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BWW Interview: Jaston Williams of A WOLVERINE WALKS INTO A BAR at Stateside At The ParamountBWW Interview: Jaston Williams of A WOLVERINE WALKS INTO A BAR at Stateside At The Paramount
by Frank Benge - Nov 17, 2016

Audiences first became aware of Jaston Williams as half of the citizens of Tuna, Texas with the debut of Greater Tuna in 1982. The saga continued with A Tuna Christmas, Red, White and Tuna and Tuna Does Vegas. The plays have been performed on and off Broadway at the Kennedy Center, the Edinburgh International Arts Festival, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. and all over America. He has received Washington DC's Helen Hayes Award nominations for A Tuna Christmas and Red, White and Tuna as well as the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Award for Greater Tuna. He also received the L.A. Dramalogue Award for both Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas. A Tuna Christmas was published in 'Best Plays of 1995.' For several years, Jaston toured in Larry Shue's The Foreigner, for which he received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Actor. He performed in The Fantasticks at Washington DC's Ford's Theatre and directed the musical Bad Girls Upset By The Truth at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre. A recipient of the Texas Governors Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by a Native Texan he performed at the White House on three occasions. His hometown of Austin, Texas has seen him perform at the State Theatre in Eugene Ionesco's The Chairs and at Zachary Scott Theatre in Jay Presson Allen's Tru, for which he received the Austin Critics Table Award for Best Actor in a drama. He has appeared at Zach Theatre in The Laramie Project and next month is joining their production of A Christmas Carol as Scrooge. His play, Romeo and Thorazine, work-shopped at Zach in November 2001. He work-shopped his autobiographical one-man show I'm Not Lying to critical acclaim at the State Theatre and returned it there for a full production in February of 2004 as well as a benefit performance at Washington DC's Kennedy Center. His autobiographical play Cowboy Noises premiered in Austin in February 2008 to critical acclaim. Broadway World recently sat down with Jaston for a Q & A session during the run of his latest play A WOLVERINE WALKS INTO A BAR. (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks to Present Jay Presson Allen's TRUPalm Beach Dramaworks to Present Jay Presson Allen's TRU
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Tru by Jay Presson Allen, opening December 2 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. (more...)

Sheldon Harnick and More Set for 'Dramalogue Talking Theatre' Series at Palm Beach DramaworksSheldon Harnick and More Set for 'Dramalogue Talking Theatre' Series at Palm Beach Dramaworks
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Palm Beach Dramaworks has announced that multi Tony Award-winners Tony Walton, Fran Weissler, and Sheldon Harnick will appear live, onstage as part of its popular series, Dramalogue - Talking Theatre! This series of six programs, which explores all aspects of theatre in conversations with or about the industry's top professionals and master artists, will also feature presentations on Truman Capote and Tom Stoppard, and a roundtable discussion with three theatre critics. (more...)

Top 10 Plays Set In SchoolTop 10 Plays Set In School
by Marianka Swain - Sep 7, 2016

Education, education, education - it's an inescapable topic in theatre. Recent years have seen Future Conditional (kicking off Matthew Warchus's Old Vic tenure), Matilda the Musical, The Brink, Kin, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, and, of course, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. To celebrate back to school week, here are 10 of the best plays set in school. Get studying! To celebrate back to school week, here are 10 of the best plays set in school. Get studying! (more...)

Novelist, Playwright Truman Capote's Ashes To Be AuctionedNovelist, Playwright Truman Capote's Ashes To Be Auctioned
by Michael Dale - Aug 22, 2016

Though he gained worldwide fame as the author of 'In Cold Blood' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' you didn't have to be an avid reader to immediately recognize Truman Capote. (more...)

BWW Review: Mark Chambers Impresses as Truman Capote in TRU at The Studio 620BWW Review: Mark Chambers Impresses as Truman Capote in TRU at The Studio 620
by Peter Nason - Jul 22, 2016

Chambers channels Capote and gives an incredibly strong performance. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 5/15/2016Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 5/15/2016
by BWW - May 15, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/15/2016 for Pittsburgh (more...)

Review: TRU Celebrates a Merry, Morbid Christmas at Pittsburgh PublicReview: TRU Celebrates a Merry, Morbid Christmas at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - May 9, 2016

Bells are ringing, children singing, all is merry and the suicide rate is off the charts in Truman Capote's private holiday nightmare (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 5/08/2016Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 5/08/2016
by BWW - May 8, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/08/2016 for Pittsburgh (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 5/01/2016Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 5/01/2016
by BWW - May 1, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/01/2016 for Pittsburgh (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 4/24/2016Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 4/24/2016
by BWW - Apr 24, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/24/2016 for Pittsburgh (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Celebrate Earth Day with Eddie Korbich and SEUSSICAL's 'The Lorax Song'FLASH FRIDAY: Celebrate Earth Day with Eddie Korbich and SEUSSICAL's 'The Lorax Song'
by Michael Dale - Apr 22, 2016

During pre-Broadway tryouts, the talented performer sang an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' plea for the environment. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 4/17/2016Now Playing Onstage in Pittsburgh - Week of 4/17/2016
by BWW - Apr 17, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/17/2016 for Pittsburgh (more...)

Eddie Korbich's One-Man Show TRU to Play Pittsburgh Public TheaterEddie Korbich's One-Man Show TRU to Play Pittsburgh Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Pittsburgh Public Theater presents Broadway actor Eddie Korbich as Truman Capote in TRU, a one-man play by Jay Presson Allen based on Capote's words and works. Directed by The Public's Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas, TRU runs April 21 - May 22, 2016 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks Sets 2016-17 SeasonPalm Beach Dramaworks Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

Five provocative, widely acclaimed plays constitute Palm Beach Dramaworks' 2016-2017 season, which gets underway at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on Friday evening, October 14 with Tennessee Williams' final masterpiece, the autumnal The Night of the Iguana(1961). (more...)

Romantic Comedy BEAU JEST to Play Skokie Theatre This FebruaryRomantic Comedy BEAU JEST to Play Skokie Theatre This February
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

MadKap Productions will present BEAU JEST by local playwright James Sherman, for ten performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie, February 5 - 21, 2016. (more...)

Romantic Comedy BEAU JEST to Play Skokie Theatre This FebruaryRomantic Comedy BEAU JEST to Play Skokie Theatre This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

MadKap Productions will present BEAU JEST by local playwright James Sherman, for ten performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie, February 5 - 21, 2016. (more...)

MadKap Productions Stages THE LION IN WINTER at the Skokie Theatre This MonthMadKap Productions Stages THE LION IN WINTER at the Skokie Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

MadKap Productions will present THE LION IN WINTER by Highland Park native James Goldman, for ten performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie, running now through November 22, 2015. (more...)

BWW Interviews: TRU Premieres for One-Night Only at Washington County PlayhouseBWW Interviews: TRU Premieres for One-Night Only at Washington County Playhouse
by Johnna Leary - Jul 17, 2015

Though notable author Truman Capote passed away in 1984, he vividly comes to life in Jay Presson Allen's one-man show TRU. Actor Michael-Anthony Nozzi will return to the stage at Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown, MD and portray Capote in this electric one-man show for a one-night only performance on July 23. (more...)

BWW Review: Directed by Tony Award Winning Actor Robert Morse, TRU Offers an Insider's Look at Truman Capote's Lonely LifeBWW Review: Directed by Tony Award Winning Actor Robert Morse, TRU Offers an Insider's Look at Truman Capote's Lonely Life
by Shari Barrett - Jun 8, 2015

When TRU premiered on Broadway, Robert Morse won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for his tour-de-force portrayal of Truman Capote. For his performance in the 1992 American Playhouse presentation of TRU, Morse won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. As a way to pay it forward, Morse has directed his friend Michael-Anthony Nozzi in TRU presented by Chromolume Theatre and produced by Mike Abramson during this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival. Nozzi gives his own tour-de-force performance as the lonely writer and iconic 70's bon vivant sweetheart. (more...)

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