BWW Review: GEM OF THE OCEAN
by Linda Ann Watt - Sep 8, 2015

Tony Mullins captured the sentiment of Wilson's message beautifully. (more...)

Axis Theatre to Stage World Premiere of THE VAST MACHINE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2015

Axis Theatre will present the world premiere of The Vast Machine, a new play written and directed by Randy Sharp about the dilemmas facing the crew of a Slave Ship at sea in the Middle Passage. Performances will take place October 1- November 7 at Axis Theatre (1 Sheridan Square) in the West Village. (more...)

Zohar Films Announces Ambitious 6-Picture Development Slate
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2013

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ Screenwriter and company founder, Mylo Carbia, will announce the script development houses' new slate of projects at the Screenwriters World Conference this weekend in Los Angeles, CA. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Black Rep's Fascinating Production of EMERGENCY
by Chris Gibson - Sep 12, 2013

St. Louis is home to dozens of theatre companies, most of which have the same problem; finding a venue in which to perform. The Black Rep, which utilized the Grandel Theatre for many years, is now faced with this same issue. But, thankfully, they were able to find space at Washington University, using the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre for their latest presentation, playwright Danel Beaty's one-man show, EMERGENCY. For this particular show they've found a perfect fit. In fact, this must-see performance from actor Ron Conner is required viewing. (more...)

THE VAST MACHINE to Premiere at Axis Theatre, 10/8-11/7
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

Axis Theatre will present the world premiere of The Vast Machine, a new play written and directed by Randy Sharp about the dilemmas facing the crew of a Slave Ship at sea in the Middle Passage. Performances will take place October 1- November 7 at Axis Theatre (1 Sheridan Square) in the West Village. (more...)

THE VAST MACHINE Premieres Tonight at Axis Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2015

Axis Theatre will present the world premiere of The Vast Machine, a new play written and directed by Randy Sharp about the dilemmas facing the crew of a Slave Ship at sea in the Middle Passage. Performances will take place now through November 7 at Axis Theatre (1 Sheridan Square) in the West Village. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Kennedy Center Previews Paterson Joseph's SANCHO: AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE
by Michael Dale - Oct 8, 2015

Joseph plays Sancho Ignatius, composer, social satirist, general man of refinement and the first British-African to cast a vote. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Oct. 5
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2014

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, October 5, 2014. (more...)

BWW Review: Kennedy Center's SANCHO Struggles to Balance Personality and Character
by Benjamin Tomchik - Oct 26, 2015

It is not often that we see stories about slavery from a non-American perspective. Theater is meant to broaden our horizons and Sancho, with its flaws, does just that. (more...)

Rev. Harry Freiermuth Releases LO! JACARANDA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

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Axis Theatre Presents World Premiere of THE VAST MACHINE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2015

Axis Theatre will present the world premiere of The Vast Machine, a new play written and directed by Randy Sharp about the dilemmas facing the crew of a Slave Ship at sea in the Middle Passage. Performances will take place tonight, October 1, through October 24 at Axis Theatre (1 Sheridan Square) in the West Village. (more...)

THE VAST MACHINE to Premiere at Axis Theatre, 10/8-11/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

Axis Theatre will present the world premiere of The Vast Machine, a new play written and directed by Randy Sharp about the dilemmas facing the crew of a Slave Ship at sea in the Middle Passage. Performances will take place October 1- November 7 at Axis Theatre (1 Sheridan Square) in the West Village. (more...)

Sandy Brown's OH, YES SHE DID! Nominated for 2012 NAACP Theatre Award; Opens in LA and San Fran, 10/6 & 16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2012

HBO Actress/Comedienne & Producer/Playwright Sandy Brown's hit "Oh, Yes She Did!" is nominated for Best One-Person Show at 2012 NAACP Theatre Awards, and is launching weekly performances in both Los Angeles and San Francisco concurrently. (more...)

George S. Peart's New Biography Reveals Slave's Shocking Story
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2013

The first book in a series by George S. Peart, 'Basusu: An African's Quest of Hope, Courage, and Triumph' (published by iUniverse) follows the trials and tribulations of Basusu Mensua, ripped from his African home to become a slave, as he navigates his new life in a new world. (more...)

CPT to Present DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA, 5/21-6/6
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea by Nathan Alan Davis, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. The production stars emerging actor, poet, and hip hop artist Kalim Hill-a longtime participant in CPT's youth education programs-now a sophomore at Cleveland State University. (more...)

Althea Foster Says NOTHING LASTS FOREVER
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Althea Foster has recently released a historical novel that recreates the volatile atmosphere of Australia's Blackbirding Era. A brilliantly orchestrated tale of survival against seemingly impossible odds, 'Nothing Lasts Forever' (published by Xlibris AU) follows a young slave boy on a quest to reclaim the freedom and future that he lost. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Disappointing DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA at Cleveland Public Theatre
by Roy Berko - May 24, 2015

About fifteen years ago, an African American student on a Semester at Sea around the world educational cruise jumped overboard. The ship was sailing toward the Suez Canal, with Africa on the port side. The ship turned in the Gulf of Suez, and miraculously found the college student. The young man, after arriving back, stated that he had jumped overboard because he 'wanted to touch the water, that touched the land from which his forefathers were taken into slavery. He wanted to be reunited with his history.' (more...)

CPT Presents DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA, Now thru 6/6
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea by Nathan Alan Davis, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. The production stars emerging actor, poet, and hip hop artist Kalim Hill-a longtime participant in CPT's youth education programs-now a sophomore at Cleveland State University. (more...)

Naomi Wallace's THE LIQUID PLAIN Opens Tonight at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2015

Signature Theatre presents the New York Premiere of The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. The production runs now through March 29, 2015, with its opening slated for tonight, March 8, in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). (more...)

Elio Villafranca to Play Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

Cinqué - Suite of the Caribbean debuted in The Appel Room in 2015 and was one of the top concerts of the 2014-15 season. Cuban pianist and composer Elio Villafranca now brings this incredible project to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 16 and 17, 2016. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cameron Mackintosh's Production of LES MISERABLES Delights With The Updated Treatment of the Music and the Presentation
by Jade Kops - Mar 27, 2015

LES MISERABLES returns to Sydney with a reworked score, new music and reimagined staging, earning a standing ovation from the Opening Night Audience. Whilst many fans of the classic musical will be familiar with the 1985 original, they will not be disappointed with the new treatment and the wonderful Australian cast. (more...)

Axis Company to Present EVENING - 1910, 4/28-5/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

Playwright, songwriter and director Randy Sharp (Last Man Club, Edgar Oliver'sEast 10th Street and In the Park)and songwriter, guitarist and longtime Blondie member Paul Carbonara (Blondie) have teamed up again to create Evening - 1910, a new musical about an immigrant to 1910 New York and a Bowery theater facing eviction as the dawn of cinema becomes day. Axis Company, of which Sharp is the founding Artistic Director, will present the world premiere of the work April 28 - May 28. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: THE COLORED MUSEUM Celebrates and Skewers Black History
by Jan Nargi - Mar 17, 2015

It feels like it could have been written yesterday, but THE COLORED MUSEUM, now in a rollicking revival at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, Mass., was actually first produced in 1986. Written by the estimable Broadway playwright and director George C. Wolfe (Jelly's Last Jam, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches) and directed here with great panache by Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), this scathing "black black comedy" marches through 300 years of African American history by way of 11 funny but also penetrating living vignettes. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 3/17/2013
by BWW - Mar 17, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/17/2013 for Boston (more...)

CPT to Present DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA, 5/21-6/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea by Nathan Alan Davis, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. The production stars emerging actor, poet, and hip hop artist Kalim Hill-a longtime participant in CPT's youth education programs-now a sophomore at Cleveland State University. (more...)

Axis Theatre to Present World Premiere of THE VAST MACHINE This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Axis Theatre will present the world premiere of The Vast Machine, a new play written and directed by Randy Sharp about the dilemmas facing the crew of a Slave Ship at sea in the Middle Passage. Performances will take place October 1-24 at Axis Theatre (1 Sheridan Square) in the West Village. (more...)

A FISHER OF SLAVES is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

The Atlantic slave trade caused pain, death and misery for four centuries. While a number of stories have focused on the lives of slaves in the countries they landed in or specifically on their horrific journeys aboard ships, few have tackled the full spectrum of experiences involved. (more...)

The Ensemble Theatre Young Performers Present A Double Feature Children's Theatre Experience
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The Ensemble Theatre Young Performers Present A Double Feature Children's Theatre Experience: ANANSI THE SPIDER AND THE MIDDLE PASSAGE by Frank Higgins & TIME AND TIME AGAIN by Yunina Barbour-Payne. (more...)

Scoop: 60 MINUTES on CBS - Sunday, July 17, 2016
by - Jul 14, 2016

Get all the scoop on 60 MINUTES, airing on CBS on Sunday, July 17, 2016! (more...)

Chaa Creek Is Now Offering A 'Cultural Grand Tour' Of Belize
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

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Playwright, Poet and Activist Amiri Baraka Passes Away at 79
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2014

The New York Times reports today, January 9, 2014, playwright, critic, activist, and one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters, Amiri Baraka, has passed away after weeks of failing health. He was 79. (more...)

Ito Aghayere, LisaGay Hamilton & More to Star in Signature Theatre's THE LIQUID PLAIN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Signature Theatre has announced casting is confirmed and tickets are now on sale for the New York Premiere of The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. The production runs February 17 through March 29, 2015 with a March 8 opening night in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). (more...)

New Federal Theatre Dedicates 46th Season to Amiri Baraka
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre kicks off its 46th season with 'The Amira Baraka Project' - featuring a revival of his early acclaimed play Dutchman from 1964 and the world premiere of his final play, Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois), written fifty years later. Dutchman, directed by Woodie King Jr., will begin performances February 5th, with opening night set for February 20th at the Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street). This limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through March 8th only. (more...)

BET Networks to Air Its First-ever Miniseries "The Book of Negroes" Premiering Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8 PM ET/PT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2015

This Black History Month BET launches its first-ever event miniseries 'THE BOOK OF NEGROES,' a six-part historical drama in the tradition of Roots, based on Lawrence Hill's award-winning, Oprah Winfrey-listed novel (known in the United States as Someone Knows My Name). The highly anticipated television event will run over the course of three consecutive nights in two-hour installments starting Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8 PM ET/PT. (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Amiri Baraka
by Walter McBride - Jan 10, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, playwright, critic, activist, and one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters, Amiri Baraka, has passed away after weeks of failing health. He was 79. BroadwayWorld remembers the playwright below. (more...)

RSC Actor to Lead SANCHO: AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE for Shakespeare 400 Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) welcomes Oxford Playhouse's stirring SANCHO: AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE, starring celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph, as a part of the yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago celebration. (more...)

New Federal Theatre Kicks Off 46th Season with DUTCHMAN Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre kicks off its 46th season with 'The Amira Baraka Project' - featuring a revival of his early acclaimed play Dutchman from 1964 and the world premiere of his final play, Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois), written fifty years later. Dutchman, directed by Woodie King Jr., will begin performances tonight, February 5th, with opening night set for February 20th at the Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street). This limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through March 8th only. Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois) follows in May. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Signature Theatre presents the New York Premiere of The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. The production runs tonight, February 17 through March 29, 2015 with a March 8 opening night in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). (more...)

Naomi Wallace's THE LIQUID PLAIN Begins Tonight at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Signature Theatre presents the New York Premiere of The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. The production runs tonight, February 17 through March 29, 2015 with a March 8 opening night in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). (more...)

F. Ev'one yaY Eulasson Releases SOMETIMES THE DIASPORA BEGINS AT HOME
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2014

According to author F. Ev'one yaY Eulasson, there exist in some current societies the memory of ancestral involvement in past enslaving activities for which they have created ceremonies and graven images to atone for their forbearers' predatory practices. Many of the abducted unfortunates, besides being incorporated into the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (TAST), were sold into other slavery systems as well. (more...)

Broadway Vet & 'Waltons' Patriarch Ralph Waite Dies at 85
by TV News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Ralph Waite, best known as patriarch John Walton Sr. on the long-running 1970s TV series The Waltons, has passed away at his Palm Desert home on Thursday, February 13th. (more...)

Louisville's Frazier History Museum Hosts SPIRITS OF THE PASSAGE Exhibition thru 6/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2013

The Frazier History Museum invites guests to experience one of the most powerful and important exhibitions it has ever displayed. "Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade" explores the power of the human spirit through a display of nearly 150 historical objects covering more than 350 years. (more...)

Paterson Joseph to Bring SANCHO: AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE to BAM, 12/16-20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

SANCHO: AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE, conceived, written, and performed by Paterson Joseph and co-directed by Simon Godwin, will make its New York premiere at BAM Fisher this December. (more...)

Paterson Joseph Brings SANCHO: AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE to BAM This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

SANCHO: AN ACT OF REMEMBRANCE, conceived, written, and performed by Paterson Joseph and co-directed by Simon Godwin, will make its New York premiere at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Pl) this weekend, Dec 16-19 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec 20 at 3 p.m. (more...)

BWW Reviews: National Tour of LES MISERABLES at DC's National Theatre - Still Impressive in Revised Version
by Jeffrey Walker - Dec 16, 2012

Making its tenth visit to Washington, DC, LES MISERABLES is still impressive, boasting a revised look and sound and a dynamic duo Jean Valjean and Javert, Peter Lockyer and Andrew Varela. The national tour makes a holiday season stop at the National Theatre through December 30. (more...)

Kennedy Center to Host World Stages Series 2015-16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents World Stages in the 2015-2016 season. With a long history of presenting original global works, the Kennedy Center's International Programming brings leading companies and artists from the U.S. and abroad to present six cutting-edge works of theater, music, dance, and more as part of this season's World Stages. (more...)

LA Children's Chorus to Perform with Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Phil & More During 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

Los Angeles Children's Chorus (LACC), led by highly regarded Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson and acclaimed for its agile bel canto sound that has made it one of the nation's most in-demand children's choirs, announces its 2014-15 season, entitled "Celebrating American Song...California and Beyond." (more...)

Paterson Joseph to Star in Solo Show SANCHO at Birmingham Rep
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

Paterson Joseph's elegant one-man show Sancho - An Act of Remembrance, celebrating the extraordinary life of Charles Ignatius Sancho will receive its first full scale production this September at Birmingham Repertory Theatre prior to a tour in the USA that includes dates at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. (more...)

Author Marcus Rediker to Talk the Amistad in Connecticut, 8/17
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2013

Author and Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh Marcus Rediker visits the Custom House to discuss his newest publication, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, with an emphasis on details of the captives' stay in Connecticut. This is the first book in more than 20 years to recount the most famous slave rebellion in American history, and the story is told for the first time ever from the slaves' point of view. The talk will take place on Saturday, August 17 at 4 PM at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Reservations are required; call 860-447-2501. Member & students with a current ID-$8, all others $12. (more...)

Emerson Theater Collaborative Announces The Protest of Pharaoh's Daughter, 5/3-11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2013

Emerson Theatre Collaborative (ETC) announces the production of The Protest of Pharaoh's Daughter running from May 3 - May 11 at First United Methodist Church, 23 Willow St, Mystic, CT. General Admission: $25, Seniors and Students $20. For more information and to purchase tickets please go to www.emersontheatercollaborative.org, Ticket Leap or call (860) 705-9711. (more...)

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