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Playwrights' Center Announces 2017-18 McKnight Fellows, New Core WritersPlaywrights' Center Announces 2017-18 McKnight Fellows, New Core Writers
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

The Playwrights' Center is excited to announce the 2017-18 McKnight National Residency and Commission recipient, 2017-18 McKnight Fellows in Playwriting, 2017-18 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows, 2017-2020 Core Writers and 2017-18 Core Apprentices. (more...)

Photo Flash: Playwrights' Center Celebrates Playwright & Broadway Director Marion McClinton at 45th Anniversary GalaPhoto Flash: Playwrights' Center Celebrates Playwright & Broadway Director Marion McClinton at 45th Anniversary Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

The Playwrights' Center held its 45th Anniversary Gala May 4, 2017 at The Blaisdell in Minneapolis. The Center's Producing Artistic Director Jeremy B. Cohen called the event "a benefit to support the creators, the legacy-builders and innovative theater-makers who transport us through the art of storytelling." Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

BWW Review: KING LEAR Kills at Guthrie TheaterBWW Review: KING LEAR Kills at Guthrie Theater
by Karen Bovard - Mar 6, 2017

'Disciplined' may seem an odd word to apply to a production of KING LEAR, a tragedy that is about personal and societal dissolution into madness, both individually and at large. But the current mounting in Minneapolis earns that moniker, both in actorly control and design restraint. The result is a masterful rendering that eschews excess but allows the human relationships to be bared and centered. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 10/16/2016Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 10/16/2016
by BWW - Oct 16, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/16/2016 for Minneapolis (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 10/09/2016Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 10/09/2016
by BWW - Oct 9, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/09/2016 for Minneapolis (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

The Playwrights' Center's 45th anniversary season kicks off October 17 with PlayLabs, a week-long new play festival featuring Core Writers Christina Ham ('West of Central'), Susan Soon He Stanton ('we, the invisibles') and Ken Urban ('The Remains'). Tickets are free and can be reserved at pwcenter.org/playlabs. (more...)

BWW Review:  MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at TRT is a Must-See ShowBWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at TRT is a Must-See Show
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 28, 2016

Start the fall theater season off right. Get your tickets for August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom now at Two River Theater through October 9th. The superb direction of Ruben Santiago-Hudson along with a stellar cast makes it a must-see production. (more...)

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Starring Arnetia Walker, to Launch Two River Theater's 2016-17 SeasonMA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Starring Arnetia Walker, to Launch Two River Theater's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, launches its 2016/17 Season with an extended four-week run of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. (more...)

Photo Flash: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Two River TheaterPhoto Flash: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Two River Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias, Managing Director Michael Hurst) presents August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The press opening is Today, September 16 at 8pm and performances will continue throughSunday, October 9 in Two River's Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ.  Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 ortworivertheater.org. (more...)

Photo Flash: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Two River TheaterPhoto Flash: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Two River Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias, Managing Director Michael Hurst) presents August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The press opening is Friday, September 16 at 8pm and performances will continue throughSunday, October 9 in Two River's Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ.  Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 ortworivertheater.org. (more...)

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Starring Arnetia Walker, to Launch Two River Theater's 2016-17 SeasonMA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Starring Arnetia Walker, to Launch Two River Theater's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2016

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, launches its 2016/17 Season with an extended four-week run of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. (more...)

Arnetia Walker, Michael Cumpsty and More Set for MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Starting Tonight at Two River TheaterArnetia Walker, Michael Cumpsty and More Set for MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Starting Tonight at Two River Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2016

Two River Theater presents August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The production will run tonight, September 10, through October 9, 2016, with the opening night on Friday, September 16 at 8pm. (more...)

BWW Interview:  Chante Adams in August Wilson's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at TRT 9/10 to 10/9BWW Interview: Chante Adams in August Wilson's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at TRT 9/10 to 10/9
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 8, 2016

Two River Theater launches its 2016/2017 season with August Wilson's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' from 9/10 to 10/9. The show is directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Broadwayworld.com interviewed Chante Adams who will play Dussie Mae in the show. (more...)

Playwrights' Center Announces 45th Anniversary SeasonPlaywrights' Center Announces 45th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Since its founding in 1971, the Playwrights' Center has been imagining theater forward. For decades it has been one of the nation's most important organizations for developing new plays and launching the careers of playwrights. (more...)

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Starring Arnetia Walker, to Launch Two River Theater's 2016-17 SeasonMA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Starring Arnetia Walker, to Launch Two River Theater's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, launches its 2016/17 Season with an extended four-week run of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. (more...)

Arnetia Walker, Michael Cumpsty and More Set for MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Two River TheaterArnetia Walker, Michael Cumpsty and More Set for MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Two River Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Two River Theater announces the cast and creative team for its production of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The production will run September 10-October 9, 2016, with the opening night on Friday, September 16 at 8pm. (more...)

McKnight Theater Artist Fellows to Debut Works in Progress, 6/28McKnight Theater Artist Fellows to Debut Works in Progress, 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

2015-16 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows Aimee K. Bryant and James A. Williams will present selections from theatrical works in progress on June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Southern Theater. Advance reservations for this free event are strongly recommended and can be made at pwcenter.org, info@pwcenter.org or 612-332-7481. The Southern Theater is located at 1420 South Washington Avenue in Minneapolis. (more...)

Playwrights' Center Names 2016-17 McKnight Theater Artist FellowsPlaywrights' Center Names 2016-17 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

The Playwrights' Center is pleased to announce the 2016-17 recipients of the McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships: (more...)

Photo Flash: AKEELAH AND THE BEE's Johannah Easley, Charles Randolph-Wright and More Celebrate Opening at Arena StagePhoto Flash: AKEELAH AND THE BEE's Johannah Easley, Charles Randolph-Wright and More Celebrate Opening at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

Fresh off its world-premiere run in Minneapolis, Children's Theatre Company's new production about an 11-year-old spelling prodigy comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The show is adapted for the stage by veteran playwright Cheryl L. West (Arena's Pullman Porter Blues, Jar the Floor), who partners with celebrated director Charles Randolph-Wright (director of Broadway's Motown and an inaugural resident playwright with Arena Stage, where he premiered his play Love in Afghanistan). AKEELAH AND THE BEE runs now through December 27, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivites at Arena Stage below! (more...)

BWW Review:  AKEELAH AND THE BEE Oozes Charm at Arena StageBWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE Oozes Charm at Arena Stage
by Jennifer Perry - Nov 21, 2015

All in all, this is a thoroughly enjoyable production and one that I would highly recommend. (more...)

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