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New Suspense Fiction THE FIXER is Released
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Katerina Mills, intrepid college student and professional 'fixer' is back in an all new adventure, The Fixer: The Killing Kind, just released in e-book and paperback formats. (more...)

BWW Interview - Debut of the Month - THE GREAT COMET's Grace McLean
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 30, 2016

Today, Grace McLean speaks exclusively with BWW about making her Broadway debut and explains the importance of telling new, original stories in contemporary theater. (more...)

Enhanced Linguamatics NLP Text Mining Platform offers New Power to Extract Actionable Insights from Big Data
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

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Rita Rudner to Kick Off the New Year with '9PM IS THE NEW MIDNIGHT' at Laguna Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Laguna Playhouse has announced the third annual New Year's Eve return of superstar comedienne Rita Rudner, in her bubbly and sparkling show, RITA RUDNER: 9PM IS THE NEW MIDNIGHT!  (more...)

New York Public Library Discussion with Curator and Artists of 'The Artist's Museum' Now on View at ICA/Boston
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

On the occasion of the publication of the catalogue accompanying The Artist's Museum, the exhibition currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA), the New York Public Library's An Art Book program presents artists Carol Bove, Anna Craycroft, and Sara VanDerBeek in conversation with Dan Byers, ICA's Mannion Family Senior Curator. The free public program takes place on Wednesday, December 14, in the Library's Celeste Auditorium at Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, at 6:00 pm. (more...)

Center Theatre Group Hosts Community Conversations for BEAUTY QUEEN This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Center Theatre Group will host a Community Conversations event for the Druid production of Martin McDonagh's "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," currently playing at the Mark Taper Forum, with a pre-show panel discussion to be held on Friday, December 2. Titled "Martin McDonagh and What Makes Irish Theatre Irish," the event will feature a discussion about McDonagh's Irish style, the legacy of his work and why it's so appealing to audiences. The discussion will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Music Center Annex building, 601 W. Temple Street, in Rehearsal Room A, and will feature experts on Irish Literature and culture as well as Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. (more...)

BWW Review: REP's 'A Little Princess' Pulls Out All The Stops
by Robert Encila - Nov 29, 2016

Repertory Philippines' (REP) 49th season culminates with a musical adaptation of A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1905 children's novel. Just in time for the holidays, REP's offering comes in a mixed bag of splendor and disenchantment. (more...)

PuSh Festival presents 2017 Global Lineup of Groundbreaking, Multi-Disciplinary Works
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (PuSh Festival) presents its 13th annual edition, taking place January 16 to February 5, 2017 at various Vancouver venues. Acclaimed artists representing 11 countries will descend on the city for the signature, three-week mid-winter event. From staggering spectacles to intimately immersive encounters, the 2017 PuSh Festival lineup showcases innovative, transformative art across a vast expanse of performance disciplines. (more...)

Chance Theater Announces 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Chance Theater is thrilled to announce its lineup for 2017, which will be the third to employ both stages in its new home at the Bette Aitken theater arts Center. Next year will feature nine fully-staged productions, a workshop production, and three staged readings of new plays still in development. (more...)

SOMI, Megan Hilty, Gabrielle Hamilton, Mara Wilson, BD Wong & More, Nightly at Joe's Pub, 12/1-11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Beloved jazz songbird Somi returns with a special new work-in-progress called Dreaming Zenzile, detailing the life of legendary activist and singer Miriam Makeba. Dreaming Zenzile is directed by Liesl Tommy, whose most recent works include Eclipsed (at The Public and on Broadway) and Party People (The Public), and stars Somi.    (more...)

O'Neill National Music Theater Conference Artistic Director Steps Down After 40 years
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center announced today that Paulette Haupt, founding Artistic Director of its National Music Theater Conference, will step down following the 2017 season, after 40 years leading the program. The program began in 1978 after George C. White, founder of the O'Neill, invited Ms. Haupt to launch a new development program for music theater, in a similar mold to the O'Neill's groundbreaking National Playwrights Conference, launched in 1964. (more...)

Serenbe Playhouse Presents THE SNOW QUEEN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Serenbe Playhouse, recipient of the prestigious American Theatre Wing grant, and recently honored with the most Suzi Bass Awards for a musical in Atlanta (Miss Saigon), is pleased to present the return of The Snow Queen, based on the original story by Hans Christian Andersen, and adapted by Rachel Teagle. The show was originally directed by Brian Clowdus and is getting a 2016 restaging by Ryan Oliveti with choreography by Bubba Carr. The show opens on December 1 and runs to December 30, only. (more...)

NYChoral Rings in the Holiday Season At Alice Tully Hall 12/21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

The New York Choral Society (NYChoral) under the direction of its music director David Hayes will ring in the holiday season with a Christmas concert at Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday evening, December 21st, at 7:30 p.m. The program, featuring soloists Frederick Ballentine and Justin Hopkins, will present works by two musical giants of 20th Century American choral music, Robert Shaw, whose 100th birthday would have been this year, and Robert De Cormier, NYChoral Music Director Emeritus, who was awarded the 2016 Michael Korn Founders Award by Chorus America for his lifetime contribution to the choral arts. The concert will also include works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Elizabeth Poston, and James MacMillan, and will end with an audience sing-along of beloved Christmas carols. The complete program follows: (more...)

BWW Preview: MKE Rep's New A CHRISTMAS CAROL Shines Light and Love on Dickens' Dark London
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Nov 28, 2016

When Dickens wrote his timeless Christmas story about mid 19th century London audiences often push aside, especially at the holidays, he wanted his audiences to be transformed into seeing their world  in a new way. In 2016, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater produces their 41st incarnation of Charles Dickens' beloved A Christmas Carol beginning on opening night, December 2. The historical Pabst Theater houses Dickens' story, first published in 1843, with a innovative adaptation conceived by Artistic Director Mark Clements and begins a journey with Ebenezer Scrooge into his past, present and future. (more...)

Maine State Music Theatre to Present Children's Interactive Programs at Curtis Memorial Library
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Maine State Music Theatre will present "Magic Time: A Program of Story and Song" - combining classic fairytale Literature with contemporary musical adaptations - on Friday, February 24, 2017, at 10 AM and 3 PM at the Morrell Reading Room at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. (more...)

BWW Review: AGNES MARTIN, Subtlety on a Grand Scale at the Guggenheim
by Patrick Kennedy - Nov 28, 2016

With its retrospective of a North American painter of grandeur and grace, the Guggenheim gives top billing to Agnes Martin and her finely-wrought abstractions. (more...)

Scholarly Publishing Market Size is Decreasing: Cost Effective Digital Media is Compensating
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

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'Eternal Harmony, Volume 1' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

While science and religion are often seen as opposing forces, physicist and born again Christian, Dr. Ron Rickards, is working to prove otherwise. He has found unparalleled connections between these fields, exemplifying how they work in unison to glorify God. Rickards educates readers on the relationship between science and religion in 'Eternal Harmony, Volume 1: The Unity of Truth in God.' (more...)

William Ward Shares 'In Search of Life The Journey: An Exploration of the Idea of Life After Death'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

'In Search of Life The Journey: An Exploration of the Idea of Life After Death': an in-depth perspective of the many areas of paranormal activity. 'In Search of Life The Journey: An Exploration of the Idea of Life After Death' is the creation of published author, William Ward, a longtime student of occult phenomenon and its connection to Christian ministry. He has coauthored two teaching texts, 'The Death Encounter' and 'Illuminating the Darkness,' while engaged with a para-church ministry training pastors and lay people. That organization was focused on addressing the needs of people afflicted with occult bondage issues and challenges. Ward also wrote 'The Journey Home,' a popular booklet for families gathering with a loved one at the end of life. A retired police officer and health-care administrator, today he is a regular newspaper columnist writing on older adult issues. (more...)

Riverside Theatre Announces 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2016

Riverside Theatres brings a world of theatre and dance companies to Sydney audiences and particularly those in Western Sydney, with the announcement of their 2017 program. Many of the nation's performing arts companies alongside resident company Riverside|National Theatre of Parramatta (NTofP) and international touring productions, have been programmed in Riverside Theatre's line-up of 20 diverse and entertaining productions for 2017. (more...)

spit&vigor Presents MARY'S LITTLE MONSTER at the Davenport Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Straight from their New Orleans premier, spit&vigor is thrilled to announce their production of MARY'S LITTLE MONSTER, written by Thomas Kee and directed jointly by Kaitlan Emery and Sara Fellini, for a VERY LIMITED ENGAGEMENT at the Davenport Theatre in NYC. (more...)

Photo Flash: spit&vigor Presents MARY's LITTLE MONSTER by Thomas Kee
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Straight from their New Orleans premier, spit&vigor is thrilled to announce their production of MARY'S LITTLE MONSTER, written by Thomas Kee and directed jointly by Kaitlan Emery and Sara Fellini, for a VERY LIMITED ENGAGEMENT at the Davenport Theatre in NYC. (more...)

Russian Author Pens ONE-TWO
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Summary: Two conjoined babies are born at the intersection of two social worldviews. The girls are named Faith and Hope. After spending their childhood in a foster home and obtaining a basic education, they come to realise that they are different from other people in many respects. The problems of their upbringing are only made worse by the constant humiliations they suffer at the hands of society. Eventually, fortune smiles on them, by seemingly opening up the door to happiness: a separation surgery that can theoretically be performed in the capital. Thus begins a journey fraught with difficulties and obstacles for the sisters. Will they be able to get past the wall of public cynicism, together with the internal conflicts they have among themselves? Will they find a justification for their existence and learn to accept it? The search for the answers to these and many other questions constitutes the essence of this novel. About the Author: Igor Miroshnichenko (born 12 March, 1977 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia) is an English-language writer, novelist, and essayist; he writes under the pen name Igor Eliseev, his mother's maiden name. Igor graduated from the Don State Technical University, where he studied engineering procedure, in 1999. He also studied at the Moscow University of Industry and Finance, graduating in 2009 with a degree in the management of commercial activities. He first tried his hand at writing sketches and scripts for a radio show. He also found himself particularly drawn to portrait and fashion photography. Some time later, he became one of the most in-demand photographers in Moscow. His photos brought him a lot of attention and a taste of financial freedom, but ultimately, Literature remains his true and only calling. Igor Eliseev began his literary activity in 1999 with a number of short stories, essays and a film script. Later, the plot of the script developed into a literary novel - the most important project of his life and one that has not yet been completed. In 2015, however, he finished his second novel, which, by a twist of fate, became his debut novel. One-Two, a book that is dedicated to the memory of his mother, tells the story of two conjoined sisters born in the era of the collapse of the Soviet Union. He has been interested in oriental martial arts ever since he was a child and practices Judo, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu and Chinese Wushu; he worked as a martial arts instructor for several years. Review copies are available upon request. Title: One-Two Author: Igor Eliseev Publisher: Glagoslav Publications Language: English ISBN: 9781911414230 Extent: 240 pages Format: paperback, hardback, e-book (more...)

Voices Carry: A Celebration of Irish Women Writing
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

Selected and Arranged by Playwright Honor Molloy and Directed by Kira Simring, Honor Molloy and Actors Gina Costigan and Angel Desai Will Perform Readings of Works by Leland Bardwell, Maeve Brennan, Elizabeth Bowen, Anne Enright, Lucy Grealy, Maura Laverty, Claire McAllister, Gina Moxley and Edna O'Brien. (more...)

The Comrades Announce 2017 Inauguration Day Reading of THE TAMING by Lauren Gunderson
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

The Comrades are pleased to announce a 2017 Inauguration Day staged reading of THE TAMING by Lauren Gunderson. (more...)

I LOVE BEING ME is Released
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? Liberty Belle does. A rather precocious child, Libby, as she is called, has a joy for life and a level of self-confidence that is contagious. Just ask her friends, a diverse collection of little girls, each with their own unique value, that have come together to have fun and enjoy life. 'I Love Being Me' is a joyful, positive book that will encourage readers to celebrate humanity in all its colors. 'Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to travel and live in a variety of countries around the globe,' said author April Allen. 'I have seen first-hand the benefits of diversity. When one has been exposed to a diversity of people they tend to be more well-rounded, better communicators and in turn better leaders. When I became a mother I knew that I wanted to raise my daughters to accept and celebrate the differences that we all have. From this desire was born Liberty Belle, a fun and colorful character who happily points out her friend's unique differences, while emphatically declaring she loves everything about herself.' Each of the friends that Libby meets in the book 'I Love Being Me' are actually a composite of some of the wonderful people that have been in April's life from elementary school through law school and beyond. She wanted to honor the friends that have been an inspiration in her real life. 'My hope is that as parents are reading the story of Libby and her friends to their children that it will spark some interesting conversation,' said Allen. 'I wanted to create a story that allows children and parents to have important discussions in a healthy, fun and loving way. God created us all and loves us all, no matter our background, color, or ability and hopefully 'I Love Being Me' will help foster that inclusive behavior in our readers. 'This is such a special book,' said Lisa Umina, founder and president of Halo Publishing International. 'Liberty Belle is a great voice for the next generation as she embraces different ethnicities and races while celebrating who she is and her own uniqueness.' 'I Love Being Me' is available from: * Halo Publishing * Amazon * Barnes and Noble Get your copy in paperback for $10.95 or as a e-book for $6.95. About April Allen: April Allen lives outside Portland, Oregon with her wonderful husband and two young daughters. April loves to learn, travel and to try new adventures! She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington. She also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. April has traveled the world extensively and lived in several countries such as, Guatemala, England, Japan, and Spain. Some of her adventures include, climbing Mt. Fuji in Japan and Acatenango in Guatemala, and trekking the Great Wall of China. April consults and educates institutions on matters of diversity and inclusion. About Halo Publishing International: Halo Publishing International is a self-publishing company that publishes adult fiction and non-fiction, children's Literature, self-help, spiritual, and faith-based books. We continually strive to help authors reach their publishing goals and provide many different services that help them do so. www.HaloPublishing.com Press & Media Contact: Lisa M. Umina, Publisher Halo Publishing International 1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176 San Antonio, TX 78213 - USA +1 877-705-9647 contact@halopublishing.com http://www.halopublishing.com (more...)

New Book and Animation Series for Children is Announced
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

Melody's Song is a animated book and video series that was designed to not only encourage reading but develop confidence and hope in young people. Melody's Song can be categorized as both a children's book with musical themes and one that emphasizes black characters in children's Literature. The series can be used by schools and parents to teach life lessons and foster a love of music and exploration. The book launches on November 23, 2016 just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. According to studies presented by non-profit research center Child Trends, African American children face educational expectations lower than that of white children. As a result black children often turn these lowered expectations into self-fulfilling prophesies without some type of social encouragement and out-of-school learning opportunities. When presented with creative outlets, positive reinforcements, and other examples of educational expression minority children thrive. The goal of the Melody's Song book series is to help children find their unique voice, gain self-worth, and find confidence in their own abilities. 'Having grown up in Kalamazoo and, of course, visiting family in places like Detroit and Flint, I realized that kids require hope and whimsy as much as food, shelter, and air in order to grow into a self-actualized adult,' says author Lonna Hardin. 'I grew up with music all around me and that music lifted me up and inspired me. As a parent, I want to help my daughter and other children find their song and their whimsy. One of my other goals for this, one I find equally important, is to show black humor in children's Literature and present the richness of black culture.' The book and animation series is designed for all children, but specifically targets: ? Culturally Diverse Children ? Special Needs Children ? Children from Single Parent Households ? Economically Disadvantaged. This culturally relevant Literature for urban populations aims to bridge the gap between cultural identities and educational outcomes. The first book in the series, 'Melody's Song and the City of the Voice Snatchers' reaches out to children lacking confidence and needing to find their place in the world. Melody's Song and the City of the Voice Snatchers can be shared by parents, grandparents, churches, educators, nonprofits and those looking to increase literacy and learning among African American children between the ages of 5 and 10. These children's music story books can be purchased through bookstores and online retailers for parents and others who see the value in producing books that can inspire children in more difficult situations to keep going and growing, the author has set up a GoFundMe. For more information about the book, author, and concepts being developed for the series check out Melody's Song Facebook page and visit: www.melodyssong.com www.twitter.com/getmelodyssong www.instagram/getmelodyssong (more...)

Recorded Books, Inc. Sponsors Audiobook Giveaway for Library Book Club
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

Recorded Books, Inc., the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital content to the library market, awarded a $1,000 classics audiobook collection to Plano Public Library System (Plano, Texas) for its participation in The Literary Classics Online Book Club. (more...)

New Song by Boyz II Men from Holiday Special 'The Snowy Day' Now on Amazon
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

“Snowy Day,” by the iconic R&B trio, Boyz II Men, from the Amazon Original holiday special, The Snowy Day, will be available exclusively to download and stream on Amazon Music (more...)

Palm Beach Poetry Festival Invites Local Poets & Poetry Lovers to a Variety of Special Events
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Susan R. Williamson, Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and Dr. Blaise Allen, Director of Community Outreach, today invited local poets and poetry fans to numerous upcoming special workshops and events: (more...)

Charles Mee's LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON Gets Reading at Abingdon This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company launches its Ghostlight Reading Series with LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON by Charles Mee on November 28 at 7pm. The reading is free and open to the public at Abingdon Theatre Company's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). Leon Ingulsrud is set to direct. (more...)

Mark Christopher Lawrence Joins Write Out Loud for VOICES OF CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Write Out Loud - an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading short stories aloud for a live audience - announces VOICES OF CHRISTMAS the third production in their 10th Anniversary Season. (more...)

BWW Review: O'Neill's A TOUCH OF THE POET Reveals Volcanic Forces Stewing in an Irish Tavern in 1828
by Shari Barrett - Dec 5, 2016

Eugene O'Neill is the only American playwright ever to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and he is a four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Between 1920 and 1943, he completed 20 long plays, with several of them double and triple length. And unfortunately, the current Pacific Resident production comes in at over 3 hours, a trying time for a play with such dramatic verbiage that it is necessary to pay full attention throughout since O'Neill's brilliant writing is both incredibly introspective yet often very repetitive. So be sure not to eat a huge meal before attending so the urge to fall asleep does not overtake you. (more...)

Lifeline Theatre KidSeries to Present World Premiere of FABLE-OUS!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Lifeline Theatre's KidSeries presents Fable-ous!, a world premiere production by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Chris Hainsworth, directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Heather Currie; based on Aesop's fables. (more...)

First Book and Penguin Random House Partner to Launch Red Mitten Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 150 million books to kids in need, and Penguin Random House, a global leader in children's publishing, are partnering to bring 5,000 brand-new books and pairs of warm red mittens to children in low-income communities this winter. The Red Mitten Campaign, supported by award-winning children's author Andrea Davis Pinkney and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, marks the release of Pinkney's 'A Poem for Peter,' which tells the inspiring story of Keats, author of 'The Snowy Day,' and creator of Peter, the book's red-suited main character. (more...)

Push to Walk Announces Dave Font as Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

'I am thrilled to be a part of the Push to Walk family, especially at such an exciting time in its history,' said Font, referencing the recent move of Push to Walk from Riverdale, NJ to Oakland, NJ. 'I was initially drawn to Push to Walk by the amazing work they do for their clients. Push to Walk has the perfect combination of mission-driven focus and dedicated staff, and I am excited to be a part of its future development as it looks to better serve its clients.' (more...)

'Acorn Gert and BrotherBert' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Meet Acorn Gert, a delightful, energetic acorn who loves her brother Bert and their life under a great oak tree. Gert and Bert are happy frolicking in the leaves until their friend, the wise owl, lets them in on a secret. They have more potential and will offer more in life than just two sweet little acorns playing in the dirt. 'Acorn Gert and Brother Bert' remind us that, just like acorns, we all have seeds of potential, our God-given gifts that are meant to grow into something amazing. 'As the mother of eight wonderful children, each one uniquely their own, I wanted to create a children's story that would celebrate the individual potential of each child and encourage readers to cherish and nurture their own unique value,' said author Elizabeth Duncan Stretar. 'I am hoping parents will be able to use the message of Acorn Gert as a starting point for conversations about potential with their children.' 'Acorn Gert and Brother Bert' is told in rhyme, with a joyful rhythm that children will enjoy and ask to have read repeatedly. The colorful characters, drawn by illustrator Rosemarie Gillen help bring the story to life. At the end of the story Stretar has included additional information to help parents and educators use the story with intention to help discover the untapped talents of children. 'It is important that we talk about the seeds that have been planted in our children from a young age,' said Stretar. 'My hope is that the characters will make the story memorable and the importance of discovering each child's inner purpose becomes a regular conversation with parents and educators.' Stretar aims help parents nurture their children's potential and help them grow to become all they were meant to be. To that end, 'Acorn Gert and Brother Bert' is meant to be tool to stimulate fun, meaningful conversation between adults and children. It is the first in a series of delightful children's stories featuring the main acorn characters. In the next edition, 'Acorn Gert - Gets a Brand New Skirt,' which will highlight the simple pleasures of playing dress-up and igniting imaginative paly in the lives of children. 'I have so enjoyed working with Elizabeth on this project,' said Lisa Umina, founder and president of Halo Publishing International. 'Acorn Gert and Brother Bert' is such an important book for parents to read to their children. It is never too soon to encourage our youth to be the best they can be.' 'Acorn Gert and Brother Bert' is now available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon, in paperback for $12.95 and e-book version for $6.95. - Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/acorn-gert-and-brother-bert-elizabeth-duncan-stretar/1125157561?ean=9781612445038 - Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Acorn-Brother-Elizabeth-Duncan-Stretar/dp/1612445039/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479839105&sr=8-1&keywords=Elizabeth+Duncan+Stretar About Elizabeth Duncan Stretar: Elizabeth Duncan Stretar, graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, is a wife, mother of eight and grandmother of sixteen (by mid-2017). She is also a flight attendant who writes on the fly and blogs on a wide range of topics. The author spent the majority of her professional career in the non-profit sector working primarily with teenage mothers through YoungLives; an outreach program of Young Life. She was the first YoungLives National Director responsible for laying the groundwork for the teen mom initiative that today, reaches teen moms world-wide. In 2008, she and husband Frank co-founded the non-profit organization LeaderWithin. 'Acorn Gert and Brother Bert' is her first published book. Proceeds from this book will be used to support the ongoing work of LeaderWithin, which exists to help others discover more of who they are, where they are and what they can become. www.leaderwithin.org. www.betsystretar.com About Halo Publishing International: Halo Publishing International is a self-publishing company that publishes adult fiction and non-fiction, children's Literature, self-help, spiritual, and faith-based books. We continually strive to help authors reach their publishing goals and provide many different services that help them do so. www.HaloPublishing.com Press & Media Contact: Lisa M. Umina, Publisher Halo Publishing International 1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176 San Antonio, TX 78213 - USA +1 877-705-9647 contact@halopublishing.com http://www.halopublishing.com (more...)

Halo Publishing International Launches 'Mindfulness of Nature'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

In the first in a series of books supporting the benefits of affirmation, author Jo Ann Petrucci Andrews offers a collection of beautiful landscape images combined with words of positive support. 'Mindfulness of Nature' uses the alphabet as a foundation for presenting encouraging words to help readers focus on the positive rather than the negative in life. 'Sometimes we just need to be reminded that no matter how dark our day is or how negative a relationship may be, there is a ray of positivity if we look for it,' said author Jo Ann Petrucci Andrews. 'I wanted to create a book that would help readers remember their strengths, their value and the parts of their life for which they should be most thankful.' 'Mindfulness of Nature' statements of affirmation from A to Z can be used as a daily reminder, an as-needed dose of positivity or even as a family activity to promote a habit of thinking on the bright side of life. Each beautiful image was taken by the author depicting some of her favorite restful spots from the woodlands of New England to the beaches of Mexico. 'I wanted to combine the beauty of nature with encouraging words to help the reader be in the moment,' said Andrews. 'There is a gift to be had by focusing on the positive in our life right this moment rather than bemoaning what might have been or worrying about the 'what ifs' of the future. Being in the moment is a great way to change the direction of our thoughts which can help us as we view life, relationships, work and every aspect of our day.' 'I keep a copy of Jo Ann's book within easy reach,' said Lisa Umina, founder and president of Halo Publishing International. 'I thoroughly enjoyed the positive messages during the first read through and now I flip through at random and pick a page to help focus my mind during the day. It is a great way to remind me of the blessings in my life.' Andrews is working on a series of books to follow 'Mindfulness of Nature' based on her professional counseling sessions that will inspire, motivate and encourage readers to live in the moment and surround themselves with positive thoughts, positive people and positive experiences. 'Mindfulness of Nature' is available from: - Halo Publishing - http://halopublishing.com/1a-c/jo-ann-petrucci-andrews.html - Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Nature-Jo-Ann-Andrews/dp/1612445128/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1479315461&sr=8-3&keywords=andrews+halo+publishing - Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mindfulness-of-nature-jo-ann-petrucci-andrews/1125149851?ean=2940156965397 Purchase your copy as an e-book for $7.99 or hardcover for $15.95. About Jo Ann Petrucci Andrews: Dr. Jo-Ann Petrucci Andrews is a marriage and family therapist who helps children and their families recover from grief and loss. She is a licensed mental health counselor, and she holds a Doctor of Education degree. Jo-Ann specializes in trauma-focused treatment for a wide range of issues, including bereavement, divorce, adoption and foster care, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, co-parenting, and mood disorders. She currently lives on a farm in New England with her husband, children, and animals. About Halo Publishing International: Halo Publishing International is a self-publishing company that publishes adult fiction and non-fiction, children's Literature, self-help, spiritual, and faith-based books. We continually strive to help authors reach their publishing goals and provide many different services that help them do so. www.HaloPublishing.com Press & Media Contact: Lisa M. Umina, Publisher Halo Publishing International 1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176 San Antonio, TX 78213 - USA +1 877-705-9647 contact@halopublishing.com http://www.halopublishing.com (more...)

Halo Publishing International Publishes 'Racing the Flame'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

'If you have ever dreamed of being a cowboy/cowgirl on a Montana ranch, 'Racing the Flame' will transport you out west and take you for the ride of your life. Set during a drought-stricken summer in Montana on a cattle ranch, readers will meet the Landers family, a tightknit Christian family who have their faith in God in the forefront of their lives. When tragedy strikes, in the form of a raging fire that is eating up thousands of acres of prairie land, their faith is put to the test. 'I wrote this story based on a real life experience we had on our horse ranch,' said author Lisa Phipps. 'Just like Jay's father, my husband was out with the other ranchers fighting the fire day and night. I wanted to create a story that featured our ranch life and the realities we experience while also depicting a family unit that is based on their love for each other and their love and trust in God.' Even before the fire strikes, the older Landers' children, Jay and his sister Katy, are introduced to readers as hard working, responsible teens who love their family and enjoy the unique life of herding cattle, riding horses and working in the barn. Readers gain a true understanding of ranch life and how different it is from the typical teen life of walking the mall and hanging out at the local burger joint. 'Lisa has created a wholesome, entertaining story that will capture readers of all ages,' said Lisa Umina, founder and President of Publishing International. 'The Landers family is a wonderful example of how family life can be if we live as God wants us to; understanding that relationships are far more important than materials things.' 'Racing the Flame' is beautifully illustrated on the cover and throughout the book by Katie Busch. Katie has a passion for art, especially pencil and clay, but all media are fun for her. She lives in northeastern Montana with her husband and their dog, chickens, and emus. This is her first book to illustrate, however Lisa Phipps and Katie are continuing to collaborate on a series of picture books that will be coming out soon. 'Racing the Flame' is available from Halo Publishing as well as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Get your copy in paperback for $11.95 or as a e-book for $3.99. About Lisa Phipps: Lisa Phipps grew up in west-central Minnesota. She earned her degree in elementary education at the University of Minnesota, Morris and moved to Montana to begin her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse. She is a runner, a writer, and a Sunday school teacher, but her favorite thing to do is ride horses with her husband and their three children on their Montana cattle ranch. About Halo Publishing International: Halo Publishing International is a self-publishing company that publishes adult fiction and non-fiction, children's Literature, self-help, spiritual, and faith-based books. It continually strive to help authors reach their publishing goals and provide many different services that help them do so. www.HaloPublishing.com Press & Media Contact: Lisa M. Umina, Publisher Halo Publishing International 1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176 San Antonio, TX 78213 - USA +1 877-705-9647 contact@halopublishing.com http://www.halopublishing.com (more...)

American Repertory Theater to Stage TRANS SCRIPTS, PART I: THE WOMEN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, will present Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, written by Paul Lucas and directed by Jo Bonney. Performances begin on Thursday, January 19 and run through Sunday, February 5 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge. (more...)

WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT to Close This Month with Mystery Star
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Maberry Theatricals has announced that the critically-acclaimed solo play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, by Nassim Soleimanpour, will play the final performance of its limited New York Premiere engagement on Monday, December 19, 2016. (more...)

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal to Star in UK Tour of LOVE LETTERS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Hollywood legends Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal star in the upcoming UK tour of LOVE LETTERS, celebrated playwright A.R. Gurney's enduring romance about first loves and second chances. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the European Debut of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Audiences will take an unforgettable journey through the Neverland they never knew this Christmas, as Northampton's Royal stage is transformed for the much-anticipated European Premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher, now through 31 December. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Fairview Youth Theatre New Managing Director Benjamin Brotzman
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

North Texas Performing Arts is proud to announce that Benjamin Brotzman is the new Managing Director for McKinney and Fairview Youth Theatre!  (more...)

Curve Announces First Cohort of the New Bame Curve Leadership Programme
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Curve are delighted to announce the appointment of Black and Minority Ethnicity cultural managers, artists and early career leaders in Leicester and Leicestershire as part of a new cultural leadership programme. (more...)

Beth G. Wilborn Announces THE LITTLE BROWN TURKEY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

'The Little Brown Turkey': a beautiful story of giving and sharing to help a friend enjoy the holidays. (more...)

Photo Coverage: National Ballet of China Brings THE PEONY PAVILION to Sadler's Wells
by Roy Tan - Dec 1, 2016

National Ballet of China's The Peony Pavilion is playing Sadler's Wells as part of the Out of Asia 2 season through 3 December 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the dancers onstage below! (more...)

MTC's MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBLERLEY Announces Extension
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Marin Theatre Company decks the halls-and stage-this holiday season with Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,by Playwright in Residence Lauren Gunderson, and  MTC's former Director of New Play Development Margot Melcon. This light-hearted continuance of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice picks up two years after the end of Austen's tale, with the focus this time on middle sister Mary Bennet, now a talented and confident young woman who comes into her own with curiosity and wit while visiting the Darcy household at Pemberley for the winter holiday.  (more...)

Mike Bartlett's EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON to Make U.S. Debut at Steep Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Steep Theatre will present the first professional U.S. production of Tony nominee and Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett's Earthquakes in London, opening January 26, 2017. Steep's production opens on the heels of another Chicago production of this enormously exciting playwright's work, the critically-acclaimed King Charles III at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Earthquakes will be helmed by one of Chicago's most exciting talents, Steep Ensemble Member and Jeff Award-winning director Jonathan Berry.  Berry recently directed Steppenwolf Theatre's Constellations, and, over the years, has consistently produced some of Steep's most notable shows, including Season 15's Posh by Laura Wade, which won the Non-Equity Jeff Award for Best Ensemble, and was nominated for Best Director and Best Production.  (more...)

Voices Carry: A Celebration of Irish Women Writing at Irish Arts Center 12/6
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Irish Arts Center, which projects a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, is pleased to present Voices Carry: A Celebration of Women Writing, December 6. Organized by author and playwright Honor Molloy and directed by Kira Simring, the event features Ms. Molloy and actors Gina Costigan, Angel Desai and Orlagh Cassidy in dramatic readings of 20th Century works spanning a variety of forms, including memoir, novels, poetry, drama, and radio. The featured texts-by renowned contemporary authors Anne Enright andEdna O'Brien; playwright Gina Moxley; and late writers including Leland Bardwell, Maeve Brennan, Elizabeth Bowen, Lucy Grealy, Maura Laverty, and Claire McAllister-explore the humor, depth, and resilience of Irish and Irish American women. (more...)

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