Ma Rainey News

Date Of Birth:
April 26, 1886
Date Of Death:
December 22, 1939 (53)
Birth Place:
Columbus, GA, USA
Gender:
Female
Berkeley Rep to Present PARTY PEOPLE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces the Bay Area premiere of Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song about the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords. In the 1960s these revolutionaries fought injustice, provided free food and medical care for their communities - and struggled against a government determined to suppress them. (more...)

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...)

Jay Sullivan, Jeffrey Bean and James Black to Lead DRACULA at the Alley Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Dracula, the Original Vampire Play, the second production in the 'Alley Theatre @ UH' season. Featuring iconic costume and set designs by Edward Gorey, the Alley's production is based on the original 1927 adaptation of the classic thriller that marvelously balances the menace of the horror tale with sophisticated satire. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse to Present INTIMATE APPAREL, 10/7-11/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Westport Country Playhouse will stage Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's 'Intimate Apparel,' a love story that confronts race and religion, directed by Mary B. Robinson, from October 7 through November 1. 'Intimate Apparel' is the recipient of the American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best Play. (more...)

BWW Reviews: August Wilson's SEVEN GUITARS Strums at No Rules Theatre Co.
by Keith Tittermary - Sep 15, 2014

The late August Wilson is one of America's greatest playwrights. From the early 1980s up until his death in 2005, Wilson wrote 10 plays, each encompassing African American life in a different decade focusing on the same Pittsburgh neighborhood, with Ma Rainey's Black Bottom being the sole play to occur outside of Pittsburgh. These 10 plays when put together are known as The Pittsburgh Cycle or Century Cycle, and is considered some of the 10 best plays ever written by an American playwright. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of Playwrights Realm's MY MANANA COMES
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 05, 2014

The Playwrights Realm's production of MY MAŅANA COMES by Elizabeth Irwin and directed by Chay Yew opened last night, September 4, 2014 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 W. 42nd Street, NYC). BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos below! (more...)

The Playwrights Realm's MY MAÑANA COMES Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

The Playwrights Realm's World Premiere production of MY MAŅANA COMES by Elizabeth Irwin, directed by Chay Yew, opens tonight, September 4, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 W. 42nd Street, NYC). The show runs through September 20th, 2014 only. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Off-Broadway's MY MANANA COMES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

The Playwrights Realm's production of MY MAŅANA COMES by Elizabeth Irwin and directed by Chay Yew opens on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 W. 42nd Street, NYC). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

MY MANANA COMES Begins Previews at Playwrights Realm
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

The Playwrights Realm presents the World Premiere of MY MAŅANA COMES by Elizabeth Irwin. MY MAŅANA COMES is directed by Chay Yew (Artistic Director for Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago). The production runs tonight, August 26, through September 20, 2014 with a September 4 opening at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 W. 42nd Street, NYC). (more...)

World Premiere of Richard Schechner's IMAGINING O Set for 9/10-13 at Peak Performances
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Watch out! Richard Schechner returns, armed with another series of shocks and surprises: the world premiere of "Imagining O" at Peak Performances, September 10-13. Transforming the notoriously erotic French novel "Story of O" into a multi-site, immersive production, the 80 year-old director's most recent work promises to reaffirm Peak's commitment to the ultra and outre challenge, and the director's reputation for creating uncomfortable joy in his audiences. The show opens the Kasser Theater's 10th anniversary season. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: In Rehearsal with the Cast of Playwrights Realm's MY MANANA COMES
by Stage Tube - Aug 21, 2014

The Playwrights Realm (Katherine Kovner, Artistic Director; Alexander Orbovich, Managing Director) presents the world Premiere of MY MAŅANA COMES by Elizabeth Irwin anddirected by Chay Yew. Performances begin August 26 and continue through September 20, 2014 with a September 4 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 W. 42nd Street, NYC). Go inside rehearsals in the video below! (more...)

Playwrights Realm to Offer Limited Ticket Initiative During MY MANANA COMES Previews
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

The Playwrights Realm will to bring back their '1to5 Ticket Drive' initiative during preview performances for the World Premiere of MY MAŅANA COMES by Elizabeth Irwin. Tickets for the first preview start at $1 and increase by $1 for each preview performance that week (August 26 - $1; August 27 - $2; August 28 - $3; August 29 - $4; August 30 - $5). Tickets for performances on August 31, September 2 and September 3 are $15. Tickets range in price from $25 to $35 for all regular performances (September 4 thru 20). Student rush tickets are available for $10 for all performances from August 31 thru September 20. (more...)

Event in Conjunction with Huntington's 'GUESS WHO...' Set for Strand Theatre, 8/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Huntington Theatre Company and the Mayor's Office of Arts + Culture will collaborate to present a free community event at Dorchester's Strand Theatre on Wednesday, August 27 at 7pm in conjunction with the Huntington's upcoming production of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - CHICAGO!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 10, 2014


Chautauqua Theater Company's THE TEMPEST with Lisa Harrow Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 09, 2014

Chautauqua Theatre Company, under the leadership of Vivienne Benesch, Artistic Director, and Sarah Clare Corporandy, Managing Director, presents William Shakespeare's magical masterwork, The Tempest, directed by Jade King Carroll, playing August 8-15 on the Bratton Theatre Mainstage. The press opening is tonight (August 9) at 6:00pm. (more...)

Zonya Love, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Nathaniel Stampley & More to Lead Milwaukee Repertory Theater's THE COLOR PURPLE this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Milwaukee Repertory Theater announced casting today for The Color Purple, the glorious musical saga which opens Friday, September 26, 2014 and runs from September 23 - November 2, 2014. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater & Holocaust Center to Present THE BEST OF ENEMIES, 10/15-11/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF and the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida are proud to present The Best of Enemies from October 15 - November 16, 2014 in the Goldman (more...)

Anjelica Huston, Mia Farrow, Carol Burnett, Alan Alda & More Will Rotate Through All-Star Broadway Revival of A.R. Gurney's LOVE LETTERS at the Nederlander
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

A.R. Gurney's enduring romance about first loves and second chances, LOVE LETTERS, will have its first Broadway revival, beginning performances Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 8pm, at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street). (more...)

Jason Bowen, Jose Joaquin Perez, Brian Quijada & Reza Salazar to Star in Playwrights Realm's MY MAÑANA COMES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

The Playwrights Realm has announced casting is confirmed and tickets are now on sale for the world Premiere of MY MAŅANA COMES by Elizabeth Irwin, directed by Chay Yew (Artistic Director for Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago). The production runs August 26th through September 20th, 2014 with a September 4th opening at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 W. 42nd Street, NYC). (more...)

Gemma Bodinetz to Direct Bristol Old Vic's JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz will direct Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock in a major co-production with Bristol Old Vic. The cast will be led by Niamh Cusack as the eponymous Juno and Des McAleer as her husband Jack Boyle. The production is at Bristol Old Vic from 5 to 27 September before moving to the Liverpool Playhouse from 1 to 18 October. (more...)

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