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Performance Network to Present OTHER DESERT CITIES, 6/11-7/12Performance Network to Present OTHER DESERT CITIES, 6/11-7/12
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

Performance Network of Ann Arbor will present O?ther Desert Cities?by Jon Robin Baitz June 11­July 12 completing a long delayed co­production with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre. The production garnered rave reviews and near sell out crowds during its West Bloomfield run and tickets are now on sale for the Network production. Directed by David Wolber and co­sponsored by Detroit sports and entertainment executive, Tom Wilson, O?ther Desert Cities?is the story of a wounded family and the secrets they share. It is the final main stage production in the Network's inaugural season under the new management of John Manfredi and Suzi Regan. The cast remains the same as at the JET and features the talents of Leah Smith, Naz Edwards, Hugh Maguire, Sandra Birch and Bryan Lark. Performances run Thursday­Sunday (Preview is Thursday, June 11; Opening Night is Friday, June 12) and tickets range in price from $25 to $41. For more information on the productions and events at the Network or to donate, go to w?ww.pntheatre.org?or call the box office at 734­663­0681. (more...)

THE WAY WE GET BY, Starring Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski, Opens Tonight at Second StageTHE WAY WE GET BY, Starring Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski, Opens Tonight at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Second Stage Theatre welcomes film star Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Dear John, Mamma Mia!, upcoming Ted 2 and Pan) in her off-Broadway debut opposite Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom, Wild, upcoming in NBC's The Slap) in the world premiere production of NEIL LaBUTE's drama, The Way We Get By. Directed by Tony nominee LEIGH SILVERMAN, the production began previews on April 28, 2015 and officially opens tonight, May 19, 2015 at Second Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street. (more...)

MY FAIR LADY, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and More Set for PCPA's Summer 2015 SeasonMY FAIR LADY, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and More Set for PCPA's Summer 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

PCPA's 51st Summer Season -- 'Santa Maria & Solvang' -- runs June 11 - October 3, 2015. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Sheen Center Cancels PLAYWRIGHTS FOR A CAUSE Event Due to Offensive Material by Neil LaButeSheen Center Cancels PLAYWRIGHTS FOR A CAUSE Event Due to Offensive Material by Neil LaBute
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, the political controversy surrounding the release of The Interview, and continued suppression of plays, books, and art in American schools, libraries and museums, the battle for freedom of speech and expression is more essential than ever. Planet Connections Theatre Festivity will present an evening of world premiere plays by Erik Ehn, Halley Feiffer, Israel Horovitz and Neil LaBute addressing censorship in the arts in Playwrights for a Cause, to be held at 7:30pm on June 14, 2015 at the Sheen Center, located at 18 Bleecker Street. (more...)

Tickets to Theatre Aspen's 2015 Season Now on SaleTickets to Theatre Aspen's 2015 Season Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

The organization's 32nd season will be extended by two weeks this summer.  The Hurst Theatre opens with the groundbreaking revival version of the musical CABARET, running in repertory with Other Desert Cities, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Junie B. Jones The Musical.  Following the regular season, the theatre recently announced the launch of the Aspen Theatre Festival, featuring new plays and musicals being developed for the stage.  The festival takes place the week of August 23rd - 28th. (more...)

Bid in Playwrights Horizons' Online Auction, Go Backstage at THE KING & I and More, Now thru 5/19Bid in Playwrights Horizons' Online Auction, Go Backstage at THE KING & I and More, Now thru 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

Acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company Playwrights Horizons has announced details for its 2015 special online Auction.  Bidding for the auction, which will feature an eclectic array of items and unique opportunities, begins today, Tuesday, May 5 at www.CharityBuzz.com/PlaywrightsHorizons. Online bidding will continue through Tuesday, May 19.  (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Sets Director, Cast for OTHER DESERT CITIESRubicon Theatre Sets Director, Cast for OTHER DESERT CITIES
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

Rubicon Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns today announced the director and cast for OTHER DESERT CITIES, Jon Robin Baitz's highly lauded story about a family in the public eye whose members must find a new way forward when each person's beliefs and illusions related to a pivotal family event are called into question. Filled with richly drawn characters, dramatic plot elements, and witty social commentary, OTHER DESERT CITIES garnered five Tony nominations and was awarded Outstanding Play by the Outer Critics Circle. The show takes its title from a sign off California's I-10 freeway where one continues on to Palm Springs or exits toward "Other Desert Cites." (more...)

BWW Reviews: Gripping Production of OTHER DESERT CITIES Closes Mad Horse SeasonBWW Reviews: Gripping Production of OTHER DESERT CITIES Closes Mad Horse Season
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - May 4, 2015

South Portland's Mad Horse Theatre Company closes its 2014-2015 season with a gripping rendition of Jon Robin Baitz's 2011 drama, Other Desert Cities. The play explores the painful bonds and conflicts in a family whose relationships have are strained by differences in political thinking, by the loss of their oldest son, and by their daughter's desire to recount the truth as she sees it. The drama, set largely in 2004 in the bellicose post 9/11 America of George W. Bush, is about the fine line between acting and reality, the dark depths of deception, and the devastating, yet healing consequences of discovering the truth. (more...)

Amanda Seyfried Makes Off-Broadway Debut Opposite Thomas Sadoski in THE WAY WE GET BY, Beginning Tonight at Second StageAmanda Seyfried Makes Off-Broadway Debut Opposite Thomas Sadoski in THE WAY WE GET BY, Beginning Tonight at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

Second Stage Theatre welcomes film star Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Dear John, Mamma Mia!, upcoming Ted 2 and Pan) in her off-Broadway debut opposite Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom, Wild, upcoming in NBC's The Slap) in the world premiere production of NEIL LaBUTE's drama, The Way We Get By. Directed by Tony nominee LEIGH SILVERMAN, the production begins previews tonight, April 28, 2015 and officially opens on May 20, 2015 at Second Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street. (more...)

BWW Reviews: AMY HERZOG FESTIVAL at Center Stage Where Two Plays are Staged Simultaneously FOR THE FIRST TIMEBWW Reviews: AMY HERZOG FESTIVAL at Center Stage Where Two Plays are Staged Simultaneously FOR THE FIRST TIME
by Charles Shubow - Apr 17, 2015

AFTER THE REVOLUTION and 4000 MILES are both directed by Lila Neugebauer and it's quite the experience. (more...)

Jenny Schwartz's IOWA Opens Tonight at Playwrights HorizonsJenny Schwartz's IOWA Opens Tonight at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The Playwrights Horizons world premiere of IOWA, a new musical play written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear, Somewhere Fun), music by Todd Almond (Stage Kiss at PH, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Tempest, On the Levee) and lyrics by Mr. Almond and Ms. Schwartz, opens tonight, April 13, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look- Syracuse Stage's OTHER DESERT CITIESPhoto Flash: First Look- Syracuse Stage's OTHER DESERT CITIES
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at Syracuse Stage's production of OTHER DESERT CITIES. (more...)

Theatre Aspen Sets Extended 2015 Season: CABARET, 'STARCATCHER' & MoreTheatre Aspen Sets Extended 2015 Season: CABARET, 'STARCATCHER' & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Award-winning Theatre Aspen announced the lineup for its 32nd season today, which will be extended by an extra week this summer. The Hurst Theatre opens with the groundbreaking revival version of the musical CABARET, running in repertory with Other Desert Cities, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Junie B. Jones The Musical. This is the first season since 2008 that the organization will produce four plays in repertory. Casting will be announced soon. (more...)

Ojai Playwrights Conference to Honor Gordon Davidson and Judy Ovitz at TOWN & COUNTRY GalaOjai Playwrights Conference to Honor Gordon Davidson and Judy Ovitz at TOWN & COUNTRY Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC) launches its 18th season with a benefit gala themed 'Town & Country' on Saturday, May 2, 3:00 pm, in Ojai, CA. Honoring Gordon Davidson for his decades of leadership in new play development in Los Angeles, and Judy Ovitz, an invaluable patron of the arts and OPC leader, the Benefit helps to fund the development of compelling new works for the American theatre. (more...)

Syracuse Stage to Present OTHER DESERT CITIES, 4/8-26Syracuse Stage to Present OTHER DESERT CITIES, 4/8-26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

Are there secrets that should always be kept? In this smart, sharply funny, and sensitive contemporary play, playwright Jon Robin Baitz folds art, politics, and family secrets into a tumultuous drama that pits a liberal middle-aged writer against her conservative parents. Who owns a family's history? There are no easy answers in Other Desert Cities, a 2012 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, where certainty shifts like sand dunes in the wind. (more...)

Fernanda Coppel, Halley Feiffer and Benjamin Scheuer to Launch Williamstown Theatre Festival's New Play, Musical Commissioning ProgramsFernanda Coppel, Halley Feiffer and Benjamin Scheuer to Launch Williamstown Theatre Festival's New Play, Musical Commissioning Programs
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield has announced a New Play Commissioning Program and New Musical Commissioning Program, through which the Festival will commission and develop three to five projects annually from playwrights, composers and collaborative devisers from across the career spectrum. The program launches with inaugural artists Fernanda Coppel (whose new play King Liz premieres this summer at Second Stage), Halley Feiffer (I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard, which just finished an acclaimed run at the Atlantic Theater Company), and Benjamin Scheuer (creator of the current Off Broadway hit The Lion). Each commission also includes a writing residency at Williamstown Theatre Festival. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Strong OTHER DESERT CITIES at the West Coast PlayersBWW Reviews: A Strong OTHER DESERT CITIES at the West Coast Players
by Peter Nason - Mar 23, 2015

A strong production with top-flight acting of Jon Robin Baitz's clever play. (more...)

THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN, OTHER DESERT CITIES & More Set for Chenango River Theatre's 2015 SeasonTHE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN, OTHER DESERT CITIES & More Set for Chenango River Theatre's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Chenango River Theatre's 2015 season features four regional premieres for Binghamton area audiences - four dynamic shows never before seen in this area. (more...)

IOWA Begins Previews Tomorrow at Playwrights HorizonsIOWA Begins Previews Tomorrow at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Previews begin tomorrow, today, March 20 for the Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) world premiere of IOWA, a new musical play written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear, Somewhere Fun), music by Todd Almond (Stage Kiss at PH, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Tempest, On the Levee) and lyrics by Mr. Almond and Ms. Schwartz. Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll (Red Dog Howls, Middletown, What Once We Felt; next season's Antlia Pneumatica at PH), the musical play will be the fifth production of the theater company's 2014/2015 Season. (more...)

Theatre Aspen Hosts Annual Costume GalaTheatre Aspen Hosts Annual Costume Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

Theatre Aspen announced that its annual costume fundraiser last Saturday, March 8th, was the organization's most successful to date, raising more than $350,000 in support of the theatre's productions and educational initiatives. (more...)

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