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This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 5/23/2016This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 5/23/2016
by - May 23, 2016

This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld.com for 5/23/2016. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Claude-Michel Schonberg has been named as the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, based at St Catherine's College at the University of Oxford.  He will succeed Simon Russell Beale in October 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN at TheatreWorks Silicon ValleyPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley closes its 2015/2016 season with the explosive new dramatic comedy, The Velocity of Autumn. This tender-hearted play by Eric Coble centers on an elderly artist locked in a volatile showdown with her family over where she'll spend her remaining years. In a wry, spirited quest to "not go gently" into a retirement home, Alexandra barricades herself in her brownstone with enough homemade Molotov cocktails to blow the entire block sky-high as she negotiates the terms of her future with a long-estranged son who has battles of his own. The Velocity of Autumn was declared "Wickedly funny and wonderfully touching" by Broadway World and "A tale that could resonate with a broad range of audiences as it touches on a sobering dilemma faced by families every day" by Variety. This production will be directed by Giovanna Sardelli with performances June 1-June 26 (press opening: June 4) at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. For tickets ($19-$80) and information the public may visit www.TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960. (more...)

This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 5/16/2016This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 5/16/2016
by - May 16, 2016

This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld.com for 5/16/2016. (more...)

Chenango River Theatre to Open 10th Season with STELLA & LOUChenango River Theatre to Open 10th Season with STELLA & LOU
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Opening the 10th Anniversary Season is a play from one of the company's favorite playwrights, Bruce Graham (The Outgoing Tide-2013; Mr. Hart & Mr. Brown-2014).  This piece, inspired by his parent's own love story, is a romantic comedy that proposes that a second chance at love is still possible, even for two people with a lot of miles on them.  You'll be laughing hysterically one minute, and grabbing your heart the next, in this gem of a play.  (more...)

BWW Review: MY NAME IS ASHER LEV Speaks to our Hearts and our Arts at Eternity PlayhouseBWW Review: MY NAME IS ASHER LEV Speaks to our Hearts and our Arts at Eternity Playhouse
by Brodie Paparella - May 16, 2016

If there is anything an audience can relate to in contemporary theatre, it is the concept of struggling to forge ahead with one's own individual passions whilst navigating the traditions of the past and the expectations of those who, having grown up in more desperate times, had only such traditions to survive by. Where parents fought to give their children a better life, but don't know how to handle it when they start to take such opportunities. My Name is Asher Lev turns up the dial hard on this theme by setting such conflict in the home of an observant Torah Jewish family, wherein the titular character is awakened with a prodigal gift for art. In his father's mind, this gift is from the devil. So Asher's narrative plays out as the ultimate declaration of independence from family, from community, but not perhaps from faith. (more...)

Festival51 Announces Four Female Playwright FinalistsFestival51 Announces Four Female Playwright Finalists
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

While women make up 51% of the world's population, the fact still stands that only 17% of plays produced in this country are female authored. Rhode Island-based Festival51 aims to change those numbers by putting women writers center stage in their 2nd annual Women's Playwriting Festival. (more...)

The Drama League Sets New Artistic Leadership TeamThe Drama League Sets New Artistic Leadership Team
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

The Drama League today announced the new team to replace longtime artistic director Roger T. Danforth, who departs the storied company this summer. Travis LeMont Ballenger has been named to the newly created position of Associate Producer, and Sherri Eden Barber will assume the role of Program Director. Gabriel Stelian-Shanks will see his position expanded to the role of Executive Artistic Director (more...)

BLUEBARN Theatre to Present Regional Debut of HEATHERS: THE MUSICALBLUEBARN Theatre to Present Regional Debut of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

The BLUEBARN Theatre will present the regional premiere of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL with book, lyrics, and music by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy. (more...)

The Tribe to Present World Premiere of OPHELIA UNDERWATERThe Tribe to Present World Premiere of OPHELIA UNDERWATER
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

The Tribe invites audiences to the world premiere of OPHELIA UNDERWATER by Janielle Kastner. (more...)

This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 5/9/2016This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 5/9/2016
by - May 9, 2016

This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld.com for 5/9/2016. (more...)

Eagle Theatre to Stage OUR TOWN, Begin. 5/20Eagle Theatre to Stage OUR TOWN, Begin. 5/20
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Eagle Theatre will pay homage to the Greater Delaware Valley with a groundbreaking production of Thornton Wilder's Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Pulitzer Prize Winning play, OUR TOWN. (more...)

Celebration Theatre Presents Steve Yockey's MERCURY as Part of 'Celebrating New Works' Series on 5/17Celebration Theatre Presents Steve Yockey's MERCURY as Part of 'Celebrating New Works' Series on 5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

CELEBRATION THEATRE presents as part of its New Works Reading Series, MERCURY by Steve Yockey, directed by Ryan Bergmann and performing one night only on Tuesday, May 17 at the West Hollywood City Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente in West Hollywood.   (more...)

LIVING WITH THE LIGHTS ON and More Set for Actors Touring Company's 2016-17 SeasonLIVING WITH THE LIGHTS ON and More Set for Actors Touring Company's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Actors Touring Company Artistic Director Ramin Gray and Executive Director Andrew Smaje have announced the company's largest ever programme of work for autumn/spring 2016/17, signalling its commitment to nationwide collaboration and international drama. (more...)

New York Theatre Workshop Names 2050 Fellows for 2016-17 SeasonNew York Theatre Workshop Names 2050 Fellows for 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

New York Theatre Workshop has announced the playwrights and directors selected for the 2016/17 Season 2050 Fellowship. The playwrights are Beto O'Byrne, Ming Peiffer, and Francis Weiss Rabkin and the directors are Danny Sharron, Stevie Walker-Webb, and Mo Zhou. (more...)

THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN to Open in June at TheatreWorksTHE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN to Open in June at TheatreWorks
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley closes its 2015/2016 season with the explosive new dramatic comedy, The Velocity of Autumn. This tender-hearted play by Eric Coble centers on an elderly artist locked in a volatile showdown with her family over where she'll spend her remaining years. In a wry, spirited quest to 'not go gently' into a retirement home, Alexandra barricades herself in her brownstone with enough homemade Molotov cocktails to blow the entire block sky-high as she negotiates the terms of her future with a long-estranged son who has battles of his own. The Velocity of Autumn was declared 'Wickedly funny and wonderfully touching' by Broadway World and 'A tale that could resonate with a broad range of audiences as it touches on a sobering dilemma faced by families every day' by Variety. This production will be directed by Giovanna Sardelli with performances June 1-June 26 (press opening: June 4) at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. For tickets ($19-$80) and information the public may visit www.TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960. (more...)

Artistic Director John Langs Launches First Season at ACT Theatre with a BangArtistic Director John Langs Launches First Season at ACT Theatre with a Bang
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

It's May of 2016 and John Langs is entering his fifth month as the Artistic Director of Seattle's ACT Theatre, in its 51st season. (more...)

Philadelphia Theatre Company to Stage Lucas Hnath's HILLARY AND CLINTONPhiladelphia Theatre Company to Stage Lucas Hnath's HILLARY AND CLINTON
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Philadelphia Theatre Company closes its 2015-2016 season with the East Coast premiere of Lucas Hnath's Hillary and Clinton May 27-June 26.  Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, the production features an ensemble cast with Todd Cerveris, Alice M. Gatling, John Procaccino, and Lindsay Smiling. (more...)

ATC and The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh Present THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN Tour, This FallATC and The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh Present THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN Tour, This Fall
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Actors Touring Company, together with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, is delighted to present the British premiere of Aeschylus' The Suppliant Women in a new version by internationally-renowned playwright David Greig. As the anticipated incoming Artistic Director of The Lyceum, Greig is also collaborating with ATC to reunite the world-class creative team behind the hugely acclaimedThe Events - director Ramin Gray and composer John Browne. (more...)

COME FLY WITH ME! and More Slated for Florida Studio Theatre's Summer Cabaret SeasonCOME FLY WITH ME! and More Slated for Florida Studio Theatre's Summer Cabaret Season
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Florida Studio Theatre's Summer Cabaret Season will present the best of Sammy Cahn in 'Come Fly With Me!' The Sammy Cahn Songbook, the interactive sleight of hand show, The CardShark, and the energetic and inventive female trio, The GiGi's. (more...)

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