Shakespeare Theatre Company News

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Sep. 21
by - Sep 21, 2014

Upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, September 21, 2014. (more...)

Jay Sullivan, Jeffrey Bean and James Black to Lead DRACULA at the Alley Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Dracula, the Original Vampire Play, the second production in the 'Alley Theatre @ UH' season. Featuring iconic costume and set designs by Edward Gorey, the Alley's production is based on the original 1927 adaptation of the classic thriller that marvelously balances the menace of the horror tale with sophisticated satire. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Isango Ensemble Brings Magical Stagecraft to Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE
by Jeffrey Walker - Sep 16, 2014

Offering a South African spin on Mozart's beloved opera, the Isango Ensemble brings simple stagecraft and a unique musical flair to Washington for a limited run. Performing in repertory with Shakespeare's VENUS AND ADONIS for a limited run, Isango displays their expert ensemble in a must-see production. THE MAGIC FLUTE - IMPEMPE YOMLINGO distills the characters, story and music from one of the most popular operas in the Western repertoire. (more...)

MEET THE COMPANY Next Up in Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's 'Intimate Experiences' Cabaret Series, 9/21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Series Director, Bruce Dow (Dora Award Winner for PIG, and Of A Monstrous Child, Helen Hayes Nominee for his work with the Tony-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C., 4 season Broadway and 12 season Stratford Festival veteran); Associate Series Director, Jeff Madden (Dora Award Winner for JERSEY BOYS, JERSEY BOYS Toronto and Australia, and 8 season veteran of The Shaw Festival); and Musical Director, Mark Selby (producer, AIR FARCE NEW YEAR'S EVE, CBC) have selected 5 recent theatre school graduates for the creation of a series of unique cabaret evenings to run through the fall and winter at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Isango Ensemble's VENUS AND ADONIS
by Ellen Burns - Sep 15, 2014

The Isango Ensemble, brought to Washington as part of The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Presentations Series focusing on works from around the world, is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and is made up of performers from the surrounding area, who were sought out and brought together in 2000 by Director and co-founder Mark Dornford-May. Isango looks at Western works through an African lens, and what they bring to this 400 year old classic work is both ancient and contemporary, simple and lush, quiet and thunderous, straightforward and nuanced. Weaving the African rhythms, music, vocalizations and instrumentation with Venus and Adonis, uses a deeply human, very grounded style to tell a vaunted story of the love of a goddess for a mere mortal. (more...)

Signature Theatre Welcomes Joe Calarco as New Resident Director/Director of New Works
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Virginia's Signature Theatre has appointed Joe Calarco to the new position of Resident Director/Director of New Works. In this position, Calarco will continue to strengthen Signature's commitment to new work by shepherding the development of new musicals and plays and actively seeking the work of original and diverse voices. Calarco will also direct 1-2 shows per season and will continue his work with Signature in The Schools, Signature's flagship education program. (more...)

Charlie Pollock and Mary Kate Morrissey to Star in Signature Theatre's ELMER GANTRY This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of Elmer Gantry, a musical version of Sinclair Lewis' best-selling novel, directed by Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). Schaeffer collaborated on the last production of Elmer Gantry at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago with authors John Bishop (book), Mel Marvin (music) and Bob Satuloff (lyrics) in 1998; the show has not been produced since then. This will be the 5th production in the show's history. Running in the MAX Theatre October 7 - November 9, Signature's production will include several brand new songs by Mel Marvin and Bob Satuloff and a reimagined script that John Bishop worked on until his death in 2006. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Company to Honor John Hurt, Stacy Keach & Diana Rigg at 2014 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) has selected John Hurt, Stacy Keach and Dame Diana Rigg as the 2014 recipients of The William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre (Will Award), which recognizes artists who have made significant contributions to classical theatre in America. The Beech Street Foundation will be awarded the Sidney Harman Award for Philanthropy in the Arts. The awards will be presented at the Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala on Sunday, October 5, 2014, hosted by STC at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) and the National Building Museum (440 G Street NW). (more...)

CHAINS OF DEW, WEDDING BAND and More Set for Shakespeare Theatre's 2014-15 ReDiscovery Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre Company announces its 2014-2015 ReDiscovery Series with a selection of five plays by significant women playwrights of the early 20th Century, directed by local D.C. directors. The first reading to kick off the series will be Chains of Dew by Susan Glaspell, directed by Holly Twyford, on Monday, September 15. (more...)

Hypokrit Theatre Company to Launch Inaugural Season with ROMEO AND JULIET, 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

Hypokrit Theatre Company's inaugural production is the timeless love story Romeo and Juliet, re­imagined with a Bollywood aesthetic. The production will premiere in 2015 at the Access Theater. (more...)

East Lynne to Host WITHIN THE LAW Post-Show Q&A, 9/17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 08, 2014

For those who didn't have the opportunity to meet the cast of the award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company's "Within the Law" at the opening night after-show party at Aleathea's Restaurant on September 17th, another chance is to be had on Friday, September 26 at an after-show Q&A. It's a wonderful opportunity for patrons to ask such questions as "why do they do what they do?" and "how does one find these scripts?" (more...)

VENUS IN FUR to Open Rep Stage's 2014-15 Season, 10/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

Rep Stage, the regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), opens its 22nd season with David Ives' "Venus in Fur", directed by Joseph Ritsch, Rep Stage's co-producing artistic director. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE UNDERSTUDY At Everyman Theatre is a SMASH!
by Charles Shubow - Sep 05, 2014

Joseph W. Ritsch directs his first Everyman production. (more...)

Pink House Productions' YOU, ME AND THAT GUY to Open the 2014 Araca Project
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Pink House Productions announced today the New York City premier of YOU, ME AND THAT GUY, a hilarious 80 minute comedy about a recent college grad who uses the magic of a mystical open mic to heal her relationships with her technology saturated family and friends. Written by Stephen Sanow*, YOU, ME AND THAT GUY will open the 2014 Araca Project. (more...)

Soho Rep & PlayCo to Present GENERATIONS, 9/30-10/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Soho Rep. and The Play Company, in association with John Adrian Selzer, announce casting and the creative team for the U.S. premiere of debbie tucker green's generations. The production, September 30-October 26, reunites the playwright with director Leah C. Gardiner, who worked together on the OBIE Award-winning 2011 production of born bad. generations features a 12-person community chorus led by music director Bongi Duma (The Lion King). The cast includes Shyko Amos (An Octoroon), Mamoudou Athie, Khail Toi Bryant (The Lion King), Ntombikhona Dlamini (Sarafina!), Thuli Dumakude (The Lion King, Poppie Nongena), Jonathan Peck (The Lion in Winter) and Michael Rogers (born bad, Breakfast With Mugabe). (more...)

Quintessence Theatre Group Sets Fall 2014 Repertory - AS YOU LIKE IT and RICHARD II
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

Quintessence Theatre Group launches its fifth season of progressive classic theatre with an all-male Shakespeare repertory: AS YOU LIKE IT presented in rotating repertory with RICHARD II. Bringing together the best professional actors and designers from Philadelphia and across the country, Artistic Director Alexander Burns leads this collective of artists on a mission to ignite the classics through visceral, actor-focused and text-driven productions. (more...)

Win A Pair of Tickets to MEASURE FOR MEASURE, 9/7
by Oliver Oliveros - Sep 01, 2014

Show partners Dulaang UP (DUP) and BroadwayWorld.com (BWW) are giving away a pair of tickets to the former's production of William Shakespeare's MEASURE FOR MEASURE ('Hakbang sa Hakbang') at Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City on Sunday, September 7, at 3 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: Dulaang UP Presents MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Now Thru 9/7
by Oliver Oliveros - Sep 01, 2014

Dulaang UP (DUP) celebrates the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth by staging one of the poet and dramatist's problem plays, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, and HAKBANG SA HAKBANG, a Filipino translation by Ron Capinding ('Middle Finger'), at Wilfrido Ma. Guererro Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City until Sunday, September 7, with performances at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE BOOK OF MORMON
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 30, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. The craziness is almost upon us, but there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's THE BOOK OF MORMON below! (more...)

Tony Winner Darko Tresnjak to Helm Hartford Stage's HAMLET, Starring Zach Appelman, This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

For his first directing project since winning the 2014 Tony Award, Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak will helm Shakespeare's masterpiece, Hamlet, playing only four weeks, from October 16 to November 16, at Hartford Stage. Hamlet follows three popular Shakespearean productions in the last two years by Tresnjak: The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and last season's Macbeth. (more...)

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