Wooster Group News

Mississippi Mud to Present SHOTGUN COTTAGE PLAYS, Begin. 5/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

NYC based theatre company Mississippi Mud Productions announces its first production in Lido Beach, NY located about 25 miles outside of NYC. The company produces Tennessee Williams' one-acts Moony's Kid Don't Cry, directed by Jen Danby; The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, directed by Daniel Capalbo, Jr, with Miss Danby as Mrs. Hardwicke-Moore, an early sketch of Blanche DuBois; and Interior: Panic, an early sketch of A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Edward Bergen and starring Jen Danby and Colleen Leone as sisters Blanche and Grace. Three plays, music, raffles and refreshments. Tickets on sale online @ http://shotguncottage.brownpapertickets.com - $25 General Admission, $15 Student/Senior, $10 Under 18. (more...)

Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand and More Set for The Wooster Group's 2014 Spring Benefit, 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Join Steve Buscemi, Buck Henry, Frances McDormand, Mike Nichols and Maura Tierney for dinner to benefit The Wooster Group on April 29 at 6:00 pm at 632 on Hudson, 632 Hudson Street, New York City. (more...)

New York City Players Presents Richard Maxwell's ISOLDE, Now thru 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Following a 2013 world premiere at Theater Basel in Switzerland, New York City Players presents the U.S. premiere of Isolde. Returning to a core group of collaborators, Isolde, written and directed by Maxwell, features an ensemble of New York City Players veterans including Jim Fletcher, Brian Mendes, Tory Vazquez and Gary Wilmes. Maxwell's choice to not use any music in Isolde further supports a desire to excavate his own characteristically distilled approach to story telling. Isolde was inspired by the legend of Tristan and Isolde. (more...)

Young Jean Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Premieres at Wexner Center, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Acclaimed playwright/director Young Jean Lee returns to the Wexner Center for the Arts, today, April 10-13 for the world premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, a provocative new work presented with an all-star cast (Austin Pendleton, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson, and James Stanley) and finalized through the support of the Wexner Center Residency Award program. (more...)

Andrew Schneider to Receive 2014 Tom Murrin Performance Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Dixon Place has announced the recipient of the 2014 (second annual) Tom Murrin Performance Award, a.k.a. 'The Tommy.' Intended to a transformative career opportunity to an early career NYC-based artistic or company, this year's award will be presented to Andrew Schneider, a performance / interactive-electronics artist who was previously a seven-year member of the Wooster Group. The second annual Tommy Award presentation will take place at Dixon Place (161a Chrystie Street, New York City) on Sunday, April 27th at 7:30PM. The awards celebration - featuring a special appearance by the 2013 Tommy Award winner, talk-of-the-town performance company ANIMALS, as well as Tom Murrin's wife, Patricia Sullivan -- will be the final stop of a parade of spontaneous outdoor performances, which will commence at closing of the Tom Murrin Full Moon Performance Festival at La Mama. The parade will begin approximately at 6:45pm and travel from East 4th Street to Dixon Place. The Tommy Award party at Dixon Place is FREE, with a cash bar all night. (more...)

Glover, Pennington, Shepherd, Sullivan & Taymor Set for Drama Desk Shakespeare Panel at Sardi's Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

Distinguished American actor John Glover (Witch/A Porter/Murderer 3 in Lincoln Center's Macbeth) will join Drama Desk's 'Why Shakespeare? Why Now?' at Sardi's today, April 4 (11:45 AM-2:30 PM), it was announced by Isa Goldberg, president of Drama Desk. Glover will join panelists-actors Michael Pennington and Scott Shepherd and directors Daniel Sullivan and Julie Taymor-in the lively discussion exploring the reasons why New York's current theater season has such a distinctive Shakespearean flavor. Carol Rocamora, an educator, critic, playwright, translator, and Drama Desk member, will be the moderator. (more...)

Julie Taymor Joins Drama Desk's 2014 Sardi's Luncheon Panel WHY SHAKESPEARE? WHY NOW?, Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

The Drama Desk's annual Spring Luncheon/Panel Discussion at Sardi's Eugenia Room, 234 West 44th St., today, April 4, will try to answer the questions 'Why Shakespeare? Why Now?' with a distinguished lineup of guests, including actor Michael Pennington (who plays 'King Lear' at Theatre for a New Audience's new home in Brooklyn); Scott Shepherd (featured in Wooster Group's 'Cry, Trojans! Troilus and Cressida'); Julie Taymor ('Midsummer Night's Dream' at Theatre for a New Audience); and director Daniel Sullivan, whose acclaimed Shakespeare staging of 'The Comedy of Errors' enlivened last summer's Shakespeare in the Park season. Carol Rocamora, a renowned playwright/critic and educator, will serve as moderator. (more...)

Michael Pennington, Scott Shepherd, Daniel Sullivan to Talk Shakespeare at Drama Desk's 2014 Sardi's Luncheon, Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

New York's theater season has had a distinctive Shakespearean flavor to it with the critically acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe productions of Twelfth Night, or What You Will and Richard III (in repertory at the Belasco Theater), Lincoln Center Theater's Macbeth, the Bard's The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare in the Park), King Lear (by Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn), and the Wooster Group's Cry, Trojans! (Troilus & Cressida). The Drama Desk's annual Spring Luncheon/Panel Discussion at Sardi's Eugenia Room, 234 West 44th St., today, April 4, will try to answer the questions 'Why Shakespeare? Why Now?' with a distinguished lineup of guests, including British actor/director Michael Pennington (King Lear); Scott Shepherd (Cry, Trojans!, The Wooster Group's Troilus & Cressida); and director Daniel Sullivan (The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare in the Park). Carol Rocamora, a renowned playwright/critic and educator, will serve as moderator. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SU Drama's THE GOOD WOMAN OF SETZUAN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

Can we practice goodness and create a world to sustain it? In Brecht's comic and complex play, this question is raised by one of his most entertaining characters, Shen Tei, the good-hearted, penniless, cross-dressing prostitute, who is forced to disguise herself as a savvy businessman named Sui Ta so she can master the ruthlessness needed to be a 'good person' in a brutal world. The Good Woman of Setzuan will run tonight, March 28-April 13, 2014 in the Loft Theater at theSyracuse Stage/Drama Complex. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

SU Drama's THE GOOD WOMAN OF SETZUAN Opens This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Can we practice goodness and create a world to sustain it? In Brecht's comic and complex play, this question is raised by one of his most entertaining characters, Shen Tei, the good-hearted, penniless, cross-dressing prostitute, who is forced to disguise herself as a savvy businessman named Sui Ta so she can master the ruthlessness needed to be a 'good person' in a brutal world. The Good Woman of Setzuan will run March 28-April 13, 2014 in the Loft Theater at the Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex. Tickets can be purchased online at http://vpa.syr.edu/drama, by phone at 315-443-3275, and in person at the SU Drama Box Office, 820 East Genesee Street. (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...)

John Glover Joins Drama Desk Shakespeare Panel at Sardi's, 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Distinguished American actor John Glover (Witch/A Porter/Murderer 3 in Lincoln Center's Macbeth) will join Drama Desk's "Why Shakespeare? Why Now?" at Sardi's on Friday, April 4 (11:45 AM-2:30 PM), it was announced by Isa Goldberg, president of Drama Desk. Glover will join previously announced panelists-actors Michael Pennington and Scott Shepherd and directors Daniel Sullivan and Julie Taymor-in the lively discussion exploring the reasons why New York's current theater season has such a distinctive Shakespearean flavor. Carol Rocamora, an educator, critic, playwright, translator, and Drama Desk member, will be the moderator. (more...)

Young Jean Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN to Premiere at Wexner Center, 4/10-13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Acclaimed playwright/director Young Jean Lee returns to the Wexner Center for the Arts, April 10-13 for the world premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, a provocative new work presented with an all-star cast (Austin Pendleton, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson, and James Stanley) and finalized through the support of the Wexner Center Residency Award program. (more...)

Julie Taymor Joins Drama Desk's 2014 Sardi's Luncheon Panel WHY SHAKESPEARE? WHY NOW?, 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Award-winning director Julie Taymor will join the Drama Desk's "Why Shakespeare? Why Now?" panel discussion at Sardi's on Friday, April 4 (11:45 AM-2:30 PM), it was announced by Isa Goldberg, president of Drama Desk. Taymor will join previously announced panelists-actors Michael Pennington and Scott Shepherd and director Daniel Sullivan-in the lively discussion exploring the reasons why New York's current theater season has such a distinctive Shakespearean flavor. Carol Rocamora, an educator, critic, playwright, translator, and Drama Desk member will be the moderator. (more...)

Julie Taymor Joins Drama Desk's 2014 Sardi's Luncheon Panel WHY SHAKESPEARE? WHY NOW?, 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

The Drama Desk's annual Spring Luncheon/Panel Discussion at Sardi's Eugenia Room, 234 West 44th St., on Friday, April 4, will try to answer the questions 'Why Shakespeare? Why Now?' with a distinguished lineup of guests, including actor Michael Pennington (who plays 'King Lear' at Theatre for a New Audience's new home in Brooklyn); Scott Shepherd (featured in Wooster Group's 'Cry, Trojans! Troilus and Cressida'); Julie Taymor ('Midsummer Night's Dream' at Theatre for a New Audience); and director Daniel Sullivan, whose acclaimed Shakespeare staging of 'The Comedy of Errors' enlivened last summer's Shakespeare in the Park season. Carol Rocamora, a renowned playwright/critic and educator, will serve as moderator. (more...)

PS122 Announces New Residency Program RAMP
by BWW News Desk - Mar 05, 2014

Performance Space 122 (PS122) announces RAMP, a new residency program designed to support early career artists. The residencies, to be held at The Chain Theatre (21-28 45th Rd.) in Long Island City, provide New York City-based artists with the resources to create ambitious new work. In addition to rehearsal space, RAMP will offer technical assistance, commissioning fees and marketing support. The intention of RAMP is to begin an ongoing relationship with a select group of artists, which may lead to large-scale presentations. The inaugural year of RAMP artists are the choreographic duo of Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith, musician Eliot Krimsky and his progressive-indie band Glass Ghost, and theater artist Kaneza Schaal. (more...)

Michael Pennington, Scott Shepherd, Daniel Sullivan to Talk Shakespeare at Drama Desk's 2014 Sardi's Luncheon, 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

New York's theater season has had a distinctive Shakespearean flavor to it with the critically acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe productions of Twelfth Night, or What You Will and Richard III (in repertory at the Belasco Theater), Lincoln Center Theater's Macbeth, the Bard's The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare in the Park), King Lear (by Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn), and the Wooster Group's Cry, Trojans! (Troilus & Cressida). The Drama Desk's annual Spring Luncheon/Panel Discussion at Sardi's Eugenia Room, 234 West 44th St., on Friday, April 4, will try to answer the questions 'Why Shakespeare? Why Now?' with a distinguished lineup of guests, including British actor/director Michael Pennington (King Lear); Scott Shepherd (Cry, Trojans!, The Wooster Group's Troilus & Cressida); and director Daniel Sullivan (The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare in the Park). Carol Rocamora, a renowned playwright/critic and educator, will serve as moderator. (more...)

New York City Players to Present Richard Maxwell's ISOLDE, 4/10-26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

Following a 2013 world premiere at Theater Basel in Switzerland, New York City Players presents the U.S. premiere of Isolde. Returning to a core group of collaborators, Isolde, written and directed by Maxwell, features an ensemble of New York City Players veterans including Jim Fletcher, Brian Mendes, Tory Vazquez and Gary Wilmes. Maxwell's choice to not use any music in Isolde further supports a desire to excavate his own characteristically distilled approach to story telling. Isolde was inspired by the legend of Tristan and Isolde. (more...)

Wooster Group's CRY, TROJANS! (TROILUS & CRESSIDA) Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

The Wooster Group is currently developing its work CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida) in preview performances at The Performing Garage (33 Wooster Street). The Group will celebrate the official premiere tonight, February 27, with the show running through March 9 at REDCAT in Los Angeles. (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...)

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