Naomi Iizuka News

HOOKMAN an Existential Slasher Comedy Comes to Steep TheatreHOOKMAN an Existential Slasher Comedy Comes to Steep Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Her mother warned her about the treacherous hook-handed man hiding in the back seat, but only after a tragic accident could Lexi see the real threat of the hookman. The bitingly funny, edge-of-your-seat scary Hookman is a lethally sharp slasher comedy about grief, adolescence, and the power of the stories we tell each other and ourselves.  (more...)

Artists' Rep Welcomes Andrea Stolowitz as New Lacroute Playwright-in-ResidenceArtists' Rep Welcomes Andrea Stolowitz as New Lacroute Playwright-in-Residence
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Artists Repertory Theatre announces that Ronni Lacroute, longtime Artists Rep sponsor and Portland arts patron, has committed to funding a five-year patronage for local award-winning playwright and Artists Rep Resident Artist Andrea Stolowitz. (more...)

Victory Gardens to Present World Premiere of QUEEN by Madhuri ShekarVictory Gardens to Present World Premiere of QUEEN by Madhuri Shekar
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42nd season with the World Premiere of Queen, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Joanie Schultz. (more...)

Lauren Gunderson's New Work FATALES to Headline 40th Annual Bay Area Playwrights FestivalLauren Gunderson's New Work FATALES to Headline 40th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Playwrights Foundation (PF) Artistic Director Amy Mueller has announced a year-long celebration of its illustrious 40-year legacy discovering and supporting unknown playwrights, who have gone on to become some of the most important contemporary voices of American theater. Playwrights Foundation kicks off the 40th Anniversary celebration with its flagship event, the annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF) July 14 - 23, 2017 at Custom Made Theatre, San Francisco CA. (more...)

The 40th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival Begins 7/14The 40th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival Begins 7/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

Playwrights Foundation (PF) Artistic Director Amy Mueller has announced a year-long celebration of its illustrious 40-year legacy discovering and supporting unknown playwrights, who have gone on to become some of the most important contemporary voices of American theater.  Playwrights Foundation kicks off the 40th Anniversary celebration with its flagship event, the annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF) July 14 - 23, 2017 at Custom Made Theatre, San Francisco CA.  The Festival is a two-week celebration of playwriting during which six new plays, selected from over 500 submissions, are performed as staged readings with top Bay Area actors, offering audiences an intimate experience of engaging with the creative process.  Tickets go on sale June 1st.  For more information, visit our new website, playwrightsfoundation.org. (more...)

FUN HOME, MIES JULIE and More Lead Victory Gardens 2017-18 SeasonFUN HOME, MIES JULIE and More Lead Victory Gardens 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, announces the lineup for its 2017-2018 Season. Victory Gardens' 43rd Season will include the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron; the Chicago premieres of Fade, a co-production with Teatro Vista, by Tanya Saracho, and Mies Julie, a contemporary reworking of August Strindberg's classic Miss Julie by Yael Farber, as well as the world premieres of Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate by Antoinette Nwandu and Doing It by Boo Killebrew. (more...)

Theatre of Note presents the World Premieres of RED HELEN & SUPPERTheatre of Note presents the World Premieres of RED HELEN & SUPPER
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Theatre of NOTE announces two world premieres plays running in repertory-RED HELEN,written by Jennifer Barclay and directed by Bill Voorhees & SUPPER, written by Phinneas Kiyomura and directed by Alina Phelan. RED HELEN will preview Friday, March 24 at 8pm, and will open on Thursday, March 30 at 8pm and run through Saturday, May 20, 2017. . SUPPER will preview Saturday, April 1 at 8pm, and will open on Thursday, April 6 at 8pm and run through Saturday, May 20, 2017 - both at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N Cahuenga Blvd (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood. (more...)

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Announces 2017-2018 SeasonCincinnati Playhouse in the Park Announces 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park announced today an exciting season of extravagant stage adaptations, powerhouse productions and world premieres, beginning with an adaptation of the Oscar-winning film SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE opening Sept. 2. (more...)

A WONDER IN MY SOUL World Premiere Extends at Victory GardensA WONDER IN MY SOUL World Premiere Extends at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels announce a one-week extension to the World Premiere, hit production of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Chay Yew, with music direction by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul will now run through March 19, 2017 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Madhuri Shekar's QUEEN to Make World Premiere at Victory Gardens TheaterMadhuri Shekar's QUEEN to Make World Premiere at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42nd season with the World Premiere of Queen, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Joanie Schultz. Queen runs April 14 - May 14, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

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UC Berkeley to Present Naomi Iizuka's POLAROID STORIESUC Berkeley to Present Naomi Iizuka's POLAROID STORIES
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

This Spring, UC Berkeley's Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS) presents Naomi Iizuka's Polaroid Stories, an eye-opening depiction of the lives of street youth woven together with tales from Ovid's Metamorphoses. (more...)

Works by Kimber Lee, Jen Silverman and More on Tap for MTC's Ted Snowdon Reading SeriesWorks by Kimber Lee, Jen Silverman and More on Tap for MTC's Ted Snowdon Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the lineup for this spring's Ted Snowdon Reading Series, formerly titled the Ernst C. Stiefel Reading Series. (more...)

Keen Teens Series to Continue with AND...ACTION and More This SpringKeen Teens Series to Continue with AND...ACTION and More This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company will present the Eleventh Season of Keen Teens. This season's offerings will be And... Action by Eleanor Burgess directed by Julie Kramer; Rat Court by Boo Killebrew, directed by Daisy Walker; and Tilda Swinton Betrayed Us by A. Rey Pamatmat, directed by Zi Alikhan. (more...)

Marcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory GardensMarcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew, with original music by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul runs February 10 - March 12, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

World Premiere of HOW TO USE A KNIFE at Unicorn TheatreWorld Premiere of HOW TO USE A KNIFE at Unicorn Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Will Snider's How to Use a Knife is a world premiere play bursting with energy, secrets and suspense. It isn't easy running a busy restaurant kitchen in New York City, but it may be the last chance Chef George gets to turn his life around. (more...)

Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Company to Present THE TEMPESTOddfellows Playhouse Teen Company to Present THE TEMPEST
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

The Tempest will be performed at Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater, 128 Washington St. by the Teen Company opening on January 26th and closing on February 4th. (more...)

Two NNPN Rolling World Premieres in Conversation in Indianapolis and PhiladelphiaTwo NNPN Rolling World Premieres in Conversation in Indianapolis and Philadelphia
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, is supporting two plays that reflect on experiences of the Rwandan genocide through its Rolling World Premieres program. How to Use a Knife by Will Snider and Dogs of Rwanda by Sean Christopher Lewis each offer a look into the intersections of identity, truth-telling, and accountability through stories that ask what it means to be human in a world of deep and pervasive ethnic conflict. (more...)

Victory Gardens Will Take Part in THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECTVictory Gardens Will Take Part in THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels announce Victory Gardens Theater's participation in The Ghostlight Project, an evening of advocacy at theater companies across the country. (more...)

Borderlands Theater Proudly Presents GUERA: A Daring and Truthful ExperienceBorderlands Theater Proudly Presents GUERA: A Daring and Truthful Experience
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Borderlands Theater proudly presents Guera written and performed by Lisandra Tena. International director Rebeca Mayorga directs. Guera runs February 1-12, 2017. (more...)

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