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Topdog/Underdog is one of the most powerful dramas in the American theater. Acclaimed for its taut theatricality and surprising humor, the play tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth-names given to them as a joke by their father.


MTC Kicks Off 50th Season with AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Marin Theatre Company opens its 50th Anniversary Season with Tracy Letts' August: Osage County. The play debuted at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, IL, moving directly to Broadway in 2007. Following its TONY® Award-winning NYC run, the production began its US National Tour in 2009. It has since enjoyed successful runs at theatres around the world, however MTC's production will be one of the first professional productions in the Bay Area since the Broadway tour in 2009. (more...)

Windy City Playhouse Announces Casting for APARTMENT 3A
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's most sophisticated theater, presents the Chicago premiere of Apartment 3A by Emmy award-winning, twice Tony award-nominated actor/musician Jeff Daniels. (more...)

Arnetia Walker, Michael Cumpsty and More Set for MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, Starting Tonight at Two River Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2016

Two River Theater presents August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The production will run tonight, September 10, through October 9, 2016, with the opening night on Friday, September 16 at 8pm. (more...)

Windy City Playhouse Announces Casting for APARTMENT 3A
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's most sophisticated theater, presents the Chicago premiere of Apartment 3A by Emmy award-winning, twice Tony award-nominated actor/musician Jeff Daniels. (more...)

THE CHRISTIANS to Continue Steppenwolf Theatre's 41st Season This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Steppenwolf continues its 41st season with the Chicago premiere of Lucas Hnath's The Christians directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman. (more...)

Robert Sean Leonard, Ken Ludwig, Josh Rhodes Slated for The Old Globe's 2017 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the remaining productions in its 2017 Summer Season, including a brand-new comedy, Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood!, and a Summer Shakespeare Festival lineup featuring Robert Sean Leonard in the title role of the towering history play Richard II, directed by Erica Schmidt. Shakespeare's exhilarating tragedy Hamlet follows, directed by Old Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, one of the leading American authorities on the works of Shakespeare. (more...)

The Theatre School at DePaul to Set ROMEO AND JULIET in the Landscape of Black Lives Matter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

The Theatre School at DePaul University will present Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and directed by Cameron Knight on the Fullerton Stage at The Theatre School at DePaul University. The production opens on Friday, November 4th, and runs through Sunday, November 13, 2016. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Previews are on November 2 and 3 at 7:30 PM.  (more...)

New Revival of Suzan-Lori Parks' TOPDOG/UNDERDOG to Hit NYC This November
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Ugo Chukwu and Donaldo Prescod star as Lincoln and Booth, two presciently named, African American brothers, attempting to find their version of the American Dream. (more...)

Tony-Winning Broadway Producer Behind HAIRSPRAY, JERSEY BOYS Dies at 69
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Rick Steiner passed away last week, November 3, in Cincinnati. He was 69. (more...)

The Theatre School at DePaul to Set ROMEO AND JULIET in the Landscape of Black Lives Matter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

The Theatre School at DePaul University will present Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and directed by Cameron Knight on the Fullerton Stage at The Theatre School at DePaul University. The production opens today, November 4th, and runs through Sunday, November 13, 2016. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Previews are on November 2 and 3 at 7:30 PM.  (more...)

Jonathan Abarbanel and Derrick Sanders Set for Post-Show Talk at Raven's RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

A third audience engagement event has been added to the list of special events surrounding Raven Theatre's production of Red Velvet, which details the story of Ira Aldridge, who in 1833 became the first black actor to play Othello on a London stage. (more...)

Mayor Walsh & Billy Porter to be Honored at Huntington's SPOTLIGHT SPECTACULAR
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

 Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Tony Award-winning artist and Topdog/Underdog director Billy Porter will be honored with the Wimberly Award at the 2017 Spotlight Spectacular on Monday, April 24, 2017. The Huntington's festive annual event raises money to support the Huntington's programs, including its award-winning youth, education, and community initiatives that reach more than 30,000 annually. (more...)

BWW Interview - Harold Perrineau Talks Contemporary Relevancy of THE CHERRY ORCHARD
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 11, 2016

Talented actor Harold Perrineau speaks exclusively with BWW about the relevancy of this classic story in today's times. (more...)

New Revival of Suzan-Lori Parks' TOPDOG/UNDERDOG Hits NYC Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

Ugo Chukwu and Donaldo Prescod star as Lincoln and Booth, two presciently named, African American brothers, attempting to find their version of the American Dream. (more...)

Jonathan Abarbanel and Derrick Sanders Set for Post-Show Talk at Raven's RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

A third audience engagement event has been added to the list of special events surrounding Raven Theatre's production of Red Velvet, which details the story of Ira Aldridge, who in 1833 became the first black actor to play Othello on a London stage. (more...)

Billy Porter's New Album to Spotlight Richard Rodgers with Help from Cynthia Erivo and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

Bee & El and Sony Masterworks Broadway announced today that Tony & Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter will release a new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers, in April 2017. (more...)

UC San Diego presents Family-Friendly Show, ANANSI: THE STORY KING
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

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Ivo van Hove's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, THE WOLVES and More Slated for Goodman Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

Artistic Director Robert Falls announces Goodman Theatre's new 2017/2018 Season, which builds on the theater's 40-year commitment to producing works that are representative of American society. In announcing the new season, Falls serves up a dynamic mix of works from culturally and aesthetically diverse playwrights-new plays and revisited classics that address the most significant issues facing the country today. (more...)

Billy Porter Assembles the Cream of the Crop for THE SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS Album
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter's new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers, will be released April 14, 2017 and will be available for pre-order tomorrow (Friday, March 3), it was announced today by Bee & El and Sony Masterworks Broadway. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Porter-Helmed TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at Huntington
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

The Huntington Theatre Company presents the explosive Pulitzer Prize winner Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk Award winner Billy Porter (The Colored Museum at the Huntington and Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway). Performances run now through April 9, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at Huntington
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

The Huntington Theatre Company presents the explosive Pulitzer Prize winner Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk Award winner Billy Porter (The Colored Museum at the Huntington and Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway). Performances run now through April 9, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. Click below to watch a trailer for the show! (more...)

Huntington Theatre Co Announces Special Events In Conjunction With TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

In conjunction with its upcoming production of Topdog/Underdog the Huntington Theatre Company will host a number of special events and post-show conversations. Admission to onsite post-show events is free with a ticket to Topdog/Underdog, available at huntingtontheatre.org/topdog by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the BU Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) and Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) box offices. Tickets start at $25. Performances begin Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre. (more...)

APPROPRIATE, 'FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS' and More Set for Season 29 at Actor's Express
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2016

Actor's Express announces its 29th Season including two Tony Award winners and three Atlanta premieres. (more...)

CoHo & Profile Present BOOK OF GRACE + CoHo Lab this August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

In 2002, Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog. Her other plays include Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, &3), In the Blood, Venus, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Fucking A, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom and The America Play. In 2007 her 365 Days/365 Plays was produced in more than seven hundred theaters worldwide. Ms. Parks is a MacArthur Fellow and Master Writer Chair at The Public Theater. (more...)

Arnetia Walker, Michael Cumpsty and More Set for MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Two River Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Two River Theater announces the cast and creative team for its production of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The production will run September 10-October 9, 2016, with the opening night on Friday, September 16 at 8pm. (more...)

Tony Winner Billy Porter to Helm Huntington Theatre Company's TOPDOG/UNDERDOG in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Tony Award winner Billy Porter will return to the Huntington to direct next seasons Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks. Mr. Porter directed the Huntington's 2015 production of George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum and is currently performing on Broadway in Wolfe's production of Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. Topdog/Underdog will perform March 10 - April 9, 2017 at the BU Theatre/Avenue of the Arts. (more...)

Cast Complete for Geffen Playhouse's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, Starring Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

The Geffen Playhouse today announced the full cast for its production of Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Long Day's Journey Into Night, directed by Jeanie Hackett. (more...)

David Rasche and Kecia Lewis to Lead THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience has announced the performance schedule, cast and creative team for director Arin Arbus's new staging of Thornton Wilder's comic masterpiece The Skin of Our Teeth, the first major New York production since 1998. (more...)

Justin Weaks, Frankie Faison, Charlayne Woodard, Roscoe Orman and More Sign on for BUD, NOT BUDDY at Kennedy Center; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the full casting for the world premiere of Bud, Not Buddy, a new play by Obie Award winner Kirsten Greenidge, adapted from Christopher Paul Curtis's acclaimed Newbury Medal winning novel, with music by world-renowned jazz artist and composer Terence Blanchard. (more...)

Portland Actors Conservatory to Present Modern Riff on The Scarlet Letter, IN THE BLOOD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Pulitzer Prize- and Obie Award-winning writer Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) has written a haunting adaptation on Nathaniel Hawthorne's famed novel The Scarlet Letter. (more...)

Stars Set for Billy Porter-Helmed TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at the Huntington
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

The Huntington Theatre Company presents the explosive Pulitzer Prize winner Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk Award winner Billy Porter (The Colored Museum at the Huntington and Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway). Performances run March 10 - April 9, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. (more...)

World Premiere of HOW TO USE A KNIFE at Unicorn Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Will Snider's How to Use a Knife is a world premiere play bursting with energy, secrets and suspense. It isn't easy running a busy restaurant kitchen in New York City, but it may be the last chance Chef George gets to turn his life around. (more...)

NFL's Eddie George Headed Back to the Courtroom for CHICAGO Tour in Akron
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

The touring company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago will welcome NFL Legend and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George in the role of 'Billy Flynn' for a special two-night engagement at Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall, May 9 & 10, 2017, as part of the Broadway in Akron Series. (more...)

Billy Porter, Theresa Rebeck and More Tapped for Sundance Institute Retreat
by Movies News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

Six theatre artists will be the focus of the 18th annual Sundance Institute Retreat at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, taking place January 23 - February 10. (more...)

ALL THE FINE BOYS, Starring Abigail Breslin, Begins on Valentine's Day Off-Broadway; Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

The New Group presents the world premiere of All the Fine Boys, a new play from writer and director Erica Schmidt, featuring Abigail Breslin, Isabelle Fuhrman, Joe Tippett and Alex Wolff. (more...)

Huntington Theatre Company to Host Free Community Event at the Strand Theatre in Conjunction with TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Huntington Theatre Company in partnership with Dorchester's Strand Theatre presents a free community event on Thursday, February 23 at 7:30pm in conjunction with the Huntington's upcoming production of Topdog/Underdog. (more...)

Dramatic Repertory Company Presents VENUS IN FUR
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Dramatic Repertory Company (Keith Powell Beyland, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce a Portland Premiere production of VENUS IN FUR by David Ives. The show will run for 9 performances only, March 2 - 12, 2017 at the Studio Theatre at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine. (more...)

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Announces Workshops Led By Pulitzer Prize Winner, Suzan-Lori Parks
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting announces its 2017 live online workshop programme, and for the first time offers three international workshops from Australia, India and New York. These free workshops, led by celebrated writers including Suzan-Lori Parks, are freely available online and offer budding playwrights, and potential prize winners, the chance to develop their craft with the advice of these leading professionals. (more...)

Announcing the 2017 Tilt Kids Festival!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) are pleased to announce programming for the second annual Tilt Kids Festival. With five world premieres and four U.S. debuts, the multidisciplinary festival presents adventurous and playful new work for families from artists spanning the globe. The Festival takes place March 4 through April 16 at venues throughout New York City. Tickets are on sale atwww.tiltkidsfestival.org. (more...)

Performances of Arin Arbus' Production of Thornton Wilder's THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Begin Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience (Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) presents director Arin Arbus's new staging of Thornton Wilder's tragicomic masterpiece The Skin of Our Teethtonight, February 14, through March 19 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center(262 Ashland Place), TFANA's state-of-the-art permanent home in the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District. (more...)

Lauren Molina, Julia Murney, P.J. Griffith & More Sign on for Yale Rep's ASSASSINS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

YALE REPERTORY THEATRE (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) continues its 50th Anniversary Season with a new production of ASSASSINS, book by John Weidman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by James Bundy, March 17-April 8, at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is March 23. (more...)

NFL Legend Eddie George Comes to Milwaukee in CHICAGO!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

The Touring company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical CHICAGO will welcome NFL Legend and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George making his touring Broadway debut in the role of "Billy Flynn." (more...)

Abigail Breslin, Norbert Leo Butz and More Join The New Group's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The New Group announces additional casting for productions coming up in the company's 2016-2017 Season. (more...)

Janie Dee to Star in American Debut of LINDA at Manhattan Theatre Club; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have announced full casting for Manhattan Theatre Club's American premiere of Linda, a new play by Penelope Skinner (The Ruins of Civilization at MTC, The Village Bike) directed by MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (The Assembled Parties, Wit). (more...)

Joe Wilson, Jr. to Play Dr. King in THE MOUNTAINTOP at Trinity Rep
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning play, The Mountaintop, kicks off 2017 at Trinity Repertory Company and continues the 53rd season, Ghosts of the Past, Dreams of the Future. (more...)

Readings in Winter: An Exploration of New Works to Feature Two Plays by Local Playwrights
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

This season Counter-Productions will present its second annual staged reading series of new works. The program is called 'Readings in Winter: An Exploration of New Works' and will feature two plays by local playwrights. (more...)

MTC Kicks Off 50th Season with AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2016

Marin Theatre Company opens its 50th Anniversary Season with Tracy Letts' August: Osage County. The play debuted at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, IL, moving directly to Broadway in 2007. (more...)

Windy City Playhouse Announces Casting for APARTMENT 3A
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's most sophisticated theater, presents the Chicago premiere of Apartment 3A by Emmy award-winning, twice Tony award-nominated actor/musician Jeff Daniels. (more...)

Huntington and Coolidge Corner Theatre 'Stage & Screen' Series Starts Sept. 12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Stage & Screen, a collaboration between Coolidge Corner Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company that explores the depictions of shared themes in Huntington productions and acclaimed films, announces four upcoming film screenings and post-screening conversations with Huntington artists and experts. Tickets to each screening are $12 ($9 for Coolidge members with member ID and Huntington Theatre Company subscribers with promo code) and may be purchased online at coolidge.org or at the Coolidge box office, located at 290 Harvard Street, Brookline. (more...)

Stage West Presents Robert O'Hara's Incendiary Comedy BOOTYCANDY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

Growing up black and growing up gay: each presents a unique set of difficulties and challenges.  Growing up black AND gay?  Those are some tricky waters to navigate, and are the focus of Robert O'Hara's fearlessly outrageous Bootycandy, beginning its 5-week run at Stage West on Thursday, August 11.   (more...)

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