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STAGE TUBE: Robert Schenkkan Discusses New Play, HANUSSENSTAGE TUBE: Robert Schenkkan Discusses New Play, HANUSSEN
by Stage Tube - Feb 24, 2017

In this daily, five-part series for the DCPA NewsCenter, they introduce you to the plays and playwrights featured at the Denver Center's 2017 Colorado New Play Summit, using words and video. Today: Robert Schenkkan, author of the historical drama 'Hanussen,' who was Adolf Hitler's personal mentalist. (more...)

Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Announces Complete Cast for ALL THE WAYActors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Announces Complete Cast for ALL THE WAY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Political intrigue will take center stage as Actors' Playhouse prepares to open the Tony Award-winning drama All The Way by Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan. This riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson's (LBJ) tumultuous first year in office in the wake of President Kennedy's assassination has earned accolades from audiences and critics alike, from its start at Oregon Shakespeare Festival to its powerful Broadway run and most recent HBO Films adaptation starring four-time Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston. Artistic Director David Arisco directs this limited engagement production that will run March 22 - April 9, 2017 at the Miracle Theatre. (more...)

National New Play Network to Premiere 4 Plays at 15 Theaters This YearNational New Play Network to Premiere 4 Plays at 15 Theaters This Year
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces four Rolling World Premieres: Halftime with Don by Ken Weitzman, Doublewide by Stephen Spotswood, The Arsonists by Jacqueline Goldfinger, and Building the Wall by Robert Schenkkan. The four plays will receive a total of 15 NNPN RWP productions, with each play seeing at least three distinct productions in a discrete 12-month period. (more...)

4th Alaska One-Minute Play Festival Headed to Anchorage4th Alaska One-Minute Play Festival Headed to Anchorage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

The One-Minute Play Festival (1MPF) (Dominic D'Andrea, Producing Artistic Director & Caitlin Wees, Associate Producer) and Perseverance Theatre (Art Rotch, Executive Artistic Director, & Joshua Lowman, Anchorage General Manager) continue their dynamic partnership for The 4th Annual Alaska One-minute Play Festival with part of the proceeds to benefit The Alaska Native Voices Project, dedicated to serving and uplifting native Alaskan artists. (more...)

Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Will Premiere at Fountain Theatre, Roll Across U.S.Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Will Premiere at Fountain Theatre, Roll Across U.S.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

A new play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), written in direct response to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, reveals how those policies might lead to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion. Building the Wall opens at the Fountain Theatre on March 18, the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. (more...)

ACLU of Florida Executive Director and More Set for 'GREAT SOCIETY' Panel Discussion at Asolo RepACLU of Florida Executive Director and More Set for 'GREAT SOCIETY' Panel Discussion at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

The second season of Asolo Rep's IllumiNation Series continues on February 11 with a panel discussion, 'Creating Change, Counting Voices,' focusing on the theatre's current production of THE GREAT SOCIETY. (more...)

Asolo Rep to Present THE WASHINGTON TRILOGYAsolo Rep to Present THE WASHINGTON TRILOGY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

This season at Asolo Rep, in celebration of the fifth and final year of its American Character Project, the theatre's three winter repertory shows are all set in the political hotbed of the nation's capital: Washington, D.C. The winter rep season began on January 13 with THE GREAT SOCIETY, Robert Schenkkan's thrilling depiction of LBJ's divisive presidency. On Inauguration Day, January 20, the theatre opened THE ORIGINALIST, John Strand's remarkably timely play about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the search for the political middle. BORN YESTERDAY, Garson Kanin's beloved classic comedy about a not-so-dumb blonde's journey into Washington high society, opens February 10 - officially kicking off The Washington Trilogy: Three Hot Shows - One Blazing City. (more...)

BWW Review: THE GREAT SOCIETY A Stirring Tonic For Our TimeBWW Review: THE GREAT SOCIETY A Stirring Tonic For Our Time
by Frank Benge - Jan 30, 2017

THE GREAT SOCIETY, Robert Schenkkan's conclusion to the epic tale he began with All The Way, examines the remainder of LBJ's term as president and the turbulent years of the Johnson White House. It made its debut in 2014 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is now receiving its Texas debut at Zach Theatre. This tempestuous time in American history is presented in a highly theatrical and stirring way that resonates deeply with our current times. While there are some subtle and clever riches that only those who saw All The Way will appreciate, THE GREAT SOCIETY stands on its own as a richly rewarding evening of theatre and history. The play opens where All The Way ended, with Johnson having just been elected to a full presidential term, and facing a multitude of problems. What resonates so strongly today is that, despite the ills Johnson fought with legislation designed to make this country a better place for all, these ills remain dishearteningly persistent in the here and now, despite his cagily and cannily achieved successes. (more...)

VIDEO: Bryan Cranston Wins SAG AWARD for Reprisal of Tony-Winning Role in HBO's ALL THE WAYVIDEO: Bryan Cranston Wins SAG AWARD for Reprisal of Tony-Winning Role in HBO's ALL THE WAY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2017

Bryan Cranston has won a SAG AWARD for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for HBO Films' ALL THE WAY (more...)

 Fountain Theatre Launches 2017-18 Season for Social Action Fountain Theatre Launches 2017-18 Season for Social Action
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

The Fountain Theatre will open its 2017-18 season of new plays with an urgent warning against the proposed policies of the Trump administration, followed by statements on social justice, inclusion, acceptance of "the other," prejudice, the role of government and the need for human connection. (more...)

Asolo Rep Announces Panelists for First IllumiNation Event of the 2016-17 SeasonAsolo Rep Announces Panelists for First IllumiNation Event of the 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

On Tuesday, January 24, Asolo Repertory Theatre kicks off the second season of its IllumiNation Series, connecting the social issues presented on stage with the local community. Each of the four events includes a pre-performance reception on the mezzanine, a ticket to the performance, and a moderated post-show discussion where audience members can further explore the topics they have just seen played out on stage. (more...)

SWEAT, INDECENT and VIETGONE Among Finalists for 2017 Edward M. Kennedy PrizeSWEAT, INDECENT and VIETGONE Among Finalists for 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Columbia University Libraries, on behalf of the board of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, has announced the five finalist works for the 2017 award: (more...)

LA LA LAND Tops 2017  BAFTA AWARDS Nominations; Full List!LA LA LAND Tops 2017 BAFTA AWARDS Nominations; Full List!
by Movies News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

The nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2017 have been announced. La La Land is nominated in 11 categories. (more...)

THIS IS US, HIDDEN FIGURES Scribes Among Finalists for42nd Annual Humanitas PrizeTHIS IS US, HIDDEN FIGURES Scribes Among Finalists for42nd Annual Humanitas Prize
by TV News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Finalists for the 42nd annual Humanitas Prize were announced today. The honor recognizes film and television writers whose work inspires compassion, hope, and understanding. (more...)

VIDEO: Kate Baldwin, Raul Esparza and More Perform at Dramatists Guild Fund's 'LUCKY STARS' GalaVIDEO: Kate Baldwin, Raul Esparza and More Perform at Dramatists Guild Fund's 'LUCKY STARS' Gala
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

Dramatists Guild Fund President Andrew Lippa and Executive Director Rachel Routh have just unveiled highlights from the nonprofit's Benefit Gala Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars: The Presidential Edition which was held on November 7th at Gotham Hall in New York. (more...)

LBJ Returns to ZACH THEATRE in the Texas Premiere of THE GREAT SOCIETYLBJ Returns to ZACH THEATRE in the Texas Premiere of THE GREAT SOCIETY
by Frank Benge - Dec 19, 2016

ZACH Theatre is proud to announce the newest addition to its 2016-17 Season -The Texas Premiere of THE GREAT SOCIETY, the second of Robert Schenkkan's LBJ plays exploring Texas' own political mastermind and his memorable years in the White House. The Great Society plays the Topfer Theatre January 25 - March 5, 2017 directed by Dave Steakley, ZACH Theatre's Producing Artistic Director. (more...)

Asolo Rep Presents Pulitzer Prize-Winner Robert Schenkkan's THE GREAT SOCIETYAsolo Rep Presents Pulitzer Prize-Winner Robert Schenkkan's THE GREAT SOCIETY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Asolo Rep kicks off its winter repertory season with THE GREAT SOCIETY, Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schenkkan's gripping political drama that chronicles the second chapter of Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency. Asolo Rep is proud to be the only theatre in the country granted the rights to produce THE GREAT SOCIETY during the 2016-17 season. The sequel to last season's box office record-breaking production of All the Way will be directed by Nicole A. Watson. THE GREAT SOCIETY previews January 11 and 12, opens January 13 and runs in rotating repertory through April 2 in the Mertz Theatre, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.  (more...)

DCPA Slates Dates, Details for 12th Annual Colorado New Play SummitDCPA Slates Dates, Details for 12th Annual Colorado New Play Summit
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

The Theatre Company at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) has announced dates and details for the 2017 Colorado New Play Summit. The 12th annual festival will feature readings of new works by Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Rogelio Martinez, Eric Pfeffinger, Robert Schenkkan, and Lauren Yee alongside World Premiere productions by Lauren Gunderson and Tira Palmquist. (more...)

LA LA LAND, HACKSAW RIDGE Among 17 Golden Globe Award Nominations Received by LionsgateLA LA LAND, HACKSAW RIDGE Among 17 Golden Globe Award Nominations Received by Lionsgate
by Movies News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, earned 17 Golden Globe nominations, spanning its feature film and television businesses this morning, led by an industry-best seven nominations, including Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for Damien Chazelle's critically-acclaimed LA LA LAND. (more...)

The 6th Annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival Returns: Nasty Women Strike Back!The 6th Annual Boston One-Minute Play Festival Returns: Nasty Women Strike Back!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The Boston One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) returns with a twist: the sixth annual festival will celebrate the works of all women-identified playwrights and directors, as part of 1MPF's National Women's Initiative. Boston joins New York, Minneapolis, Chicago, South Florida, and other cities including an all women-identified cohort of artists this season. The aim of this program is to get a cohort of women-identified theatremakers in the room, uphold the important themes, ideas, conversations, and dialogues that bubble up to the surface, and hold space for valuable community conversations. (more...)

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