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Moises Kaufman Receives Arena Stage's American Artist Award TonightMoises Kaufman Receives Arena Stage's American Artist Award Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will present the American Artist Award to Tony and Emmy Award-nominated director and playwright Moises Kaufman. The award will be presented tonight, November 10, 2016 as part of the opening night celebration for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Carousel, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith. (more...)

William Peace Theatre to Present THE LARAMIE PROJECT This NovemberWilliam Peace Theatre to Present THE LARAMIE PROJECT This November
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

Just weeks before Matthew Shepard would have celebrated his 40th birthday, William Peace Theatre honors his life and the struggle of LGBTQ Americans with a special production of The Laramie Project, November 10 - 20, 2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Sarah Celec of THE LARAMIE PROJECT at Shenandoah UniversityBWW Interview: Sarah Celec of THE LARAMIE PROJECT at Shenandoah University
by Christopher Castanho - Nov 9, 2016

In October of 1998 Matthew Shepard, a twenty-one-year-old University student was kidnapped, beaten, and left to die on a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. The reason for his killing: he was gay. One of the first murders to be labeled a hate crime, it brought attention the lack of 'hate crime protection' several states possessed. Five weeks after his death, Moises Kaufman and other members of the Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and interviewed its citizens for a whole year after the event. This is the true story of how residents in Laramie, Wyoming reacted to the murder of Matthew Shepard. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater's PLAYFEST: AFTER PULSE OpensOrlando Shakespeare Theater's PLAYFEST: AFTER PULSE Opens
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

This season's PlayFest lineup will be dedicated to new works that have a direct correlation to themes relating to the Pulse shooting that took place in Orlando on June 12, 2016. The groundbreaking new works will include Israel Horovitz's The Day Before Yesterday, Karen Zacarias'Native Gardens, Allison Gregory's Motherland, Lee Blessing's Minneapolis/St. Paul, and John Biguenet's Ever After.   (more...)

William Peace Theatre to Present THE LARAMIE PROJECT This NovemberWilliam Peace Theatre to Present THE LARAMIE PROJECT This November
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

Just weeks before Matthew Shepard would have celebrated his 40th birthday, William Peace Theatre honors his life and the struggle of LGBTQ Americans with a special production of The Laramie Project, November 10 - 20, 2016. (more...)

Jane Fonda and Zach Grenier, Original Cast of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Laura Benanti and More Slated for TECTONIC AT 25!Jane Fonda and Zach Grenier, Original Cast of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Laura Benanti and More Slated for TECTONIC AT 25!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

Tectonic Theater Project has announced the performance lineup for Tectonic At 25!, a benefit performance celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking theater. (more...)

Investigation Discovery Launches Advocacy Campaign 'Stop Hate In Your State'Investigation Discovery Launches Advocacy Campaign 'Stop Hate In Your State'
by TV News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Building on the success of Investigation Discovery's (ID) acclaimed documentary series HATE IN AMERICA, the network announced, today on the anniversary of the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act being signed into law - the launch of a new advocacy campaign, 'Stop Hate in Your State' (more...)

Titles and Casts Announced for Orlando Shakespeare Theater's PLAYFEST: AFTER PULSETitles and Casts Announced for Orlando Shakespeare Theater's PLAYFEST: AFTER PULSE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF invites audiences to take a risk on new plays at PlayFest presented by Harriett's Charitable Trust from November 3 - 6, 2016. This year's four-day event titled PlayFest: After Pulse will feature six new plays that explore issues surrounding the Pulse tragedy. Tickets to individual PlayFest readings ($10) may be purchased online at www.orlandoshakes.org, by phone at (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). PlayFest Passes ($49) and PlayFest VIP Passes ($100) are on sale now and may be purchased by phone or in person. (more...)

Moises Kaufman to Receive Arena Stage's American Artist AwardMoises Kaufman to Receive Arena Stage's American Artist Award
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will present the American Artist Award to Tony and Emmy Award-nominated director and playwright Moises Kaufman. The award will be presented Thursday, November 10, 2016 as part of the opening night celebration for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Carousel, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith. (more...)

GayCo Announces its 20th Anniversary Show at Second CityGayCo Announces its 20th Anniversary Show at Second City
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

When they began, they couldn't get married, serve openly in the military, adopt, or have federally recognized unions thanks to the brand new Defense of Marriage Act. Matthew Shepard was still alive. AIDs was still a serious threat. Ellen was in the closet and Will & Grace was two years away. (more...)

Vocal Arts Ensemble Announces Details for Upcoming SeasonVocal Arts Ensemble Announces Details for Upcoming Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble (VAE), the city's premier professional choral ensemble, announces the details of its 37th season, the fourth under Grammy Award-winning Music Director Craig Hella Johnson. (more...)

CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPHARD A Major New Work To Be Released September 9CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPHARD A Major New Work To Be Released September 9
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

On September 9, 2016, Harmonia Mundi will release 'Considering Matthew Shepard,' composed and conducted by Grammy-winner Craig Hella Johnson, Founder and Artistic Director of Conspirare, Austin's acclaimed world-class professional choir. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Announces Titles for PlayFest 2016Orlando Shakespeare Theater Announces Titles for PlayFest 2016
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF invites audiences to take a risk on new plays at PlayFest presented by Harriett's Charitable Trust from November 3 - 6, 2016. This year's four-day event titled PlayFest: After Pulse will feature six new plays that explore issues surrounding the Pulse tragedy. (more...)

CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPHARD A Major New Work To Be Released September 9CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPHARD A Major New Work To Be Released September 9
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

On September 9, 2016, Harmonia Mundi will release 'Considering Matthew Shepard,' composed and conducted by Grammy-winner Craig Hella Johnson, Founder and Artistic Director of Conspirare, Austin's acclaimed world-class professional choir. (more...)

Vocal Arts Ensemble Announces Details for Upcoming SeasonVocal Arts Ensemble Announces Details for Upcoming Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble (VAE), the city's premier professional choral ensemble, announces the details of its 37th season, the fourth under Grammy Award-winning Music Director Craig Hella Johnson. (more...)

BWW Review:  STRUCK at NJ Rep is Engaging and IntriguingBWW Review: STRUCK at NJ Rep is Engaging and Intriguing
by Marina Kennedy - Jul 4, 2016

See 'STRUCK' at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch through July 31st. This intriguing show is written by Sandy Rustin, directed by Don Stephenson and features a stellar cast. (more...)

Marco Calvani's MASPETH Set for Planet Connections Theatre Festivity TomorrowMarco Calvani's MASPETH Set for Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity helps close out Gay Pride Month with a reading of Marco Calvani's drama Maspeth, presented on Thursday, June 30 at 8pm at the Paradise Factory, located at 64 East 4th Street. The reading is directed by Shira-Lee Shalit, with a cast that includes Christina Toth, Evgeniya Radilova and Alexander Hodge. Joe Dolce, former editor in chief of Details and Star magazines and journalist for many of the world's leading publications, including The New York Times, is hosting a Talk Back session after the production. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at NJ Rep's STRUCKPhoto Flash: First Look at NJ Rep's STRUCK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

The World Premiere of STRUCK by Sandy Rustin is just around the corner. Previews begin next Today at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Randi Driscoll to Lead Starry REINVENTION Benefit for The Seeing PlaceRandi Driscoll to Lead Starry REINVENTION Benefit for The Seeing Place
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Singer/Songwriter sensation Randi Driscoll calls together friends from Broadway to benefit up-and-coming actor-driven ensemble, The Seeing Place. The show, 'Reinvention' touches on the immense challenge put before us when life throws us struggles we're not sure we have the strength to face. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at NJ Rep's STRUCKPhoto Flash: First Look at NJ Rep's STRUCK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

The World Premiere of STRUCK by Sandy Rustin is just around the corner. Previews begin next Thursday at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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