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5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2015/16 Season - Including Broadway Bound WATERFALL, Matilda, Assassins, Gentleman's Guide, Sound of Music & More5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2015/16 Season - Including Broadway Bound WATERFALL, Matilda, Assassins, Gentleman's Guide, Sound of Music & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2015

With nearly 2000 subscribers in attendance, The 5th Avenue Theatre Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong revealed the season line-up for this celebrated theater's 8-show 2015/16 season. (more...)

Pioneer Theatre Company to Present THE CRUCIBLE Next MonthPioneer Theatre Company to Present THE CRUCIBLE Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Pioneer Theatre Company presents The Crucible, the American classic, reliving the era of Salem witch trials, February 13 - February 28, 2015. (more...)

Free Reading Tony Kushner's TINY KUSHNER Set for Feb 2 at SLACFree Reading Tony Kushner's TINY KUSHNER Set for Feb 2 at SLAC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

Salt Lake Acting Company will present a free reading of Tony Kushner's TINY KUSHNER, a series of five short one-act plays. This reading, a part of SLAC's New Play Sounding Series, will take place on February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Salt Lake Acting Company and is presented in conjunction with the Tanner Humanities Center's lecture by the celebrated playwright on February 5 at Kingsbury Hall, with support from Lee and Audrey Hollaar. SLAC would like to thank the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Foundation for their support of the New Play Sounding Series. (more...)

Jason Robert Brown, Israel Horovitz & Jeff Baron to Judge First International Jewish Play ContestJason Robert Brown, Israel Horovitz & Jeff Baron to Judge First International Jewish Play Contest
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

Five plays - one about a young woman's coming of age at the intersection of the Jewish and American communities; one about the friendship between the actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson and Soviet Jews during WWII; one about a feisty, successful Yiddish actress who fiercely guards her agonizing secrets from a zealous director; one about love and scandal in the 1921 Yiddish Art Theater's production of Ansky's 'The Dybbuk'; and one which takes place during 1945 at the closing of WWII in the Jewish neighborhood of Saratoga Springs known as 'Gut' -- have been chosen as the finalists in first-ever National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's [NYTF] International David and Clare Rosen Memorial Play Contest. (more...)

BWW Review: Crow's Theatre THE SEAGULLBWW Review: Crow's Theatre THE SEAGULL
by Dennis Kucherawy - Jan 26, 2015

The production of Chekov's 'The Seagull,' now on at the Berkley Street Theatre, is an uneven disappointment. It fails to engage. Like Theatre 20's production of Stephen Sondheim's 'Company,' presented in the same venue last year, this Crow's Theatre production does not deliver on its exciting promise. (more...)

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Approves $40K Arts Appreciation Grant for FSTGulf Coast Community Foundation Approves $40K Arts Appreciation Grant for FST
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

Florida Studio Theatre is delighted to announce that Gulf Coast Community Foundation supported a $40,000 grant to FST, made possible through the Venice Endowment Fund. These funds are being used to underwrite FST's 2014/15 Winter Mainstage and Cabaret seasons as well as to co-produce two performances during the 2015 Summer Season which will be announced in the spring. (more...)

FST to Bring 'LESSONS FROM VAUDEVILLE' to the Court Cabaret, Beginning 2/18FST to Bring 'LESSONS FROM VAUDEVILLE' to the Court Cabaret, Beginning 2/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

FST pays tribute to America's original entertainment in its third Cabaret show, Never Marry A Girl With Cold Feet: and other life lessons from Vaudeville. Developed by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, and Jim Prosser, it begins in the John C. Court Cabaret on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. (more...)

Stephen Sondheim to Accept Arden Theatre Company's First-Ever Master Storyteller Award This SummerStephen Sondheim to Accept Arden Theatre Company's First-Ever Master Storyteller Award This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

Arden Theatre Company announces composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim as the first recipient of the new Master Storyteller Award. Sondheim will be present to accept the award at a ticketed award ceremony and concert, on Monday, June 1st, at a fundraising event that benefits the Arden's extensive educational and outreach programs. (more...)

Karin Konoval and Tom McBeath Join Staircase Theatre's LOVE LETTERSKarin Konoval and Tom McBeath Join Staircase Theatre's LOVE LETTERS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

Staircase Theatre presents Love Letters, directed by Ryan Gladstone. Sweet and heartbreaking, Love Letters is the story of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa Gardner and her childhood friend-turned-love-interest, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Gurney's play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, has been performed in theatre spaces all over the world, from the New York Public Library to Broadway to Carnegie Hall and back again. A smash hit both off and on Broadway, this limited Valentine's engagement includes appearances by real couples of the Vancouver theatre scene. Andrew and Melissa's story will be told by a different couple every night, including: Meghan Gardiner & Todd Thomson and Mack & Kaitlin Williams Gordon, Karin Konoval & Tom McBeath and Michael Fera & Tanja Dixon-Warren. Love Letters runs from February 11-14 at The Shop. (more...)

Nashville Rep to Present THE WHIPPING MAN, 2/5-21Nashville Rep to Present THE WHIPPING MAN, 2/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

Nashville Repertory Theatre will present its newest production The Whipping Man, a gripping drama about the reunion of a Jewish Confederate soldier and two of his family's former slaves which unearths buried memories and questions of faith. The Whipping Man runs February 5-21, 2015 at Andrew Johnson Theater at Tennessee Performing Arts Center. (more...)

ACT Theatre Welcomes New Staff, Announces PromotionsACT Theatre Welcomes New Staff, Announces Promotions
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

ACT - A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle's most prolific producer of live local modern theatre, announces new leadership promotions and new staffing heading into its 50th anniversary year. Founded in 1965 by Seattle theatre pioneer Gregory A. Falls, ACT has been committed to excellence in the field of live performance with a mission of raising consciousness through theatre. Executive Director Carlo Scandiuzzi and Artistic Director Kurt Beattie are thrilled to welcome new staff to the ACT Theatre team and promote dedicated leadership to new roles in the company. (more...)

NYU Skirball to Present Gob Squad's WESTERN SOCIETY, Opening 2/18NYU Skirball to Present Gob Squad's WESTERN SOCIETY, Opening 2/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

This spring, NYU SKIRBALL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (Michael Harrington, Executive Director) is proud to present Gob Squad's WESTERN SOCIETY, in association with The Public Theater and part of NYU Skirball's Visions + Voices Global Performance Series. WESTERN SOCIETY will open on February 18, 2015 and run through February 22, 2015. Tickets are available now at www.nyuskirball.org. (more...)

Staircase Theatre to Present LOVE LETTERS, 2/11-14Staircase Theatre to Present LOVE LETTERS, 2/11-14
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Staircase Theatre presents Love Letters, directed by Ryan Gladstone. Sweet and heartbreaking, Love Letters is the story of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa Gardner and her childhood friend-turned-love-interest, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Gurney's play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, has been performed in theatre spaces all over the world, from the New York Public Library to Broadway to Carnegie Hall and back again. A smash hit both off and on Broadway, this limited Valentine's engagement includes appearances by real couples of the Vancouver theatre scene. Andrew and Melissa's story will be told by a different couple every night, including: Meghan Gardiner & Todd Thomson and Mack & Kaitlin Williams Gordon, Genevieve Fleming & Sean Harris Oliver and Michael Fera & Tanja Dixon-Warren. Love Letters runs from February 11-14 at The Shop. (more...)

Travel Through the Labyrinth of Arts Centre Melbourne in Upsidedowninsideout: A Site-Specific Adventure for Children this JanuaryTravel Through the Labyrinth of Arts Centre Melbourne in Upsidedowninsideout: A Site-Specific Adventure for Children this January
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Families are invited to participate in an adventure through the nooks and crannies of the iconic Theatres Building (the spire building) in upsidedowninsideout, a site-specific work by one step at a time like thiscommissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne. From 20-25 January children aged 6 to 12 and their families will be given the chance to journey through the labyrinth that is Arts Centre Melbourne. (more...)

All Seven Secret Theatre Shows to be Performed for the Last Time at the Lyric HammersmithAll Seven Secret Theatre Shows to be Performed for the Last Time at the Lyric Hammersmith
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

As part of a two week Grand Finale the Lyric Hammersmith's Secret Theatre Company will present their full repertory of shows for the last time including the premiere of a brand new play. (more...)

Boise Contemporary Theatre to Premiere FATA MORGANA by Jeni Mahoney, 1/28-2/21Boise Contemporary Theatre to Premiere FATA MORGANA by Jeni Mahoney, 1/28-2/21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Brace yourself for this thriller at the edge of a toxic lake in the Mojave Desert, where Tori and Jack have built a quiet new life. But the silence is broken, when the life they left behind comes knocking. This boldly theatrical story features a murder of talking crows, brought to life by BCT Associate Artist and Puppeteer, Dwayne Blackaller. FATA MORGANA will run Jan 28 - Feb 21, 2015. (more...)

Kyle Hatley to Star in AN ILIAD, Running 1/23-2/15 at KC RepKyle Hatley to Star in AN ILIAD, Running 1/23-2/15 at KC Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 50th anniversary celebration with An Iliad, directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Producing Director Jerry Genochio and starring the return of former Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Resident Director Kyle Hatley. (more...)

Pulitzer Winner Donald Margulies to Join Nashville Rep for 1/13-14 'REPaloud'Pulitzer Winner Donald Margulies to Join Nashville Rep for 1/13-14 'REPaloud'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

Nashville Repertory Theatre's REPaloud (Reading Excellent Plays Aloud) series continues with a special staged reading of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Dinner with Friends on January 13 and 14, 2015, including a talkback with playwright and 2014-15 Ingram New Works Fellow Donald Margulies on January 14. (more...)

Bill Irwin, Billy Porter and Anna Deavere Smith Set for PTC's 2015 'Theatre Masters' SeriesBill Irwin, Billy Porter and Anna Deavere Smith Set for PTC's 2015 'Theatre Masters' Series
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

From clown to actor, from performer to playwright, from actor to social commentator, Bill Irwin, Billy Porter, and Anna Deavere Smith share their artistic journeys in Philadelphia Theatre Company's new Theatre Masters series. Launched as part of PTC's celebration of its 40th Anniversary season, Theatre Masters will offer an array of Monday night on-stage interviews with major theatre artists with whom PTC has worked, each sharing their personal journey of transformation and creative growth over time and how it has impacted both their art and their lives. This season's schedule features Bill Irwin on February16, Billy Porter on March 23, and Anna Deavere Smith on May 11. (more...)

Terrence McNally's MOTHERS & SONS Begins 2/6 at Philadelphia Theatre CompanyTerrence McNally's MOTHERS & SONS Begins 2/6 at Philadelphia Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Philadelphia Theatre Company's continues its 40th Anniversary season with the Tony Award-nominated play Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally February 6-March 8. Directed by Wendy Goldberg, the cast features Hugh Kennedy, Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned, James Lloyd Reynolds, and Patrick Gibbons and Jacob D. Wilner in alternating performances. (more...)

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