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Date Of Birth:
April 26, 1886
Date Of Death:
December 22, 1939 (53)
Birth Place:
Columbus, GA, USA
Gender:
Female
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Photo Flash: Andre De Shields and More in Rehearsal for KING HEDLEY II at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Andre De Shields and More in Rehearsal for KING HEDLEY II at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents August Wilson's classic drama King Hedley II. Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson's acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict who struggles to turn his life around and lock away his past. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

2014 BroadwayWorld Dallas Winners Announced - Adam Anderson, Valerie Houston, Tre Garrett & More!2014 BroadwayWorld Dallas Winners Announced - Adam Anderson, Valerie Houston, Tre Garrett & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 12, 2015

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 60 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2014 Dallas winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

Court Theatre's WAITING FOR GODOT, Directed by Ron OJ Parson, Begins 1/15Court Theatre's WAITING FOR GODOT, Directed by Ron OJ Parson, Begins 1/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert present Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. Waiting for Godot will run January 15 - February 15, 2015 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8:00PM. (more...)

Queen Latifah Stars as 'Bessie Smith' for HBO Films This SpringQueen Latifah Stars as 'Bessie Smith' for HBO Films This Spring
by Movies News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

Oscar nominee Queen Latifah ('Chicago') stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama BESSIE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees ('Pariah') from a screenplay by Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. With a story by Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into 'The Empress of the Blues,' one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today. (more...)

E. Faye Butler & KenYatta Rogers Join Bowman Wright in Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY IIE. Faye Butler & KenYatta Rogers Join Bowman Wright in Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY II
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for August Wilson's classic drama King Hedley II. Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson's acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict who struggles to turn his life around and lock away his past. The drama is directed by Timothy Douglas, who worked with the late playwright on the world premiere of Radio Golf and has directed eight plays out of Wilson's 10-play cycle. King Hedley II runs February 6-March 8, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Last Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Dallas AwardsLast Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Dallas Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 26, 2014

It's your last week to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Dallas Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 26th. Voting closes at the end of the year, in under one week! (more...)

Time is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Dallas AwardsTime is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Dallas Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

Time is ticking on your last chance to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Dallas Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 19th. Voting closes at the end of the year! (more...)

Goodman Theatre Announces March-April 2015 Lineup for Citywide August Wilson CelebrationGoodman Theatre Announces March-April 2015 Lineup for Citywide August Wilson Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Goodman Theatre, in collaboration with Chicago's various off-Loop theaters and Northwestern University, unveils partial programming in its spring 2015 citywide "August Wilson Celebration" -- an extensive retrospective of the late playwright's life, artistry and influence on American culture. The seven-week Celebration takes place in March and April 2015 on dual landmark occasions: the 70th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's birth and the 10th anniversary of his death. (more...)

Tony-Winning Producer Robert Cole to Receive Commercial Theater Institute's 2015 Robert Whitehead AwardTony-Winning Producer Robert Cole to Receive Commercial Theater Institute's 2015 Robert Whitehead Award
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

Tony award-winning Broadway producer, Robert Cole, will be presented The Commercial Theater Institute's Robert Whitehead Award for 'outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing' at a reception at Sardi's on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (more...)

Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Dallas Awards - K. Rea Leads!Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Dallas Awards - K. Rea Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 13, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Dallas Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Begins Tonight at Broward Stage Door TheatreFIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Begins Tonight at Broward Stage Door Theatre
by Carol Kassie - Dec 10, 2014

Everyone knows Scrooge and Mr. Potter, but can the holiday spirit work its magic on everyone's favorite man of mystery? Back for a fourth year, Raven Theatre's Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose follows Holmes and Watson as they investigate the mysterious theft and even more mysterious discovery of the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle, today, December 10-January 4. (more...)

Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Dallas Awards - Adam Anderson Leads!Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Dallas Awards - Adam Anderson Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Dallas Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Begins 12/10 at Broward Stage Door TheatreFIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Begins 12/10 at Broward Stage Door Theatre
by Carol Kassie - Dec 1, 2014

Rolling Stone Magazine ranked pioneering musician, songwriter and bandleader Louis Jordan number 59 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Known as 'The King of Jukebox', and 'The Grandfather of Rock 'n Roll', Jordan's music appealed to everyone - regularly topping music charts - mainstream, top ten, and pop - from the 1930s swing era into the 1950's rock and roll revolution In Five Guys Named Moe playwright Clarke Peters has fashioned an exciting, exhilarating, and exuberantly loving tribute to Jordan and his music. The production will run at Broward Stage Door Theatre from December 10th through January 18th. (more...)

2014 BroadwayWorld Dallas Awards Update 11/25 - Adam Anderson in Lead!2014 BroadwayWorld Dallas Awards Update 11/25 - Adam Anderson in Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 25, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Dallas Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 25th. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 11/13/14 - DISENCHANTED! Meets the Press, Ullman on TONIGHT and More!WAKE UP with BWW 11/13/14 - DISENCHANTED! Meets the Press, Ullman on TONIGHT and More!
by Jessica Showers - Nov 13, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: DISENCHANTED! meets the press, THE BAND WAGON's Tracey Ullman appears on THE TONIGHT SHOW, and more! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: 14 Hours at the National Theater InstituteBWW Exclusive: 14 Hours at the National Theater Institute
by National Theater Institute - Nov 10, 2014

Today, Risk Again! takes a look at that 'singular schedule' in the photo gallery below! Last Tuesday at NTI featured 19 classes and 11 faculty members, all master teachers or industry professionals, who come to the O'Neill every week and share their talents with the students of the NTI Semester, NTI-Advanced Directing, and National Music Theater Institute. (more...)

MISS JULIE to Run 10/21-11/8 at August Strindberg RepMISS JULIE to Run 10/21-11/8 at August Strindberg Rep
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 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...)

Lori Wilner, David Wohl, Annie Purcell, Michael Goldsmith and More Star in AWAKE AND SING!, Beginning Tonight at Huntington TheatreLori Wilner, David Wohl, Annie Purcell, Michael Goldsmith and More Star in AWAKE AND SING!, Beginning Tonight at Huntington Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

Obie Award winner Melia Bensussen (Luck of the Irish, Circle Mirror Transformation) returns to the Huntington Theatre Company to direct Awake and Sing!, Clifford Odets' stirring American classic about a working-class Jewish family striving for a better future. Performances at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre begin tonight, November 7 and continue through Sunday, December 7, 2014. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse to Present INTIMATE APPAREL, 10/7-11/1Westport Country Playhouse to Present INTIMATE APPAREL, 10/7-11/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 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...)

Theatre School at DePaul University's 2014 Awards for Excellence in the Arts to be Held 11/3Theatre School at DePaul University's 2014 Awards for Excellence in the Arts to be Held 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

The Theatre School at DePaul University will present The 2014 Awards for Excellence in the Arts gala on Monday, November 3, 2014, at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. The Four Seasons is located at 120 East Delaware Place. The event will begin with a 6 PM cocktail reception, followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 7 PM. (more...)

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