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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 heís 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, Iíll be able to say: Bulgakov? Yeah, we even trained him. He gave up. He saw the light. We broke him, we can break anybody. Itís man versus monster, Mikhail. And the monster always wins.

John Hodgeís 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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Debut Album From Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire 'Sam Patch' Out 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire has unveiled his new project Sam Patch, confirming the February 17, 2017 release of its debut album Yeah You, And I on Dep Records preceded by first single ¬ďSt. Sebastian.¬Ē (more...)

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers and More to Play Blue Note Napa This January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Newly opened in October 2016 the Blue Note Napa is a jazz club/gourmet restaurant venue occupying the first floor of the historic Napa Valley Opera House. (more...)

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH Followup to Premiere at 2017 Sundance Film Festival; Al Gore Set for Panel
by Movies News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

The followup to watershed environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth will make its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festivalas a Day One screening, part of The New Climate, a program dedicated to conversations and films about environmental change and conservation. (more...)

Abingdon Theatre Company Continues Ghostlight Reading Series with TALL SKINNY CRUEL CRUEL BOYS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company continues its Ghostlight Reading Series with TALL SKINNY CRUEL CRUEL BOYS by Caroline V. McGraw, author of Ultimate Beauty Bible (Page 73), on Thursday, December 15 at 7pm. The reading is free and open to the public at Abingdon Theatre Company's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). Danya Taymor is set to direct. (more...)

International Contemporary Ensemble Featured in PROTOTYPE Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is featured in two events as part of the fifth annual PROTOTYPEfestival - the New York City premiere of David Lang and Mark Dion's theatrical work anatomy theater, and the Silent Voices concert. (more...)

Niall Horan, Shawn Mendes & More to Perform on DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE on ABC
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Niall Horan, Lukas Graham, Shawn Mendes, Emeli Sande and Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink and Ty Dolla $ign join the biggest celebration of the year, performing from the Billboard Hollywood Party on DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2017. (more...)

SaraSolo Festival 2017 Returns to Sarasota for Third Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

The 2017 SaraSolo Festival, the third annual celebration of theatre and solo artists returns to Sarasota over two weekends, January 28 & 29 and February 4 & 5, 2017. As one of Sarasota's newest and most exciting arts festivals, performances are again at Sarasota's Pioneer Park historic site venue, the Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota FL 34236. (more...)

HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST GAME SHOWS and More Join King Center Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

The audience will have fun on February 1 when Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows Hosted Live by Bob Eubanks comes to the King Center.  (more...)

Photo: First Look Image of Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela in BET's MADIBA
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

BET Networks announced today its movie event MADIBA, a three-part saga telling the definitive story of Nelson Mandela, that will air February 1st, 8th and 15, 2017. (more...)

Main Street Theater Presents Prague Shakespeare Company's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Main Street Theater (MST) continues its partnership with Prague Shakespeare Company (PSC) in presenting PSC's Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, directed by Guy Roberts, Artistic Director of Prague Shakespeare Company and native Houstonian.  This production premiered in Prague in 2015 and instantly became one of the most successful productions of PSC's history, garnering international attention.  The company played Much Ado… (and its production of Macbeth) in Egypt at the historic Library of Alexandria as part of their 2016 Shakespeare Birthday celebration.  'We are so delighted Rebecca Greene Udden has asked Prague Shakespeare Company to return to Main Street with our production of Much Ado About Nothing,' says Roberts.  MST and PSC have been partners and Collaborators since 2012. (more...)

Reader's Choice Award Recognizes Sparx Systems for Software Architecture
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016


Jean-Michel Jarre's 'Electronica 1:The Time Machine' Nominated For Grammy
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Pioneering French electronic music composer and producer, Jean-Michel Jarre's 'Electronica 1: The Time Machine' has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category. (more...)

Louis Vega Receives Grammy Nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Louie Vega's emblematic 2016 album Starring¬Ö XXVIII has been nominated for a Grammy in under the award for Best Dance / Electronic Album. (more...)

VIDEO: CBS Shares First Look at New Competition Series HUNTED
by - Dec 7, 2016

CBS has unveiled a first look at the new competition series HUNTED, premiering immediately following the AFC Championship Game, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, 10pm ET / 7pm PT. (more...)

Rose Cousins Debuts New Track 'Freedom' from Forthcoming Album
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Natural Conclusion, the forthcoming album by acclaimed singer/songwriter Rose Cousins, is set for release February 3 on her own Old Farm Pony Records. Second single, ¬ďFreedom,¬Ē is out today and may be streamed and shared HERE. (more...)

Adelphi Orchestra to Perform in 19th Annual Production of JulieDance Nutcracker with the Donetsk Ballet of the Ukraine
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Does dance exist without music?  German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's famous words "those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music" begs the age-old question.   (more...)

It's a Busy Holiday Season at The Wilbury Group
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Not only do we have two acclaimed productions running in rotating rep now thru December 23 (Straight White Men and Di and Viv and Rose), we've got a slew of special events coming up this month to tell you about!  (more...)

THIRTEEN's American Masters Concludes Season with 'Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future', 12/27
by TV News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

American Masters Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future explores the life and visionary work of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) in the series' Season 30 finale, premiering nationwide Tuesday, December 27 (more...)

Museum of the Moving Image to Present Martin Scorsese Retrospective
by Movies News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

During the next five months, Museum of the Moving Image will present a comprehensive retrospective devoted to the films of Martin Scorsese, in conjunction with a major exhibition about the director's work, life, and passion for cinema. (more...)

Tarell Alvin McCraney Named Yale School of Drama Chair of Playwriting
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

James Bundy, Dean, has announced the appointment of Tarell Alvin McCraney as the Chair of the Department of Playwriting at Yale School of Drama, effective July 1, 2017, for a three-year term. (more...)

Ars Lyrica Houston to Ring in the New Year with BACHANALIA Concert
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Ars Lyrica Houston, the Grammy-nominated early music ensemble, celebrates the New Year with a glittering evening filled with gorgeous music and flowing glasses of champagne, on Saturday, December 31, at the Hobby Center For The Performing Arts. (more...)

Theatre Under The Stars Welcomes Hillary Hart as New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

After an extensive ten-month national search, Theatre Under The Stars announced today the formal appointment of the nonprofit musical theatre company's new Executive Director, Hillary Hart. (more...)

Enter a World of Magical Interactive Theatre Experiences at Arts Centre Melbourne This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Families will have the chance to participate in unique interactive arts experiences at Arts Centre Melbourne this summer. From 11 - 15 January the Inhabitors' In A Deep Dark Forest will take audiences on an exciting new adventure game set in a magical pop-up wonderland. Then from 19 - 22 January Canadian theatre company CORPUS' will introduce some colourful creatures to the Arts Centre Melbourne lawn in  Les Moutons (The Sheep).  (more...)

The Memnosyne Institute To Be Recognized On The Women That Soar Televised Award Show
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2016


Photo Flash: Inside Matthew Bourne's THE RED SHOES Gala Night
by Marianka Swain - Dec 16, 2016

Matthew Bourne's acclaimed new production of THE RED SHOES had its Sadler's Wells press night this week and a special gala performance last night. The show runs until 29 January, 2017. (more...)

'InsideOut' Concerts to Return with Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

The new initiative's record-breaking debut last season points a way forward for Music Director David Bernard; February 4th concert will also premiere new edition of Stravinsky's 'The Firebird'. (more...)

Rob Zombie Unleashes '31 - A Rob Zombie Film (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)' Today for Download & Streaming
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

Rob Zombie unleashes 31 - A Rob Zombie Film (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)today via UMe for download and streaming, with vinyl to follow on April 14, 2017. (more...)

Matthew Koma Releases Acoustic Version of 'Kisses Back'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

Matthew Koma today unveils an acoustic version of his single ¬ďKisses Back¬Ē to further showcase his songwriting talent in its stripped down form. The acoustic version is available now on RCA Records. (more...)

BWW Interview: Justin Vivian Bond Talks THE BIPOLAR EXPRESS, Queer Role Models, and Why the Holidays Are a Nightmare
by Troy Frisby - Dec 16, 2016

Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a force of nature with more than a quarter century onstage under v's (Bond's preferred pronoun) belt. A singular performer with an endless supply of bon mots, Bond has been celebrated with an Obie Award, a Bessie, a Tony nod, and the Ethyl Eichelberger Award, among other accolades. Fresh off a year-long career retrospective culminating in September's THE GOLDEN AGE OF JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, v returns to Joe's Pub on December 12 at 9:30pm with a new holiday show, THE BIPOLAR EXPRESS. Ahead of the first show, we spoke over the phone about the show, v's enduring career, and the holidays themselves. (more...)

Playwrights Foundation and the National Center for New Plays at Stanford University Presents 11th Annual Rough Readings Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Playwrights Foundation (PF) and the National Center for New Plays at Stanford's 2016/17 Rough Reading Series present early draft  readings on January 23 & 24 of THIRD EYE MOONWALK  by Jon Bernson, a  PF Resident Playwright. The readings of THIRD EYE MOONWALK are on Monday, January 23 2017 - 7:30 pm at Stanford and Tuesday January 24 2017 - 2:00 pm at Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco. (more...)

Steve Hackett Announces New Studio Album Release 'The Night Siren'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Guitar virtuoso and rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), releases his latest album The Night Siren on 24th March 2017 through InsideOut Music (Sony). (more...)

BWW Review: Moscow Ballet's NUTCRACKER Brims With Tradition, Grace, and Delight
by Perry Tannenbaum - Dec 15, 2016

Now in its 24th annual North American tour with traditional Russian favorites, the Moscow Ballet is a massive enterprise to contemplate. The Central tour that played Charlotte - one of three concurrent tours - wowed the audience with grace, delight, and athleticism. (more...)

Photo Flash: Punchdrunk's Immersive SLEEP NO MORE Opens in Shanghai
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Punchdrunk just released production images of their award-winning theatrical experience, SLEEP NO MORE, premiering now in Shanghai. Check them out below! (more...)

CBS Announces Nine Teams of Fugitives Who Will Go On the Run in New Series HUNTED
by TV News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

CBS today announced the 18 everyday people who will go on the run as fugitives trying to evade capture in HUNTED. (more...)

Lumberyard Sets 2017 NYC Season at The Kitchen
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts (formerly American Dance Institute) is pleased to announce its 2017 season at The Kitchen, which will comprise the premieres of five new contemporary performance works. (more...)

Box of Tricks to Bring NARVIK Tour to HOME Manchester This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Following their hugely successful touring productions of Plastic Figurines and Chip Shop Chips, Manchester-based theatre company Box of Tricks will open their 2017 tour of Narvik, their critically acclaimed new play with songs, by award-winning playwright Lizzie Nunnery, at HOME between Tue 31 Jan - Sat 4 Feb 2017. (more...)

Tim Crouch Joins American Premiere of ADLER & GIBB at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Playwright, actor and director Tim Crouch will join the cast of the American premiere of "Adler & Gibb," a co-commission by Center Theatre Group with the Royal Court Theatre in London. (more...)

ICFLIX Expands Digital Footprint With Orange Tunisie
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016


CBS Announces Elite Team of Investigators for New Competition Series HUNTED
by TV News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

CBS today announced the elite team of Command Center investigators coordinating the 100,000 square mile manhunt for the nine teams who are on the run as fugitives in HUNTED. (more...)

David Broza Adds Shawn Colvin to 1/7 Town Hall Performance
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

David Broza is regularly referred to as "the Israeli Springsteen," but the moniker belies the wide range of styles he combines in his music and the diversity of Collaborators with whom he works. The singer-songwriter's new concert, David Broza & Friends, brings his varied musical explorations together in a single, signature performance. Starting the evening alone on stage, Broza will introduce a band member or group of band members with each song, creating a show that culminates, Bolero-style, in an ecstatic big-band crescendo. (more...)

BWW Review: A SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS SHOW at Musical Theater Heritage
by Alan Portner - Dec 13, 2016

Excellent performer do unusual musical selections proud (more...)

Free Reading of TALL SKINNY CRUEL CRUEL BOYS at Abingdon Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Brandy is the city's most sought-after birthday party clown, and she's never let her drinking, gambling, and bed-hopping interfere with her work-until now. (more...)

New Season at Theatre by the Lake Under New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Theatre by The Lake (TBTL) - Cumbria's only producing theatre - is delighted to announce its eagerly anticipated 2017 season, the first under the leadership of new Artistic Director, Conrad Lynch - marking the theatre's bold move to being a producer-led venue for the first time. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Eleanor Holdridge
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 12, 2016


CONSTELLATIONS Continues The Wilma Theater 2016/2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

The story of boy meets girl is turned on its head as playwright Nick Payne launches it into the quantum multiverse in Constellations. The possibility that multiple versions of our world exist is drawn out through the relationship of theoretical physicist Marianne and beekeeper Roland. (more...)

Florals & CRaymak Remix Matthew Koma's 'Kisses Back'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

Matthew Koma today unveils two more ¬ďKisses Back¬Ē remixes by FL√ėRALS and CRaymak, available now on RCA Records. (more...)

Jonas Blue Performs 'By Your Side' with Raye at Abbey Road
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

Amidst the current success of 'By Your Side', British platinum-selling artist Jonas Blue has presented a special live acoustic version of his latest single. (more...)

BWW Interview: Actor/Singer Anthony Alcocer
by Mark C. Lloyd - Dec 12, 2016

BWW Interviews: Actor/Singer Anthony Alcocer (more...)

OLD 97'S Announce New Album 'Graveyard Whistling' Out 2/24
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

With over twenty years and ten albums to their name, Texas alt-country stalwarts Old 97's are excited to be releasing their eleventh LP, Graveyard Whistling via ATO Records. (more...)

After 11 Years in Chicago, Oracle Productions Will Cease Operations in 2016.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

It is with a mixture of sadness and deepest gratitude that we, the Staff, Company Members, and Board of Directors announce that Oracle will cease operations by the end of December 2016. The current performance series, QUEER, ILL + OKAY (produced with Joe Varisco and Art AIDS America Chicago), which closes on December 17, 2016, will be the final program on Oracle's stage. (more...)

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