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Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.

Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama.

Killing my enemies is easy. The challenge is to change the way they think, to control their minds. And I think I controlled yours pretty well. In years to come, I’ll be able to say: Bulgakov? Yeah, we even trained him. He gave up. He saw the light. We broke him, we can break anybody. It’s man versus monster, Mikhail. And the monster always wins.

John Hodge’s blistering new play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny.

Following its successful run in the Cottesloe Theatre, Collaborators is transferring to the Olivier Theatre on April 30 for a limited run.

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New York Live Arts Announces 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

New York Live Arts, under the artistic leadership of MacArthur Genius Award and National Medal of Arts awardee Artistic Director Bill T. Jones and Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong, announced the organization's 2017-2018 season today. (more...)

DRACULA, Accompanied by Kronos Quartet, to Haunt Segerstrom Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Segerstrom Center for the Arts will co-present Tod Browning's 1931 film classic DRACULA starring Bela Lugosi with original music by Philip Glass performed live by the legendary composer at the piano, the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet, with Michael Riesman directing from the keyboard. (more...)

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 2017 to Close with Budapest Festival Orchestra's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival concludes its 51st season with a revival of the acclaimed Budapest Festival Orchestra production of Don Giovanni, directed and conducted by Ivan Fischer, with a cast led by baritone Christopher Maltman; Renee and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langree leading two Festival Orchestra programs featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein in his Mostly Mozart debut and violinist Gil Shaham; a special appearance by Langree on piano in a pre-concert recital with Susanna Phillips; and Mostly Mozart artists-in-residence International Contemporary Ensemble performing a nature-inspired program by three pioneering female composers and featuring Wu Wei in his festival debut. (more...)

Contact Theatre Announces Autumn Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Back with a new look, Contact continues to be forward-looking, ambitious and diverse. It's where young people transform their lives through the arts, and where audiences of all ages experience fearless original shows.  (more...)

SMART PEOPLE, MATT AND BEN and More Slated for Kitchen Theatre Company's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Kitchen Theatre Company, Central New York's Off Broadway theatre, announces its 2017-2018 season. This is the first season for incoming Producing Artistic Director, M. Bevin O'Gara, who will be joining longtime Managing Director, Stephen Nunley. Kitchen TheatreCompany is known for its intimate 99-seat space, now owned by the theatre, and for the bold, intimate, engaging work it has produced for over 25 years. The 27th season will include seven plays aimed at starting 'important conversations,' presented from September to June. (more...)

DANCE FOR LIFE Chicago 2017 Takes Place 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

The 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago will exemplify Chicago's versatile and virtuoso dance community with the eight companies that are performing August 19 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Chicago Dancers United (CDU), which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance, which is preceded by a gala reception at the Hilton Chicago. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Q&A- What Would Cathy Do?
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 6, 2017

BWW speaks to the creators of What Would Cathy Do ahead of its run at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (more...)

Cast, Creatives Announced for DCPA Off-Center's Immersive Staging of LaChiusa's THE WILD PARTY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) has announced the full cast and creative team for Off-Center's next off-site collaboration and first full scale musical production, an immersive 360-degree staging of Michael John LaChiusa's jazz musical The Wild Party at Stanley Marketplace. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017


The Warehouse Stage to Present OTHELLO Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

William Shakespeare's tragic Othello is coming to The Warehouse Theatre July 20th through August 6th, 2017. Othello, which will also be The Warehouse's Educational Touring Show, will make its debut on the main stage for a limited run before touring South Carolina this fall. (more...)

New York Live Arts Announces 'Creating in Confusing Times' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

New York Live Arts, under the artistic leadership of MacArthur Genius Award and National Medal of Arts awardee Artistic Director Bill T. Jones and Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong, announced the organization's 2017-2018 season today. (more...)

Harbor Stage Continues Summer with GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Following the success of their delightfully different season opener, Everything is Established, Wellfleet's Harbor Stage Company, continues their sixth summer of serious fun with David Mamet's modern classic Glengarry Glen Ross.  An unrelenting look at the vicious underbelly of masculinity and ambition, Glengarry follows of a group of Chicago real estate salesmen as they jockey for commissions, leads, and personal standing. (more...)

Camille A. Brown and Paul Taylor Come to the MV PAC and The Yard
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

In a compressed 2-week period, THE YARD presents two distinctive, critically acclaimed views - through dance-making of a potent American landscape: Taylor in his lifelong survey of popular cultural sources, Brown in her ongoing deep dive into the complex social reality of black identities of both men, women and girls that reaffirms that 'black dance matters" in depicting lives at risk in a dangerous political environment. (more...)

Gare St Lazare awarded Artistic Residency at The Everyman Theatre for Third Year Running
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2017

The Everyman Theatre, in partnership with Cork City Council and the Arts Council, is delighted to announce that Gare St Lazare Ireland will continue as Artists in Residence for 2017/2018. This is the company's third year in residency. (more...)

VIDEO: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST's James Snyder and Peter Saide Bare All with The Skivvies
by Stage Tube - Jul 3, 2017

The Skivvies made it all the way out to Sacramento and paid a visit to industry buds James Snyder and Peter Saide, currently starring in Sacramento Music Circus' production of Beauty and the Beast. Check out their jams below! (more...)

Riverside Theatres Celebrates Birthday Like No Other in HELLO, GOODBYE, AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2017

A birthday party like no other will be celebrated at Riverside Theatres when the multi-award winning festival hit, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday, takes to the stage from 27 to 29 July as part of a national tour. (more...)

LEIMAY Unveil World Premiere of FRANTIC BEAUTY at BAM
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

The multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and the LEIMAY Ensemble return to BAM Fisher with FRANTIC BEAUTY, the newest evening-length work representing the mid-point in their BECOMING pentalogy. Combining the LEIMAY Ensemble's signature physicality layered over vivid visual landscapes, this world premiere reflects on society's pursuit of and relationship to beauty. (more...)

Brown Arts Initiative and Performa Co-Commission Work by Kelly Nipper
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

The Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) at Brown University and New York City-based Performa announced today a new three-year collaboration. The inaugural component is the co-commission of a new work by artist Kelly Nipper with MIT's Self-Assembly Lab to be developed during an artists' residency at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University in summer 2017. (more...)

Shaina Taub, Mavi Diaz & Las Folkies, And More This Week At Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

See what's happening at Joe's Pub this week! (more...)

BWW Interview: Bronagh Gallagher Talks GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
by Marianka Swain - Jul 18, 2017

Actress and musician Bronagh Gallagher's work ranges from The Commitments, Pulp Fiction and Stars Wars on screen to War Horse on stage, as well as touring and recording albums with her band. Her latest project is Conor McPherson's Girl From the North Country, which incorporates Bob Dylan songs - it's currently in previews at the Old Vic. (more...)

Paisley Park Sets Dates for CELEBRATION 2018 to Honor Prince Rogers Nelson
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Prince's Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota has announced that attendees to Celebration 2017 can reserve tickets to next year's planned Celebration 2018 now, past attendees can make reservation deposits for a comparable 2018 ticket; Celebration tickets will require a $100 deposit and VIP Celebration tickets, $200. (more...)

BWW Review: gina Breedlove Welcomes You Home In Her Intimate, Vibrant Performance at Joe's Pub
by Jamara Wakefield - Jul 17, 2017

As singer-songwriter gina Breedlove took the stage at Joe's Pub, an audience member exclaimed, 'Welcome home, gina.' This roused a warm applause and a chorus of audiences members verbally welcoming the Brooklyn native home to the venue. (more...)

Kent Tritle's 2017-18 Season Features World Premieres of Moravec, Ranjbaran, Sirota and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

???????As the summer ends and the fall 2017 concert season comes into view, Kent Tritle will be found playing an organ recital at Himmerod Abbey, a Cistercian monastery in Grosslittgen, Germany. From there, it is off and running - the 2017-18 season for "New York's foremost choral conductor" (The New Yorker) is highlighted by the world premieres of two works with the Oratorio Society of New York, Sanctuary Road, an oratorio about the Underground Railroad by Paul Moravec, libretto by Mark Campbell, commissioned by the OSNY, and Behzad Ranjbaran's We Are One; concerts with the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine including a program celebrating the immigrant history of New York in collaboration with early/world music group Rose of the Compass that includes the world premiere of a commissioned work by Robert Sirota, and a program of Kodaly, Stravinsky, and Part's Miserere; programs of repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to Morton Lauridsen with Musica Sacra; and Bach's St. John Passion with ensembles and soloists from the Manhattan School of Music. (more...)

HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC Extends at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2017

By popular demand Steppenwolf's LookOut Series extends its rock 'n' roll production of the solo play, How To Be A Rock Critic (Based on the Writings of Lester Bangs) by award-winning theatre artists Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, starring Erik Jensen (The Walking Dead, Mr. Robot) as Lester Bangs and directed by Jessica Blank (Made in Jersey, The Namesake). Described as "a fascinating window into one of the last century's most compelling and fearless critics," (Chicago Tribune), the 80-minute production continues for three additional performances through July 29, 2017 in the 1700 Theatre, situated behind Front Bar: Coffee & Drinks (drinks permitted in the theater). (more...)

BWW Review: Theater Bug's Funny and Wry New Musical IF I WERE YOU
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 15, 2017

Once again, Cori Laemmel and Laura Matula - along with their team of creative Collaborators and their always surprising and courageous troupe of young actors at The Theater Bug - have achieved much with their latest original musical. If I Were You, which focuses on four young protagonists gives the youthful Theater Bug company of actors an opportunity to explore the depths of their own emotions amid the turmoil of their formative years and, in so doing, they give every audience member a chance to examine their own emotions and preconceived notions of the people around them. (more...)

MAS Explores the Banning of Mexican American Studies
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2017

The Banning of Mexican American studies in the Tucson School District was just one more of the many recent attacks on education in Arizona.  Highly regarded by the community that embraced the program, it was successful in keeping both students and families engaged in the relearning of ancient native knowledge and philosophy that otherwise is unknown by most Americans.  Data shows that the program was also successful in improving graduation rates, test scores and preparing students for higher education. (more...)

D'Angelo's 'Brown Sugar' Remastered and Expanded for New Deluxe Edition
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

D'Angelo's platinum-certified debut, 1995's neo-soul masterpiece Brown Sugar, is newly remastered and expanded for a 2CD and digital Deluxe Edition to be released August 25 by Virgin/UMe. (more...)

Joe's Pub Presents the Premiere of CHAMPAGNE JERRY'S CLUBHOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Champagne Jerry's Clubhouse is a brand new, semi-regular show wherein Champagne Jerry is your host at a party where he and a bunch of featured artists: comedians, musicians, and people who just like champagne hang out doing the best performances you've ever seen in your life. (more...)

Aeolus String Quartet, Ben Kono Group to Make Music Mountain Debuts This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Music Mountain, America's Longest Running Chamber Music Festival, continues its 88th Season with two Music Mountain debuts! The Aeolus String Quartet, with guest artist Geoffrey Burleson, piano, performs Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Franck on Sunday, August 6 (3pm) and The Ben Kono Group plays sophisticated, contemporary jazz on Saturday, August 5 (6:30pm). Concerts are scheduled thru September 17. (more...)

Ford Amphitheatre Reopens with Civic Dedication Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre reopened today with a civic dedication ceremony, marking the completion of a multi-year construction project that has restored, upgraded and enhanced this iconic and historic venue on Cahuenga Boulevard East in the Hollywood Hills. Dancers and musicians from the troupe Viver Brasil, among the artists to be featured in the 2017 Ford summer season, led a celebratory procession to the venue's completely new stage, where LA County 3rd District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl cut a red ribbon to inaugurate an era of broadened programming, national artistic partnerships, and improved technical facilities and audience amenities. The latter includes the new Ford Terrace Cafe on the new Zev Yaroslavsky Terrace, "The Zev," which was dedicated today in honor of retired LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who championed the Ford's revitalization during his 20 years as 3rd District Supervisor. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Guild Announces Opera Ball 2017 at The Imperial Palace
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

San Francisco Opera Guild in collaboration with San Francisco Opera Association today announced details for Opera Ball 2017 at The Imperial Palace, a gala benefit celebrating the opening of the Company's 95th Season on Friday, September 8. (more...)

Short Action Film JUVENTUD to Premiere at Comic Con Independent Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Hawaii Integrated Productions and Memuneh Productions today announced that their latest project, JUVENTUD, will make its world premiere at Comic Con next week in San Diego on July 21, 2017. (more...)

Josh Jacobson Announces Next 'From The Roots' Video for 'Tethered'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

On Friday, July 21, Brooklyn-based “Future Soul' up-and-comer—JOSH JACOBSON—will release the second production from his 'From The Roots' video series—which highlights the upcoming debut EP (due out Fall 2017) through live performances. Filmed in 4K on RED cameras, the space in the series was created with the help of director Chiara Gerek as a place of solitude for JOSH to express First Light in its purest form with his Collaborators. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

???????Presented by Eva Price and co-written by Josh Koenigsberg, a writer for Netflix's award-winning hit Orange is the New Black, comes the World Premiere of The Rise and Fall of Marcus Monroe. When Marcus takes the stage, you can't help but take notice. Marcus Monroe (winner of the 2012 Andy Kauffman Award) combines innovative juggling with his unique brand of comedic energy in The Rise and Fall of Marcus Monroe, a feat of spectacle story-telling by the “Rock Star of Jugglers” (New York Press). (more...)

Original Star Ashley Shaw to Lead Matthew Bourne's THE RED SHOES at the Ahmanson
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

The cast is set for the acclaimed Matthew Bourne / New Adventures production of "The Red Shoes." Presented by Center Theatre Group and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, the American premiere of "The Red Shoes" runs September 15 through October 1, 2017, with the opening set for September 19. (more...)

Trajal Harrell's HOOCHIE KOOCHIE Performance Exhibition Set for Barbican Art Gallery
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

This summer, Barbican Art Gallery presents the first ever performance exhibition of the New York- based choreographer and dancer Trajal Harrell. Following a two-year residency at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014 - 2016), this ambitious project stages over 14 of Harrell's performances including one of the earliest works he created in 1999, right through to now in a changing, daily programme of live performances. (more...)

Mesa Announces Prototypes Selected for Main St. Prototyping Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

Mesa Arts Center today announced the selection of 20 proposals for the City of Mesa's first prototyping festival - Main Street Prototyping Festival, slated for Nov. 17 and 18, 2017. Artists, architects, designers, students, makers, urban planners and others have been selected to create temporary projects that activate public space and engage the community toward enhancing connectivity and vibrancy in downtown Mesa. Planned prototypes include concepts for gathering places, virtual reality experiences, structures that offer space for interaction, performances, places to play and share in art making, and ways for passersby to offer feedback about their community. Each project will be allocated $1,000-$3,000 for design, fabrication and project management. (more...)

Nominees for Australian Dance Awards Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

The nominees for one of the country's most prestigious performing arts awards, the Australian Dance Awards (ADA), were today announced. Celebrating twenty years in 2017, the Awards are the pre-eminent event on the dance industry calendar. They recognise and honour dance artists, educators and administrators in 12 categories of achievement. (more...)

Gidon Kremer, Julia Wolfe, ICE and More Set for BAC's Fall 2017 Music Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

Baryshnikov Arts Center's (BAC) Fall 2017 music presentations include BAC Salon: Telemann, Farrin, Wolfe + Prokofiev featuring the New York premiere of a work by Julia Wolfe (October 5 and 6); violin virtuoso Gidon Kremer performing Mieczyslaw Weinberg's 24 Preludes, Op. 100 (October 31 and November 1); and BAC Salon: Pauline Oliveros featuring IONE and International Contemporary Ensemble (November 28). (more...)

New Van Morrison Album 'Roll With The Punches' + Tour Dates Coming This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

VAN MORRISON--one of British music's few true legends--is set to release a new 15-track album, due out September 22 (Exile/Caroline). (more...)

Movers and Shakers! NNPN Announces 2017-18 Grant Recipients and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces its 2017-18 grant recipients, including the 2017 Smith Prize for Political Theatre, seven Producer Residencies, and five Collaboration Fund awards that will support partnerships between multiple Member Theaters, playwrights, and other theater makers in various projects. (more...)

Naughty Professor Release New Video For 'I Can't Sleep At Night' Feat. Dexter Gilmore
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Today, acclaimed New Orleans-based future funk collective Naughty Professor released the video for “I Can't Sleep at Night,” off of their new album, Identity. “I Can't Sleep at Night,” features fellow New Orleans musician Dexter Gilmore (Sexy Dex and the Fresh) delivering a powerful and expansive vocal performance as the focus of the track (more...)

Bridget Everett, Shaina Taub, Champagne Jerry and More Coming Up This Week at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Joe's Pub at The Public Theater has announced its nightly performances for this week, July 12-23, featuring Bridget Everett, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Jeffrey Steele, Tacoma Narrows, Matt Alber, Meow Meow, Shaina Taub, Charming Disaster and more. Scroll down for details!  (more...)

Unity 2017.1 Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017


Original Cast to Dance Matthew Bourne's THE RED SHOES Across the U.S.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

New Adventures has announced North American tour dates and casting for Matthew Bourne's double Olivier Award-winning production of THE RED SHOES. (more...)

American Theater Company to Workshop 12 New Projects This Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

American Theater Company's (ATC) Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) program, a series of week-long residencies for artists of all disciplines, continues its second year with 25 artists workshopping 12 new projects throughout Season 33. (more...)

Ariel Rivka Dance Celebrates 10th Anniversary at NYLA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

Known for its “powerfully engaging” (New York Arts) choreography, Ariel Rivka Dance reflects on 10 seasons of provocative modern dance with a pair of career-spanning programs to be performed at New York Live Arts from September 6-9, 2017. (more...)

Cal Shakes presents West Coast Premiere of BLACK ODYSSEY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

California Shakespeare Theater continues its 43rd Season with the West Coast premiere of black odyssey, a thrilling and music-infused new play that mashes up Greek mythology and African-American folklore. black odyssey marks the Cal Shakes debut of Oakland native Marcus Gardley (The House That Will Not Stand at Berkeley Rep), and is only the second production ever of the play, which is being re-set in Oakland for Cal Shakes. Directed by Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting, fresh from directing Berkeley Rep's smash hit An Octoroon, the production will also feature vocal compositions by Linda Tillery and Molly Holm. (more...)

Alison Krauss & David Gray Coming to Hershey Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

Alison Krauss and David Gray are coming to Hershey Theatre on Monday, September 18th. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: A Chronicle of Director/Producer Hal Prince's Legendary Broadway Career
by Daniella Parcell - Jul 1, 2017

In April 1950, a young Harold Prince took his first stride on Broadway, assistant stage managing the Grace and Paul Hartman-led revue TICKETS, PLEASE! at the Coronet Theatre. Now, six decades, 21 Tony Awards and over 50 Broadway shows later, Prince prepares for another Broadway opening - this one, a revue of his own work. (more...)

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