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Annie Baker's JOHN Adds Sunday Performance to Sold-Out RunAnnie Baker's JOHN Adds Sunday Performance to Sold-Out Run
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2015

Signature Theatre just announced one additional, final performancefortheir critically acclaimed production ofJOHN,written by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker(The Flick) and directed by Tony Award-winnerSam Gold(Fun Home). The production, which kickedoff Signature's 25thAnniversary Season,will now play its final performance onSunday, September 6that7:30pm.All other performances are sold out. (more...)

The Play Company's 15th Anniversary Season to Feature Milisavljevic's ABYSS, SLEEP & MoreThe Play Company's 15th Anniversary Season to Feature Milisavljevic's ABYSS, SLEEP & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2015

The Play Company (PlayCo), led by Founding Producer Kate Loewald and Executive Producer Lauren Weigel celebrates its 15th Anniversary season with programming that exemplifies its unique commitment to premiering plays from around the world, including the U.S., to advance a dynamic, international experience of contemporary theater as part of the American repertoire. (more...)

The Blue Box Theatre Company's DOWN THE ROAD Begins TodayThe Blue Box Theatre Company's DOWN THE ROAD Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2015

The Blue Box Theatre Company Presents Lee Blessing's Down the Road at The Performing Arts Studio of New York located at 224 East Main Street in Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY. (more...)

CLOSER THAN EVER, VANYA AND SONIA, SHIPWRECKED! & More Set for International City Theatre's 2016 SeasonCLOSER THAN EVER, VANYA AND SONIA, SHIPWRECKED! & More Set for International City Theatre's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

International City Theatre has announced a season of five critically acclaimed plays by six multiple award-winning writers for 2016. The company's 31st season launches on Feb. 12 at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Group rep Is On a WINNING STREAKBWW Reviews: Group rep Is On a WINNING STREAK
by Don Grigware - Aug 12, 2015

As a companion piece to Eric Simonson'sLombardion the main stage, Group rep presents Lee Blessing'sThe Winning Streakon their second stage. Both plays involve sports:Lombardi, football andThe Winning Streak, baseball. For full enjoyment ofLombardi, it helps to be a football fan; forThe Winning Streak, you need not care at all about baseball. WhereasLombardiderives its spark from the spirit of the sport,Streak's comes totally from the human spirit. Blessing's brilliance as a writer is in his ability to show human conflict full-out, and there is no finer example of a dysfunctional father/son relationship than this play. (more...)

Playwright Lee Blessing to Speak at The Group Rep's THE WINNING STREAK This WeekendPlaywright Lee Blessing to Speak at The Group Rep's THE WINNING STREAK This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

Playwright LEE BLESSING will be attending The Group Rep's productionof his play THE WINNING STREAK, this Saturday - August 8th at 2pm,guesting at the talk-back afterwards, at the Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900Burbank Blvd., in NorthHollywood 91601.The play opened last weekend to favorable reviews, runs through August 30th, Saturdays at 2:00 PM andSunday evenings at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE WINNING STREAK at The Group RepPhoto Flash: First Look at THE WINNING STREAK at The Group Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2015

The Group Rep presents Lee Blessing's The Winning Streak, directed by Sherry Netherland, produced by Lloyd Pedersen, a funny and moving two-character bittersweet comedy about the need for family in us all, combines drama and baseball to craft a moving tale of a son's search to meet and understand the father he never knew. The production opens August 1, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars in action below! (more...)

Bo Roddie, Mandi Masden & More to Lead BLUEPRINTS TO FREEDOM at La Jolla, KC RepBo Roddie, Mandi Masden & More to Lead BLUEPRINTS TO FREEDOM at La Jolla, KC Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse and Kansas City Repertory Theatre announce the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, by Michael Benjamin Washington, directed by Lucie Tiberghien (Blood and Gifts). (more...)

FENCES to Run 8/21-9/13 at ICTFENCES to Run 8/21-9/13 at ICT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

International City Theatre continues its 30th anniversary season with a production celebrating the 30th anniversary of a modern American classic: Fences by August Wilson. Gregg T. Daniel directs Wilson's powerful drama for an August 21 opening at International City Theatre's home in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Two low-priced previews are set for August 19 and 20. (more...)

Westport Cast to Reprise Roles in World Premiere of A.R. Gurney's LOVE & MONEY Off-BroadwayWestport Cast to Reprise Roles in World Premiere of A.R. Gurney's LOVE & MONEY Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

Casting is set for Signature Theatre'sworld premiere of A.R. Gurney's new play Love & Money, directed by Mark Lamos. (more...)

Genesis Foundation Funds Signature's Residency Five Program, Featuring Annie Baker & More, for Next Two SeasonsGenesis Foundation Funds Signature's Residency Five Program, Featuring Annie Baker & More, for Next Two Seasons
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Genesis Foundation will fund Signature Theatre's innovative Residency Five program, supporting nine playwrights over the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.The current nine Residency Five playwrights are Annie Baker, Martha Clarke, Will Eno, Katori Hall, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Lisa Kron, Kenneth Lonergan and Regina Taylor. (more...)

Marlo Thomas to Star in Joe DiPietro's CLEVER LITTLE LIES Off-Broadway This FallMarlo Thomas to Star in Joe DiPietro's CLEVER LITTLE LIES Off-Broadway This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Joan Raffe, Jhett Tolentino, and Douglas Denoff announced today that two time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro's 'delightfully deceitful' comedy, Clever Little Lies, will play off-Broadway's Westside Theatre Upstairs (407 West 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues), following critically acclaimed, sold-out runs at George Street Playhouse in 2013 and Guild Hall last summer. Starring Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe Award-winner Marlo Thomas and direction by David Saint, Clever Little Lies will begin previews on Friday, September 18th for an exclusive limited engagement through January 3rd, 2016. The official opening night is set for Wednesday, October 14th. (more...)

The Group Rep to Present THE WINNING STREAK, 8/1-30The Group Rep to Present THE WINNING STREAK, 8/1-30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

The Group Rep presents Lee Blessing's The Winning Streak, directed by Sherry Netherland, produced by Lloyd Pedersen, a funny and moving two-character bittersweet comedy concerning a son who seeks out the father he never met. The father, a retired umpire and baseball fanatic, thinks his newfound son's arrival has put his team on a winning streak. (more...)

The Kennedy Center to Host 10th Annual MFA Playwrights' Workshop This SummerThe Kennedy Center to Host 10th Annual MFA Playwrights' Workshop This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

The Kennedy Center, in association with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, the National New Play Network (NNPN)-the country's alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays-and with Stanford University's National Center for New Plays, will host more than 50 playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs from July 25 to August 2, 2015 as part of the 10th annual weeklong MFA Playwrights' Workshop featuring new works by MFA students from Columbia University, Northwestern University, Fordham University, Yale School of Drama, the Juilliard School, New York University-Tisch School of the Arts, University of California-San Diego, and the Juilliard School. (more...)

TCG to Honor Lear deBessonet, Rhodessa Jones and James Houghton at 25th National ConferenceTCG to Honor Lear deBessonet, Rhodessa Jones and James Houghton at 25th National Conference
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announces that at the 25th TCG National Conference: Game Change in Cleveland from June 18-20, the following awards will be presented. (more...)

BWW TV: Cleveland Play House's Laura Kepley and Kevin Moore Talk Regional Tony Win!BWW TV: Cleveland Play House's Laura Kepley and Kevin Moore Talk Regional Tony Win!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 8, 2015

Cleveland Play HouseArtistic Director Laura Kepley and Managing Director Kevin Moore appeared at the Tonys to acceptthis year's Regional Theatre Tony Award. BroadwayWorld caught up with them after their speech -- hear what they had to say below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Cleveland Play House Joyfully Accepts 2015 Regional Theatre Tony AwardSTAGE TUBE: Cleveland Play House Joyfully Accepts 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award
by Stage Tube - Jun 7, 2015

Cleveland Play House accepted this year's Regional Theatre Tony Award earlier this evening, and you can watch the full speech below! (more...)

POPE! AN EPIC MUSICAL to Return to NYMF This JulyPOPE! AN EPIC MUSICAL to Return to NYMF This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2015

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Papal Productions/ Michael Chase Gosselin are pleased to announce the return to New York City of POPE! An Epic Musical as an Official Selection of the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival's Next Link Project. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the Nominees- Cleveland Play House's Kevin Moore!BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the Nominees- Cleveland Play House's Kevin Moore!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 1, 2015

We are yet another day closer to the biggest night on every theatre-lover's calendar- the 69th Annual Tony Awards, which will be co-hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming on Sunday, June 7 (8PM on CBS). Earlier this month, the 2015 Tony nominees gathered to meet the press and BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big day. Below, we bring you an exclusive interview with Cleveland Play House's Kevin Moore- recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award. (more...)

TWO ROOMS to Play Brooklyn Apartment, 6/6TWO ROOMS to Play Brooklyn Apartment, 6/6
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2015

Two Rooms offers theatregoers a uniquely immersive experience: it is a play that takes place primarily in a room in a home, and it's being performed in an actual home. To be precise, it's taking place in director Patrick Vassel's home on Friday June 5th, and Saturday, June 6th. (more...)

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