Mark Bly News

Chris Weikel Wins NNPN's 2014 Smith Prize Commission
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

The NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK (NNPN), the country's alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, proudly announces that the 2014 Smith Prize Commission, which carries an Award of $5,000, has been awarded to Chris Weikel for The Word from Kampala. Awarded annually to a proposal for a play that dramatizes the pressing issues of our times, The Smith Prize is funded by a gift from screenwriter, novelist and playwright Timothy Jay Smith and a number of other socially-conscious donors. The Word from Kampala was conceived in reaction to the recent act of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who signed into law a bill that makes acts of homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment. (more...)

National New Play Network to Present MFA PLAYWRIGHTS' WORKSHOP, 7/26-8/3
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

The National New Play Network (NNPN), the country's alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, in collaboration with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and Stanford University's National Center for New Plays, will host nearly fifty playwrights, directors and dramaturgs July 26 - August 3, 2014 as part of a week-long workshop for new works by MFA students from New York University-Tisch School of the Arts, Hunter College, University of California-San Diego, and the Juilliard School. A committee of NNPN Core Members has selected six scripts written by Hilary Bettis, Nathan Cann, Bennett Fisher, David Jacobi, Georgette Kelly, and Amy Witting. The Workshop will also feature projects by the National Theatre School of Canada's Geoffrey Simon Brown and Atlanta's Alliance Theatre's Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Prize-winner Tsehaye Geralyn Hebert. (more...)

Third Rail Rep Stages GIDION'S KNOT, Now thru 3/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2014

Third Rail Repertory Theatre Presents Gidion's Knot by Johnna Adams, directed by Michael O'Connell* and featuring Amy Newman and Dana Green, tonight, February 21 through March 16, 2014. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

Artistic Director Molly Smith tackles a unique, in-the-round staging of Bertolt Brecht's powerhouse anti-war play Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Iconic stage and screen actress and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage following her sold-out run of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins to make her professional singing debut as the tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage-a single mother determined to keep her family alive and her business afloat during war. Mother Courage and Her Children runs through March 9, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at opening night below! (more...)

Nicholas Rodriguez and More to Join Kathleen Turner in Arena Stage's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Artistic Director Molly Smith tackles a unique, in-the-round staging of Bertolt Brecht's powerhouse anti-war play Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Iconic stage and screen actress and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage following her sold-out run of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins to make her professional singing debut as the tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage-a single mother determined to keep her family alive and her business afloat during war. Using the David Hare translation, the show fuses politics and satire to paint an unforgettable and provocative portrait of war, incorporating more than 10 pieces of original music composed in a rollicking, gypsy-punk style and performed by cast members doubling as musicians. Mother Courage and Her Children runs January 31-March 9, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Charles Gershman's SHOOTING ABE Set for FRIGID New York, 2/22-3/9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

FRIGID New York presents Shooting Abe, a new play by Charles Gershman that explores the clash in one family between Jewish tradition and liberated creative expression. Eli Taylor directs a cast of three. Performances will be staged at The Kraine Theater, located at 85 E. 4th St. between 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave in NYC for five performances from February 22 - March 9, 2014. (more...)

Third Rail Rep to Stage GIDION'S KNOT, 2/21-3/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

Third Rail Repertory Theatre Presents Gidion's Knot by Johnna Adams, directed by Michael O'Connell* and featuring Amy Newman and Dana Green, February 21 through March 16, 2014. (more...)

Nicholas Rodriguez and More to Join Kathleen Turner in Arena Stage's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

Artistic Director Molly Smith tackles a unique, in-the-round staging of Bertolt Brecht's powerhouse anti-war play Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Iconic stage and screen actress and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage following her sold-out run of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins to make her professional singing debut as the tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage-a single mother determined to keep her family alive and her business afloat during war. Using the David Hare translation, the show fuses politics and satire to paint an unforgettable and provocative portrait of war, incorporating more than 10 pieces of original music composed in a rollicking, gypsy-punk style and performed by cast members doubling as musicians. Mother Courage and Her Children runs January 31-March 9, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Jackson Gaye to Direct MOONLIGHT ON THE BAYOU Reading at Classic Stage Company, 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2013

Lindsey Ferrentino's new play Moonlight on the Bayou will have a staged reading Thursday December 5th at 4:00pm at Classic Stage Company - 136 E. 13th St. (more...)

Open Stage to Present GIDION'S KNOT, 10/4-26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2013

Open Stage of Harrisburg presents GIDION'S KNOT by Johnna Adams October 4 - 26, 2013. This opens Season 28 at the professional theatre located at 223 Walnut St, on the Street level of the Walnut Street Garage in Downtown Harrisburg. This production will be aRegional Premier of GIDION'S KNOT, which was a finalist for 2013 Steinberg-ATCA Award for Best New Play. Written by Johnna Adams and directed by Open Stage Executive Artisitc Director Donald Alsedek, the plot centers on the aftermath of a fifth grader's suicide after he is suspended for a violent, graphic piece he wrote and passed around class. (more...)

National New Play Network Adds Three to At Large Board
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

The NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK (NNPN), the country's alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces three new At Large Board Members: Mark Bly, Gary Heisserer, and Manny Strauss will join the thirty-two member Board of Directors effective immediately. (more...)

Lark Play Development Center Announces 20th Annual Playwrights' Week Lineup, 9/23-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2013

Lark Play Development Center is proud to announce that seven plays have been chosen for its 20th annual Playwrights' Week, which will take place September 23rd - 28th. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Justin Bohon, Colleen Wallnau and More in MILK FOR MRS. STONE at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2013

The 17th Annual New York International Fringe Festival Presents Milk for Mrs. Stone, A New Play by Charles Gershman, directed by Eli Taylor and featuring Broadway actors Justin Bohon and Colleen Wallnau. The show will run today, August 16-22, 2013 (5 Performances). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Justin Bohon, Colleen Wallnau and More in MILK FOR MRS. STONE at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2013

The 17th Annual New York International Fringe Festival Presents Milk for Mrs. Stone, A New Play by Charles Gershman, directed by Eli Taylor and featuring Broadway actors Justin Bohon and Colleen Wallnau. The show will run August 16-22, 2013 (5 Performances). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Justin Bohon, Colleen Smith Wallnau & More to Lead MILK FOR MRS. STONE at FringeNYC; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2013

The 17th Annual New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) presents Milk for Mrs. Stone, a new play by Charles Gershman about a family struggling to accept that life doesn't always go as planned. Eli Taylor directs a cast of four, including Sophia Bishop, Justin Bohon* (B'way: The Book of Mormon, Oklahoma, Producers, All Shook Up, 9 to 5), Katharine Heller* (FringeNYC: Naked in a Fishbowl, The Boy in the Basement), and Colleen Smith Wallnau* (B'way: Crazy for You). Performances will be staged at Venue #16: Robert Moss Theatre at 440 Studios,440 Lafayette Street in NYC for five performances from August 16-22, 2013. *Member AEA. Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. (more...)

Tony Nominee Da'Vine Joy Randolph Set for Lindsey Ferrentino's MOONLIGHT ON THE BAYOU Reading Today
by BWW News Desk - May 03, 2013

Lindsey Ferrentino's new play Moonlight on the Bayou will have a staged reading today, May 3rd, 4:30pm at The Marilyn Monroe Theatre in New York (115 E. 15th St). The reading is directed by Patricia McGregor (Hurt Village, The Mountaintop), after being developed with renown dramaturg Mark Bly (33 Variations). (more...)

Tony Nominee Da'Vine Joy Randolph Set for Lindsey Ferrentino's MOONLIGHT ON THE BAYOU Reading, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2013

Lindsey Ferrentino's new play Moonlight on the Bayou will have a staged reading this Friday, May 3rd, 4:30pm at The Marilyn Monroe Theatre in New York (115 E. 15th St). The reading is directed by Patricia McGregor (Hurt Village, The Mountaintop), after being developed with renown dramaturg Mark Bly (33 Variations). (more...)

SISTERS GRIMM: FABLES OF THE STAGE to Play FRIGID New York 2013, 2/22-3/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 02, 2013

FRIGID NEW YORK presents A Bricken and Birch Production, Sisters Grimm: Fables of the Stage. Written by Bricken Sparacino and Amy E. Witting, with Music by Eric Chercover and Ethan Bailey and Lyrics by Sparacino with Chercover, the show is directed by Lori Kee and Bricken Sparacino. It runs February 22 through March 3, 2013. (more...)

Jeux de Mots trans.WORDPLAY to Present FOODACTS at Lion Theatre, 2/6-24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2013

Jeux de Mots trans.WORDPLAY presents FOODACTS, a culinary stage adventure. Barbara Bosch directs a cast of seven including Robert Allan, Judith Barcroft* (Bway: Dinner at Eight, Betrayal, Elephant Man, Plaza Suite), Gwen Eyster, Peter Husovsky*, Jaclyn Mitgang, Mark Ringer, and Antonio Edwards Suarez* (Bway: American Buffalo - Leguizamo understudy; Off -Bway: Chaucer in Rome - Lincoln Center). FOODACTS will run at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Streeet (bet. 9th and 10th Avenues), New York City for sixteen performances, February 6-24, 2013. (more...)

SISTERS GRIMM: FABLES OF THE STAGE Plays FRIGID New York 2013, Now thru 3/3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2013

FRIGID NEW YORK presents A Bricken and Birch Production, Sisters Grimm: Fables of the Stage. Written by Bricken Sparacino and Amy E. Witting, with Music by Eric Chercover and Ethan Bailey and Lyrics by Sparacino with Chercover, the show is directed by Lori Kee and Bricken Sparacino. It runs tonight, February 22 through March 3, 2013. (more...)

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