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Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of OUR WAR at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Inside Opening Night of OUR WAR at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

In a bold undertaking as part of the company's involvement with the multi-year, multi-city National Civil War Project, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has commissioned Our War, a dynamic new theatrical event and collection of short stories that explores-through diverse perspectives-the historical memory and present-day reverberations of the U.S. Civil War. The series launched on October 21 and continues through November 9, 2014. BroadwayWorld has a first look at opening night below! (more...)

KING OF THE YEES Set for UNC's Process Series, 11/6-7KING OF THE YEES Set for UNC's Process Series, 11/6-7
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2014

The Process Series at UNC will feature an engaging new work by an acclaimed playwright in November. Commissioned by the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Lauren Yee's King of the Yees will be performed November 6 and 7, 2014, at 8:00pm in Studio 6 of Swain Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill. The performance is free and open to the public with a $5 suggested donation. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Factory Theatre Laid to Rest with LANGUAGE OF ANGELSBWW Reviews: Factory Theatre Laid to Rest with LANGUAGE OF ANGELS
by Nancy Grossman - Oct 24, 2014

Happy Medium Theatre starts its sixth season by ending the run of the Factory Theatre with LANGUAGE OF ANGELS, a testament to the ambience and creative possibilities of the soon-to-be-defunct space. Director Lizette M. Morris does a masterful job of building and prolonging the suspense, with a strong assist from her design team and ensemble cast. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at OUR WAR at Arena StagePhoto Flash: First Look at OUR WAR at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

In a bold undertaking as part of the company's involvement with the multi-year, multi-city National Civil War Project, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has commissioned Our War, a dynamic new theatrical event and collection of short stories that explores-through diverse perspectives-the historical memory and present-day reverberations of the U.S. Civil War. The series launched on October 21 and continues through November 9, 2014. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Juliana Nash, Nell Benjamin, Nathan Jackson, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Greg Pierce and More Among MTC's Alfred P. Sloan CommissionsJuliana Nash, Nell Benjamin, Nathan Jackson, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Greg Pierce and More Among MTC's Alfred P. Sloan Commissions
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) announce recent recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiative commissions for Manhattan Theatre Club. The commissioned writers are Jeff Augustin (Little Children Dream of God), Courtney Baron (A Very Common Procedure) and Juliana Nash (Murder Ballad), Nell Benjamin (The Explorers Club), Madeline George (The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence), Tom Holloway (And No More Shall We Part), Nathan Jackson (Broke-ology), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon), Greg Pierce (Slowgirl), and Alexandra Wood (The Initiate). (more...)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, MSNBC's Chris Matthews and More Join OUR WAR, Beginning Tonight at Arena StageJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, MSNBC's Chris Matthews and More Join OUR WAR, Beginning Tonight at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

In a bold undertaking as part of the company's involvement with the multi-year, multi-city National Civil War Project, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has commissioned Our War, a dynamic new theatrical event and collection of short stories that explores-through diverse perspectives-the historical memory and present-day reverberations of the U.S. Civil War. The series launches today, October 21, and continues through November 9, 2014. (more...)

My Way to RoundaboutMy Way to Roundabout
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Oct 7, 2014

In Haiti, at night, entire villages gather around fires and candlelight to listen to folklore whispered by a single storyteller. My family carried that tradition with them to the states, where my six older siblings and I grew up listening to magical and fantastical stories, many based on religious and voodoo figures. I never knew what was real or supernatural, or if the supernatural was just as real as I. In these stories, characters were constantly running from their family and their land in search for a new identity. But in a world where spirits, deities, and God guide life, these characters were bound to their destinies. (more...)

Photo Flash: Arena Stage's OUR WAR Meets the PressPhoto Flash: Arena Stage's OUR WAR Meets the Press
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

In a bold undertaking as part of the company's involvement with the multi-year, multi-city National Civil War Project, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has commissioned Our War, a dynamic new theatrical event and collection of short stories that explores-through diverse perspectives-the historical memory and present-day reverberations of the U.S. Civil War. The company just met the press, and BroadwayWorld has photos below! (more...)

Arena Stage Announces Winners For OUR WAR Monologue Contest; Reading Set for 11/6Arena Stage Announces Winners For OUR WAR Monologue Contest; Reading Set for 11/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

In June, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announced a national call for three-minute monologues held in conjunction with the world premiere of Our War, a dynamic new theatrical event and collection of short stories by 25 esteemed playwrights that explores--through diverse perspectives--the historical memory and present-day reverberations of the U.S. Civil War. The open monologue contest inspired by Our War brought in more than 150 entries from around the world, and the theater is pleased to announce the three winning monologues: Tree by Dave Lankford of New York, NY; Mary/Marcus by Sarah Pitard of London, UK; and The Peacock's War by Lisa Sillaway of Wichita, KS. (more...)

Theatre School at DePaul University to Present IN THE HEIGHTS, 10/1-12Theatre School at DePaul University to Present IN THE HEIGHTS, 10/1-12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

The Theatre School at DePaul University will present IN THE HEIGHTS, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, in the Fullerton Stage Theatre in the new Theatre School building located at Racine and Fullerton. The production, directed by Lisa Portes, premieres on Friday, October 3, and runs through Sunday, October 12, 2014. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Previews are on October 1 and 2, at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Happy Medium Theatre to Open Sixth Season with LANGUAGE OF ANGELS, 10/23-11/1Happy Medium Theatre to Open Sixth Season with LANGUAGE OF ANGELS, 10/23-11/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Happy Medium Theatre (HMT) opens its 6th season with Language of Angels by Naomi Iizuka. Heading up the production is award-winning and widely-praised Boston Fringe director, Lizette M. Morris (DOG SEES GOD: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, HMT, Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Fringe Production). The production runs for two weeks (October 23rd - Nov. 1st, 2014) as the final show at the Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02118. (more...)

BWW Previews: Actors Theatre Raises Curtain on 2014-2015 SeasonBWW Previews: Actors Theatre Raises Curtain on 2014-2015 Season
by Todd Zeigler - Sep 4, 2014

If you're looking for a common theme or idea around which Actors Theatre builds its season, you won't find one. At least not a conscious one, according to Artistic Director Les Waters. (more...)

HomeGrown Theatre to Present POLAROID STORIES, Begin. 9/12HomeGrown Theatre to Present POLAROID STORIES, Begin. 9/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

HomeGrown Theatre begins its 2014-15 season this September with Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka. Iizuka's 1997 deconstruction of Ovid's Metamorphoses sets the historic cannon of Greek Mythology in the streets of the present day urban United States and fills the roles of gods and goddesses with a cast of disenfranchised street dwellers and travelers. Polaroid Stories confronts these tales of morality with nontraditional definitions of love, change and control through the hard-hitting language and action of 20th century street life and social decay. (more...)

GENERATIONS, WASHETERIA and More Set for Soho Rep.'s 2014-15 SeasonGENERATIONS, WASHETERIA and More Set for Soho Rep.'s 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Sarah Benson and Executive Director Cynthia Flowers, Soho Rep. has continually produced work by bold artists who harness the intimate power of a 73-seat black box theater to create transformative experiences. Soho Rep.'s 2014-15 season, announced today, comprises three new works that each speak to the civic power of theater through their own distinctive form. (more...)

36 VIEWS to Play Severson Theatre, 9/11-2836 VIEWS to Play Severson Theatre, 9/11-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Closing the 50th anniversary season is 36 Views, Naomi Iizuka's intelligent, intricate, and imaginative look into the world of art and relationships. It plays in the Severson Theatre in Santa Maria September 11 - 28. (more...)

Kelly Renee Armstrong, Ricardo Frederick Evans, John Lescault & More Set for Arena Stage's OUR WARKelly Renee Armstrong, Ricardo Frederick Evans, John Lescault & More Set for Arena Stage's OUR WAR
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

In a bold undertaking as part of the company's involvement with the multi-year, multi-city National Civil War Project, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has commissioned Our War, a dynamic new theatrical event and collection of short stories that explores-through diverse perspectives-the historical memory and present-day reverberations of the U.S. Civil War. (more...)

Cygnet Theatre and Playwrights Project to Present Third Annual New Play Festival, 11/7-9Cygnet Theatre and Playwrights Project to Present Third Annual New Play Festival, 11/7-9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Cygnet Theatre, in collaboration with Playwrights Project, is proud to present the third annual Playwrights in Process: New Play Festival. Cygnet Theatre has long been committed to celebrating human stories through the medium of live theatre. Playwrights in Process will present four readings of new plays by selected Southern California playwrights. The four winning plays were selected from more than 160 submissions - more than triple the number from last year - with three of the playwrights coming from the San Diego region. (more...)

Leigh Silverman, Mark Brokaw, Juliette Carillo & More Set for Sundance Institute's Theatre Directors Retreat in FranceLeigh Silverman, Mark Brokaw, Juliette Carillo & More Set for Sundance Institute's Theatre Directors Retreat in France
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Sundance Institute and the LUMA Foundation today announced that the two organizations will again collaborate to host the second Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors Retreat in Arles, France, July 29 through August 11. The Retreat is one of 10 residential programs hosted by Sundance Institute this summer, collectively representing 15 weeks of support and mentorship for promising independent artists in theatre and film from the United States and around the world. (more...)

Center Stage's Digital Theater Project MY AMERICA to Screen as Feature Length Film on Fandor, 7/4; Hits IFC Center, 7/9Center Stage's Digital Theater Project MY AMERICA to Screen as Feature Length Film on Fandor, 7/4; Hits IFC Center, 7/9
by Movies News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

Center Stage previously announced that its acclaimed digital theater project My America has become a feature length film that will premiere on July 4, 2014, exclusively through streaming service Fandor, followed by a special July 9 screening at the IFC center in New York City. (more...)

American Blues Theater Hosts Benefit Performance of Multi-Award Winning GROUNDED, 6/21American Blues Theater Hosts Benefit Performance of Multi-Award Winning GROUNDED, 6/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and American Blues Theater, Chicago's second oldest Equity ensemble, are proud to announce the Saturday, June 21 performance of Grounded, by George Brant and directed by Lisa Portes, at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is a benefit performance for Children of War Foundation. Proceeds from the performance will go directly to surgery and medical treatment for Shah Bibi Tarakhail, an Afghan Child Affected by War. The running time is approximately 80 minutes. Grounded runs through July 13. The performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $19 - $49 and are available at 773.404.7336 or americanbluestheater.com. (more...)

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