Theatre Development Fund News

Photo Flash: LAByrinth 'Penalties & Interest'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2008

LAByrinth Theater Company (John Ortiz, Artistic Director; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Co-Artistic Director; John Gould Rubin, Co-Artistic Director & Executive Director) has announced complete casting for the new play in development, Penalties & Interest by Rebecca Cohen, the sixth play in the inaugural PUBLIC LAB series. Directed by John Gould Rubin, the cast features LAByrinth Theater Company members Julian Acosta ('Dirt'), Elizabeth Canavan (The Little Flower of East Orange), Yetta Gottesman (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot), Craig 'muMs' Grant (A View From 151st Street, 'Oz'), and Michael Puzzo (Dirty Story). The development production begins performances Tuesday, June 10th for a limited engagement through June 28th at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place). The insular existence of office life is a Petri dish for contemporary society in Rebecca Cohen's comedy, Penalties & Interest. Lollie, Lyle and Amy try to keep their heads above water, and their boss, Dick, bobs up when they least expect it. LAByrinth first presented Penalties & Interest behind closed doors at its annual retreat, the Summer Intensive, and then presented it as a free reading at the 2006 Barn Series festival. Now, this bare-bones PUBLIC LAB production marks the next stage in LAByrinth's unique play development process, taking the collaboration between the playwright, director, designers and audiences, to the next level. To follow this process, from planning through rehearsals and closing night, members of the general public are invited to contribute to the Penalties & Interest Blog (at www.LABtheater.org), where author, director, company and creative team are talking about the play's development, and hosting a forum for audience response. The creative team for Penalties & Interest includes Chris Barreca (Scenic Design), Oana Botez-Ban (Costume Design), Nicole Pearce (Lighting Design), Betsy Rhodes (Sound Design) and Paula Pizzi (Dramaturg). Penalties & Interest will play the following performance schedule: Tuesdays - Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at The Public Theater Box Office, by calling (212) 967-7555, or online at www.publictheater.org. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street. The performance of Penalties & Interest on Tuesday, June 24th will feature open-captioning for members of the Hard-of-Hearing community. For reservations and information, contact LAByrinth at (212) 513-1014 or visit LABtheater.org. LAByrinth's Accessibility Project is made possible with a grant from Theatre Development Fund's TAP Plus program. Open-Captioning provided by c2 (caption coalition) inc. (more...)

Photo Coverage: 'Don't Quit Your Night Job' Returns To Zipper
by Peter James Zielinski - Jun 03, 2008

DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB, the critically acclaimed comedy variety show featuring a revolving cast of Broadway's brightest performing without a net, welcomed the Spring at their monthly home The Zipper Factory (336 West 37th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues) on Thursday, May 29 at 11:30pm. Tickets are $20.00 and proceeds go to benefit Wendy Wasserstein's TDF/Open Doors program. (more...)

LAByrinth Announces Casting for 'Penalties & Interest'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 01, 2008

LAByrinth Theater Company has announced complete casting for the new play in development, 'Penalties & Interest' by Rebecca Cohen. (more...)

TDF Sponsors 'Interpreting for the Theatre' Institute
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2008

Theatre Development Fund, through its TDF Accessibility Programs (TAP), will sponsor the 11th Annual 'Interpreting for the Theatre' Institute from June 2 - 7 at The Juilliard School in New York City. (more...)

LAByrinth Announces Casting for 'Penalties & Interest'
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2008

LAByrinth Theater Company has announced complete casting for the new play in development, 'Penalties & Interest' by Rebecca Cohen. (more...)

Pierce, Murney, d'Arcy James & More Join 'Night Job' 5/29
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2008

Guests on May 29 at 'Don't Quit Your Night Job' will include David Hyde Pierce -- last year's Tony winner for Best Actor in a Musical -- as well as comedy diva Lea DeLaria and the titular star of next season's SHREK, Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James. The show will also welcome Matt Cavenaugh, star of A Catered Affair, along with Grease's Danny and Sandy, reality TV stars Max Crumm and Laura Osnes. (more...)

Review - Inner Voices: Solo Musicals & My Favorite Moment From Pamela's First Musical
by Michael Dale - May 21, 2008

Spotted at Cafe Edison:  Hillary Clinton and Cubby Bernstein in serious conversation huddled over bowls of motzah ball soup.  As Leo Frank sang, this is not over yet. (more...)

Photo Coverage: 'Pamela' Opening Night Party at Sardis
by Peter James Zielinski - May 20, 2008

ony Award winner Donna McKechnie and noted theatre columnist Michael Riedel joined two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy in the eagerly anticipated benefit performance of PAMELA'S FIRST MUSICAL, a new musical with music by Tony Award winner Cy Coleman, lyrics by Tony Award winner David Zippel, book by Tony & Pulitzer Award winner Wendy Wasserstein and directed by Tony Award nominee Graciela Daniele. In addition, Lila Coogan has been cast in the role of 'Pamela.' Coogan is currently appearing as 'Jane Banks' in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins. The all-star cast also includes Lynn Ahrens, Christian Borle, Carolee Carmello, Sandy Duncan, Gregg Edelman, Christine Ebersole, Stephen Flaherty, Kathie Lee Gifford, Adam Heller, Richard Kind, Robert Klein, Tommy Tune and many others. Special guest David Garrison made appearance as Producer Bernie S. Gerry. The special concert of PAMELA'S FIRST MUSICAL was held on Sunday, May 18 at 3 PM at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street) with a reception at Sardi's immediately following. Proceeds will benefit BC/EFA and Theatre Development Fund's Open Doors Program, which Wasserstein founded. This delightful one-act musical, based on Wasserstein's 1996 children's book, tells the story of a young girl from the suburbs who spends an unforgettable birthday with her eccentric, sophisticated Aunt Louise (Murphy) attending a lavish Broadway production and meeting all the glamorous, creative people who made it possible. BROADWAY CARES/ EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund raising and grant making organization. BC/EFA is the on-going, committed response from the American theater community to an urgent worldwide health crisis. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. Since it's founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $140 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV and other related illnesses. For more information please visit www.broadwaycares.org (more...)

Photo Coverage: 'Pamela's First Musical'
by Peter James Zielinski - May 20, 2008

Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie and noted theatre columnist Michael Riedel joined two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy in the eagerly anticipated benefit performance of PAMELA'S FIRST MUSICAL, a new musical with music by Tony Award winner Cy Coleman, lyrics by Tony Award winner David Zippel, book by Tony & Pulitzer Award winner Wendy Wasserstein and directed by Tony AwardŽ nominee Graciela Daniele. (more...)

TDF at South Street Seaport Starts Accepting Credit Cards
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2008

On Monday, May 19, TDF began accepting credit cards as payment at the Lower Manhattan TKTS Discount Booth at South Street Seaport. (more...)

Photo Coverage: 2008 Lucille Lortel Awards
by Walter McBride - May 08, 2008

The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers presented the 23rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway on Monday night, May 5, 2008. (more...)

Photo Coverage: 2008 LORTEL AWARDS Stage Presentation
by Walter McBride - May 08, 2008

The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers presented the 23rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway on Monday night, May 5, 2008. (more...)

2007-8 Lortel Award Winners Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 05, 2008

The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers presented the 23rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway on Monday night, May 5, 2008 at the Union Square Theatre. (more...)

Julie White To Host Lucille Lortel Awards 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2008

THE LEAGUE OF OFF-BROADWAY THEATRES AND PRODUCERS today announced that Julie White, currently on stage in From Up Here at Manhattan Theatre Club, will host THE 23rd ANNUAL LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OFF-BROADWAY, which will be presented on Monday, May 5th at the Union Square Theatre (100 East 17th Street). (more...)

Application Deadline For Commerical Theater 5/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2008

The application deadline for The Commercial Theater Institute and the O'Neill Theater Center's new joint program, The CTI-O'Neill Summer Workshop, has been extended until Thursday, May 22nd. (more...)

TDF Launches New Program To Help Visually Impared
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2008

Theatre Development Fund, which has been a leader in programs and advocacy for theatergoers with physical disabilities through their TDF Accessibility Programs (TAP), will be launching a pilot program of a new arts-in-education program that will help students who are blind or who have low vision enjoy Broadway theatre for the first time in their lives. (more...)

Photo Coverage: 'Don't Quit Your Night Job' Welcomes White
by Peter James Zielinski - Apr 29, 2008

Don't Quit Your Night Job, the critically acclaimed comedy variety show featuring a revolving cast of Broadway's brightest performing without a net, welcomed Tony Winner Julie White, Jonathan Groff and Lin-Manuel Miranda to join in on the comedy antics. (more...)

Listen Now: Cy Coleman and Lillias White Sing From 'Pamela's First Musical'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2008

BroadwayWorld is pleased to bring you this special recording of Cy Coleman and Lillias White singing 'It Started With A Dream' from 'Pamela's First Musical' which Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS will be presenting a benefit performance at Town Hall on May 18th at 3pm. (more...)

Julie White Announced as Host of Lortel Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2008

Tony Winner Julie White was announced today as host of the 23rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards taking place Monday ,May 5th at the Union Square Theatre. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Lortel Awards Cocktail Party
by Walter McBride - Apr 23, 2008

A cocktail reception to congratulate all of the nominees was held on April 21st at The Penthouse at American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street). (more...)

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