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Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Katori Hall, Kamilah Forbes and More Celebrate THE BLOOD QUILT Premiere at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Katori Hall, Kamilah Forbes and More Celebrate THE BLOOD QUILT Premiere at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater welcomed Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad with Event Chair and Arena Stage Board member Shawna Watley (Senior Policy Advisor with Holland & Knight) as the Honorary Chair for THE BLOOD QUILT World Premiere Celebration last night, May 7, 2015. The new play by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop, Our Lady of Kibeho) is directed by Kamilah Forbes and runs now through June 7, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. Scroll down for photos from the opening celebration! (more...)

Arena Stage Now Accepting Submissions for 2015-16 Kogod Cradle SeriesArena Stage Now Accepting Submissions for 2015-16 Kogod Cradle Series
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater is seeking proposals from playwrights, ensembles and theater companies interested in participating in the 2015/16 Kogod Cradle Series as part of the American Voices New Play Institute. Now in its fourth season, the Kogod Cradle Series supports the exploration and development of new and emerging work in the theater's intimate 200-seat Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. The application is available at http://arenastage.org/artistic-development/work-with-us/, and proposals are due June 15, 2015 for consideration for the 2015/16 season. (more...)

Rachel Bay Jones, Laura Dreyfuss & More to Join Ben Platt in New Pasek & Paul Musical at Arena StageRachel Bay Jones, Laura Dreyfuss & More to Join Ben Platt in New Pasek & Paul Musical at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Producer Edgar Dobie, announces the full cast and creative team for Dear Evan Hansen. (more...)

Dance Company 10 Hairy Legs Announces Dates, Programs for 2015 SeasonDance Company 10 Hairy Legs Announces Dates, Programs for 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

Highland Park, New Jersey --- Randy James' all male dance company, 10 Hairy Legs, returns to New York Live Arts for its third consecutive New York Season for four performances June 11 -14.   Continuing to showcase the company's extensive repertory that celebrates and explores the artistry of the male dancer, this season features 2 programs, 6 New York City Premieres, 9 works by 10 Choreographers and Live Musical Accompaniment at all performances. Robert Johnson, Dance Critic noted “…since its formation in 2012, its rapid growth has been astonishing…the diversity of this programming is a treat for audiences…this company has also become a welcome source of choreographic commissions…there aren't many repertory companies yet, but when a group like 10 Hairy Legs performs…the scenery changes and styles switch abruptly. Viewers are whisked from choreographer to choreographer; and sometimes if feels as if everyone is talking at once. Ideas richochet, the atmosphere is exhilarating.” (more...)

BWW Interviews: Talking with Actress Kerry Warren as Arena Stage Extends THE ORIGINALIST Through May 31BWW Interviews: Talking with Actress Kerry Warren as Arena Stage Extends THE ORIGINALIST Through May 31
by Jeffrey Walker - Apr 27, 2015

Arena Stage audiences cannot get enough of Justice Antonin Scalia and John Strand's new play THE ORIGINALIST which has premiered in the Kogod Cradle. Performances continue through May 3 and a second extension is scheduled to run May 19 through May 31. Directed by Molly Smith, the play stars one of Washington DC's most recognizable actors, Edward Gero as Scalia. He is joined by Kerry Warren and Harlan Work as two clerks who work for the controversial justice. Broadway World spoke with Kerry Warren about the extension and the impact THE ORIGINALIST is having on audiences. (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of AIRLINE HIGHWAYPhoto Coverage: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of AIRLINE HIGHWAY
by Jennifer Broski - Apr 24, 2015

Manhattan Theatre Club's presentation of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Airline Highway, the new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D'Amour (Detroit), directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Casa Valentina, Take Me Out), opened last night, April 23 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the whole night and you can check out photos from the red carpet theatre arrivals below! (more...)

The Old Globe to Present New Works From Flaherty, Gattelli, Hwang, LaChiusa, and More in 2015-2016 SeasonThe Old Globe to Present New Works From Flaherty, Gattelli, Hwang, LaChiusa, and More in 2015-2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2015

In its upcoming 2015-2016 season, The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego will present three world-premiere productions with multiple sophomore productions, and more. Check out the full lineup below! (more...)

Sibyl Kempson to Launch New Company With LET US NOW PRAISE SUSAN SONTAG, 4/28-5/17Sibyl Kempson to Launch New Company With LET US NOW PRAISE SUSAN SONTAG, 4/28-5/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Abrons Arts Center and 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. are pleased to present the world premiere of Sibyl Kempson's Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag (April 28-May 17), a musical meditation on the slippery nature of the photographic image. (more...)

Photo Flash: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Celebrates Opening at Arena StagePhoto Flash: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Celebrates Opening at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents the Washington, D.C. premiere of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike runs now through May 3, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Eric Coble's FAIRFIELD to Make World Premiere at Cleveland Play HouseEric Coble's FAIRFIELD to Make World Premiere at Cleveland Play House
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

Cleveland Play House's 99th season will draw to a close with an equal dose of hilarity and heart with the world premiere production of Fairfield. (more...)

Artists Rep Welcomes Director of New Play Development & DramaturgyArtists Rep Welcomes Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Artists Repertory Theatre announces the launch of its ambitious New Play Development Program by naming Luan Schooler Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy. Schooler will begin the post April 13, 2015. At the end of 2014, Artists Rep conducted a national search to find the right match for this position and the aesthetic of the theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Opening Night of Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALISTPhoto Flash: First Look at Opening Night of Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALIST
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and acclaimed D.C. actor Edward Gero stars as one of America's most brilliant and polarizing figures-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia-in the world-premiere political drama The Originalist, byCharles MacArthur Award winner and Arena Stage resident playwright John Strand. When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court? Artistic Director Molly Smith directs this daring new play, which offers a rare portrayal of a sitting Supreme Court justice, and for the first time the intimate Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle will be configured into a three-quarter thrust configuration. The Originalist runs March 6-April 26, 2015. Check out a first look at the opening night party below! (more...)

The Theatre @ Boston Court to Present MY BARKING DOGThe Theatre @ Boston Court to Present MY BARKING DOG
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

The Theatre @ Boston Court presents My Barking Dog, by Eric Coble, directed by Michael Michetti. Opening night is Saturday, April 25, 2015 on the Main Stage at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Avenue. (more...)

Arena Stage Extends Political Drama THE ORIGINALIST Through 5/3Arena Stage Extends Political Drama THE ORIGINALIST Through 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

John Strand's new political drama The Originalist, based on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, will receive eight additional performances during its world-premiere run at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The play, which stars four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and acclaimed D.C. actor Edward Gero as the Justice and is under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith, now runs through May 3, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Arena's World Premiere of THE ORIGINALIST Packs a PunchBWW Reviews: Arena's World Premiere of THE ORIGINALIST Packs a Punch
by Jennifer Perry - Mar 21, 2015

It's likely of little surprise to anyone that follows the workings of the highest court in our nation that any legal battle situation involving conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and an opponent is ripe for theatricalization. Arena Stage's resident playwright John Strand has done just that with his world premiere play, THE ORIGINALIST. However, the play he wrote is not the one we all might expect. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Edward Gero and More in Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALISTPhoto Flash: First Look at Edward Gero and More in Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALIST
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and acclaimed D.C. actor Edward Gero stars as one of America's most brilliant and polarizing figures-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia-in the world-premiere political drama The Originalist, by Charles MacArthur Award winner and Arena Stage resident playwright John Strand. The Originalist runs now through April 26, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Tonye Patano, Afi Bijou & More to Star in Katori Hall's THE BLOOD QUILT at Arena Stage; All-Female Cast SetTonye Patano, Afi Bijou & More to Star in Katori Hall's THE BLOOD QUILT at Arena Stage; All-Female Cast Set
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall returns to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater with the world premiere of her most personal project to date-the fierce comedy-drama The Blood Quilt. Hall is an inaugural resident playwright of Arena Stage's American Voices New Play Institute, and The Blood Quilt is one of three plays from Hall receiving world premieres around the country this season. Hall reunites with director and Howard University alumna Kamilah Forbes (artistic director of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival) following their Broadway collaboration on The Mountaintop. The Blood Quilt runs April 24-June 7, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Nick Payne's INCOGNITO & Nick Jones' IMPORTANT HATS Added to MTC's 2015-16 SeasonNick Payne's INCOGNITO & Nick Jones' IMPORTANT HATS Added to MTC's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) just announced two productions for Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming 2015-2016 theatrical season. MTC's Off-Broadway season at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street) will feature the American premiere of Incognito by Nick Payne, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes and Important Hats of the Twentieth Century, the world premiere comedy by Nick Jones, directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad to Chair Arena Stage's THE BLOOD QUILT Premiere Celebration This MayPhylicia Rashad to Chair Arena Stage's THE BLOOD QUILT Premiere Celebration This May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad will join Event Chair and Arena Stage Board member Shawna Watley (Senior Policy Advisor with Holland & Knight) as the Honorary Chair for The Blood Quilt World Premiere Celebration on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The new play by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop, Our Lady of Kibeho) is directed by Kamilah Forbes and runs April 24-June 7, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

SPAMALOT, THE LION, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and More Set for Geva Theatre's 2015-16 SeasonSPAMALOT, THE LION, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and More Set for Geva Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Four productions still remain in Geva Theatre Center's 42nd Season: A Body of Water, Lee Blessing's play of memory and identity; The Mountaintop, a reimagining of Martin Luther King's last night on earth; the world premiere of Cass Morgan's journey to discover her roots - The Road to Where; and the season's grand finale, the laugh-out-loud comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The 2014-2015 Season continued Geva's innovative efforts to connect patrons and artists and art with the community. The 2015-2016 Season will continue to build on that and also usher in a new era as Geva's historic home begins to undergo renovation and transformation. (more...)

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