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Victory Gardens Announces Assistant Directors for 2016-17 Directors Inclusion InitiativeVictory Gardens Announces Assistant Directors for 2016-17 Directors Inclusion Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater has announced the 2016/17 Season Directors Inclusion Initiative Assistant Directors include Kaiser Ahmed (Hand To God), Arianna Soloway (Roz and Ray), Ameenah Kaplan (A Wonder In My Soul), Charlotte Drover (Queen), and Alyssa Vera Ramos (Native Gardens). (more...)

Casting Announced for Sideshow Theatre Company's World Premiere of  GIVE IT ALL BACKCasting Announced for Sideshow Theatre Company's World Premiere of GIVE IT ALL BACK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for the second production in its 2016/17 season: Calamity West's wry and subversive world premiere GIVE IT ALL BACK, directed by artistic associate Marti Lyons. (more...)

Actors' Theatre is Thrilled to Announce Their 36th SeasonActors' Theatre is Thrilled to Announce Their 36th Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

 On September 29, the Actors Theatre will launch its new season with the West Michigan premiere of one of the most talked-about plays of the last decade - Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn. Mr. Burns opens with a group of people attempting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The one thing these folks have in common? The Simpsons. (more...)

League of Chicago Theatres Announces Theatre Thursdays Series for 2016-2017 SeasonLeague of Chicago Theatres Announces Theatre Thursdays Series for 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The League of Chicago Theatres announces the Theatre Thursdays line-up for the 2016-2017 Chicago theatre season including world premiere productions of Carroll Gardens (16th Street Theater), A Life Extra Ordinary (The Gift Theatre), Cinderella at the Theater of Potatoes (The Hypocrites), The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular (Hell in a Handbag Productions), Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth (Lookingglass Theatre Company), The Wolf at the End of the Block (Teatro Vista), The Snare (Jackalope Theatre Company), Linda Vista (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), and Relativity (Northlight Theatre). Additional information for each event is available at http://bit.ly/theatrethursdays. (more...)

Penguin Rep Closes Season With Award-Winning DANIEL'S HUSBANDPenguin Rep Closes Season With Award-Winning DANIEL'S HUSBAND
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Penguin Rep Theatre, the award-winning theatre in Stony Point, New York, under the leadership of Artistic Director Joe Brancato and Executive Director Andrew M. Horn, closes its 2016 season with the New York premiere of Daniel's Husband by Michael McKeever from September 23 through October 16, 2016. In Daniel's Husband, Mitchell and Daniel are the ideal couple, everything but married. Mitchell does not believe in marriage; Daniel does. "When their life together takes a shocking and unexpected turn," says Mr. Brancato, who will stage the production at Penguin Rep, "we learn about the power and pain of love in this breathtaking new play." (more...)

Victory Gardens Extends Chicago Debut of HAND TO GOD Before OpeningVictory Gardens Extends Chicago Debut of HAND TO GOD Before Opening
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces the extension of its first show of its 42st season, Hand To God by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin due to early ticket demand. (more...)

Tony Winner Kenny Leon Set for Q&A at Spelman CollegeTony Winner Kenny Leon Set for Q&A at Spelman College
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

Spelman College and True Colors Theatre Company have announced a conversation with Tony Award-winning Director Kenny Leon the evening of September 8, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Baldwin Burroughs Theater at Spelman College. (more...)

Executive Producing Director Sara Garonzik to Depart Philadelphia Theatre CompanyExecutive Producing Director Sara Garonzik to Depart Philadelphia Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

After spearheading the artistic vision and organizational growth of Philadelphia Theatre Company for thirty-five years, Executive Producing Director Sara Garonzik announced to the PTC Board of Directors that she will be leaving her position sometime during the 2016-2017 season when her successor joins the Company. She will remain in Philadelphia to pursue consulting and independent producing projects. (more...)

Sideshow Theatre to Premiere GIVE IT ALL BACK by Calamity WestSideshow Theatre to Premiere GIVE IT ALL BACK by Calamity West
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Sideshow Theatre Company will continue its 2016/17 Season with Calamity West's wry and subversive world premiere GIVE IT ALL BACK, directed by artistic associate Marti Lyons, playing November 20 - December 18, 2016 at Victory Gardens.  (more...)

Jackalope Theatre Company Wraps 8th Season with 2016 LIVING NEWSPAPER FESTIVALJackalope Theatre Company Wraps 8th Season with 2016 LIVING NEWSPAPER FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Jackalope Theatre Company wraps up its 8th season with The 7th Annual Living Newspaper Festival. In homage to the 1930's Living Newspapers of the Federal Theatre Project, Jackalope has assembled an exciting group of Chicago playwrights, directors, and actors to dramatize stories ripped from recent newspaper headlines. (more...)

Oracle Appoints New Managing, Associate Artistic DirectorsOracle Appoints New Managing, Associate Artistic Directors
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Oracle Productions is delighted to announce that Company Member Lauren Yarbrough has been named their Managing Director, and Artistic Producer Tony Santiago has been promoted to the role of Associate Artistic Director.  (more...)

Victory Gardens' Teen Arts Council to Present SHOTS HEARD ROUND THE WORLDVictory Gardens' Teen Arts Council to Present SHOTS HEARD ROUND THE WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater's Teen Arts Council presents Shots Heard Round the World, an evening of spoken word poetry and performance in response to the state of the world and how it affects our youth. (more...)

Alex Weisman to Lead Chicago Premiere of HAND TO GOD; Cast Announced!Alex Weisman to Lead Chicago Premiere of HAND TO GOD; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces casting for its first show of its 42st season, Hand To God by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin. (more...)

Victory Gardens Completes Casting for 2016 IGNITION Festival of New PlaysVictory Gardens Completes Casting for 2016 IGNITION Festival of New Plays
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces casting for each of the 2016 IGNITION Festival of New Plays selected works, including The Wayward Bunny by Greg Kotis; BREACH: a manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate by Antoinette Nwandu; EOM (end of message) by Laura Jacqmin; Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames; Gaza Rehearsal by Karen Hartman; and Girls In Cars Underwater by Tegan McLeod. (more...)

2016 MFA Playwrights' Workshop to Develop Eight New Works at the Kennedy Center2016 MFA Playwrights' Workshop to Develop Eight New Works at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, is pleased to co-present the 11th annual MFA Playwright's Workshop (MFAPW) in association with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and Stanford University's National Center for New Plays. (more...)

AUBERGINE Finds Cast, THE PROFANE Taps Director at Playwrights HorizonsAUBERGINE Finds Cast, THE PROFANE Taps Director at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Playwrights Horizons has announced new details for its upcoming 2016/2017 Season. (more...)

Kristen Bell and More Set for Sing-Along at UNITED FORLANDO Concert in L.A.Kristen Bell and More Set for Sing-Along at UNITED FORLANDO Concert in L.A.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

United FORlando, an evening concert and conversation presented by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Los Angeles LGBT Center in memory and support of the victims of the recent tragedy at Pulse nightclub, will close the evening tribute with a sing-along performance of Broadway For Orlando's What the World Needs Now is Love. (more...)

Victory Gardens Presents HAND TO GOD by Robert Askins, September 16 - October 16, 2016Victory Gardens Presents HAND TO GOD by Robert Askins, September 16 - October 16, 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces the first show of its 42st season, Hand To God by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin. Hand To God runs September 16 - October 16, 2016, with the press performance on Friday, September 23, 2016, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

The Wallis & Los Angeles LGBT Center to Host UNITED FORLANDO Tribute ConcerThe Wallis & Los Angeles LGBT Center to Host UNITED FORLANDO Tribute Concer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Los Angeles LGBT Center present United FORlando, an evening concert in memory and support of the victims of the recent tragedy at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. in the Bram Goldsmith Theater at The Wallis. The evening tribute includes special musical performances by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and the cast of Hit The Wall by Ike Holter, the award-winning immersive theater production set at NYC's historic Stonewall Inn during the summer of 1969. Actor and activist Wilson Cruz, whose aunt was among the victims on June 12, will moderate 'After Orlando: Reflections and Where We Go From Here,' a conversation featuring panelists Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Darrel Cummings, Chief of Staff of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Single tickets are now available for purchase for $25 - $45 with net proceeds from the concert benefiting the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida (The Center). Any additional donations secured will also be donated in their entirety to The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. (more...)

Stage Left Theatre Sets 35th SeasonStage Left Theatre Sets 35th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Stage Left Theatre is pleased to announce the programming for its 35th season. The season begins with the world premiere of The Bottle Tree by Beth Kander directed by ensemble member Amy Szerlong. The Bottle Tree was developed through Stage Left's Downstage Left program, at the Ashland New Plays Festival and and has received an Honorable Mention on The Kilroys List for the past two years. Next, in the winter, Stage Left and Cor Theatre present a co-production of What of the Night? by Maria Irene Fornes, directed by Carlos Murillo. This epic meditation on poverty in America was a Pultizer finalist in 1990. Cor Theatre Artistic Director Tosha Fowler says of the partnership, 'With admiration for Stage Left's longevity and the exciting opportunities they provide to artists through their strong commitment to mission, we at Cor are thrilled to announce a collaboration of theatre that is bound to leave you breathless. Combining Stage Left's strength with our fearless aesthetic, Fornes' poetically primal voice, and Carlos Murillo's passionate vision, What of the Night is going to be our biggest leap yet.' Finally, the company will present LeapFest, its annual developmental festival featuring workshop productions of new plays, at a time to be announced later. (more...)

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