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Stratford Announces 2015 Season; 'SOUND OF MUSIC' and 'CAROUSEL' Confirmed
by Alan Henry - Aug 25, 2014

Stratford Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has announced a season of Discovery for 2015 with 13 plays exploring eureka moments, whether they be scientific discoveries, creative accomplishments, the dawning of a deeper understanding of human nature or the epiphanies of self-knowledge. These themes, as they are reflected in art, science and our personal lives, will be further explored through more than 150 events at the Stratford Festival Forum. The 2015 season will also see a number of creative artists pursuing new work through the Stratford Festival Laboratory, Mr. Cimolino's centre for creative research and development, including adaptations of an early Urdu novel and a children's story, as well as a new approach to four of Shakespeare's history plays. (more...)

Conejo Players to Open THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, 8/29
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman, will be directed by Rachael Weinberg Pugh and produced by Patrick Rogers & Priscilla Losey (via special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service) for the Conejo Players. The show runs August 29 through September 20, 2014. (more...)

Jen Danby's SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN Finds New Performance Venue
by BWW News Desk - Aug 05, 2014

Sharon Tate in Heaven has a new home in New York City for the August 8-11 run. The White Box Studio C at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. Sharon Tate in Heaven, presented by This American Blonde Actress and Mississippi Mud Productions, returns for a limited special New York City run this August 8th-11th, followed by two special dates in Lido Beach, New York August 16th and 17th at Theresa Academy for Performing Arts. (more...)

Wasatch Theatrical Ventures' MOON OVER BUFFALO to Open Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2014

There will be swashbuckling when Wasatch Theatrical Ventures presents the Tony-nominated comedy MOON OVER BUFFALO, written by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), directed by Kiff Scholl, produced by Racquel Lehrman/Theatre Planners, opening August 2 at the Grove Center Theatre in Burbank, CA. (more...)

Cumberland County Playhouse Presents New Adaptation of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

Beginning tonight, March 28, Cumberland County Playhouse will present a thrilling new adaptation of one of the most widely read books in the world, The Diary of Anne Frank. This unforgettable story dramatizes the true events of a teenaged Jewish girl, her family and others in danger - including a boy near her age - as they hide from the Nazi occupiers of wartime Amsterdam in the 1940's. Adapted by Wendy Kesselman from the original version by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, the Playhouse production returns to Anne's original diary, sharing her thoughts and dreams of growing up, and the adventure of life amid the dangers of war and the fear of capture. (more...)

Cumberland County Playhouse to Present New Adaptation of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, Begin. 3/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Beginning March 28, Cumberland County Playhouse will present a thrilling new adaptation of one of the most widely read books in the world, The Diary of Anne Frank. This unforgettable story dramatizes the true events of a teenaged Jewish girl, her family and others in danger - including a boy near her age - as they hide from the Nazi occupiers of wartime Amsterdam in the 1940's. Adapted by Wendy Kesselman from the original version by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, the Playhouse production returns to Anne's original diary, sharing her thoughts and dreams of growing up, and the adventure of life amid the dangers of war and the fear of capture. (more...)

ISAAC'S EYE, DOUBT: A PARABLE and More Highlight Writers Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce the 2014/15 Season, to include Isaac's Eye by Lucas Hnath, directed by Michael Halberstam; The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman, directed by Kimberly Senior; and Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, directed by William Brown. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at Open Stage of Harrisburg
by Marakay Rogers - Mar 16, 2014

Anne Alsedek directs a well-handled version of Open Stage's annual production -- its fifteenth year of presenting the powerful classic (more...)

Austin Pendleton & Jen Danby Set for SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN Talkbacks, Now thru 3/22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

vTalkback dates with director Austin Pendleton and Jen Danby have been confirmed for tonight, March 14 and March 16 & 22nd. The March 16th talkback will be led by Sissy Gamache of The Sissy Gamache Show. (more...)

Playhouse on the Square Presents THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, Now thru 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

During World War II, the gifted young Jewish girl chronicles her rapidly changing life as she and 7 others hide in an attic to avoid the terrors of Nazi rule. This transcendently powerful adaptation by Wendy Kesselman tells a deeper story by incorporating Holocaust survivor accounts and newly discovered writings from Anne Frank's diary. (more...)

Playhouse on the Square to Present THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, 3/14-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

During World War II, the gifted young Jewish girl chronicles her rapidly changing life as she and 7 others hide in an attic to avoid the terrors of Nazi rule. This transcendently powerful adaptation by Wendy Kesselman tells a deeper story by incorporating Holocaust survivor accounts and newly discovered writings from Anne Frank's diary. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Reminds Us To Never Take Our Freedom For Granted
by Shari Barrett - Feb 17, 2014

If you have never seen THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK onstage, do not miss your chance to see it at the small black box Cupcake Theater in Hollywood, directed with a skilful hand and emotional insight by Sabrina Lloyd, starring Sigi Gradwohl as Anne Frank. Lloyd and Gradwohl present Anne's two-year ordeal hiding with her family during the German occupation of the Netherlands as a story of life, not death, and it is a true depiction of raw, daily survival during the Holocaust. (more...)

Austin Pendleton Directs Jen Danby in SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN, 3/14-23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Sharon Tate in Heaven is a one woman odyssey about model and actress Sharon Tate. Sharon did some television work and made six films, her last with Orson Welles, and was on her way to international stardom. She met director Roman Polanski in 1967 when she was hired to play the lead in his film The Fearless Vampire Killers, fell madly in love, and married him. Two years later while pregnant with his child, a boy, she and four others were savagely killed by members of the Charles Manson 'family' in August 1969 when Manson, a frustrated musician who wanted to get revenge on the Establishment that rejected him, and with paranoid delusions about a Helter Skelter race war he wanted to start, set it in motion. At the home Sharon and Roman rented on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, Sharon passed before being able to say goodbye to her husband or loved ones. In this one woman show, written and performed by Jen Danby (The Blonde Bombshell Project: Marilyn Monroe), and inspired by research into books, pictures, interviews, films, virtual explorations, and more, Sharon Tate is interviewed in Heaven moments after her death to talk about her life, acting, and love, as a Valentine message to her husband. At the juncture of an American Tragedy that is cultural memory, this is the story of the real Sharon Tate and it is a Love Story. Tickets on sale now at SharonTate.brownpapertickets.com (more...)

Wasatch Theatrical Ventures to Present INHERIT THE WIND, 2/8-3/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 04, 2014

Wasatch Theatrical Ventures will present one of the great American plays of the 20th century, INHERIT THE WIND, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, directed by the award-winning Kiff Scholl, produced by Racquel Lehrman/Theatre Planners. In a small town courtroom and with the eyes of the nation upon them, two legal giants face off over a teacher's right to teach evolution to a high school class in this critically acclaimed drama based on the Scopes Monkey Trial. As rousing and relevant today as it was when it debuted in 1955, INHERIT THE WIND is an edge-of-your-seat riveting look at the age-old conflict between science and religion. The play opens Friday, February 8th and runs through March 16th at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank, CA. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Media Theatre's DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

The moving and meaningful 'Diary of Anne Frank' is currently playing at The Media Theatre. It runs through February 16. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Finalists Announced for 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize- Including Theresa Rebeck & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has announced 10 Finalists for its prestigious playwriting award, now celebrating its thirty-sixth year. Chosen from over 100 submitted plays, the Finalists are (more...)

Anastasia Korbal Stars in Media Theatre's THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, Now thru 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

The Media Theatre is producing the 1997 adaptation of the legendary play 'The Diary of Anne Frank' today, January 29 to February 16, 2014. Wendy Kesselman adapted the play when it was revived on Broadway, based on the original text by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. The revival was nominated for several Tony awards. (more...)

FIRST LOOK: The Star of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Shares Her Personal Ties to Anne Frank
by Shari Barrett - Jan 28, 2014

On February 15, 2014, the story of Anne Frank and her two-year ordeal hiding with her family during the German occupation of the Netherlands comes to Hollywood's Cupcake Theater, starring Sigi Gradwohl, a third-generation Holocaust survivor, as Anne Frank. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK is a story of life, not death, and a depiction of raw, daily survival during the Holocaust. Told with wit and sentiment, this production is sure to hit home with a truth that still resonates today. (more...)

Austin Pendleton Directs Mississippi Mud's SEAGULL69, Now thru 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

Tony-nominated and Obie-winning Chekhov director Austin Pendleton helms and appears in Mississippi Mud Productions' SeaGull69, a new version of Anton Chekhov's masterpiece, The SeaGull. This is a world premiere of an adaptation by Austin Pendleton and the acting company drawing on Marian Fell's translation. Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, the play looks at family and friends pursuing the American dream of fame, love, and fortune in Hollywood, the land of dreams. Chekhov's sense of humor along with his tender and honest look at life is explored through the terrain of this family and their circle's life in Hollywood from 1969-1971. Tickets on sale online @ http://seagull69.brownpapertickets.com - $17 general admission, $14 student/senior. (more...)

Mississippi Mud Productions' SEAGULL69 Sets Talkbacks with Austin Pendleton
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Tony-nominated and Obie-winning Chekhov director Austin Pendleton helms and appears in Mississippi Mud Productions' SeaGull69, a new version of Anton Chekhov's masterpiece, The SeaGull. This is a world premiere of an adaptation by Austin Pendleton and the acting company drawing on Marian Fell's translation. Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, the play looks at family and friends pursuing the American dream of fame, love, and fortune in Hollywood, the land of dreams. Chekhov's sense of humor along with his tender and honest look at life is explored through the terrain of this family and their circle's life in Hollywood from 1969-1971. Tickets on sale online @ http://seagull69.brownpapertickets.com - $17 general admission, $14 student/senior. (more...)

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