TheatreSquared Presents Sharp and Funny Drama I AND YOU
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

TheatreSquared today announced the cast for Lauren Gunderson's critically acclaimed new drama, I And You, which begins performances October 12 in Northwest Arkansas. This "sharp and funny, buoyant" (Washington Post) new drama about the existential crisis of being an almost-adult is the winner of 2014 American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. Classmates but virtual strangers, Caroline and Anthony are thrust together by a school project - which, he sheepishly tells her, is due tomorrow. (more...)

The Haunted - and Not So Haunted - Theatres of Central Pennsylvania
by Marakay Rogers - Oct 28, 2013

Ghosts abound at some of Central Pennsylvania's theatres. But some of the ones that don't claim any spectral visitations might surprise you. In time for Halloween, here's a rundown on places where the ghosts are, and aren't, only on stage. (more...)

BWW's Top Ten TV gifs of the Week: BIG BANG, DOCTOR WHO, FREAKSHOW, ONCE UPON A TIME
by Kaitlin Milligan - Oct 27, 2014

There are so many great TV moments and BWW TV World brings you the Top 10 gifs in television over the last seven days! What was your favorite moment of the TV week? Are there any great TV gifs that we missed? Link to them in the comments below, or share them with us on Twitter@BWWTVWorld; we will RT our favorites! (more...)

MARIE ANTOINETTE, THE SPIRITUALIST & More Set for Stages Repertory Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

Stages Repertory Theatre's 37th season epitomizes both the spirit of adventure and innovation that launched the theatre and the extraordinary growth and expertise it has achieved in the years since. Highlights include four musical productions-a joyous world premiere production, an infectious international hit, and an obscure classic Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical-as well as three spectacular solo shows, an enchanting, timely comedy, and a searing modern take on a classic drama. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE SPIRITUALIST Boasts An Admirable Cast In An Interesting Play At Stages
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - May 7, 2015

BWW Reviews: The Spiritualist Is An Absorbing Tale With A Superb Cast Of Actors (more...)

THE SPIRITUALIST, THE FOOTBALL PROJECT & More Set for Arkansas New Play Festival, Beg. 5/18
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2012

TheatreSquared today announced the lineup for the 2012 Arkansas New Play Festival, the theatre's fourth annual celebration of new works for the stage. The festival will feature staged reading performances of four professional plays, a showcase of ten-minute plays by Arkansas high school students, and Northwest Arkansas's sixth annual 24-Hour Play-Off. In partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, T2's lineup of new works will also be presented at Oxford American Magazine's new venue in Little Rock (1300 Main Street, May 17-18). The lineup of events in Northwest Arkansas will take place at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville). Each new play reading will be followed by a conversation with the playwright, director and cast. (more...)

THE SPIRITUALIST, THE FOOTBALL PROJECT & More Set for Arkansas New Play Festival 2012
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2012

TheatreSquared today announced the lineup for the 2012 Arkansas New Play Festival, the theatre's fourth annual celebration of new works for the stage. The festival will feature staged reading performances of four professional plays, a showcase of ten-minute plays by Arkansas high school students, and Northwest Arkansas's sixth annual 24-Hour Play-Off. In partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, T2's lineup of new works will also be presented at Oxford American Magazine's new venue in Little Rock (1300 Main Street, May 17-18). The lineup of events in Northwest Arkansas will take place at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville). Each new play reading will be followed by a conversation with the playwright, director and cast. (more...)

Dark Comedy SHEKINAH Comes To La MaMa E.T.C 3/5-3/22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2009

'Shekinah,' a new dark comedy by Charles Case, directed by Peter S. Case, peels open the world of post-WWI spiritualist con artists. 'Shekinah,' a new dark comedy by Charles Case, revolves around the tragic, humorous and desperate lives of early twentieth century spiritualists. People who lost loved-ones to WWI or a child to polio made especially easy prey for these practitioners of mystic bunkum, who would abuse the desperate and those whose desperation made them blind. La MaMa E.T.C. will present the play in its First Floor Theater March 5 to 22, directed by Peter S. Case. (more...)

Michael McFaden's CITY OF LIGHT Debuts With Pair of Readings 3/30-31
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 27, 2012

City of Light, a new and original light opera set in The Spiritualist community of Lily Dale, New Yor-written by Michael McFaden, set to the music of Gilbert and Sullivan-will make its bow to the public in two staged readings on March 30 and 31 at Nashville's Global Education Center. (more...)

TheatreSquared's HAMLET Begins Performances 4/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

On April 10, TheatreSquared will launch its first mainstage Shakespeare production with the playwright's signature drama, Hamlet, starring Grant Goodman. The production is helmed by director Sean Patrick Reilly and features a professional cast including T2 associate artistic director Amy Herzberg. As Hamlet begins, the king has been poisoned by his own brother, who now claims the throne and queen. Visited by his father's ghost, Prince Hamlet learns of his uncle's treachery - and vows revenge. TheatreSquared's original production is on stage from April 10 through May 4, 2014, at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios in Fayetteville (505 W. Spring Street). Tickets range from $15-36 ($10/under 30) and are on sale now via the Walton Arts Center Box Office by calling (479.443.5600) or visiting theatre2.org. (more...)

BLITHE SPIRIT to Play The Sherman Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

On April 29, The Sherman Playhouse will open its 2016 Season with its premiere of Noel Coward's classic comedy, Blithe Spirit. (more...)

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New Book Shares True Story of Arthur Conan Doyle and the Paranormal
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

A new book documenting the extraordinary true story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's belief in spirits is released by publisher Life Is Amazing this month to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creator of Sherlock Holmes going public about his interest in the paranormal. 'Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light, 1887-1920' written by Matt Wingett traces the author's story from his earliest psychic experiments while working as a young doctor in Southsea, Portsmouth, to his dedication of the final decade of his life to Spiritualist missionary work, during which he became world leader of The Spiritualist movement. 'The new tv series, Houdini & Doyle, is great fiction,' says author Matt Wingett, 'but the truth in the book is far stranger - and more moving.' The book, the first of three on the subject projected by Life Is Amazing, reveals how Conan Doyle was fascinated by psychic phenomena throughout his life. He declared himself a Spiritualist as early as 1887, but didn't fully commit to the religion at this time. In the following years, he founded the Hampshire Psychical Society, investigated poltergeist activity, attended séances and was approached to join the mystical cult The Golden Dawn, of which 'the wickedest man in the world' Aleister Crowley was a member. Though Conan Doyle eventually declined this offer, he continued his psychic investigations. In 1916, after a series of inexplicable psychic events, Conan Doyle finally became convinced of the 'undeniable truth' of Spiritualism and began his missionary phase. 'Sir Arthur Conan Doyle travelled the country tirelessly, addressing hundreds of thousands of people,' says author Matt Wingett. 'He believed that Spiritualism was a new revelation, sent by God to console the bereaved who were experiencing the terrible grief that swept Europe during World War One. He published books on the subject and because of his great fame, caused deep controversy in the Church, in the Press and among scientists.' His dedication to the cause reached new heights after the death of his son Kingsley in 1918, whose spirit Conan Doyle was convinced spoke to him at a séance in Southsea in 1919. 'That was the moment he lost his objectivity,' says Matt Wingett. 'It left him open to hoaxers and frauds.' Though Harry Houdini later became good friends with Doyle, in the period the book covers, Conan Doyle would have been aware of the controversy around the great escapologist. 'Houdini started out as a fake medium,' says Matt Wingett. 'His fake séances were so convincing that many were adamant he must have real psychic powers. Think of the mystique of Derren Brown today. Their friendship was a double-edged sword to Conan Doyle, who sought to prove to Houdini that though he had faked some spiritual phenomena, not all such phenomena were fake.' 'Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light, 1887-1920,' is published by Life Is Amazing on 11th March, 100 years from the date of publication of Conan Doyle's letter that commenced his Spiritualist missionary phase. It is available direct from the publisher at www.lifeisamazing.co.uk, Waterstone's and through Amazon. The hardback is £25, paperback £12.99 Further Press contacts: Matt Wingett, matt@lifeisamazing.co.uk (more...)

Piper Theatre Productions to Open 10th Summer Season at Old Stone House
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

Now in its 15th year, Park Slope's Piper Theatre Productions (Piper) continues to produce innovative, accessible theater; foster emerging talent; and support local youth through a rigorous summer theater program. This summer, Piper is excited to partner with the Romanian Cultural Institute, travel to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, screen original student films alongside an indie work, and present fantastic family theater that will engage the community and excite veteran theatergoers and newbies alike. All performances are free and take place outdoors at the Old Stone House's Washington Park field on 4th Avenue in Park Slope.  (more...)

SHEAR MADNESS Extended at Stages Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Audiences and critics are loving Shear Madness! Many dates are already full, so due to popular demand, Stages Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce FOUR MORE WEEKS of performances. (more...)

16th Street Theater Extends EM Lewis' THE GUN SHOW Through 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

16th Street Theater announced the one week extension of EM Lewis' THE GUN SHOW directed by Kevin Christopher Fox now thru August 9 at North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th Street in Berwyn. Artistic Associate and actor Juan Francisco Villa turns the spotlight on Lewis' relationship with guns as he shares true stories from the playwright's personal experiences with firearms -- from a farming community in rural Oregon to Los Angeles and New York City. (more...)

Piper Theatre Productions Opens 10th Summer Season at Old Stone House Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Now in its 15th year, Park Slope's Piper Theatre Productions (Piper) continues to produce innovative, accessible theater; foster emerging talent; and support local youth through a rigorous summer theater program. This summer, Piper is excited to partner with the Romanian Cultural Institute, travel to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, screen original student films alongside an indie work, and present fantastic family theater that will engage the community and excite veteran theatergoers and newbies alike. All performances are free and take place outdoors at the Old Stone House's Washington Park field on 4th Avenue in Park Slope.  (more...)

Sean Patrick Reilly and Rebecca Harris to Star in GOOD PEOPLE at TheatreSquared, Beg. 2/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Good People, the humor-laced drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, will take the stage at TheatreSquared February 13 - March 9, 2014, directed by T2 co-founder and associate artistic director Amy Herzberg. (more...)

Free Outdoor Theatre! "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," World-Premieres "Mr. Splitfoot," and "The Buffalo Nickels Medicine Show" begins July 3!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 1, 2001

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Photo Flash: PHOTOS: ASSASSINATION THEATER: Chicago's Role in the Crime of the Century - August 11 - November 7, 2015 at Museum of Broadcast Communications
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TheatreSquared Artistic Director's FAULT Premieres Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Tonight, February 5, TheatreSquared will open performances of FAULT, the newest work by T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford (Look Away, The Spiritualist, My Father's War). Drama Desk Award-winner Josh Hecht directs the world premiere production. (more...)

Dark Comedy SHEKINAH Comes To La MaMa E.T.C 3/5-3/22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2009

'Shekinah,' a new dark comedy by Charles Case, directed by Peter S. Case, peels open the world of post-WWI spiritualist con artists. 'Shekinah,' a new dark comedy by Charles Case, revolves around the tragic, humorous and desperate lives of early twentieth century spiritualists. People who lost loved-ones to WWI or a child to polio made especially easy prey for these practitioners of mystic bunkum, who would abuse the desperate and those whose desperation made them blind. La MaMa E.T.C. will present the play in its First Floor Theater March 5 to 22, directed by Peter S. Case. (more...)

Sean Patrick Reilly and Rebecca Harris Star in GOOD PEOPLE at TheatreSquared, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Good People, the humor-laced drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, will take the stage at TheatreSquared tonight, February 13 - March 9, 2014, directed by T2 co-founder and associate artistic director Amy Herzberg. (more...)

Kelen Coleman Stars in CASSADAGA Coming to DVD 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2013

Starring Kevin Alejandro, Kelen Coleman, Louise Fletcher, Rus Blackwell, Hank Stone, J LaRose and Amy LoCicero, CASSADAGA comes to DVD Tuesday, December 31, 2013. (more...)

Kelen Coleman Stars in CASSADAGA Coming to DVD Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2013

Starring Kevin Alejandro, Kelen Coleman, Louise Fletcher, Rus Blackwell, Hank Stone, J LaRose and Amy LoCicero, CASSADAGA comes to DVD today, December 31, 2013. (more...)

BWW's Top Little Rock Theatre Stories of 2012
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 26, 2012

BroadwayWorld brings you the Best of Little Rock in the year 2012. Check out the Top Theatre Stories from each month during in the year 2012. We look forward to another exciting year of theatre in 2013! (more...)

TheatreSquared Stages World Premiere of THE SPIRITUALIST, Now thru 9/15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2013

TheatreSquared (T2) will begin its eighth season of professional theatre with the world premiere of The Spiritualist, by Robert Ford, a comedic drama based on the strange-but-true story of an English widow who claimed to channel the spirits of dead composers. (more...)

AMADEUS Launches TheatreSquared's 10th Anniversary Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller today announced the Tenth Anniversary Season, an ambitious lineup celebrating ten years of remarkable growth for Northwest Arkansas's professional theatre. (more...)

TheatreSquared to Stage World Premiere of THE SPIRITUALIST, 8/29-9/15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2013

TheatreSquared (T2) will begin its eighth season of professional theatre with the world premiere of The Spiritualist, by Robert Ford, a comedic drama based on the strange-but-true story of an English widow who claimed to channel the spirits of dead composers. (more...)

AMADEUS, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, FAULT and More Set for TheatreSquared's 10th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller today announced the Tenth Anniversary Season, an ambitious lineup celebrating ten years of remarkable growth for Northwest Arkansas's professional theatre. (more...)

Biographical Novel About Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace is Released
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Author Avi Sirlin and Aurora Metro Press are pleased to announce that their historical biographical novel, 'The Evolutionist' is receiving rave reviews. The Historical Novel Society says the book is 'Brimful of factual details... This novel will appeal to any reader interested in... the lives of the intrepid Victorian specimen hunters.' 'The Evolutionist' tells the story of one of Britain's most controversial and misunderstood Victorians, a man Sir David Attenborough called 'the most admirable character in the history of science' Alfred Russel Wallace. In 1858, Wallace earned equal credit with Charles Darwin for the discovery of our modern theory of evolution. But in an era that pitted science against faith, Wallace boldly declared his belief in both thus clashing headlong with London's scientific elite, including Darwin. More than 150 years later, Wallace has become the forgotten father of evolution. Book Description/Blurb: 1858. The Malay Archipelago. In these remote tropics, a young British naturalist, Alfred Wallace, toils in obscurity. He collects specimens-beetles, moths, ants and birds-that sell for pennies apiece in England. He also investigates ideas that perplex the world's leading scientific minds, an elite community that spurns him as a mere interloper. One night in his isolated jungle hut, suffering from fever and hallucination, Wallace solves the greatest mystery of the era: the origin of species. To circulate his discovery, he contacts a distant acquaintance-Charles Darwin. Unbeknownst to Wallace, Darwin has been secretly penning a near-identical version of the same evolutionary theory for twenty years. Wallace's fateful decision to confide in Darwin forges a unique bond between the two men. Darwin achieves world-renown and Wallace earns, if nothing else, widespread grudging respect. But then Wallace returns to England and takes up with The Spiritualist movement sweeping the nation. Devotion to spiritualism launches Wallace into a headlong clash not only with London's scientific establishment, but the man at its very center, Darwin. From oppressive jungle to mid-Victorian London, The Evolutionist tells of one man's determination to seek out his own truth. It is a story of perseverance and inspiration, science and faith, and ultimately, it is about the resilience of the human heart. 'The Evolutionist' is available in both print and ebook formats. Praise for 'The Evolutionist': A strongly impressionistic portrait of an undeservedly little-known scientist, The Evolutionist is a raptly compelling read.' - Midwest Book Review 'Sirlin weaves fact and fiction into an enthralling account... ' - Natalie Heng, The Star (Malaysia) '...If you've ever heard the theory of natural selection explained and thought, 'Why didn't I think of that?' then read this book and find out why. It took far more than just thinking about it; it took a lifetime of hardship and adventure.' - David Jones, author 'North American Wildlife' 'A wide audience beyond the scientifically curious will find this an easy read and come away with a richer understanding of the rigours of early scientific research - both in the field and in the halls of established theory.' - Professor Gene J. Parola, author 'The Devil to Pay' 'The Evolutionist is a triumph of biographical fiction, an utterly convincing character study of one of the most poignant figures in the history of science.' - Nowick Gray, author of 'Hunter's Daughter' 'An exciting adventure story well told.' - Peter Hobson, Shiny New Books Listen to a short (10 minute) interview with Avi on CBC Radio: https://soundcloud.com/cbcvictoria/writer-avi-sirlin-on-the-evolutionist-the-strange-tale-of-alfred-russel-wallace Book Details: 'The Evolutionist' By Avi Sirlin Publisher: Aurora Metro Press Published: November 2014 ISBN: 978-1906582531 ASIN: B00P8BNG48 Pages: 334 Genre: Historical Fiction; Biographical Novel About The Author: Avi Sirlin holds degrees in biology and law. For more than 15 years, he operated a law practice in downtown Toronto, with an emphasis on immigration, refugee and criminal law. He closed his practice in order to focus more on writing. Avi currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia. The Evolutionist is his first published novel. For review copies, author interviews, or more information please contact: Avi Sirlin Email: ajsirlin (at) gmail.com Website: http://www.avisirlin.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AviSirlin (more...)

TheatreSquared Announces Upcoming Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2013

TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Managing Director Martin Miller today announced TheatreSquared Season 8, the 2013/14 lineup of professional theatre at Northwest Arkansas's nationally acclaimed regional theatre. The five-play season includes the World Premiere of The Spiritualist by Robert Ford; 4,000 Miles, a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist by Amy Herzog; a new stage adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol; David Lindsay-Abaire's acclaimed new drama Good People; and Hamlet-TheatreSquared's first subscription Shakespeare production. Five-play packages start at $105 and may be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center subscription line at (479) 571-2785 or by visiting theatre2.org/subscribe. (more...)

THE SPIRITUALIST, THE FOOTBALL PROJECT & More Set for Arkansas New Play Festival 2012
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2012

TheatreSquared today announced the lineup for the 2012 Arkansas New Play Festival, the theatre's fourth annual celebration of new works for the stage. The festival will feature staged reading performances of four professional plays, a showcase of ten-minute plays by Arkansas high school students, and Northwest Arkansas's sixth annual 24-Hour Play-Off. In partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, T2's lineup of new works will also be presented at Oxford American Magazine's new venue in Little Rock (1300 Main Street, May 17-18). The lineup of events in Northwest Arkansas will take place at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville). Each new play reading will be followed by a conversation with the playwright, director and cast. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BLITHE SPIRIT at The Sherman Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

On Friday, April 29, The Sherman Playhouse will kick off its 2016 Season with the premiere of Noel Coward's classic comedy, BLITHE SPIRIT. The curtain rises at 8:00 p.m. for a four-week run. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

TheatreSquared Celebrates New Works During ARKANSAS NEW PLAY FEST
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2011

TheatreSquared announced today the lineup for the 2011 Arkansas New Play Fest, the theatre's third annual festival of new works. (more...)

Sherman Playhouse's BLITHE SPIRIT to Open 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

?On Friday, April 29, The Sherman Playhouse will kick off its 2016 Season with the premiere of Noel Coward's classic comedy, Blithe Spirit. The curtain rises at 8:00 p.m. for a four-week run. (more...)

Lauren Gunderson's I AND YOU Comes to Stages Repertory Theatre This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Seth Gordon, Associate Artistic Director of Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and director of past Stages productions The Whipping Man, The Spiritualist and The Unexpected Man, returns to Stages Repertory Theatre to direct the Regional Premiere of Lauren Gunderson's I AND YOU, running May 4 - 22, 2016. (more...)

TheatreSquared's HAMLET Begins Performances Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Tonight, April 10, TheatreSquared will launch its first mainstage Shakespeare production with the playwright's signature drama, Hamlet, starring Grant Goodman. The production is helmed by director Sean Patrick Reilly and features a professional cast including T2 associate artistic director Amy Herzberg. (more...)

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