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Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson takes us to the beginning of his 20th century cycle with this play set in 1904 Pittsburgh. When Citizen Barlow, in spiritual turmoil, arrives at Aunt Ester�s house claiming sanctuary from Caesar, the local constable, he sets into motion a series of events, including a journey to the City of Bones, which leads to startling discoveries and sets him on a course where duty leads to redemption.


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Clarke Peter's Leads FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE At Treatre Royal Stratford East 9/3-10/2
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2010

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE is Produced by Underbelly Productions and Theatre Royal Stratford East, by arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. It is A musical by Clarke Peters, Featuring Louis Jordan's greatest hits. The show will run at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 3 September - 2 October Press night: Tuesday 7 September 2010 at 7:30pm (more...)

Kenny Leon Set to Direct 'Cotton'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2010

According to a report by Variety, Broadway director Kenny Leon is set to direct the film version of the Jennifer Thompson-Cannino's 'Picking Cotton', entitled 'Cotton'. Adapted by Todd Komarnicki, the film is about a friendship that develops between a woman and her falsely identified rapist. (more...)

ATC Presents MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, 10/16-11/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2010

It's 1927 and Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, strides into a rundown Chicago recording studio to join a battling quartet of musicians. The great playwright August Wilson places this formidable artist at the center of a captivating drama of flamboyant personalities, professional jealousy, and shattered dreams. Directed by Lou Bellamy, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM plays in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art from October 16 through November 6. It continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from November 11 through November 28. The Tucson media sponsors for the 2010-2011 season are KGUN9, MIX-FM and Tucson Lifestyle. Arizona Theatre Company's season sponsors are I. Michael and Beth Kasser. (more...)

Fountain Premieres Fugard's THE TRAIN DRIVER, 10/16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2010

The Fountain Theatre continues its ongoing relationship with Athol Fugard with the U.S. premiere of the master playwright's newest play. Stephen Sachs directs Morlan Higgins and Adolphus Ward in The Train Driver, opening on October 16. Low-priced previews begin October 8. (more...)

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Extends to Oct. 9 at Theatre Royal Stratford East
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2010

The award-winning musical Five Guys Named Moe will extend for a week due to phenomenal demand at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Five Guys Named Moe is directed by Paulette Randall and stars The Wire's Clarke Peters as Nomax. With choreography by original cast member and Olivier nominee Paul J Medford. (more...)

Hamilton Joins CalArts Faculty
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2010

Dean Travis Preston is pleased to announce that acclaimed actress Lisa Gay Hamilton is joining the faculty of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater beginning in the fall semester 2010. Recognized as one of the outstanding actors of her generation, Ms. Hamilton has a distinguished career on stage, screen, and television--currently playing the role of Melissa in the comedy-drama television series Men of a Certain Age . She will be teaching in the Acting Program. (more...)

Chimo, Jelks Join Duchovny in THE BREAK OF NOON, 10/28-12/12
by Gabrielle Sierra - Sep 10, 2010

MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, Artistic Directors; William Cantler, Associate Artistic Director; Blake West, Executive Director) today announced that Tracee Chimo (Circle Mirror Transformation) and Tony Award-Nominee John Earl Jelks (Radio Golf) have joined the cast of the world premiere of The Break of Noon by Neil LaBute. (more...)

The Matrix Theatre Co Presents NEIGHBORS, Previews 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2010

Subtitled 'A Play with Cartoons,' Neighbors is guaranteed to be the most provocative play you'll see this year. Following on the heels of last season's multiple award-winning production of Stick Fly, Joseph Stern's Matrix Theatre Company is back with Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins' shocking, explosive, and wildly theatrical new play that examines race relations in post-racial America. (more...)

Butler, Rashad & Deavere Smith Lead Arena's First Productions in 2010-2011 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2010

Arena Stage's inaugural season at the Mead Center for American Theater opens with three productions featuring three powerful leading ladies - E. Faye Butler in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! in the company's renovated, iconic Fichandler Stage; Phylicia Rashad in playwright Marcus Gardley's world premiere of Every Tongue Confess in the brand new 200-seat Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle; and Anna Deavere Smith in her one-woman play, Second Stage's production of Let Me Down Easy, which begins its national tour in the freshly refurbished Kreeger Theater. (more...)

SANCTIFIED Plays The Lincoln Theatre 10/21-11/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2010

Producers Proteus Spann and Pro2Play Productions are pleased to announce the Washington-area premiere of the award-winning new gospel musical comedy Sanctified. Written by Javon Johnson, with original music by Rollo A. Dilworth, and directed by Derrick Sanders, Sanctified will play the historic Lincoln Theatre for a limited engagement, October 21 through November 14. Casting will be announced next month. (more...)

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Closes At Treatre Royal Stratford East 10//2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2010

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE is Produced by Underbelly Productions and Theatre Royal Stratford East, by arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. It is A musical by Clarke Peters, Featuring Louis Jordan's greatest hits. The show will run at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 3 September - 2 October Press night: Tuesday 7 September 2010 at 7:30pm (more...)

Jason Dirden, Crystal Fox Complete Cast For Arena Stage's every tongue confess
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2010

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announced the full cast for the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's every tongue confess, which opens the new Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle, the third theater space in the Mead Center. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Leads Arena's every tongue confess, Runs 11/9-1/2/2011
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2010

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's every tongue confess, which opens the new Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle, the third theater space in the Mead Center. (more...)

Fountain Premieres Fugard's THE TRAIN DRIVER, 10/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2010

The Fountain Theatre continues its ongoing relationship with Athol Fugard with the U.S. premiere of the master playwright's newest play. Stephen Sachs directs Morlan Higgins and Adolphus Ward in The Train Driver, opening on October 16. Low-priced previews begin October 8. (more...)

ATC Presents MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, 10/16-11/28
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2010

It's 1927 and Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, strides into a rundown Chicago recording studio to join a battling quartet of musicians. The great playwright August Wilson places this formidable artist at the center of a captivating drama of flamboyant personalities, professional jealousy, and shattered dreams. Directed by Lou Bellamy, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM plays in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art from October 16 through November 6. It continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from November 11 through November 28. The Tucson media sponsors for the 2010-2011 season are KGUN9, MIX-FM and Tucson Lifestyle. Arizona Theatre Company's season sponsors are I. Michael and Beth Kasser. (more...)

ATC Announces McSweeny, Clark And More For THE TRINITY RIVER PLAYS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2010

Dallas Theater Center and The Goodman Theatre proudly present the world premiere of The Trinity River Plays, written by Oak Cliff native Regina Taylor, directed by Ethan McSweeny. (more...)

Peter Francis James Joins Cast of PROPHECY, Previews 5/29
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2010

The award-winning actor PETER FRANCIS JAMES ('Stuff Happens') has joined the cast of PROPHECY, Karen Malpede's play which will begin previews Off-Broadway on May 29 prior to an official press opening on June 8 at the East Fourth Street Theatre (83 E. 4 St.) in Manhattan. (more...)

Goodman's THE GOOD NEGRO Closes 6/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2010

Casting is complete for Goodman Theatre's Chicago-premiere production of Tracey Scott Wilson's The Good Negro, directed by Resident Director Chuck Smith. Wilson and Smith have tapped nine actors to bring this historical drama to the Albert stage, including Karen Aldridge (Goodman's The Cook; Proof); Teagle F. Bougere (Broadway's A Raisin in the Sun; The Tempest); Tory O. Davis (Goodman's Magnolia); John Hoogenakker (Goodman's Rock 'n' Roll; Chicago Shakespeare's Othello); Billy Eugene Jones (Broadway's Passing Strange; Radio Golf); Nambi Kelley (Goodman's Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Victory Gardens' The Lost Boys of Sudan); Demetrios Troy (Northlight's Awake and Sing; Chicago Shakespeare's Richard III); Dan Waller (Goodman's Ghostwritten; Talking Pictures) and Mick Weber (Goodman's Rock 'n' Roll; Chicago Theatre's Shear Madness). The production will run from May 1 - June 6, 2010. (more...)

Jubilee Theatre Presents Southwest Premiere of 'Gem of the Ocean,' 6/4
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2010

Jubilee Theatre continues the 2009-2010 season with the Southwest premiere of the drama by August Wilson, Gem of the Ocean. Over the past 20 years, Wilson had staked a legitimate claim to the title of the nation's most important dramatist winning two Pulitzers and a Tony. Previews for the production will begin May 28, and the production officially opens on June 4. (more...)

Word(s)PLAY! 2010 New Play Festival Held at Penumbra, 7/10, 7/17 and 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2010

Penumbra Theatre Company, the nation's preeminent African American theatre, proudly announced today the second annual Word(s)PLAY!, a forum designed to develop new plays by African American playwrights. (more...)

Vereen, Rivera et al. Set for Hartford Stage in 2010-2011 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2010

Hartford Stage has announced a dynamic 2010-2011 season which includes Tony winners Ben Vereen and Chita Rivera in their SummerStage program. Both will be presenting back to back solo shows each with one week runs at the Roberts Theatre just outside of Hartford. Rivera will play there June 22 to 27 and Vereen July 6 to 11. (more...)

Donnell, Umoh & More Set For ART's JOHNNY BASEBALL 5/16-6/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2010

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) presents the world premiere of the musical Johnny Baseball by Richard Dresser, Robert Reale, and Willy Reale, directed by Diane Paulus. The production begins performances on May 16 and runs through June 27, 2010 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge. (more...)

Jubilee Theatre's Southwest Premiere of 'Gem of the Ocean' Closes 6/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2010

Jubilee Theatre continues the 2009-2010 season with the Southwest premiere of the drama by August Wilson, Gem of the Ocean. Over the past 20 years, Wilson had staked a legitimate claim to the title of the nation's most important dramatist winning two Pulitzers and a Tony. Previews for the production will begin May 28, and the production officially opens on June 4. (more...)

Clarke Peter's Leads FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE At Treatre Royal Stratford East 9/3-10/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2010

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE is Produced by Underbelly Productions and Theatre Royal Stratford East, by arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. It is A musical by Clarke Peters, Featuring Louis Jordan's greatest hits. The show will run at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 3 September - 2 October Press night: Tuesday 7 September 2010 at 7:30pm (more...)

Vereen, Rivera et al. Set for Hartford Stage in 2010-2011 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2010

Hartford Stage has announced a dynamic 2010-2011 season which includes Tony winners Ben Vereen and Chita Rivera in their SummerStage program. Both will be presenting back to back solo shows each with one week runs at the Roberts Theatre just outside of Hartford. Rivera will play there June 22 to 27 and Vereen July 6 to 11. (more...)

Osip Theatre Presents MISS LILLY GETS BONED Beginning 22 June
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2010

Osip Theatre Presents MISS LILLY GETS BONED Beginning 22 June (more...)

PTC's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Closes 6/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2010

Philadelphia Theatre Company concludes its 2009-2010 season with August Wilson's masterpiece and first Broadway success Ma Rainey's Black Bottom on May 21-June 13. (more...)

2010 Tony Awards: Michael Grandage Wins 'Best Direction of a Play'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2010

The American Theatre Wing's 64th Annual Antoinette Perry 'Tony' Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 13, 2010 and broadcast on the CBS Television Network. For more information visit tonyawards.com. (more...)

2010 Tony Awards: Robert Kaplowitz Wins 'Best Sound Design of a Musical'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2010

The American Theatre Wing's 64th Annual Antoinette Perry 'Tony' Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 13, 2010 and broadcast on the CBS Television Network. For more information visit tonyawards.com. (more...)

2010 Tony Awards: Catherine Zuber Wins 'Best Costume Design of a Play'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2010

The American Theatre Wing's 64th Annual Antoinette Perry 'Tony' Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 13, 2010 and broadcast on the CBS Television Network. For more information visit tonyawards.com. (more...)

2010 Tony Awards: Kevin Adams Wins 'Best Lighting Design of a Musical'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2010

The American Theatre Wing's 64th Annual Antoinette Perry 'Tony' Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 13, 2010 and broadcast on the CBS Television Network. For more information visit tonyawards.com. (more...)

Word(s)PLAY! 2010 New Play Festival Held at Penumbra, 7/10, 7/17 and 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2010

Penumbra Theatre Company, the nation's preeminent African American theatre, proudly announced today the second annual Word(s)PLAY!, a forum designed to develop new plays by African American playwrights. (more...)

Hartford Stage Names Hana Sharif As Associate Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2010

Hana Sharif has been named associate artistic director of Hartford Stage, the Hartford Courant's Behind the Curtain blog reports. Sharif will succeed Jeremy B. Cohen, who is to become producing director of Minneapolis's The Playwrights Center, on August 9. (more...)

The Matrix Theatre Co Presents NEIGHBORS, Previews 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2010

Subtitled 'A Play with Cartoons,' Neighbors is guaranteed to be the most provocative play you'll see this year. Following on the heels of last season's multiple award-winning production of Stick Fly, Joseph Stern's Matrix Theatre Company is back with Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins' shocking, explosive, and wildly theatrical new play that examines race relations in post-racial America. (more...)

Word(s)PLAY! 2010 New Play Festival Held at Penumbra, 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2010

Penumbra Theatre Company, the nation's preeminent African American theatre, proudly announced today the second annual Word(s)PLAY!, a forum designed to develop new plays by African American playwrights. (more...)

Word(s)PLAY! 2010 New Play Festival Held at Penumbra, 7/10, 7/17 and 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2010

Penumbra Theatre Company, the nation's preeminent African American theatre, proudly announced today the second annual Word(s)PLAY!, a forum designed to develop new plays by African American playwrights. (more...)

Kenny Leon to be Honored at NAACP Theatre Awards 8/30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2010

Kenny Leon, Tony nominated director and Artistic Director of True Colors Theatre Company has been named the recipient of the 2010 Trailblazer Award at this year's NAACP Theatre Awards. (more...)

Kenny Leon to be Honored at NAACP Theatre Awards 8/30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2010

Kenny Leon, Tony nominated director and Artistic Director of True Colors Theatre Company has been named the recipient of the 2010 Trailblazer Award at this year's NAACP Theatre Awards. (more...)

The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute/Cultural Center Presents A CHILDREN'S PLAY, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2010

Freelance director and playwright Christopher-Rashee' Stevenson's newest black comedy A Children's Play opens at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute/Cultural Center and audiences are instantly thrust into a disturbingly familiar and unfamiliar domestic exploration of wealth, sex, and power. (more...)

The Matrix Theatre Co Presents NEIGHBORS, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2010

Subtitled 'A Play with Cartoons,' Neighbors is guaranteed to be the most provocative play you'll see this year. Following on the heels of last season's multiple award-winning production of Stick Fly, Joseph Stern's Matrix Theatre Company is back with Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins' shocking, explosive, and wildly theatrical new play that examines race relations in post-racial America. (more...)

The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute/Cultural Center Presents A CHILDREN'S PLAY, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2010

Freelance director and playwright Christopher-Rashee' Stevenson's newest black comedy A Children's Play opens at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute/Cultural Center and audiences are instantly thrust into a disturbingly familiar and unfamiliar domestic exploration of wealth, sex, and power. (more...)

Theater of War Presents A CHILDREN'S PLAY, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2010

Director and playwright Christopher-Rashee' Stevenson's newest black comedy A CHILDREN'S PLAY opens at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute/Cultural Center on August 28. (more...)

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute/Cultural Center Presents A CHILDREN'S PLAY 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2010

Freelance director and playwright Christopher-Rashee' Stevenson's newest black comedy 'A Children's Play' opens at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute/Cultural Center and we are instantly thrust into a disturbingly familiar and unfamiliar domestic exploration of wealth, sex, and power. (more...)

The Matrix Theatre Co Presents NEIGHBORS, Previews 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2010

Subtitled 'A Play with Cartoons,' Neighbors is guaranteed to be the most provocative play you'll see this year. Following on the heels of last season's multiple award-winning production of Stick Fly, Joseph Stern's Matrix Theatre Company is back with Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins' shocking, explosive, and wildly theatrical new play that examines race relations in post-racial America. (more...)

Photo Flash: Matrix Theatre Releases NEIGHBORS Production Shots
by BWW Photo Special - Aug 19, 2010

Subtitled 'A Play with Cartoons,' Neighbors is guaranteed to be the most provocative play you'll see this year. Following on the heels of last season's multiple award-winning production of Stick Fly, Joseph Stern's Matrix Theatre Company is back with Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins' shocking, explosive, and wildly theatrical new play that examines race relations in post-racial America. Nataki Garrett directs the West Coast premiere at The Matrix Theatre, August 28 through October 24, with previews beginning August 19. (more...)

SANCTIFIED Plays The Lincoln Theatre 10/21-11/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2010

Producers Proteus Spann and Pro2Play Productions are pleased to announce the Washington-area premiere of the award-winning new gospel musical comedy Sanctified. Written by Javon Johnson, with original music by Rollo A. Dilworth, and directed by Derrick Sanders, Sanctified will play the historic Lincoln Theatre for a limited engagement, October 21 through November 14. Casting will be announced next month. (more...)

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute/Cultural Center Presents A CHILDREN'S PLAY 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2010

Freelance director and playwright Christopher-Rashee' Stevenson's newest black comedy 'A Children's Play' opens at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute/Cultural Center and we are instantly thrust into a disturbingly familiar and unfamiliar domestic exploration of wealth, sex, and power. (more...)

Theater of War Presents A CHILDREN'S PLAY, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2010

Director and playwright Christopher-Rashee' Stevenson's newest black comedy A CHILDREN'S PLAY opens at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute/Cultural Center on August 28. (more...)

Butler, Rashad & Deavere Smith Lead Arena's First Productions in 2010-2011 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2010

Arena Stage's inaugural season at the Mead Center for American Theater opens with three productions featuring three powerful leading ladies - E. Faye Butler in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! in the company's renovated, iconic Fichandler Stage; Phylicia Rashad in playwright Marcus Gardley's world premiere of Every Tongue Confess in the brand new 200-seat Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle; and Anna Deavere Smith in her one-woman play, Second Stage's production of Let Me Down Easy, which begins its national tour in the freshly refurbished Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Shakespeare in the Park Ends Run
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2010

The Public Theater has announced additional casting for the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park summer season featuring THE WINTER'S TALE, directed by Michael Greif, and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, directed by Daniel Sullivan, in repertory June 9-August 1. (more...)

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