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MTC to Conclude 2015-16 Season with THE INVISIBLE HANDMTC to Conclude 2015-16 Season with THE INVISIBLE HAND
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Marin Theatre Company closes its 49th Season with Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand. The play had its world premiere at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in March 2012, and was nominated for the Steinberg/ACTA Best New Play Award that same year. The play was produced at ACT Theatre in Seattle in September 2014, and opened Off-Broadway at the New York Theater Workshop on December 7, 2014. In association with ACT Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland presented the play in March 2015. It received both the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award and the John Gassner Award. Berkeley Rep produced Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced this past fall, to great acclaim. (more...)

City Lights to Present I AND YOUCity Lights to Present I AND YOU
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Meet Caroline, a cynical high school senior in need of a new liver. Meet Anthony, an idealistic high school basketball star in need of a partner for his project on Walt Whitman. In the poignant and insightful play I and You, two teens who could not be more different form an unlikely friendship. (more...)

Award Season Begins! AMERICAN PSYCHO and SHE LOVES ME Lead the Pack with Outer Critics Circle NominationsAward Season Begins! AMERICAN PSYCHO and SHE LOVES ME Lead the Pack with Outer Critics Circle Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Just this morning, Something Rotten and Spotlight star Brian d'Arcy James along with this season's break-out and genuflecting sensation Jennifer Simard from Broadway's Disaster announced the The Outer Critics Circle nominees for the 2015-16 season from New York's legendary Algonquin Hotel (59 W 44th Street.)  Outer Critics Circle nominations are the first major Broadway/Off-Broadway award nominees of the New York theater season. (more...)

A STEADY RAIN and More Slated for Spring at Hudson Theatre WorksA STEADY RAIN and More Slated for Spring at Hudson Theatre Works
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Hudson Theatre Works, North Jersey's most innovative professional theater company, announces its upcoming spring production and its slate for Playworks, its annual new play reading series. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE SUBMISSION at Island City StagePhoto Flash: First Look at THE SUBMISSION at Island City Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Shaleeha G'ntamobi's stirring new play about an alcoholic black mother and her card sharp son trying to get out of the projects has just been accepted into the nation's preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, Shaleeha G'ntamobi doesn't exist. Except in the imagination of a young gay playwright named Danny Larsen, who created her as a kind of affirmative-action nom-de-plume. (more...)

BWW Review: Intense and Compelling IN A WORD at The Hub TheatreBWW Review: Intense and Compelling IN A WORD at The Hub Theatre
by Pamela Roberts - Apr 7, 2016

For a brief moment when the opening night performance of IN A WORD ended there was quiet. A stillness fell as the audience collected itself, took a breath, and processed the intensity of the experience. Then, after a beat, the well-deserved applause began. (more...)

Drama Desk Winner THE LION on the Hunt for New StarDrama Desk Winner THE LION on the Hunt for New Star
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The Lion, the highly acclaimed, Drama Desk Award-winning musical written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, is searching for a new star, producer Eva Price announced today. Scheuer, who has been performing the piece in various productions since 2014, will play his final performance in his autobiographical musical on February 19, 2017 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA. Due to popular demand, The Lion will continue its tour across America, and the search is underway for a new star. (more...)

Leigh Silverman, Ruben Santiago-Hudson & More to Helm Two River Theater Productions During 2016-17 SeasonLeigh Silverman, Ruben Santiago-Hudson & More to Helm Two River Theater Productions During 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the lineup of productions for its 2016/17 Season, which will launch in September with August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Full-season 6-play subscriptions are on sale now from 732.345.1400 or 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank. Subscribers save 25% on tickets, receive prime seating and a number of additional benefits. Visit tworivertheater.org for more details. Single tickets will go on sale in August 2016. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for EST and Page 73's KENTUCKY World PremiereFull Cast Announced for EST and Page 73's KENTUCKY World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) and Page Seventy-Three Productions (Page 73) have announced complete casting for KENTUCKY, written by Leah Nanako Winkler, and directed by Morgan Gould. (more...)

Peninsula Players Host Free Reading of 'WHO AM I THIS TIME?'Peninsula Players Host Free Reading of 'WHO AM I THIS TIME?'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

? Peninsula Players Theatre will present a reading of "Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love)" by Aaron Posner, adapted from stories by Kurt Vonnegut at Bjorklunden at 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor at 7p.m., Monday, April 4.  Posner's charming comedy explores love, pure and complicated, by weaving short stories from Vonnegut's early masterpiece "Welcome to the Monkey House."   Join the Players reading of comedic love stories that explores, with warm hilarity, human foibles in a small town.  Admission is free. (more...)

MY MANANA COMES to Run 4/16-6/26 at Fountain TheatreMY MANANA COMES to Run 4/16-6/26 at Fountain Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Just beyond the elegant dining room of an Upper East Side restaurant, service workers angle for shifts, pray for tips and cling to dreams of life beyond their daily back-of-house grind. Armando Molina directs the Los Angeles premiere of My Mañana Comes by Elizabeth Irwin, opening April 16 at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood. (more...)

The Hub to Present IN A WORDThe Hub to Present IN A WORD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Fresh off its rolling World Premiere, the mind bending IN A WORDbrings playwright Lauren Yee back to The Hub. Three time Helen Hayes nominee Kerri Rambowleads the cast as Fiona, a mother wrestling with the loss of her son Tristan, kidnapped years earlier. Rambow is no stranger to Yee's work having earned rave reviews playing the Hatmaker's Wife in Hub's production of THE HATMAKER'S WIFE (formally A MAN, HIS WIFE, AND HIS HAT). (more...)

Casting Announced for Hell in a Handbag's THE DIVINE SISTERCasting Announced for Hell in a Handbag's THE DIVINE SISTER
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce casting for its Chicago premiere of THE DIVINE SISTER, the hilarious comic homage to nearly every Hollywood nun film ever made, by the divine high priestess of camp Charles Busch and directed by Shade Murray. (more...)

Jiehae Park Wins Williamstown Theatre Festival's 2016 Weissberger Award; Playwright-in-Resident Announced!Jiehae Park Wins Williamstown Theatre Festival's 2016 Weissberger Award; Playwright-in-Resident Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced that HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO by Jiehae Park is the 2016 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award recipient. Jiehae will also receive The Jay Harris Commission to write a new play, a prize worth $10,000. (more...)

MY NAME IS ASHER LEV to Play Eternity Playhouse in MayMY NAME IS ASHER LEV to Play Eternity Playhouse in May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Premiering in Sydney after an award-winning Off-Broadway season is the classic coming-of-age story, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV by Aaron Posner based on the novel by Chaim Potok.  (more...)

Clubbed Thumb Announces SUMMERWORKS Festival LineupClubbed Thumb Announces SUMMERWORKS Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

?Five-time Obie Award-winning theater company Clubbed Thumb has announced the line-up for SUMMERWORKS, its annual series of new plays. Now in its 21st season, SUMMERWORKS will run May 27 through July 9 at The Wild Project (195 E 3rd Street) in Manhattan, and will feature productions of three new plays: EVERY ANGEL IS BRUTAL by Julia Jarcho and directed by Knud Adams; THE TOMB OF KING TOT by Eric Dufault and directed by Portia Krieger; and TUMACHO by Ethan Lipton and directed by Leigh Silverman. Festival passes are now on sale at: https://www.artful.ly/clubbedthumb/store/passes. (more...)

Premiere Stages at Kean University to Host Free Public Readings of 2016 Play Festival FinalistsPremiere Stages at Kean University to Host Free Public Readings of 2016 Play Festival Finalists
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

?Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, has announced its four finalists for the 2016 Premiere Stages Play Festival, and will offer free public readings of the plays by professional actors during its 12th Annual Spring Readings Series. The readings will take place Thursday, March 10 through Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 pm in the Murphy Dunn Theatre, located in Vaughn Eames Hall on Kean's central campus (1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.). (more...)

The Pearl to Stage New York Premiere of Posner's STUPID FU**KING BIRDThe Pearl to Stage New York Premiere of Posner's STUPID FU**KING BIRD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

The Pearl Theatre Company is pleased to present the New York premiere of Stupid Fu**ing Bird, Aaron Posner's award-winning wry riff on Anton Chekhov's masterpiece The Seagull. Directed by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's Artistic Director Davis McCallum, the production, running March 15-May 8, scoops up Chekhov's tale of unrequited love, missed opportunities, and misplaced dreams and sets it down squarely in the bustle of 21st century life. With its rebellious title evoking Constantine's subversive play-within-a-play from the original, it captures the heartbreaking humor of the tale while playing as brilliantly with dramatic form as Chekhov himself once did. (more...)

New Short Plays by Arthur Kopit and More Slated for Abingdon's FETE 24New Short Plays by Arthur Kopit and More Slated for Abingdon's FETE 24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

32 Actors, 8 Writers, and 8 Directors will gather at Abingdon Theatre Company for an entire weekend of pure creativity to produce FETE 24. (more...)

Jeff Talbott's HOW TO BUILD A CITY Set for Route 66 Theatre's Next 'Driver's Seat' ReadingJeff Talbott's HOW TO BUILD A CITY Set for Route 66 Theatre's Next 'Driver's Seat' Reading
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Join Route 66 Theatre Company on February 22 at 7:30 pm at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro for HOW TO BUILD A CITY by Jeff Talbott, directed by Henry Godinez and featuring Justin Brill, Jennifer Coombs, Eric Lynch, and Steve Stafford. (more...)

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