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The Breadbox Theatre to Stage World Premiere of THE AWAKENING This SummerThe Breadbox Theatre to Stage World Premiere of THE AWAKENING This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Breadbox presents the World Premiere of THE AWAKENING, adapted for the stage by Oren Stevens and developed with Ariel Craft, based on Kate Chopin's revolutionary novel. The Breadbox Artistic Director Ariel Craft (The Pillowman, Blood Wedding, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore) helms this stunning production, breathing new life into Chopin's feminist masterwork. THE AWAKENING plays July 29 through August 20 (press opening: July 30) at EXIT Theatre (156 Eddy St.) in San Francisco. For tickets ($20) and more information, the public may visit breadboxtheatre.org. (more...)

Museum of the Moving Image to Host 60th Anniversary Screening of THE SEARCHERSMuseum of the Moving Image to Host 60th Anniversary Screening of THE SEARCHERS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

In recognition of the 60th anniversary of John Ford's 1956 film The Searchers, Museum of the Moving Image will screen the iconic western along with a special preview screening of Thomas Bidegain's Cesar-nominated Les Cowboys, an acclaimed new film that was strongly inspired by The Searchers. The films will play back-to-back on June 18 and 19 at the Museum. (more...)

Underground Theatre Announces 2016 SeasonUnderground Theatre Announces 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2016

The Underground Theatre returns to Detroit for its official third season. The theme for this summer is entitled, "The Fates We Choose'. Each weekend in July will feature one of four exploratory works from the collaborative. (more...)

Quintessence Theatre Group Sets 2016-17 SeasonQuintessence Theatre Group Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Quintessence Theatre, Philadelphia's only all-classical repertory theatre, announces its seventh season of progressive classics. Season 2016-2017 includes MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN in the fall, a world premiere family holiday classic WILDE TALES, a rotating repertory: LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST and THE BROKEN HEART in the spring, and UNCLE VANYA to close the season in the summer. (more...)

LES COWBOYS Trailer and Poster Debut; Film Out 6/24LES COWBOYS Trailer and Poster Debut; Film Out 6/24
by TV News Desk - May 26, 2016

The debut feature from celebrated French screenwriter Thomas Bidegain (DHEEPAN, RUST AND BONE, A PROPHET), LES COWBOYS is a haunting tale of a young woman's disappearance—and a father's all-consuming quest to bring her back to safety. (more...)

Lazarus Theatre Company to Bring John Ford's 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE to LondonLazarus Theatre Company to Bring John Ford's 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE to London
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Lazarus Theatre Company announce the final play in the Lazarus Rebellion and Revolution Season, John Ford's shocking and ground breaking, 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE. (more...)

Who's Winning at the 31st Annual Lucille Lortel Awards? Updating Live!Who's Winning at the 31st Annual Lucille Lortel Awards? Updating Live!
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2016

The Off-Broadway League tonight presents the 31st Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway at NYU Skirball Center. BroadwayWorld will be bringing you the full list of winners below. Stay tuned to find out who will win big! (more...)

Celia Keenan-Bolger, John Ellison Conlee & More Set for Clubbed Thumb's 2016 Summerworks SeriesCelia Keenan-Bolger, John Ellison Conlee & More Set for Clubbed Thumb's 2016 Summerworks Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Five-time Obie Award-winning theater company Clubbed Thumb has announced initial casting for SUMMERWORKS, its annual series of new plays. (more...)

Clubbed Thumb Sets Starry 2016 Summerworks Series; Cast Announced!Clubbed Thumb Sets Starry 2016 Summerworks Series; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Five-time Obie Award-winning theater company Clubbed Thumb has announced initial casting for SUMMERWORKS, its annual series of new plays. (more...)

Breaking News: Lortel Award Nominations Announced; THE HUMANS and FUTURITY LeadBreaking News: Lortel Award Nominations Announced; THE HUMANS and FUTURITY Lead
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

The Off-Broadway League today announced nominations in 18 categories for the 31st Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. The Lortel Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at NYU Skirball Center beginning at 7:00 PM EST. This year's event will once again benefit The Actors Fund. (more...)

Random Access Theatre to Stage TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORERandom Access Theatre to Stage TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Random Access Theatre (RAT) is bringing actors getting wasted on stage to a whole new level of classiness with Drunk Restoration Comedy! Following the success of the One Night Only fundraising event in September, Random Access Theatre is pleased to announce that the drunken fun will continue as they partner with The Players Theatre for a six month run starting March 4th, 2016. Join RAT the first Friday of every month at 10pm at the Players Theatre as they thrust their artistic associates along with some very special guests onto the stage, shot glasses in hand for an audience interactive staged reading of the best known works of the Restoration era. (more...)

Thomas Bidegain's LES COWBOYS to Hit Theaters This JuneThomas Bidegain's LES COWBOYS to Hit Theaters This June
by TV News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

The debut feature from celebrated French screenwriter Thomas Bidegain (DHEEPAN, RUST AND BONE, A PROPHET), LES COWBOYS is a haunting tale of a young woman's disappearance-and a father's all-consuming quest to bring her back to safety. Starring Finnegan Oldfield and featuring John C. Reilly, the film will hit theaters on June 24th in New York at Lincoln Plaza. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Extends THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Through March 26Rubicon Theatre Extends THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Through March 26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that its critically acclaimed American premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton, adapted from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson that also inspired the legendary John Ford 1962 film, will extend through Saturday, March 26 at the Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is a classic tale of love, honor, ambition and revenge set against the backdrop of the American West. (more...)

Grippo Stage Co.'s THE BEN HECHT SHOW to Premiere This Summer at Piven TheatreGrippo Stage Co.'s THE BEN HECHT SHOW to Premiere This Summer at Piven Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

The fascinating life of Chicago newspaperman turned legendary playwright, screenwriter and novelist Ben Hecht takes center stage in Grippo Stage Company's world premiere of THE BEN HECHT SHOW, written and performed by James Sherman and directed by Dennis Za?ek. (more...)

BWW Review: Brilliant American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Extends One Week Until March 26BWW Review: Brilliant American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE Extends One Week Until March 26
by Don Grigware - Mar 14, 2016

How often do you see an American western onstage? Especially one that was a famous John Ford film in 1952 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Both the film and the stage play are adapted from a short story by Dorothy Johnson about the American west in 1890-1910. The names of the characters in the film are slightly different from those in the play, but the plot is basically the same. What seem to matter more than plot are the historical, cultural, political themes that the story exudes. Now onstage at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, in its American premiere, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is helmed by uber skilled director Jenny Sullivan and boasts a stellar cast, but you only have one more week to catch it, through March 20. (more...)

Photo Flash: Celebrities Attend Rubicon's American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCEPhoto Flash: Celebrities Attend Rubicon's American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Celebrities dressed in Western attire walked the red carpet last Saturday as Rubicon Theatre Company of Ventura presented the American Premiere of the stage play THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton. Attendees included musician Jim Messina of Loggins & Messina, Poco and Buffalo Springfield and his beautiful wife Michaela; Golden Globe nominated actor Ted Neeley with his wife Leeyan and daughter Tessa; and Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Spano with his daughters Liana and Meili. Scroll down for photos from the opening night festivities! (more...)

BWW Review: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Mar 10, 2016

John Ford's 1962 film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, is one of motion picture's all-time classic westerns. So when I heard that a play version was making its American premiere at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, I got more than just a little excited. Envisioning the tensions seen on the screen in epic portrayals by Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, and Lee Marvin promised to be riveting theater. Unfortunately, the play version was taken not from the screenplay by James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck (it was unavailable) but an adaptation by British playwright Joshua Compton from Dorothy M. Johnson's original short story, and although the Rubicon has created a fabulous setting, marvelous performances from all of the actors, and an atmospheric, on-stage musical tableau by Trevor Wheetman, the result is simply not as compelling as the movie. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCEPhoto Flash: First Look at American Premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company's 2015-2016 Season continues with the American premiere of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton. Adapted from the short story by Dorothy M. Johnson that also inspired the legendary John Ford 1962 film, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is a classic tale of love, honor, ambition and revenge set against the backdrop of the American West.   (more...)

Random Access Theatre to Present DRUNK RESTORATION COMEDY!Random Access Theatre to Present DRUNK RESTORATION COMEDY!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Random Access Theatre (RAT) is bringing actors getting wasted on stage to a whole new level of classiness with Drunk Restoration Comedy! Following on the success of the One Night Only fundraising event in September, Random Access Theatre is pleased to announce that the drunken fun will continue as they partner with The Players Theatre for a six month run starting March 4th, 2016. Join RAT the first Friday of every month at 10pm at the Players Theatre as they thrust their artistic associates along with some very special guests onto the stage, shot glasses in hand for an audience interactive staged reading of the best known works of the Restoration era. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jenny Sullivan of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Interview: Jenny Sullivan of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Mar 1, 2016

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was originally a short story penned in 1953 by Dorothy M. Johnson (1905 - 1984), who wrote numerous articles and stories with Western themes. In 1962, Valance was adapted for motion pictures in a blockbuster film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, James Stewart, and Lee Marvin, in the title role of the sadistic gunslinger who is taken on by Stewart, who portrayed a tenderfoot attorney new to the dusty town of Shinbone. Jethro Compton's new stage play is based on the short story instead of the movie, getting its start in England in 2014. The Rubicon Theatre Company's new production marks the play's American debut, starring Gregory Harrison in the role of Bert Barricune, the equivalent of John Wayne's Tom Doniphon in the film. Reviews of the play have called it 'gripping drama' and 'consistently absorbing.' We spoke with Jenny Sullivan, who is directing Rubicon's production and she talked about the process of presenting a subject that has become much more famous through the film adaptation than for the original story. (more...)

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