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Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALIST, About Justice Antonin Scalia, Available On-DemandArena Stage's THE ORIGINALIST, About Justice Antonin Scalia, Available On-Demand
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Following a world-premiere televised broadcast on THIRTEEN's Theater Close-Up, John Strand's 'The Originalist', captured live on-stage from Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C., is available to stream on-demand at vimeo.com/ondemand/TheOriginalist. (more...)

THE ORIGINALIST Announces Post-Show Panelists at Arena StageTHE ORIGINALIST Announces Post-Show Panelists at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will host special post-show conversations with notable guest panelists during the run of John Strand's critically-acclaimed political drama The Originalist, based on the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. (more...)

Arena Stage Release to Host Exclusive Wine Auction 10/3Arena Stage Release to Host Exclusive Wine Auction 10/3
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Arena Stage will host the theater's first live wine auction on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St., SW). The premier wine auction is helmed by event co-chairs Judith N. Batty, Arena Stage board chair, and board member Sandra E. Taylor. (more...)

Northlight Announces Changes to Upcoming SeasonNorthlight Announces Changes to Upcoming Season
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces the addition of Cry It Out, written by Molly Smith Metzler, to close its 43rd season, May 10 - June 17, 2018. The previously announced The Legend of Georgia McBride, directed by Lauren Shouse, has been re-scheduled to open the season, playing September 14 - October 22, 2017, replacing Bruce Graham's Sanctions.  (more...)

VBWFF Announces Film Selections, Burt Reynolds Legend AwardVBWFF Announces Film Selections, Burt Reynolds Legend Award
by Movies News Desk - May 23, 2017

The Second Annual Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival (VBWFF) has announced the official selections for the 2017 event, held June 8-11 at various screening locations in Vero Beach, FL. (more...)

Ben Platt, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, OSLO & More Win at the Drama League Awards!Ben Platt, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, OSLO & More Win at the Drama League Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

This afternoon, Broadway's brightest gathered at the Marriott Marquis Times Square to celebrate this years Drama League Awards nominees for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. (more...)

Scalia Drama THE ORIGINALIST to Return to Arena Stage This JulyScalia Drama THE ORIGINALIST to Return to Arena Stage This July
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Fresh off a cross-country tour, John Strand's critically-acclaimed political drama The Originalist, based on the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, returns to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith. (more...)

DEAR EVAN HANSEN Will Launch National Tour from Denver Next Fall!DEAR EVAN HANSEN Will Launch National Tour from Denver Next Fall!
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Denver Center for the Performing Arts and producer Stacey Mindich just announced that the national tour of DEAR EVAN HANSEN will launch in Denver in October of 2018, kicking off the 2018/19 DCPA Broadway season.  Nominated for nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical, DEAR EVAN HANSEN with a book by Tony® nominee Steven Levenson, score by Academy Award winners and Tony® nominees Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and directed by four-time Tony® nominee Michael Greif, will play The Buell Theatre.  Information regarding on-sale dates and tickets will be announced at a later time. To sign up to receive alerts go to Denvercenter.org  or visit DearEvanHansen.com. (more...)

2017 Helen Hayes Award Winners Announced!2017 Helen Hayes Award Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

BroadwayWorld has a full list of the Helen Hayes Awards winners updating LIVE below! Named for actor Helen Hayes - a Washington native and legendary First Lady of the American Theatre - the Helen Hayes Awards celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington region and has become a hallmark recognized by theatre makers and theatre lovers far beyond Washington D.C. (more...)

Jacqueline Goldfinger's THE ARSONISTS to Launch NNPN Rolling World Premiere in PhiladelphiaJacqueline Goldfinger's THE ARSONISTS to Launch NNPN Rolling World Premiere in Philadelphia
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, celebrates the opening of The Arsonists by Jacqueline Goldfinger, its 67th Rolling World Premiere. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside An Evening with Bebe Neuwirth at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Inside An Evening with Bebe Neuwirth at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater hoted An Evening with Bebe Neuwirth on Monday, May 1, 2017. The exclusive benefit features the presentation of the second annual Beth Newburger Schwartz Award to Arena Stage Emeritus Trustee Arlene R. Kogod. The evening, helmed by event chair Susan Haas Bralove and diplomatic chair His Excellency Bjorn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden, includes a VIP cocktail reception, three-course seated dinner, one-night-only performance and post-show music, wine and dessert reception. (more...)

OriginKC: New Works Festival to Welcome Major Artistic Leaders for Festival WeekendOriginKC: New Works Festival to Welcome Major Artistic Leaders for Festival Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Kansas City Repertory Theatre elevates its profile in the national theatre community with the second annual OriginKC: NEW WORKS FESTIVAL. In addition to a striking lineup of playwrights and directors for this year's festival, an impressive list of arts leaders from preeminent regional theaters across the country will be attending the Festival Weekend, May 12-13.  (more...)

VIDEO: Behind-the-Scenes of THE ORIGINALIST at Pasadena PlayhouseVIDEO: Behind-the-Scenes of THE ORIGINALIST at Pasadena Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Apr 27, 2017

THE ORIGINALIST, by John Strand (Charles MacArthur Award-winning Lovers and Executioners), directed by Molly Smith (Camp David and Artistic Director of Arena Stage), and starring four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Edward Gero (Goodman Theatre's Red), tells the story about a liberal law student's nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Antonin Scalia. THE ORIGINALIST, a co-production with Asolo Repertory Theatre, is now playing through May 7, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: Arena Stage's Intellectuals Open SMART PEOPLEPhoto Flash: Arena Stage's Intellectuals Open SMART PEOPLE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Four intellectuals-a doctor, an actress, a psychologist and a neurobiologist studying the human brain's response to race-search for love, acceptance and identity in Lydia R. Diamond's comedy-drama Smart People, which makes its D.C. debut at Arena Stage. Set against the backdrop of Obama's 2008 election, Diamond's fiercely funny play explores the unavoidable nature of cultural bias. Deputy Artistic Director Seema Sueko makes her Arena Stage directorial debut with this "sexy, serious and very, very funny modern-day comedy of manners" (Variety). Smart People runs April 14-May 21, 2017 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Breaking: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, GREAT COMET & More Earn Drama League Awards Nominations; Check Out the Full List!Breaking: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, GREAT COMET & More Earn Drama League Awards Nominations; Check Out the Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

The Drama League has announced the 2017 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. Scroll down for the full list of nominees! (more...)

Court Theatre to present the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and Arena Stage production of THE ORIGINALISTCourt Theatre to present the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and Arena Stage production of THE ORIGINALIST
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

Under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Stephen J. Albert, Executive Director,Court Theatre announces that it will present the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and Arena Stage production of The Originalistby John Strand, featuring Edward Gero as Antonin Scalia and directed by Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith, to conclude its 63rd season. As previously announced, the production will run May 10 - June 10, 2018 at Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis Avenue, Chicago. (more...)

VOICES OF NOW Festival to Showcase Young Artists at Arena StageVOICES OF NOW Festival to Showcase Young Artists at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will host the Voices of Now Festival, a four-day event featuring original works of theater written and performed by 10 different youth ensembles. (more...)

Photo Flash: A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Starring Will Cobbs and Dawn Ursula, Celebrates Opening at Arena StagePhoto Flash: A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Starring Will Cobbs and Dawn Ursula, Celebrates Opening at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

The 'play that changed American theater forever' (New York Times) comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater for the first time ever this spring. Due to popular demand, the production has been extended for one week with eight additional performances, running now through May 7, 2017 in the Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Edward Gero On the Current State of the Arts, Judge Scalia, Nixon & Shakespeare Cohort KeachBWW Interview: Edward Gero On the Current State of the Arts, Judge Scalia, Nixon & Shakespeare Cohort Keach
by Gil Kaan - Apr 7, 2017

John Strand's THE ORIGINALIST had its world premiere in 2015 at The Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. with the titular role of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia played by the critically acclaimed Edward Gero. Edward reprises his role at The Pasadena Playhouse's starting April 11. I made the most out of the opportunity to put Edward on the stand to cross-examine him on what it means to portray one of the most polarizing judges in U.S. history. (more...)

Playwrights' Center Welcomes New Managing DirectorPlaywrights' Center Welcomes New Managing Director
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

The Playwrights' Center today announced that Robert Chelimsky will join the organization as managing director, effective May 1, 2017. Chelimsky most recently served as managing director of Epic Theatre Ensemble in New York. (more...)

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