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Blues diva Ma Rainey and her band have come to a Chicago studio to cut a record, but their artistic differences nearly stop the session before it starts. Full of unforgettable characters and the raw power of the blues, this 1920s installment of Wilson's groundbreaking cycle of plays confronts the issues of race, fame, and generational divides through the rhythms of the African-American South.



August Wilson (1945-2005) The most-produced African-American playwright of all time, August Wilson was a self-taught writer whose distinctive style combined poeticism and everyday slang. The plays of his remarkable Pittsburgh Cycle chronicled the black experience in America in every decade of the 20thcentury, winning two Pulitzer Prizes and redefining African-American storytelling for a generation of theatergoers.



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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...)

Fox Theatre Welcomes MADAGASCAR LIVE, 4/29-5/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2010

DreamWorks Theatricals and Broadway Across America today announced that they have partnered to launch 'Madagascar Live,' DreamWorks Theatricals' first-ever live family touring show. The production is expected to visit over 70 cities across the United States beginning in January 2011, including a stop at Detroit's Fox Theatre from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. The brand new stage show aimed at family audiences stars the cast of popular characters from the beloved Madagascar film series, including Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and members of the madcap Madagascar crew, King Julien and the crafty Penguins. (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...)

Court Theatre Extends HOME Thru 12/19
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2010

Court Theatre announces the extension of Home, by Samm-Art Williams, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. (more...)

Fashion Designer Niiamar Felder Nominated For Audelco Award For Best Costume Design
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2012

Fashion Designer, Niiamar Felder has been nominated for an Audelco Award for Best Costume Design for the Off-Broadway production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, by August Wilson. The 40th Annual Audelco Awards will be presented on Monday, November 19th at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in New York City. (more...)

John Grisham's A TIME TO KILL Opens at Arena Stage May 6-June 19
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2011

What is the true meaning of justice? That is the question posed to audiences in A Time to Kill, the world premiere and first stage adaptation of a novel by John Grisham. (more...)

New Haarlem Arts Theatre Sets Second Season: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, SWEET CHARITY and More
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2012

This summer, New Haarlem Arts Theatre (NHAT), the professional theater company of City College of New York (CCNY), has expanded its programming and will present mainstage productions of 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' and 'Sweet Charity,' as well as a show for young audiences and a readings series. The theater, led by Eugene Nesmith, is entering its second season and will again be in residence at Aaron Davis Hall, located at W. 135th Street and Convent Avenue, Manhattan (Hamilton Heights). (more...)

RUINED Ends PTC's 35th Season, Previews 5/20
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2011

Philadelphia Theatre Company concludes its 35th Anniversary Mainstage Season with the Philadelphia premiere of Ruined by Lynn Nottage, running May 20 through June 12, 2011 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets). (more...)

Victory Gardens Presents The Gospel According to James with Andre DeShields
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2011

Artistic Director Dennis Za?ek and Executive Director Jan Kallish announce the Chicago Premiere of The Gospel According to James by Charles Smith, directed by Chuck Smith. (more...)

Court Theatre Presents PORGY AND BESS 5/12-6/19
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2011

Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert present the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell, with Artistic Consultant Ron OJ Parson and Music Direction by Doug Peck. Porgy and Bess will run May 12-June 19, 2011 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 8PM. (more...)

Court Theatre Presents PORGY AND BESS 5/12-6/19
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2011

Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert present the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell, with Artistic Consultant Ron OJ Parson and Music Direction by Doug Peck. Porgy and Bess will run May 12-June 19, 2011 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 8PM. (more...)

Broadway Beat Tony Interview Special: Whoopi Goldberg!
by Broadway Beat - May 11, 2011

Below, we bring you Whoopi Goldberg, Producer of the Sister Act, the recipient of 5 Tony nomintions including Mest Musical. Goldberg starred in the original film of Sister Act, and has appeared on Broadway herself in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Xanadu, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and two self-titled solo shows. (more...)

NHAT to Open Season With MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, 6/14-7/8
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2012

New Haarlem Arts Theatre (NHAT), the professional theater company of City College of New York (CCNY), will open its second season June 14 to July 8 with 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' by August Wilson, directed by Eugene Nesmith and starring Johnnie Mae as Ma. (more...)

Yvette Freeman Opens in Huntington Theatre Co.'s MA RAINEY¬'S BLACK BOTTOM Tonight, 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2012

As part of its 30th Anniversary Season celebration, the Huntington Theatre Company brings the cast of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom to Roxbury's Hibernian Hall to perform a reading of the play on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7pm. The reading is free and open to the public, but an RSVP at huntingtontheatre.org/raineyreading is encouraged, as seating is limited. Liesl Tommy, director of the Huntington's acclaimed 2011 production of Ruined, helms the production. The ensemble features "ER" cast member Yvette Freeman as the legendary blues singer Ma Rainey and local favorite Jason Bowen (Ruined, A Civil War Christmas at the Huntington) as Levee. (more...)

American Stage's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Breaks Attendance Records
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2011

American Stage Theatre Company's recently closed production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom has become the most attended main stage production in the theatre's 32 year history, selling a total of 5,728 tickets through its five week run. (more...)

Penumbra Theatre Company's THE AMEN CORNER at the Guthrie to Feature Greta Oglesby, Eric Berryman and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2012

On the heels of successful presentations of Gem of the Ocean, A Raisin in the Sun and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the Guthrie Theater welcomes back the acclaimed Penumbra Theatre Company for The Amen Corner-an uplifting and masterful drama written by celebrated playwright and novelist James Baldwin and directed by Penumbra Founder and Artistic Director Lou Bellamy. (more...)

Photo Flash: American Stage's RENT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2011

American Stage Theatre Company will produce the Broadway smash hit musical that defined a generation, RENT, during the theatre's 26th anniversary production of American Stage in the Park, April 13 thru May 8. Pay What You Can nights are April 13 and 14. Gala Under the Stars will be April 15 (fundraiser event). RENT is written by Jonathan Larson. Bring Your Dog Night is April 14 and Bike Nights are every Wednesday. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Huntington Hits For the Cycle With MA RAINEY
by Nancy Grossman - Mar 25, 2012

The Huntington Theatre Company's production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom completes August Wilson's Century Cycle, ten plays that reflect the African-American experience in America by the decade throughout the 20th century. Yvette Freeman (NBC's ER) is a force of nature in the title role, and local actor Jason Bowen captivates as the hotheaded young trumpeter who personifies the Zeitgeist. (more...)

Callie Crossley and Eric Jackson to Speak at Huntington Theatre Co's 'WGBH Day,' 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2012

In conjunction with the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson's first Broadway hit, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, WGBH 89.7 FM's "Jazz with Eric in the Evening" host Eric Jackson and "The Callie Crossley Show" host Callie Crossley will discuss the social and musical history depicted in the play in a post-show conversation on Saturday, March 24 immediately following the 2pm performance. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Yvette Freeman, et al. in HTC's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2012

As part of its 30th Anniversary Season celebration, the Huntington Theatre Company brings August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Click below to view the production shots! (more...)

John Grisham's A TIME TO KILL Opens at Arena Stage May 6-June 19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2011

What is the true meaning of justice? That is the question posed to audiences in A Time to Kill, the world premiere and first stage adaptation of a novel by John Grisham. (more...)

Kennedy Center Presents Penumbra Theatre's I WISH YOU LOVE, 6/11-19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2011

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the Penumbra Theatre production of I Wish You Love written by Dominic Taylor and directed by Lou Bellamy. Following its world premiere at Penumbra Theatre in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the drama with music runs June 11 to 19, 2011 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. I Wish You Love is produced with the assistance of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. The press opening for I Wish You Love will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. The production features Dennis W. Spears as Nat -King? Cole, singing more than 20 of Cole's beloved songs. Additional casting includes Kevin D. West as Oliver Moore, Eric Berryman as Jeffrey Prince, and Michael Tezla as Bill Henry. (more...)

Northlight Theatre Presents THE OUTGOING TIDE Feat. Reed, Mahoney; 5/12-6/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2011

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces the World Premiere of The Outgoing Tide, by Bruce Graham, directed by BJ Jones. The cast features John Mahoney, Rondi Reed and Thomas J. Cox. The Outgoing Tide runs May 12-June 19, 2011 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie. The press opening is Saturday May 21, 2011. (more...)

NHAT Opens Season with MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Now thru 7/8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2012

New Haarlem Arts Theatre (NHAT), the professional theater company of City College of New York (CCNY), will open its second season tonight, June 14 through July 8 with 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' by August Wilson, directed by Eugene Nesmith and starring Johnnie Mae as Ma. (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...)

RUINED Ends PTC's 35th Season, Previews 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2011

Philadelphia Theatre Company concludes its 35th Anniversary Mainstage Season with the Philadelphia premiere of Ruined by Lynn Nottage, running May 20 through June 12, 2011 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets). (more...)

Kennedy Center Presents Penumbra Theatre's I WISH YOU LOVE, Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2011

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the Penumbra Theatre production of I Wish You Love written by Dominic Taylor and directed by Lou Bellamy. Following its world premiere at Penumbra Theatre in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the drama with music runs June 11 to 19, 2011 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. I Wish You Love is produced with the assistance of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. The press opening for I Wish You Love will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. The production features Dennis W. Spears as Nat -King? Cole, singing more than 20 of Cole's beloved songs. Additional casting includes Kevin D. West as Oliver Moore, Eric Berryman as Jeffrey Prince, and Michael Tezla as Bill Henry. (more...)

Open Stage of Harrisburg Will Present JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE, 2/1-23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2013

Open Stage of Harrisburg Executive Artistic Director Donald Alsedek directs another installment of August Wilson's acclaimed Century Cycle of plays exploring the Black experience in America Following at the intimate Angino Family Theatre. Following last year's triumph with Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Alsedek takes on August Wilson's African-American epic, JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE. The production opens February 1 and closes February 23. Evening performances Thursday to Saturdays are at 8:00pm and Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm. (more...)

American Stage Continues Season With MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM 1/18-2/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2011

American Stage Theatre Company continues its 2010-11 season in the Raymond James Theatre with its next chapter in preeminent African-American playwright August Wilson's Century Cycle, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, running Jan. 18 thru Feb. 13. (more...)

Liesl Tommy Returns for Huntington's A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Opening 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2013

Fifty-four years after its Broadway premiere, the Huntington Theatre Company presents A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry's landmark family classic about deferred dreams. Liesl Tommy (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Ruined - IRNE Award for Best Director and Production) returns to the Huntington to helm the production that features Leroy McClain (the title role in Hamlet at California Shakespeare Theater) as Walter Lee Younger and Kimberly Scott (Molly Cunningham in Joe Turner's Come and Gone - Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations) as matriarch Lena Younger. (more...)

Huntington Theatre Co Presents MA RAINEY¬'S BLACK BOTTOM Reading, 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2012

As part of its 30th Anniversary Season celebration, the Huntington Theatre Company brings the cast of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom to Roxbury's Hibernian Hall to perform a reading of the play on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7pm. The reading is free and open to the public, but an RSVP at huntingtontheatre.org/raineyreading is encouraged, as seating is limited. Liesl Tommy, director of the Huntington's acclaimed 2011 production of Ruined, helms the production. The ensemble features "ER" cast member Yvette Freeman as the legendary blues singer Ma Rainey and local favorite Jason Bowen (Ruined, A Civil War Christmas at the Huntington) as Levee. (more...)

American Stage Extends the run of MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Thru 2/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2011

Due to demand, American Stage Theatre Company has extended the run of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom one extra week through Feb. 20. (more...)

American Stage Hosts Meet And Greet For MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2011

Savannah's Cafe and American Stage Theatre Company are hosting a meet and greet with members of the cast and artistic staff for American Stage's hit production of August Wilson's great drama, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom on January 21 at 11:30 am at Savannah's Cafe in St. Petersburg. (more...)

Photo Flash: Guthrie Announces Cast For MA RAINEY¬'S BLACK BOTTOM
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2011

The Guthrie Theater welcomes Penumbra Theatre Company's acclaimed production of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson's gripping drama Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Penumbra artistic director Lou Bellamy. (more...)

American Stage Continues Season With MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM 1/18-2/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2011

American Stage Theatre Company continues its 2010-11 season in the Raymond James Theatre with its next chapter in preeminent African-American playwright August Wilson's Century Cycle, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, running Jan. 18 thru Feb. 13. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Yale Rep's THE PIANO LESSON
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 3, 2011

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, August Wilson's The Piano Lesson returns to Yale Rep, where it had its world premiere in 1987. The Piano Lesson was one of six plays in August Wilson's 10-play cycle chronicling the African American experience in the 20th century to premiere at Yale Rep. Wilson's other Yale Rep world premieres included Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984), Fences (1985), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1986), Two Trains Running (1990), and Radio Golf (2005). (more...)

Huntington Theatre Co Presents MA RAINEY¬'S BLACK BOTTOM Reading, 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2012

As part of its 30th Anniversary Season celebration, the Huntington Theatre Company brings the cast of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom to Roxbury's Hibernian Hall to perform a reading of the play on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7pm. The reading is free and open to the public, but an RSVP at huntingtontheatre.org/raineyreading is encouraged, as seating is limited. Liesl Tommy, director of the Huntington's acclaimed 2011 production of Ruined, helms the production. The ensemble features "ER" cast member Yvette Freeman as the legendary blues singer Ma Rainey and local favorite Jason Bowen (Ruined, A Civil War Christmas at the Huntington) as Levee. (more...)

American Stage Extends the run of MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Thru 2/20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2011

Due to demand, American Stage Theatre Company has extended the run of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom one extra week through Feb. 20. (more...)

STAGE TO SCREEN: Broadway Stars in Prime Time Tonight!
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 19, 2013

Here are some of the familiar Broadway faces appearing in prime time tonight (Tuesday, February 19)! (more...)

Court Theatre Extends HOME Thru 12/19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2010

Court Theatre announces the extension of Home, by Samm-Art Williams, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. (more...)

Huntington Announces Breaking Ground Reading of ADEkoje's (SHOE) SHINE SAFARI, 12/11
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2012

Huntington Theatre Company will hold a by-invitation-only Breaking Ground developmental reading of (Shoe) Shine Safari by Huntington Playwriting Fellow John Oluwole ADEkoje (Cry Baby Jones) on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30pm at the Huntington's Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Niegel Smith (Neighbors at The Public Theater) directs a cast that includes: Stephen Tyrone Williams as Shoe Shine; Johnny Lee Davenport (Vengeance is the Lord's and the upcoming Invisible Man at the Huntington) as Driver/Father; Robert D. Murphy as Lincoln Douglas; Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at the Huntington) as Amina; Reg Cathey as General Butt Naked/Big House/Rebel 1; James Milford as Rebel 2; and others. (more...)

Whoopi Goldberg to Return to GLEE; Larsen, Newell to Also Recur
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2012

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whoopi Goldberg will appear in the fourth season of GLEE as a 'special guest star,' reprising her role of Carmen Tibideaux, dean of the fictional New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. Glee Project Season 1 winners Samuel Larson and Alex Newell will also recur on the new season. (more...)

Alice Childress' TROUBLE IN MIND Opens Arena Stage at the Mead Center 2011-12 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2011

After a memorable and record-breaking inaugural year, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater celebrates its 61st anniversary season with Trouble in Mind, written by playwright Alice Childress. Childress was the first African-American woman to have her plays professionally produced in New York, and she became the first woman of color to win an Obie Award, in 1956 for Trouble in Mind (Best Original Production). (more...)

Photo Flash: Whoopi Goldberg Takes the Stage in SISTER ACT - First Look!
by BWW Photo Special - Aug 10, 2010

Whoopi Goldberg joined the cast of the hit musical comedy SISTER ACT today, August 10 in the role of Mother Superior. She will perform in the show through Tuesday August 31st, playing an exclusive 23 show season. No stranger to stages around the world, the role however marks Whoopi's West End debut. Whoopi follows the hugely popular Sheila Hancock, who created the role and has played Mother Superior since the show opened in May last year. She is joined on stage by the critically acclaimed Patina Miller in the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi's role in the original movie), recording artist Simon Webbe as Curtis Shank and Dad's Army star Ian Lavender as Monsignor. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you the first shots of Whoopi as Mother Superior in the West End! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Black Rep's Excellent Production of MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by Chris Gibson - Apr 25, 2012

Revisiting a popular play in the ten work "Pittsburgh Cycle" from August Wilson, the Black Rep has put forth a superior effort. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is especially interesting to me as a musician since the focus is really on the interplay that goes on between Ma Rainey's band as they banter about various aspects of life and the music business, all while waiting for Ma to show up, or trying not to incur her wrath when she does. A terrific cast makes for an enjoyable, if tragic, ride that's well worth your time and attention. (more...)

RUINED Ends PTC's 35th Season, Previews 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2011

Philadelphia Theatre Company concludes its 35th Anniversary Mainstage Season with the Philadelphia premiere of Ruined by Lynn Nottage, running May 20 through June 12, 2011 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets). (more...)

Court Theatre Presents PORGY AND BESS 5/12-6/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2011

Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert present the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell, with Artistic Consultant Ron OJ Parson and Music Direction by Doug Peck. Porgy and Bess will run May 12-June 19, 2011 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 8PM. (more...)

Kennedy Center Presents Penumbra Theatre's I WISH YOU LOVE, 6/11-19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2011

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the Penumbra Theatre production of I Wish You Love written by Dominic Taylor and directed by Lou Bellamy. Following its world premiere at Penumbra Theatre in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the drama with music runs June 11 to 19, 2011 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. I Wish You Love is produced with the assistance of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. The press opening for I Wish You Love will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. The production features Dennis W. Spears as Nat -King? Cole, singing more than 20 of Cole's beloved songs. Additional casting includes Kevin D. West as Oliver Moore, Eric Berryman as Jeffrey Prince, and Michael Tezla as Bill Henry. (more...)

John Grisham's A TIME TO KILL Opens at Arena Stage May 6-June 19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2011

What is the true meaning of justice? That is the question posed to audiences in A Time to Kill, the world premiere and first stage adaptation of a novel by John Grisham. (more...)

Arcelus, Davie, Graham & More to Star in Rupert Holmes' Pre-Broadway A TIME TO KILL at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2011

What is the true meaning of justice? That is the question posed to audiences in A Time to Kill, the world premiere and first stage adaptation of a novel by John Grisham. By special arrangement with Daryl Roth and adapted for the stage by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), A Time to Kill brings the heat of the Deep South to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Directed by Ethan McSweeny (Broadway's Gore Vidal's 'The Best Man'), A Time to Kill runs May 6-June 19, 2011 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

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