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Arthur Mitchell to be Honored with Columbia Doctorate of Humane Letters
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Columbia University will confer the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on the legendary dance pioneer and social activist Arthur Mitchell this month, the Arthur Mitchell Project announced today. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stable Cable Lab Co. 2016 Spring Soirée and Fundraising Campaign Raised More than $6,000 on 5/5
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

Stable Cable Lab Co. raised more than $6,000 to fund the company's upcoming world premiere of In the Event of My Death by Lindsay Joy, directed by Padraic Lillis at its 2016 Spring Soiree (#SoireeDeMayo) in tandem with its online crowd funding campaign on May 5, 2016 at The New Theater Building.  The company's silent auction will continue online through May 19th, 2016 and features exclusive items including an evening with Andy Cohen of 'Watch What Happens Live' in the Bravo Clubhouse, a reading of a Manuscript with a professional written evaluation from Lucy Childs of Aaron Priest Literary Agency, a custom monologue written by Lindsay Joy, private yoga and tennis lessons, and more.  For more information and to bid visit www.stablecablelabco.org. (more...)

Central Works Extends ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON: JEKYLL AND HYDE
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

Central Works 2016 Season production of Gary Grave's  Robert Louis Stevenson: Jekyll and Hyde has extended for 4 more performances on June 16, 17, 18 at 8pm and June 19 at 5pm. Originally scheduled to run through June 12 the show now closes June 19 at 5 pm. Some performances of Robert Louis Stevenson: Jekyll and Hyde are at capacity or near sold out with limited availability on others, a wait list is available. For Information and reservations: 510.558.1381 or http://centralworks.org (more...)

Carly Kade Pens IN THE REINS
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Equestrian author Carly Kade has lived in the North, the East, the South and now the West. Having made two cross-country road trips with her beloved horse in tow, Carly knew when she arrived in Arizona that Scottsdale, 'The West's Most Western Town,' was the perfect place to release her debut novel. Since its Arizona launch at the end of 2015, In The Reins, a cowboy romance novel inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, has steadily climbed the charts to rave reviews. The book has been an equestrian best seller on Amazon for more than 10 weeks. (more...)

The National Queer Arts Festival and Circo Zero to Present BLANK MAP Next Month
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The National Queer Arts Festival and Circo Zero present BLANK MAP, a collective of artist-performer-musicians Adee Roberson, Brontez Purnell, keyon gaskin, Tasha Ceyan, and Wizard Apprentice, along with Stephanie Anne Johnson, Sampada Aranke, and Keith Hennessy. BLANK MAP plays June 3 through 12 (press opening: June 3) at Dance Mission Theater (3316 24th St.) in San Francisco. For tickets ($15-25) and more information, the public may visit circozero.org. (more...)

Amazon Announces the Third Indie Literary Prize for Spanish-Language Authors
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

(AMZN)-Amazon announced today the third Indie Literary Prize for Spanish-language authors. Independent authors can submit their previously unpublished fiction and non-fiction works through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), making their stories available to millions of readers around the world, and qualifying for the opportunity to have their work published in print and audio, translated into English, and distributed worldwide. Amazon invited Ismael Cala, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and International speaker to be the ambassador of the contest for the United States and Latin America for the second year. (more...)

Miller Theatre Announces 2016-17 Season of New Music, Early Music and Jazz
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts has announced its 2016-17 Season (more...)

Central Works Extends ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON: JEKYLL AND HYDE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Central Works 2016 Season production of Gary Grave's  Robert Louis Stevenson: Jekyll and Hyde has extended for 4 more performances on June 16, 17, 18 at 8pm and June 19 at 5pm. Originally scheduled to run through June 12 the show now closes June 19 at 5 pm. Some performances of Robert Louis Stevenson: Jekyll and Hyde are at capacity or near sold out with limited availability on others, a wait list is available. For Information and reservations: 510.558.1381 or http://centralworks.org (more...)

BWW Review: Stellar HEDDA GABLER at Antaeus Company: THE PISTOLS CAST
by Don Grigware - Jun 7, 2016

Ibsen's Hedda Gabler steeped in 19th century realism has never been presented with more visual splendor than in Antaeus' current production. It is their last in the NoHo space before moving to a new theatre in Glendale in the fall, but that is hardly the reason to see it. It is memorable all by itself for its splendid translation by Andrew Upton (2004) and glorious casts under the sterling direction of Steven Robman. Hedda (Nike Doukas in the Pistols ensemble) lives in a fantasyland, a world of her own creation, one which to her is remarkably perfect and beautiful. The opulent home of her husband professor Jorgen Tesman (JD Cullum) is to her, shabby and boring. She hates it as much as her marriage to him, so she envisions in her own mind how she wishes her life to be, controlling the destiny of those around her, viewing even death in terms of its beauty and ... freedom. Delusional or not, she refuses to give in to the will of others and thus remains the quintessential literary tragedienne of the 19th century. (more...)

Rare TITANIC Survivor Customs Card & Telegrams Go on Auction Block
by Movies News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

Lion Heart Autographs, for nearly forty years an internationally recognized dealer of autographs and Manuscripts focusing on art, history, literature, music and science has announced the opportunity to own several pieces of exceedingly rare memorabilia about the Titanic. (more...)

American Blues Theater Now Accepting Submissions for 2017 National Blue Ink Playwriting Award
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

American Blues Theater, Chicago's second oldest Equity Ensemble, under the continued leadership of Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside, announce the submission period for the 2017 National Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Playwrights are invited to submit one (1) Manuscript for consideration. The winner will have the opportunity to further develop their script with American Blues Theatre. The submission period runs July 1 - August 31, 2016. Submissions are accepted via email at BlueInk@AmericanBluesTheater.com. (more...)

THE NOTICER by Andy Andrews Hits Milestone
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Since its original release in May 2009, The Noticer by Andy Andrews has impacted readers across the globle. With continued word-of-mouth recommendations, marketing initiatives, and retail promotion, HarperCollins Christian Publishing has recently shipped the 500,000 th copy of the acclaimed title out into the marketplace. (more...)

BWW Review: Antaeus Appropriately Goes Out With a Bang With a Strong HEDDA GABLER
by Gil Kaan - Jun 3, 2016

Steven Robman's strong hand at brisky directing his very talented ensemble at a snappy pace makes this updated 19th century classic whizz by in its two-hour-and-twenty-minute length. Who knew Hedda Gabler was such a BITCH! As beautifully limmed by Jaimi Paige, her Hedda's the original Mean Girl. (more...)

PENTATONE Oxingale Series Releases Schubert Remasters
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

Two of Schubert's great masterpieces – as well as two of cellist Matt Haimovitz's most personally significant recordings – are now remastered and rereleased in SACD surround sound on the PENTATONE Oxingale series – the fifth release since PENTATONE and Oxingale Records joined forces at the beginning of 2015. (more...)

Orfeh and More to Join Joshua Morgan in THE NO RULES SHOW to Support Orlando
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents 'The No Rules Show' hosted by Joshua Morgan on June 25, 2016 at 11:30. Join Broadway's Joshua Morgan (L?es Mis)?at fabulous Feinstein's/54 Below for an evening that's 50% talkshow, 25% cabaret, 20% sketch comedy, and 5% WTF. (more...)

Patricia Montclair Signs with Emmy Winning Monica L. Fitzpatrick
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Patricia Montclair, author of Summer Lust: The Virgin Rhapsody, Summer Lust II: The Vampire Rhapsody, and Summer Lust III: The Club Rhapsody has chosen Emmy Winnig Monica L. Fitzpatrick to proofread and edit the next Manuscript of The Club Rhapsody for the paperback edition. 'Ms. Fitzpatrick happened to be reading one of my books, and found two errors,' said Ms. Montclair. 'I was astonished that she could find any errors in a book that had gone through three rounds of edits plus beta readers. She was kind enough to contact me and share the information.' Ms. Fitzpatrick stated that 'I love Patricia's writing and I just noticed the errors. I couldn't decide at first if I should tell her, but I took the chance that she would want to know...and here were are.' In addition to the work on the paperback edition of Summer Lust III: The Club Rhapsody, the contract includes a clause for Patricia's next book. When asked about this, Ms. Montclair said, 'I am not ready to share the details, but rest and assure I have not retired Jasmine and Alfredo, yet. I hope to have the paperback edition of Summer Lust III: The Club Rhapsody out before the end of September, and because of Monica, I am certain it will be a pristine edition.' (more...)

Summer Stages: No Rest for the Opera Crowd in the Northeast This Summer
by Richard Sasanow - Jun 21, 2016

Although the solstice doesn't officially appear for another week or so, the summer opera clock is already ticking. There's a plethora of performances going on all over New York City, in addition to interesting, entertaining and fascinating productions that are just a hop, skip and jump away. Among them: Lincoln Center's Lincoln Center Festival and Mostly Mozart and On Site Opera's West Village venue, to the more bucolic realms of Bard SummerScape in Dutchess County (NY) for Mascagni and Caramoor in Katonah (NY) for Rossini and Beethoven. (more...)

Leaf Press Announces Promotion Campaign for Author
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Leaf Press has launched author promotion campaign by providing attractive services to the authors. Leaf Press publishes books, journals, magazines, anthologies, and textbooks both in soft copies and in hard copy with ISBN. Self-Publishing Leaf Press helps authors self-publish their creative works. Although Leaf Press is a self-publishing organization, it follows strong editorial process to select a Manuscript. It does not accept all the submissions that it receives in the same way as traditional publishing goes. Print-on-Demand Leaf Press publishes books as print-on-demand (POD). This is the best option for those who want to establish their career as authors at a very cheap cost. Authors may choose this option to get their books available in print format. However, for the first time, the authors need to go by a certain number of copies. As Leaf Press needs to distribute the books to various places. Later on, the books will be available to print as per order by the readers. Distribution and Marketing Leaf Press has a strong database of libraries in India and abroad. It distributes the books to such libraries in India and overseas in some cases. Leaf Press enlists books on more than 50 bookstores worldwide. Not only that the books are sent to the book reviewers for reviews and publication. Consultancy Leaf Press offers consultancy on publishing career to the authors for free through video calls. It provides complete guidance through how to finish an authors' writing project, how to design Manuscripts to make them print ready, which publishing platforms they must select, how to promote the work, how to grow readership base in India and abroad, and many more things. (more...)

Paulo Coelho to Release New Novel This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

NEW YORK, June 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Paulo Coelho, the bestselling author of The Alchemist and other works whose books have sold 200 million copies in 160 countries has written a new novel based on the life of Mata Hari. THE SPY will be published simultaneously in English language territories around the world on November 22, and it will be published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf. The announcement was made today by Anne Messitte, Executive Vice President, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. (more...)

OUTCRY: HOLOCAUST MEMOIRS Hits #1 on Amazon Best Seller's List
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Holocaust survivor Manny Steinberg finds peace with the success of his print and audio book being read by thousands. (more...)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Star Joins Cast of Off-Broadway's THE GOLDEN BRIDE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Rachel Zatcoff (coming directly from a run as Christine in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway) has joined the cast of THE GOLDEN BRIDE (Di Goldene Kale), which returns for a limited Off-Broadway engagement beginning July 4th. As originally presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene [NYTF] in December of 2015, the production was nominated for 2 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical. Featuring a cast of 20 and an orchestra of 14, this rare glimpse back into musical theater history will run through August 28 at The Museum of Jewish Heritage's Edmond J. Safra Hall. (more...)

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company's MAN OF LA MANCHA Opens This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company launches its 80th anniversary season with an epic musical adventure. MAN OF LA MANCHA begins performances on JUNE 28 with all of the fanfare one would expect from Vermont's longest-running professional theatre company. A bold and charismatic cast comes together with a renowned creative team to present Cervantes' legendary tale on the company's historic MainStage. (more...)

Lawrence R. Deering Pens THE HART OF JOHN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

William Hart didn't receive his parents' charisma or bravado, but he did end up with their good looks and intellect. He turns to that amazing intellect to find a lost Manuscript related to an alternate version of the book of Revelation he found in his uncle's papers - the same uncle who founded an organization uniting the major religions of the world while creating a massive military peacekeeping force. As this new novel released by Dog Ear Publishing reveals, what happens during Hart's quest could forever change history. The Brotherhood of Man had been founded 30 years earlier by Hart's uncle, Aaron Davis. Hart's mother, Esther, was an officer and co-owner of the company until she was led to leave with his father, a famous documentarian. Esther eventually betrayed her brother, revealing the truth about Aaron and the Brotherhood - and his quest for world power and eventual downfall. Now William, a professor of religious studies who is proficient in Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin and Greek, works to find a lost Manuscript he believes contributed to his uncle's rise to power. But he's not the only one looking for it. Paul Rutledge, a Satanist with powers of his own, is relentless in his pursuit of the Manuscript for his own purposes. The search will take William, his parents and friends thousands of miles and put them in danger. 'The Hart of John' tells the story of an ambitious man who needs a successor, a faithful young woman afraid for her life and that of her unborn child, and a passionate follower who believes he's Satan's emissary on earth. If the alternate version of the book of Revelations becomes known, it will shake the very foundation of Christianity and the world. This classic tale of good vs. evil creates heart-racing moments and bone-chilling realizations that change the concept of God and the devil himself. Author Lawrence R. Deering began writing after spending more than 35 years as a health-care executive. He is passionate about music and has been building a vinyl record collection for more than 40 years. His Southern Baptist roots are reflected in his books, which often explore the effect of organized religion on lives. Deering and his wife, Lisa, live in Orlando and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He also wrote 'Youth Group' and 'The Brotherhood.' For additional information, please visit www.theHartofJohn.com The Hart of John Lawrence R. Deering Dog Ear Publishing ISBN: 978-1-4575-4469-9 332 pages $15.99 US Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere. About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Dog Ear Publishing reviews services and other book marketing services are available to connect great content with interested readers. Self-publishing services are available globally at www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis. Dog Ear Publishing - self-publishing that actually makes sense. (more...)

Downstair Cabaret Theatre Will Present FRON TRAGEDY TO TRANSCENDENCE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2016

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre is pleased to announce 2 performances only of From Tragedy to Transcendence: Bach, Casals, and the Six Suites for Cello Solo, featuring Steven Hancoff. On the very day that Pablo Casals' father bought the 13-year old child his first cello, Casals came upon a dusty Manuscript of Bach's Cello Suites in an obscure second-hand bookstore near the Barcelona docks. No one had ever actually played the Cello Suites from the time Bach composed them in 1720. Casals practiced them daily for 12 years before he had the courage to present one in public. Now world-renowned jazz guitarist Steven Hancoff brings Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for Cello Solo back to glorious life through his remarkable acoustic guitar transcriptions in this telling of the Life of Sebastian Bach, his Legacy, and the Life of Pablo Casals. Performances are Saturday, July 16 at 8:00pm and Sunday, July 17 at 2:00pm at Downstairs Cabaret at Winton Place, 3450 Winton Place, Brighton-Henrietta (convenient free parking and handicapped accessible). Tickets are $25 general admission and may be purchased in advance by calling (585) 325-4370. Discounts are available for seniors (age 60 and above), groups (10 or more), full-time students (age 22 and under), military personnel, and DCT Members. The performance runs 2 hours with one 10-minute intermission. More information is available at www.DownstairsCabaret.org and www.stevenhancoff.com. (more...)

Author Bill Craig Pens New Thriller, PAPA'S LEGACY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Bill Craig's bestselling Marlow mysteries are set in Key West, the southernmost point in the continental US. An end-of-the-road town, it is closer to Havana than to Miami. Key West has been a literary haven for many well-known authors from Tennessee Williams to Robert Stone, John Ciardi to Annie Dillard, Shel Silverstein to Hunter S. Thompson, Judy Blume to Stuart Woods. Perhaps most notably, it was a home to Ernest Hemingway. (more...)

'The City of Vines: A History of Wine in Los Angeles' Wins 2016 California Historical Society Book Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

The California Historical Society (CHS) and Heyday have announced the winner of the 2016 California Historical Society Book Award: 'The City of Vines: A History of Wine in Los Angeles,' a rediscovery of where California's wine industry began and a chronicle of its one-hundred-year history as the leader of the Golden State's viticulture industry. (more...)

Palm Beach Poetry Festival to Return to Delray Beach with Over 12 Prize-Winning Poets This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Susan R. Williamson, Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival (PBPF), today announced that the 13th annual festival is returning to Old School Square for six days, January 16-21, 2017. Special Guest Poet Palm will be Charles Simic, past United States Poet Laureate (2007-2008) and 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner. (more...)

Scholastic Announces Graphix Author-Artists Contest
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

SAN DIEGO, July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company, has announced a contest to find talent to debut on its acclaimed Graphix imprint for children and teen readers. Graphix focuses on creator-driven books that bring exceptional art, rich content, and strong storytelling to realistic fiction, memoir, fantasy, and more. The Graphix imprint is committed to finding and championing new voices in the children's graphic novel space. This contest will seek submissions from debut comic artists who are U.S. residents, 18 years or older, and who are unpublished and not currently under contract to publish a book with another publisher. Up to five winning entries will be selected to receive an offer to publish their work with Graphix and a $15,000 advance. The full contest rules and submission requirements, including information about what the Graphix editorial team looks for in Manuscript proposals, can be found at the contest's dedicated website: www.Scholastic.com/GraphixContest. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. (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...)

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Reduced Shakespeare Company
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 21, 2016

We speak to the Reduced Shakespeare Company about their 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play. (more...)

The UCSB Department of Theater and Dance presents HELEN by Euripides
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

The UCSB Department of Theater and Dance, thanks to the Argropoulos Endowment in Hellenic studies, brings forward a touch of the ancient past by presenting Helen by Euripides on July 29th and 30th in the Studio Theater. (more...)

Carrie Mae Weems to Helm GRACE NOTES: REFLECTIONS FOR NOW at Yale Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre's 2016-17 No Boundaries performance series begins with GRACE NOTES: REFLECTIONS FOR NOW, directed by Carrie Mae Weems, September 9 and 10 at 8PM at the University Theatre (222 York Street). (more...)

BWW Review: ADELAIDE CONCERT COLLECTIVE - MOZART AND BACH Presented Old Favourites
by Barry Lenny - Jul 16, 2016

This was a very well crafted performance of two relatively familiar works by JS Bach and Mozart. (more...)

New Folger Shakespeare Library Exhibition is Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Explore how the literary celebrity of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen has put contemporary readers on a first-name basis with these centuries-old writers. (more...)

Utah Shakespeare Festival Will Feature Five Premieres in 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2016

At the end of a three-day celebration of the Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2016 season and the opening of the new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts Saturday night, the Festival's artistic directors shifted everybody's sights ahead, and drew more applause and excitement, when they announced the plays for the 2017 season. (more...)

BWW Review: 'Impossible Dream' Realized in Marriott's MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Teresa Budasi - Jul 1, 2016

From the haunting opening notes to the robust finale, there's not a wrong note in Marriott Theatre's latest musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA. (more...)

Lakewood Theatre Company to Present MAN OF LA MANCHA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

 'The Impossible Dream,' one of the great songs of the American musical theatre, will lift the hearts of audiences with its message of courage and the search for truth as Lakewood Theatre Company concludes its 63rd season on Friday April 29, 2016 with the award-winning musical, Man of La Mancha. The production sponsors for Man of La Mancha are Bill & Barbara Warner & Dr. Fritz Camp. (more...)

Michelle Martin Dobbins Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Children's Book
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C., April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Author Michelle Martin Dobbins is bringing her considerable talents to the world of picture books with 'My Heart is in Afghanistan.' Written for children who have a military parent deployed abroad, the book features illustrations by artist Daniela Frongia and an emotional, compelling story to which many young readers will relate. Dobbins and her team have launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring 'My Heart is in Afghanistan' to life. (more...)

NYTF to Remount THE GOLDEN BRIDE Off-Broadway This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

One of the most acclaimed musicals of 2015 returns for a limited engagement. Beginning July 4th, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene [NYTF] presents an encore of the first Off-Broadway revival of the lost Yiddish-American hit operetta THE GOLDEN BRIDE (Di Goldene Kale).  (more...)

Jeff Beck to Release New Studio Album This July
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Announced today, in conjunction with this summer's U.S. tour, JEFF BECK will release a new studio album on July 15. (more...)

THE GOLDEN BRIDE to Offer Behind-the-Scenes Event in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Nominated for 2 Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical), THE GOLDEN BRIDE is a 1923 Yiddish musical comedy that returned to the stage this past winter for the first time in almost 70 years. (more...)

Cape Rep Sets Summer 2016 Theatrelab Offerings
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Cape Rep Theatre, 3299 Rt. 6A, Brewster, is pleased to announce the continuation of its professional theater training program, TheatreLab.  (more...)

BWW Review: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY: A Cauldron Full of Belly Laughs at the Folger from the Reduced Shakespeare Company
by Ellen Burns - Apr 26, 2016

There is but poor substitute for a trio of fools on a romp to entertain; nay, but it is futility at its finest to resist the siren call of slapstick's song. Anyone else have the urge to, as I call it, "Shakespeak" after an evening of Shakespeare? No? Just me? Ok, well no matter. In any pentameter, the Reduced Shakespeare Company's (RSC) Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor and Teddy Spencer are very, very funny; fearless, quick witted, masters of quick change and, most importantly, having a blast on stage, which means the audience is likely to have fun too. The RSC has a long history of taking gargantuan themes (think American history, The Bible, Hollywood) and mining them for laughs, and, inspired by a 2010 visit to the Folger, creating a work that covered the Shakespearean universe in one "holy grail" of a play, seemed an obvious mission to them. (more...)

Ain Gordon World Premiere Set for Painted Bride Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

1972: Dr. John Fryer dons an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous and confront the American Psychiatric Association with these words: 'I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist.' The latest work by renowned theatre artist Ain Gordon, 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous, is a new play drawn from the 217 boxes of archive materials from national LGBT activist of Dr. John Fryer discovered by Ain Gordon during his two-year embedded artist status at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP). This new work is set to run, May 5-7, at the Painted Bride Arts Center, 230 Vine Street. All performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Painted Bride and Historical Society of Pennsylvania members can save $5. Tickets and more information are available online at www.paintedbride.org or by phone at 215.925.9914. (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse to Present THE WHO AND THE WHAT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Gulfshore Playhouse (www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org) - Southwest Florida's premier professional theatre - is pleased to announce its upcoming production of The Who and the What, a poignant and funny play about identity, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar, scheduled for April 30 through May 15 at The Norris Center in Naples. (more...)

Randall Lee Dockstader Releases SOPHISTICATION HONORS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

With the aim of imbuing the knowledge and truth regarding the medical and all legal criteria for veterans' benefits, author Randall Lee Dockstader pens his latest book titled 'SOPHISTICATION HONORS: SYNCRONIC DESTINY' (published by Trafford Publishing). Emphasizing the process of attaining, receiving and maintaining Veterans Administration benefits, this book imbues and embellishes veterans' hopes for benefits in a positive winning way. (more...)

Met Museum Exhibition to Celebrate Artistic, Technological, Cultural Legacy of the Seljuqs
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Opening April 27 at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the landmark international loan exhibition Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs features spectacular works of art created in the 11th through 13th century from Turkmenistan to the Mediterranean. (more...)

Chris Stone Releases POETIC JUSTICE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

A Vietnam War veteran's writing has earned recognition from Dog Ear Publishing, which presented its Award of Literary Excellence to his second novel, 'Poetic Justice.' The book is just the second this year to earn the company's literary award. Dog Ear's editorial team decides which products qualify for the award, and the recommendations are then reviewed by the managing editor, editorial services manager, and the publisher. 'I was actually very surprised to have received the award,' author Chris Stone said. 'It is very much appreciated.' Although Stone modestly admits he's only a 'novice novelist,' he also admits he knows how to spin a good story. 'My one goal in writing these books is to have each reader 'feel' the story and become part of its emotions and situations,' he said. 'I hope I have been successful thus far. The award makes me feel that I may have achieved this goal. It's a real shot in the arm for a new novelist.' Stone has been writing poetry and songs for many years, but he began writing novels in 2014, simply deciding one morning to start writing a story that had been in his thoughts. The result would be his first book, 'Adoption,' published in 2015 through a different publisher. ('We all make mistakes,' Stone joked.) He had already completed the Manuscript for 'Poetic Justice' by then. The southern Massachusetts resident finds that writing a novel is easier than writing poetry. 'I open the valve in my head, and the stories just pour out like water form a faucet,' he said. 'Yes, I do have to go back and make corrections, but the stories just seem to flow naturally.' In fact, he's almost finished his third book, 'Consummate Darkness.' Having fun while writing is one of the reasons Stone continues to create new work. 'I'm proud of this book because I had such a blast writing it!' he said. 'It is a great story and the characters were fun to develop. I love twists and unexpected situations. I'm not a believer in long, drawn-out chapters but, rather, want to keep the pace moving and the reader captured by the storyline and action.' 'So many people have said that they could not put my first novel down, and those who have read the sample copies of 'Poetic Justice' are saying the same thing.' The page-turning aspect of the book is one reason it was singled out for the excellence award. As Dog Ear editor Christina Guthrie wrote, 'Poetic Justice' is a fun and fast-paced read. The author does an excellent job setting the scene and describing characters, and with plenty of twists and turns in the story, you'll have a hard time putting this book down!' In the novel, Douglas Pennington realizes after his latest mission in the Middle East that he's become a walking killing machine created by his own government. Even more sobering is the realization that he is just fine with that. His unfeeling approach to missions catches the eye of a secret group committed to getting justice when traditional judicial and legal systems fail. When he's recruited to join The Council to assassinate chosen targets, Pennington becomes one of the world's most lethal men. A chance encounter with a woman changes his life, but The Council won't let go of one of its most valuable resources without a fight. The ensuing betrayals, twists and intrigue create an unforgettable story. Dr. John Manhold of Sarasota, Fla., a good friend of Stone's, has been a source of support since his first book and influential in urging Stone to keep writing. The fellow novelist, textbook writer and retired professor has said he's impressed that 'Poetic Justice' was given the award. Stone's wife, Peggy, is his biggest supporter and has been helping market the books. 'She was tickled pink that 'Poetic Justice' was recognized as an excellent work, and I think we both sit back and wonder why I waited so long to start writing novels,' Stone said. He added that Dog Ear Publishing has been a joy to work with and its team has been very supportive. 'I only wish I had used Dog Ear for the release of my first book,' he said. 'My third and fourth books will be coming your way this year.' Stone, a grandfather, and great-grandfather, plans to keep writing as long as he can. For additional information, please visit www.ChrisStoneBooks.com. Poetic Justice Chris Stone Dog Ear Publishing ISBN: 978-1-4575-4456-9 244 pages $12.95 US Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere. (more...)

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON: JEKYLL AND HYDE to Run 5/14-6/12 at The Berkeley City Club
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Central Works 2016 Season continues on May 14th with the world premiere of Gary Grave's  Robert Louis Stevenson: Jekyll and Hyde (May 14 to June 12). (more...)

Dorian 'D-Strong' Murray Shares LEAVING A MARK
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

SILVERTON, Ore., April 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Dorian 'D-Strong' Murray, the 8-year-old diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer, dreamt of being famous, then achieved it through the power of the internet. Though Dorian succumbed to the illness earlier this month, efforts not only to continue his legacy but also to provide support for other families takes its first step today with the release of Leaving a Mark, a children's book co-authored by Murray and Nicole DeRosa Cannella and released through Lampion Press. (more...)

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