Garrison Keillor to Celebrate 41 Years of A PRAIRE HOME COMPANION at PPAC, 8/7
(7/2/2015) - Garrison Keillor will visit the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 8P (Garrison's birthday) as part of his coast-to-coast, sea to shining sea bus tour to celebrate his popular radio show A Prairie Home Companion's 41st anniversary. RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC RADIO is the welcoming partner for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion The America the Beautiful 2015 Tour in Providence.
David Sedaris Coming to PPAC, 10/12; Tickets on Sale Next Week
(7/1/2015) - RIPR is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) on Monday, October 12, 2015 at 7:30P.
BWW Interviews: Josh Short of The Wilbury Group Talks 2nd Annual PROVIDENCE FRINGE FESTIVAL
(6/30/2015) - According to the United States Association of Fringe Festivals, the idea of a Fringe started in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947. Since the beginning of that most-famous Fringe, other festivals have sprouted up all over the United States, from Philly to San Diego and places in between. The Association describes a Fringe as "Focused on the performing arts…uncensored…easy to participate in…original…rapid-fire." This July, Providence will have it's second-ever Fringe festival, produced by one of our local theatre companies, The Wilbury Group and its Artistic Director, Josh Short.
GYPSY Opens 7/8 at Ocean State Theatre
(6/29/2015) - Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), which recently completed its third season in its state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, is proud to continue its summer season with the Tony Award-winning classic American musical, Gypsy.
Women's Playwriting Festival FESTIVAL51 to Open at Mixed Magic
(6/26/2015) - Festival51, a Rhode Island-based original works play festival focused on developing works for female writers, presents five new plays by women authors and women directors. After sifting through numerous submissions, the plays selected for production are: BONE TO PICK by Eugenie Chan, THE WAITRESS by Ainslie Caswell, HOPE THROWS HER HEART AWAY by Susan Goodell, ECHOES ON THE PEAKS by Deborah DeGeorge Harbin and a short piece by Shannon McLoud called THERAPY. The plays will be presented in rep starting Friday, July 31st, with BONE TO PICK and THE WAITRESS. ECHOES and HOPE will play Sat, Aug 1, Fri, Aug 7th and Saturday, Aug 15th. THERAPY will be filmed and shown during each performance.
BWW Feature: PICKLES THE PLAY at FringeNYC
(6/25/2015) - The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), North America's largest multi-arts festival, celebrates its 19th anniversary this August 14th-30th. This year, two talented former Community College of Rhode Island students are representing what the Rhode Island theatre community has to offer with their original play Pickles. Playwrights and co-stars Laura Minadeo and Alexander Rotella and their enthusiastic cast are spending their summer preparing for this huge opportunity. I was lucky enough to sit in on a fight choreography session to watch the playwrights and some of the cast in action. Before they got started, Laura, Alex, their close friend and castmate Erin Archer, and I sat down to talk about how Pickles was conceived, their journey so far to FringeNYC, and what the next few months have in store.
The Wilbury Group to Present 2nd Annual Providence Fringe Theatre Festival
(6/23/2015) - The Wilbury Theatre Group proudly announces Providence's 2nd annual fringe festival, FRINGEPVD 2015 - to be held July 21-July 25, 2015. The only such festival within the Providence and Greater Boston area, FringePVD 2015 has expanded significantly since it's inaugural year, expecting to bring together more than one hundred individual theatre, music, dance, multi-media, and performing artists for five nights of over fifty performances in traditional and non-traditional performance venues throughout the Providence area.
C.S. Lewis' THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS Coming to The VETS, 10/28
(6/19/2015) - THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, the provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon's point of view, comes to Providence for one performances only. The production will appear at The VETS on October 28, 2015 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $68-$38 and can be purchased online at TheVetsRI.com; by calling (401) 421.ARTS (2787) or by visiting the PPAC/The VETS Box Office located at 220 Weybosset St. in Providence. Summer Box Office hours are M-Th 10am-3pm. The VETS is located at One Avenue of the Arts. The VETS on-site Box Office is only open on show days.
OSTC Sets Special Father's Day Ticket Offer for ROUNDING THIRD
(6/18/2015) - Looking for a unique gift for Father's Day? Have we got a deal for you! This Father's Day you can hit a Home Run with a special Buy One Get One offer for Ocean State Theatre Company's (OSTC) current production of Rounding Third. When you purchase a full price ticket for the Father's Day performance, (June 21 at 2:00 pm), OSTC will give you a free ticket for Dad AND he'll get a coupon for a free snack at intermission. What a great way to spend time with your Dad!
The Gamm Receives NEA Grant
(6/18/2015) - The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (The Gamm) has received the prestigious $25,000 Shakespeare in American Communities grant to perform its Season 31 production of The Winter's Tale (April 21- May 29, 2016) for at least 10 area middle and high schools. The award will also pay for accompanying educational activities including in-school residencies, workshops, and post-performance discussions. This is The Gamm's second Shakespeare in American Communities award, having received the same grant to support education efforts surrounding its 2014 production of Macbeth.