Mark Taper Forum News

THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA to Debut at Edinburgh Festival 2014, Starring Golden Globe Winner Anne Archer, Jul 30-Aug 24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning actress Anne Archer will make her Edinburgh Festival debut starring as 'Jane Fonda' in the world premiere of THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA, written and directed by seven-time Emmy award-winner Terry Jastrow. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: David Hyde Pierce and Christopher Durang Talk 'VANYA AND SONIA' in LA
by Stage Tube - Mar 12, 2014

Center Theatre Group has a big hit in Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,' currently in performances at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum. With strong ticket sales and critical acclaim, CTG has extended the run by a week, now closing on March 16, 2014. Below, director David Hyde Pierce and playwright Christopher Durang discuss the process of bringing the hit comedy VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE to the stage and to the Mark Taper Forum! (more...)

Magic Theatre to Stage World Premiere of Linda McLean's EVERY FIVE MINUTES, Beg. 3/26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Magic Theatre will welcome back one of Scotland's leading contemporary playwrights, Linda McLean, with the world premiere of Every Five Minutes, directed by Producing Artistic Director Loretta Greco. Every Five Minutes runs March 26 - April 20. Deemed 'a gritty, fiercely empathetic realist of great skill' (San Francisco Chronicle), McLean's new play celebrates the miraculous power of the human spirit. Every Five Minutes begins with a simple homecoming dinner that takes a fantastical turn as Mo slips into a dreamscape that even those closest to him can't imagine. (more...)

Ken Barnett, Susan Bott & More Star in AND BABY MAKES SEVEN at New Ohio Theater, Now thru 4/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

New Ohio Theatre Artistic Director Robert Lyons in association with Purpleman Theater have announced casting for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's And Baby Makes Seven. Marc Stuart Weitz will direct ensemble including Ken Barnett (Wonderful Town, Julie Taymor's The Green Bird) as Peter, Susan Bott (Julie Kramer's The Best of Everything) as Ruth and Constance Zaytoun (Moby Pomerance's Broken Hands) as Anna. And Baby Makes Seven is an uproarious and timely comedy that has not been seen professionally in New York in 20 years. Performances will take place today, March 11-April 12 at the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street, between Washington and Greenwich Streets). Critics are welcome as of March 19 for an opening of March 23. (more...)

Regional Finalists Compete Tonight in CTG's August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Center Theatre Group has announced that 12 students have been selected to participate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition Los Angeles regional finals to be held at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum today, March 11, 2014. L.A.'s AWMC, part of a larger national program, is hosted by Center Theatre Group and presented by the Center Theatre Group Affiliates. (more...)

Rattlestick's ODE TO JOY Extends Through April 19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long have announced that following strong reviews, the world premiere of Ode to Joy, written and directed by Craig Lucas, will extend three weeks through Saturday, April 19 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street. (more...)

BWW Invite: Attend SAG Foundation Career Conversations with Kathleen Chalfant!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and BroadwayWorld have partnered for an inaugural filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The next Career Conversations will feature Kathleen Chalfant on March 19 (2PM)- currently starring in Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of David Grimm's Tales From Red Vienna - and moderated by Broadway World's Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge!' The event will take place at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway (1871 Broadway - between 61st and 62nd). (more...)

At the Helm! BWW Rounds Up This Season's Broadway Directors
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 09, 2014

Broadway stars might boast the biggest fan-bases, but without their directors, the vehicle driving their talents could easily swerve off the tracks. Keeping the runaway train at bay are season's bold Broadway 'conductors'. Scroll down to learn more about this season's intrepid and imaginative leaders! (more...)

Jeffrey Bean, Melissa Pritchett and More Set for Alley Theatre's COMMUNICATING DOORS; Cast & Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Alan Ayckbourn's science fiction comedy Communicating Doors. Eleven plays penned by Alan Ayckbourn have been produced by the Alley, including the American premiere of Henceforward, directed by Ayckbourn, in 1987 and House & Garden in 2002. Alan Ayckbourn has been inducted into the American Theatre's Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics' Circle Award for Services to the Arts, became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards and was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre. (more...)

'Always Something Left to Love...' Meet the Full Company of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Beginning Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 07, 2014

Previews begin tomorrow night, Saturday, March 8, for the return to Broadway of Tony Award-winner and two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington, starring as Walter Lee Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's A RAISIN IN THE SUN. This new production begins previews nearly 55 years to the day that A RAISIN IN THE SUN had its Broadway premiere (March 11, 1959) at the same theatre, the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the cast! (more...)

THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST's Daniel Beaty Set for Special Event at CTG's Mark Taper Forum, 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Center Theatre Group welcomes Obie Award-winning writer and performer Daniel Beaty to the CTG/Mark Taper Forum on Monday, March 17, 2014, at 7 p.m. for a free special event. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Present DANCE OF DEATH, 4/1-7/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Writers Theatre presents The Dance of Death by August Strindberg, in a new version by Conor McPherson and directed by Henry Wishcamper. The production runs April 1 - July 20, 2014 at 664 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe. The press openings are April 9 and 10, 2014 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Mixed Blood Theatre's SECONDS Festival of Play Readings to Kick Off 3/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 06, 2014

With 'SECONDS', a Festival of Play Readings, Mixed Blood Artistic Director Jack Reuler has curated a 'can't miss' opportunity to catch a glimpse of what's hot in American theatre! (more...)

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents AN ILIAD, Now thru 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 06, 2014

The winner of 2012 Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards, An Iliad runs tonight, March 6 - April 6, 2014 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. (more...)

More Than LBJ! Meet the Full Company of ALL THE WAY, Opening Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 05, 2014

All the Way, the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, starring BREAKING BAD's Bryan Cranston, is currently in previews on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre. The production officially opens on Thursday, March 6, 2014 for a strictly limited engagement. The play is directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where All the Way began its theatrical life. Scroll down to learn more about the full cast of ALL THE WAY, plus watch interviews with the company below! (more...)

Broadway's Original 'Belle' Susan Egan Performs at Arcadia Performing Arts Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 01, 2014

Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation presents Broadway star Susan Egan, who originated the role of 'Belle' in Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, as part of its first season at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, tonight, March 1 at 8pm. Joining Egan on stage is the sixty-member Arcadia Stage, the theatre student program at Arcadia High School. They will sing four songs with Egan, and then two from their upcoming production of Curtains. (more...)

Duplex Cabaret Theatre Presents GAY CAMP, Now thru 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

After a sold-out run at NYC's Duplex Cabaret Theatre in 2013, the hit show Gay Camp will play a weekly run beginning tonight, February 28, 2014. (more...)

Victory Gardens Theater to Stage World Premiere of THE GOSPEL OF LOVINGKINDNESS, 2/28-3/30
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of The Gospel of Lovingkindness by Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley, directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew. The Gospel of Lovingkindness runs February 28 - March 30, 2014 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Tickets to BUYER & CELLAR with Michael Urie at Broadway Playhouse On Sale 2/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced that individual tickets for BUYER & CELLAR, starring Michael Urie will go on-sale to the public Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. BUYER & CELLAR will play Chicago for a limited engagement beginning May 6, 2014 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut). Producers Darren Bagert ('Of Mice and Men,' 'The Glass Menagerie'), Dan Shaheen ('Peter and the Starcatcher,' 'The Fantasticks'), Ted Snowdon ('A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder,' 'Spring Awakening') and Daryl Roth ('Kinky Boots,' 'Love Loss and What I Wore') bring this hilarious new comedy to Chicago. (more...)

Anna Deavere Smith Kicks Off Philadelphia Theatre's PTC@Play Festival Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

Philadelphia Theatre Company's PTC@Play Festival of new work will host a special onstage conversation with PTC's artist-in-residence playwright/performer ANNA DEAVERE SMITH, and two evenings of staged readings by the winners of the Terrence McNally New Play Award, playwrights BILL CAIN and A. ZELL WILLIAMS, all at PTC's home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre at Broad and Lombard Streets. (more...)

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