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Ars Nova's 2015 Season to Feature Two Off-Broadway Premieres, Bridget Everett & MoreArs Nova's 2015 Season to Feature Two Off-Broadway Premieres, Bridget Everett & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Ars Nova will continue its support of artists in the early stages of their professional careers through its wide array of unique development programs. Recognizing the critical need for performance as part of the development process, Ars Nova's programs bring bold, innovative new work to the stage all year long, through Project Residencies, concerts, readings, variety shows, workshops, festivals and full productions. Each season, Ars Nova provides audiences over a hundred opportunities to catch something extraordinary. (more...)

Maechi Aharanwa, Pascale Armand & More to Star in AN OCTOROON at Theatre for a New AudienceMaechi Aharanwa, Pascale Armand & More to Star in AN OCTOROON at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Single tickets are now on sale for Theatre for A New Audience's production of Soho Rep.'s An Octoroon, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's widely acclaimed new play directed by Sarah Benson, Artistic Director, Soho Rep. An Octoroon plays February 14 through March 8 at Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn. Opening night is February 26. (more...)

10 Spectacular Theatrical Experiences of 2014 - The Bold and Fantastic Works of the Last Season10 Spectacular Theatrical Experiences of 2014 - The Bold and Fantastic Works of the Last Season
by Charles Quittner - Dec 26, 2014

2014 was a spectacular year for theatre. Racial politics, war crimes, celebrity culture, and other relevant themes were played out through past forms with a contemporary theatrical lens. (more...)

Over 30 Additional Artistic Directors Sign Open Letter in Support of Ari RothOver 30 Additional Artistic Directors Sign Open Letter in Support of Ari Roth
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

In a continued outpouring of solidarity among a giant consortium of the American theater's artistic directors, more than 30 additional artistic directors have signed the open letter that was issued yesterday in support of Ari Roth, following his recent dismissal from the Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C., where he has served as Artistic Director of Theater J for the past 18 years. (more...)

Artistic Directors of The American Theater Voice Support for Ari Roth Following Theater J DismissalArtistic Directors of The American Theater Voice Support for Ari Roth Following Theater J Dismissal
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

In an unprecedented display of solidarity among a giant consortium of the American theater's artistic directors, an open letter has been issued in support of Ari Roth, following his recent dismissal from the Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C., where he has served as Artistic Director of Theater J for the past 18 years. The letter, released earlier today represents the views of top theater brass from coast-to-coast, who believe that his dismissal was an act of politically motivated censorship in retaliation for Roth's choice to produce and publicly defend challenging and provocative work. (more...)

Soho Rep to Present WINNERS AND LOSERS, 1/2-2/1Soho Rep to Present WINNERS AND LOSERS, 1/2-2/1
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Following a critically-acclaimed international tour, Soho Rep., in association with John Adrian Selzer, presents the New York premiere of Winners and Losers (January 2-February 1), a fierce and funny saga about what friendship can sustain. On the cusp of turning 40, longtime collaborators Marcus Youssef and James Long got an email from a mutual friend touting a self-help pyramid scheme. This unexpected note inspired the two men to take a frank look at their own lives. In this autobiographical piece, Youssef and Long, directed by Chris Abraham, sit at a table and play an invented game called "winners and losers." They name people, places or things-Beyonce Knowles, Mexican food, their fathers-pronouncing each one a winner or loser. What begins as a simple game rapidly descends into a merciless and brutal appraisal of each other's families, backgrounds and life choices. (more...)

Elevator Repair Service to Premiere New Work at NYTW Next FallElevator Repair Service to Premiere New Work at NYTW Next Fall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) has announced the world premiere of a new play from its acclaimed Company-in-Residence Elevator Repair Service (The Sound and the Fury, The Select, Gatz) to premiere in Fall 2015. (more...)

CAN WE TALK? Panel with Tom Sellar Set for Segal Theatre, 11/3CAN WE TALK? Panel with Tom Sellar Set for Segal Theatre, 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

'Can We Talk? Towards a Critical Discourse' with Tom Sellar is set for Monday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Segal Theatre. Free and open to the public. (more...)

Soho Rep's AN OCTOROON to Play Theatre for a New Audience, Feb-March 2015Soho Rep's AN OCTOROON to Play Theatre for a New Audience, Feb-March 2015
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Soho Rep's AN OCTOROON will run February 14, 2015 - March 8, 2015 at Theatre for a New Audience's Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn). Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, AN OCTOROON will be directed by Sarah Benson. (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 - Sep 29, 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...)

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Announces PRELUDE 2014 Full ScheduleMartin E. Segal Theatre Center Announces PRELUDE 2014 Full Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY is pleased to announce the full lineup of its eleventh annual PRELUDE Festival. Dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre and performance, PRELUDE 2014 features an array of artists working in theatrical and interdisciplinary performance. (more...)

Nora Sorena Casey's NOT AFRAID to Play Under St. Marks, 10/19-11/4Nora Sorena Casey's NOT AFRAID to Play Under St. Marks, 10/19-11/4
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

'Not Afraid' by Nora Sorena Casey is a dark comedy about Bets, a young woman who is obsessed with her death metal blog. When she gets a death threat, it catalyzes a series of disturbing encounters for both her and her housemate and best friend, Hunter, a callous law student. The two women argue about heavy metal, the U.S.S.R. and taco night -- and try not to die. The play is at once funny, sad and devastating. PowerOut presents the work's world premiere October 19 to November 4 at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place. Ben Ferber directs. (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...)

Segal Center at CUNY Announces PRELUDE 2014 Artists; Festival Set for This SeptemberSegal Center at CUNY Announces PRELUDE 2014 Artists; Festival Set for This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) presents PRELUDE 2014, an annual three-day festival dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre and performance. (more...)

Soho Rep. Meets Fundraising Goal Following Cancelled GalaSoho Rep. Meets Fundraising Goal Following Cancelled Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

On March 31, 300 friends, artists and supporters gathered to celebrate and honor Soho Rep.'s Board Chair Jon Dembrow at their annual spring gala. Forty-five minutes into the evening, the beam supporting a second-story balcony at the event venue, Angel Orensanz Center, cracked. The building was deemed unsafe and all the guests were evacuated by the FDNY. The cancellation of the event and on-site auction left Soho Rep. with a projected end-of-the-fiscal-year deficit of $68,000. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the Drama Desk Awards Winners' Room with Mays, McDonald, Cranston, Mueller, Harris & More!Photo Coverage: Inside the Drama Desk Awards Winners' Room with Mays, McDonald, Cranston, Mueller, Harris & More!
by Linda Lenzi - Jun 2, 2014

Just last night, Drama Desk and Tony Award winner Laura Benanti ('The Sound of Music Live!', Gypsy, Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) hosted the 59th Annual Drama Desk Awards at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street). Big winners for the night included Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston, Jessie Mueller, and Neil Patrick Harris and Jefferson Mays- who tied for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. Click here for a full list of winners. Check out photos of arrivals: Part 1 and Part 2. (more...)

Soho Rep Extends AN OCTOROON Through TodaySoho Rep Extends AN OCTOROON Through Today
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

In response to popular demand and one week before performances begin, Soho Rep. extends the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's An Octoroon, directed by Soho Rep. Artistic Director Sarah Benson, to May 24. Performances of An Octoroon will now take place April 23-May 24 (see schedule above) at Soho Rep. Critics are welcome as of Wednesday, April 30 for an official opening of Sunday, May 4 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Julian Fleisher, Russel Taylor and More Set For Joe's Pub, 5/14-25Julian Fleisher, Russel Taylor and More Set For Joe's Pub, 5/14-25
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Joe's Pub has announced their lineup of events for May 14-25. There is sure to be some thing for everyone - check out all the details below! (more...)

Soho Rep Extends AN OCTOROON to 6/8Soho Rep Extends AN OCTOROON to 6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

In response to popular demand and critical acclaim, Soho Rep. announces a second extension of the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's An Octoroon. Directed by Soho Rep. Artistic Director Sarah Benson, An Octoroon will run through June 8. (more...)

Soho Rep Presents Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's AN OCTOROON, Now thru 5/18Soho Rep Presents Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's AN OCTOROON, Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Soho Rep presents the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's An Octoroon, directed by Soho Rep. Artistic Director Sarah Benson. The production, tonight, April 23, through May 18, concludes a banner New York season for the celebrated playwright, whose Appropriate made its New York premiere February 25-April 6 at Signature Theatre. (more...)

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