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Hartford Stage Announces Cast and Creative Team For August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSONHartford Stage Announces Cast and Creative Team For August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts announced today the cast and creative team for August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, directed by Jade King Carroll, who helmed our critically-acclaimed production of Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years last spring. (more...)

Historic New Federal Theatre Training Workshops Move Uptown to Dwyer Cultural CenterHistoric New Federal Theatre Training Workshops Move Uptown to Dwyer Cultural Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

The historic Theatre Training Workshops of Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre will move uptown next month to Dwyer Cultural Center at 258 St. Nicholas Ave. (at 123rd Street).  They were previously held in spaces adjoining the theater's offices at 292 Henry Street.  The workshops have been a fertile training ground for leading African-American playwrights and actors. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at ZORA NEALE HURSTON Off-BroadwayPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at ZORA NEALE HURSTON Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

To celebrate Zora Neale Hurston's 125th birthday, Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will present 'Zora Neale Hurston: a Theatrical Biography' by Laurence Holder from October 20 to November 20 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast and the historical figures they embody! (more...)

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn Gets A Theater in the Park for the SummerBed-Stuy, Brooklyn Gets A Theater in the Park for the Summer
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

August in August' is a brand new annual live performance series teaming Joseph Grant Jr., ambassador of arts and culture for the councilman and theatrical producer Andrea J. Fulton of the Anderson & Bert Cade Fulton Foundation. Joint efforts result in the mounting of August Wilson's Tony nominated Two Trains Running directed by Sabura Rashid as its upcoming offering starting August 26th 2016. The production of 'Two Trains Running' will be featured at Fulton Park in Brooklyn on Aug. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., and Aug. 27 at Herbert Von King Park from 4 to 7p.m. Both performances are FREE. August in August actually began Aug. 13 with the first installation of the series 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom performed at Fulton Park in Brooklyn, produced by the Bed-Stuy Theatre Group. (more...)

Photo Flash: Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre Gala Honors Novella Nelson & Melvin Van PeeblesPhoto Flash: Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre Gala Honors Novella Nelson & Melvin Van Peebles
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre (NFT) held a festive Gala Benefit on Sunday, June 26 from 2:00 to 5:30 PM at Trump Place, 220 Riverside Boulevard (enter West 70th Street) honoring Novella Nelson and Melvin Van Peebles, two of many actors and directors who have worked at NFT over the theatre's 46 year history. Mr. Van Peebles was introduced by Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons. Ms. Nelson was introduced by former Mayor David Dinkins. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 6/25/2016
by - Jun 25, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 6/25/2016. (more...)

HAILE KING RUBIE: SPEAKING COLORS Exhibition to Open New Gallery in HarlemHAILE KING RUBIE: SPEAKING COLORS Exhibition to Open New Gallery in Harlem
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

An exhibition of works by Haile King Rubie, a 26-year-old Harlem artist with Down Syndrome, will inaugurate the Clara Francis Gallery, a new Harlem art spot, July 27 to August 17, 2016. The exhibition, 'Haile King Rubie: Speaking Colors,' is primarily drawn from Rubie's 'art waves' of 2013 and 2015 and features contemplations of his otherwise inaccessible inner world. The new gallery space, located at 2070 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., is a welcome addition to Harlem's art district. (more...)

Lorraine Hansberry Awards to Honor Five Native ChicagoansLorraine Hansberry Awards to Honor Five Native Chicagoans
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

On May 24, The Lorraine Hansberry Awards, presented by Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith and Woodie King, Jr., New Federal Theatre Artistic Director, will honor five women: Micki Grant, Lynn Hamilton, Shauneille Perry, Dr. Glory Van Scott and Camille Yarbrough. (more...)

TNC to Host 21st Annual Lower East Side Festival This Memorial Day WeekendTNC to Host 21st Annual Lower East Side Festival This Memorial Day Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

One of the first and most time-honored FREE Summer Festivals in NYC each year - the LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL -- will take place this year, the FEST's 21st annual event  -- Memorial Day Weekend May 27 to 29 at Theater for the New City (155 First Ave. at 10th St.), it has been announced by Crystal Field, co-founder and Artistic Director of Theater for the New City.  (more...)

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir to Receive 2016 Edwin Booth AwardReverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir to Receive 2016 Edwin Booth Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir is the winner of the 2016 Edwin Booth Award. The Award ceremony will take place Monday, May 9, 2016 beginning at 6:30pm in The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street. Admission is FREE but seating is limited. Reservations: awalls@gradcenter.cuny.edu (more...)

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre to Honor Novella Nelson and Melvin Van Peebles at 2016 GalaWoodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre to Honor Novella Nelson and Melvin Van Peebles at 2016 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre (NFT) will hold a Gala Benefit on Sunday, June 26 from 2:00 to 5:30 PM at Trump Place, 220 Riverside Boulevard (enter West 70th Street) honoring Novella Nelson and Melvin Van Peebles, two of many actors and directors who have worked at NFT over the theatre's 46 year history. (more...)

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre 2016 Gala to Honor Novella Nelson & Melvin Van PeeblesWoodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre 2016 Gala to Honor Novella Nelson & Melvin Van Peebles
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre (NFT) will hold a Gala Benefit on Sunday, June 26 from 2:00 to 5:30 PM at Trump Place, 220 Riverside Boulevard (enter West 70th Street) honoring Novella Nelson and Melvin Van Peebles, two of many actors and directors who have worked at NFT over the theatre's 46 year history.  Mr. Van Peebles will be introduced by Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons.  Ms. Nelson will be introduced by former Mayor David Dinkins. (more...)

Goodman Theatre to Host Citywide Lorraine Hansberry Celebration This SpringGoodman Theatre to Host Citywide Lorraine Hansberry Celebration This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

In conjunction with a production of playwright Lorraine Hansberry's final work, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Goodman Theatre presents a Lorraine Hansberry Celebration (April 30 - June 5), curated by Goodman Resident Director Chuck Smith. (more...)

SUGAR RAY to Close April 12 in at New Harlem Besame RestaurantSUGAR RAY to Close April 12 in at New Harlem Besame Restaurant
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

SUGAR RAY by Laurence Holder, directed by Woodie King Jr. and performed by Reginald L. Wilson, had been extended through April 26 at New Harlem Besame Restaurant in Harlem but will now close April 12, 2016. Upon closing, the show will have played 22 performances. (more...)

BWW Interview:  Ricardo Khan and FLY at Crossroads TheatreBWW Interview: Ricardo Khan and FLY at Crossroads Theatre
by Marina Kennedy - Mar 31, 2016

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Ricardo Kahn about his career and the play, 'Fly' that will be performed at Crossroads Theatre from April 7th to April 17th. 'Fly' is the soaring tale of the first African American Army Air Corps known as the Tuskegee Airmen. It is co-written by Ricardo Kahn and Trey Ellis and the Crossroads production is also directed by Kahn. (more...)

Famed Boxer's Son Visits SUGAR RAY at New Harlem Besame RestaurantFamed Boxer's Son Visits SUGAR RAY at New Harlem Besame Restaurant
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

?'Sugar Ray,' the new bioplay by Laurence Holder about Sugar Ray Robinson, was visited Sunday, March 27 by the son of the famed boxing champion, Ray Robinson II.  The younger Robinson, who was enthusiastic about the play on his father, is co-author, with Herb Boyd, of the book 'Pound for Pound,' a biography of Sugar Ray Robinson, which was published by Harper Collins in 2006. (more...)

Site-Specific SUGAR RAY to Play New Harlem Besame Restaurant, 2/26-3/28Site-Specific SUGAR RAY to Play New Harlem Besame Restaurant, 2/26-3/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

Sugar Ray Robinson was, pound for pound, the greatest boxer of all time. In his 25-year professional career, from 1940 to 1965, he was boxing history's first winner of five divisional championships (in the middle weight and welterweight divisions). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Remembering Billie AllenPhoto Coverage: Remembering Billie Allen
by Walter McBride - Jan 13, 2016

As reported by The New York Times last weekend, Billie Allen, who helped "bridge the racial gap" both on and off-Broadway in the 1950s and '60s, passed away on December 29, 2015. She was 90 years old. (more...)

Right-to-Die Comedy DEAD AND BREATHING Runs thru Nov 23 Off-BroadwayRight-to-Die Comedy DEAD AND BREATHING Runs thru Nov 23 Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE, the oldest continually operating black theater in New York, will present the New York City Premiere of DEAD AND BREATHING by GLAAD Media Award winner Chisa Hutchinson (She Like Girls). Directed by Obie winner Jonathan McCrory, performances of this this limited run Off-Broadway engagement run through November 23. (more...)

National Black Theatre's Dark Comedy DEAD AND BREATHING Opens TonightNational Black Theatre's Dark Comedy DEAD AND BREATHING Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2015

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE, the oldest continually operating black theater in New York, will present the New York City Premiere of DEAD AND BREATHING by GLAAD Media Award winner Chisa Hutchinson (She Like Girls). Directed by Obie winner Jonathan McCrory, the production opens tonight, November 5, 2015. (more...)

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