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Photo Flash: StageWest Presents Touching Tale THE ALIENSPhoto Flash: StageWest Presents Touching Tale THE ALIENS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2017

"Looking at the sun helps you sneeze." Just a typical piece of life-advice from KJ, one of a pair of disaffected yet engaging slackers we meet in Annie Baker's gentle, touching, and funny Obie Award winner The Aliens, beginning a 5-week run on Thursday, May 4 at Stage West. (more...)

Shaina Taub's AS YOU LIKE IT Musical Adaptation to Bring Friends, Feuds and Romance to Public Works This FallShaina Taub's AS YOU LIKE IT Musical Adaptation to Bring Friends, Feuds and Romance to Public Works This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

The Public Theater will kick off the 2017-18 season in September with a free Public Works musical adaptation of AS YOU LIKE IT, adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub. Directed by Laurie Woolery, AS YOU LIKE IT will once again feature over 200 actors and community members alongside equity actors. Now in its fifth season, this unforgettable Public Works musical adaptation about chance encounters and self-discovery, will run for five nights for free, September 1-5, at the Delacorte Theater. (more...)

Taram Rogoff's GRAND ROUNDS Comes to La MaMa This SpringTaram Rogoff's GRAND ROUNDS Comes to La MaMa This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

La MaMa, in association with Tamar Rogo Performance Projects, presents the world premiere of GRAND ROUNDS at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E 4th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, running April 27 - May 14, 2017. (more...)

Arian Moayed, Sherie Renee Scott and Micah Stock to Lead Dual-Language HAMLET at WaterwellArian Moayed, Sherie Renee Scott and Micah Stock to Lead Dual-Language HAMLET at Waterwell
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

Waterwell announced today a strictly limited engagement of a new dual language (English/Farsi) version of Hamlet at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture (18 Bleecker Street). Starring Tony Award nominees Arian Moayed as Hamlet, Sherie Rene Scott as Gertrude, and Micah Stock as Horatio, with direction by Drama Desk nominee Tom Ridgely, Hamlet will begin performances on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, with an opening night set for Sunday, May 21 at 8:00pm, and will play through June 3. (more...)

World Premiere of 'T.', About Kerrigan/Harding Ice Skating Saga, Finds Cast at ATCWorld Premiere of 'T.', About Kerrigan/Harding Ice Skating Saga, Finds Cast at ATC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

American Theater Company (ATC) concludes its Season 32 with the world premiere of Dan Aibel's T., an exploration of the competitive ice skating saga between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. Margot Bordelon directs a cast featuring Guy Massey (Al), Leah Raidt (T.), ensemble member Tyler Ravelson (Jeff), Kelli Simpkins (Joanne) and Nate Whelden (Shawn). T. runs from May 18-June 25, 2017 (press opening: Monday, May 22). (more...)

Playwright Ayad Akhtar and More Slated for Huntington's THE WHO & THE WHAT Special ProgramsPlaywright Ayad Akhtar and More Slated for Huntington's THE WHO & THE WHAT Special Programs
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2017

In conjunction with its upcoming production of The Who & the What the Huntington Theatre Company will host a number of special events and post-show conversations. (more...)

BWW Review: Theater by Palestinians: TAHA at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Theater by Palestinians: TAHA at the Kennedy Center
by Roger Catlin - Mar 17, 2017

As part of the the Kennedy Center's springtime spotlight on international directors, the first of three works by Palestinian playwrights opened at its Terrace Theatre Wednesday. (more...)

Complete Casting Announced for GOOD TO GOComplete Casting Announced for GOOD TO GO
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Complete casting has been announced for the Good to Go Songwriters' Showcase. (more...)

Eccentric Women Take Over the Trustus Main StageEccentric Women Take Over the Trustus Main Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Grey Gardens, The Musical is the hilarious and heartbreaking story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the peculiar aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The musical takes place at Grey Gardens, the Bouviers' mansion in East Hampton, New York and tracks the progression of the two women's lives. Trustus Art Director, Chad Henderson, states, "Our production, based on the real-life cousins of Jackie Onassis, is prefaced by the cult classic documentary of the same name from the 70's, an HBO film starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore, and even a parody piece featuring SNL's Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. America has long had a curiosity for these real women and their story continues to intrigue us - especially since they are part of the Camelot story and one of America's most popular political families. I can't fail to mention that it's an incredibly funny piece. We are delighted to produce it this Spring!" (more...)

Huntington Theatre Co. Extends Ayad Akhtar's THE WHO AND THE WHATHuntington Theatre Co. Extends Ayad Akhtar's THE WHO AND THE WHAT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

 The Huntington Theatre Company will present the provocative and moving drama The Who & the What by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) and directed by Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O'Gara (Milk Like Sugar, Becoming Cuba). Performances begin Friday, March 31 and by popular demand the production has been extended through May 7, 2017 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.  (more...)

Mary Testa, Krysta Rodriguez, Arielle Jacobs and Jason Gotay Sign on for Prospect's GOOD TO GO ShowcaseMary Testa, Krysta Rodriguez, Arielle Jacobs and Jason Gotay Sign on for Prospect's GOOD TO GO Showcase
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Two-time Tony Award nominee Mary Testa (Queen of the Mist, On the Town), Arielle Jacobs (Wicked, In the Heights), Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family, Smash) and Jason Gotay (Bring It On, Spider-Man; Turn Off the Dark) have joined the cast of the Good to Go Songwriters' Showcase. (more...)

Liesl Tommy to Direct PASS OVER at SteppenwolfLiesl Tommy to Direct PASS OVER at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces acclaimed director Liesl Tommy, who received a Tony nomination for her direction of Eclipsed by Danai Gurira on Broadway, will direct Steppenwolf's world premiere production of Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu. The cast features ensemble member Jon Michael Hill and Cliff Chamberlain with one remaining role to be announced. (more...)

Plays by Ricardo Perez Gonzalez, Hansol Jung Picked for PUBLIC STUDIO's 4th SeasonPlays by Ricardo Perez Gonzalez, Hansol Jung Picked for PUBLIC STUDIO's 4th Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

The Public Theater announced the fourth season of PUBLIC STUDIO, which will present two new plays this spring. (more...)

Ann Harada & Sara Wordsworth to Host Prospect's GOOD TO GO Women Writers ShowcaseAnn Harada & Sara Wordsworth to Host Prospect's GOOD TO GO Women Writers Showcase
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Immigration, the development of Luna Park, and new adaptations of the films Bread and Roses and Teeth are among the subjects of Prospect Theater Company's upcoming Good to Go Songwriter's Showcase, a concert celebrating new works-in-process created or co-created by women writers. (more...)

SLCC President Honored During SundanceSLCC President Honored During Sundance
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

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Leigh Fondakowski's BP Oil Spill Play Set for EST This SpringLeigh Fondakowski's BP Oil Spill Play Set for EST This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST), in association with The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, has announced SPILL, written and directed by Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project, The People's Temple). (more...)

2017 Sundance Film Festival Awards Celebrate Global Independent Creative2017 Sundance Film Festival Awards Celebrate Global Independent Creative
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2017

After 10 days, 119 feature films and three feet of snow, an evening of humor and humanity marked the 2017 Sundance Film Festival's Awards Ceremony, with host Jessica Williams emceeing and jurors presenting 27 prizes for feature filmmaking in Park City, Utah. Honorees, named in total below, range from sharp comedies to provocative and timely documentaries and represent new achievements in global independent storytelling. Human stories prevailed across categories, with Grand Jury Prizes awarded to Dina (U.S. Documentary), Last Men in Aleppo (World Documentary), I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (U.S. Dramatic) and The Nile Hilton Incident (World Dramatic). Chasing Coral, showcased in the Festival's environmental program The New Climate, won an Audience Award in the U.S. Documentary category. (more...)

Christopher Chen and Martyna Majok Receive Dramatists Guild of America's 2017 Lanford Wilson AwardChristopher Chen and Martyna Majok Receive Dramatists Guild of America's 2017 Lanford Wilson Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

The Dramatists Guild of America has announced the co-recipients of the 2017 Lanford Wilson Award are Christopher Chen and Martyna Majok. (more...)

Marjorie Prime Wins Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize at 2017 Sundance Film FestivalMarjorie Prime Wins Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize at 2017 Sundance Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

At a reception during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival today, the beneficiaries of $60,000 in grants from Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation were revealed. Doron Weber, the Vice President of Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, announced the winners: Michael Almereyda's Marjorie Prime won the Feature Film Prize; Adam Benic's Levittown (Sundance Institute | Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Episodic Storytelling Grant); Darcy Brislin and Dyana Winkler's Bell (Sundance Institute | Sloan Lab Fellowship); and Jamie Dawson and Howard Gertler's Untitled Smallpox Eradication Project (Sundance Institute | Sloan Commissioning Grant). (more...)

2017 Kleban Prize Winners Announced2017 Kleban Prize Winners Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

The Kleban Foundation is pleased to announce that the 27th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist has been awarded to Daniel Zaitchik and the 27th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to Lisa Kron. The 2017 prizes will be presented on Monday, February 6, 2017, in a private ceremony (by invitation only) hosted by ASCAP and BMI at ASCAP.   (more...)

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