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Playwrights Horizons Welcomes New Director of Development
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Playwrights Horizons announced the appointment of Liz Fallon Culp as the institution's new Director of Development. Ms. Culp joins the acclaimed theater company direct from New York Public Radio (WNYC/WQXR), where she served as the Senior Director of Major Gifts and Legacy Giving. She began with the theater company this month, leading its seven-person Development department. (more...)

Tarragon Theatre Presents the World Premiere of THE BAKELITE MASTERPIECE, 10/29-11/30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

Tarragon Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of The Bakelite Masterpiece, written by Tarragon playwright-in-residence Kate Cayley, directed by Tarragon's Artistic Director Richard Rose and starring two award-winning, powerhouse actors, Geordie Johnson and Irene Poole. Set in the Netherlands in the aftermath of World War II, this penetrating new play exploring art, forgery and war crimes opens October 29 and runs to November 30 (with previews from October 21) in Tarragon's Extraspace. (more...)

Geordie Johnson and Irene Poole to Star in Tarragon' THE BAKELITE MASTERPIECE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

Tarragon Theatre presents the world premiere of The Bakelite Masterpiece, written by Tarragon playwright-in-residence Kate Cayley, directed by Tarragon's Artistic Director Richard Rose and starring two award-winning, powerhouse actors, Geordie Johnson and Irene Poole. Set in the Netherlands in the aftermath of World War II, this penetrating new play exploring art, forgery and war crimes opens October 29 and runs to November 30 (with previews from October 21) in Tarragon's Extraspace. (more...)

Tickets to Broadway-Bound AIRLINE HIGHWAY at Steppenwolf on Sale Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company continues its 2014/15 subscription season with the world premiere production of Airline Highway, written by Lisa D'Amour (Detroit) and directed by Joe Mantello (The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, Wicked). Steppenwolf's production will open on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC)'s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre following its world premiere engagement in Chicago. (more...)

Wilma Theater to Open 2014-15 Season with RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, 10/8-11/2
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

After the highly acclaimed production of Becky Shaw in the 2009/10 season The Wilma Theater is thrilled to be producing its second Gina Gionfriddo play-Rapture, Blister, Burn directed by UArts Ira Brind School of Theater Director Joanna Settle. When celebrity professor Catherine reunites with her best friends from graduate school, now a married couple with kids living in a New England college town, she begins to rethink the choices she's made over the past twenty years. As these three friends navigate their new relationships with each other, feelings of regret begin to arise. Catherine's homecoming leads to shifting dynamics and a larger look at how much (or little) the lives of women have evolved over the past century, while examining subjects ranging from pornography to Betty Friedan to slasher films. Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winner Gina Gionfriddo offers a fresh take on timeless questions by wittily juxtaposing feminist theories with messy human desires. (more...)

'NIGHT, MOTHER to Run 11/1-12/14 at The Lost Studio
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

The issue of suicide has always been complicated and controversial. Celebrating the 6th Anniversary of Whitmore Eclectic, Aliah Whitmore directs Sylva Kelegian and Lisa Richards in a revival of Marsha Norman's eloquent, darkly humorous, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama 'night, Mother. The opening is set for Nov. 1 at The Lost Studio on La Brea Ave. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Extends BOOTYCANDY Through October 19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Playwrights Horizons announced today that their New York premiere production of the acclaimed new play Bootycandy, written and directed by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara, would extend an additional week. The production is the season opener of the theater company's 2014/2015 Season. After opening on Wednesday, September 10, the limited engagement -- originally scheduled to play through Sunday, October 12 -- will now play through Sunday, October 19 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). (more...)

Douglas Smith, Pico Alexander, Lilly Englert & More to Lead MCC Theater's PUNK ROCK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

MCC THEATER has announced that film and TV star Douglas Smith, Pico Alexander, Lilly Englert, Lortel Award winner Annie Funke, Five-time Obie winner David Greenspan, Colby Minifie, Will Pullen, and Noah Robbins, will star in the New York premiere of Punk Rock, a new play by Simon Stephens and directed by Trip Cullman. Performances for Punk Rock begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on October 29, 2014. An official opening is set for November 17, 2014 and it is currently scheduled through December 7, 2014. Tickets are now on sale. For info, please visit www.mcctheater.org. (more...)

O'Neill Theater Center Accepting Scripts for 2015 Playwrights Conference
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is now accepting scripts for development during the 2015 National Playwrights Conference. Applicants may submit works to the O'Neill's Open Submissions Process through Friday, October 17, 2014. (more...)

Philadelphia Theatre Company to Open 40th Anniversary Season with DETROIT, 10/10-11/9
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

Philadelphia Theatre Company opens its 40th Anniversary season with the Pulitzer Prize finalist Detroit by Lisa D'Amour running October 10-November 9 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets). Directed by Maria Mileaf, the cast features K.O. DelMarcelle, Tom McCarthy, Genevieve Perrier, Steven Rishard, and Matteo J. Scammell. (more...)

Ismenia Mendes Joins Cast of Playwrights Horizons' GRAND CONCOURSE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Tickets go on sale to the general public and rehearsals begin today, Tuesday, September 16 for the Playwrights Horizons World Premiere production of GRAND CONCOURSE, a new play by playwright and two-time Obie Award-winning actress Heidi Schreck (There Are No More Big Secrets, Creature). Directed by Kip Fagan (The Revisionist, Asuncion), the play is the second production of the acclaimed theater company's 2014/2015 Season. It follows the critically-acclaimed Bootycandy, a new play written and directed by Robert O'Hara, now playing on the Mainstage. (more...)

Hampstead Theatre's DI AND VIV AND ROSE to Transfer to Vaudeville Theatre in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Hampstead Theatre's critically acclaimed production Di and Viv and Rose, will open at the Vaudeville Theatre on 29 January 2015 with previews from 22 January. Anna Mackmin returns to direct Amelia Bullmore's funny and insightful comedy about female friendship. Tamzin Outhwaite* reprises her role as Di and will be joined by Samantha Spiro as Viv and Jenna Russell as Rose. (more...)

Horizon Theatre to Present DETROIT, 9/1910/19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

Fire up the grill...and expect fireworks. Lisa D'Amour's Pulitzer Prize Finalist play, Detroit will be hitting Horizon Theatre's stage this September! (more...)

MCC Extends Neil LaBute's THE MONEY SHOT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

MCC THEATER has announced that the world premiere of MCC Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute's new play, The Money Shot, directed by Terry Kinney, has been extended due to popular demand now through October 19, 2014. The production was originally scheduled to close on October 12, 2014. The Money Shot stars Emmy Award nominee Elizabeth Reaser, Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne, Frederick Weller and Gia Crovatin. Performances began at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on September 4, 2014. An official opening is set for September 22, 2014. Tickets are now on sale. For info, please visit www.mcctheater.org. (more...)

MURDER BALLAD Begins 9/26 at The Bijou
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

The Bijou Theatre presents the first show in their main stage season, the Connecticut premiere of the Off-Broadway hit "Murder Ballad," for three performances only on Friday, September 26th, and Saturday, September 27th at 8:00pm and Sunday, September 28th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $18 for student theatre seating, $23 general theatre seating, and $28 for table/high top seating. (more...)

TCG Publishes Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize Winning Play THE FLICK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the publication of Annie Baker's The Flick, the 2014 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play, which will be available in paperback and hardcover, premiered at Playwrights Horizons in New York, NY in 2013 and is slated to receive a commercial run in the near future. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Extends RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Through 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional 7 performances of the Bay Area Premiere of Obie-winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo's (After Ashley, Becky Shaw) unflinching look at modern gender politics. Desdemona Chiang (The Hundred Flowers Project) directs this finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, featuring Gabriel Marin (This Is How It Goes, Collapse), Rebecca Schweitzer (A Delicate Balance, The First Grade), Marilee Talkington (Salomania), Lilian Bogovich, and Nicole Javier. RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN plays now through October 5 (added performances: Tuesday, September 30, 7pm; Wednesday, October 1, 8pm; Thursday, October 2, 8pm; Friday, October 3, 8pm; Saturday, October 4, 8pm; Sunday, October 5, 2pm and 7pm) at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($32-50) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

Blythe Gruda, Chris Crawford & More to Lead Actors' Playhouse's MURDER BALLAD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

Actors' Playhouse has announced full casting for the upcoming Florida premiere of Murder Ballad, the new musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash that will play a limited four-week engagement at the Miracle Theatre from October 8 - November 2, 2014. (more...)

Echo Theater Company to Premiere BETTER, 10/4-11/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

A Jewish, Midwestern, Chekhovian comic drama for the 21st century will be the third offering in The Echo Theater Company's 2015 seaason at Atwater Village Theatre, the company's new permanent home. Jennifer Chambers directs the world premiere of Better, a gentle examination of family and mortality by Jessica Goldberg, opening Oct. 4. (more...)

Southern Rep Adds A CHRISTMAS CAROL to 2014-15 Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Southern Rep Theatre has announced details about its 2014-15 Mainstage Season, including new information on locations, dates and times, as well as unveiling a new addition to its Lagniappe Series: A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, adapted by Doris Baizley and featuring John 'Spud' McConnell who returns as the iconic Scrooge in December 2014. (more...)

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