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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's world 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 House Artistic Director Laura Kepley and Managing Director Kevin Moore appeared at the Tonys to accept this 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...)

BWW Review:  Drama at its Best Continues With DOWN THE ROAD in Kansas CityBWW Review: Drama at its Best Continues With DOWN THE ROAD in Kansas City
by Steve Wilson - May 24, 2015

Down the Road, a magnificent production of Andy Perkins continues at the Buffalo Room located inside the Westport Flea Market in Kansas City, Missouri. Lee Blessing wrote Down the Road a social-issue drama that unfolds inside a motel room and a prison. He has written two other social-issue dramas Two Rooms and Patient A. (more...)

THE FRIDAY FIVE: Austin Olive & Amie Lara From Circle's SPELLING BEETHE FRIDAY FIVE: Austin Olive & Amie Lara From Circle's SPELLING BEE
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 21, 2015

With so many new productions bowing this week (hence, the Friday 5 on Thursday), the spotlight shines first on Austin Olive and Amie Lara from the cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by the talented Joshua Waldrep, and opening tonight at Pearl Cohn Comprehensive High School. It's the last production of the 2014-15 - that's the 65th year - season of Circle Players, the oldest community theatre troupe in Middle Tennessee. (more...)

Second Stage Uptown's Ghostly THE OTHER THING Opens TonightSecond Stage Uptown's Ghostly THE OTHER THING Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

THE OTHER THING, written by Emily Schwend and directed by Lucie Tiberghien, makes its world premiere at Second Stage tonight, May 21, following previews from May 12. The production runs through June 7, 2015. (more...)

Second Stage Uptown's THE OTHER THING Cancels Tonight's Performance Following Apartment FireSecond Stage Uptown's THE OTHER THING Cancels Tonight's Performance Following Apartment Fire
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Tonight's performance of THE OTHER THING at Second Stage Uptown has been cancelled following a nearby apartment fire, BroadwayWorld has confirmed. (more...)

2015 Arkansas New Play Festival Sets Lineup2015 Arkansas New Play Festival Sets Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller today revealed the lineup for the 2015 Arkansas New Play Festival, Arkansas's premier celebration of new works for the American stage. Five plays will be developed over three intensive weeks with playwrights in residence at TheatreSquared, and performed for the public June 18-28, 2015. (more...)

Penguin Rep Theatre's 2015 Season to Open With SMALL WORLD, 5/15Penguin Rep Theatre's 2015 Season to Open With SMALL WORLD, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

Penguin Rep Theatre's 2015 season officially begins May 15, 2015, with the New York premiere of Small World by Frederick Stroppel, directed by artistic director Joe Brancato. (more...)

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