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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...)

BWW Interviews: THE CRUCIBLE's Erik HegerBWW Interviews: THE CRUCIBLE's Erik Heger
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 1, 2015

Erik Heger returns to the Guthrie as the man at the center of an Arthur Miller masterwork, THE CRUCIBLE. Directed by Joe Dowling in his final season as Guthrie artistic director, the play can be seen on the Wuertle thrust stage. (more...)

Cleveland Play House Wins 2015 Regional Theatre Tony AwardCleveland Play House Wins 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced this year's recipient for the Regional Theatre Tony Award is Cleveland Play House in Cleveland, OH. (more...)

Signature Extends Athol Fugard's THE PAINTED ROCKS AT REVOLVER CREEK thru June 7Signature Extends Athol Fugard's THE PAINTED ROCKS AT REVOLVER CREEK thru June 7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Signature Theatre has announced a one week extension for the world premiere of The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, written and directed by Athol Fugard. The production begins performances on April 21 and will now run through June 7 with a May 11 opening night in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). (more...)

Pico Alexander, Noah Galvin, Kristine Nielsen and More to Lead Signature's WHAT I DID LAST SUMMERPico Alexander, Noah Galvin, Kristine Nielsen and More to Lead Signature's WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

Signature Theatre has announced casting is confirmed and tickets are now on sale for What I Did Last Summer, written by A.R. Gurney and directed by Jim Simpson. The production runs April 28 to June 7 with a May 17 opening night in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). (more...)

Creative Team Set for PCTF's PLAYWRIGHTS FOR A CAUSE This JuneCreative Team Set for PCTF's PLAYWRIGHTS FOR A CAUSE This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

Creative teams have been announced for the 2015 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity's Playwrights For A Cause, set to take place at 7:30pm on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at the Sheen Center, located at 18 Bleecker Street. (more...)

Illusion Theater to Premiere New Lee Blessing Play, Begin. 4/24Illusion Theater to Premiere New Lee Blessing Play, Begin. 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

Illusion Theater will present the world premiere of Lee Blessing's FOR THE LOYAL, a provocative exploration of one woman's attempt to stand up to powerful institutional forces while remaining true to herself. The thoughtful and absorbing drama opens on April 24 and runs through May 16 at the downtown Minneapolis theater, located on the eighth floor of the Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave. Post-show panels and audience discussions follow each performance. (more...)

SPAMALOT, THE LION, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and More Set for Geva Theatre's 2015-16 SeasonSPAMALOT, THE LION, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and More Set for Geva Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Four productions still remain in Geva Theatre Center's 42nd Season: A Body of Water, Lee Blessing's play of memory and identity; The Mountaintop, a reimagining of Martin Luther King's last night on earth; the world premiere of Cass Morgan's journey to discover her roots - The Road to Where; and the season's grand finale, the laugh-out-loud comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The 2014-2015 Season continued Geva's innovative efforts to connect patrons and artists and art with the community. The 2015-2016 Season will continue to build on that and also usher in a new era as Geva's historic home begins to undergo renovation and transformation. (more...)

TIGER BY THE TAIL to Run 3/6-4/19 at Lonny Chapman TheatreTIGER BY THE TAIL to Run 3/6-4/19 at Lonny Chapman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

The Group Rep presents the west coast premiere of Frawley Becker's searing drama 'Tiger by the Tail' directed by Jules Aaron, produced by Richard Alan Woody and Frawley Becker. The play runs March 6th through April 19th, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 2PM, at the Lonny Chapman Theatre located at the edge of the NoHo Arts District in North Hollywood, CA. (more...)

Ripple Effect Theatre Company Presents the Regional Premiere of TWO ROOMS, 3/13-4/11Ripple Effect Theatre Company Presents the Regional Premiere of TWO ROOMS, 3/13-4/11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

Ripple Effect Theatre Company presents the Regional Premiere of Two Rooms by Lee Blessing. This compelling and daring play, depicting a hostage situation from four points of view comes to The Bakery, located at 2132 Market Street in Denver, on March 13, with performances through April 11. (more...)

Geva's Fielding Nextstage Studio Series to Continue with A BODY OF WATER, 3/19-4/5Geva's Fielding Nextstage Studio Series to Continue with A BODY OF WATER, 3/19-4/5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Geva Theatre Center's 2015 Fielding Studio Series continues with A Body of Water by Lee Blessing. This production comes to Geva from The Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca and is directed by Michele Minnick. The production begins performances on March 19 and runs in the Fielding Nextstage through April 5. (more...)

BWW Previews: OLDTIMERS GAME Opens in AtlantaBWW Previews: OLDTIMERS GAME Opens in Atlanta
by Christie Fisher - Feb 23, 2015

Lee Blessing's baseball drama, Oldtimers Game, opens at Northside United Methodist Church 2/26-2/28. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Kitchen Theatre Company's BODY OF WATERPhoto Flash: First Look at Kitchen Theatre Company's BODY OF WATER
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Coming next to Ithaca's Kitchen Theatre Company is A Body Of Water, a mystery about family and memory by Lee Blessing. A Body Of Water opens for previews tonight, February 18 and runs at Kitchen Theatre Company through March 8 before transferring to the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Kitchen Theatre Company & Memory Maker Project Partner for New Community EventKitchen Theatre Company & Memory Maker Project Partner for New Community Event
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Kitchen Theatre Company and The Memory Maker Project are happy to join together to host a community event. Meet Me at the Kitchen is a free and inclusive event, but designed especially for those living with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss. During the program, the audience will enjoy scenes from reputable plays followed by lively, and often humorous, interactive discussions about each scene. (more...)

2015 LPTW Awards to Honor Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Kathleen Chalfant, Donyale Werle and More Next Month2015 LPTW Awards to Honor Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Kathleen Chalfant, Donyale Werle and More Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

On Monday, March 16, 2015, the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre, is pleased to recognize the talents of five outstanding women: Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Kathleen Chalfant, Sandra A. Daley-Sharif, Rachel Dickstein, and Donyale Werle. (more...)

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