Contemporary Stage News

BWW Reviews: Stunning SITI Company Presents Aeschylus' PERSIANS
by Don Grigware - Sep 05, 2014

Since high school I have found Greek tragedy a repetitious, tedious bore - lots of emoting with zero action and no laughs. As I watched the magnificent SITI Company from New York perform Aeschylus' very first tragedy Persians at the Getty Villa in Malibu, things took a different turn, I somehow became fascinated ... primarily by Anne Bogart's fluid staging and the company of 9 impeccably disciplined and graceful actors. (more...)

Quintessence Theatre Group Sets Fall 2014 Repertory - AS YOU LIKE IT and RICHARD II
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

Quintessence Theatre Group launches its fifth season of progressive classic theatre with an all-male Shakespeare repertory: AS YOU LIKE IT presented in rotating repertory with RICHARD II. Bringing together the best professional actors and designers from Philadelphia and across the country, Artistic Director Alexander Burns leads this collective of artists on a mission to ignite the classics through visceral, actor-focused and text-driven productions. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON's Gavin Creel to Make Provincetown Debut This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Two-time Tony Award Nominee Gavin Creel will make his long-awaited Provincetown debut with the acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House series on September 5 and 6 at 7:00 PM featuring series host and SiriusXM radio star Seth Rudetsky on the piano. (more...)

Sundance Institute Announces Film and Music Lineup for Sundance NEXT FEST
by Movies News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Sundance Institute today announced the films and music acts that will headline the Sundance NEXT FEST summer festival August 7-10 in Los Angeles. (more...)

Flux Theatre Ensemble to Stage August Schulenburg's JANE THE PLAIN, 5/9-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Flux Theatre Ensemble will present the World Premiere of August Schulenburg's (Lesser Seductions of History; DEINDE) JANE THE PLAIN, May 9-24 at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will be directed by Kelly O'Donnell (NYIT Award nomination for Hearts Like Fists) with Assistant Director Emily Hartford (Co-founder, Rabbit Hole Ensemble) and will feature Becky Byers* (NYIT Award nomination for Hearts Like Fists), Sol Crespo (nytheatre.com 2012 Person of the Year; August Schulenburg's DEINDE), Chester Poon (Job at The Flea; Adam Szymkowicz's Hearts Like Fists), Alisha Spielmann* (Johnna Adams' Sans Merci), Isaiah Tanenbaum* (August Schulenburg's Honey Fist), and Chinaza Uche* (Indie Theatre Now 2013 Person of the Year; Ellen McLaughlin's Ajax in Iraq). The creative team will include Sound Design by Janie Bullard (2014 USITT/LDI Rising Star Award; Indie Theatre Now 2013 Person of the Year), Set Design by Will Lowry (Ajax in Iraq), Costume Design by Stephanie Levin (Hearts Like Fists), and Lighting Design by Kia Rogers (2012 nytheatre.com Person of the Year). The Production Stage Manager will be Jodi M. Witherell. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association. (more...)

Quintessence to Present O'Neill's MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA, 4/2-27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

Quintessence Theatre Group concludes its fourth season of progressive classic theatre with its first American masterpiece, Eugene O'Neill's MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA directed by Alexander Burns. MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA will begin previews on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30pm and open on Saturday, April 5 at 7pm. All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119. To purchase tickets visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 215.987.4450. (more...)

Harris Theater Presents Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 07, 2014

Due to the sudden death of guest vocalist Alexei Mochalov's wife, tonight's February 7 program of Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica at the Harris Theater has been changed. Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Concertino, Op. 42 and Benjamin Britten's Young Apollo, Op. 16 replaces the previously scheduled Antiformalist Rayok by Dmitri Shostakovich and Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10. With the addition of Concertino, Op. 42, audience members will have the extraordinary opportunity to hear two works featuring violinist Gidon Kremer. Kremer also leads Kremerata Baltica in Weinberg's Symphony No.10 for strings, Op.98, appearing onstage in three of the evening's four works. (more...)

Harris Theater Announces Change for Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, 2/7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 04, 2014

Due to the sudden death of guest vocalist Alexei Mochalov's wife, the Friday, February 7 program of Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica at the Harris Theater has been changed. Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Concertino, Op. 42 and Benjamin Britten's Young Apollo, Op. 16 replaces the previously scheduled Antiformalist Rayok by Dmitri Shostakovich and Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10. With the addition of Concertino, Op. 42, audience members will have the extraordinary opportunity to hear two works featuring violinist Gidon Kremer. Kremer also leads Kremerata Baltica in Weinberg's Symphony No.10 for strings, Op.98, appearing onstage in three of the evening's four works. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER Jogs Steadily
by Michael Dale - Jan 22, 2014

Roy Williams' stage adaptation of Allan Sillitoe's short story might be best appreciated by teenage audiences. (more...)

Odyssey Theatre & Evidence Room to Present PASSION PLAY, 1/25-3/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2013

Religion, politics and theater collide when Bart DeLorenzo directs the Los Angeles premiere of Passion Play by Tony and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Sarah Ruhl, kicking off the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's 45th Anniversary Season in a co-production with Evidence Room. Performances begin Jan. 25 at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. and continue through March 16. (more...)

Quintessence Theatre Group to Present THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, 12/11-1/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2013

Quintessence Theatre Group continues its fourth season of progressive classic theatre with its first family classic for the holiday season, Kenneth Grahame's THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS adapted for the stage by Alan Bennett and directed by Alexander Burns. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS will begin previews on Wednesday, December 11 at 7pm and open on Saturday, December 14 at 7pm. All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119. To purchase tickets visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 215.987.4450. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Philadelphia Orchestra With Choral Beethoven and Muhly
by Marakay Rogers - Oct 05, 2013

Yannick conducts the Orchestra, massed choirs, and soloists (including award-winner Shenyang) in Beethoven's Ninth and a mass by Muhly (more...)

Pace Presents Stages NY Premiere of SANNIDHI (SACRED SPACE) Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 05, 2013

Pace Presents is proud to announce the New York premiere of acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy's Sannidhi (Sacred Space) tonight, October 5 at 7:30pm at the Michael SchimMel Center for the Arts at Pace University. (more...)

Lark Play Development Center Announces 2013-14 Playwrights' Workshop Fellows
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2013

The Lark Play Development Center named five New York City-based playwrights as Playwrights' Workshop Fellows for the 2013-14 season. The group spans a wide range of backgrounds and professional experiences and will meet regularly throughout the year to develop new plays. (more...)

Pace Presents to Stage NY Premiere of SANNIDHI (SACRED SPACE), 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2013

Pace Presents is proud to announce the New York premiere of acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy's Sannidhi (Sacred Space) on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30pm at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University. (more...)

Quintessence to Present HAMLET & SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER in Rep, Begin. 10/9
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2013

Quintessence Theatre Group launches its fourth season of progressive classic theatre with Shakespeare's HAMLET presented in rotating repertory with Goldmsmith's SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, directed by Alexander Burns. Quintessence's celebrated full throttle actor and text driven approach to the classics will be further enhanced by an Elizabethan Courtyard style staging, complete with groundlings, and a fast and furious two hour abridgement of HAMLET. HAMLET will begin previews on Wednesday, October 9 at 7pm and open on Saturday, October 12 at 8pm. SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER will begin previews on Thursday, October 17 at 7pm and open on Saturday, October 26 at 8pm. All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119. To purchase tickets visitwww.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 215.987.4450. (more...)

Lark Play Development Center Announces 20th Annual Playwrights' Week Lineup, 9/23-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2013

Lark Play Development Center is proud to announce that seven plays have been chosen for its 20th annual Playwrights' Week, which will take place September 23rd - 28th. (more...)

Camden People's Theatre Presents Revival of SPORTS PLAY Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2013

Following the critically acclaimed run of SPORTS PLAY by Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, which coincided with the London 2012 Olympics, Just a Must is reviving the play for two nights only at the Camden People's Theatre (tonight 13-14 July 2013) before embarking on an international tour to three continents. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - SPORTS PLAY at Camden People's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2013

Following the critically acclaimed run of SPORTS PLAY by Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, which coincided with the London 2012 Olympics, Just a Must is reviving the play for two nights only at the Camden People's Theatre (13-14 July 2013) before embarking on an international tour to three continents. Click below for a sneak peek at the production! (more...)

HAMLET, MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA & More Set for Quintessence Theatre Group's 2013-14 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2013

Quintessence Theatre Group proudly announces its fourth season of classic plays remixed for the Contemporary Stage: HAMLET, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, and MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA. Each play is a masterwork, pushing the limits of the theatrical art form through poetry, passion and spectacle. In partnership with its diverse audience, built over three years of visceral, actor and text driven progressive classics, Quintessence hopes to further ignite the Philadelphia theatre scene through the essential and complex art of adapting the classics for the Contemporary Stage. (more...)

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