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DETROIT '67 at Center Stage - A Riveting ProductionDETROIT '67 at Center Stage - A Riveting Production
by Charles Shubow - Apr 26, 2016

Playwright Dominque Morisseau demonstrates why she has such a bright future. (more...)

The Drama League Reveals Recipients of 2016 Directors Project FellowshipsThe Drama League Reveals Recipients of 2016 Directors Project Fellowships
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The Drama League has announced the 11 stage directors who have been selected as the 2016 Directing Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project: Noa Egozi, Drew Feldman, Sara Holdren, Candis Jones, Yavor Kostov, Katie Lupica, James Palmer, Jesca Prudencio, Ilana Ransom Toeplitz, Chloe Treat, Shaun Patrick Tubbs. More information can be found at www.dramaleague.org (more...)

Shaina Taub to Release SONGS FROM OLD HATS Collection Next WeekShaina Taub to Release SONGS FROM OLD HATS Collection Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Ghostlight Records will release a special EP of world-premiere recordings by acclaimed singer/songwriter SHAINA TAUB - which she wrote for and performed in the hit Off-Broadway production of Old Hats - on Friday, April 29. (more...)

BWW Review: DETROIT '67 a Lot Like Baltimore '15BWW Review: DETROIT '67 a Lot Like Baltimore '15
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Apr 18, 2016

Morisseau's explanation of the Detroit riots makes a lot of sense, and resonates with my understanding of what happened last year in Baltimore. Morisseau's thesis is that the black citizens of Detroit were not crazy, just reacting to an ongoing culture of police abuse, and that abusive police and military responses were to blame for most of what went wrong once the spark of protest had been struck by the raid of an unlicensed after-hours drinking club known as a 'blind pig.' (more...)

Center Stage Announces 2016-17 Season - LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, THE WHITE SNAKE and More!Center Stage Announces 2016-17 Season - LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, THE WHITE SNAKE and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Center Stage announces a 2016/17 homecoming season featuring four mainstage shows and a return to its Baltimore building after a year-long $28 million renovation. Season highlights include a world-premiere adaptation and Center Stage commission of Toni Morrison's Jazz directed by Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, two Baltimore premieres and the grand opening of the new building. (more...)

Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, Patrick Page and More to Lead Chavkin & Mitchell's HADESTOWN Premiere at NYTW; Cast Announced!Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, Patrick Page and More to Lead Chavkin & Mitchell's HADESTOWN Premiere at NYTW; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) has announced the cast for HADESTOWN, written by celebrated singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and developed with and directed by the inventive two-time OBIE award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Three Pianos; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812). (more...)

Center Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for DETROIT '67Center Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for DETROIT '67
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Center Stage announces the cast and creative team for Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67, which after closing Center Stage's 2015/16 Season will move to Detroit Public Theatre. (more...)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2016-17 Season to Continue Celebration of Centennial YearBaltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2016-17 Season to Continue Celebration of Centennial Year
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Music Director Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) have announced the Orchestra's 2016-2017 season, its tenth season under the direction of Maestra Alsop. (more...)

Public Theater's Mobile Unit to Bring ROMEO & JULIET to New York's BoroughsPublic Theater's Mobile Unit to Bring ROMEO & JULIET to New York's Boroughs
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

Continuing its commitment to bringing free Shakespeare to the community and strengthening audience engagement with the arts, The Public Theater will mount its MOBILE UNIT again this March with a free three-week tour to the five boroughs of Shakespeare's ROMEO & JULIET, directed by Lear deBessonet. As part of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis' 10th Anniversary season, the free Mobile Unit tour (March 18 - April 9) will bring Shakespeare to audiences who have limited or no access to the arts by visiting correctional facilities, homeless shelters, social service organizations, and other community venues. Following the free tour, ROMEO & JULIET will have a sit-down run at The Public Theater from Monday, April 11 through Sunday, May 1, with an official press opening on Friday, April 15. (more...)

League of Chicago Theatres and Siskel Film Center to Screen MY AMERICA, TOOLeague of Chicago Theatres and Siskel Film Center to Screen MY AMERICA, TOO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

The League of Chicago Theatres and the Gene Siskel Film Center will present a screening of MY AMERICA, TOO (Taking Theater to the Streets) followed by a panel discussion hosted by Chicago director by Derrick Sanders. This collection of short films, commissioned by Baltimore's Center Stage Theatre, will be presented at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. in Chicago, on Saturday, February 20 at 12 p.m. (more...)

The New Black Fest Sets 2016 Lineup at The LarkThe New Black Fest Sets 2016 Lineup at The Lark
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

The Lark, a 22-year-old play development lab dedicated to expanding the range of perspectives represented on stage in the United States, is proud to announce the continuation of its partnership with The New Black Fest, a theater organization celebrating provocative storytelling, film and discussion from the African Diaspora. (more...)

Cush Jumbo & Janet McTeer to Lead All-Female THE TAMING OF THE SHREW as Part of 2016 Shakespeare in the Park; Full Lineup Set!Cush Jumbo & Janet McTeer to Lead All-Female THE TAMING OF THE SHREW as Part of 2016 Shakespeare in the Park; Full Lineup Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

The Public Theater will celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death in 2016 with free Shakespeare in the Park beginning in May, along with other affordable Bard programming at Astor Place and the Delacorte Theater, it was announced today. As part of Oskar Eustis' 10th Anniversary season, free Shakespeare in the Park this summer will feature an all-female version of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and featuring Olivier Award nominee Cush Jumbo as Katherina and Tony Award winner Janet McTeer as Petruchio, followed in July by TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. (more...)

THE RAISIN CYCLE to Tackle Race Relations, Urban Renewal and Gentrification at Wayne StateTHE RAISIN CYCLE to Tackle Race Relations, Urban Renewal and Gentrification at Wayne State
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Racism in the housing market in the mid-20th Century was not limited to Detroit. In connection with Detroit's history of impact from race relations, urban renewal, and gentrification and in honor of Black History Month, Theatre and Dance at Wayne announces its presentation of THE RAISIN CYCLE, a series including and stemming from Lorraine Hansberry's A RAISIN IN THE SUN. (more...)

All-Female Cast to Bring AS YOU LIKE IT to Center Stage This WinterAll-Female Cast to Bring AS YOU LIKE IT to Center Stage This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

As a year-long renovation begins at Center Stage's downtown Baltimore home in January, the company starts a temporarily residency at Towson University with a contemporary production of Shakespeare's popular comedy AS YOU LIKE IT, presented by an all-female cast led by award-winning director Wendy C. Goldberg, from Jan. 15 to Feb. 14. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse Managing Director Michael Ross to Depart This SummerWestport Country Playhouse Managing Director Michael Ross to Depart This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

Westport Country Playhouse announces that effective June 30, 2016, Michael Ross will step down as managing director.  (more...)

Michael Ross to Return to Center Stage as Managing DirectorMichael Ross to Return to Center Stage as Managing Director
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

?Center Stage, Baltimore's premier regional theater, today announced that Michael Ross, its managing director from 2002 to 2008, will return on July 1, 2016 to join the theater's leadership team with Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. (more...)

The Public to Present Musical Adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT This SummerThe Public to Present Musical Adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

The Public Theater will kick off its summer program with a musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT, created by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub. (more...)

Public Works Expands for 2016; Production AnnouncedPublic Works Expands for 2016; Production Announced
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

The Public Theater announced today that after three years of successful programming and community engagement, PUBLIC WORKS will grow on both a local and national level. Three new community partners join PUBLIC WORKS 2016, which will include Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education (Bronx), Military Resilience Project (all boroughs), and Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), who join Public Works partners Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), DreamYard Project (Bronx), and The Fortune Society (Queens), in addition to alumni partners Domestic Workers United (all boroughs, including Staten Island) and Children's Aid Society (Manhattan), as additional community partner organizations. (more...)

Lydia R. Diamond, Neil LaBute and More Take Part in Center Stage's MY AMERICA TOO Video SeriesLydia R. Diamond, Neil LaBute and More Take Part in Center Stage's MY AMERICA TOO Video Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Baltimore Center Stage announces MY AMERICA TOO, a series of guerrilla street theater videos that address the new civil rights movement. Videos will be released daily, and all will be available to view online by Dec. 12. (more...)

BWW Review: X'S AND O'S - Center Stage Presents a Play About FootballBWW Review: X'S AND O'S - Center Stage Presents a Play About Football
by Charles Shubow - Dec 1, 2015

You will never watch a football game the same after you see this play. (more...)

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