Laurette Taylor News

A.C.T. to Welcome John Lahr in Conversation with Carey Perloff, 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

American Conservatory Theater, in association with The Commonwealth Club of Northern California, will present John Lahr in Conversation with Carey Perloff on the occasion of the release of his newest biography, "TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh" on Monday, October 6 at 7 p.m. at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Treading on Broken Glass
by Kristen Morale - Sep 04, 2014

As a result of one man's interest and dedication to the proper telling of actress Laurette Taylor's magnificent story, New York is now fortunate enough to own a piece of the treasure that is Steven Carl MccCasland's What Was Lost. Written and directed by McCasland and hereby added to the list of successful and praise-worthy Beautiful Soup Theater productions, which include a recent production of Liliom and the critically acclaimed Little Wars, What Was Lost is a complete surprise to both those familiar with the story of stage actress Laurette Taylor, and to those who have yet to understand the fortitude one woman can possess in the depths of her nearly shattered heart. It is truly one of my best experiences at the Dorothy Strelsin Theater. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Unsingable Blues
by Kristen Morale - Aug 29, 2014

Beautiful Soup Theater's Shades of Blue: The Decline and Fall of Lady Day is an unconventional, almost chilling ode to Holiday that is careful not to emphasize and dwell upon the singer's musical accolades and success; in fact, it does little to promote her career and the person as seen through the eyes of her adoring public. This production, written and directed by the incredibly talented Steven Carl McCasland (who also founded Beautiful Soup and serves as the group's Artistic Director), wades in the realm of storytelling without the fantastical twist that people always enjoy adding to make their lives seem more interesting - to add drama where drama may sometimes be due. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Pennylynn White and More in Beautiful Soup's WHAT WAS LOST
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

Steven Carl McCasland is a rising voice in the world of theatre. After their acclaimed and sold-out production of Little Wars in April, Beautiful Soup presents the last two works in McCasland's trilogy. The plays examine the lives of historical women in the arts. Beginning on August 27th, Shades of Blue: The Decline and Fall of Lady Day and What Was Lost, an examination of Laurette Taylor's preparation for The Glass Menagerie, will open at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. Scroll down for a first look at WHAT WAS LOST onstage! (more...)

Bettina Coley Denson Joins Cast of Beautiful Soup Theater's SHADES OF BLUE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

Beautiful Soup has announced that Bettina Coley will replace the previously announced Carol Sims as Billie Holiday's mother, Sadie Fagan, in SHADES OF BLUE: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF LADY DAY... The play marks Denson's Beautiful Soup debut, in which she'll appear opposite her husband Ron Denson, who plays Holiday's final husband Louis McKay. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Beautiful Soup's WHAT WAS LOST and SHADES OF BLUE in Rep
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Steven Carl McCasland is a rising voice in the world of theatre. After their acclaimed and sold-out production of Little Wars in April, Beautiful Soup presents the last two works in McCasland's trilogy. The plays examine the lives of historical women in the arts. Beginning on August 27th, Shades of Blue: The Decline and Fall of Lady Day and What Was Lost, an examination of Laurette Taylor's preparation for The Glass Menagerie, will open at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal! (more...)

Beautiful Soup to Present Laurette Taylor, Tennessee Williams and Billie Holiday in Rep, Beg. 8/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2014

Steven Carl McCasland is a rising voice in the world of theatre. After their acclaimed and sold-out production of Little Wars in April, Beautiful Soup presents the last two works in McCasland's trilogy. The plays examine the lives of historical women in the arts. Beginning on August 27th, Shades of Blue: The Decline and Fall of Lady Day and What Was Lost, an examination of Laurette Taylor's preparation for The Glass Menagerie, will open at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. (more...)

Marathon Tickets Now on Sale for Beautiful Soup Theater's WHAT WAS LOST and SHADES OF BLUE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2014

Beautiful Soup Theater will offer discounted marathon ticketing for both plays in their repertory program later this month. Audiences can save $6 and see both plays for $30 on marathon days: Saturday, August 30th, Wednesday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 7th. Simply select the 'See Both Plays' option at http://beautifulsoup.showclix.com. (more...)

Arbender Robinson, Witti Repartee, and More Sing THE BILLIE HOLIDAY SONGBOOK for Beautiful Soup, 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2014

Arbender Robinson (Broadway's Les Miserables, Beautiful and The Book of Mormon) and nightlife personality Witti Repartee join Beautiful Soup Theater for an evening of stories and songs. Celebrating the music and life of Billie Holiday, whose life inspired Steven Carl McCasland's Shades Of Blue: The Decline & Fall Of Lady Day, this concert evening will benefit Beautiful Soup's World Premiere Production of that play. The previously announced Shades Of Blue... will run in repertory with McCasland's What Was Lost, a study of Laurette Taylor and Tennessee Williams at The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre beginning August 27th. (more...)

Kristen Gehling to Play Bankhead in SHADES OF BLUE, 8/27-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Beautiful Soup has announced that Kristen Gehling will replace the previously announced Francesca MacAaron as legendary stage and star screen Tallulah Bankhead in SHADES OF BLUE: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF LADY DAY... Gehling will also appear in repertory as famed director Margo Jones in WHAT WAS LOST. (more...)

Backstage Tours at Ogunquit Playhouse - A Behind-the-Scenes View
by Dan Marois - Jun 30, 2014

Visitors at the famed Ogunquit Playhouse can now get a behind the scene tour of this historic theater. See what the actors see from the backstage area and beyond. (more...)

Complete Casting Announced for SHADES OF BLUE and WHAT WAS LOST at Beautiful Soup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

After Beautiful Soup Theater's acclaimed and sold-out production of Little Wars in April, they proudly presents the last two works in Steven Carl McCasland's trilogy examining women in the arts. Complete casting for both plays has been announced. (more...)

Pennylynn White & More Join Beautiful Soup's WHAT WAS LOST; Complete Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

After Beautiful Soup Theater's acclaimed and sold-out production of Little Wars in April, they'll present the last two works in Steven Carl McCasland's trilogy examining women in the arts. (more...)

Playwrights Foundation to Host 37th Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 7/1827
by BWW News Desk - Jun 06, 2014

The Playwrights Foundation's 37th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF) will take place July 18-27, 2014 at the Thick House Theater in San Francisco. (more...)

Beautiful Soup Postpones Return Engagement of LITTLE WARS; 'SHADES OF BLUE' & WHAT WAS LOST to Run 8/27-9/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2014

Due to scheduling conflicts with its original cast, Beautiful Soup will postpone the return engagement of Steven Carl McCasland's Little Wars. Replacing it in repertory with the previously announced Shades of Blue: The Decline and Fall of Lady Day, What Was Lost is a new play by McCasland chronicling Laurette Taylor's rehearsal process for the original production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. (more...)

Tim Blake Nelson to Join David Chase in Honoring Dominic Chianese with Laurette Taylor Award, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Tim Blake Nelson, whose 2009 Off-Broadway production of EYE OF GOD was produced by THEATRE EAST, joins David Chase, creator of The Sopranos and Graham Russell of Air Supply in honoring Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos) with the Laurette Taylor AWARD on Monday, May 19, at Trinity Place, 115 B'way (between B'way and Trinity Place) in lower Manhattan. The benefit begins with a VIP Cocktail Hour at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm begins the dinner, program and music. Musical guests also include acoustic duo OF EDEN, in their first New York area performance and a sneak preview of songs from the upcoming family musical TREASURE ISLAND, performed by Josh Freilich Musical Friends, featuring Kimberly Hirst, Rebecca Kuznick, Brandon Beynon, Michael Kushner, Natasha Edwards, Sammi Kramer and Eric Stockton (SOUL DOCTOR) on guitar. (more...)

Graham Russell to Preview Songs from Upcoming Musical TREASURE ISLAND at Theatre East, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 06, 2014

Graham Russell of Air Supply, who wrote such mega-hits as 'Lost in Love," 'All Out of Love," and 'The One that You Love," will present a sneak preview of songs from his upcoming family musical 'TREASURE ISLAND,' as THEATRE EAST honors Dominic Chianese, best known for his role as Corrado 'Junior" Soprano on the HBO TV series 'The Sopranos," with the Laurette Taylor AWARD on Monday, May 19, 2014 at Trinity Place in lower Manhattan. David Chase, who created the hit series, will host the event. (more...)

Theatre East to Present Dominic Chianese with 2014 Laurette Taylor Award May 19
by BWW News Desk - May 02, 2014

THEATRE EAST will present Dominic Chianese, best known for his role as Corrado "Junior" Soprano on the HBO TV series The Sopranos, with its 2014 Laurette Taylor AWARD on Monday, May 19, at Trinity Place, 115 B'way (between B'way and Trinity Place) in lower Manhattan. The benefit begins with a VIP Cocktail Hour at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm begins the dinner, program and music. David Chase, who created the hit award-winning television series, will host the event. Also participating will be Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Lincoln), and Graham Russell (Air Supply) for cocktails, dinner, and music. Other special guests to be announced. (more...)

28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literacy Festival to Feature HOTEL PLAYS, GREEN EYES & More, 3/19-23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

With the reopening of one of the country's oldest community theaters and some unique staging in unexpected venues, New Orleans' historic French Quarter will pulse with productions of Tennessee Williams' works, as well as some inspired by or dedicated to the legendary playwright and his life in the city he considered his "spiritual home." (more...)

28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literacy Festival to Feature HOTEL PLAYS, GREEN EYES & More, 3/19-23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

With the reopening of one of the country's oldest community theaters and some unique staging in unexpected venues, New Orleans' historic French Quarter will pulse with productions of Tennessee Williams' works, as well as some inspired by or dedicated to the legendary playwright and his life in the city he considered his "spiritual home." (more...)

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