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DESDEMONA to Open Burbage Theatre Company's Sixth Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Burbage Theatre Company opens their sixth season with 'Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief' a feminist retelling of William Shakespeare's 'Othello' by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel, directed by Allison Crews, which opens previews Friday September 16. (more...)

Nathan Singh and Rhonda Kohl Selected as SDCF's 2016 Gielgud and Traube Fellows
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Director Nathan Singh has been selected to be the 2016 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellow. He will be assisting Seret Scott on her production of Electra at the Court Theatre in Chicago, IL. Director Rhonda Kohl has been selected to be the 2016 SDCF Shepard and Mildred Traube Fellow. She will be working with Kathleen Marshall on the Broadway production of In Transit at the Circle in the Square Theatre in NYC. (more...)

OTHELLO Kicks off 16-17 Season for Vanderbilt University Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 30, 2016

Melding Italian Renaissance elements with contemporary street art to signify a 'clash of cultures,' Vanderbilt University Theatre's production of Othello, one of Shakespeare's most powerful dramas and the first VUT production of the 2016-17 season, opens tonight at Neely Auditorium on the Nashville campus. (more...)

BWW Review: Off-Putting Narrative in a Pretty Box with Book-It's A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING
by Amelia Reynolds - Sep 26, 2016

Dear Readers, Can you imagine reading your diary from when you were 16-years-old out loud, in front of an audience? Now, can you imagine doing it not for laughs, but to recreate those precious, documented moments with emotional integrity? Superimposing emotion over words such as 'My mom just does not understand me,' in a way that feels both authentic and serious is close to impossible, even when the content of the writing is much graver. This was Book-It's noble challenge in its latest production of 'A Tale for the Time Being' as 16-year-old Nao recites the words of her found diary. (more...)

Simon Keenlyside Stars in His First Met Performances of the Title Role in Mozart's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the opening performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni, starring Simon Keenlyside in his first Met performances of the title role, which he has sung to acclaim with numerous leading opera houses. The principal cast, all of whom are making Met role debuts, also includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Bystromas Donna Elvira, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Matthew Rose as Masetto, andKwangchul Youn as the Commendatore. The October 22 matinee, with this cast, will be transmitted worldwide as part of the 11th season of the Met's Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world. (more...)

James Vincent Meredith, Henry Godinez and Susan Padveen to Headline RED VELVET Post-Show Discussions
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Three of Chicago's leading theater artists - actor James Vincent Meredith, and director/educators Henry Godinez of Northwestern University and Susan Padveen of Columbia College will appear following performances of the play detailing the story of Ira Aldridge, who in 1833 became the first black actor to play Othello on a London stage. The three each have a unique and personal connection to the play's themes.  (more...)

Vancouver Opera Announces Inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival Details
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Three dazzling new opera productions are at the core of the inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival, April 28 to May 13, 2017. Full-scale productions of Giuseppe Verdi's late-career masterpiece Otello, featuring powerful tenor Clifton Forbis in the title role, and Jake Heggie's modern classic Dead Man Walking, with charismatic bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch as Joseph De Rocher, will be presented in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. (more...)

Teen Author's THE ASCENSION is Tale of Dark Family Secrets
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Felix Anchor and his sisters-Jinx and Desdemona-have just turned 15, and their lives will never be the same. Separated at birth, the triplets are reunited under bizarre circumstances and discover a dark secret about their family's past, even as they get to know each other for the first time. Now they are determined to save the world from an evil force in 'The Ascension' (Headline Books), the debut novel by 16-year-old author Lauren Hudson. (more...)

BWW Profile: Dame Maggie Smith Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 16, 2016

This morning we are taking a look at the illustrious career of Dame Maggie Smith. I mean, she's a Dame after all; Queen Elizabeth doesn't just hand those out to anyone. Her career includes highlights from on stage, including 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' 'Private Lives,' and 'Lettice and Lovage;' to in films as 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,' 'Sister Act,' and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel;' to her iconic role as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham on 'Downton Abbey,' for which she is nominated for an Emmy for the fourth-consecutive year. (more...)

RED VELVET at STNJ is Brilliant and Important Theatre
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 15, 2016

'Red Velvet,' is now onstage at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey through September 25th. This important and brilliant piece of theatre is written by Lolita Chakrabarti, directed by Bonnie Monte and features a stellar cast. (more...)

California Shakespeare Theater Announces Programming for 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

California Shakespeare Theater today announced plans for its 2017 season, which will feature two of Shakespeare's most thought-provoking comedies, the Bruns debut of one of Tennessee Williams' most poignant and enduring works, and a vibrantly theatrical adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey, by Oakland native Marcus Gardley in its West Coast premiere. (more...)

Photo Flash: DESDEMONA Begins Previews this Friday at Aurora Providence
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Burbage Theatre Company opens their sixth season with 'Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief' a feminist retelling of William Shakespeare's 'Othello'by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel, directed by Allison Crews, which opens previews Friday September 16. (more...)

Hart House Theatre presents William Shakespeare's Popular Comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Opening November 4, Hart House Theatre is pleased to present William Shakespeare's widely adored battle of the sexes, Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by recent graduate of the National Theatre School, Carly Chamberlain, and starring a cast of trained, young performers, Much Ado About Nothing promises to deliver classic theatre with a youthful flair and the high calibre production style for which Hart House Theatre is known. (more...)

AT&T Performing Arts Center Presents Lightwire Theater's A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center is thrilled to announce that tickets for Lightwire Theater's 'A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS will go on sale Friday, October 7 at 10 a.m.  Since bursting to national acclaim after appearing as semi-finalists on 'America's Got Talent' and winning the top honors on TRU TV's 'Fake Off', Lightwire Theater has gone on to enthrall audiences worldwide with their unique combination of skill and grace as told through the technological innovations of moving light characters. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 10/4/2016 - FREAKY FRIDAY, PLENTY, VIETGONE and TICK, TICK...BOOM!
by Jessica Khan - Oct 4, 2016

Today's big news: The new FREAKY FRIDAY musical begins tonight in D.C., PLENTY, starring Rachel Weisz, starts at The Public, VIETGONE begins previews at MTC, TICK, TICK...BOOM! returns Off-Broadway, and CAMELOT, featuring Robert Sean Leonard, launches in Westport! (more...)

Opera at NJPAC Presents Renee Fleming
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with Renee Fleming. Renee Fleming's radiant voice soars in songs and arias from France and Italy, plus Schumann's exquisite "A Woman's Life and Love," and selections from Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Pianist Gerald Martin Moore is accompanist.  (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

Burbage Theatre Company opens their sixth season with 'Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief' a feminist retelling of William Shakespeare's 'Othello' by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel, directed by Allison Crews, which opens previews Friday September 16. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Unveils New Production of Giuseppe Verdi's AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

San Francisco Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in a new production directed by Francesca Zambello and featuring designs by Los Angeles-based, contemporary visual artist RETNA(Marquis Duriel Lewis). A co-production with Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera, this striking and bold vision for Verdi's enduring classic will feature soprano Leah Crocetto and tenor Brian Jagde in their role debuts as the lovers at the heart of the opera, the enslaved princess Aida and the Egyptian war hero Radames. Mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk is Amneris, the daughter of the king who desires Radames' love, baritoneGeorge Gagnidze portrays Aida's vengeful father, Amonasro, and bass Raymond Aceto is Ramfis. The international cast and San Francisco Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Company Music Director Nicola Luisotti. Resident Conductor Jordi Bernacer will conduct the final performance on December 6. Ian Robertson is Chorus Director. (more...)

BWW Review: IMMORTAL LONGINGS is theater geeks and lay(wo)men alike at The Vortex
by Devon Hoffman - May 4, 2016

As a theater geek, I'm predisposed to enjoy Immortal Longings, the Vortex' latest production, which brings a pantheon-ensemble of Shakespeare's greatest female characters from his greatest plays onto a single stage, to perform their greatest scenes. This is a geek's dream. Yet I don't feel like I'm taking a risk when I recommend the show to everyone. (more...)

Story, Truth and Victimhood Under the Spotlight in COURT at Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

Canned Rice Productions will return to the Alexander Bar, Cafe and Theatre in July with COURT, a new 65-minute drama written by Candice van Litsenborgh, who scripted FROM THE HEART, which played two seasons at the same popular Capetonian venue earlier this year.   (more...)

BWW Interview: Douglas Carter Beane Kick-Starts the Rockettes' Summer Adventure
by Naomi Serviss - May 28, 2016

A Drama Desk award-winner is recruited to conjure up a New York adventure fit for audiences at Radio City. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First look at Actors' Theatre of Columbus' OTHELLO
by Jerri Shafer - May 26, 2016

When the formidable and revered war general Othello falls in love with the beautiful Desdemona he marries her, and welcomes the pleasures of a domestic life. Unknown to him, his trusted officer and friend, Iago, outraged for being passed over by Othello for a promotion, engineers an insidious campaign of lies and deceit to convince Othello that his new bride has been unfaithful to him. Othello becomes consumed with suspicions of Desdemona's infidelity. Now he must wage war not only with an unseen enemy, but also his own tragic jealousy. (more...)

Marin Shakespeare Company to Present THE TAMING, TWELFTH NIGHT and OTHELLO this Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Marin Shakespeare Company, Marin County's professional, and award-winning outdoor summer Shakespeare festival, announces its 2016 season - where nothing is what it seems and everyone's a fool for love.  (more...)

Actors' Theatre of Columbus to Stage OTHELLO
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

In 1982, Actors' Theatre of Columbus (ATC) kicked off its first season with a single production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The success of that season proved that Schiller Park was an excellent venue for open air Shakespearean theater, and the troupe has continued this tradition for 35 years. "To Tell the Truth," Actors' Theatre's 2016 season, features four plays that ask questions about how far relationships can be strained and even broken by dishonesty, falsehood and slander. (more...)

Sephardic OTHELLO to Open in June at Center for Jewish History
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

A Sephardic-themed production of William Shakespeare's OTHELLO will debut June 16 to 30 at the Center for Jewish History (15 W. 16 St.), it has been announced by The American Sephardi Federation, the presenting organization. Unique to the production will be traditional Jewish Moroccan songs performed by the cast. (more...)

Manhattan Shakespeare Project to Present AL'UKHRAA: A STUDY IN OTHELLO
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

? Manhattan Shakespeare Project - Manhattan's All-Female Shakespeare Company, presents Al'ukhraa: A Study in Othello, for its 2016 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS.  Manhattan Shakespeare Project provides an opportunity for female artists to play traditionally male roles as well as an opportunity to break into the male-dominated theater industry in directing, producing, writing, and stage production. (more...)

Blue Horse Repertory's LEADING LADIES Set for Bridge Street Theatre, 5/28
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

?The Blue Horse Repertory Company present an evening of comedic readings of one-act plays and monologues for women called "Leading Ladies" at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill. The show is directed by Flo Hayle and features Elizabeth Breslin, Lora Lee Ecobelli, Sarah Jane Fawcett, Flo Hayle. Gayle Hudson, Nancy Rothman, and Doris Seipel performing works by Christopher Durang, Jane Martin, and Charles George. (more...)

OSF's Allen Elizabethan Theatre to Open in June
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Oh, the places you'll go! The Oregon Shakespeare Festival transports audiences to a ghostly Danish castle, dynastic China, and Oz's Emerald City when its outdoor theatre opens the weekend of June 17-19. The Allen Elizabethan Theatre will feature Hamlet, directed by Lisa Peterson; the classic 1970s musical The Wiz, directed by Robert O'Hara; and The Winter's Tale, directed by Desdemona Chiang. The shows will close the weekend of October 14-16. (more...)

Paula Vogel Coming to Playwrights' Center, 6/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Celebrated playwright and teacher Paula Vogel will spend two days at the Playwrights' Center in June as part of the Dramatists Guild Fund's Traveling Masters Program. Vogel's visit will conclude with a public conversation on Monday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at the Playwrights' Center, 2301 E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. Reservations for this free event are encouraged:, or (612) 332-7481. (more...)

ROMEO & JULIET CHAINSAW MASSACRE to Play Toronto Fringe 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Already, Toronto theatre producer Derrick Chua has chosen Romeo & Juliet Chainsaw Massacre as one of his top 12 shows to see this Fringe in his recent article in Intermission Magazine. (more...)

Candice van Litsenborgh's COURT. Coming to Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Court., written by Candice van Litsenborgh and performed by Candice van Litsenborgh and Claire-Louise Worby, is headed to Alexander Upstairs, directed by Richard Wright-Firth. (more...)

Imogen Stubbs & Natalie Casey to Star in Frantic Assembly's THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Full casting has been announced for Andrew Bovell's Things I Know To Be True, an exciting international co-production between Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia. Matthew Barker, Natalie Casey, Richard Mylan, Kirsty Oswald, Ewan Stewart and Imogen Stubbs will star in the play's UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith from 10th September until 1st October 2016 before embarking upon a UK tour. (more...)

Ophelia's Jump to Launch Midsummer Shakespeare Festival in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

Ophelia's Jump Productions presents the Annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival with A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and OTHELLO. The productions will run July 14-24, 2016 at Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College in Claremont. The festival, co-sponsored by Pomona College, includes exhibits, arts and crafts by community businesses and organizations. Tickets are available at, or by calling 909-541-5850.  (more...)

Drama Book Shop to Livestream Conversation with INDECENT's Paula Vogel & Rebecca Taichman
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

The Drama Book Shop, now celebrating its 99th year, will welcome playwright Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman, the creative forces behind Indecent, for a discussion about the play. The event will take place on Friday, June 10th at 5:00PM. It is free to the public. For those unable to attend, the Tony Award-winning Drama Book Shop will live-stream the conversation on their Facebook page ( and on their Periscope channel @dramabookshop. (more...)

Manhattan Shakespeare Project to Stage AL'UKHRAA: A STUDY IN OTHELLO
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Manhattan Shakespeare Project - Manhattan's All-Female Shakespeare Company, presents Al'ukhraa: A Study in Othello, for its 2016 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS and final production.  (more...)

Cast Announced for Raven Theatre's RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Michael Menendian, Producing Artistic Director of Raven Theatre, has announced casting for the company's upcoming production of Red Velvet, by Lolita Chakrabarti. (more...)

VIDEO: Tour The Fascinating Artifacts of The British Library's 'Shakespeare In Ten Acts'
by Michael Dale - Jul 22, 2016

The library's gallery show inspires viewers to imagine how audiences reacted to the first stage appearance by a female actor and the first British performance of Othello by a black actor. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Playwright Paula Vogel Gives Writing Advice for DGF's Traveling Masters Program
by Stage Tube - Jul 21, 2016

Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of How I Learned To Drive, The Baltimore Waltz, And Baby Makes Seven, and this year's Indecent, led a public workshop at the Minneapolis Playwrights' Center as part of The Dramatists Guild Fund's Traveling Masters Program. Scroll down for a clip! (more...)

Elements Theatre to Crown Summer 2016 with Shakespeare's KING LEAR
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Crowning its year-long tribute to Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, Elements Theatre Company presents King Lear under the direction of Danielle Dwyer, CJ. In the striking outdoor setting of the Atrium of the Church of the Transfiguration, the members of Elements Theatre Company bring all of their passionate dedication and expertise to the Bard's riveting portrayal of a kingdom and families torn apart. Press night is Opening night, August 12, 7:00pm guest lecture Dr. Kathryn Moncrief, followed by outdoor performance 8:00pm. (more...)

MISALLIANCE, MARISOL, APPROPRIATE and More Set for Juilliard Drama's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Juilliard Drama announces its 2016-17 season of fully staged productions featuring Juilliard's Group 46 acting students in their fourth and final year in the drama program at Juilliard. (more...)

Elizabeth Berg to Launch Raue Center's 2016-17 'Artful Women' Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Raue Center For The Arts is excited to announce the 2016/2017 Season of Artful Women. (more...)

BWW Preview: LOUISVILLE BALLET - Shakespeare in Dance
by Keith Waits - Aug 9, 2016

Collaboration continues to be in the air in the Louisville arts community. This time around it's not just that Kentucky Shakespeare's community weeks embrace both a musical and ballet, but that the Louisville Ballet week features a brand new work, William's Folly, which brings together a selection of Shakespeare's sonnets, original live music and new choreography. What a combination! (more...)

Pulitzer Finalist MARJORIE PRIME to Launch Central Square Theater's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

The Nora Theatre Company presents Jordan Harrison's Marjorie Prime from September 8 - October 9, 2016. Marjorie Prime is directed by M. Bevin O'Gara. (more...)

Will Paula Vogel's INDECENT Be First Play by a Woman on Broadway This Season?
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

More works by women on Broadway? Yes, please! (more...)

California Shakespeare Theater Presents Shakespeare's OTHELLO, Directed by Eric Ting September 14th- October 9th
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

California Shakespeare Theater's 25th anniversary season at the Bruns Amphitheater concludes with Artistic Director Eric Ting's company debut with Shakespeare's Othello, from September 14 through October 9. For tickets and information, contact the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666 or visit (more...)

N.J. Premiere of RED VELVET at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) is proud to present the New Jersey premiere of British playwright Lolita Chakrabarti's multi-award-winning play, Red Velvet. Performances begin September 7 and continue through September 25 at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or going online at (more...)

ECLIPSED Playwright, Producers to Be Feted at TCG's 2016 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced that its 2016 gala will honor Tony-nominated and OBIE-winning playwright and acclaimed 'The Walking Dead' actress Danai Gurira. (more...)

Book-It Presents Inventive Story about a Search for Home in A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Book-It Repertory Theatre opens its 27th season with A Tale for the Time Being this September. In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao's only solace is her diary. Across the Pacific, Ruth is a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox-possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As a mystery unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. (more...)

Phillip James Brannon to Lead 'NAT TURNER', While David Wilson Barnes, Finn Wittrock & More Join NYTW's OTHELLO
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) just announced full casting for the first two shows of the 2016/17 season, NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM and OTHELLO. (more...)

Photo Flash: Dame Maggie Smith Opens SHAKESPEARE'S DEAD Exhibition at Oxford
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Dame Maggie Smith visited the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries yesterday to open SHAKESPEARE'S DEAD, the Libraries' summer exhibition. The celebrated actress joined donors and special guests, including renowned playwright Alan Bennett and Lord Patten of Barnes, the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, at the Bodleian's newly-refurbished Weston Library for the official opening of the exhibition, which runs until 18 September. Scroll down for photos from the opening! (more...)

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