John Steinbeck News

Date Of Birth:
February 27, 1902
Date Of Death:
December 20, 1968 (66)
Birth Place:
Salinas, CA, USA
Gender:
Male
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/21
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 21, 2014

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 7/20/2014. (more...)

Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox to Lead the Cast of THE OLD FRIENDS at Houston's Alley Theatre, 8/15-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

The "Alley Theatre @ UH" season begins with Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox in award-winning Texas playwright Horton Foote's The Old Friends, a Southwestern premiere. (more...)

Cal Shakes to Continue Season with PGYMALION, 7/30-8/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

California Shakespeare Theater continues its 2014 season with George Bernard Shaw's brilliant Pygmalion, directed by Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone. Pygmalion plays at the Bruns Amphitheater from July 30 through August 24. (more...)

OF MICE AND MEN Enters Final 2 Weeks of Performances on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Final 2 weeks to see Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton in John Steinbeck's masterpiece, Of Mice and Men. Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men was the first "hit" of the spring, recouping its $3.8 million capitalization in only twelve weeks. The critically acclaimed production opened on Wednesday, April 16, and will play through Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48 Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt and Edward Norton Visit OF MICE AND MEN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton star in John Steinbeck's masterpiece about chasing the American dream, OF MICE AND MEN on Broadway. Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, the critically acclaimed production opened on Wednesday, April 16, and will play through Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48 Street). Scroll down for a recent photo of celebs Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt and Edward Norton visiting backstage with the cast! (more...)

TO THE BONE, JUAREZ and More Set for 2014 THEATER:VILLAGE Festival, Running 9/4-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

The OBIE Award-winning Theater:Village festival, which is presented by Axis Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, New Ohio Theatre, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, returns for its second year, September 4 - October 5. Following last year's The Hill Town Plays, which presented five works by the playwright Lucy Thurber, this year's festival, titled E Pluribus, will feature four new plays celebrating the diversity of America. (more...)

Last 4 Weeks to See James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in OF MICE AND MEN, Now Through 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Final 4 weeks to see Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton in John Steinbeck's masterpiece about chasing the American dream, Of Mice and Men. Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men was the first "hit" of the spring, recouping its $3.8 million capitalization in only twelve weeks. The critically acclaimed production opened on Wednesday, April 16, and will play through Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48 Street). (more...)

Save 30% on Of Mice and Men - On Performances Thru July 24
by Contests - Broadway - Jun 26, 2014


Pearl Cleage Kicks Off 4th Collision Project for Teens, Based on THE GRAPES OF WRATH; Performances Set for 7/11-12
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Twenty students gathered at the Alliance Theatre today to begin the thirteenth annual Collision Project. This diverse group of teenagers from around the metro Atlanta area will explore a classic text under the guidance of a professional playwright. The Pulitzer Prize winning American realist novel The Grapes of Wrath will serve as the source text that will inspire a new performance piece developed by the students. Under the guidance of the Alliance Theatre's Mellon Playwright in Residence, best-selling author, Pearl Cleage, students will explore John Steinbeck's themes of home, family, environment, and income inequality and examine how these themes are manifested in modern times. (more...)

Nathan Tysen and Arthur Perlman Win 2014 Kleban Prizes for Musical Theatre; Ceremony Held Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

The Kleban Foundation's 24th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist has been awarded to Nathan Tysen and the 24th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to Arthur Perlman.The 2014 prizes will be presented tonight, June 23, 2014, in a private ceremony (by invitation only) hosted by ASCAP and BMI. (more...)

Photo Coverage: James Franco Greets Fans at OF MICE AND MEN Stage Door
by Walter McBride - Jun 19, 2014

Of Mice and Men, directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro and starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winnerJames Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton, recently recouped its $3.8 million capitalization in just twelve weeks, making it the first of the spring to do so. One of the show's biggest draws is its charismatic leading man, James Franco, who greets his fans outside of the Longacre stage door on a regular basis. Below, check out photos from inside the fan frenzy! (more...)

Point Park University's The REP Announces 2014-2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The 2014-2015 season of The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, will include two world premieres by Pittsburgh playwrights, a classic by Nobel laureate John Steinbeck and a hilarious comedy about an American singer renowned for her lack of rhythm, tone and especially an ability to sing. (more...)

OF MICE AND MEN Recoups Broadway Investment!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 09, 2014

Of Mice and Men, directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro and starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton, recouped its $3.8 million capitalization in just twelve weeks, making it the first of the spring to do so. The critically acclaimed production which opened on Wednesday, April 16 and is now in its final seven weeks on Broadway, shattered the house record at the Longacre Theatre and is the first Broadway production of the spring season to recoup its initial investment. The strictly limited engagement will play through Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48 Street). (more...)

BWW TV: Meet the 2014 Tony Nominees- Chris O'Dowd on How He's Never Seen OF MICE AND MEN!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 06, 2014

Today we continue our Tonys coverage with Chris O'Dowd, a nominee for Best Leading Actor in a Play for Of Mice and Men, who chats about how the community has embraced him, how he has never seen the play before, and more. Check out what he had to say below! (more...)

Long Wharf Theatre to Present Split Knuckle's ENDURANCE, Begin. 6/17
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT will present Split Knuckle Theatre's ENDURANCE beginning June 17. Endurance is devised and performed by Jason Bohon, Andrew Grusetskie, Michael Toomey, and Greg Webster. The creative team includes Nick Ryan (collaborating writer), Ken Clark (musical composition), Dan Rousseau (lighting), and Carmen Torres (stage manager.) (more...)

Sam Shepard's A LIE OF THE MIND Closes Trinity Rep's 50th Season, Now thru 6/29
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Trinity Rep brings its 50th anniversary season to a close with Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, directed by Brian Mertes in Trinity Rep's Dowling Theater from today, May 29-June 29, 2014, considered by many to be a modern masterpiece of American familial dysfunction. (more...)

Jeffrey Bean, Sharon Lockwood and More Star in Alley Theatre's 'VANYA AND SONIA', Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will feature Resident Actor Jeffrey Bean as Vanya, Sharon Lockwood returning to the Alley as Sonia, Alley Artist Josie de Guzman returning as Masha, and Resident Actor Jay Sullivan as Spike. Rounding out the cast and making their Alley debuts are Rachael Holmes as Cassandra and Sarah Nealis as Nina. Jonathan Moscone, Artistic Director of California Shakespeare Theater, helms the production and returns after having directed the Alley's 2011 production of Amadeus. (more...)

Photo Coverage: OF MICE AND MEN's James Franco, Chris O'Dowd & More Get Sardi's Caricatures
by Walter McBride - May 22, 2014

Just yesterday the cast of OF MICE AND MEN gathered at Sardi's for the official portrait unveilings of for 2014 Tony Award, Drama Desk and Drama League nominee Chris O'Dowd, James Franco, Leighton Meester and Tony Award winner Jim Norton. BroadwayWorld was there for the special occasion and you can check out complete photo coverage below! (more...)

Word for Word Presents Sam Shepard's 36 STORIES, Now thru 6/22
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Word for Word presents '36 Stories by Sam Shepard' arranged for the stage and directed by Amy Kossow opening with a press night on Saturday May 24 8pm, running through June 22 (previews May 21-23) at Z Space's second venue, Z Below, at 470 Florida Street. Last year the Magic Theatre spearheaded a multi-theater celebration of Shepard's 70th birthday when they opened their season with Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Buried Child.' Other companies participating in the celebration have been Crowded Fire, American Conservatory Theater in collaboration with Intersection for the Arts/Campo Santo and Word for Word. (more...)

Word for Word to Present 36 STORIES by Sam Shepard, 5/21-6/22
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Word for Word presents "36 Stories by Sam Shepard" arranged for the stage and directed by Amy Kossow opening with a press night on Saturday May 24 8pm, running through June 22 (previews May 21-23) at Z Space's second venue, Z Below, at 470 Florida Street. For this year-long celebration of Sam Shepard's 70th birthday, Magic Theatre spearheaded revivals of his most acclaimed works in theaters all across the Bay Area. "What sets "36 Stories by Sam Shepard" apart is that these are Shepherd's prose stories, turned into performance, the only completely new work created for the celebration..." remarks Word for Word co-artistic director Susan Harloe. "Word for Word was invited to create an original work by adapting his prose for the stage." Company member Amy Kossow spent a year sifting through five of Mr. Shepard's collections of short stories, eventually choosing to begin with a single story, set, simply enough, in a roadside diner. The resulting script, "36 Stories by Sam Shepard", weaves together tales of his beloved great American desert highways, the endless lonesome roads along which one may meet any type of fellow wanderer. (more...)

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