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Writer Howard Sherman Comments on Efforts to Diversify on TVWriter Howard Sherman Comments on Efforts to Diversify on TV
by TV News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

In his blog, arts adminstrator and writer Howard Sherman reacts to a recent article by Deadline's Nellie Andreeva titled 'Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings - Long Overdue Or Too Much Of A Good Thing?' (more...)

Canceled North Carolina High School Production of ALMOST, MAINE to be Produced IndependentlyCanceled North Carolina High School Production of ALMOST, MAINE to be Produced Independently
by Anna Bencivengo - Dec 19, 2014

This fall, the Maiden High School's production of John Cariani's 'Almost, Maine' was canceled because of one scene in which two young men realize they have feelings for each other. Now students are producing the play off-campus with the help of former local elementary school teacher, Carmen Eckard. (more...)

Two High School Theatre Controversies Make National Coalition Against Censorships's List of Top 40 Free Speech Defenders of 2014Two High School Theatre Controversies Make National Coalition Against Censorships's List of Top 40 Free Speech Defenders of 2014
by Anna Bencivengo - Oct 27, 2014

High schools in Connecticut and Pennsylvania made national news this year when their principals canceled productions of 'controversial' musicals Rent and Spamalot. Now the National Coalition Against Censorship is honoring those who stood up for the shows' performances on their list of Top 40 Free Speech Defenders of 2014. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Maiden High School's Canceled ALMOST, MAINE Launches Kickstarter CampaignSTAGE TUBE: Maiden High School's Canceled ALMOST, MAINE Launches Kickstarter Campaign
by Stage Tube - Oct 21, 2014

As previously reported, Maiden High School in Maiden, North Carolina, recently canceled its upcoming production of ALMOST, MAINE due to controversial content, specifically, a single scene, 'titled The Fell,' in which two male characters realize their feelings for one another. The Maiden High School principal made the decision to cancel the romantic comedy soon after rehearsals began, after receiving complaints from both parents and churches in the area, despite permission slips being signed. Now, Maiden's ALMOST, MAINE has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund that effort. It has already met (and surpassed) its $1,000 goal, with 41 backers, $1,363 donated, and 13 days to go. Watch their Kickstarter video below! (more...)

Playwright John Cariani, Students Respond to Maiden High School's Cancellation of ALMOST, MAINEPlaywright John Cariani, Students Respond to Maiden High School's Cancellation of ALMOST, MAINE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

As previously reported, Maiden High School in Maiden, North Carolina recently canceled its upcoming production of ALMOST, MAINE due to controversial content, specifically, a single scene, 'titled The Fell,' in which two male characters realize their feelings for one another. (more...)

EPIX Original Documentary FORGOTTEN FOUR: The Integration of Pro Football Airs TonightEPIX Original Documentary FORGOTTEN FOUR: The Integration of Pro Football Airs Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Premium entertainment network EPIX announced today that Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football, an EPIX Original Documentary, will make its World Premiere tonight, September 23, 2014, at 8PM ET. (more...)

South Williamsport Drama Teacher Fired After Cancellation of SPAMALOTSouth Williamsport Drama Teacher Fired After Cancellation of SPAMALOT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

The school district has recently heard from the Educational Theatre Association, and Dramatists Guild, amongst other organizations and industry professionals. Last night, the American Critics Association wrote in to address the controversy: (more...)

American Theatre Critics Association Writes to Express Disappointment in South Williamsport's Cancellation of SPAMALOTAmerican Theatre Critics Association Writes to Express Disappointment in South Williamsport's Cancellation of SPAMALOT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

The school district has recently heard from the Educational Theatre Association, and Dramatists Guild, amongst other organizations and industry professionals. Last night, the American Critics Association wrote in to address the controversy: (more...)

Educational Theatre Association Asks South Williamsport to Reconsider Cancellation of SPAMALOTEducational Theatre Association Asks South Williamsport to Reconsider Cancellation of SPAMALOT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this summer, via blogger and industry professional Howard Sherman, South Williamsport, a high school in Lycoming County, PA, had been forced to cancel their spring production of Monty Python's Spamalot due to 'controversial content,' which includes a homosexual marriage. Following the decision, Principal Jesse Smith made a statement to the local paper, saying: 'When we have extracurricular activities, we do not ask the students to make a choice as to what they might deem controversial material,' and 'I don't want kids to feel like they had to choose between performing and what they felt was controversial material. They should be able to sign up for a play and know that it's school-sponsored and they won't have to make a moral or ethical decision.' Today, Educational Theatre Association Executive Director Julie Woffington wrote to the school district: (more...)

Stephen Schwartz, Dramatists Guild 'Vehemently Oppose' Cancellation of South Williamsport's SPAMALOTStephen Schwartz, Dramatists Guild 'Vehemently Oppose' Cancellation of South Williamsport's SPAMALOT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this summer, via blogger and industry professional Howard Sherman, South Williamsport, a high school in Lycoming County, PA, had been forced to cancel their spring production of Monty Python's Spamalot due to 'controversial content,' which includes a homosexual marriage. Today, the Dramatists Guild of America issued the following statement... (more...)

Readers Respond to South Williamsport High School's Canceled SPAMALOT ControversyReaders Respond to South Williamsport High School's Canceled SPAMALOT Controversy
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

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Lauren Gunderson's BAUER Storms 59E59 Theaters' Inaugural 5A Season, Now thru 10/12Lauren Gunderson's BAUER Storms 59E59 Theaters' Inaugural 5A Season, Now thru 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

59E59 Theaters presents the second show in the inaugural 5A Season with the New York premiere of BAUER, written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Bill English. Produced by the San Francisco Playhouse, BAUER begins performances on Tuesday, September 2 for a limited engagement through Sunday, October 12. Opening Night is tonight, September 9 at 7 PM. (more...)

Update: South Williamsport High School Principal Talks Canceled SPAMALOT, Gay, 'Controversial' ThemesUpdate: South Williamsport High School Principal Talks Canceled SPAMALOT, Gay, 'Controversial' Themes
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2014

Smith elaborated that he doesn't want students to feel compromised.... (more...)

Update: Industry Professionals Speak Out Against South Williamsport High School's Cancelled SPAMALOTUpdate: Industry Professionals Speak Out Against South Williamsport High School's Cancelled SPAMALOT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this Summer. South Williamsport, a high school in Lycoming County, PA, had been forced to cancel their spring production of Monty Python's Spamalot due to 'controversial content,' which includes a homosexual marriage. According to WNEP, the school administrators thought that the musical's subject matter was too inappropriate for students. (more...)

Update: Emails Revealed from South Williamsport High School's Cancelled SPAMALOT Pointing to 'Homosexual Themes'Update: Emails Revealed from South Williamsport High School's Cancelled SPAMALOT Pointing to 'Homosexual Themes'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Since then, emails have been revealed uncovering the nature of the conversation between school Principal Jesse Smith and Superintendent Dr. Mark Stamm, according to a blog by industry professional Howard Sherman. After seeking access to their correspondence through Pennsylvania's 'Right to Know Law,' Sherman just now received further information regarding the decision to cancel the show. (more...)

Update: South Williamsport High School Annonces New Performance Guidelines After Cancelling SPAMALOTUpdate: South Williamsport High School Annonces New Performance Guidelines After Cancelling SPAMALOT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this month. South Williamsport, a high school in Lycoming County, PA, had been forced to cancel their spring production of Monty Python's Spamalot due to 'controversial content,' which includes a homosexual marriage. According to WNEP, the school administrators thought that the musical's subject matter was too inappropriate for students. (more...)

Twitter Watch: Ira Glass- 'I think I'm realizing: Shakespeare sucks'Twitter Watch: Ira Glass- 'I think I'm realizing: Shakespeare sucks'
by BWW Staff - Jul 28, 2014

On Twitter Watch, Ira Glass wrote '@JohnLithgow as Lear tonight: amazing. Shakespeare: not good. No stakes, not relatable. I think I'm realizing: Shakespeare sucks. Same thing with the great Mark Rylance shows this yr: fantastic acting, surprisingly funny, but Shakespeare is not relatable, unemotional.' (more...)

EPIX Original Documentary FORGOTTEN FOUR: The Integration of Pro Football to Air 9/23EPIX Original Documentary FORGOTTEN FOUR: The Integration of Pro Football to Air 9/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Premium entertainment network EPIX announced today that Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football, an EPIX Original Documentary, will make its World Premiere on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at 8PM ET. (more...)

Update: Tension Continues Over South Williamsport's Cancelled SPAMALOTUpdate: Tension Continues Over South Williamsport's Cancelled SPAMALOT
by Jillian Gaier - Jul 21, 2014

A few weeks ago, we learned that South Williamsport, a high school in Lycoming County, PA, had been forced to cancel their spring production of Monty Python's Spamalot due to 'controversial content,' which includes a homosexual marriage. According to WNEP, the administrators thought that the musical's subject matter was too inappropriate for students. After attracting considerable coverage in the media, this issue is still under review by the South Williamsport district and the state of Pennsylvania. But despite the fact that no new information has been released, Hesherman reporter Howard Sherman has been taking the matter into his own hands. (more...)

Samuel French to Welcome Speakers from Dramatist's Guild, SDCS and More for #RightsWeek, 7/14-17Samuel French to Welcome Speakers from Dramatist's Guild, SDCS and More for #RightsWeek, 7/14-17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Samuel French, the 184-year-old publishing and licensing company, has announced a collaboration with HowlRound, an online community for theatre artists, this summer on a four-day event (July 14-17) that will focus on intellectual property and the rights of artists in the theatre. (more...)

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