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BWW Interview: Actress FELICITY WREN Talks About Her Role in BABY OH BABY!BWW Interview: Actress FELICITY WREN Talks About Her Role in BABY OH BABY!
by Don Grigware - May 27, 2016

Actress FELICITY WREN currently stars in the world premiere quirky romantic British comedy BABY OH BABY through June 4 at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, Califorini.  Felicity has a Masters Degree in Acting from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London and her Honors Degree from Bretton Hall College. She is proud to have worked extensively in theatre in the UK, been the muse for 4 plays for amazing playwright Glyn Maxwell and a writer /performer with her own comedy sketch show Greedy (London, Edinburgh & NYC).  Recent TV - "Contingency" for New Street Pictures.  Felicity also stars in upcoming comedy feature films, "The Trap" and "The Man You're Not" whilst producing with her LA company: Dangerously Funny Productions. by Steve Peterson (more...)

Sundance Institute to Launch New 'FilmTwo' InitiativeSundance Institute to Launch New 'FilmTwo' Initiative
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Sundance Institute today announced a significant expansion of its signature artist development programs to include targeted support for second-time feature filmmakers, addressing a growing need in the field of independent storytelling, especially for women and filmmakers of color. The new FilmTwo Initiative, led by the Institute's renowned Feature Film Program, with generous support from Founding Partner NBCUniversal, will offer selected directors specialized creative and tactical guidance in navigating the unique challenges of making their second feature films. The Initiative's inaugural Fellows announced today participated in a Screenwriters Intensive in March and continue to receive customized creative and tactical support and participate in select FFP activities. (more...)

American Theater Company Announces 2016-17 SeasonAmerican Theater Company Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC) proudly announces Season 32, led by its newly appointed Artistic Director Will Davis and continuing the theater's dedication to developing new works. The 2016-17 season kicks off this September with the world premiere of Dan Aibel's T., an exploration of the competitive ice skating saga between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, directed byMargot Bordelon, Sept. 23-Oct. 30, 2016. In the New Year, ATC presents Jaclyn Backhaus' Men On Boats, making its regional premiere at ATC Jan. 6-Feb. 12, 2017, under Will Davis' direction after he remounts his acclaimed New York production Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons this summer. Next spring brings another world premiere at ATC, Basil Kreimendahl's We're Gonna Be Okay, March 17-April 23, 2017. The production is directed by Bonnie Metzgar and was originally developed at ATC in collaboration with The Araca Group during AracaWorks: Chicago 2015. The final production of ATC's 2016-17 Season is a reimagined classic, Pulitzer Prize winner Picnic by William Inge, under Davis' direction May 19-June 25, 2017. Season subscriptions are on sale now and range from $60-$150, with special pricing available for advance purchases before July 31, 2016. To purchase a subscription or for more information, visit www.atcweb.org or call the ATC Box Office at 773-409-4125. (more...)

Playwright, Neuroscientist, RADIOLAB Host Set for MTC's INCOGNITO PanelPlaywright, Neuroscientist, RADIOLAB Host Set for MTC's INCOGNITO Panel
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, announces the upcoming Sloan Panel Discussion on INCOGNITO, which will be held following the Tuesday, May 17 performance of the play at MTC at New York City Center-Stage I (131 West 55th Street), and is open to anyone attending the evening's performance. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for New Musical GROUNDHOG DAY at the Old VicFull Cast Announced for New Musical GROUNDHOG DAY at the Old Vic
by Marianka Swain - May 9, 2016

Full casting is today announced for the world premiere of the new musical GROUNDHOG DAY, which previews at the Old Vic from July 11 with a press night on August 16. Carlyss Peer will play Rita Hanson, alongside the previously announced Andy Karl in the role of Phil Connors. Eugene McCoy plays cameraman Larry, and the ensemble cast includes Leo Andrew, David Birch, Ste Clough, Roger Dipper, Georgina Hagen, Kieran Jae, Julie Jupp, Andrew Langtree, Vicki Lee Taylor, Emma Lindars, Antonio Magro, Carolyn Maitland, Kirsty Malpass, Lisa Mathieson,  Jenny O'Leary, Leanne Pinder, Mark Pollard, Damien Poole, Jack Shalloo, Andrew Spillett and Spencer Stafford. (more...)

Sundance Institute Names First-Time Filmmakers for Directors LabSundance Institute Names First-Time Filmmakers for Directors Lab
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Sundance Institute has selected eight first-time filmmakers for its signature Directors Lab, which helped launch the careers of award-winning filmmakers Cary Fukunaga, Dee Rees, Marielle Heller, Benh Zeitlin and Quentin Tarantino. Taking place May 30-June 23 in the mountains of Sundance Resort in Utah, the annual Lab supports the next wave of independent filmmakers exploring new ideas and shaping the future of storytelling. (more...)

Windy City Playhouse Announces Cast of THISWindy City Playhouse Announces Cast of THIS
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's most sophisticated new theater, presents the off-Broadway hit This, a tart 'melanchomedy' centering on four educated, artistically inclined thirtysomething New Yorkers whose longtime friendship is tested by an act of infidelity. Writer, director and playwright Carl Menninger (a former Deerfield native) returns home from Washington, D.C. to direct this piercing, beautifully crafted new play for lovers of language by Melissa James Gibson. Previews for This begin Wednesday, June 15 at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park. (more...)

Shaina Taub to Release SONGS FROM OLD HATS Collection Next WeekShaina Taub to Release SONGS FROM OLD HATS Collection Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Ghostlight Records will release a special EP of world-premiere recordings by acclaimed singer/songwriter SHAINA TAUB - which she wrote for and performed in the hit Off-Broadway production of Old Hats - on Friday, April 29. (more...)

Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar Named Arena Stage Resident PlaywrightPulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar Named Arena Stage Resident Playwright
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Artistic Director Molly Smith announces Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Ayad Akhtar as Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater's next resident playwright as part of the American Voices New Play Institute, effective July 2016 through June 2017. Akhtar's emotionally-charged drama Disgraced, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, completes Arena Stage's 2015/16 season. Now in previews, the production officially opens April 28 and runs through May 29, 2016. (more...)

Sci-Fi Thriller APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN Coming to Theatrical & Home AudiencesSci-Fi Thriller APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN Coming to Theatrical & Home Audiences
by Movies News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Paramount Home Media Distribution and Vertical Entertainment announced today a collaboration to bring APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN to theatrical and home viewing audiences. (more...)

Sandra Oh, Hoon Lee & More Set for Sundance Institute's New MENA Play DevelopmentSandra Oh, Hoon Lee & More Set for Sundance Institute's New MENA Play Development
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Sundance Institute today announced the acting company, dramaturgs and creative advisors participating in its pilot Theatre Lab in the MENA region, including Sandra Oh, Hoon Lee, Deanna Dunagan, Hala Omran and Raeda Taha. The Lab, held in Morocco next month, is part of the Institute's international cultural exchange programs for independent artists and will kick off a new, multi-year commitment to support artists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). For the Lab, the Institute will provide promising, fresh voices from the U.S. and MENA region with a rigorous artistic retreat and new opportunities for cross-cultural discovery, artistic reflection and creative experimentation. (more...)

Jason Biggs, Liev Schreiber Among Jurors for 2016 Tribeca Film FestivalJason Biggs, Liev Schreiber Among Jurors for 2016 Tribeca Film Festival
by TV News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced its jurors – a diverse group of industry leaders, including award-winning actors, acclaimed filmmakers, writers, entrepreneurs, artists and cultural leaders. (more...)

BWW Interview: A Women's History Month Special with ECLIPSED Director Liesl TommyBWW Interview: A Women's History Month Special with ECLIPSED Director Liesl Tommy
by Adrienne Onofri - Mar 30, 2016

It's only appropriate that Tommy, who's committed to diversity and an int'l perspective in theater, is helming an Africa-set play that's Broadway's first ever whose writer, director and cast are all black women. (more...)

Aaron Landsman's EMPATHY SCHOOL / LOVE STORY to Play Abrons Arts CenterAaron Landsman's EMPATHY SCHOOL / LOVE STORY to Play Abrons Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

Abrons Arts Center presents the New York City premieres of EMPATHY SCHOOL / LOVE STORY, a program of two monologues, with video and original music, written and directed by Aaron Landsman. (more...)

Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, Patrick Page and More to Lead Chavkin & Mitchell's HADESTOWN Premiere at NYTW; Cast Announced!Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, Patrick Page and More to Lead Chavkin & Mitchell's HADESTOWN Premiere at NYTW; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) has announced the cast for HADESTOWN, written by celebrated singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and developed with and directed by the inventive two-time OBIE award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Three Pianos; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812). (more...)

Undermain Theatre to Close Season with JONAHUndermain Theatre to Close Season with JONAH
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

To close its 32nd season the Undermain Theatre will present the World Premiere of Len Jenkin's Johan at 3200 Main Street in Deep Ellum.  The premiere will open on Saturday, April 16 - curtain time 8:15 with the playwright in attendance. Preview performances will be on April 13th, 14th, and 15th. The production will run through May 7th. (more...)

Aurora Extends West Coast Premiere of THE HOW AND THE WHYAurora Extends West Coast Premiere of THE HOW AND THE WHY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Due to popular pre-sale demand, Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will again extend the West Coast Premiere of Sarah Treem's (Netflix's House of Cards, HBO's In Treatment, Showtime's The Affair) thought-provoking THE HOW AND THE WHY, the third fully staged production to be performed in the company's second stage performance space, Harry's UpStage. Acclaimed Bay Area actress and director Joy Carlin (Talley's Folly, After the Revolution, Body Awareness, Jack Goes Boating, Awake and Sing!) helms this intimate and keenly perceptive play. The company will add an additional two weeks of performances to the previously extended run dates. Originally extended through May 8, THE HOW AND THE WHY now plays through May 22nd (added performances: Tuesday, May 10, 7pm; Wednesday, May 11, 8pm; Thursday, May 12, 8pm; Friday, May 13, 8pm; Saturday, May 14, 8pm; Sunday, May 15, 2pm; Tuesday, May 17, 7pm; Wednesday, May 18, 8pm; Thursday, May 19, 8pm; Friday, May 20, 8pm; Saturday, May 21, 8pm; Sunday, May 22, 2pm) at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($35-45) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

Jiehae Park Wins Williamstown Theatre Festival's 2016 Weissberger Award; Playwright-in-Resident Announced!Jiehae Park Wins Williamstown Theatre Festival's 2016 Weissberger Award; Playwright-in-Resident Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced that HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO by Jiehae Park is the 2016 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award recipient. Jiehae will also receive The Jay Harris Commission to write a new play, a prize worth $10,000. (more...)

Sundance Institute Announces Projects for Theatre Lab in MENASundance Institute Announces Projects for Theatre Lab in MENA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Sundance Institute today announced the eight new projects selected for its pilot Theatre Lab in the MENA region, held in Morocco, May 2016. The Lab is part of the Institute's international cultural exchange programs for independent artists, which include a new, multi-year commitment to support artists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), broadening the work of its East African Theatre Exchange over the past 15 years. For the Lab, the Institute will provide promising, fresh voices from the U.S. and MENA region with a rigorous artistic retreat and new opportunities for cross-cultural discovery, artistic reflection and creative experimentation. (more...)

Tony Winner John Guare to Lead Discussion on Tennessee Williams at Playhouse Creatures Theatre CompanyTony Winner John Guare to Lead Discussion on Tennessee Williams at Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company will host a post-show discussion centered on the later work of Tennessee Williams following the March 5, 3pm performance of Tennessee Williams 1982. The participants include Tony-winning playwright John Guare, scholar and writer David Savran, scholar and current Tennessee Williams' editor Thomas Keith, and professor and writer Annette J. Saddik. (more...)

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