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Bullying Drama RARE BIRDS by Adam Szymkowicz Premieres This MonthBullying Drama RARE BIRDS by Adam Szymkowicz Premieres This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

The Red Fern Theatre Company will present the World Premiere of RARE BIRDS by Adam Szymkowicz (Clown Bar, Hearts Like Fists, Pretty Theft, Nerve). Directed by Scott Ebersold, (The View UpStairs, Nerve) performances begin March 23 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y in the East Village. (more...)

Debbie Ruzicka Will Star in Chicago's Premiere of THE RADIANT, Full CastDebbie Ruzicka Will Star in Chicago's Premiere of THE RADIANT, Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Set one hundred years ago in Paris, The Radiant centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Sklodowska Curie. Widowed at thirty-nine, with two young children to raise and support, she becomes involved in a scandalous affair with her young married assistant, an affair which rocks Paris and nearly costs her her career - and her life. But, she survives this and the great bias against women scientists throughout Europe then and goes on to discover and isolate radium, earn two Nobel Prizes, and revolutionize the world of science forever, ushering in "The Atomic Age" and the first cure for cancer. (more...)

BWW Review: Experiencing War in A PIECE OF MY HEART at The Annie Russell TheatreBWW Review: Experiencing War in A PIECE OF MY HEART at The Annie Russell Theatre
by Kirsty Johnson - Feb 20, 2017

          Looking at a somewhat bare, sloped stage, the audience is warned of gunshots, explosions, and other triggering scenes: Clearly, this won't be an evening of light-hearted fun. But rather than scenes of gore and violence, A Piece of My Heart invites audiences to experience the emotions and lives of the women of the Vietnam War. (more...)

A PIECE OF MY HEART Examines War and Women at the Annie RussellA PIECE OF MY HEART Examines War and Women at the Annie Russell
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College continues its 84th season with A Piece of My Heart, a drama based on the true stories of six women who served in Vietnam. Called "the most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation" by the Vietnam Veterans Association, this powerful piece portrays the lives of Army and Navy nurses, an enlisted intelligence specialist in the Women's Army Corps, a Red Cross volunteer, and a U.S.O. singer before, during, and after their deployment. Featuring the unforgettable music of the era, the play is a breathtaking examination of the far-reaching costs of war. (more...)

Genesis Presents Chicago Premiere of THE RADIANTGenesis Presents Chicago Premiere of THE RADIANT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

???????Set one hundred years ago in Paris, The Radiant centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Curie. Widowed at thirty-nine, with two young children to raise and support, she becomes involved in a scandalous affair with her young married assistant, an affair which rocks Paris and nearly costs her her career - and her life. (more...)

Shenan Arts Announces Auditions for A PIECE OF MY HEARTShenan Arts Announces Auditions for A PIECE OF MY HEART
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2017

A Piece of my Heart is a powerful ensemble drama based on true stories from the women who served during the Vietnam War. The play portrays their lives before, during, and after the war; exploring the trauma of war and the effect of active combat on medical personnel, as well as the emotional, mental, and physical aftereffects of that experience. A Piece of My Heart has been produced over a thousand times since premiering at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1991 and has been the recipient of the Kittredge Foundation Award and the Barbara Deming Prize for Women Playwrights. (more...)

Raleigh Little Theatre's Three-Play Series WOMEN AND WAR Showcases the Roles and Experiences of Women During Times of WarRaleigh Little Theatre's Three-Play Series WOMEN AND WAR Showcases the Roles and Experiences of Women During Times of War
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Raleigh Little Theatre presents "Women and War", a three-play series as part of the Season of Discovery, which will run throughout the month of May. This series includes three plays - 'A Piece of My Heart,' 'Downrange: Voices from the Homefront' and 'Grounded' as well as a workshop for military families dedicated to creating personal narratives. All three plays will be presented in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. (more...)

Genesis Theatrical Productions Unveils its Best Season Ever for 2017Genesis Theatrical Productions Unveils its Best Season Ever for 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Chicago's own Genesis Theatrical Productions, a leader in new and unique theatre celebrates women with three outstanding plays by and about women.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Odyssey Theatre's WAITING FOR GRACEPhoto Flash: First Look at Odyssey Theatre's WAITING FOR GRACE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2016

What if true love never happens? Or worse… what if it does? Theatre Planners presents the world premiere of an award-winning comedy by Sharon Sharth. Waiting for Graceopens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre on November 12, directed by Lee Costello. (more...)


by Walter McBride - Nov 8, 2016

Just last night, Dramatists Guild Fund presented its annual benefit gala- Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars: The Presidential Edition at Gotham Hall in New York. Raul Esparza debuted 'The Flag Song' from ASSASSINS which was cut before performances began, and Patrick Page performed from Robert Schenkkan's ALL THE WAY. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the big night below! (more...)

Sharon Sharth's Award-Winning Comedy WAITING FOR GRACE Offers Controversial Look at Love and MarriageSharon Sharth's Award-Winning Comedy WAITING FOR GRACE Offers Controversial Look at Love and Marriage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

What if true love never happens? Or worse… what if it does? Theatre Planners presents the world premiere of an award-winning comedy by Sharon Sharth. Waiting for Grace opens as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre on November 12, directed by Lee Costello. (more...)

THE FOREIGNER, URINETOWN, CONSTELLATIONS Set for Annie Russell Theatre's 84th SeasonTHE FOREIGNER, URINETOWN, CONSTELLATIONS Set for Annie Russell Theatre's 84th Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The Annie Russell Theatre, the longest running theatre in Central Florida, announces their 84th season! (more...)

2016 Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival Announces Six Winning Plays2016 Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival Announces Six Winning Plays
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Samuel French has announced the winners of the 2016 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, the nation's premier short play competition. (more...)

Playwrights George Brant, Gretchen Cryer & Josh Harmon Among Judges for 2016 Off Off Broadway Short Play FestivalPlaywrights George Brant, Gretchen Cryer & Josh Harmon Among Judges for 2016 Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, the nation's premier short play competition, takes place August 9 - 14 at the East 13th Street Theater (Classic Stage Company). Chosen from 1,500 submissions from the U.S. and abroad, 30 finalist plays, each running 10-30 minutes in length, will be presented. (more...)

Samuel French 2016 Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival Kicks Off TomorrowSamuel French 2016 Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, the nation's premier short play competition, takes place August 9 - 14 at the East 13th Street Theater (Classic Stage Company). (more...)

Playwrights George Brant, Gretchen Cryer & Josh Harmon Among Judges for 2016 Off Off Broadway Short Play FestivalPlaywrights George Brant, Gretchen Cryer & Josh Harmon Among Judges for 2016 Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, the nation's premier short play competition, takes place August 9 - 14 at the East 13th Street Theater (Classic Stage Company). Chosen from 1,500 submissions from the U.S. and abroad, 30 finalist plays, each running 10-30 minutes in length, will be presented. (more...)

Infinite Variety Productions to Return to FringeNYC with Alla Ilyasova's SVETLYACHKIInfinite Variety Productions to Return to FringeNYC with Alla Ilyasova's SVETLYACHKI
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Infinite Variety Productions and Colleen Britt (Claire's Room, 2006; Photosynthesis, 2009) return to the New York International Fringe Festival with newcomer Alla Ilyasova's lyrical tale of dark secrets, White guards, Young Leninists, Tsarist treasures, and lightning bugs. (more...)

Samuel French Off Off Broadway Play Festival Reveals 2016 FinalistsSamuel French Off Off Broadway Play Festival Reveals 2016 Finalists
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, the nation's premier short play competition, announces the 30 finalists for its 41st festival.  Chosen from 1,500 submissions from the U.S. and abroad, these 30 plays will be presented during a week-long festival August 9 - 14. All performances will take place at the East 13th Street Theater (Classic Stage Company). (more...)

THE FOREIGNER, URINETOWN, CONSTELLATIONS Set for Annie Russell Theatre's 84th SeasonTHE FOREIGNER, URINETOWN, CONSTELLATIONS Set for Annie Russell Theatre's 84th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The Annie Russell Theatre, the longest running theatre in Central Florida, announces their 84th season! (more...)

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble Presents A PIECE OF MY HEART, Opening May 6Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble Presents A PIECE OF MY HEART, Opening May 6
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (CDE) concludes its 15th season dedicated to the woman's voice, and its ongoing mission of "performance with a purpose," with Shirley Lauro's A Piece of My Heart, directed by CDE fellow Victoria Alvarez-Chacon, and described by the Association of Vietnam Veterans of America as "the most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation."  A Piece of My Heart follows tells the true experiences of six women working in Vietnam during wartime. The powerful accounts of these women - five nurses and one country western singer - take place before, during and after Vietnam, and each story concludes with a personal token left at the memorial wall in Washington.  (more...)

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