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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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Cygnet Theatre to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 11/28-12/28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

In December, Cygnet Theatre will continue its eight-year tradition of presenting a holiday show suitable for all ages. This season welcomes the return of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted by Sean Murray with original score by Billy Thompson. This production is a completely re-imagined take on the original holiday classic featuring lively music, unique puppets and live sound effects. The airwaves of WCYG Playhouse of the Air will be silent this season as Cygnet returns to presenting a fully staged production. This 'little musical ghost story' runs November 28-December 28 at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. Opening Night for Media is Saturday, December 6, 8 pm. (more...)

Tracy Letts' AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Tops TCG's Best-Selling Books of 2014 List
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

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TAMBURLAINE, PARTS I and II Opens this Sunday at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Christopher Marlowe's 1587 epic Tamburlaine, Parts I and II, edited and directed by Olivier Award-winner Michael Boyd and starring John Douglas Thompson, opens Sunday, November 16, at 1:00pm at Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place. (more...)

Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company to Present DETROIT 67 in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2014

Artistic Director Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company have announced its production of the 2014 Kennedy Award Winner for Drama, Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67 directed by Hi-ARTS Artistic Director Kamilah Forbes. The music of Motown fuels this riveting new play about family and friendship set in America's Motor City at a tumultuous time in American history. (more...)

WORDS BY IRA GERSHWIN Extended Through 5/24 at Colony Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

The Colony Theatre has announced that the final production of its historic 40thAnniversary season, the critically-acclaimed, smash-hit, Los Angeles Premiere of WORDS BY IRA GERSHWIN A Musical Play by Joseph Vass, directed by David Ellenstein, Musical Director Kevin Toney, Musical Arranger Joseph Vass will be EXTENDING through SUNDAY, MAY 24 at the Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third Street in Burbank. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Chairs Arena Stage's THE BLOOD QUILT Premiere Celebration Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad will join Event Chair and Arena Stage Board member Shawna Watley (Senior Policy Advisor with Holland & Knight) as the Honorary Chair for The Blood Quilt World Premiere Celebration tonight, May 7, 2015. The new play by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop, Our Lady of Kibeho) is directed by Kamilah Forbes and runs now through June 7, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

INVISIBLE THREAD, Previously Titled WITNESS UGANDA, and Kenny Leon-Helmed SMART PEOPLE Set for Second Stage's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Second Stage Theatre has announced two New York Premiere productions for its upcoming 37th season.  The season will kick off in fall 2015 with the New York Premiere production of Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews' new musical, INVISIBLE THREAD (previously titled Witness Uganda), in association with American Repertory Theater, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin).  The season will continue in early 2016 with the New York premiere of Lydia R. Diamond's (Stick Fly) critically acclaimed play, SMART PEOPLE, directed by Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun, Stick Fly). Two additional productions remain to be announced.  (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: Ruben Santiago-Hudson Talks Fine Arts Center Gala, New TV Series PUBLIC MORALS, Williamstown Premiere Of PARADISE BLUE & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 6, 2015

Today we are talking to a Tony Award-winning actor, playwright and director all about his many current and upcoming endeavors, the charismatic and versatile Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Besides working on both sides of the footlights as an actor and director, Hudson also has several film and television projects in the ether and recently released - among them, 2015 Academy Award-winning film SELMA, a new TV series executive produced by Stephen Spielberg titled PUBLIC MORALS, a brand new follow-up to his acclaimed multi-award-winning play LACKAWANNA BLUES and more. Most importantly, Hudson shares details about presenting a special award to Phylicia Rashad at the Global Concepts Charter High School's Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Center later this week and what the award signifies. Furthermore, Hudson reflects on his iconic collaborations with legendary playwright August Wilson and his ongoing work in keeping the legacy of Wilson's work alive through star-studded live performances of his many notable plays, including last year's unprecedented presentation of all 10 plays in Wilson's canonical century cycle. All of that and much, much more in this chat with a highly respected multimedia notable. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare's GALA 2015 to Benefit Urban Initiatives, Honor Callow & Rashad, 6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) celebrates the transformative power of Shakespeare with GALA 2015 on Monday, June 8 at the Theater's home on Navy Pier. (more...)

Playhouse on the Square to Present THE GOSPEL OF COLONUS
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Based on Sophocles' Greek myth Oedipus and set in a contemporary African-American gospel church service, this production will move and thrill you with electrifying vocals. Scorned and aged, Oedipus arrives at Colonus where he will die as fate foretold. But before his demise, he must tell his side of events. His journey toward truth, self-understanding, and forgiveness comes with soaring songs and an ending to lift the soul. (more...)

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS; SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF & More Set for Court Theatre's 61st Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Court Theatre announces its 61st season under the continuing leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell, Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, and Board Chair Marilyn Fatt Vitale. (more...)

Photo Flash: Shaila Essley Takes 1st Place in CTG's 2015 August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

From a field of 12 local high school students, Shaila Essley, Philip Patrick Bucknor and Wayne R. Mackins-Harris have been selected to represent Los Angeles in the August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) national finals. Contestants this year featured high school students from four Southern California cities, who performed in the regional finals at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, Monday night, March 2, 2015. Scroll down for photos from the competition! (more...)

Cygnet Theatre's MY FAIR LADY Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

My Fair Lady has been called 'One of the Best Musicals of the Century' by The New York Times and 'The Greatest Musical of All Time' by the Daily Telegraph. For more than 60 years, audiences have been flocking to this unforgettable theater experience based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, which opened over a century ago. It is a celebration of the power of music to tell stories, illuminate characters and delight audiences. San Diego theatregoers will have a chance to enjoy this beloved classic musical when My Fair Lady returns to Cygnet Theatre from tonight, March 5 - April 26. Opening Night is March 14. (more...)

Ensemble Theatre to Present DETROIT '67, 3/17-4/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Dust off your eight-track stereo and join Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati for the hippest after-hours joint in town with the regional premiere of Detroit '67! Playwright Dominique Morisseau introduces audiences to a a dynamic brother and sister as they host rockin' parties and fight to keep their home (and their future) out of the ashes during the 1967 Detroit riots. Records, raids, and riveting drama take the stage for this sizzling production, playing March 17-April 5, 2015. Directed by D. Lynn Meyers. (more...)

Keith David, Hill Harper & More to Star in Lemon Andersen's TOAST at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the Public Lab production of TOAST, written by Lemon Andersen. Directed by Elise Thoron, TOAST begins previews on Tuesday, April 21 and runs through Sunday, May 10, with an official press opening on Tuesday, May 5. (more...)

Jake Broder, Elijah Rock and Angela Teek to Star in WORDS BY IRA GERSHWIN at The Colony, 4/15-5/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

The Colony Theatre is thrilled to present the final production of its historic 40th Anniversary season, the Los Angeles Premiere of WORDS BY IRA GERSHWIN A Musical Play by Joseph Vass, directed by David Ellenstein, Musical Director Kevin Toney, Musical Arranger Joseph Vass. WORDS BY IRA GERSHWIN will preview on Wednesday, April 15; Thursday, April 16; and Friday, April 17 at 8:00pm. It will open on Saturday, April 18 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, May 17. (more...)

Ensemble Theatre Presents DETROIT '67, Now thru 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Dust off your eight-track stereo and join Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati for the hippest after-hours joint in town with the regional premiere of Detroit '67! Playwright Dominique Morisseau introduces audiences to a a dynamic brother and sister as they host rockin' parties and fight to keep their home (and their future) out of the ashes during the 1967 Detroit riots. Records, raids, and riveting drama take the stage for this sizzling production, playing March 17-April 5, 2015. Directed by D. Lynn Meyers. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad to Chair Arena Stage's THE BLOOD QUILT Premiere Celebration This May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad will join Event Chair and Arena Stage Board member Shawna Watley (Senior Policy Advisor with Holland & Knight) as the Honorary Chair for The Blood Quilt World Premiere Celebration on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The new play by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop, Our Lady of Kibeho) is directed by Kamilah Forbes and runs April 24-June 7, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Stage the West Coast Premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, 4/10-5/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney for the West Coast premiere of Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic story about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation. In a dilapidated house near the ever-shifting mouth of the Mississippi, Shelah's family gathers on a stormy night for her birthday -- bringing ghosts and secrets of the past with them. As her roof buckles under the weight of the rain, Shelah's convictions begin to wash away, leaving her to excavate the truths buried below. Directed by Tina Landau, the riveting Head of Passes comes to the Bay Area straight from its critically lauded world premiere in Chicago. Head of Passes is a co-production with the Public Theater in New York. It begins previews on Berkeley Rep's intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, April 10, opens on Friday, April 17, and runs through Sunday, May 24, 2015. Press night for Head of Passes will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015. (more...)

Playhouse on the Square to Present THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

Based on Sophocles' Greek myth Oedipus and set in a contemporary African-American gospel church service, this production will move and thrill you with electrifying vocals. Scorned and aged, Oedipus arrives at Colonus where he will die as fate foretold. But before his demise, he must tell his side of events. His journey toward truth, self-understanding, and forgiveness comes with soaring songs and an ending to lift the soul. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 6/19/2015 - Father's Day Weekend!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 19, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: Benefits, readings, concerts, and more, all in time for Father's Day! (more...)

Actress Ebony Jo-Ann to Release New CD 'Please Save Your Love for Me'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2015

Multiple award-winning theatre, film and television actress, Ebony Jo-Ann releases her new Blues CD, Please Save Your Love for Me on her independent label, Blackgold Production on Friday, September 18th. (more...)

August Wilson's Entire 10-Play Century Cycle Now Available In Full To Stream
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 28, 2015

Relive the epic cycle by August Wilson! (more...)

Theater Now New York Premieres WELCOME TO PARADISE at 2015 Thespis Theater Festival Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Theatre Now New York presents the world premier of Welcome to Paradise, an original play written by Julie Marino and selected for this summer's 2015 Thespis Theater Festival. (more...)

Theater Now New York to Premiere WELCOME TO PARADISE at 2015 Thespis Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

Theatre Now New York presents the world premier of Welcome to Paradise, an original play written by Julie Marino and selected for this summer's 2015 Thespis Theater Festival. (more...)

FENCES to Run 8/21-9/13 at ICT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

International City Theatre continues its 30th anniversary season with a production celebrating the 30th anniversary of a modern American classic: Fences by August Wilson. Gregg T. Daniel directs Wilson's powerful drama for an August 21 opening at International City Theatre's home in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Two low-priced previews are set for August 19 and 20. (more...)

Stockard Channing, Kenny Leon & More Join American Theatre Wing's Advisory Committee
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

The American Theatre Wing has just announced new appointments to its Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee, BroadwayWorld has learned. (more...)

Court Theatre to Open 2015-2016 Season with August Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, presents August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. Gem of the Ocean will run September 10 - October 11, 2015 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. (more...)

Court Theatre's WAITING FOR GODOT, Directed by Ron OJ Parson, Begins 1/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert present Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. Waiting for Godot will run January 15 - February 15, 2015 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8:00PM. (more...)

VIDEO: Phylicia Rashad Says She Was Misquoted in Recent Remarks on Bill Cosby
by TV News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

Following the publication of the interview, Rashad's comments, in particular her use of the words 'forget these women,' hit a nerve with those who interpreted the remarks as being uncaring and dismissive (more...)

Tony Winner Phylicia Rashad Breaks Silence on Bill Cosby Abuse Claims
by TV News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

In an interview with Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman, Phylicia Rashad finally broke her silence on the multitude of sexual abuse allegations against her COSBY SHOW co-star Bill Cosby. (more...)

E. Faye Butler & KenYatta Rogers Join Bowman Wright in Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY II
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for August Wilson's classic drama King Hedley II. Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson's acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict who struggles to turn his life around and lock away his past. The drama is directed by Timothy Douglas, who worked with the late playwright on the world premiere of Radio Golf and has directed eight plays out of Wilson's 10-play cycle. King Hedley II runs February 6-March 8, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

BWW Reviews: August Wilson's Powerful, Profound RADIO GOLF at American Stage
by Peter Nason - Jan 26, 2015

It will be your loss to miss this incredible show with a top-flight cast that nails every word, every pause, every moment. RADIO GOLF is a spellbinding experience. (more...)

Lynn Nottage's RUINED to Play Everyman Theatre, 2/4-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

The Pulitzer Prize winning drama Ruined by Lynn Nottage makes its Baltimore premiere at Everyman Theatre this winter. The epic play features a cast of 17, led by Everyman Resident Company Member Dawn Ursula, who was seen last season as Vera Stark in Nottage's comedic drama By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. The production is directed by internationally acclaimed director Tazewell Thompson and will run from February 4th through March 8th. (more...)

Court Theatre's WAITING FOR GODOT, Directed by Ron OJ Parson, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2015

Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert present Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. Waiting for Godot will run tonight, January 15 - February 15, 2015 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8:00PM. (more...)

Cygnet Theatre's MY FAIR LADY Begins 3/5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

My Fair Lady has been called 'One of the Best Musicals of the Century' by The New York Times and 'The Greatest Musical of All Time' by the Daily Telegraph. For more than 60 years, audiences have been flocking to this unforgettable theater experience based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, which opened over a century ago. It is a celebration of the power of music to tell stories, illuminate characters and delight audiences. San Diego theatregoers will have a chance to enjoy this beloved classic musical when My Fair Lady returns to Cygnet Theatre from March 5 - April 26. Opening Night is March 14. (more...)

LONESOME TRAVELER to Close First 5A Season at 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

59E59 Theaters will welcome the final production of the inaugural 5A Season, the NYC premiere of LONESOME TRAVELER, written and directed by James O'Neil. Produced by Off-Broadway Across America in association with the Rubicon Theatre Company (Ventura, California), LONESOME TRAVELER begins performances on Saturday, March 7 for a limited engagement through Sunday, April 19. (more...)

Lynn Nottage's RUINED Begins Tonight at Everyman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2015

The Pulitzer Prize winning drama Ruined by Lynn Nottage makes its Baltimore premiere at Everyman Theatre this winter. The epic play features a cast of 17, led by Everyman Resident Company Member Dawn Ursula, who was seen last season as Vera Stark in Nottage's comedic drama By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. The production is directed by internationally acclaimed director Tazewell Thompson and will run from tonight, February 4th through March 8th. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad to Star as Series Regular in CBS Drama FOR JUSTICE
by TV News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Variety reports that Phylicia Rashad has signed on to be a series regular in the CBS' drama series FOR JUSTICE. (more...)

Goodman Theatre Announces March-April 2015 Lineup for Citywide August Wilson Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Goodman Theatre, in collaboration with Chicago's various off-Loop theaters and Northwestern University, unveils partial programming in its spring 2015 citywide "August Wilson Celebration" -- an extensive retrospective of the late playwright's life, artistry and influence on American culture. The seven-week Celebration takes place in March and April 2015 on dual landmark occasions: the 70th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's birth and the 10th anniversary of his death. (more...)

Saycon Sengbloh & More Will Join Lupita Nyong'o in ECLIPSED at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York premiere of ECLIPSED, written by Danai Gurira. Directed by Obie Award winner Liesl Tommy and featuring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o in her New York stage debut, this powerful story of survival and resilience begins previews at The Public Theater Tuesday, September 29 and runs through Sunday, November 8, with an official press opening on Wednesday, October 14. (more...)

Premiere Stages at Kean University to Present THE PEOPLE BEFORE THE PARK, 9/3-20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

Premiere Stages at Kean University will present the winner of its 2015 Play Festival, The People Before the Park by Keith Josef Adkins, September 3 - 20 in Kean University's Zella Fry Theatre (Vaughn Eames Hall, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.). (more...)

Becky Ann Baker to Lead Robert O'Hara's BARBECUE at The Public; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the world premiere of BARBECUE, written by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara. Directed by Kent Gash, BARBECUE begins previews on Tuesday, September 22 and runs through Sunday, November 1, with an official press opening on Thursday, October 8. (more...)

The Greene Space's AMERICAN CENTURY CYCLE Recordings, Featuring Phylicia Rashad & More, Online Now
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

In the fall of 2013, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC & WQXR undertook a historic undertaking: to record -- for the first time -- all 10 plays from August Wilson's lauded American Century Cycle. Those audio recordings, along with exclusive video excerpts and photographs from the readings, are now being made available for online streaming on a time-limited basis here until August 26, 2015. (more...)

THE OLDEST BOY, GEM OF THE OCEAN, SWIMMER and More SEt for MTC's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

Today, Marin Theatre Company's artistic director Jasson Minadakis and managing director Michael Barker announced the 49-year-old professional nonprofit theater's 2015-16 season. (more...)

McCarter Theatre Center Sets 2015-16 Season: BABY DOLL, THE PIANO LESSON & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

McCarter Theater Center Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann, celebrating 25 years at the helm of Princeton's Tony Award-winning theater company, is pleased to announce the lineup for the upcoming 2015-2016 Theatre Series. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Stages West Coast Premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, Now thru 5/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes MacArthur 'Genius' Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney for the West Coast premiere of Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic story about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation. In a dilapidated house near the ever-shifting mouth of the Mississippi, Shelah's family gathers on a stormy night for her birthday -- bringing ghosts and secrets of the past with them. As her roof buckles under the weight of the rain, Shelah's convictions begin to wash away, leaving her to excavate the truths buried below. Directed by Tina Landau, the riveting Head of Passes comes to the Bay Area straight from its critically lauded world premiere in Chicago. Head of Passes is a co-production with the Public Theater in New York. It begins previews on Berkeley Rep's intimate Thrust Stage today, April 10, opens today, April 17, and runs through Sunday, May 24, 2015. Press night for Head of Passes will be held today, April 17, 2015. (more...)

Jake Broder, Elijah Rock and Angela Teek Lead WORDS BY IRA GERSHWIN, Starting Tonight at The Colony
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

The Colony Theatre is thrilled to present the final production of its historic 40th Anniversary season, the Los Angeles Premiere of WORDS BY IRA GERSHWIN A Musical Play by Joseph Vass, directed by David Ellenstein, Musical Director Kevin Toney, Musical Arranger Joseph Vass. WORDS BY IRA GERSHWIN will preview today, April 15; Thursday, April 16; and Friday, April 17 at 8:00pm. It will open on Saturday, April 18 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, May 17. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Stages the West Coast Premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, Now thru 5/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes MacArthur 'Genius' Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney for the West Coast premiere of Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic story about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation. In a dilapidated house near the ever-shifting mouth of the Mississippi, Shelah's family gathers on a stormy night for her birthday -- bringing ghosts and secrets of the past with them. As her roof buckles under the weight of the rain, Shelah's convictions begin to wash away, leaving her to excavate the truths buried below. Directed by Tina Landau, the riveting Head of Passes comes to the Bay Area straight from its critically lauded world premiere in Chicago. Head of Passes is a co-production with the Public Theater in New York. It begins previews on Berkeley Rep's intimate Thrust Stage today, April 10, opens today, April 17, and runs through Sunday, May 24, 2015. Press night for Head of Passes will be held today, April 17, 2015. (more...)

Tavis Smiley, Kenny Leon Adapting Maya Angelou Memoir for the Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

According to the Associated Press, Tavis Smiley is teaming with Kenny Leon to adapt his memoir MY JOURNEY WITH MAYA into a stage play. (more...)

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