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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' APPROPRIATE at Mark Taper ForumPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' APPROPRIATE at Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Rehearsals are underway for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' razor-edged new comedy APPROPRIATE opening October 4 and continuing through November 1, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Previews begin September 23. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast! (more...)

'Pro99' Actors' Equity Members Send Open Letter to AEA President'Pro99' Actors' Equity Members Send Open Letter to AEA President
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Members of the "Pro99" movement of Actors' Equity Association have issued an open letter to AEA's newly elected president, Kate Shindle, in response to her victory and to her inaugural address as president of the national union for actors and stage managers. The open letter is signed by over 400 Equity members (listed below), including such notable names as Ed Asner, Francis Fisher, Sally Kirkland and Alfred Molina. The "Pro99" movement formed in late 2014 in opposition to AEA's rollout of a new plan that will effectively force "intimate theaters" in Los Angeles to pay Equity actors minimum wage, go "non-union" or even close - despite an overwhelming vote against the plan by 66% of the Los Angeles membership on an advisory referendum. "Pro99" members around the nation, who take their name from the current AEA "99 Seat Plan" that allows members to volunteer in smaller venues, oppose AEA's new promulgated plan. They are requesting that Equity leadership put a moratorium on the plan until local members' voices can be heard, and that the union work with its members to develop an alternative plan that will more realistically address the needs of the Los Angeles theater community. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of CTG's BENTSTAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of CTG's BENT
by Stage Tube - Jul 31, 2015

Just in to BroadwayWorld!áMartin Sherman's BENT, a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, will be directed by MoisÚs Kaufman, began previews on July 15 and opens July 26 for a run through August 23, 2015, at theáCenter Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. BroadwayWorld has a stunning first look at highlights below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Brilliant BENT Revival at TaperBWW Reviews: Brilliant BENT Revival at Taper
by Don Grigware - Jul 30, 2015

WhenáBentáfirst premiered in 1979 its persecution of gays in Nazi Germany was a real eye opener. This was before the onset of AIDS...in the first scene, the depiction of Max's (Patrick Heusinger)one night stand and his gay relationship with a dancer could have been taken right out of contemporary West Hollywood were it not for the fact that we are told up front that the play takes place in 1934-36. The violence against gays that follows is staggering and horrifying. Deep down we knew that being homosexual had built-in problems and tensions, but did we really think about it so seriously? Did we really know how ugly it all was back then? And what about now? In spite of marriage equality in the US, in Kenya and in other areas of the world, the struggle for sexual freedom unbelievably goes on...to this very day. In a rare revival, Moises Kaufman brilliantly directs this new production ofáBentáat the Mark Taper Forum, and you'd be a fool to miss it. The cast is extraordinary, and Martin Sherman's poignant lyricism is simultaneously funny, touching and thoroughly riveting from moment to moment. (more...)

Review Roundup: BENT, Starring Patrick Heusinger, Jake Shears and Andy Mientus, Opens in Los AngelesReview Roundup: BENT, Starring Patrick Heusinger, Jake Shears and Andy Mientus, Opens in Los Angeles
by Review Roundups - Jul 28, 2015

Martin Sherman's BENT,áa groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, opened at theáCenter Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forumálast Sunday, July 26, 2015.áDirected by Moises Kaufman, performances for BENTáwill continue through August 23.ááLet's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes of CTG's BENT with Jake Shears, Andy Mientus & More!STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes of CTG's BENT with Jake Shears, Andy Mientus & More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 28, 2015

Martin Sherman's 'Bent,' a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, opened onáJuly 26 at theáCenter Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Moises Kaufman, performances for 'Bent' will continue through August 23. (Previews started on July 15.) Check out a behind-the-scenes look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Go Inside Opening Night of CTG's BENT with Jake Shears, Andy Mientus & More!Photo Flash: Go Inside Opening Night of CTG's BENT with Jake Shears, Andy Mientus & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Martin Sherman's 'Bent,' a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, opened last night, July 26áat theáCenter Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Moises Kaufman, performances for 'Bent' will continue through August 23. (Previews started on July 15.) Check out a look inside opening night below! (more...)

Martin Sherman's BENT to Open This Sunday in Los AngelesMartin Sherman's BENT to Open This Sunday in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Martin Sherman's "Bent," a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, will open at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum next Sunday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Directed by Moises Kaufman, performances for "Bent" will continue through August 23. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Charlie Hofheimer, Patrick Heusinger, Andy Mientus, Jake Shears and More in BENT at the TaperPhoto Flash: First Look at Charlie Hofheimer, Patrick Heusinger, Andy Mientus, Jake Shears and More in BENT at the Taper
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

Martin Sherman's BENT, a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, will be directed by Moises Kaufman, began previews onáJuly 15 andáopens July 26 for a run through August 23, 2015, at theáCenter Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. BroadwayWorld has a stunning first look at the actors onstage below! (more...)

Photo Flash! Sneak Peek At Mark Taper Forum's BENTPhoto Flash! Sneak Peek At Mark Taper Forum's BENT
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 16, 2015

Get a sneak peek of an edgy new production of BENT! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Rehearsals of BENT at the Taper - Hugo Armstrong, Tom Berklund, Ray Baker & More!Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Rehearsals of BENT at the Taper - Hugo Armstrong, Tom Berklund, Ray Baker & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Martin Sherman's BENT, a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, will be directed by Moises Kaufman, beginning previews tomorrow, July 15, and opening July 26 for a run through August 23, 2015, at theáCenter Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Check out a first look at rehearsals below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears Sings 'Streets of Berlin' from BENT at the TaperSTAGE TUBE: Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears Sings 'Streets of Berlin' from BENT at the Taper
by Stage Tube - Jul 14, 2015

Martin Sherman's BENT, a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, will be directed by Moises Kaufman, beginning previews tomorrow, July 15, and opening July 26 for a run through August 23, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Below, watch Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) sing 'Streets of Berlin,' a song he wrote and performs in the play! (more...)

Andy Mientus & More Join Scissor Sisters Frontman Jake Shears in BENT at CTG/Mark Taper ForumAndy Mientus & More Join Scissor Sisters Frontman Jake Shears in BENT at CTG/Mark Taper Forum
by TV News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Rehearsals have begun for Martin Sherman's 'Bent,' a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions. Directed by Moise?s Kaufman, previews for 'Bent' begin July 15 and opening is set for July 26. Performances continue through August 23, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. (more...)

Inaugural STAGE RAW THEATRE AWARDS Winners Are Announced!Inaugural STAGE RAW THEATRE AWARDS Winners Are Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

April 14, 2015ůIt was an awards show born in a moment of relevance. An electrified contingent of professional Los Angeles Intimate theater companies and their friends sold out Los Angeles theatre Center to support the first-everSTAGE RAW THEATRE AWARDS. Picking up where the LA WEEKLY Awards, left off, and hosted by the Celebration Theatre and the hilarious duo of Alec Mapa and Parvesh Cheena, it was a night to celebrate the best of 99-seat theatre and a rallying cry against the Equity proposal and referendum that is currently being voted on. Impassioned speeches were given by Steven Leigh Morris and Bill Raden to open the show, followed by an introduction of the original plaintiffs in the Equity wars of 30 years ago who all received a standing ovation. One of those plaintiffs, Gary Grossman, gave a rousing speech as he presented the "Queen of the Angels" award to Rebecca Metz, who brought down the house with her heartfelt message of community and standing up for what is right in the face of adversity. The emotion in the room was palpable from start to finish and it was a fitting start to a tradition that it sure to last for decades to come! (more...)

STAGE RAW Announces First Ever Nominations, April 13 at LA Theater CenterSTAGE RAW Announces First Ever Nominations, April 13 at LA Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2015

STAGE RAW is pleased to announce the FIRST ANNUAL STAGE RAW LOS ANGELES THEATER AWARDS, championing the best work of 2014 in L.A.'s now embattled theaters of up to 99-seats. (STAGE RAW is using the same jury that was assembled through 2014 for the now dearly departed LA WEEKLY Theater Awards.) Check out the full list of nominees below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside the 2014 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony with Kate Burton, Katie Lowes & MorePhoto Flash: Inside the 2014 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony with Kate Burton, Katie Lowes & More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

The 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards, celebrating theatrical excellence and achievement during the past 12 months, were presented on Sunday, November 2 at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. (more...)

2014 LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARDS Winners Announced - Geffen's THE COUNTRY HOUSE, 110 IN THE SHADE & More!2014 LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARDS Winners Announced - Geffen's THE COUNTRY HOUSE, 110 IN THE SHADE & More!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

The 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Award winners were announced at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse on November 2 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Kate Burton and Katie Lowes to Host 2014 Ovation AwardsKate Burton and Katie Lowes to Host 2014 Ovation Awards
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

Kate Burton and Katie Lowes have been set to host the 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 2, at the historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel, it was announced today. Red carpet arrivals begin at 5:30 and the ceremony starts at 7pm. (more...)

2014 LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARDS Nominees Announced - Theatre at Boston Court Leads; Geffen, La Mirada Follow2014 LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARDS Nominees Announced - Theatre at Boston Court Leads; Geffen, La Mirada Follow
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Nominees for the 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced on the evening of Monday, September 22 at Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The nominations were revealed by past Ovation Award recipients Gigi Bermingham, Brighid Fleming, Parmer Fuller, Jennifer Haley, Brian Kite, Glynn Turman, and John Zalewski, along with LA STAGE Alliance Chief Executive Officer Terence McFarland. (more...)

Theatre @ Boston Court, the Geffen and La Mirada Lead 2014 Ovation Award Nominations; Full List!Theatre @ Boston Court, the Geffen and La Mirada Lead 2014 Ovation Award Nominations; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Nominees for the 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced on the evening of Monday, September 22 at Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The nominations were revealed by past Ovation Award recipients Gigi Bermingham, Brighid Fleming, Parmer Fuller, Jennifer Haley, Brian Kite, Glynn Turman, and John Zalewski, along with LA STAGE Alliance Chief Executive Officer Terence McFarland. (more...)

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