Marcus Gardley News

A WONDER IN MY SOUL World Premiere Extends at Victory GardensA WONDER IN MY SOUL World Premiere Extends at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels announce a one-week extension to the World Premiere, hit production of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Chay Yew, with music direction by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul will now run through March 19, 2017 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

The Acting Company's 44th National Tour Pairs William Shakespeare and Malcolm X in RepertoryThe Acting Company's 44th National Tour Pairs William Shakespeare and Malcolm X in Repertory
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

The Acting Company announces its 2016-17 season and 44th national tour featuring two new gripping dramas in repertory -- the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's X: Or, Betty Shabazz vs. The Nation and William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Both will be staged in an exciting artistic and educational collaboration with the Towson University, Morgan State University, Community College of Baltimore County, Bowie State University and area high schools and community partners. (more...)

Madhuri Shekar's QUEEN to Make World Premiere at Victory Gardens TheaterMadhuri Shekar's QUEEN to Make World Premiere at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42nd season with the World Premiere of Queen, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Joanie Schultz. Queen runs April 14 - May 14, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

BWW Review: Victory Gardens' World Premiere A WONDER IN MY SOUL Pays Loving Homage to Chicago's South Side and Female FriendshipBWW Review: Victory Gardens' World Premiere A WONDER IN MY SOUL Pays Loving Homage to Chicago's South Side and Female Friendship
by Rachel Weinberg - Feb 22, 2017

In Kurtis Boetcher's set design for Marcus Gardley's world premiere A WONDER IN MY SOUL, the backdrop for the South Side beauty shop where the play is set prominently displays the photographs of black female icons ranging from Diana Ross to Beyonce-and all of course have fabulous hair in the photos. And as we learn in the play, Aberdeen "Birdie" Calumet (Greta Oglesby) and Bell Grand Lake's (Jacqueline Williams) fictional beauty shop has played host to a number of these famous black women over the years. But what Gardley's play does so beautifully is take the story of these specific, everyday characters and lend a universality to them. The play takes place primarily in 2008 but shows us flashbacks of young Birdie (Camille Robinson) and young Bell (Donica Lynn) as they make their way from Mississippi to settle in Chicago and start their business. Along the way, Gardley weaves a narrative that is warm and sometimes funny but also ultimately serious and touching. And as one would expect, Johnny Jamison's hair and wig design is just superb. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at A WONDER IN MY SOUL at Victory Gardens TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at A WONDER IN MY SOUL at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew, with original music by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul runs now through March 12, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

The Acting Company's 44th National Tour Pairs William Shakespeare and Malcolm X in RepertoryThe Acting Company's 44th National Tour Pairs William Shakespeare and Malcolm X in Repertory
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

The Acting Company announces its 2016-17 season and 44th national tour featuring two new gripping dramas in repertory -- the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's X: Or, Betty Shabazz vs. The Nation and William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Both will be staged in an exciting artistic and educational collaboration with University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Kansas, University of Central Missouri, University of Missouri-Columbia and area high schools and community partners. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights of UMKC Theatre/The Acting Company's X/JULIUS CAESARSTAGE TUBE: Highlights of UMKC Theatre/The Acting Company's X/JULIUS CAESAR
by Stage Tube - Feb 10, 2017

UMKC Theatre and The Acting Company presents a new artistic and educational collaboration as part of its 2016-17 season and 44th national tour featuring two new gripping dramas in repertory -- the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's X: Or, Betty Shabazz vs. The Nation and William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. (more...)

Dana Ivey Directs Rare Sci-Fi Comedy For One-Night Only ReadingDana Ivey Directs Rare Sci-Fi Comedy For One-Night Only Reading
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

The Acting Company (Ian Belknap, Artistic Director; Elisa Spencer-Kaplan, Executive Director) will continue its 2016-2017 John McDonald Salon Series with a reading of Karel Capek's influential science fiction comedy R.U.R. on Monday, February 13th at 7 PM at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA, 10 W. 64th Street, New York, NY. (more...)

The Acting Company's CAESAR/X to Play New Victory Theater This SpringThe Acting Company's CAESAR/X to Play New Victory Theater This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

The assassinations of Rome's great ruler of the Republic and revolutionary leader Malcolm X take to the stage when Tony Award-winning The Acting Company couples Shakespeare's Julius Caesar with X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation, a compelling new play by lauded playwright Marcus Gardley (The House that Will Not Stand, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Every Tongue Confess, On The Levee). These two gripping dramas make their Off-Broadway debut at The New Victory Theater from March 17 - 26, 2017. (more...)

Keen Teens Series to Continue with AND...ACTION and More This SpringKeen Teens Series to Continue with AND...ACTION and More This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company will present the Eleventh Season of Keen Teens. This season's offerings will be And... Action by Eleanor Burgess directed by Julie Kramer; Rat Court by Boo Killebrew, directed by Daisy Walker; and Tilda Swinton Betrayed Us by A. Rey Pamatmat, directed by Zi Alikhan. (more...)

The Acting Co's X/JULIUS CAESAR Rep Headed to Spencer Theatre This FebruaryThe Acting Co's X/JULIUS CAESAR Rep Headed to Spencer Theatre This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

UMKC Theatre and The Acting Company is pleased to present a new artistic and educational collaboration as part of its 2016-17 season and 44th national tour featuring two new gripping dramas in repertory -- the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's X: Or, Betty Shabazz vs. The Nation and William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. (more...)

Jimonn Cole, Gabriel Lawrence and More Tapped for The Acting Company's X/JULIUS CAESAR TourJimonn Cole, Gabriel Lawrence and More Tapped for The Acting Company's X/JULIUS CAESAR Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

The Acting Company announces casting for its 44th consecutive season and national tour featuring two gripping dramas in repertory: the world premiere of, X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation and William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. (more...)

Marcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory GardensMarcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew, with original music by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul runs February 10 - March 12, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Julia Cho's AUBERGINE at Berkeley Rep Wins 2017 Glickman AwardJulia Cho's AUBERGINE at Berkeley Rep Wins 2017 Glickman Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

Theatre Bay Area has announced playwright Julio Cho and Berkeley Repertory Theatre have been selected as the recipients of this year's prestigious Will Glickman Award for Aubergine, which received its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in February 2016. (more...)

Victory Gardens Will Take Part in THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECTVictory Gardens Will Take Part in THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels announce Victory Gardens Theater's participation in The Ghostlight Project, an evening of advocacy at theater companies across the country. (more...)

The Acting Company to Perform JULIUS CAESAR and the World Premiere of XThe Acting Company to Perform JULIUS CAESAR and the World Premiere of X
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

The Acting Company will kick off its 2017 season and 44th national tour with engagements in the Valley during the week of Jan. 31- Feb. 4. Two gripping dramas, Marcus Gardley's X and William Shakespeare's Julius Caesarwill be performed as part of a unique collaboration with Arizona State University's Herberger School of Film, Dance and Theatre, Herberger Theater Center, Mesa Arts Center and The Acting Company. (more...)

CIRCUMFERENCE OF A SQUIRREL to Continue Solo Celebration! at Greenhouse Theater CenterCIRCUMFERENCE OF A SQUIRREL to Continue Solo Celebration! at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to conclude its Solo Celebration! Series with the Chicago premiere of John Walch's savagely funny one-man show CIRCUMFERENCE OF A SQUIRREL, directed by Artistic Director Jacob Harvey and starring Will Allan. CIRCUMFERENCE OF A SQUIRREL will play January 13 - February 12, 2017 at The Greenhouse Theater Center (Upstairs Mainstage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Erica Daniels Named Managing Director of Victory GardensErica Daniels Named Managing Director of Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Artistic Director Chay Yew and Board President Steven Miller announce the appointment of the theater's new Managing Director, Erica Daniels.  (more...)

DCPA Slates Dates, Details for 12th Annual Colorado New Play SummitDCPA Slates Dates, Details for 12th Annual Colorado New Play Summit
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

The Theatre Company at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) has announced dates and details for the 2017 Colorado New Play Summit. The 12th annual festival will feature readings of new works by Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Rogelio Martinez, Eric Pfeffinger, Robert Schenkkan, and Lauren Yee alongside World Premiere productions by Lauren Gunderson and Tira Palmquist. (more...)

California Shakespeare Theater Announces Director for MEASURE FOR MEASURECalifornia Shakespeare Theater Announces Director for MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

California Shakespeare Theater today announced that Tyne Rafaeli will direct Cal Shakes' final production of its 2017 season, the previously-announced Measure for Measure. This first-ever co-production between Cal Shakes and Santa Cruz Shakespeare will play at the Bruns Amphitheater from September 20 through October 15. (more...)

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