Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 10/21/2008

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 10/21/2008. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Broadway Aimed 'Pride & Prejudice' Holds Rochester Reading 10/21 - 10/21/2008

Producers of a homegrown musical version of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice want to engage the local community in its journey to Broadway with an exclusive local “first look” on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the upstate city’s historic Eastman Theatre.

This special sneak peek of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, A Musical Play will feature a 16- piece orchestra made up of members of the prestigious Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra members, and Broadway cast members including Colin Donnell (Jersey Boys, Follies) as Mr. Darcy. As the Broadway production is slated for November of 2009, this Rochester-only showcase will not be the eventual full-scale production, but will feature costumes, lighting, simple sets and a professional New York City cast. A red carpet, “paparazzi” and other festivities will lend a Broadway feel to the one -night-only event. The musical is the work of two Rochester women, Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs, who have spent the past eight years researching and writing the book, music and lyrics.

Following a 2004 workshop with the Eastman School of Music, the show had its World Premiere in the summer of 2006 with The Ohio Light Opera. Both productions were directed by Eastman School of Music’s Steven Daigle. Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, A Musical Play was optioned for Broadway production that fall by the authors’ good friend, Rochester’s Lori Bajorek, who has since assembled a “dream team” of Broadway professionals that includes Tony Award-nominated Director Mark Lamos (Our Country’s Good, Seascape, The Rivals) and Executive Producer Donald C. Farber, Esq., a well-known theatre and film attorney who literally wrote the book on producing Broadway shows.

Actress Polly Bergen (Follies) starred in the play’s first New York City reading in 2007, which attracted national coverage in Playbill and BroadwayWorld.com. Bergen also starred as Elizabeth Bennett in First Impressions, the 1959 Broadway musical adaptation of the novel. From Tara Rubin Casting to the Charlotte Wilcox Company (General Manager) to Musical Director Fred Lassen, the amassed Broadway credits of Pride & Prejudice’s production team are impressive enough to open doors and pocketbooks. Indeed, Bajorek is inviting current and potential Broadway producers/investors to the Eastman Theatre show, but she’s looking for something “priceless” from the hometown crowd: enthusiasm.

“We really want Rochester to ‘own’ this show from the start,” says Bajorek, a successful local business woman and first-time producer. “This is ‘Rochester’s Musical,’ and we want the whole community to come with us to Broadway!”

Tickets to this exclusive preview of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, a Musical Play at Eastman Theatre on October 21 at 7:30 p.m. are $35, $50 and $75 (includes a postperformance reception with performers at Max of Eastman Place). They are available at the Ticketmaster Box Office at 875 East Main Street (Auditorium Theatre), by calling 585- 232-1900, or online at www.tickemaster.com. Media please note: High-resolution photographs and interviews are available upon request. Please visit www.prideandprejudicebroadway.com for press kit and other information.

Hall's Production of 'Labour' Breaks In Rose Theatre - 10/21/2008

Peter Hall's latest staging of Shakespeare's Love's Labour Lost will be the first full production to be presented in Kingston's Rose Theatre. The theater opened officially in January after several years of fundraising and development.

The play will run from October 21st until November 15th and star Peter Bowles.

According to What's On Stage, "First conceived by local councillors and residents in 1986, the Rose Theatre, Kingston was in active development for six years prior to January, with Hall in place as its founder artistic director and vocal champion for five years. The veteran director has since handed over the reins to former English Touring Theatre Stephen Unwin (See News, 21 Jan 2008). Fundraising hiccoughs caused numerous delays in the opening of the theatre, which receives no Arts Council or Lottery grants. Additional money is still needed to secure future programming and operational costs and to implement Hall's long-term vision of the theatre as an active producing house with its own ensemble company."

Aurora Theatre Presents Shaw's 'Devil's Disciple' Starting 10/31 - 10/21/2008

Aurora Theatre Company continues its American trilogy with THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE from the master of English wit George Bernard Shaw. Aurora Theatre Company founding Artistic Director Barbara Oliver, who directed the company’s productions of Shaw’s The Man of Destiny, The Philanderer, Saint Joan, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Widower’s Houses, and Candida, returns to helm this classic Shavian comedy, starring Gabriel Marin, Søren Oliver, and Stacy Ross, and featuring Warren David Keith, Allen McKelvey, Trish Mullholland, Anthony Nemirovsky, Tara Tomicevic, and Michael Ray Wisely. THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE plays October 31 through December 7 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets and information ($28-50) the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org.

In THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE, America is at war with the British and the Redcoats want to hang the local minister in order to demoralize the townsfolk. Richard Dudgeon is a self-proclaimed “devil’s disciple,” but when the British come for the minister, he pretends to be the wanted man. Was it for love, country, or duty, or did the devil make him do it? Poking fun at religious zealotry and political arrogance, and rife with Shaw’s trademark humor and irony, this fictional account of an American “hero” set during the Revolutionary War is the playwright’s first popular success and his only full-length play set in America.

Aurora Theatre Company has assembled a talented ensemble of Company veterans and newcomers for THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE. Gabriel Marin returns to Aurora Theatre Company as Richard Dudgeon in THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE. Marin previously appeared in the Company’s productions of Gunplay and The Glass Menagerie. Additional credits include productions at SF Playhouse (Bug, Our Lady of 121st Street), Magic Theatre (The Rules of Charity), American Conservatory Theater, Marin Theatre Company, Thick Description, Word for Word, Chicago’s Dramatists Workshop, and LA’s Actors Gang.

Stacy Ross returns to Aurora Theatre Company as Judith in THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE; she previously appeared in the Company’s productions of The Man of Destiny, Hedda Gabler, and A Kind of Alaska. Additional credits include productions at California Shakespeare Theater (Arms and the Man), TheatreWorks (Dolly West’s Kitchen), San Jose Repertory Theatre (Major Barbara), Marin Theatre Company (Splittin the Raft), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Cloud Nine), and American Conservatory Theater (The Constant Wife).

Søren Oliver returns to Aurora Theatre Company as Anthony Anderson; he was seen in the Company’s productions of Saint Joan and A Place with the Pigs, and directed productions of The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek and Alarms and Excursions. Additional credits include a recurring role on the hit WB series Charmed and productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Mary Zimmerman’s Argonautika), San Jose Repertory Theatre (Death of a Salesman), Marin Theatre Company (Bleacher Bums), Magic Theatre (Killer Joe), and California Shakespeare Theater, among others. Oliver is the founding Artistic Director of Central Works Theatre Ensemble.

Warren David Keith, who starred in Aurora Theatre Company’s productions of Hysteria, A Life in the Theatre, and Death Defying Acts, returns to the Company as General Burgoyne. A veteran of the Bay Area stage, Keith’s credits include productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Magic Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, TheatreWorks, and Marin Theatre Company, among others.

Trish Mulholland, who was featured in Aurora Theatre Company’s productions of Salome and The Chairs, returns to the Company as Mrs. Dudgeon. Mulholland’s credits include productions with Shotgun Players (Mother Courage, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Man and Superman), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (The Oresteia), and American Conservatory Theater (The Circle), among others.

Rounding out the cast are Michael Ray Wisely (Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre), Anthony Nemirovsky (California Shakespeare Theater, Center REPertory Company), and Tara Tomicevic (Aurora Theatre Company).

Aurora Theatre Company founding Artistic Director Barbara Oliver returns to the Company to direct THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE. Oliver’s Aurora Theatre Company directing credits include last season’s Professional World Premiere of Ellen McLaughlin’s The Trojan Women, the West Coast Premiere of Ice Glen, Ibsen’s The Master Builder, and Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of The Persians, as well as productions of Shaw’s The Man of Destiny, Saint Joan, The Philanderer, Candida, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and Widowers’ Houses. For the Company, she has also directed Seascape, The Belle of Amherst, and World Premieres of Ira Hauptman’s Partition, LeClanche Du Rand’s Transcendental Wild Oats, and Dorothy Bryant’s The Panel. Oliver is the recipient of several Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including the first Barbara Bladen Porter Award, as well as Drama-Logue awards for The Show Off and Dear Master. An accomplished Bay Area actress, Oliver has appeared in Aurora Theatre Company productions of The Chairs, The Gin Game, Holiday Memories, Bailegangaire, La Castrata, The Aspern Papers, and Dear Master. An instrumental figure in Bay Area theatre, Oliver stepped down from her role as Artistic Director at the end of the 2003-04 Aurora Theatre Company season.

Irish dramatist and ardent socialist George Bernard Shaw had his first success as a music and literary critic; as a dramatist he authored more than 63 plays during his career. Shaw’s work is leavened by a vein of comedy, but nearly all of his works bear earnest social messages that he hoped his audiences would embrace. Some of Shaw’s most popular works for the stage include Widower’s Houses (1892), The Philanderer (1893), Mrs Warren's Profession (1893), Arms and the Man (1894), Candida (1894), The Man of Destiny (1895), You Never Can Tell (1897), The Devil's Disciple (1897), Man and Superman (1902-03), Major Barbara (1905), Pygmalion (1912-13), Heartbreak House (1919), and Saint Joan (1923). Shaw died in 1950 at the age of 94; he remains the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize (1925) and an Oscar (1938 for Pygmalion).

Following THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE, Aurora Theatre Company presents the West Coast Premiere of George Packer’s provocative recent Off-Broadway hit BETRAYED in January. Mark Jackson, who directed Aurora Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Salome, returns to the Company to helm August Strindberg’s MISS JULIE in April. Bob Glaudini’s unconventional romantic comedy JACK GOES BOATING, directed by Joy Carlin, rounds out the season in June.

Aurora Theatre Company continues to offer challenging, literate, intelligent stage works to the Bay Area, each year increasing its reputation for top-notch theatre. Located in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District, Aurora Theatre Company has been called “one of the most important regional theaters in the area” by the San Francisco Chronicle, while The Wall Street Journal has “nothing but praise for the Aurora.” The Contra Costa Times stated, “perfection is probably an unattainable ideal in a medium as fluid as live performance, but the Aurora Theatre comes luminously close,” while the San Jose Mercury News affirmed “[Aurora Theatre Company] lives up to its reputation as a theater that feeds the mind,” and the Oakland Tribune declared “it’s all about choices, and if you value good theater, choose the Aurora.”

Aurora Theatre Presents Shaw's 'Devil's Desciple' Starting 10/31 - 10/21/2008

Aurora Theatre Company continues its American trilogy with THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE from the master of English wit George Bernard Shaw. Aurora Theatre Company founding Artistic Director Barbara Oliver, who directed the company’s productions of Shaw’s The Man of Destiny, The Philanderer, Saint Joan, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Widower’s Houses, and Candida, returns to helm this classic Shavian comedy, starring Gabriel Marin, Søren Oliver, and Stacy Ross, and featuring Warren David Keith, Allen McKelvey, Trish Mullholland, Anthony Nemirovsky, Tara Tomicevic, and Michael Ray Wisely. THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE plays October 31 through December 7 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets and information ($28-50) the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org.

In THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE, America is at war with the British and the Redcoats want to hang the local minister in order to demoralize the townsfolk. Richard Dudgeon is a self-proclaimed “devil’s disciple,” but when the British come for the minister, he pretends to be the wanted man. Was it for love, country, or duty, or did the devil make him do it? Poking fun at religious zealotry and political arrogance, and rife with Shaw’s trademark humor and irony, this fictional account of an American “hero” set during the Revolutionary War is the playwright’s first popular success and his only full-length play set in America.

Aurora Theatre Company has assembled a talented ensemble of Company veterans and newcomers for THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE. Gabriel Marin returns to Aurora Theatre Company as Richard Dudgeon in THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE. Marin previously appeared in the Company’s productions of Gunplay and The Glass Menagerie. Additional credits include productions at SF Playhouse (Bug, Our Lady of 121st Street), Magic Theatre (The Rules of Charity), American Conservatory Theater, Marin Theatre Company, Thick Description, Word for Word, Chicago’s Dramatists Workshop, and LA’s Actors Gang.

Stacy Ross returns to Aurora Theatre Company as Judith in THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE; she previously appeared in the Company’s productions of The Man of Destiny, Hedda Gabler, and A Kind of Alaska. Additional credits include productions at California Shakespeare Theater (Arms and the Man), TheatreWorks (Dolly West’s Kitchen), San Jose Repertory Theatre (Major Barbara), Marin Theatre Company (Splittin the Raft), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Cloud Nine), and American Conservatory Theater (The Constant Wife).

Søren Oliver returns to Aurora Theatre Company as Anthony Anderson; he was seen in the Company’s productions of Saint Joan and A Place with the Pigs, and directed productions of The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek and Alarms and Excursions. Additional credits include a recurring role on the hit WB series Charmed and productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Mary Zimmerman’s Argonautika), San Jose Repertory Theatre (Death of a Salesman), Marin Theatre Company (Bleacher Bums), Magic Theatre (Killer Joe), and California Shakespeare Theater, among others. Oliver is the founding Artistic Director of Central Works Theatre Ensemble.

Warren David Keith, who starred in Aurora Theatre Company’s productions of Hysteria, A Life in the Theatre, and Death Defying Acts, returns to the Company as General Burgoyne. A veteran of the Bay Area stage, Keith’s credits include productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Magic Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, TheatreWorks, and Marin Theatre Company, among others.

Trish Mulholland, who was featured in Aurora Theatre Company’s productions of Salome and The Chairs, returns to the Company as Mrs. Dudgeon. Mulholland’s credits include productions with Shotgun Players (Mother Courage, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Man and Superman), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (The Oresteia), and American Conservatory Theater (The Circle), among others.

Rounding out the cast are Michael Ray Wisely (Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre), Anthony Nemirovsky (California Shakespeare Theater, Center REPertory Company), and Tara Tomicevic (Aurora Theatre Company).

Aurora Theatre Company founding Artistic Director Barbara Oliver returns to the Company to direct THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE. Oliver’s Aurora Theatre Company directing credits include last season’s Professional World Premiere of Ellen McLaughlin’s The Trojan Women, the West Coast Premiere of Ice Glen, Ibsen’s The Master Builder, and Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of The Persians, as well as productions of Shaw’s The Man of Destiny, Saint Joan, The Philanderer, Candida, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and Widowers’ Houses. For the Company, she has also directed Seascape, The Belle of Amherst, and World Premieres of Ira Hauptman’s Partition, LeClanche Du Rand’s Transcendental Wild Oats, and Dorothy Bryant’s The Panel. Oliver is the recipient of several Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including the first Barbara Bladen Porter Award, as well as Drama-Logue awards for The Show Off and Dear Master. An accomplished Bay Area actress, Oliver has appeared in Aurora Theatre Company productions of The Chairs, The Gin Game, Holiday Memories, Bailegangaire, La Castrata, The Aspern Papers, and Dear Master. An instrumental figure in Bay Area theatre, Oliver stepped down from her role as Artistic Director at the end of the 2003-04 Aurora Theatre Company season.

Irish dramatist and ardent socialist George Bernard Shaw had his first success as a music and literary critic; as a dramatist he authored more than 63 plays during his career. Shaw’s work is leavened by a vein of comedy, but nearly all of his works bear earnest social messages that he hoped his audiences would embrace. Some of Shaw’s most popular works for the stage include Widower’s Houses (1892), The Philanderer (1893), Mrs Warren's Profession (1893), Arms and the Man (1894), Candida (1894), The Man of Destiny (1895), You Never Can Tell (1897), The Devil's Disciple (1897), Man and Superman (1902-03), Major Barbara (1905), Pygmalion (1912-13), Heartbreak House (1919), and Saint Joan (1923). Shaw died in 1950 at the age of 94; he remains the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize (1925) and an Oscar (1938 for Pygmalion).

Following THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE, Aurora Theatre Company presents the West Coast Premiere of George Packer’s provocative recent Off-Broadway hit BETRAYED in January. Mark Jackson, who directed Aurora Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Salome, returns to the Company to helm August Strindberg’s MISS JULIE in April. Bob Glaudini’s unconventional romantic comedy JACK GOES BOATING, directed by Joy Carlin, rounds out the season in June.

Aurora Theatre Company continues to offer challenging, literate, intelligent stage works to the Bay Area, each year increasing its reputation for top-notch theatre. Located in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District, Aurora Theatre Company has been called “one of the most important regional theaters in the area” by the San Francisco Chronicle, while The Wall Street Journal has “nothing but praise for the Aurora.” The Contra Costa Times stated, “perfection is probably an unattainable ideal in a medium as fluid as live performance, but the Aurora Theatre comes luminously close,” while the San Jose Mercury News affirmed “[Aurora Theatre Company] lives up to its reputation as a theater that feeds the mind,” and the Oakland Tribune declared “it’s all about choices, and if you value good theater, choose the Aurora.”

Clarke's 'Garden of Earthly Delights' To Play at Minetta Lane Starting 10/21 - 10/21/2008

Alan Schuster, Martin Davis, Davo Entertainment LLC and Margaret Cotter in association with Barbara Foy present
The Two River Theater Production
 of 
Garden of Earthly Delights in a limited 12-week Off-Broadway engagement beginning Wednesday, October 8. Conceived and directed by Martha Clarke, this production will have its Official Opening on Tuesday, October 21 @ 7:00 PM at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane). 

Visionary director Martha Clarke brings Hieronymus Bosch’s provocative painting to life in Garden of Earthly Delights -- exploring heaven, hell and the beauty and sins in between.  This production takes audiences on a journey from creation through Eden, earthly existence, damnation and redemption through a landscape of aerial and stage-based performance in a striking synthesis of visual elements and movement.

This reinvention of the acclaimed work by Martha Clarke touches down in New York for the first time since the groundbreaking production debuted at St. Clement’s (November, 1984).  The show later played an extended run at the Minetta Lane Theatre (May-August 1987) and enjoyed engagements at numerous prestigious venues.  The original production was honored with a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, an Obie Award for its score and an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for choreography and drew great critical response, with Robert Brustein of The New Republic calling it, “Arguably one of the most significant works of postwar American theatrical art." 
 

Conceived and directed by Martha Clarke, Garden of Earthly Delights features performers Sophie Bortolussi, Benjamin G. Bowman, Marjorie Folkman, Kurt Froman, General McArthur Hambrick, Whitney V. Hunter, Gabrielle Malone, Jennifer Nugent, Matt Rivera, Jenny Sandler, Isadora Wolfe and musicians Bohdan Hilash (winds), Wayne Hankin (winds), Egil Rostad (cello) and Arthur Solari (percussion).  This production includes an Original Score by Richard Peaslee (also with Martha Clarke: Vienna: Lusthaus, The Hunger Artist, Miracolo d’amore; with Peter Brook / Royal Shakespeare Company: The Marat/Sade, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Costume Design by Jane Greenwood (Martha Clarke’s Belle Epoque, An Uncertain Hour, Vers la flame, Marco Polo, Orfeo and Euridice; Broadway: Thurgood, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Set and Lighting Design by Christopher Akerlind (collaborations with Martha Clarke include Kaos, Belle Epoque, Sueno; Broadway Lighting Design credits: Top Girls, The Light in the Piazza), with state-of-the-art flying devices created by the “Flying by Foy” workshop.  

Recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award, Martha Clarke's career spans theater, dance and opera. Trained at the Peabody Preparatory and later at Juilliard under Antony Tudor and Anna Sokolow, she was a founding member of Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Crowsnest. As a director, Clarke’s many original productions include Garden of Earthly Delights, Vienna: Lusthaus, Miracolo d’amore, Endangered Species, An Uncertain Hour, The Hunger Artist, and Vers la flame. She directed the premiere of Christopher Hampton’s Alice’s Adventures Underground at the Royal National Theatre in London. She directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the American Repertory Theater and a music/theater work, Belle Epoque, based on the life of Toulouse Lautrec, at Lincoln Center Theater.

She has collaborated with Richard Greenberg, Charles L. Mee and Sebastian Barry, among many others. Clarke has directed The Magic Flute for the Glimmerglass Opera and the Canadian Opera Company; Cosi fan tutte for Glimmerglass; Tan Dun’s Marco Polo for the Munich Biennale, the Hong-Kong Festival and the New York City Opera; and Gluck’s Orfeo and Euridice for the English National Opera and the New York City Opera. Clarke has choreographed for the Nederlans Dans Theater, the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Rambert Dance Company and The Martha Graham Company, among others. In addition to the MacArthur Award, Clarke has received two grants from the Guggenheim Foundation as well as 15 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received a Drama Desk Award, two Obie Awards and the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award.  She has been the subject of a film for PBS, Martha Clarke, Light and Dark, and her Garden of Earthly Delights was filmed by the BBC.  Her Kaos, based on the works of Luigi Pirandello, was awarded the first Tony Randall Foundation Award and ran at the New York Theater Workshop in 2006.  In 2007, the NEA awarded a grant to re-envision her Garden of Earthly Delights under a program dedicated to the remounting of American masterworks. 

Garden of Earthly Delights is produced by Alan Schuster, Martin Davis, Davo Entertainment LLC and Margaret Cotter in association with Barbara Foy.  Currently, Garden of Earthly Delights is playing at The Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ (September 3-14).

Garden of Earthly Delights will play at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane between Sixth Avenue & MacDougal Street).  Schedule: Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 7:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM.  Tickets will be available through www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (212) 307-4100, or at the Minetta Lane Box Office starting October 4 (1:00 – 6:00 PM daily, closed Mondays).  Preview tickets are available for $25.00.  Post-opening tickets are $37.50 - $59.50 with premium seats available for $65.

For more information, visit www.GardenofEarthlyDelightsNYC.com

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Lanuches Young Adults Program With 'Glass Menagerie' 10/21 - 10/21/2008

Steppenwolf Theatre Company launches its Steppenwolf for Young Adults 2008-2009 Season with The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov.  The production, featuring James T. Alfred, Shanésia Davis, Anthony Fleming III and Nambi E. Kelley, runs October 21 – November 9, 2008 in the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted.  Tickets are available to the general public for weekend performances only, with all additional shows reserved for school groups. The press performance is Saturday, October 25 at 11 a.m.

Featuring an all African-American cast, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents a unique production of Tennessee Williams’ classic “memory play.”  Delicately weaving truth and illusion, The Glass Menagerie evokes the drab realities of aspiring poet Tom, who spends his days in a warehouse.  Living with his overbearing mother, Amanda and his crippled sister, Laura – Tom struggles to balance his dreams of a brighter future with his devotion to his family.  

“As we move into our 2008-2009 season that Steppenwolf has titled ‘the season of the imagination,’ I want to take this opportunity to re-examine the American Dream, how the next generation imagines it and their place in the creation of it,” comments Hallie Gordon, Artistic and Education Director of Steppenwolf for Young Adults.

Ensemble member Yasen Peyankov appeared in Steppenwolf’s 2007-2008 production of Superior Donuts, a world premiere play by Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Tracy Letts.  He is the co-founder of Chicago’s European Repertory Company and an Associate Professor and Director of Theatre Studies in the Performing Arts Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He has directed at UIC, European Rep. and Rushfort in Los Angeles. 

The design team includes: Martin Andrew (sets), Natasha Vuchurovich Djukich (costumes), Keith Parham (lights), and Robert Milburn and Michael Bodeen (original music and sound).  Cassie Wolgamott is the stage manager. 

About The Steppenwolf for Young Adults Programs: 

Steppenwolf for Young Adults is Steppenwolf’s educational program for students, teachers and families, and is focused on making the theater accessible to the most underserved populations in Chicago.  Steppenwolf for Young Adults consists of complementary programming components that are designed to enhance education, build self-esteem and social tolerance and encourage lifelong appreciation of the arts. At the core of Steppenwolf for Young Adults are the professional, full-scale productions produced specifically for young adult audiences each season. 

Productions for Students and Families 
Professional productions of established plays, original adaptations of novels and new works are presented for young adults through weekday student matinees and weekend family performances.  The Residency Program provides teaching artists in the classroom before and after each production.  SYA provides teachers and students with scripts, study guides and tours of the theater.

The Young Adults Council

A small group of high school students from across Chicago devoted to exploring the collaborative possibilities between the theater and young adults.  Council members work with their peers, Steppenwolf staff and artists to create programs that speak to their interests, ideas and creative goals.  The Council participates in various workshops and discussions, sees productions and creates their own programming for young adults at Steppenwolf.

 Educator Workshops 
The Teacher Theater Immersion Course is designed to help teachers integrate theater arts into their core curriculum.  Our advanced Immersion 2 Course uses arts integration methods to approach a range of non-fiction works related to themes of our two productions.  The Master Teacher Workshops help teachers improve student comprehension of literature through drama, using texts related to our Steppenwolf for Young Adults productions.  All offer the opportunity to earn CPDU credits. 

Steppenwolf for Young Adults is a citywide partner of the Chicago Public Schools School Partner Program. 

Steppenwolf is located near all forms of public transportation and is wheelchair accessible.  Street and lot parking are available.  Assistive listening devices are available for every performance in the Upstairs or Downstairs Theatres.

Committed to the principle of ensemble performance through the collaboration of a company of actors, directors and playwrights, Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s mission is to advance the vitality and diversity of American theater by nurturing artists, encouraging repeatable creative relationships and contributing new works to the national canon.  The company, formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, is dedicated to perpetuating an ethic of mutual respect and the development of artists through on-going group work.  Steppenwolf has grown into an internationally renowned company of forty-one artists whose talents include acting, directing, playwriting, filmmaking and textual adaptation.

Casa Manana Presents 'Tuna Does Vegas' Starting 10/21 - 10/21/2008

Tuna Does Vegas, the hilarious new installment from the legendary “Greater Tuna” creative team, rolls into the Bass Performance Hall for a one week only engagement October 21 – 26, 2008.

Starring the incomparable duo Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, Tuna Does Vegas re-unites the lovable and eccentric characters from the ‘third smallest town in Texas’ as they take a rambling romp in Sin City. The hilarity begins when oddball-conservative radio host Arles Struvie announces on air that he and his wife Bertha Bumiller are heading to Vegas to renew their wedding vows…but everyone in Tuna, Texas goes along for the ride! Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, Tuna Does Vegas will feature the favorite characters from the award-winning “Greater Tuna” productions – with some new characters – all staged under the directorial hand of Mr. Howard.
Tuna Does Vegas is presented by Casa Mañana for an exclusive one week only limited engagement at the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Performance dates are: Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 24 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 25 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. This show is suitable for most audiences. Traditional Tuna humor and innuendo. Parental guidance is recommended.

Tickets for Tuna Does Vegas are on sale and can be purchased by calling the Casa Mañana Theatre box office at 817-332-2272 or the Bass Performance Hall box office at 817-212-4280. You can also visit the box office at Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 West Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, or at the Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce Street, Fort Worth. Ticket prices are $25 to $69, depending upon seating location and the performance dates and times. For more information about tickets, go to www.casamanana.org, or for more information about Tuna Does Vegas, go to www.tunadoesvegasthetour.com.

New Group Presents US Premiere of 'Mouth to Mouth' - 10/21/2008

The New Group presents the US premiere of Kevin Elyot's Mouth to Mouth directed by Mark Brokaw as the first production in its 2008-2009 season. Slated for a limited off-Broadway engagement from October 21 through December 27, this production features New Group artist David Cale, Lisa Emery and Elizabeth Jasicki. Mouth to Mouth will have its official opening on Thursday, November 6 at 7PM at the New Group @ Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, New York.

Frank, a gay writer living with AIDS, attends a party at his friend Laura's house to celebrate the return of her teenage son from abroad. As the story shifts back and forth through time, it's clear that Frank may have played an unscrupulous part in the unraveling of his best friend's family. Nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play and a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play, this West End hit is a haunting, twisting tale of undeclared passion and the fine line between intimacy and betrayal.

Mouth to Mouth enjoyed its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in 2001. Kevin Elyot's play, My Night with Reg, earned him the 1994 London Critic Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright and earned an Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy.

After beginning his career as a theater actor, playwright Kevin Elyot wrote his first stage play, Coming Clean, which premiered at London's Bush Theatre and won the Samuel Beckett Award. Elyot's other plays include: Consent (1989), The Moonstone (1990), Artists And Admirers (1992), My Night With Reg, The Day I Stood Still (National Theatre, 1998), Forty Winks (Royal Court Theatre, 2004) and And Then There Were (Gielgud Theatre, 2005). His screenplays include Killing Time (BBC, 1990), which won the Writers' Guild Award for Best TV Play or Film, The Moonstone (BBC, 1996), My Night With Reg (BBC, 1997) and No Night Is Too Long (BBC/Alliance Atlantis, 2002).

Director Mark Brokaw helmed the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Cry-Baby. His additional Broadway credits include The Constant Wife and Reckless. With the New Group, Brokaw directed Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth (1996-97 season).

This production will feature Christopher Abbott (Off-Broadway: Good Boys and True), David Cale (Broadway: Three Penny Opera; Off-B'way: Two Thousand Years, My Night With Reg at The New Group; Film: Pollock), Lisa Emery (Broadway: The Women, The Smell of the Kill; Off-Broadway: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Abigail's Party, What The Butler Saw at the New Group), Darren Goldstein (Off-B'way: Abigail's Party, Terrorism at the New Group; Guttenberg! The Musical, Bad Jazz), Elizabeth Jasicki (Off-Broadway: Abigail's Party at the New Group), Andrew Polk (Off-Broadway: The Accomplices at the New Group – 2007 Drama Desk Nomination, Walmartopia; TV: "30 Rock," "Law & Order"), Richard Topol (Broadway: Awake and Sing – Drama Desk Award, Julius Caesar; TV: "The Practice") and includes set design by Riccardo Hernandez (Broadway: Caroline, or Change, Bring in 'Da Funk, Bring in 'Da Noise; Off-Broadway: Two Gentlemen of Verona), costume design by Michael Krass (Broadway: The Constant Wife – Tony Award nomination, Twelve Angry Men; Off-Broadway: A Feminine Ending), lighting design by Mark McCullough (Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar) and sound design by David Van Tieghem (Broadway: Doubt, Mauritius). This production will also include original music by David Van Tieghem

The New Group (Scott Elliott, Artistic Director; Geoff Rich, Executive Director): The 2008-2009 season continues this January as the New Group presents Eugene O'Neill's epic tragedy Morning Becomes Electra. Directed by Scott Elliot, the production will feature John Cullum, Lili Taylor, and Jena Malone. The season concludes this spring with the world premiere Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's Handball. The company's 2007-2008 season opened with the premiere of Jonathan Marc Sherman's Things We Want directed by Ethan Hawke, followed by Mike Leigh's Two Thousand Years and concluded with Ayub Khan- Din's Rafta, Rafta. The 2006-07 season featured Jay Presson Allen's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie followed by Wallace Shawn's The Fever and Bernard Weinraub's The Accomplices. The New Group is a recipient of the 2004 Tony Award (Best Musical - Avenue Q).

Mouth to Mouth will play at the New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues) as follows: Monday at 8PM, Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM and Saturday at 2PM (matinee). Tickets may be arranged through Ticket Central at www.ticketcentral.com or (212) 279-4200 or at the Theatre Row Box Office (12-8PM daily). Tickets are $56.25. For more information, visit www.thenewgroup.org.

Euan Morton Hosts Theatre Museum Awards 10/21 - 10/21/2008


Broadway's Boy George Euan Morton will host the 2008 Theatre Museum
Awards for Excellence on Tuesday October 21, 2009 at New York City's
famed Players Club located at 16  Gramercy Park.  Cocktails and Silent
Auction at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Awards Ceremony at 8 p.m.


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The evening is co-chaired by the Tony winning
Broadway couple Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, currently
represented on Broadway with the shows Legally Blonde, Hitchcock's The
39 Steps and American Buffalo.
Lane is Chairman of the Board for The Theatre Museum
and Comley is on the Advisory Board. The couple
are spearheading the fundraising efforts for a
permanent space in the Times Square district.
They have been with The Theatre Museum since its
founding in 2003.


Broadway Star Barbara Cook will present the Award for Excellence in
Theatre History Preservation for Individual Achievement to Rick McKay
for creating the BROADWAY THE GOLDEN AGE documentaries.

Comedian Pat Cooper will present the Career Achievement Award to
American radio and television personality Joe Franklin, who has been
entertaining New York audiences for more than half a century.

Noted composer Ervin Drake will present Five Towns College with the
Theatre Arts in Education Award.

Professor William Green of CUNY Queens College will present to The
Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana with its Award of Excellence
for Theatre History Preservation to an Organization.

The legendary set designer, now director, Tony Walton will direct the
evening's events on stage with Aaron Gandy as Musical Director.  The
evening's music will be from the restored Rogers and Hart score SPRING
IS HERE.

"The Theatre Museum is proud to have the opportunity to recognize a
diverse array of recipients this year," says museum president Helen
Marie Guditis.   "Each is unique. Each has made a significant
contribution to theatre arts in accord with the principles and goals
of our cultural institution."

Dubbed "the king of nostalgia," television pioneer Joe Franklin
debuted on WJZ-TV (later WABC-TV) in 1951 with one of the medium's
earliest talk shows.  He moved to WOR-TV (later WWOR-TV) in 1962 where
he remained a mainstay until 1999.  It is estimated that as host of
"The Joe Franklin Show," he interviewed over 10,000 guests during its
43-year TV run.  He can currently be heard Saturday nights
broadcasting on WOR radio's "Memory Lane" (710AM in NYC, 12 midnight)
and also be heard daily on Bloomberg Radio's "Lifestyles" segment.

An acknowledged authority on silent film and the owner of one of the
largest private sheet music collections in the world, Fr anklin has
written 23 books, including Classics of the Silent Screen and his 1995
autobiography Up Late with Joe Franklin. He has appeared as himself in
countless films, notably "Ghostbusters" and "Broadway Danny Rose."

Producer/Director/Writer/Cinematographer Rick McKay is the sole owner
and proprietor of Second Act Productions.  His hit film, "Broadway:
The Golden Age," has won over 15 film festival awards and landed on 17
Top Ten film lists. McKay, who has won three Telly awards for his
television work, has produced episodes for A&E's "Biography" and
produced, directed and shot "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty" for "Egg: The
Arts Show."  Much of this footage was also used to make the HBO
documentary of the same name, which won Stritch a 2004 Emmy.  For five
seasons McKay was a segment producer on WNET13's "City Arts" and
recently helped to create the opening segment of two Tony Award
broadcasts.  McKay is currently finishing his new film, "Fay Wray," a
half documentary chronicling Wray's legendary career in film.

Started in 1969, Five Towns College is a community of artists and
scholars who specialize in music, media, business, education, theatre,
film and the performing arts. This unique place, defined by the
talented men and women who form its constituency, boasts nearly 40
undergraduate and graduate programs, enrolling approximately 1,200
students.

Founded by Dr. Stanley G. Cohen and the late Mrs. Lorraine
Kleinman-Cohen in the southwestern corner of Nassau County, a
geographic region commonly known as the "Five Towns," the College was
New York's first institution of higher learning to establish programs
in both jazz/commercial music and music business.  Although the
College was originally conceived as a "business" college, music
quickly became its forté.

Officially opened in 1973, the Museum of Repertoire Americana is
dedicated to preserving memorabilia and artifacts of early repertoire
theatre.  The collection, featuring materials dating from the 1880s
through the 1970s, includes numerous pa inted curtains and scenic
pieces, playbills, show cards, advertising sheets, heralds,
photographs, programs, correspondence, tour schedules and other
original source materials.

The Iowa-based Museum features a research library containing thousands
of pieces of memorabilia and the largest collection of repertoire
scripts in the nation.  The priMary Focus is on the many traveling
companies that performed in opera houses and tents, also known as
"under canvas" in the United States.  Additional displays include
items encompassing vaudeville, minstrel shows, Medicine Shows, "Uncle
Tom's Cabin" shows, showboats and Chautauqua.

Founded in 2003, The Theatre Museum is New York State's first and only chartered, non-profit museum dedicated to the history of theatre. It is a museum-at-large -- presenting exhibitions in collaboration with other cultural institutions. The Museum's programs include community outreach, such as teaching children how to write, direct and stage live theatre, and the annual Theatre Museum Awards for Excellence Ceremony.  Its primary mission is to preserve, protect and perpetuate the legacy of theatre through innovative programming.

Act II Playhouse in Present Premiere of 'Magnetic North' Starting 10/21 - 10/21/2008

Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA will present the premiere of Magnetic North, by William Donnelly, directed by Bud Martin. The show will begin preview on October 21st, 2008 and officially open on October 24th. I will play through November 16th, 2008.

In this new play, a young husband meets a woman from his past during a period of crisis in his marriage, bringing half-forgotten urges and uncertain intentions suddenly to the surface. Between the lure of the past and the need for connection, four very real people struggle to make sense of mixed signals and how much truth they need, or want, to hear. Winner of the 2006 Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights, Magnetic North is a charged tale that explores the shadowy border between intimacy and temptation—told with warmth, humor, and startling candor.

The play will star Sarah Shahinian, Brad Heikes, Christie Parker, and Paul Felder. Ticket prices: $20 for previews, $25 for weekdays, $30 for weekends (Friday-Sunday).

William Donnelly's plays have been produced by Portland Stage Company (Portland, ME),  the Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City), Blue Forms (Columbus, OH), Mad Cat (Miami), Theater Alliance (Washington, D.C), and several Boston-area companies including Industrial Theatre, Rough & Tumble, Mill 6, and Alarm Clock. A number of his short plays have appeared in the Boston Theatre Marathon and are published in Baker's Plays anthologies of the event. He was a contributor to Alarm Clock Theatre Company's Elliot Norton Award-winning play, P.S. Page Me Later. He has twice been named a Clauder Competition Finalist and has had plays read as part of Portland Stage Company's Little Festival of the Unexpected. His play Apocalypso! was published as part of the 2002 Little Fest anthology. In 2005, he was awarded a Playwriting/New Theatre Works grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Magnetic North was named the 2006 Clauder Competition grand prize winner. Bill is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

WICKED Chicago Presents Free Backstage Tour 10/21 - 10/21/2008

The record-breaking Chicago Company of WICKED is now presenting an opportunity for audience members and fans to get up close and personal with WICKED the last two Tuesdays in October. Fans are able to go "Behind the Emerald Curtain" for free when they purchase a ticket to WICKED on Tuesday, October 21 or October 28, 2008. The tour takes place prior to the show at 5 pm, followed by a 7:30 performance of WICKED at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St., Chicago).

Those wanting to get behind the scenes will be able to do so for FREE on Tuesday, October 21 and October 28, 2008 at 5 p.m. "Behind the Emerald Curtain" is a private behind-the-scenes look at WICKED hosted by cast members. Participants will visit the exclusive "Behind the Emerald Curtain" Museum, which includes the set model by Tony Award-winner Eugene Lee and an up-close look at some of Tony Award-winner Susan Hilferty's costumes (with beautiful details not always visible from the audience), a few of the actual props and wigs from the show and film footage about the making of the global hit production.

The tour, which lasts about an hour, concludes with a question-and-answer portion with current cast members.  Participants are also able to purchase exclusive merchandise available only on the tour as a memento of the experience.

This special offer is available for FREE by using the code "TOUR" when ordering WICKED tickets through Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, or online at ticketmaster.com. Corporate clients and groups of 20 or more may call (312) 977-1710.

The Chicago Company of WICKED is now playing in at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St., Chicago).  Breaking multiple box office records since opening in June 2005 and playing to packed audiences from across the world night after night, the production is the top grossing show in Chicago theatre history. The Chicago Company will take its final bow on Sunday, January 25, 2009.

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz.  One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman.  Directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne Cilento, WICKED is currently presented in Chicago, on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre, on a national tour, in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre and in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

For more information, visit www.wickedthemusical.com/chicago.

WICKED Chicago Presents Free Backstage Tour 10/28 - 10/21/2008

The record-breaking Chicago Company of WICKED is now presenting an opportunity for audience members and fans to get up close and personal with WICKED the last two Tuesdays in October. Fans are able to go "Behind the Emerald Curtain" for free when they purchase a ticket to WICKED on Tuesday, October 21 or October 28, 2008. The tour takes place prior to the show at 5 pm, followed by a 7:30 performance of WICKED at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St., Chicago).

Those wanting to get behind the scenes will be able to do so for FREE on Tuesday, October 21 and October 28, 2008 at 5 p.m. "Behind the Emerald Curtain" is a private behind-the-scenes look at WICKED hosted by cast members. Participants will visit the exclusive "Behind the Emerald Curtain" Museum, which includes the set model by Tony Award-winner Eugene Lee and an up-close look at some of Tony Award-winner Susan Hilferty's costumes (with beautiful details not always visible from the audience), a few of the actual props and wigs from the show and film footage about the making of the global hit production.

The tour, which lasts about an hour, concludes with a question-and-answer portion with current cast members.  Participants are a


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