Kwame Kwei-Armah News

New Theater App SCRIPTOPIA to Lauch 5/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

SCRIPTOPIA - a new software application that will usher play development and theater collaboration into the 21st century - is being launched May 1st, according to its founder, stage director Kay Matschullat. Ms. Matschullat was joined in the creation of SCRIPTOPIA by Andrew Mirsky and Marc Huey. (more...)

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Begins 4/16 at Center Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Previews begin at Center Stage next week for Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. A co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the show arrives from a run that was hailed by critics as 'Undeniably funny' and 'excellent!' (Kansas City Star). The co-production is under the direction of Kansas City Rep's Artistic Director Eric Rosen, and brings to Baltimore three of Kansas City's cast members, including Tony Award-nominee Barbara Walsh, who last appeared at Center Stage as Desiree in 2008's A Little Night Music. (more...)

2014 Young Playwrights Festival Honorees Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Center Stage has announced the honorees for this year's Young Playwrights Festival, an annual competition that welcomes Maryland students in grades K-12 to submit original scripts. This year, student playwrights submitted nearly 500 plays. The plays selected will be showcased with workshops, in-school performances, and select pieces will be staged at the Annual Young Playwrights Festival performance at Center Stage on Monday, May 5, at 7 pm. (more...)

Signature's 2014-15 Season to Feature Works by A.R. Gurney, Naomi Wallace, U.S. Premiere of Sam Shepard's A PARTICLE OF DREAD & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Signature Theatre has announced eight productions for the 2014-15 Season at the company's Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). All subscriber tickets for the 2014-15 Season are $25 each as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. Subscription packages start at just $125. (more...)

Center Stage Extends TWELFTH NIGHT Through 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Center Stage announced today the extension to the run of its current production of Shakespeare's beloved romantic adventure, Twelfth Night. With rave reviews from both audiences and critics, the Theater seeks to meet the demand for the production, which will now run through Sunday, April 13. (more...)

Center Stage Sets 2014-15 Season: NEXT TO NORMAL, AMADEUS, Amy Herzog Festival & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah announces today Center Stage's 2014/15 Season-and invites audiences to step into new worlds. Highlights include a new revival of the classic Amadeus; Kemp Powers' critically acclaimed new play One Night in Miami..., presented in co-production with New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and The Classical Theatre of Harlem; and a one-of-a-kind festival celebrating the work of American playwright Amy Herzog. (more...)

Cleveland Play House to Present CLYBOURNE PARK, 3/21-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Only one play in history has received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Broadway's Tony Award for Best Play, and London's Olivier Award for Best New Play. Securing the 'Triple Crown' of theatre has made Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park one of the most acclaimed American plays in recent memory, earning accolades from such diverse critics as Entertainment Weekly ('indisputably, uproariously funny') to The New Yorker ('superb, elegantly written and hilarious'). Cleveland Play Housewill present this wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play from March 21 - April 13 in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. (more...)

Center Stage's 2014-15 Season to be Announced at TWELFTH NIGHT's Opening, 3/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Center Stage opens the fifth show in its current season with William Shakespeare's beloved romantic adventure, Twelfth Night, on Wednesday, March 12. Twins Viola and Sebastian, separated in a shipwreck, find themselves washed ashore in a beautiful but mysterious land. Revelry, disguises, swashbuckling, and pining lovers abound as our cast of characters are caught in a maze of mistaken identity, intrigue, and mismatched ardor. Center Stage Associate Artistic Director Gavin Witt takes audiences on a journey into the exotic and glamorous world of Illyria with Twelfth Night, running through April 6. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone Join Baltimore Symphony's 2014-15 Season
by Charles Shubow - Mar 07, 2014

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra previews next season with highlights. (more...)

Baltimore Symphony's 2014-15 Season Features Themes of 'Spirituality and Transcendence'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 05, 2014

Music Director Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announce the Orchestra's 2014-2015 season, its eighth under the direction of Maestra Alsop. The full schedule and details about each production follow. (more...)

Kwame Kewi-Armah & Stephen Richard Extend Contracts with Center Stage into 2018
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2014

Center Stage, a leading regional theater and the State Theater of Maryland, announced today that an agreement has been reached to extend the contracts of Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah through June 2018 and Managing Director Stephen Richard for a similar timeframe. Since their arrivals in 2011 and 2012, Center Stage has experienced a flurry of innovative programming that has delighted audiences in Baltimore and received national recognition. (more...)

Public Theater to Offer Free 'Artists Exchange' with Tarell Alvin McCraney & Kwame Kwei-Armah, 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

The Public Theater and British Council announced today that they will present THE ARTISTS EXCHANGE on Saturday, March 8 at 12:00 p.m. with MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney and CenterStage's Kwame Kwei-Armah swapping stories about creating theater on both sides of the pond. All tickets to this exciting one-on-one discussion at Joe's Pub at The Public are free and can be reserved on-line at www.publictheater.org or by calling (212) 967-7555. (more...)

Tom Aulino, Barbara Walsh, Mary Beth Fisher and More to Star in KC Rep's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Rehearsals begin today for Kansas City Repertory Theatre's production of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning Broadway hit comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by the Rep's Artistic Director Eric Rosen, and running March 14 - April 6 at Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a co-production with Center Stage in Baltimore. (more...)

February Is Membership Appreciation Month at Center Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 05, 2014

February is Membership Appreciation Month at Center Stage, with something special for both current Members as well as patrons ready to take the plunge with Center Stage. Kicking off this week, Center Stage is setting a 300 Member Challenge-to get 300 new Members by February 28-with a very special deal. In addition, gifts, giveaways, social media outreach, and more will celebrate those patrons who have already made the commitment to making world-class theater possible here in Baltimore. (more...)

Brian Reddy, Linda Kimbrough & Richard Hollis to Lead Center Stage's TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 03, 2014

Center Stage announces this week casting for the upcoming production of William Shakespeare's beloved romantic adventure, Twelfth Night. Under the direction of Center Stage Associate Artistic Director Gavin Witt, the production begins rehearsals this week, preview performances start March 5, and the show runs through April 6. (more...)

BWW Reviews: STONE IN HIS POCKETS at Center Stage - Sip Your Guinness and Enjoy!
by Charles Shubow - Jan 31, 2014

Poignant Irish comedy deserved its standing ovation. (more...)

Alliance Theatre Announces New General Manager, Mike Schleifer
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

After conducting a thorough national search, the Alliance Theatre has announced that Mike Schleifer has been chosen as the new General Manager of the Alliance Theatre, beginning March 3, 2014. Schleifer steps into the position left vacant by Max Leventhal, who served the Alliance for 10 seasons before transitioning to the role of Owners' Representative to the Woodruff Arts Center in September, 2013. Schleifer brings to his new role 19 years of theatre management experience in a variety of company leadership and stage management positions. (more...)

TCG Announces Diane Rodriguez as Board Chair
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2013

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announces new leadership of its board of directors and three new members. Diane Rodriguez, associate producer/director of new play production at Center Theatre Group, succeeds Phillip Himberg, producing artistic director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, as board president. Robert Hupp, producing artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre, joins playwright Lydia. R. Diamond as joint vice presidents. Tim Jennings, managing director of Children's Theatre Company, succeeds Roche Schulfer, executive director of Goodman Theatre, as treasurer. Ralph Bryan, managing director-investments of Wells Fargo Advisors, remains as secretary. (more...)

TCG Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2013

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announces new leadership of its board of directors and three new members. Diane Rodriguez, associate producer/director of new play production at Center Theatre Group, succeeds Phillip Himberg, producing artistic director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, as board president. Robert Hupp, producing artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre, joins playwright Lydia. R. Diamond as joint vice presidents. Tim Jennings, managing director of Children's Theatre Company, succeeds Roche Schulfer, executive director of Goodman Theatre, as treasurer. Ralph Bryan, managing director-investments of Wells Fargo Advisors, remains as secretary. (more...)

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Added to Center Stage's 2013-14 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

Center Stage announced today that Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, will join Center Stage's 2013-14 Season. The production, which will run in place of Naomi Wallace's The Liquid Plain, begins previews on April 16, opens on April 23, and runs through May 25. (more...)

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