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MISS JULIE to Run 10/21-11/8 at August Strindberg Rep
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

From October 21 to November 8, August Strindberg Repertory will transport Strindberg's 'Miss Julie' to an antebellum Louisiana plantation in a new interpretation conceived by Artistic Director Robert Greer and adapted by Edgar Chisholm from a translation by Greer. The production will include a ballet sequence, which Strindberg specified in the original manuscript and which has never been performed before. The piece will be directed by Robert Greer and choreographed by Ja' Malik. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Circuit Invites the Audience into THE LYONS Den
by Joseph Baker - Jun 02, 2014

There's a moment in the first act of Nicky Silver's THE LYONS when dying patriarch 'Ben' is asked whether he is in pain; his response, a monosyllabic 'Yes,' hardly ranks with any of the brilliantly barbed lines scattered throughout the play, but as intoned by veteran actor Ron Gephart, it acquires a startling variety of shades. As uttered by this gifted performer, a number of insights can be gained into the unfortunate Ben's character: Frustration, resignation, intolerance. If Mr. Gephart can manage that by simply saying 'Yes,' imagine what he is able to do with the dialogues and monologs that follow. (more...)

THE LYONS to Run 5/30-6/22 at Circuit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

In this dark comedy, Rita Lyons is the matriarch of a family facing major crossroads. Her husband Ben is dying, her adult children are wrestling with their own secrets, and what's worse - she can't decide how to redecorate her living room! As they gather in Ben's hospital room to say goodbye, these four very isolated people, who are as afraid of closeness as they are of solitude, attempt human connection with hysterical results. 'A terrific gem. You can't stop laughing.' - The Associated Press (more...)

August Strindberg Rep Presents TO DAMASCUS, PART 1, Now thru 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

August Strindberg's 'To Damascus, Part 1' will be adapted to Harlem, 1962 in the next production of August Strindberg Repertory Theatre (www.strindberg.org). The play will be presented with a multi-racial cast today, April 18 to May 11 at the Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street (East Village). (more...)

Signature Theatre and The Negro Ensemble Company to Honor Late Playwright Leslie Lee, 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

On Monday, March 24, 2014, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (Charles Weldon, Artistic Director; Karen Brown, Executive Director) and Signature Theatre (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) will unite in a day-long celebration of the life and works of Tony Award-nominated playwright Leslie Lee. Lee passed away in New York City on January 20, 2014. (more...)

August Strindberg Rep to Present TO DAMASCUS, PART 1, 4/18-5/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

August Strindberg's 'To Damascus, Part 1' will be adapted to Harlem, 1962 in the next production of August Strindberg Repertory Theatre (www.strindberg.org). The play will be presented with a multi-racial cast April 18 to May 11 at the Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street (East Village). It is the first part of a trilogy (called 'The Road to Damascus' in earlier translations) that has been described as 'Strindberg's most complex plays' and as 'his greatest plays,' due to their synthesis of a wide variety of myths, symbols and ideas with a profound spiritual analysis in a new dramatic form. August Strindberg Rep will present Part 2 in March, 2015 and Part 3 in 2016. It will be the first time the trilogy will have been presented complete in any language in 99 years. (more...)

Negro Ensemble Company to Launch New Reading Series, 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

On Monday, March 17, 2014 The Legendary Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. will unveil the 2014 new works Monday series, NEC'S MONDAY NIGHT READING SERIES AT THE PERSHING SQUARE SIGNATURE CENTER. NEC will hold readings beginning Monday, March 17, 2014. All readings will start at 7:00 pm on The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036. A VIP Reception will immediately follow each reading. The series will feature 4 exceptional plays written by celebrated playwrights. None have been produced for New York audiences. Tickets are on sale now; $20.00 for each Monday night, $30.00 per night with reception. The series may be purchased at a discounted rate through Ticket Central. For ticket information and series package rates, visit www.ticketcentral.com or call 212-279-4200 (Daily 12noon-8pm). (more...)

RICHARD WESLEY'S PLAYBOOK Set for Crossroads Theatre Company, 3/2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2014

Legacy Month, a celebration of Crossroads Theatre Company's history and contributions to the American cultural landscape, will continue with Richard Wesley's Playbook, a celebration of the prolific playwright and screenwriter's work with performances, video and testimonials on Sunday, March 2. (more...)

League of Professional Theatre Women to Host President's Day Networking Event, 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) is pleased to present Quarterly Networking Mondays, Presidents Day: Celebrating LPTW Presidents and Founders--The Ultimate Give and Get on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the TheaterLab, 357 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor. This historic event is an opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues and to learn from the seasoned theatre professionals who founded and served as President of LPTW. Tickets are FREE for members, $15 for non-members, available at http://LPTWNetworkingPresidentsDay.bpt.me or by calling: 1-800-838-3006 www.BrownPaperTickets.com (more...)

Signature Theatre Remembers 2008-09 Playwright-in-Residence Leslie Lee
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014


Castillo Theatre to Present STEALIN' HOME (A BASEBALL FANTASY), 10/11-11/24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2013

Stealin' Home (A Baseball Fantasy) by Fred Newman is a play about Jackie Robinson, baseball and America's imperfect integration. 'Stealin' Home has much to share on racism, hero worship, cultural changes in the United States…' - The New York Times (November 20, 2004).Stealin' Home locates the impact of integration of the Major League Baseball in 1947 within the social changes that were to follow. The drama opens on October 11 and runs through November 24 at the Castillo Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Playwright Marthe Rachel Gold Talks About LAKE ANNE Opening at The Road, 9/20
by Don Grigware - Sep 18, 2013

Playwright/doctor Marthe Rachel Gold's play Lake Anne is being produced by The Road Theatre Company and is about to open at the new theatre at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony on Magnolia in NoHo on September 20. In our chat, Gold offers us a sneak peek at the play and its background. (more...)

THE PAST IS STILL AHEAD Set for Midtown International Theatre Festival, 7/23-28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2013

In 'The Past Is Still Ahead' by Sophia Romma, one of Russia's most ill-fated and controversial cult poets of the twentieth century, Marina Tsvetaeva, revisits the tumultuously tragic and sexy events of her life--just before she succumbs to 'suicide' at the hands of the Soviet Secret Police in 1941 while exiled in Siberia. The play will be presented by Midtown International Theatre Festival on July 23, 27 and 28 at The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC, directed by Francois Rochaix. (more...)

THE PAST IS STILL AHEAD Set for Midtown International Theatre Festival, Now thru 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2013

In 'The Past Is Still Ahead' by Sophia Romma, one of Russia's most ill-fated and controversial cult poets of the twentieth century, Marina Tsvetaeva, revisits the tumultuously tragic and sexy events of her life--just before she succumbs to 'suicide' at the hands of the Soviet Secret Police in 1941 while exiled in Siberia. The play will be presented by Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival tonight, July 23, 27 and 28 at The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC, directed by Francois Rochaix. (more...)

THE PAST IS STILL AHEAD Set for Midtown International Theatre Festival, 7/23-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2013

In 'The Past Is Still Ahead' by Sophia Romma, one of Russia's most ill-fated and controversial cult poets of the twentieth century, Marina Tsvetaeva, revisits the tumultuously tragic and sexy events of her life--just before she succumbs to 'suicide' at the hands of the Soviet Secret Police in 1941 while exiled in Siberia. The play will be presented by Midtown International Theatre Festival on July 23, 27 and 28 at The Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, NYC, directed by Francois Rochaix. (more...)

HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST & Schwimmer-Directed SEX WITH STRANGERS Join LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE in 2nd Stage's 2013-14 Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2013

Second Stage Theatre's (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) upcoming 35th Anniversary Season will kick off with the previously announced new musical LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, by James Lapine and William Finn, and will continue with the New York premiere of Quiara Alegria Hudes' THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST, the follow-up to last season's acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning, Water by the Spoonful, and the final play in Ms. Hudes' Elliot trilogy, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The season will also include the New York Premiere of Laura Eason's provocative play,SEX WITH STRANGERS, directed by David Schwimmer. (more...)

Rep Stage to Honor Black History Month with HOME, 2/27-3/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2013

Rep Stage, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), continues its 20th anniversary season with 'Home,' Samm-Art Williams' brilliantly inventive, lyrically expressive play that tells the coming-of-age story of a young black man, Cephus Miles, from rural North Carolina. From beginning to end - and through tragedy and triumph - Cephus never loses his joyful goodwill, his indomitable spirit, and the conviction that one day his quest for fulfillment with be rewarded. 'Home' stars returning Rep Stage actors Felicia Curry and Fatima Quander, as well as Rep newcomer Robert Lee Hardy in the role of Cephus Miles. (more...)

Rep Stage Honors Black History Month with HOME, Now thru 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2013

Rep Stage, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), continues its 20th anniversary season with 'Home,' Samm-Art Williams' brilliantly inventive, lyrically expressive play that tells the coming-of-age story of a young black man, Cephus Miles, from rural North Carolina. From beginning to end - and through tragedy and triumph - Cephus never loses his joyful goodwill, his indomitable spirit, and the conviction that one day his quest for fulfillment with be rewarded. 'Home' stars returning Rep Stage actors Felicia Curry and Fatima Quander, as well as Rep newcomer Robert Lee Hardy in the role of Cephus Miles. (more...)

Rep Stage to Honor Black History Month with HOME, 2/27-3/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2013

Rep Stage, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), continues its 20th anniversary season with 'Home,' Samm-Art Williams' brilliantly inventive, lyrically expressive play that tells the coming-of-age story of a young black man, Cephus Miles, from rural North Carolina. From beginning to end - and through tragedy and triumph - Cephus never loses his joyful goodwill, his indomitable spirit, and the conviction that one day his quest for fulfillment with be rewarded. 'Home' stars returning Rep Stage actors Felicia Curry and Fatima Quander, as well as Rep newcomer Robert Lee Hardy in the role of Cephus Miles. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Gala Celebrates David Henry Hwang!
by Jennifer Broski - Feb 12, 2013

Just last night, the Signature Theatre Annual Gala celebration honored 2012-13 Residency One Playwright David Henry Hwang. Guests came together to pay tribute to the rich and varied body of work of David Henry Hwang, with special participation from B.D. Wong, John Lithgow, Oskar Eustis, Gail Papp, John Guare, and Edward Albee. BroadwayWorld was there for the festivities and you can check out full photo coverage below! (more...)

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