Ma Rainey News

 

Ma Rainey News

Date of Birth: April 26, 1886
Date of Death: December 22, 1939 (53)
Birth Place: Columbus, GA, USA
Gender: Female
Cast Announced for West Coast Premiere of BARBECUE at Geffen PlayhouseCast Announced for West Coast Premiere of BARBECUE at Geffen Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Geffen Playhouse has just announced the cast for its West Coast premiere production of Barbecue, written by Obie and Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O'Hara. Tony nominee Colman Domingo directs the production starring Yvette Cason, Dale Dickey, Omar J. Dorsey, Frances Fisher, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Travis Johns, Elyse Mirto, Maya Lynne Robinson, Heather Alicia Simms and Rebecca Wisocky. (more...)

Revised Preview Date For MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at TaperRevised Preview Date For MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Taper
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Previews Now Begin September 1, 2016 Phylicia Rashad, who directed Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" Directed by Phylicia Rashad. the Taper in 2013, will direct this groundbreaking play which depicts the racism and exploitation in the music industry through a 1927 recording session in Chicago with a legendary blues singer. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is inspired by the real-life Gertrude "Ma" Rainey. (more...)

Lillias White to Star in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Directed by Phylicia Rashad in Los AngelesLillias White to Star in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Directed by Phylicia Rashad in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Center Theatre Group has announced the casting for August Wilson's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' which begins previews August 31, opens September 11 and continues through October 16, 2016, at the Mark Taper Forum. (more...)

Arnetia Walker, Michael Cumpsty and More Set for MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Two River TheaterArnetia Walker, Michael Cumpsty and More Set for MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Two River Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Two River Theater announces the cast and creative team for its production of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The production will run September 10-October 9, 2016, with the opening night on Friday, September 16 at 8pm. (more...)

Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell Join Caryl Churchill's PIGS AND DOGSFisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell Join Caryl Churchill's PIGS AND DOGS
by Marianka Swain - Jul 1, 2016

Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell have been cast in Caryl Churchill's new 10-minute play PIGS AND DOGS. Rehearsals start on Monday 11 July 2016. Pigs and Dogs runs from Wednesday 20 July 2016 to Saturday 30 July 2016 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Press night is on Friday 22 July 2016, 6.30pm. (more...)

'LADY DAY' & PECONG Set for Bayou Theatre Company's Third Season'LADY DAY' & PECONG Set for Bayou Theatre Company's Third Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Bayou Theatre Company returns with its third season entitled 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Exploring the Complexities of Womanhood'. With a season focused on female-centered stories, the season will open with Lanie Robertson's riveting one woman play with music LADY DAY AT THE EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, followed by PECONG by Steve Carter, a resetting of the myth of Medea. (more...)

California Shakespeare Theater to Present August Wilson's FENCESCalifornia Shakespeare Theater to Present August Wilson's FENCES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

California Shakespeare Theater's 25th anniversary season at the Bruns Amphitheater continues with August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning story of the American Dream deferred, Fences, directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges in her Cal Shakes debut. Fences, which plays from July 6 through July 31, marks the first time Cal Shakes has presented August Wilson's work on its stage. For tickets and information, contact the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666 or visit www.calshakes.org (more...)

1st Stage Sets 2016-17 Season1st Stage Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

'Our 9th Season is guided by 1st Stage's promise to provide breadth and depth of storytelling for our community,' stated 1st Stage Artistic Director Alex Levy. 'This unique line-up of plays, some of the greatest in the American theater, utilizes humor, humanity, warmth, and drama to tell perceptive and, at times, heart-wrenching stories about American life. Our mission is to create a deep connection between our art and our audience, and this incredibly diverse season of stories will do just that.' (more...)

NJPAC and Rutgers Announce Details of Annual All-Female Jazz ResidencyNJPAC and Rutgers Announce Details of Annual All-Female Jazz Residency
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

The annual All-Female Jazz Residency of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), a week long, summer intensive for aspiring women jazz professionals, will take place at Rutgers-Newark this July.   (more...)

BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Shows Wilson's Legacy as a PlaywrightBWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Shows Wilson's Legacy as a Playwright
by Paul Batterson - Jun 6, 2016

Not all theatre is designed to be an escape, a refuge from our ordinary lives. Every once-in-a-while a piece comes along that not only entertains us but makes us think. When those two elements come together, you've really got something special. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside a Farewell Reception for Geoff Nelson and Ann HallPhoto Coverage: Inside a Farewell Reception for Geoff Nelson and Ann Hall
by Jerri Shafer - Jun 6, 2016

A farewell reception was held at the Short North Stage for Geoff Nelson and wife Ann Hall, following Sunday's matinee performance of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Geoff and Jon Putnam are cast members of the show, which continues through June 19. More than 60 old and new friends of Geoff and Ann's were there, many from the early days of CATCO, and from Geoff's newly-formed group, A Portable Theatre. Dana Miller, owner of Dana Lee's, provided wonderful hors d'oeuvres; Rick Hole prepared a slide show with lots of photographic memories from Geoff's many directorial and acting productions, and a HUGE cake topped off the fun event. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First look at Short North Stage's MA RAINEY's BLACK BOTTOMPhoto Coverage: First look at Short North Stage's MA RAINEY's BLACK BOTTOM
by Jerri Shafer - Jun 3, 2016

production of this searing drama. The play is set in a run-down recording studio in Chicago in 1927. The legendary 'Mother of Blues,' Ma Rainey, is due to arrive to record a new take on a favorite song. Ma uses every trick she can muster to fight her white record producer for control of her music. Hardened by years of ill-treatment and bad deals, she's determined that 'Black Bottom', the song that bears her name, will be recorded her way. But one of her band members, a swaggering young trumpet player, tries to manipulate the producer to record instead his new hip version of the song. A battle ensues. This masterpiece is a riveting portrayal of racism, of the self-hate that racism breeds, and of racial exploitation. (more...)

BWW Preview: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Mixes Lighthearted Music with Deeper ThemesBWW Preview: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Mixes Lighthearted Music with Deeper Themes
by Hannah Herner - Jun 1, 2016

The Green Room of the Garden Theater will soon be filled with fun 1920's music along with conflict and heavy themes. (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 29Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 29
by Audition Roundup - May 29, 2016

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, May 29, 2016 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

DTC Welcomes Pair of New Brierley Resident Acting Company MembersDTC Welcomes Pair of New Brierley Resident Acting Company Members
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty has announced two new members to DTC's Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company. Adam A. Anderson and Tiana Kaye Johnson will be joining the Brierley Resident Acting Company for the 2016-2017 season. (more...)

Local Student Damaris Vizvett Wins 2nd Place at National August Wilson Monologue CompetitionLocal Student Damaris Vizvett Wins 2nd Place at National August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Local high school student and CTG regional finalist Damaris Vizvett took second place in the national finals for the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) on Monday, May 2, 2016, at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. (more...)

August Wilson's Boyhood Home To Be Renovated Into An Arts CenterAugust Wilson's Boyhood Home To Be Renovated Into An Arts Center
by Michael Dale - Apr 28, 2016

The building where the great playwright spent the first thirteen years of his life had been in a state of ruin. (more...)

Goodman Theatre to Host Citywide Lorraine Hansberry Celebration This SpringGoodman Theatre to Host Citywide Lorraine Hansberry Celebration This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

In conjunction with a production of playwright Lorraine Hansberry's final work, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Goodman Theatre presents a Lorraine Hansberry Celebration (April 30 - June 5), curated by Goodman Resident Director Chuck Smith. (more...)

THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Among 2016-17 Lineup at Hartford StageTHE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Among 2016-17 Lineup at Hartford Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts announced today that Hartford Stage's 2016-17 season will include Queens for a Year by T.D. Mitchell, The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare and The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne. (more...)

Roy Williams' SOUL Sets Cast, Creative Team & ChoirsRoy Williams' SOUL Sets Cast, Creative Team & Choirs
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

This summer, Royal & Derngate Northampton and Hackney Empire will co-produce the world premiere of Soul, a new play by Roy Williams about the family life of soul legend Marvin Gaye. Directed by James Dacre and designed by Jon Bausor, Soul takes to Northampton's Royal stage from Friday 20 May to Saturday 11 June, before its run at Hackney Empire from Wednesday 15 June to Sunday 3 July. (more...)

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