Missouri Film Office Opens Competition for Missouri Storiesby BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2015
The Missouri Film Office is looking for writers who have penned screenplays or TV pilot scripts set in the Show-Me State. (more...)
Parson's Nose Theater Sets 2015-16 Seasonby BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2015
Parson's Nose Theater, led by Artistic Director Lance Davis, announces its 16th anniversary season of classic theater in Southern California. (more...)
Jason Danieley, Ryann Redmond & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below This Weekby BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2015
This week FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visitwww.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)
Boiling Point Players Announces TRUE STORY Castby BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2015
Boiling Point Players has filled the cast slots for its upcoming female-driven play, 'True Story,' and the production team includes: (more...)
Interview with Director: Douglas Hodgeby Roundabout Theatre Company - Sep 14, 2015
Education dramaturg Ted Sod discusses Old Times with Director Douglas Hodge.
Ted Sod: American audiences know you primarily as an actor, but you're also a director and a composer. How and why did you decide to direct for the theatre? (more...)
City Lit Theater Sets 36th Seasonby BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015
Nicholas Meyer's The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, in a world premiere adaptation by City Lit Artistic Director Terry McCabe and directed by Warner Crocker, will open City Lit Theater's thirty-sixth season, McCabe announced today. (more...)
BWW Review: ERNEST RUTHERFORD: EVERYONE CAN SCIENCE! at the Basement Theatreby Sam Jury - Sep 9, 2015
Nic Sampson returns to the Basement Theatre as The Lord Ernest Rutherford of Nelson following a successful debut run of Ernest Rutherford: Everyone Can Science! in May 2013. Sampson (Billy T nominee 2015 and head writer for the Jono and Ben Show) writes and stars in this hilarious one man comedy about the legendary New Zealand scientist most famous for splitting the atom, who also appears on our $100 note. (more...)
Nashville Theater Calendar 9/9/15by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2015
Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)
MARK TWAIN TURNS 70, WORDS AND SONGS Set for United Solo Festival, 9/20by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2015
Long before his New York City funeral in 1910, Samuel Clemens gave life to Mark Twain, the enduring American character who has never left stage and screen, whose name denotes a coveted prize for celebrity humorists, and whose autobiography became a best-seller in 2010. (more...)
by ALBA LLANOS - Sep 4, 2015
La productora de musicales como 'Blancanieves Boulevard', 'La leyenda del unicornio' o 'Antígona tiene un plan', entre otros, busca nuevos integrantes para la compañía en su nueva producción ADÁN Y EVA EN BROADWAY (more...)
Pear Theatre to Present THE WALLS OF JERICHOby BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2015
Pear Theatre inaugurates its 2015/2016 season in a brand new space with the World Premiere of The Walls of Jericho. The Pear's own Artistic Director, Diane Tasca, has created this stage adaptation of the short story "Night Bus," by Samuel Hopkins Adams, the delightful romantic comedy from 1933 that also inspired the classic film, "It Happened One Night." (more...)
BROADWAY DOES COUNTRY, Phillipa Soo and More Head to 54 Below This Octoberby BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2015
This September and October, 54 Below presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)
Unbound Productions' WICKED LIT Rounds Out 2015 Lineup; Sneak Peek!by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2015
Unbound Productions Executive Director Jonathan Josephson, Artistic Director Paul Millet, and Producing Artistic Director Jeff G. Rack have announced the line-up for WICKED LIT 2015, the company's 7th annual immersive theatre event that will for the 6th year take place at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, California. Get a sneak peek at THE EBONY FRAME, left! (more...)
Oprah, Eddie Murphy, Kate Hudson, and Mike Epps Join Richard Pryor Biopicby Sally Henry - Aug 30, 2015
A Richard Pryor biopic is officially on the way. (more...)
Dorset Theatre Festival to Close 2015 Season with THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYERby BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015
As the final show of their 2015 Mainstage Season, Dorset Theatre Festival will present The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Laura Eason, adapted from the novel by Mark Twain. Continuing the tradition of closing out the summer season with a fall presentation open to and specifically geared towards families and school groups, Tom Sawyer follows 2014's Travels with Mark Twain (starring Ron Crawford) and 2013's This Verse Business (starring Gordon Clapp as poet Robert Frost). (more...)
Jay Leno Coming to Aurora's Paramount Theatre, 10/30by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015
Comedy and talk show legend Jay Leno is headed to Aurora's Paramount Theatre for one-show-only, and he's bringing audiences along for one of the funniest nights of the fall comedy season. (more...)
East Lynne's Final 2015 Summer Tales Approachingby BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015
The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company's popular 'Tales of the Victorians,' now in its 26th year, is winding down its summer season. Take tea at a lovely inn, indulge in homemade tasty treats, and listen to stories by famous American authors like O. Henry, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Mark Twain, and Zora Neale Hurston, read by ELTC performers for only $10.00. Children are always welcome, and ages 12 and under are free. (more...)
ROWDY by Chris Madsen Wins Clemens Medalby BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015
Author Chris Madsen has added the Clemens Medal to a long list of awards for his debut title, 'Rowdy,' a true story of a 1916 yacht and the people who graced its decks over several decades including members of New York society, politicians, and the rich and famous.
The yacht was commissioned to Holland Sackett Duell in 1916 and Madsen was able to locate his daughter, Hanny Pierson, who at 93 years of age, flew from the East Coast to the West Coast to board the yacht following a six-year restoration by Madsen. From Hanny, her many descendants, and years of research at libraries, museums, historical societies, Supreme Court cases, newspaper archives, and yacht club records, Madsen was able to piece together an extraordinary story of the family and the yacht.
'The family's forefathers were amongst the first pilgrims that arrived at Plymouth,' says Madsen. 'And Holland's grandfather was instrumental in the formation in the Republican Party giving powerful speeches to Congress for the abolition of slavery, and in support of the Civil War. Holland was himself a highly decorated World War I hero and powerful attorney, New York Senator, businessman and highly respected sailor.'
'This isn't a book I would ordinarily read,' says Ron Fritsch, AiA director and reviewer for the Clemens award program. 'But once I started reading 'Rowdy', I could not put it down. It is a compelling story. The book is also beautifully produced and makes a wonderful coffee table book. The author has clearly invested a considerable sum on editing as the quality of the work is impeccable. 'Rowdy' is a deserving recipient of the Clemens Medal.'
'Rowdy' is a true life colorful 1920's historical biography full of adventure, love stories and scandals, and becomes the first book to be awarded the Clemens Medal.
An e-version of 'Rowdy' is in production. The hard cover complete with accented gold leaf stamping, blind deboss and a woven burgundy book mark ribbon reflects the story within and is available at all major online retailers including Amazon.com.
About the Clemens Award Program
The Clemens Medal is awarded to an author for a book of outstanding literary quality and design. The three elements considered for this award include:
- literary quality of work
- the cover design and to a lesser extent, interior design
- standard of editing
The award is open to all independent (self-published) authors, and authors published by a small or academic press.
The nominated title must have won an award - gold, silver or bronze - from one of the award programs recognized for their Honoring Excellence award.
2. Literary Quality
The following elements will be considered when assessing the literary quality of the nominated title. Note: not all of these elements will apply to every genre.
Plot: is the story well-constructed, is author in control of plot and making wise decisions, do events happen within the limits of the theme and genre, is final resolution credible, and does it honor the story.
Style: is the style appropriate to the theme, genre, subject matter, is the dialogue genuine and does it work effectively with the narrative, author's use of literary techniques and contentions, observance of fundamental rules such as Point Of View, accuracy of any factual material, use of language to create atmosphere, settings, characters, actions etc.
Characterization: are characters believable, well-developed, do they interact in a convincing way, is their behavior consistent with their biography and consistent throughout the story, are they revealed to the reader in an effective way through action, inner dialogue, thoughts, reactions and responses to other characters.
3.1 Cover Design
Like story and writing style, design is quite subjective. Covers also need to respond to the elements that are relevant to a particular genre. We will be considering the following aspects of cover design:
- a well written, compelling back cover copy (or description for eBook)
- a custom, polished, professional design (no templates)
- the genre or story is evident in the design
3.2 Interior Design
With regard to interior design (print version only), we are not looking for elaborate design when simplicity works just as well. The nominated title will pass this criterion if:
- the print is positioned sensibly on the page
- the page numbering starts at chapter one
- includes a copyright page with relevant content
- includes a title page(s)
The work must be edited to a very high professional standard. We accept that despite endless edits, rewrites and proofreading that some errors do slip through, and this happens with all books not just self-published books. However, such errors should be minor and limited.
About the Clemens Medal
The Clemens Medal is in honor of Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain who started his own publishing company (Charles L. Webster & Company) in 1885 to self-publish his books.
The Clemens Medal recognizes non mainstream authors ie self-published or authors published by a small or academic press who have published a book of outstanding literary quality and design.
About The Association of Independent Authors
The Association of Independent Authors (AiA) is the peak body representing, advancing, promoting and supporting independent (self-published) authors globally. Its membership spans six continents with directors based in the USA, UK, Asia, Australia and South Africa.
The AiA published a comprehensive guide to self-publishing with 80+ articles from experts in their field. Self-Publishing. Publish Your Book and Avoid the Pitfalls with Advice from Leading Experts and Experienced Authors is available exclusively in the Kindle Store. (more...)
Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy Add Second Show at Detroit's Fox Theatre, 10/17by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2015
RFD -TV is teaming up with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy to bring the We've Been Thinking Tour to Detroit for an unforgettable night of comedy. Due to popular demand, a second performance has been added. The two superstar comedians will now perform two shows at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, October 17 at 5 p.m. and the previously announced 8 p.m show. During this momentous event, both comedians will deliver a laughter-packed evening of all new material before they come together on stage for an uproarious encore you won't want to miss. (more...)
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