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HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC Begins Rehearsals at the Douglas Next WeekHOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC Begins Rehearsals at the Douglas Next Week
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

Rehearsals begin May 26 for the world premiere production of "How to be a Rock Critic," based on the writing of Lester Bangs, the rock critic who reached iconic status in the 1970s with his passionate, intellectually honest writing. Performances at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre begin June 17 and continue through June 28, 2015, in the theatre's rehearsal space, Upstairs@KDT. Presented as part of DouglasPlus, "How to be a Rock Critic" is a co-production with South Coast Repertory.  (more...)

Rutina Wesley to Lead The Old Globe's TWELFTH NIGHT; Cast, Creatives Set!Rutina Wesley to Lead The Old Globe's TWELFTH NIGHT; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe production of William Shakespeare's delightful and romantic Twelfth Night. Rebecca Taichman, whose production of the time-traveling Time and the Conways fascinated audiences last April, is back to direct the first show of the 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival. The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on June 21 and run through July 26, 2015, with opening night on Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m., in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interview: Dael Orlandersmith Talks NYTW's FOREVERBWW Interview: Dael Orlandersmith Talks NYTW's FOREVER
by Adrienne Onofri - May 19, 2015

The downtown theater stalwart discusses her latest play, about the woman who raised her and the artists who drove her. (more...)

In Performance Video: Dael Orlandersmith Performs from Her Solo Show FOREVERIn Performance Video: Dael Orlandersmith Performs from Her Solo Show FOREVER
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

This week's New York Times In Performance video features a scene from Dael Orlandersmith's solo show FOREVER (more...)

Steve Martin to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award on TBS, 6/13Steve Martin to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award on TBS, 6/13
by TV News Desk - May 18, 2015

The Emmy(R)-winning television event, which this year will celebrate the career of actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician Steve Martin, will continue premiering on TNT or TBS through 2018, with encores each year on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). (more...)

Leslie Ayvazian Set for Reading of New Play at Raven Theatre, 5/31Leslie Ayvazian Set for Reading of New Play at Raven Theatre, 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

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Lucy Alibar's 'THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE...' Starts Next Week at the DouglasLucy Alibar's 'THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE...' Starts Next Week at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

A work-in-progress presentation of Lucy Alibar's "Throw Me On the Burnpile and Light Me Up" begins a limited engagement at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre next Thursday, May 21, as part of CTG's DouglasPlus programming. It will continue through May 31 with only 11 public performances. (more...)

BWW Interviews: KAY COLE Directs Love Again at Group RepBWW Interviews: KAY COLE Directs Love Again at Group Rep
by Don Grigware - May 14, 2015

production of A Chorus Line, which garnered the Tony, Pulitzer Prize, Drama Desk, and Theatre World awards -among others.  Other credits include:  director/choreographer: 22%, Love Songs, Spelling Bee, Rose Bowl Queens, Bark! No Strings, Desperate Writers (Off-B'way/LA), Flunky, The Dining Room, Nuncrackers, Judy's Scary Little Christmas, Frog & Toad, A Chorus Line, choreographer: Hunger, Nightmare Alley, Atlanta, Great Expectations, Triumph of Love, Dancing at Lughnasa. Pasadena Playhouse: 110 in the Shade, Do I Hear A Waltz. Hollywood Bowl: Mame, Bernstein's Mass, My Fair Lady, Music Man, Camelot, Reprise!, Three Penny Opera, City of Angels, Company, 20th Century, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Most Happy Fella. Other Los Angeles: Atlanta, Paint Your Wagon (Geffen); Grave White Way (Hudson Theatre); Dogeaters, Gaytino (Kirk Douglas Theatre); Six Dance Lessons (Falcon, Geffen, B'way); Snoopy, Blockheads (London West End). Film/TV: Country Rules, Santa Clause 3, Six Dance Lessons…  Website: www.kaycole.net (more...)

Photo Coverage: Downtown Urban Theater Festival  Presents Danny Hoch with Playwright Masters AwardPhoto Coverage: Downtown Urban Theater Festival Presents Danny Hoch with Playwright Masters Award
by Walter McBride - May 13, 2015

The Downtown Urban Theater Festival just presented playwright/director/actor Danny Hoch with the 2015 DUTF Playwright Masters Award at this year's Opening Night event at 40/40 Club (6 West 25th Street, NYC). The DUTF Playwright Masters Award is awarded to a writer that embodies the spirit of the Downtown Urban Theater Festival, founded in 2001 with the purpose of building a fresh repertoire of stories that echo the true spirit of urban life, while speaking to a whole new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines. Previous honorees of the DUTF Playwright Masters Award include Nilo Cruz (Pulitzer Prize winner for Anna in the Tropics) and Adrienne Kennedy (OBIE Award winner for Funnyhouse of a Negro). (more...)

BWW News: SENIOR STAR SEARCH Set in LA for July 12BWW News: SENIOR STAR SEARCH Set in LA for July 12
by Don Grigware - May 12, 2015

Actress/producer/motivational speaker/champion of senior causes Jackie Goldberg, known more popularly as the Pink Lady and 'Pink' o her friends, has come up with yet another fantastic idea to help promote permanent senior entertainment in greater Los Angeles. The event is appropriately entitled Senior Star Search, a senior competition that will be held on Sunday July 12 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at Barnsdall Park, Hollywood. Co-producing the event will be actress/singer/humanitarian Barbara Van Orden, known for her outrageous Las Vegas night club act as well as her close involvement in producing LA's Next Great Stage Star held annually at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal in North Hollywood. Goldberg and Van Orden as co-producers of Senior Star Search wish to bring active, motivated seniors into local live entertainment. They are hopeful that more than 200 interested entertainers 55 or older will come forth to audition for the event on May 23rd and 24th. (more...)

Danny Hoch to Receive 2015 DUTF Playwright Masters Award at Tomorrow's OpeningDanny Hoch to Receive 2015 DUTF Playwright Masters Award at Tomorrow's Opening
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

The Downtown Urban Theater Festival announces that acclaimed playwright/director/actor Danny Hoch will receive the 2015 DUTF Playwright Masters Award at this year's Opening Night event, which will take place tomorrow, May 12th at 8:00 p.m. at 40/40 Club (6 West 25th Street, NYC). (more...)

Sony Movie Channel to Honor Veterans with Memorial Day Marathon, 5/26Sony Movie Channel to Honor Veterans with Memorial Day Marathon, 5/26
by TV News Desk - May 5, 2015

Sony Movie Channel salutes veterans with a stacked Memorial Day Marathon event on Monday, May 25, starting at 6:45 a.m. ET. (more...)

Dael Orlandersmith's FOREVER Opens Tonight at NYTWDael Orlandersmith's FOREVER Opens Tonight at NYTW
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

The New York premiere of FOREVER, the fourth production of the New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker), created and performed by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith (Monster, The Gimmick) and directed by Neel Keller (The Nether), officially opens tonight, May 4, 2015 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003). FOREVER runs through Sunday, May 31, 2015. (more...)

Curtain Call Podcast Announces Episode 9, Featuring Director Bart DeLorenzoCurtain Call Podcast Announces Episode 9, Featuring Director Bart DeLorenzo
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2015

Curtain Call Podcast, an audio podcast featuring hour-long interviews with diverse theater professionals, announces the release of Episode Nine (9) with special guest Bart DeLorenzo available for free download starting May 1, 2015. (more...)

Young Jean Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Heads to the Kirk Douglas Theatre This YearYoung Jean Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Heads to the Kirk Douglas Theatre This Year
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

Center Theatre Group, in collaboration with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, will present the West Coast premiere of Young Jean Lee's newest work, the acclaimed play "Straight White Men," November 20 - December 20, 2015, at CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre, it was announced today by CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at 24th STreet's WALKING THE TIGHTROPE, Set for This Weekend at the DouglasPhoto Flash: First Look at 24th STreet's WALKING THE TIGHTROPE, Set for This Weekend at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

A very limited engagement of 24th STreet Theatre's award-winning production of "Walking the Tightrope" will be presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre with four public performances only, May 2 and 3 at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  (Student performances will take place April 28 through May 1.) Scroll down for a look at the cast onstage! (more...)

Star of Stage & Screen Jayne Meadows Allen Dies at 95Star of Stage & Screen Jayne Meadows Allen Dies at 95
by TV News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

ET reports that legendary actress and star of stage and screen, Jayne Meadows Allen passed away peacefully of natural causes in her Encino, Calif. home Sunday night at  the age of 95.  (more...)

Danny Hoch to Receive 2015 DUTF Playwright Masters Award Next MonthDanny Hoch to Receive 2015 DUTF Playwright Masters Award Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

?The Downtown Urban Theater Festival announces that acclaimed playwright/director/actor Danny Hoch will receive the 2015 DUTF Playwright Masters Award at this year's Opening Night event, which will take place on Tuesday, May 12th at 8:00 p.m. at 40/40 Club (6 West 25th Street, NYC).  (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

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Lucy Alibar's 'THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE...' to Begin 5/21 at the DouglasLucy Alibar's 'THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE...' to Begin 5/21 at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

A work-in-progress presentation of Lucy Alibar's 'Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up' will commence at the CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre on Thursday, May 21, and will continue through May 31 as part of CTG's DouglasPlus programming. (more...)

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