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...)

STAGE TUBE: Leah Crocetto Performs Kander & Ebb's 'A Quiet Thing' at the Curran
by Stage Tube - Mar 7, 2016

Kevin Sessums, the Curran's Editor-at-Large sat down with award-winning opera star Leah Crocetto for a special evening titled 'Leah Crocetto Talks Opera and Sings Jazz' on Thursday, February 4. Sessums discussed Crocetto's early years in the New York cabaret scene, her rise to fame in the opera world, and her deep connection to the San Francisco Opera. Crocetto, who recently opened the SFO's 2015 season with her electrifying performance in the title role of Luisa Miller and made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Liu in TURANDOT, performed three numbers throughout the evening. Click below to watch her sing Kander & Ebb's 'A Quiet Thing'! (more...)

The Trial Begins... Meet the Full Cast of THE CRUCIBLE, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Mar 31, 2016

The Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, starring Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, opens tonight, March 31, at the Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48 Street. Scroll down to learn more about the full company! (more...)

The Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIX to Return as Highlight of Shakespeare 400 Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents a highlight of Shakespeare 400 Chicago -The Q Brothers' 90-minute hip-hop adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy, OTHELLO: THE REMIX, spun out and lyrically rewritten over original beats. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Independent Shakespeare Company's OTHELLO, Opening Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2016

Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC), presenters of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival announce performances of Shakespeare's great treatise on alienation, OTHELLO, directed by Independent Shakespeare Co.'s Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma. OTHELLO will begin previews on Saturday, March 19, will open on Saturday, March 26 at 7:30pm and will perform through Saturday, May 7 at Independent Studio in the Atwater Crossing Arts + Innovation Complex, 3191 Casitas Ave., #168 in Atwater Village. (more...)

Tickets to New York Premiere of INDECENT at Vineyard Theatre Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Vineyard Theatre, in association with La Jolla Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre, has announced that tickets are now on sale as of today, March 22 at noon for the New York premiere of INDECENT, a new play with music, written by Paula Vogel, created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman, at The Vineyard (108 East 15th Street). Previews begin April 27 and opening night is set for May 17. For more information, please call the box office at (212) 353-0303 or visit Group sales should call 212-353-3366, ext. 214. (more...)

Tom Stoppard's ARCADIA to Begin March 31 at Central Square Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

The Nora Theatre Company is proud to present the Tom Stoppard's ARCADIA March 31 - May 1, 2016. ARCADIA is directed by The Nora's Artistic Director, Lee Mikeska Gardner. The press performance is Monday, April 4 at 7:30PM. (more...)

Junction Theatre to Present West Coast Premiere of RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

The Junction Theatre will present the West Coast Premiere of RED VELVET, a critically acclaimed play written by Lolita Chakrabarti, directed by Benjamin Pohlmeier, to be presented at Atwater Playhouse, 3191 Castitas Avenue, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90039, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m., March 26 - April 30, 2016. Tickets can be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006, or online at General Admission is $25 per person; Students, Seniors and Veterans are $20 per person; and Groups of 10 or more $15 per person. To learn more, please visit and (more...)

Geva to Continue Season with Co-Production of A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

A classic drama by America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright continues the 2015-2016 ESL Wilson Stage Series as Geva Theatre Center presents A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O'Neill and directed by Ben Barnes in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from March 29 through April 24. (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...)

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...)

BWW Review: ISC Presents a Smart, Strong OTHELLO in the Studio
by Ellen Dostal - Apr 4, 2016

Something interesting happens when you remove race as the primary motivator in Shakespeare's OTHELLO. The play's message about the progression of evil becomes even more universal. What was a story about a man destroying another man because of the color of his skin is now part of a larger more enigmatic narrative exploring hate, jealousy, and obsession from a less obvious perspective. It also reveals how masterfully Shakespeare wrote the nuances of human frailty. (more...)

Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins the 2016 Richard Tucker Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is thrilled to announce that soprano Tamara Wilson – whose “voice of steely beauty and great power” (Houston Chronicle) has already won international accolades – has been named as winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award. Dubbed the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the Tucker Award carries the foundation's most substantial cash prize of $50,000, and is conferred each year by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a major international career. Featuring such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe,Lawrence Brownlee, David Daniels, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato, the list of past winners reads like a who's who of American opera. (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...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for Tonight's OTELLO
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Francesco Anile will sing the title role in this evening's performance of Verdi's Otello, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko, who is ill. (more...)

Drag, Shakespeare and More Slated for CoHo's Summerfest 2016; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

CoHo has announced its Summerfest 2016 lineup. Four shows in four weekends will feature an unknown drag legend, a masked Shakespearean fanfic, an acrobatic Downton Abbey, and laughable panic attacks. (more...)

Boston-Area Playwrights to Workshop New Pieces This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Artists from Suburbia, a new community-based theatre initiative and proud member of the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters, announces three local playwrights as the winners of its Perspectives Playwriting Competition. Their one-act plays will be workshopped June 15 and 16, culminating in an evening of staged readings on June 17 at 7 p.m. at the East Bridgewater Public Library. The event will be free and open to the public. (more...)

THEATER TALK to Commemorate 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death This Week
by TV News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro returns to THEATER TALK for a timely Shakespeare 400th Death-Day Anniversary Special, culled from two previous Shapiro appearances on the series and merged to celebrate Shakespeare's 452nd birthday next week and acknowledge the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 1616. Shapiro discusses two of his books in separate segments, Shakespeare in America – An Anthology from the Revolution to Now (with Shapiro as Editor, published by the Library of America) and The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 (published by Simon and Schuster). (more...)

George London Foundation to Welcome Jennifer Johnson Cano & Dimitri Pittas, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

To conclude the 20th season of its recital series, the George London Foundation for Singers presents a performance by two acclaimed young artists: mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, who won a George London Award in 2014, and tenor Dimitri Pittas, a 2004 George London Award winner, on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 4:00 pm, at The Morgan Library & Museum. Accompanying them at the piano will be each singer's respective spouse: Christopher Cano and Leah Edwards. (more...)

PEAR SLICES Returns for 2016 Edition in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Pear Theatre continues its 2015/2016 season with PEAR SLICES 2016, the 13th installment of its celebration of short plays by local playwrights. (more...)

British Library To Display 1660 Prologue Warning Audience That A Woman Will Be Playing OTHELLO's Desdemona
by Michael Dale - Apr 11, 2016

England did not allow women to appear on stage until long after Shakespeare's death. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Geva Theatre's A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

A classic drama by America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright continues the 2015-2016 ESL Wilson Stage Series as Geva Theatre Center presents A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN by Eugene O'Neill and directed by Ben Barnes in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage now through April 24, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Ted Lange's New Play THE CAUSE, MY SOUL to Run 4/1-5/1 at The Odyssey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

?Written and directed by Ted Lange, "The Cause, My Soul" will fortuitously be presented during the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and death, April 23, 1616. "The Cause, My Soul" performs at The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda, West Los Angeles, CA 90025.  Previews begin April 1st.  Opening night is April 8th and runs thru May 1st.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.  For tickets: (310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or (more...)

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