagination. Will she find her way back and discover the strength she needs to move on with her life? (more...)

Ensemble Studio Theatre Sets 2016-17 Sloan Project and Youngblood Artists, ProgrammingEnsemble Studio Theatre Sets 2016-17 Sloan Project and Youngblood Artists, Programming
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST), along with EST's Youngblood and EST's Sloan Project, have announced new EST/Sloan commissions and EST/Youngblood members & programming for the 2016-2017 season. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Odyssey Theatre's WAITING FOR GRACEPhoto Flash: First Look at Odyssey Theatre's WAITING FOR GRACE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2016

What if true love never happens? Or worse… what if it does? Theatre Planners presents the world premiere of an award-winning comedy by Sharon Sharth. Waiting for Graceopens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre on November 12, directed by Lee Costello. (more...)

Playwrights Project to Present 32nd Annual Festival of Plays by Young WritersPlaywrights Project to Present 32nd Annual Festival of Plays by Young Writers
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Playwrights Project will produce its 32nd annual festival of Plays by Young Writers, sponsored by the Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund, at The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe on January 19 - January 29, 2017. (more...)

The Blank Theatre Extends THE TRAGEDY OF JFK at SkylightThe Blank Theatre Extends THE TRAGEDY OF JFK at Skylight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

The Blank Theatre's THE TRAGEDY OF JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare), conceived, adapted & directed by Daniel Henning, has added six performances at The Skylight Theatre. (more...)

October is Packed Full of NNPN Rolling World Premieres from New York to AlaskaOctober is Packed Full of NNPN Rolling World Premieres from New York to Alaska
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

(The) National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, celebrates an October filled with NNPN Rolling World Premieres (RWP), including Bars and Measures by Idris Goodwin at The Theatre @ Boston Court (playing until October 23); Pulp by Joseph Zettelmaier at Williamston Theatre (playing until October 23) and Know Theatre of Cincinnati (playing until October 27); Not Medea by Allison Gregory at Perseverance Theatre (playing in Juneau until November 6 and Anchorage November 11-20); Into the Beautiful North by Karen Zacarias at Central Works (playing until November 13); and Church and State by Jason Odell Williams at JCC CenterStage (Oct 22 - Nov 6). (more...)

Jason Odell Williams' CHURCH & STATE Play Gets Readings Before Off-Broadway DebutJason Odell Williams' CHURCH & STATE Play Gets Readings Before Off-Broadway Debut
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Charlotte Cohn, in association with NewYorkRep and The Telling Company, to present industry readings of Jason Odell Williams' critically acclaimed play Church & State. The readings will take place Sunday October 23rd at 1PM, Monday October 24th at 7PM, and Tuesday October 25th at 1PM at The Cell Theatre (338 W.23rd St.). (more...)

Center Theatre Group Receives 76 Submissions for Block Party at the DouglasCenter Theatre Group Receives 76 Submissions for Block Party at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

Center Theatre Group received submissions from 76 local theatre companies from North Hollywood to San Pedro, Topanga to Sierra Madre for the inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Block Party will highlight some of the remarkable work being done on stages throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions. (more...)

Sharon Sharth's Award-Winning Comedy WAITING FOR GRACE Offers Controversial Look at Love and MarriageSharon Sharth's Award-Winning Comedy WAITING FOR GRACE Offers Controversial Look at Love and Marriage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

What if true love never happens? Or worse… what if it does? Theatre Planners presents the world premiere of an award-winning comedy by Sharon Sharth. Waiting for Grace opens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre on November 12, directed by Lee Costello. (more...)

Photo Flash: Unbound Productions Announces Line-Up for 4th Annual WICKED LITPhoto Flash: Unbound Productions Announces Line-Up for 4th Annual WICKED LIT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2016

Unbound Productions Executive Director Jonathan Josephson, Artistic Director Paul Millet, and Producing Artistic Director Jeff G. Rack have announced the plays that will be included in WICKED LIT 2016, the company's 8th annual immersive theatre event that will for the 7th year take place at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, California. The production will run from October 1-November 12, 2016 and feature world premiere adaptations of HP Lovecraft's From Beyond adapted by Trey Nichols (The Car Plays), directed by Jeff G. Rack (The Fall of the House of Usher, WL15); Anansi and the Demons adapted by Jonathan Josephson (The Grove of Rashomon, WL15, 2016 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival), directed by Jaime Robledo (The Ebony Frame, WL15; Astroboy and the God of Comics, Sacred Fools); and Ellen Glasgow's The Shadowy Third, adapted by Paul Millet (The Fall of the House of Usher, WL15), directed by Bruce Gray (Black Coffee, Theatre 40). The frame for the show will be Camp Mountain View, written by Josephson and directed by Millet. The frame includes pre-show performances as well entertainment during the evening's two intervals. (more...)

BWW Review: THE TRAGEDY OF JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare)BWW Review: THE TRAGEDY OF JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare)
by Ellen Dostal - Oct 7, 2016

The Blank Theatre opens its 26th season with a new work written and directed by founding artistic director Daniel Henning that explores one of the most controversial events in U.S. history - the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. THE TRAGEDY OF JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare) is the result of several decades of research during which time Henning has come to be recognized as an authority on the subject. That, combined with his other great obsession - live theatre - meant it was only a matter of time before LA audiences would see a stage play based on his work. (more...)

Dark Comedy STORAGE LOCKER Begins Tonight at IATI TheaterDark Comedy STORAGE LOCKER Begins Tonight at IATI Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

That people try to get rich off the contents of repossessed storage units is sort of tragic and shocking. Playwright Jeff Stolzer makes provocative dark comedy of it in his new play, 'Storage Locker,' which will be produced Off-Broadway tonight, October 7, to October 30 by IATI Theater, 64 East 4th Street, which developed the piece in its Cimientos play development program. Julian J. Mesri directs. (more...)

BWW Blog: Cassandra Hsiao - The Journey Begins: 2016 California Young Playwright Winners AnnouncedBWW Blog: Cassandra Hsiao - The Journey Begins: 2016 California Young Playwright Winners Announced
by Guest Blogger: Cassandra Hsiao - Oct 6, 2016

Rewrites. A word that stares writers down as the cursor blinks expectantly. This is the immense task I am facing-and an assignment I would not trade for the world. (more...)

NNPN Sets 15th Annual National Showcase of New PlaysNNPN Sets 15th Annual National Showcase of New Plays
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, is pleased to present the 15th annual National Showcase of New Plays (NSNP). (more...)

Greenway Arts Alliance Presents George Orwell's 1984Greenway Arts Alliance Presents George Orwell's 1984
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

"War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength."  Greenway Arts Alliance Presents: George Orwell's 1984, directed by Kate Jopson as the first production of their novel to stage program Greenway Reads. 300 Fairfax High School students are reading the novel and will attend matinee's of the theatrical production. The adaptation by Alan Lyddiard creates an interactive and engaging experience for audience members. Jopson said, "We're trying to create an immersive experience. The elements of the play and its themes are all around us in the real world. We try to emphasize that and as soon as you arrive at the theater there's not anywhere you're not in the set of 1984, even in the lobby and bathrooms."   (more...)

Unbound Productions Sets Lineup for WICKED LIT 2016 at Mountain View Mausoleum and CemeteryUnbound Productions Sets Lineup for WICKED LIT 2016 at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2016

Unbound Productions Executive Director Jonathan Josephson, Artistic Director Paul Millet, and Producing Artistic Director Jeff G. Rack have announced the plays that will be included in WICKED LIT 2016, the company's 8th annual immersive theatre event that will for the 7th year take place at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, California. (more...)

Casting for HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS Among 2017 Artios Awards Theatre NomineesCasting for HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS Among 2017 Artios Awards Theatre Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees for the 32nd Annual Artios Awards. The ceremony, which honors excellence in casting in all forms of entertainment, has included some of the theatre's finest among their 2016 nominations. (more...)

STORAGE LOCKER, a New Play About Some of City-Living's Joys, Comes to the IATISTORAGE LOCKER, a New Play About Some of City-Living's Joys, Comes to the IATI
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

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The Broadwaysted Podcast Welcomes Her Highness, Lesli MargheritaThe Broadwaysted Podcast Welcomes Her Highness, Lesli Margherita
by Broadwaysted - Sep 20, 2016

All Hail the Queen! This week the Broadwaysted crew is holding court with the beautiful and fantastic Lesli Margherita! All Hail the Queen! This week the Broadwaysted crew is holding court with the beautiful and fantastic Lesli Margherita! We pour out some Maker's Mark and chat about Lesli's wild experience winning the Olivier Award for her West End debut as well as her current gig recreating her original turn in Matilda the Musical on Broadway. Lesli dishes about the ironic text message she got about Cats, her Star Wars wedding and ranking of the seven films in the franchise, and the time she died twice on stage (I smell a rat!). Kimberly recently attended Miss America and informs us all about the 'Show Us Your Shoes' parade and the entire group casts a fantasy version of Real Housewives of Broadway with famous wife characters. We play Lights of Broadway Show Cards 'Heads Up!' and Lesli shares her story about working on stage with artist and #FriendOfTheShow Squigs. (more...)

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