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BWW Feature: CLASSES DRAW RAVES FROM STUDENTS at Brelby Theatre Company
Feb 23, 2017
'Not only are you learning a new skill or refining already existing ones, the instructors are working artists from all around the valley. Artists you may be working with in the future on a professional level are teaching you. It's a wonderful opportunity to not only learn but network.'
This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 2/20/2017
Feb 20, 2017
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BREATH, BOOM To Conclude Eclipse Theatre's 2017 Kia Corthron Season
Feb 13, 2017
Eclipse Theatre Company, the only Midwest theatre company to feature one playwright in one season, will conclude their 2017 Kia Corthron Season this fall with a production of her 2000 play Breath, Boom, with Mignon McPherson Stewart directing.
This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 2/6/2017
Feb 6, 2017
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Larry Marshall Performs A Lincoln Portrait with Downtown Music Productions 2/12
Jan 30, 2017
Downtown Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Mimi Stern-Wolfe, presents, on the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, a performance of Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait, with Broadway's Larry Marshall as narrator; Creation du Monde by Darius Milhaud, and Flower of the Mountain by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Stephen Albert, inspired by the writings of James Joyce, with Alissa Grimaldi, soprano.    Sunday February 12, 3:30 PM at St. Mark's in the Bowery, 131 West 10th Street (Second Avenue).
This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 1/30/2017
Jan 30, 2017
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Events and Deals Announced for Babes With Blades Theatre Company's HENRY V
Jan 26, 2017
Events and deals have been announced for Babes With Blades Theatre Company's all-female cast production of Shakespeare's Henry V, to be performed at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., in Chicago. Previews will be Saturday, February 18 at 8PM, Sunday, February 19 at 3PM, Friday, February 24 at 8PM, Saturday, February 25 at 8PM, and Sunday, February 26 at 3PM. The press opening isMonday, February 27 at 8PM, and the show will run Thursdays-Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 3 through Saturday, April 1.
Mark Spano Releases MIDLAND CLUB
Jan 26, 2017
Thunderfoot Press author Mark Spano's new 120-page book, Midland Club, officially released just one month ago, is already receiving rave reviews from critics and readers and remains ranked at 4.3 stars out of five among Amazon Customer Reviews. 'I'm stunned and humbled by the favorable critical responses to Midland Club,' Spano said recently. 'What, though, is of greater consequence is that the book has struck a chord with its readers. That is surely every writer's ambition.' Set in 1958 in a Midwestern town, Midland Club is a 120-page mystery novel about corruption, lies, and murder. The protagonist, Rich St. Pierre, is compelled to expose the truth about a friend's death knowing he's risking his own life in the process. The protagonist is a gay white man and a member of a highly respected family. The deceased is a gay black man. The premise intrigued two reviewers with Gaybook One described the book as 'a small jewel...melancholic, lyric, flawlessly smooth and realistic... an excellent piece of gay fiction of exceptional quality.' The other reviewer called the book 'a dark and cynical tale that reads like a film noir classic,' adding: 'The beauty of Midland Club is the telling of the tale, rather than the answer to the mystery...There's a bit of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil amidst the melancholy and I highly recommend this book.' Mark Spano admits that he set Midland Club in his old neighborhood in his hometown, Kansas City, MO. But in his book, he refers to the location only as 'a Midwestern city.' Yet one Amazon reader, also a Kansas City native, said he immediately recognized the city's 'repressive social strictures of decades ago, designed to prevent the intersections of ethnicity, class, and forbidden love at the heart of this tale of passion and loss.' Spano 'can be proud of his story,' he wrote, 'as it perfectly captures that place and time to create an engaging work of noir fiction. It kept me reading non-stop until the end, meriting this hearty recommendation.' Another reader echoed that sentiment, adding, 'This book is more than just a murder mystery. It speaks to the human condition.' About The Author: Mark Spano is a filmmaker and author of five works of fiction and a memoir. As a filmmaker, his work includes The Quality of Light: A Biography of Claude Howell and the definitive documentary on Sicily, 'Reimagining Sicily.' He holds advanced degrees from Marymount University of Virginia and the American University in Washington, D.C., and now resides in rural Orange County, North Carolina. (headshot available on request.) For more information:
BWW Interview: Ryan Steele of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Music Hall At Fair Park
Jan 25, 2017
Twenty-six-year-old dancer Ryan Steele might have the kind of credits most performers spend a lifetime creating, but if his constant laugh and honest vulnerability are any indication, this one-of-a-kind performer is as down to earth as they come. With four Broadway credits, a handful of television appearances, and a leading film role under his belt, Ryan is currently touring the US with the recent Broadway musical, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Before his evening performance at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri (the tour arrives in Texas on January 31st), I caught up with Ryan about his impressive resume, and how he's juggling multiple roles in the physically challenging musical.
WAM Theatre Seeking Submissions for FRESH TAKES Series
Jan 24, 2017
WAM Theatre has put out a call for actor and stage manager submissions for Fresh Takes, a series of three play readings that will take place on select Sundays between March and June. Curated by WAM Theatre's Artistic Associate Molly Clancy, Fresh Takes will give a stage to ground-breaking works - which have been successfully presented elsewhere but are new to our Berkshire audiences - that tell women's stories.
Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Auditions for Choral Ensemble for 2017-18 Season, March 2017
Jan 18, 2017
 Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions in March 2017 for experienced, classically trained singers who are seeking professional positions in the company's choral ensemble for the 2017-18 season.
BWW Interview: From Oz to Oz, An Interview with WICKED Tour's Isabel Keating
Jan 10, 2017
WICKED is flying into Orlando this week and those familiar with the story know that it's a story about friendship, acceptance, and connection. I had the opportunity to chat with Drama Desk winner and Tony Award nominee Isabel Keating, who is currently playing Madame Morrible on the WICKED tour. From the moment we began talking, I felt a radiating kinship that made me think twice about Madame Morrible as the 'bad guy' of the show.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company Welcomes New Ensemble Member
Jan 4, 2017
Steppenwolf Theatre Company proudly announces the addition of Audrey Francis to the acclaimed Steppenwolf ensemble.
BWW Interview: Spencer S Lawson is Haunting in Hartford Stage's A Christmas Carol
Dec 26, 2016
Currently spooking audiences as a ghostly apparition and other ensemble roles is performer Spencer S Lawson. Being in his senior year at The Hartt School at The University of Hartford, Spencer joins fellow Hartt students in the production as well as veteran ensemble members, many of whom have been performing in the annual production since its conception in 1998. While donning his Hartford Stage 'A Christmas Carol' apparel and flashing a charming smile, Lawson expressed his sadness that the run is coming to an end, but also thankful that he was able to be a part of it.
This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 12/26/2016
Dec 26, 2016
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This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 12/19/2016
Dec 19, 2016
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Segal Centre Seeks Young Actors for THE HOCKEY SWEATER Musical
Dec 16, 2016
The Segal is currently accepting submissions from young actors and singers for their upcoming world premiere of a musical adaptation of Roch Carrier's beloved story The Hockey Sweater, produced in honour of Montreal's 375th, Canada's 150th, and the Segal Centre for Performing Arts' 10th anniversary.
Online Bidding Ends Tonight for the 2016 TRU Holiday Auction
Dec 16, 2016
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces its annual charity fundraiser, The 2016 TRU Holiday Auction, with online bidding open now through Friday night, December 16, 2016 at 10pm.
MIDLAND CLUB is Released
Dec 14, 2016
Since November 8th, LGBTQ citizens have come to fear a surge in hate crimes after reports of homophobic attacks, some verbal, some physical. Sadly, the potential is evident. But in 1958, that potential was a frightening certainty, especially in Midwestern cities where homosexuals were considered 'perverts' and 'degenerates' and law officers ignored assaults on them - law officers not unlike the fictitious Sheriff Pat Brundy, who quickly pronounced the death of an old, gay, black man as suicide. No investigation. Case closed. In 'Midland Club,' a new murder mystery by Mark Spano, one man refuses to believe Puce Bordeaux's death was suicide, despite Sheriff Brundy's assertion. That man is Rich St. Pierre, a member of the wealthy, white First Family of the town who was locked up, along with Puce, after a raid on a dive where the town's otherwise hidden homosexuals hung out. He's certain that Puce, the quiet, genteel 'Negro' who served as a waiter in the exclusive Midland Club for decades, was killed. He's certain that the subsequent death of Puce's priest, Monsignor Corliss, was murder. Ostracized by his influential family, Rich St. Pierre also knows that his own life will be in grave danger if he attempts to prove his assumptions by unraveling the town's secrets, lies, and corruption. 'I set this book in the neighborhood of my childhood,' said Spano, a gay man who knew life before the Stonewall riots of 1969. 'I came of age in the era of gay liberation. My story is a glimpse back at how it used to be.' Published by Thunderfoot Press, Spano's 120-page book is a quick page-turner that suddenly stops the reader in his or her tracks with such moments as art dealer and self-described 'queen' Luther Beaumont's drunken rant on human instincts: 'We were taught that the only two instincts we humans have are self-preservation and species preservation. 'That is not so. There are more than those. The third instinct is just as primitive but has somehow been ignored by all these research people as being part of the human creature. It's the preservation by the tribe of those things beautiful about the tribe. That's why we're decorators and designers and art dealers. While the rest of the world is cranking out babies like there's no tomorrow, queers are at home saving what's beautiful in the world so there'll be something to look at or listen to tomorrow.' 'Midland Club' has all the elements of a good mystery: vibrant characters, a familiar setting, and a plot in which the solution to the mystery is ultimately revealed. Beyond a good mystery, it also addresses the pain of one gay man, alone in a town that despises him. And if the reader is paying attention, that pain foreshadows the conclusion. Review copies of 'Midland Club' are available by contacting Publicist Kim Weiss at Blueplate PR: Paperback and Kindle editions are available for purchase on Amazon. About The Author: Mark Spano is the author of five works of fiction and a memoir. As a filmmaker, his work includes The Quality of Light: A Biography of Claude Howell and the definitive documentary on Sicily, 'Reimagining Sicily.' He holds advanced degrees from Marymount University of Virginia and the American University in Washington, D.C., and now resides in rural Orange County, North Carolina. (headshot available upon request.)
This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 12/12/2016
Dec 12, 2016
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