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American Theater Company Artistic Director PJ Paparelli Dies at 40American Theater Company Artistic Director PJ Paparelli Dies at 40
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

The Chicago Tribune writes that PJ Paparelli, artistic director of Chicago's American Theater Company for seven years, died today, May 21, 2015 following a car accident while on vacation in Scotland earlier this week. He was 40. (more...)

The Theatre Group at SBCC Sets 2015-16 Season: THE MUSIC MAN, IN THE NEXT ROOM & MoreThe Theatre Group at SBCC Sets 2015-16 Season: THE MUSIC MAN, IN THE NEXT ROOM & More
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

The Theatre Group at SBCC is excited to announce the upcoming 2015-2016 season which be our 70th Anniversary. (more...)

Sideshow Theatre Company Sets Full 2015-16 SeasonSideshow Theatre Company Sets Full 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce its full 2015/16 Season, beginning this fall with the world premiere of Hansol Jung's surreal and mischievous new comedy NO MORE SAD THINGS, directed by Elly Green. Next winter, the season continues with another world premiere, David Jacobi's chilling new drama MAI DANG LAO directed by artistic associate Marti Lyons. The season concludes next spring with CAUGHT, a new, head-spinning collaboration with playwright Christopher Chen, Chicago's Xiong Art Gallery and director Seth Bockley. All three productions will be presented at Chicago's Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., where Sideshow continues its multi-year residency. For additional information and updates, visit www.sideshowtheatre.org. (more...)

Keen Company Sets Ninth Season of Keen TeensKeen Company Sets Ninth Season of Keen Teens
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company will present the Ninth Season of Keen Teens. This season's offerings will be OLD FOLKS by Max Posner, directed by Mark Armstrong, featuring: Steve Alvarez, Romy Bavli, Maria Broom, Ella Campos, Francesca Iannacone, Jessy Jogodnik, Hillel Rosenshine, Yordy Rosso, Craig Steeley, and Devante Rowe; THE LOST GIRL, OR FIRST CHAIR by Lauren Yee, directed by Liz Carlson, featuring: Chelsea Allison, Kaisheem Bryant, Nicholas Johnson, Bahsil Moody, Elsie Razo, Liv Reis, Hillel Rosenshine, Cory Sierra, Lucille Vasquez, and Karla Ynfante; THE ASTONISHING AND DANGEROUS HISTORY OF MAZEFIELD THE FROG by Jen Silverman, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, featuring: Steve Alvarez, Roza Chervinsy, SaCha Coleman, Olivia Hockenberry, Francesca Iannacone, Jarek Liang, Bahsil Moody, Maya Pagan, Yordy Rosso, and Juwan Wyatt. (more...)

LTC to Present 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work This SummerLTC to Present 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC), in collaboration with Emerson College's HowlRound, a commons by and for people who make performance, announces the 2015 Carnaval of New Latina/o Work (Carnaval 2015) showcasing 12 new works by Latina/o playwrights from across the U.S., July 23-25, 2015 in Chicago. (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...)

The Grappler to Present 'GATEKEEPERS' Panel at The Healy Theatre, 4/7The Grappler to Present 'GATEKEEPERS' Panel at The Healy Theatre, 4/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2015

Where does art belong and who gets to make it? Acclaimed playwright Idris Goodwin and Louder Than a Bomb creator Kevin Coval asked these questions in Steppenwolf for Young Adult's recent production of This is Modern Art (Based on True Events). This is Modern Art represents the true story of Chicago graffiti crew MUL, depicting the events leading up to and following their decision to carry out the biggest graffiti bomb of their career on the modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. This is Modern Art asked audiences to start a revolution, and the Chicago theatre community did- more than anyone expected. (more...)

PlayPenn Sets Works for Annual New Play Development ConferencePlayPenn Sets Works for Annual New Play Development Conference
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

(Philadelphia, PA) PlayPenn, Philadelphia's nationally recognized professional new play development organization, will hold its 11th annual New Play Development Conference from July 7 - July 26, 2015 at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The Conference, including three weeks of intensive work on six works-in-progress, will offer staged readings open to the public. The six selected plays and playwrights are: (more...)

Berkeley Rep Selects 14 Projects for 2015 'GROUND FLOOR' Summer LabBerkeley Rep Selects 14 Projects for 2015 'GROUND FLOOR' Summer Lab
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

?Today, The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep's Center for the Creation and Development of New Work announces that it has selected 14 projects for its fourth Summer Residency Lab featuring works from more than 20 talented artists. (more...)

Bay Area Playwrights Festival Partners with Tides TheatreBay Area Playwrights Festival Partners with Tides Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

Playwrights Foundation has announced a partnership with Tides Theatre as the new home for our annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF), now in its 38th year, which will run July 17-27, 2015 at the 90-seat theater in the heart of San Francisco's Theater District. (more...)

Works by Nicky Silver, Christopher Shinn & More Set for MTC's Ernst C. Stiefel Reading SeriesWorks by Nicky Silver, Christopher Shinn & More Set for MTC's Ernst C. Stiefel Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

Theatre Club has announced the lineup for this spring's Ernst C. Stiefel Reading Series. (more...)

Cherry Lane Theatre Announces 2015 MENTOR PROJECT Line-Up; PEERLESS Begins TonightCherry Lane Theatre Announces 2015 MENTOR PROJECT Line-Up; PEERLESS Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Cherry Lane Theatre announced the 2015 line-up today for the Obie Award-winning Mentor Project's 17th season, the corner stone of Cherry Lane Theatre's development programs. (more...)

ANTIGONE, Starring Oscar Winner Juliette Binoche, Set for Kennedy Center's 2015-16 Season; Plus BEAUTIFUL, 'BRIDGES' & More!ANTIGONE, Starring Oscar Winner Juliette Binoche, Set for Kennedy Center's 2015-16 Season; Plus BEAUTIFUL, 'BRIDGES' & More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced its 2015-2016 theater season. As the nation's performing arts center, the Kennedy Center is dedicated to bringing theater's finest productions to its stages. Reaching hundreds of thousands of audience members annually, the upcoming theater season showcases a diverse range of theatrical productions from a dramatic, centuries-old classic tale to unforgettable Broadway sensations; the season has something to offer everyone in the family. (more...)

Lantern Theater Company's 2015-2016 Season to Feature a World Premiere, Philadelphia Premieres, and MoreLantern Theater Company's 2015-2016 Season to Feature a World Premiere, Philadelphia Premieres, and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2015

Lantern Theater Company announces its 2015-2016 season comprised of two Philadelphia premieres bookending the season, a world premiere at the centerpiece of the year, a remounting of a Barrymore Award-winning production, and the annual Shakespeare production. The season features Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, Underneath the Lintel (An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences) by Glen Berger, Oscar Wilde: From the Depths by Charles McMahon, William Shakespeare's As You Like It and 36 Views by Naomi Iizuka. (more...)

2015 LPTW Awards to Honor Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Kathleen Chalfant, Donyale Werle and More Next Month2015 LPTW Awards to Honor Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Kathleen Chalfant, Donyale Werle and More Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

On Monday, March 16, 2015, the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre, is pleased to recognize the talents of five outstanding women: Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Kathleen Chalfant, Sandra A. Daley-Sharif, Rachel Dickstein, and Donyale Werle. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ATL Revisits Butchertown in Revival of 'At The Vanishing Point'BWW Reviews: ATL Revisits Butchertown in Revival of 'At The Vanishing Point'
by Todd Zeigler - Feb 10, 2015

'At The Vanishing Point' is a tribute to the drama of struggling to sanctify the ordinary. Iizuka brings together characters and stories that form the tissue of Butchertown's history while observing the awe-inspiring tragedy in how much is missed. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse's 2015 'DNA New Work Series' Kicks Off Next MonthLa Jolla Playhouse's 2015 'DNA New Work Series' Kicks Off Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to bring back its acclaimed new play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, a two-week run of workshops and readings of new works, taking place February 16 - March 1, 2015. (more...)

Interview With Jeff AugustinInterview With Jeff Augustin
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Jan 20, 2015

Education Dramaturg Ted Sod interviews Jeff Augustin, Playwright of Little Children Dream of God. (more...)

Keen Playwrights Lab and Keen Teens Playwrights UnveiledKeen Playwrights Lab and Keen Teens Playwrights Unveiled
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company today announced the writers for this year's Keen Playwrights Lab and Keen Teens programs. (more...)

Cutting Ball Theater's SUPERHEROES Opens TonightCutting Ball Theater's SUPERHEROES Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Cutting Ball Theater opens its 16th season with the World Premiere of SUPERHEROES, written and directed by Sean San Jose. Featuring Myers Clark, Juan Amador, Donald E. Lacy, Jr., Britney Frazier, Ricky Saenz, and Delina Patrice Brooks, SUPERHEROES plays tonight, November 21 through December 21 (Press opening: December 2) at the Cutting Ball Theater in residence at EXIT on Taylor (277 Taylor Street) in San Francisco. (more...)

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