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BWW Review: CHEKHOV INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL IN MOSCOW PRESENTS ELECTRA IN THE  Photo BWW Review: CHEKHOV INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL IN MOSCOW PRESENTS ELECTRA IN THE UNDERWORLD at Mossovet Moscow Theatre
by Ani Arutyunyan - Nov 29, 2021

This year Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow welcomed √ČLECTRE DES BAS-FONDS (Electra in the Underworld) - the show initially premiered in legendary Th√©√Ętre du Soleil in 2019 and directed by an acclaimed actor and theatre director Simon Abkarian. Abkarian is a former member of the famous Ariane Mnoushkine's theatre company. In his production the director revisited Greek mythology, mixing several myths about Electra and Orestes, and produced an original story representing different cultures and traditions, showing actors in Indian costumes, using Japanese music etc. Those unexpected eclectic pieces made the show more unconventional and universally conceivable. In a short interview Abkarian underlined that this is a contemporary version of Greek tragedy. The director rewrote the whole story, it is no more about revenge and more about sacrifice and survival in a man's world.

FUTURE IDS AT ALCATRAZ On Display At New Industries Building on Alcatraz Island Photo FUTURE IDS AT ALCATRAZ On Display At New Industries Building on Alcatraz Island
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 17, 2019

Future IDs at Alcatraz, a yearlong project, exhibition, and series of monthly public programs on view in the New Industries Building on Alcatraz Island until October 2019, brings attention to criminal justice reform efforts and second chances. The exhibition encourages the viewer to reevaluate ideas about rehabilitation, reentry, and reintegration, which features ID inspired artwork created by individuals who have a conviction history as they conceive and develop a vision for a future self.

The Actors' Gang Presents VIOLENCE: THE MISADVENTURES OF SPIKE SPANGLE, FARMER Photo The Actors' Gang Presents VIOLENCE: THE MISADVENTURES OF SPIKE SPANGLE, FARMER
by Julie Musbach - Apr 9, 2019

The Actors' Gang presents VIOLENCE: The Misadventures of Spike Spangle, Farmer, written by The Actors' Gang Artistic Director Tim Robbins and Adam Simon and directed by Bob Turton, who was most recently seen at The Actors' Gang as "The Maniac" in Accidental Death of an Anarchist. This no-holds barred satire of militarism and media manipulation begins performances May 2nd (Press Opening May 11th at 8:00pm) and will run Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through June 22nd. 

The Actors' Gang Theater Announces One Act Festival, March 14 - April 20 Photo The Actors' Gang Theater Announces One Act Festival, March 14 - April 20
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 11, 2019

The Actors' Gang presents One Act Festival, featuring two contrasting programs performed in repertory. Show one, entitled The Classic, begins performances March 14th (press opening March 23) and features two classic one-act plays -- Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, directed by Brian T. Finney, and Samuel Beckett's Krapps's Last Tape, directed by Cynthia Ettinger. Show two, entitled The Original, begins performances March 16 (Press Opening March 29) and features three new one-act plays written, directed, and acted by The Actors Gang ensemble:  Tradition, written by James Edward Bane and directed by Tess Vidal, A Perfect World, written by Lynde Houck and directed by Danielle Powell, and Clean Slate, written by Bob Turton and directed by Zoe Hall. Both programs will run Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through April 20th.  

Serj Tankian Releases Soundtrack For Award Winning Film THE LAST INHABITANT Photo Serj Tankian Releases Soundtrack For Award Winning Film THE LAST INHABITANT
by Tori Hartshorn - Feb 1, 2019

Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter, composer, poet and visual artist Serj Tankian today released the soundtrack to award winning film The Last Inhabitant via his own label Serjical Strike Records. The film was theatrically released in 2016 and was well received to audiences in theatres and film festivals internationally, picking up awards and accolades along the way. The Last Inhabitant was Tankian's second film at the helm as composer, and he's since created musical scores for multiple award winning films. The soundtrack is available now globally via iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms worldwide.

The Actor's Gang Theater Presents APHRODITE'S HOLIDAY SHOW Photo The Actor's Gang Theater Presents APHRODITE'S HOLIDAY SHOW
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2018

The Actors' Gang production of APHRODITE'S HOLIDAY SHOW will begin Thursday, November 29th as part of The Actors' Gang 2018/19 Hellzapoppin' Season. APHRODITE'S HOLIDAY SHOW will perform every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, through December 16th.

Serj Tankian Set To Release Soundtrack For Award Winning Film SPITAK Photo Serj Tankian Set To Release Soundtrack For Award Winning Film SPITAK
by Tori Hartshorn - Nov 20, 2018

Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter, composer, poet and visual artist Serj Tankian will be releasing the soundtrack to award winning filmSpitak¬†via his own label Serjical Strike Records. This marks the fifth feature film with Serj Tankian at the helm as composer of the musical score.¬†Spitak ‚Äď Original Motion Picture Soundtrack¬†is slated for a global release via iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms worldwide on¬†November 30.

JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN Extends At The Actors Gang Through Today Photo JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN Extends At The Actors Gang Through Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2018

The Actors' Gang has announced an extension of 'Johnny Got His Gun' at the Ivy Substation, adding two performances, a matinee performance on November 11th, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and Veteran's Day and an evening performance on November 14th. The stage adaptation of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, written by Bradley Rand Smith and directed by Tim Robbins, began previews on October 6th and opened October 13th.

JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN Extends At The Actors Gang Through 11/14 Photo JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN Extends At The Actors Gang Through 11/14
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 7, 2018

The Actors' Gang has announced an extension of 'Johnny Got His Gun' at the Ivy Substation, adding two performances, a matinee performance on November 11th, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and Veteran's Day and an evening performance on November 14th. The stage adaptation of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, written by Bradley Rand Smith and directed by Tim Robbins, began previews on October 6th and opened October 13th.

JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN Opens At The Actors' Gang Next Month Photo JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN Opens At The Actors' Gang Next Month
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 20, 2018

The Actors' Gang announced today that the stage adaptation of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, written by Bradley Rand Smith and directed by Tim Robbins, will kick off The Actors' Gang 2018/19 Season from Saturday, October 6th to Saturday, November 10th, 2018. The press opening is Saturday, October 13.

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STAGE TUBE: Sally Potter's RAGE The Movie - Trailer
by Eddie Varley - Sep 15, 2009

RAGE will have the worlds first interactive multi-cinema film premiere. Defying the usual conventions of film, RAGE is the new cinematic creation from writer-director Sally Potter.