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Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Unveils 2024 Season Featuring Two World Premieres & More

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has unveiled announced their 2024 Season, which will include three adaptations of classic works, including two World Premieres, as well as their annual Educational Tour.

Photos: Get a First Look at The New Coordinates' AMERICAN SIDE EFECTOS at The Den Theatre

The New Coordinates, formerly The New Colony, is welcoming back live audiences this summer with a workshop production of Debbie Baños’s bittersweet memoir American Side Efectos, a raucous and ruthless dive into the American Dream directed by Esteban Arévalo Ibáñez. Get a first look at photos here!

The New Coordinates to Present Workshop Production of Debbie Baños's AMERICAN SIDE EFECTOS in July

The New Coordinates, formerly The New Colony, will welcome back live audiences this summer with a workshop production of Debbie Baños’s bittersweet memoir American Side Efectos, a raucous and ruthless dive into the American Dream directed by Esteban Arévalo Ibáñez.

Performances Begin Today for THEATRE FOR ONE: WE ARE HERE (NAIROBI EDITION)

This groundbreaking theatrical experience will feature five Nairobi based artists whose works question the liminal space between ancestry and civilization, the real and surreal, the inner being and our external existence.

THEATRE FOR ONE: WE ARE HERE (NAIROBI EDITION) to Make its World Premiere at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi

Theatre For One: We are Here (Nairobi Edition) will make its world premiere at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on September 15, running online on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays until September 26.

BWW Review: THE SUBURBS at Thrown Stone

On Saturday, August 28, 2021, I saw THE SUBURBS, a three segment show, each segment written by a different writer, including Catherine Yu, Tony Meneses, and Phanésia Pharel, respectively. All three stories are directed by Kholoud Sawaf.  With THE SUBURBS, Thrown Stone has presented a world premiere, which furthermore is a roving production set in three different venues, which in sequence include Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and West Lane Inn. 

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival to Move to New, Permanent Home in 2022

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival today announced that the company will move from its longtime home at Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, NY to a new site in Philipstown, NY gifted by philanthropist Christopher Davis as a permanent home for the company.

HUDSON VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Cancels 2020 Summer Season

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival announced today that, due to the crisis gripping New York and the country, as well as the ongoing restrictions on public gatherings, the 2020 Summer Season will be canceled for the safety of staff, artists, and audiences.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Announces Complete Summer 2020 Season

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has announced the complete lineup for the 2020 Summer Season, including Shakespeare's crookback villain Richard III and the lovestruck romantic comedy Love's Labor's Lost, alongside the world premiere of The Venetian Twins by Carlo Goldoni in a new adaptation by Christopher Bayes and Steven Epp. The 2020 season will also feature free performances of HVSF's family-friendly, touring production of Much Ado About Nothing. Performance schedule and casting will be announced at a later date.

Olney Theatre Launches Vanguard Arts Fund Workshops

Thanks to an endowment gift from the Eugene B. Casey Foundation, Olney Theatre Center announces the launch of its Vanguard Arts Fund to support collaboratively-developed new works. Starting in the 2019-20 season, the Fund will support an annual series of developmental workshops that push the boundaries of the theater form and bring together exceptional artists from around the region and around the world.

10,000 BALCONIES Announced At TheatreSquared

On August 30, TheatreSquared (T2) will stage a special workshop production of 10,000 Balconies as the first offering in the Spring Theatre at T2's new home in downtown Fayetteville. This new play, conceived, created and directed by Kholoud Sawaf (director of T2's Vietgone), loosely inspired by Romeo and Juliet, is set in modern Syria. 10,000 Balconies is an intimate window into the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world, suffused with its poetry, music, dance, and movement, and centered on a story of love in contemporary Damascus. With original music performed live by Hadi Eldebek (Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road project ensemble) and members of the cast, 10,000 Balconies is an immersive performance experience, offered in Northwest Arkansas from August 30 until September 1. The play's three-year developmenta?"which included a series of artist-driven workshops and retreats in Northwest Arkansas and New Yorka?"and public performances were made possible by a major grant from the Building Bridges Program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Theatresquared Announces 2019 Arkansas New Play Festival Lineup

TheatreSquared Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller announced today the lineup of new plays for the eleventh annual Arkansas New Play Festival. Five plays will be intensively developed by teams including the playwright, director, dramaturg, and professional cast for each project. Four will receive staged reading performances in Bentonville and in Fayetteville, including Ain't I A Woman by Na'Tosha De'Von, Carlo at the Wedding by Bryna Turner, He Did It by Rachel Lynett, and Teen Dad by Adrienne Dawes. The fifth project is Blanket Statements, a brand-new devised work by Northwest Arkansas's own LatinX Theatre Project, and will culminate in a fully staged workshop performance. With this collaboration, the Project and T2 are launching a new affiliation which extends artistic, production, and institutional support to the young company, supported by a major grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW'S Tala Ashe Joins Noor Theatre's 48 Hour Forum

Noor Theatre is thrilled to announce initial casting for its 4th annual 48 Hour Forum. The diverse roster of actors will each be randomly assigned to a playwright and director during the event. Joining Tala Ashe ("Legends of Tomorrow," "Smash") are Nikki Massoud ("Succession," "Mozart in the Jungle"), Marjan Neshat ("Quantico"), Dan Domingues ("The Blacklist"), May Calamawy ("The Long Road Home," "Madam Secretary"), Amel Khalil (There is a Field), Thomas Muccioli (The Trojan Women), Kesav Wable (Lily in the Grinder), Sharina Martin (Manhood), Leta Renee-Alan (The Place We Built), Cleo Gray (#serials@theflea), J.D. Goldblatt (Les Miserables), Isra Elsalihie (The Good Man), Veracity Butcher (Benghazi Bergen-Belsen), Wesley T. Jones ("Seven Seconds"), and Grace Canahuati ("Celebrity Ghost Stories").

VIETGONE Comes to Arkansas March 18

The irreverent new comedy and recent off-Broadway hit Vietgonewill begin performances at TheatreSquared on March 14. Set in 1975 after the Fall of Saigon, this New York Times Critics' Pick is a stranger-than-fiction true love story between two refugees-who find each other on the other side of the world. Qui Nguyen, a playwright and screenwriter for Marvel Studios, deploys hip-hop, fight sequences, and up-to-the-minute pop culture references to tell his own origin story as his parents "meet cute" in the repurposed barracks of a relocation camp in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

Photo Coverage: Inside the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony

Yesterday, May 19, Broadway's brightest gathered at the Marriott Marquis Times Square to celebrate this year's Drama League Awards nominees for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. BroadwayWorld caught the last of the red carpet arrivals and even got a sneak peek inside the ceremony in the Broadway Ballroom and the Marriott Marquis.

Photo Coverage: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, GREAT COMET and More Attend the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony

Yesterday, May 19, Broadway's brightest gathered at the Marriott Marquis Times Square to celebrate this year's Drama League Awards nominees for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. BroadwayWorld is bringing you even more snapshots from the event, check them out below!

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet at the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony

Yesterday, May 19, Broadway's brightest gathered at the Marriott Marquis Times Square to celebrate this year's Drama League Awards nominees for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award. BroadwayWorld was on the red carpet to capture the arrivals, check out the photos below!

Photo Coverage: Meet the Drama League Directors Project Fellows

Monday night, a kickoff dinner was held honoring the 2017 Directors Project fellows. The dinner took place at the home of Broadway producers and BroadwayHD co-founders Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley. The guest of honor of the evening was Moritz von Stuelpnagel (director of Present Laughter, Hand To God), who is a Directors Project alumnus himself.

The Drama League Announces the 2017 Fellowship Recipients of the Directors Project

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced the eleven exceptional stage directors who have been selected as the 2017 Directing Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project.

TheatreSquared Announces the 2017/18 Lineup for T2 SEASON 12

TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller today announced TheatreSquared Season 12, a year-long lineup of world and regional premieres and acclaimed new plays. Season packages are on sale today, with six-play packages starting at $89, by phone at (479) 571-2785 or online at theatre2.org/subscribe.

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