Negro Ensemble Company News

HAMILTON's Daniel J. Watts and More Join 'THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN' at Signature Theatre; Cast Set!HAMILTON's Daniel J. Watts and More Join 'THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN' at Signature Theatre; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Casting is confirmed and tickets are now on sale for the Signature Theatre production of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. (more...)

Barrow Street Theatre Presents BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNSBarrow Street Theatre Presents BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2016

After sold out runs across the country, Drew Droege (Drunk History, Bob's Burgers, and the internet's 'Chloe') returns to New York for a three night limited engagement of Bright Colors And Bold Patterns at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow St, New York) this weekend from September 16 through September 18 before transferring to Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles. (more...)

BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS Begins Tonight: Drew Droege and Michael Urie at Barrow Street!BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS Begins Tonight: Drew Droege and Michael Urie at Barrow Street!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

After sold out runs across the country, Drew Droege (Drunk History, Bob's Burgers, and the internet's 'Chloe') returns to New York for a three night limited engagement of Bright Colors And Bold Patterns at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow St, New York) this weekend from September 16 through September 18 before transferring to Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles. (more...)

Leon Addison Brown, Sahr Ngaujah and Noah Robbins to Star in Signature Theatre's 'MASTER HAROLD' ... AND THE BOYSLeon Addison Brown, Sahr Ngaujah and Noah Robbins to Star in Signature Theatre's 'MASTER HAROLD' ... AND THE BOYS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Casting is confirmed and tickets are now on sale for the Signature Theatre production of 'Master Harold' ... and the boys, written and directed by Tony Award winner Athol Fugard. (more...)

Regina Taylor to be Honored at Black and Latino Playwrights ConferenceRegina Taylor to be Honored at Black and Latino Playwrights Conference
by Ashlee Latimer - Sep 10, 2016

Golden Globe award-winning actress and playwright Regina Taylor is this year's recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award at the 14th Annual Texas State Black and Latino Playwrights Conference Sept. 12-18 at Texas State University. A tribute to the native Texan will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.   (more...)

Colt Coeur Sets Line-Up for 3rd Annual #ParityPlaysFestColt Coeur Sets Line-Up for 3rd Annual #ParityPlaysFest
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Colt Coeur Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt and Festival Associate Producer Brittany Coyne announce the line-up for the company's 3rd Annual #ParityPlaysFest celebrating the work of female & trans playwrights & directors. (more...)

Signature Theatre to Host Free TheatreFest NYC for StudentsSignature Theatre to Host Free TheatreFest NYC for Students
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Signature Theatre will host TheatreFest NYC on Tuesday, August 30, from 12pm to 4pm at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). This free open house is for students who are interested in learning more about New York's non-profit theatres. (more...)

ANAIS NIN GOES TO HELL to Return to the 14th Street Y This OctoberANAIS NIN GOES TO HELL to Return to the 14th Street Y This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Works and Goode Productions in association with The Theater at the 14th Street Y, present the return of Anais Nin Goes to Hell by David Stallings (Outstanding Original Full-Length Script, Dark Water - NY IT Awards), directed by Antonio Minino (Outstanding Director nominee,Scene/Unseen - PCTF Awards), as part of The Theater Series at The 14th Street Y. (more...)

International Women Artists' Salon Announces AN EVENING OF REVOLUTIONInternational Women Artists' Salon Announces AN EVENING OF REVOLUTION
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

International Women Artists' Salon today announced an evening of revolution showcasing artists from the worlds of music, poetry, theater, painting, dance, film, and animation, premiering Saturday, August 20 at 7:30PM at Dixon Place, located at 161 Chrystie Street. Admission to the hour-long event is free. (more...)

Victory Gardens Completes Casting for 2016 IGNITION Festival of New PlaysVictory Gardens Completes Casting for 2016 IGNITION Festival of New Plays
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces casting for each of the 2016 IGNITION Festival of New Plays selected works, including The Wayward Bunny by Greg Kotis; BREACH: a manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate by Antoinette Nwandu; EOM (end of message) by Laura Jacqmin; Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames; Gaza Rehearsal by Karen Hartman; and Girls In Cars Underwater by Tegan McLeod. (more...)

Victory Gardens Lays Out 2016 IGNITION Festival of New Plays LineupVictory Gardens Lays Out 2016 IGNITION Festival of New Plays Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces the lineup for the 2016 IGNITION Festival of New Plays, including The Wayward Bunny by Greg Kotis; BREACH: a manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate by Antoinette Nwandu; EOM (end of message) by Laura Jacqmin; Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames; Gaza Rehearsal by Karen Hartman; and Girls In Cars Underwater by Tegan McLeod. The 2016 Festival runs August 5-7, 2016 at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival Sets Inaugural LineupAtlanta Musical Theatre Festival Sets Inaugural Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

The Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival is thrilled to announce the selections for the inaugural Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival (AMTF), which will be held August 1 and 2, 2016, at Actor's Express and Synchronicity Theatre. The AMTF will be two days and nights of original musical theatre performances by local artists, as well as showcase performances of professional productions and educational groups. Performances will be open to the artistic community, the public, and the press. More than twenty submissions were accepted and four shows have been selected for the inaugural event. Tickets are $27.50 for a single event to $80 for a full festival pass (including all taxes and fees), and are on sale now at ActorsExpress.com. (more...)

Riant Theatre Announces 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award WinnersRiant Theatre Announces 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

The Riant Theatre (Van Dirk Fisher, Artistic Director), a nonprofit theatre supporting playwrights and theatremakers of diverse cultural backgrounds, is holding the Launch Party for its annual Strawberry One-Act and Theatre Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 3pm at the Poet's Den Theatre (309 East 108th Street, NYC). The evening will include the presentation of 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award For Outstanding Achievement In Television and Theatre to the Emmy-winning stage, film and TV actor Joe Morton, Tony Nominee and eight time AUDELCO Award winner, Andre De Shields, the acclaimed Broadway and television actress Barbara Montgomery, and multiple Grammy Award winner, Broadway musical director and arranger Chapman Roberts. A reception with food, drinks and dancing will follow. Tickets ($50 before June 15th; $60 after that date) are available through The Riant Theatre's website (www.therianttheatre.com) and by calling the box office at 646-623-3488. They can also be purchased (cash only) at the door. (more...)

NEC's Cutting Edge Playhouse 2016 Emerging Playwrights Competition Begins This JuneNEC's Cutting Edge Playhouse 2016 Emerging Playwrights Competition Begins This June
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2016

Beginning in June 2016, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) will deepen its commitment to discovery, development and presentation of superior theatre with four consecutive weekends of exciting and innovative productions showcasing up-and-coming Black playwrights. The Emerging Playwrights Competition is NEC's 2016 Pilot Project, marking NEC's return to the solid and impressive development and training format that established the company as an American theatre icon for over three decades. Performances will take place June 9th through July 3rd at LaMaMa ETC in The Downstairs theatre, 66 East 4th St., New York, NY 10003. To purchase tickets visit The Negro Ensemble Company website at www.necinc.org or by phone by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111 Monday thru Friday 9-9 & Saturday and Sunday 10-8. For further information and group rates call the NEC office at 212-582-5860. (more...)

BWW Review: Jazz Legends DUKE ELLINGTON and ELLA FITZGERALD Are Celebrated By Performing TRIPLE THREATS In Classy Style at the Friars ClubBWW Review: Jazz Legends DUKE ELLINGTON and ELLA FITZGERALD Are Celebrated By Performing TRIPLE THREATS In Classy Style at the Friars Club
by Victoria Ordin - May 10, 2016

The spirit of jazz legends Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald (with a little Tito Puente) was palpable in the Milton Berle room at New York's Friars Club on April 25 for the second-annual production of Triple Threats. Broadway veterans (including Duke's granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington, who also co-produced the show) joined some of America's most accomplished jazz musicians to celebrate the April birthdays of the music greats and to honor those performers who sing, dance, and act at the highest levels. (more...)

TNC to Host 21st Annual Lower East Side Festival This Memorial Day WeekendTNC to Host 21st Annual Lower East Side Festival This Memorial Day Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

One of the first and most time-honored FREE Summer Festivals in NYC each year - the LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL -- will take place this year, the FEST's 21st annual event  -- Memorial Day Weekend May 27 to 29 at Theater for the New City (155 First Ave. at 10th St.), it has been announced by Crystal Field, co-founder and Artistic Director of Theater for the New City.  (more...)

Signature Theatre's 25th Anniversary Gala Celebrates James Houghton with Edward Norton & More TonightSignature Theatre's 25th Anniversary Gala Celebrates James Houghton with Edward Norton & More Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Signature Theatre's Annual Gala celebration -- set for tonight, April 18, 2016 -- will celebrate Signature's 25th Anniversary and honor Founding Artistic Director James Houghton's leadership of the company, on the occasion of his final season as Artistic Director. (more...)

Annual 'Playwrights for a Cause', Benefitting New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, to Be Held in JulyAnnual 'Playwrights for a Cause', Benefitting New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, to Be Held in July
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

The annual Playwrights for a Cause benefit will be Sunday, July 24th at 7:30 pm at the Atlantic Theatre (Linda Gross Theater), 336 West 20th Street, NYC 10011. The special performance will include six original plays. This year the playwrights for the benefit will include: Israel Horovitz, Dominique Morisseau, Antoinette Nwandu, John Patrick Shanley, Regina Taylor as well as an award-winning writer from the Planet Connections community that will be announced later. (more...)

Out of the Box Theatre Company to Present DEEP ARE THE ROOTS, 5/4-8Out of the Box Theatre Company to Present DEEP ARE THE ROOTS, 5/4-8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

During the week of May 4th through 8th, Out of the Box, a Manhattan Equity theater company, will meet the topic of race relations head on with the production of Deep Are the Roots, a play highlighting segregation in the Deep South, post-World War II. (more...)

Suzan-Lori Parks Named Residency One Playwright for Signature's 2016-17 SeasonSuzan-Lori Parks Named Residency One Playwright for Signature's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks will be the Residency One Playwright for the 2016-2017 season. (more...)

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