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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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STAGE TUBE: Signature Theatre Collaborators Say Goodbye to Founder James Houghton
by Stage Tube - Jun 30, 2016

Signature Theatre's Founding Artistic Director James Houghton will step down at the end of June, to be succeeded by Lincoln Center Theater's Paige Evans. In the following video, Signature's playwrights, actors, and directors say thank you to Founding Artistic Director Jim Houghton. Check it out below! (more...)

Wolfgang Muthspiel to Perform in Sydney This August
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

On Tuesday 9 August, renowned jazz master Wolfgang Muthspiel returns to Sydney for one night only, performing with his celebrated Collaborators in the Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio, proudly presented by City Recital Hall. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Tom Hanks Stars as Hero Pilot Captain Sullenberger in SULLY
by Movies News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

From Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper,” “Million Dollar Baby”) comes Warner Bros. Pictures' drama SULLY, starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks (“Bridge of Spies,” “Forrest Gump”) as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. (more...)

AMC to Premiere Season 3 of HALT AND CATCH FIRE with 2-Hour Event, 8/23
by TV News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

AMC announced today that HALT AND CATCH FIRE a series that garnered significant critical acclaim in its second season, will return for season three on Tuesday, August 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes. (more...)

Tony Danza, Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner and More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

This July, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Suniva Powers Greenfield at Fort Campbell
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016


Aaron Tveit & Annaleigh Ashford Star in New Comedy BETTER OFF SINGLE, Out 10/7
by Movies News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

BETTER OFF SINGLE, a new comedy starring Aaron Tveit, will hit theaters and On Demand on October 7th. (more...)

Theater Resources Unlimited Seeks Submissions for Part 3 of 'HOW TO WRITE A MUSICAL THAT WORKS' Workshop
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents How to Write a Musical That Works (part 3): Reckoning & Resolution on Saturday July 16th, 10am to 6pm at Nola Studios, 244 W. 54th Street, 11th floor. (more...)

The Yard to Welcome Amy Brenneman and Sabrina Peck in THRESHOLD: 90-52-15
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

There will be a special benefit event for The Yard, featuring Amy Brenneman, on Friday, July 15, 7- 10pm at The Yard. (more...)

A Red Orchid Theatre's 2016 Incubator Series to Present Facility Theatre's THE SILENCE THAT FOLLOWS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

A Red Orchid Incubator, a series dedicated to getting to know new and/or up-and-coming theatre artists in Chicago, hosts the Facility Theatre presentation of THE SILENCE THAT FOLLOWS by Elliot Baker infused with original music by beyond this point. (more...)

THE PORTRAIT to Premiere at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

"The Portrait" will make its world premiere this summer at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave.) as part of the theater's "Solo Celebration!" series, an eight-month series of provocative and powerful solo plays. Written and directed by Susan Padveen, starring Cameron Pfiffner and co-produced with The Neopolitans, "The Portrait" tells the story of Gustav Klimt, the renowned painter of The Kiss, as he wrestles with a life- altering decision while also attempting to secure a sizable commission from a woman of Viennese society. The press performance will be Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

2016 Detroit Fringe Forward Festival Now Accepting Submissions
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Calling artists and performers: Detroit Fringe Forward Festival is now seeking submissions! Continuing the momentum that produced over 20 shows as part of last year's Detroit Fringe, the 2016 Fringe Forward Festival will run from Thursday September 15 through Sunday September 18th, 2016 at CMAP Detroit 2221 Carpenter Ave, Detroit, MI 48212. The festival will continue to explore new works and celebrate connections made through the performing arts. (more...)

Chris Botti & Lucia Micarelli Set for St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights, 7/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Encore! Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti returns to the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights line up on Thursday, July 21. Rock star violinist Lucia Micarelli (also an encore performer) joins Botti at Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Concert starts at 7 p.m.; gates open at 5:30 p.m. For tickets and information: 435-655-3114 or (more...)

Taylor Mac to Perform at Space On Ryder Farm in August
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

SPACE on Ryder Farm will present Taylor Mac's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1986-2016, August 6 & 7 at 7 PM. Music Director Matt Ray will join Mac for the work-in-progress performances, which span three decades from Mac's wildly ambitious, multi-year effort to chart the history of popular music in America, from the nation's founding in 1776 to the present day. Tickets are available for $35 through July 15, and $40 after, at (more...)

Watch the Erykah Badu-Directed Video For 'Maiysha (So Long)'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016


ODC to Welcome RAWdance for World Premiere of DOUBLE EXPOSURE, 7/28-30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

ODC Theater will present RAWdance in the world premiere of Double Exposure, a series of 12 duets each choreographed by a different West Coast choreographer or choreographic team. Artistic Directors Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein are the evening's sole performers in an event they're calling 'the ultimate duet.' Double Exposure runs July 28 - 30, Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 - $45, and may be purchased online at or by phone at 415.863.9834. (more...)

Al Pacino, James Taylor Among 2016 KENNEDY CENTER Honorees
by TV News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

The Kennedy Center Honors announced today that its honorees for 2016 will be Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, rock band the Eagles, screen and stage actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples and musician James Taylor. (more...)

Mavenlink Releases Must-Read Ebook for the Services Industry Titled 'Thriving in the Service Level Economy'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016


Tori Scott to Return to Joe's Pub with MAKING AMERICA GAY AGAIN!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Hailed as one of Time Out New York's Top 10 Cabaret Artists (2013), belter and bad decision maker Tori Scott returns to Joe's Pub at The Public just in time for Gay Pride with her solo show, MAKING AMERICA GAY AGAIN! -- a shameless journey that celebrates stiff drinks, bad decisions and the gays that enable her -- on June 25th at 9:30pm. (more...)

Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati Sets Upcoming Exhibition Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

.The Contemporary Arts Center announces their fall 2016-17 exhibition schedule presenting an in-depth perspective of a diverse group of artists, including two receiving their first solo exhibitions in the U.S. (more...)

Greenhouse Theater's Solo Celebration to Continue with THE PORTRAIT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

"The Portrait" will make its world premiere this summer at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave.) as part of the theater's "Solo Celebration!" series, an eight-month series of provocative and powerful solo plays. (more...)

World Tour of PIAF!, THE SHOW Coming to America; Winter Stop Set for Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide PIAF!, THE SHOW - a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse - returns to America as part of the extended world tour. Tickets are on sale now! (more...)

Long Wharf Theatre Honors Charles C. Kingsley with Founders Award
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Long Wharf Theatre will honor Charles C. Kingsley, a former chair of the Board of Trustees and a partner at Wiggin and Dana, and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, with the organization's Founders Award. (more...)

Baryshnikov Arts Center Sets Fall 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) announces the fall 2016 performance and residency series, which runs September 27 through December 16. BAC Presents will bring to BAC's stages World and U.S. Premieres of works by international music and dance artists. Tickets go on sale August 15 and can be purchased online at or by phone at 866 811 4111. Throughout the season,BAC Residencies will provide critical support to nine artists across disciplines to develop new work in BAC's studios. (more...)

Syfy and USA Network Announce 2016 Comic-Con Panel Schedule
by TV News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Syfy and USA Network today unveiled their San Diego Comic-Con lineup, featuring an exciting series of panels and screenings with both returning and soon-to-premiere series. (more...)

Theatre Royal Stratford East Sets New Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kerry Michael today announces the theatre's forthcoming season launching this September. The season opens with Counting Stars by award-winning playwright Atiha Sen Gupta which will transform the stage into a studio format nightclub installation for this funny yet heart-breaking tale directed by Associate Director at Stratford East, Pooja Ghai. (more...)

Lincoln Center Out of Doors to Launch This Month with Patti Smith and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country's longest-running outdoor summer festivals, will open its 46th season of free performances on Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30 pm with multi-faceted artist Patti Smith in an evening of words and music, joined by longtime musical Collaborators Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan. (more...)

ASCAP, BMI Respond to Controversial Department of Justice Songwriter Rulings
by Michael Dale - Jul 6, 2016

Songwriters say recent controversial rulings by the Department of Justice could have a serious negative effect on how songs are written and how artists are paid. (more...)

Michael Counts Will Return to NYC with PARADISO: CHAPTER 1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Immersive Escape Productions LLC and producing partners Michael Counts and Jennifer Worthington are proud to present PARADISO: Chapter 1, created by Michael Counts with his creative and technical team behind the hit immersive event The Walking Dead Experience. PARADISO: Chapter 1 begins on Wednesday, July 20 for an open ended engagement. Press Opening is Sunday, July 24 at 8 PM. The performance schedule is Wednesday - Friday from 6pm - 9:30pm; Saturday from 2pm - 9.30pm, Sunday from 2pm - 8:30pm, with audiences entering every half hour.  PARADISO: Chapter 1 happens at a secret location in Korea Town that is not unveiled until audiences arrive at a designated meeting point shared when their tickets are booked. Ticket prices start at $45. Tickets are available via Advance booking is required. (more...)

by TV News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU will open in select theaters beginning this Friday, July 8th. The film premieres nationwide on American Masters Tuesday, October 25 (more...)

New Museum, K11 Art Foundation Announce Residency for Artist Cheng Ran
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

New York, NYÂ…The New Museum and the K11 Art Foundation (KAF) today announced a new partnership to support a residency and exhibition program for young Chinese artists. One of the most dynamic art institutions at work in Greater China today, KAF has, since 2010, supported a series of artist residencies in China and initiated major new productions by emerging Chinese artists internationally. KAF and the New Museum share a common mission to empower and incubate the talent of artists by facilitating the production of new works and providing opportunities for presentation locally and globally. (more...)

The Red Letter Society to Present THE ABORTION CHRONICLES as Part of Minnesota Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

The Red Letter Society, a new collective comprised of Fringe vets and frequent Collaborators Ariel Leaf, Ruth Virkus and Ben Layne, presents The Abortion Chronicles, a new work of personal stories from Minnesotans of all walks of life, sharing their experience with abortion in their lives. (more...)

VIDEO: FIRST WIVES CLUB Cast Have Backstage Dance Party to Tara Macri's 'This Crush'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Below, get an exclusive look at the cast of FIRST WIVES CLUB backstage dance party to Tara Macri's summer single 'This Crush.' In addition, watch the official lyric video and a behind-the-scenes video of the new single (more...)

VIDEO: Platinum Recording Artist Borgeous Premieres Visual for 'Lost & Found'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Platinum recording artist Borgeous just premiered his brand new visual for 'Lost & Found' a track off his debut full-length album 13 which is set for release on August 13th. (more...)

Know Theatre to Kick Off Season 19 with New Rock Musical GIRLFRIEND
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Know Theatre kicks off season 19 with GIRLFRIEND, featuring Book by Todd Almond and Music & Lyrics by Matthew Sweet. Directed by Lindsey Augusta Mercer, with choreography by Kim Popa and musical direction by Erin McCamley, the show runs July 29 - August 27, 2016. (more...)

BORGEOUS Reveals 'Lost & Found' Single Off Debut Album '13'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

In keeping with the 13 title theme of his debut album, BORGEOUS today (July 13) has made available his next single. (more...)

San Francisco Symphony to Celebrate Steve Reich's 80th Birthday with Week of Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) celebrate the 80th birthday of Steve Reich with a diverse week of concerts highlighting the seminal composer's works September 7-11, 2016 at Davies Symphony Hall. (more...)

Musical Comedy HALF TIME, Formerly GOTTA DANCE, Eyes Spring 2017 Broadway Bow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

?Producers Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke announced today that the new musical comedy formerly known as Gotta Dance, which recently played a triumphant World Premiere at Broadway in Chicago's Bank of America Theater, will open on Broadway in the Spring of 2017 as HALF TIME. (more...)

Punchdrunk Announces Asian Premiere with SLEEP NO MORE in Shanghai
by Marianka Swain - Jul 13, 2016

Punchdrunk have today announced a brand new production of their award-winning theatrical experience, SLEEP NO MORE, premiering in Shanghai this year. In December 2016, the doors will open to the "McKinnon Hotel" in the city's Jing'an District, ushering audiences into this visceral, tactile and darkly cinematic telling of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, Macbeth. (more...)

Photo Flash: BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY Celebrates Opening Night at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Arena Stage presents BORN FOR THIS: THE BeBe Winans STORY, the heartwarming true story of six-time Grammy Award-winning icon BeBe Winans' journey to fame. BORN FOR THIS, directed by celebrated director and playwright Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown The Musical), is a co-production with the ALLIANCE THEATRE in Atlanta, Ga., where the production ran April 13-May 15, 2016 prior to the Arena Stage production. The new musical, which officially kicks off Arena Stage's 2016/17 season, features original songs and Winans family hits, with a book by Randolph-Wright and Winans. BORN FOR THIS runs now through August 28, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

BWW Review: Cagney Lives On... Off-Broadway
by Rose Marija - Jul 12, 2016

Robert Creighton, embodying the spirit of James Cagney in this energetic, fast-paced, biographical musical, Cagney, playing at the Westside Theater/Upstairs, Off-Broadway, brings the Hollywood icon to life. He has the physical plant of Cagney, as well as a dynamic talent for tap dancing, singing, and playing the tough guy, not unlike Cagney. It was exhilarating to be in attendance at this high energy performance on Friday, June 8, 2016. The world premiere was in Florida, 2009. The show has gone through its own evolution on its way to New York. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Launches Explorations, New Performance Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced the Explorations Series, a new initiative of Lyric Opera of Kansas City. (more...)

PJ Harvey's New Track 'Guilty' Out 7/13; UK & Europe Headline Tour Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

PJ Harvey will release the new song 'Guilty' globally this Wednesday, July 13, taken from the sessions that produced her current album, The Hope Six Demolition Project (Vagrant). (more...)

BIRTHDAY PLAY to Premiere at Alchemical Theatre Lab
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Long-time Collaborators Felicia Lobo (Insomnium Theatre Company) and Zach Donovan (Subtle Pride) have teamed up to present the world premiere of Donovan's latest play, BIRTHDAY PLAY. BIRTHDAY PLAY will be presented in a limited engagement run at The Alchemical Theatre Lab (104 W. 14th St., NYC) from August 5th through August 7th. Tickets ($10) are currently available for purchase online at (more...)

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine Ponder Their Success as INTO THE WOODS Opens at The Menier Chocolate Factory
by Michael Dale - Jul 10, 2016

Guess which one is the optimist of the pair and which one thinks everything will flop. (more...)

Borgeous, Riggi, Piros & Lil John Debut Visual for 'Savage'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

Platinum recording artist Borgeous just premiered his brand new visual for 'Wanna Lose You' a track off his debut full-length album 13 which is set for release on August 13th. (more...)

BWW Review: Newly Conceived THE FIREBIRD Belies the Clarity of it Creator's Vision
by David Fick - Jul 1, 2016

Piecing together a new mythology is an audacious undertaking, and yet it is an act that is at the very heart of theatre-making: the building of a new world, with its own origins and order, that only becomes fully realised when an audience believes in it. THE FIREBIRD attempts just that, telling a post-apartheid South African story against the backdrop of a created mythology. (more...)

The Vagrancy's Literary Manager Cort Brinkerhoff Steps Down; Company Seeks Replacement
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

Cort Brinkerhoff, Literary Manager of award-winning LA based theatre company The Vagrancy, has announced that he is stepping down from his five-year position. (more...)

Harbor Stage Company to Premiere THE KRITIK
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

The Harbor Stage Company continues its 5th season with the World Premiere of an original comedy by Harbor co-founder Brenda Withers. Set in an imagined province of 19th century Russia, The Kritik tells the story of a small-town writer struggling to turn in his first honest review. Originally commissioned by the Professional Actors Training Program at UNC Chapel Hill, the faux-period piece offers a spirited look at candor, corruption, and community. (more...)

VIDEO: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller Star in New Thriller WAR DOGS
by Movies News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

Below, watch the all-new trailer for director Todd Phillips' WAR DOGS, starring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Moneyball”) and Miles Teller (“Whiplash,” the “Divergent” trilogy). (more...)

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