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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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Laury Teneus Tops 2017 Boston August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Laury Teneus of Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers took first place on Monday, January 30, 2017 with her performance as Black Mary from Gem of the Ocean at the Boston Regional Finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, held for the seventh year by the Education Department of the Huntington Theatre Company, the playwright's longtime artistic home.  (more...)

PlayCo Presents Human Rights Roundtable with VILLA Playwright/Director Guillermo Calderon
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

The Play Company (PlayCo) will present a conversation on human rights and how lessons from the past inform contemporary movements for social justice. (more...)

Artemis Theatrical Aims to Give a Voice to Women-Identifying Storytellers Through Collaboration and Cabaret
by Amy Oestreicher - Jan 31, 2017

Last year, Manda Leigh Blunt graduated from New York University with a dream many musical theatre writers share: to get their work seen and heard. All it took were inspiring words from another female artist to launch something truly ground breaking, just a few months later. "My friends and I attended a session with Judith Light, which was incredible," Blunt recounted. "A lot of what I was hearing, especially from the other women who attended, echoed what I had felt and had been hearing in the conversations all around me at NYU. Once you graduate, there seemed to be so few opportunities as a musical theatre writer still in the development process. You can have these big 29-hour readings or productions---if you get that---but there are fewer in-between moments where you can get yourself heard in a supportive environment, where a women-identified writer can say, 'This is where we are in this draft, and we're using this opportunity to move forward.'" So Blunt decided to do something about it. By that August, she founded Artemis Theatricals, a non-profit company with the mission to empower women storytellers in musical theatre through curated cabarets and additional styles of performance. (more...)

Pivot Arts & Loyola University Announce 2017 Arts Incubator Program
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Pivot Arts and Loyola University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) are pleased to announce the fifth year of their performing arts incubator program for professional artists that includes mentorships for Loyola undergraduates. The program provides ensembles and artists time and space to develop original work that is innovative, collaborative and often blurs the boundaries between music, dance, theater and other disciplines. Students work alongside professional artists on each project.   (more...)

SPCO's Liquid Music to Present Sarah Kirkland Snider's UNREMEMBERED
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Sarah Kirkland Snider's Unremembered, "one of the most significant and harrowing releases of [2015]" (Thought Catalog), explores the fragility and nuance of memories and emotions in an hour-long, 13-part song cycle inspired by poems and illustrations by Nathaniel Bellows. (more...)

BWW Review: CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION at Actors Theatre Of Louisville
by Keith Waits - Jan 30, 2017

Silence Speaking Volumes (more...)

Dance Mission Theatre transforms into a time machine in SATIN & SWING
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2017

SOULSKIN Dance is proud to present a brand new work SATIN & SWING as part of their 4th Season in San Francisco. Artistic Director and Choreographer Adrianna Thompson seeks to engage audiences in a study of two eras, the 1920s and the present. Dance Mission Theatre transforms into a time machine, transporting us back to the 1920s. Glitz and glam sparkle from the dingy corners of a speakeasy. Raucous jazz blares, bringing bejeweled and sequined dancing flapper girls to life. An evening of indulgence has begun. The entry notes of Prince's 'Erotic City' ring in your ears, an echo from another time. Suddenly you notice the writing on the wall. The crash of overindulgence is imminent. (more...)

Carnegie Hall Announces 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2017

Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, today announced Carnegie Hall's 2017-2018 season consisting of more than 170 concerts as well as a wide range of education and social impact programs created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. (more...)

Kronos Quartet Announces Year Three Of FIFTY FOR THE FUTURE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2017

Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association is proud to announce the third group of composers for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Launched in 2015, Fifty for the Future is an exciting partnership with Carnegie Hall and others to create 50 new works - by 25 women and 25 men - expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. (more...)

DJ Grant Stott's hit Fringe show Tales Behind The Mic to tour Scotland
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Today (Friday 27 January 2017) Grant Stott, one of Radio Forth's longest serving DJ's ever, is stepping down from his hugely popular daytime radio show on Forth 1 - which he has hosted for the past 17 years - to take his 2016 Edinburgh Fringe hit solo show, Tales From Behind The Mic, on the road. Directed by long-time Collaborators Andy Gray and Ryan Dewar and produced by The Gilded Balloon, the newly extended and re-structured production of Tales From Behind The Mic will tour to 12 venues across Scotland from Sunday 26 February to Sunday 7 May 2017 [see venue listings below]. (more...)

BET's Nelson Mandela Miniseries MADIBA Premieres 2/1
by TV News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

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 at 8 PM ET/PT. (more...)

BWW Interview: Ian Bartholomew Talks HALF A SIXPENCE
by Marianka Swain - Jan 26, 2017

Actor Ian Bartholomew's work ranges from Mrs Henderson Presents and Shakespeare in Love to Radio Times and Into the Woods. He's currently starring as eccentric playwright Chitterlow in West End hit Half a Sixpence. (more...)

American Contemporary Music Ensemble Performs at Roulette in NYC Concert Series Curated by Meredith Monk
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

ACME, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, will perform music from its new 'portrait' album Thrive on Routine on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 8pm at Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY), on a concert series curated by Meredith Monk. The concert will feature Monk's first string quartet, Stringsongs, from 2005, which ACME has performed frequently and recorded for Q2 Music's Meet the Composer podcast. In addition, ACME will perform Caroline Shaw's in manus tuas for solo cello, Caleb Burhans' Jahrzeit for string quartet, and Timo Andres' Thrive on Routine for string quartet, from the new album. ACME players for this concert are Ben Russell and Laura Lutzke, violins; Caleb Burhans, viola; and Clarice Jensen, cello and ACME artistic director. (more...)

COMMON THREADS a New Production from Team Two Entertainment, Filmed in Tucson, Captures Soul of Southwest
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

From Team Two Entertainment, the production company behind successful films including "Ambush at Dark Canyon," "A Country Christmas" and "Born Wild," music videos with millions of views for country music star Randy Houser ("Like a Cowboy" and "We Went") and the forthcoming feature film "You're Gonna Miss Me" (starring country superstar Kix Brooks and John Schneider), comes "Common Threads," a heartfelt story set in the Old West, filmed at the one-of-a-kind locations of Old Tucson.  (more...)

Philip Glass to Hold Richard & Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

In celebration of his 80th birthday year, esteemed American composer Philip Glass has been appointed to hold the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall for the 2017¬Ė2018 season. (more...)

Phillip Glass to Hold Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall in Celebration of 80th Birthday
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

In celebration of his 80th birthday year, esteemed American composer¬†Philip Glass¬†has been appointed to hold the¬†Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair¬†at¬†Carnegie Hall¬†for the 2017¬Ė2018 season. The yearlong residency will present performances that feature both Glass classics and premieres:¬†American Composers Orchestra¬†dedicates a program to composers inspired by Glass; the¬†Philip Glass Ensemble¬†and the¬†San Francisco Girls Chorus¬†perform his groundbreaking but rarely performed masterpiece,¬†Music with Changing Parts, as part of the citywide festival The '60s: The Years that Changed America; notable premieres include a string quartet for the¬†JACK Quartet¬†and arrangements by composer¬†Nico Muhly¬†of lesser-known Glass songs¬óboth Carnegie Hall commissions; additionally, the¬†Louisiana Philharmonic¬†andPacific Symphony¬†both make their Carnegie Hall debuts in programs selected, in part, by Glass in response to invitations extended to U.S. orchestras to submit programs that place important works by the composer in illuminating contexts. Full details on the residency may be found at (more...)

Musical Adaptation of THE TEMPEST to be Inaugural Production of Public Works Dallas
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The Tempest will run for four performances from Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. (more...)

The Gold Setting Share Debut Single; Volume and Tone EP Out 4/7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The face and voice of The Gold Setting is Liza Colby. Channeling sensual 1960s soul, 1990s R&B, and Tina Turner-esque swagger, The Gold Setting boasts a fluid cast of all-stars (more...)

Marvel Studios Begins Production on BLACK PANTHER, Starring Chadwick Boseman
by Movies News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on BLACK PANTHER, starring Chadwick Boseman (¬ďCaptain America: Civil War,¬Ē ¬ďGet on Up¬Ē), Michael B. Jordan (¬ďCreed,¬Ē ¬ďFruitvale Station¬Ē), Academy Award¬ģ winner Lupita Nyong'o (more...)

Park Avenue Armory and International Contemporary Ensemble Host Pauline Oliveros Tribute
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Park Avenue Armory host an open commemoration of the life and work of Pauline Oliveros on Monday, February 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (more...)

Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet in a Premiere to Music by Ryan Brown
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

Miro Magloire presents his New Chamber Ballet in a program of Magloire works to music by Michel Galante, Friedrich Cerha, Rebecca Saunders, Beethoven, and a world premiere to music by Ryan Brown, February 10 & 11, 8 PM, in the company's home base of City Center Studio 5, 130 West 56 Street. (more...)

BRIC Announces Spring Free Programming
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

BRIC is pleased to announce free programming for its spring 2016 season at BRIC Arts | Media House, the organization's 40,000SF home in Downtown Brooklyn. The season includes over 30 free events including film, art, and creative workshops. BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. With offerings ranging from evening concerts to daytime family programming, BRIC House has quickly become one of New York City's most inviting and accessible spaces to experience the arts. (more...)

Rose Cousins' New Video/Single Premieres on Billboard
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Rose Cousins' new video for her single ¬ďChains¬Ē premieres at Billboard. Read an accompanying interview with Cousins and watch the video (more...)

Amy Beth Kirsten & Mark DeChiazza's QUIXOTE to Premiere at Peak Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

Peak Performances will present the world premiere of Quixote, from composer-librettist Amy Beth Kirsten and director-designer Mark DeChiazza, March 23-26. (more...)

Huntington to Host 2017 August Wilson Monologue Competition Boston Regional Finals
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Huntington Theatre Company's Department of Education presents the 7th annual Boston regional finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, celebrating the writing of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright. (more...)

TUTA Theatre to Premiere Zeljko Djukic's Adaptation of GENTLE; Cast, Creative Team Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

TUTA Theatre Chicago has announced the cast and design team for the world premiere of GENTLE, a bold new adaptation of Dostoevsky, adapted and directed by Founding Artistic Director Zeljko Djukic (Lagarce's Music Hall, Brecht's The Wedding, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya). (more...)

Portland-Based Choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto and Sidony O'Neal Headed to DiverseWorks
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

DiverseWorks will welcome Portland, OR-based choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto and his collaborator, performance artist sidony o'neal, to Houston, February 13 - 17, 2017. (more...)

SOULSKIN Dance to Present SATIN & SWING in San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

SOULSKIN Dance will present a brand new work SATIN & SWING as part of their 4th Season in San Francisco. (more...)

Mad Cow Theatre Announces the Cast and Creative Team for CONSTELLATIONS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Mad Cow Theatre is delighted to announce the cast of Nick Payne's Constellations, an award-winning love story crossing time and space, which will take the Zehngebot-Stonerock stage Feb. 17, 2017 as the fifth production of Mad Cow Theatre's Season 20. Mad Cow is thrilled to bring this new piece to life after an enthusiastic response from audiences during its reading at the theatre's 2016 Science Play Festival.  (more...)

Cast & Creatives of HAMILTON, GREAT COMET, SWEAT, ANASTASIA and More Set for Drama League's 2017 UpClose Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

The Drama League has announced its 2017 UpClose and Rough Draft Series, to be held at The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas) in Tribeca. (more...)

Scoop: HUNTED on CBS - Wednesday, February 15, 2017
by TV Scoop - Feb 6, 2017

Get all the scoop on HUNTED, airing on CBS on Wednesday, February 15, 2017! (more...)

Sting Launches 57th & 9th World Tour to Rave Reviews
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Coming off of sold out concerts across North America and Europe, Sting's 57th & 9th World Tour, with special guests The Last Bandoleros and Joe Sumner, is taking the world by storm with stunningly rave reviews from fans and critics alike. (more...)

iTheatrics Releases First-Ever Book on Building Musical Theater Programs for Young People
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

When iTheatrics, the world's leading authority on musical theater for young people, says, 'We wrote the book on music theater education,' they mean it. (more...)

Rose Cousins' 'Natural Conclusion' Out Now; North American Tour Dates Confirmed
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Rose Cousins' new album Natural Conclusion is out now to critical acclaim on Old Farm Pony Records. (more...)

Triskelion Arts to Present MMDC & BodyStories in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Triskelion Arts presents MMDC & BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance - A Shared Evening of New Work at The Muriel Schulman Theatre at Triskelion Arts, 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Entrance on Banker Street), on March 11 & 12, 2017 at 8pm with a Families Welcome Matinee on March 12 at 4pm. (more...)

MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL to Receive New York Staged Reading
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 3, 2017

A new casting notice from Actors Equity has revealed that a spring staged reading is of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge is currently in the works.  (more...)

Kristeen Young Announces London Residency at The Islington
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

New York City-based singer, songwriter and pianist Kristeen Young has announced a month-long residency at London's The Islington, taking place every Tuesday through February 2017, and revealed a new music video for 'NICE'. (more...)

Steve Hackett YouTube Link to First Track from New Album 'The Night Siren'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Guitar virtuoso and rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), releases his latest album The Night Siren (more...)

Doug Varone and Dancers to receive $40,000 FY17 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA's first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of  $40,000 to New York City's famed Doug Varone and Dancers for the creative development of the new dance-theatre work entitled Strange Loop. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.   (more...)

Dance Now Presents Keigwen & Company's PLACES PLEASE! At Joe's Pub, 5/4-5/6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Dance Now continues its Dance-mopolitan Series with the premiere of Places Please!, an evening-length duet created and performed by longtime Collaborators Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott of KEIGWIN + COMPANY. (more...)

East Coast Premiere Is Set For Documentary Chronicling Final Months In Life Of Rob Morsberger
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

EAST COAST PREMIERE! Join us for a special tribute event for the singer/songwriter Rob Morsberger, a musician's musician and Croton resident who collaborated with countless artists including Patti Smith and Marshall Crenshaw, and called on his classical training to compose musical scores for "Masterpiece Theatre" and the PBS television series NOVA. (more...)

Magic, Equal Rights and More Highlight Steppenwolf's LookOut Series Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces new programming through early April for LookOut, the company's multi-genre performance series featuring a diverse array of work from both emerging and established artists. (more...)

Scoop: HUNTED on CBS - Wednesday, February 8, 2017
by TV Scoop - Feb 2, 2017

Get all the scoop on HUNTED, airing on CBS on Wednesday, February 8, 2017! (more...)

SIMPLY FEMININE by Morgan Wonderly is Released
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Morgan Wonderly has uncovered in her new book, Simply Feminine: Surprising Insights from Men, timeless truths about femininity that have been buried under years of political correctness. (more...)

KCAT and HASF Partner for Staged Reading of THE BEARD OF AVON
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Kansas City Actors Theatre (KCAT) and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival (HASF) are partnering to present a free script-in-hand staged reading of Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon on Sunday, February 26th at 2:00 pm at the H&R Block City Stage in Union Station. (more...)

UW Drama to Stage Trippy, Physical Take on AS YOU LIKE IT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

The University of Washington School of Drama will present William Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by School of Drama Acting & Directing faculty member Jeffrey Frace, February 10th - 19th at the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre on the University of Washington Seattle campus. (more...)

The Industry Presents A Showcase of Six New Operas, And New Opera BONNIE & CLYDE, 2/24-25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

 The Industry presents the third installment of FIRST TAKE, a biennial workshop of new American operas - the only showcase of its kind on the West Coast. Saturday, February 25 (8 - 10 pm) brings the debut of SECOND TAKE, presenting an entire performance of a new opera first heard on the previous FIRST TAKE program. (more...)

Talking Band's THE ROOM SINGS to Tell Intertwining Stories at La MaMa This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

A room in a country house sings of those who have lived there over a span of seventy years. Performed with striking theatricality by the OBIE-award winning Talking Band, The Room Sings, uses an array of genres to tell the stories of four interlocking sets of people. As their individual stories unfold they intertwine and illuminate each other. (more...)

Choreographer Kathy Westwater Wins Lumberyard's 2017 Solange MacArthur Award
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts (formerly American Dance Institute) is pleased to announce that its Artistic Advisory Board has selected New York City-based choreographer and dancer Kathy Westwater, whose work The Brooklyn Rail has described as "at the limits of the human," as the winner of the 2017 Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography. (more...)

2017 San Francisco International Arts Festival Lineup Announced
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

The 2017 San Francisco International Arts Festival will feature a brilliant 11 day program co-presented with, and held exclusively at, the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. (more...)

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