Ensemble Studio Theatre News

Site-Specific Play to Reunite L.A. Architects Neutra & Schindler, 9/13-10/4Site-Specific Play to Reunite L.A. Architects Neutra & Schindler, 9/13-10/4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

True story: in 1953, iconic L.A. architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler, onetime friends and business partners who had been bitterly estranged for 23 years, found themselves, by a vagary of fate, occupying the same hospital room in Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA presents a site-specific production in which playwright/director Tom Lazarus imagines what might have transpired during that reunion. Ray Xifo and John Nielsen star as Neutra and Schindler, with Heather Robinson in the role of Nurse Rothstein. The world premiere of The Princes of Kings Road opens on Sept 12 for a four-week run at the architecturally significant Neutra Institute and Museum of Silverlake. (more...)

INFORMED CONSENT, Starring Tina Benko, Starts Its Run Tonight at Primary StagesINFORMED CONSENT, Starring Tina Benko, Starts Its Run Tonight at Primary Stages
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Primary Stages and Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project present Informed Consent, a New York City premiere by Deborah Zoe Laufer (End Days, Leveling Up) and directed by Obie winner Liesl Tommy (Appropriate, The Good Negro). The limited engagement begins performances tonight, August 4, and continues through September 13, 2015 at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street - a New 42nd Street project. (more...)

Andrew Garman to Star in THE CHRISTIANS at the Taper This Winter; Cast Announced!Andrew Garman to Star in THE CHRISTIANS at the Taper This Winter; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Center Theatre Group and Playwrights Horizons have announced casting for "The Christians," a new play written by Lucas Hnath ("A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney," "Isaac's Eye," "Death Tax").  (more...)

Performances Begin Tomorrow for INFORMED CONSENT at Primary StagesPerformances Begin Tomorrow for INFORMED CONSENT at Primary Stages
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Primary Stages and Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project present Informed Consent, a New York City premiere by Deborah Zoe Laufer (End Days, Leveling Up)and directed by Obie winner Liesl Tommy (Appropriate, The Good Negro).  The limited engagement begins performances August 4 and continues through September 13, 2015 at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street - a New 42nd Street project.  Opening night is Tuesday, August 18 at 7PM. (more...)

Rattlestick's 2015-16 Season to Include New York, World PremieresRattlestick's 2015-16 Season to Include New York, World Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long announce the company's 2015-16 season, its 21st, which includes New York and world premieres by Michael Laurence, William Francis Hoffman, and Martyna Majok. All productions play at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY at NYMFPhoto Flash: First Look at MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

Winner of the 2014 NYMF Developmental Reading Series, this Latin infused American musical is inspired by the true story of a Princeton Undergrad who was an undocumented child immigrant from the Dominican Republic. When Manuel gets a scholarship to study at Oxford, he's faced with the realization that he can't leave the USA. He takes on The Statue of Liberty in the fight of a lifetime; the high-stakes boxing match that is immigration today. Is Manuel worthy? No one is spared in this political comedy that pulls no punches about immigration reform and the American Dream. (more...)

New Pasek & Paul Musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN Premieres Tonight at Arena StageNew Pasek & Paul Musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN Premieres Tonight at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, presents DEAR EVAN HANSEN. The original musical, featuring a score by Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (Broadway's A Christmas Story, The Musical; Dogfight), a book by Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex) and directed by three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Broadway's Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then), is a contemporary, intimate story of hope, heartache and the things in life we all need-friends, family and a place to call home. With choreography by Danny Mefford and music supervision, orchestrations and dance arrangements by Tony Award winner Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen runs now through August 23, 2015, opening tonight, July 30, in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Abingdon Theatre Company's 2015-16 Season to Feature World PremieresAbingdon Theatre Company's 2015-16 Season to Feature World Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Abingdon Theatre Company launches its 2015-2016 Season of new plays beginning this fall with the world premiere of CUT THROAT by JB Reich. Directed by Drama Desk nominee Mark Waldrop (NEWSical The Musical, When Pigs Fly), CUT THROAT is set to begin previews October 2 at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex's Dorothy Strelsin Theatre (312 West 36th Street). (more...)

Brian Reno and Gabriel Vega Weissman's LOOSE CANON Will Play at FringeNYC This AugustBrian Reno and Gabriel Vega Weissman's LOOSE CANON Will Play at FringeNYC This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Playwrights Brian Reno and Gabriel Vega Weissman will present Loose Canon as part of the 19th annual New York International Fringe Festival- FringeNYC. Brian and Gabriel love a bargain. They drink beers on the couch instead of at the bar. One day, looking for something cheap to do, they entered a playwriting contest. Our fledgling artists wrote their first draft in the cradle of inspiration... the dining hall of Gowanus IKEA. Two years later they are excited to bring their work to life. (more...)

Will Attenborough, Patrick Kennedy & More Will Join Nicole Kidman in PHOTOGRAPH 51Will Attenborough, Patrick Kennedy & More Will Join Nicole Kidman in PHOTOGRAPH 51
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

The Michael Grandage Company today announces the full company for the UK premiere of Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51. Nicole Kidman who leads the company as Rosalind Franklin is joined by Will Attenborough (James Watson), Edward Bennett (Francis Crick), Stephen Campbell Moore (Maurice Wilkins), Patrick Kennedy (Don Caspar) and Joshua Silver (Ray Gosling). Photograph 51 opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on 14 September, with previews from 5 September, and runs until 21 November. (more...)

LUCKY STIFF's Pamela Shaw Joins IRT's IN A TILTED PLACELUCKY STIFF's Pamela Shaw Joins IRT's IN A TILTED PLACE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

Written by Lake Water's Troy Deutsch (Standby for John Gallagher Jr. in Broadway's Rabbit Hole), IN A TILTED PLACE is a kaleidoscope of a play where lovers, addicts, mermaids, and other strange creatures all stumble through a bizarre, hilarious, and sometimes frightening reality- from Rockefeller Center to the High Line- and nothing is quite as anyone imagined it would be. (more...)

THE GOD GAFFE to Receive World Premiere at FringeNYCTHE GOD GAFFE to Receive World Premiere at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

THE GOD GAFFE, a new play by John William Schiffbauer, will make its world premiere in the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival. (more...)

NYMF's MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY Gets ExtensionNYMF's MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY Gets Extension
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2015

Mannyville LLC, Dramatic Question Theatre and the New York Musical Theatre Festival are proud to announce the extension of the musical Manuel versus The Statue of Liberty which will begin performances this Tuesday, July 21. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Primary Stages' INFORMED CONSENTPhoto Coverage: Meet the Company of Primary Stages' INFORMED CONSENT
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 16, 2015

 Tina Benko (Broadway's Irena's Vow, Top Girls, The Real Thing) joins Pun Bandhu (Wit, The Judge), Jesse J. Perez (Recent Tragic Events, American Splendor), DeLanna Studi (August: Osage County, Edge of America), and Myra Lucretia Taylor (Nine, 'Girls') in Primary Stages and Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project's upcoming production, Informed Consent. The New York City premiere by Deborah Zoe Laufer (End Days, Leveling Up) and directed by Obie winner Liesl Tommy(Appropriate, The Good Negro) will play a limited engagement August 4 - September 13, 2015 at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street - a New 42nd Street project. Opening night is Tuesday, August 18 at 7PM. (more...)

Win a One-on-One Master Session with Playwrights Neil LaBute, Rajiv Joseph, Stephen BelberWin a One-on-One Master Session with Playwrights Neil LaBute, Rajiv Joseph, Stephen Belber
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Master playwrights Neil LaBute, Rajiv Joseph, Stephen Belber are offering one-one-one master advice contest for writers! (more...)

IRT Theater's IN A TILTED PLACE Begins 8/8IRT Theater's IN A TILTED PLACE Begins 8/8
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

IRT Theater presents Troy Deutsch's (Rabbit Hole on Broadway) IN A TILTED PLACE, a kaleidoscopic play directed by Ashley Brooke Monroe (Assistant Director Fun Home on Broadway; Assistant Director The Mystery of Love and Sex at Lincoln Center) and Courtney Ulrich (The Feast; Resident Director The Flea Theater). IN A TILTED PLACE will play a four week limited engagement at IRT Theater (154 Christopher Street, Buzzer 3B-3rd Floor, New York, NY 10014). Performances begin Saturday, August 8th and continue through Sunday, August 30th, 2015 . Opening Night is Monday, August 10th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $18.00 and available at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. (more...)

Josh Hecht to Direct Dark Comedy VERANO PLACE at FringeNYC, 8/16-25Josh Hecht to Direct Dark Comedy VERANO PLACE at FringeNYC, 8/16-25
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Drama Desk Award-winner Josh Hecht (Christine Jorgensen Reveals, former Director of Playwright Development at MCC Theater) is set to direct the premiere of playwright Katie Atcheson's dark comedy VERANO PLACE as a part of FringeNYC with performances August 16-25 at the Kraine Theater (85 E 4th St.). (more...)

Glenn Howerton and Rory O'Malley to Star in The Old Globe's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS; Cast & Creative Team Announced!Glenn Howerton and Rory O'Malley to Star in The Old Globe's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS; Cast & Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Comedy of Errors as The Old Globe's 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival continues the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. (more...)

Matthew Lillard Launches Campaign to Bring American Theatre to Edinburgh FringeMatthew Lillard Launches Campaign to Bring American Theatre to Edinburgh Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

Following in the footsteps of Jennifer Morrison (ONCE UPON A TIME, WARRIOR, HOUSE) and Charlie Carver (TEEN WOLF, THE LEFTOVERS), actor/director Matthew Lillard (SCREAM, THE BRIDGE, THE DESCENDANTS, SCOOBY-DOO) has launched a social media challenge to help bring American theater to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (more...)

Windy City Playhouse Sets THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T SAY PAST MIDNIGHT CastWindy City Playhouse Sets THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T SAY PAST MIDNIGHT Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's newest Equity theater, announces the cast for its third production, the riotous Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight: A Comedy in Three Beds from Peter Ackerman, co-author of 20th Century Fox's hit animated film Ice Age. This contemporary sex farce is directed by William Brown, fresh off his successful run of Doubt at Writers Theatre. Brown directs a stellar cast of Broadway veterans and rising stars including Emily Tate, Peter Meadows, Patrese McClain, Shane Kenyon, Chris Sheard and Robert Spencer. Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight runs August 12-October 4 at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park. Opening night is Saturday, August 15. windycityplayhouse.com/things/ (more...)

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