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STUDY HALL Comedy Show, Featuring Drexel University Professor Michael Yudell, Goes On Photo STUDY HALL Comedy Show, Featuring Drexel University Professor Michael Yudell, Goes Online
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2020

Study Hall Comedy Inspired by Lectures, one of Philadelphia's longest-running improv comedy shows, combines lectures and laughs in one fantastic hour never seen before and never to be seen again.

Theatre Philadelphia Announces Nominees For The 2019 BARRYMORE AWARDS Photo Theatre Philadelphia Announces Nominees For The 2019 BARRYMORE AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019

Theatre Philadelphia, the non-profit organization that promotes and celebrates theatre across the Philadelphia region, has announced this year's nominees for the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. 

Reading of ZACHARY HATES EVERYTHING Comes to Arden Theatre Company's Hamilton Family  Photo Reading of ZACHARY HATES EVERYTHING Comes to Arden Theatre Company's Hamilton Family Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2019

Up and coming playwright, Dori Feinstein, has written a new play intended to discuss the gray areas of consent in a culture that doesn't teach it. Dori was recent seen as a PlayPenn intern as well as in the Tribe 12 Fellowship Program, their project for which was designed to create and cater to open dialogue on consent through theatre and this new play is a direct example of how to use theatre for such a process. Directed by new and devised director, Anastassia Vertjanova, who was recently seen directing Blues For A Red Nation and Footballs, this piece will explore how drugs, trauma, and youth can affect consent, sexuality, and healing.

Lightning Rod Special Adds Extra Performance To THE APPOINTMENT At Next Door At NYTW Photo Lightning Rod Special Adds Extra Performance To THE APPOINTMENT At Next Door At NYTW
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2019

Due to popular demand, Lightning Rod Special (LRS) creator of the Obie-Award winning Underground Railroad Game, will add one additional performance to the sold-out run of their newest critically-acclaimed work, The Appointment. The additional performance will take place on Sunday, May 4, 2019 at 3pm; the final performance will take place on May 4, 2019 at 7:30pm.

Lightning Rod Special Presents THE APPOINTMENT at Next Door at NYTW Photo Lightning Rod Special Presents THE APPOINTMENT at Next Door at NYTW
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2019

Lightning Rod Special (LRS) creator of the Obie-Award winning Underground Railroad Game, announces the New York premiere of their newest theater work, The Appointment.

Berkeley Rep Announces 2019 Summer Lab Series Photo Berkeley Rep Announces 2019 Summer Lab Series
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2019

The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep's Center for the Creation and Development of New Work announced the 20 projects selected for its 2019 Summer Residency Lab. Chosen from over 620 submissions, these projects represent an expansive array of voices and theatrical forms and bring an innovative spirit to the eighth summer of the Lab.

FringeArts Kicks Off New High Pressure Fire Service Festival With Two Philly-Crafted  Photo FringeArts Kicks Off New High Pressure Fire Service Festival With Two Philly-Crafted Performances
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019

FringeArts kicks off their new High Pressure Fire Service Festival that celebrates Philadelphia artists and creators starting March 1. High Pressure Fire Service features some of Philadelphia's preeminent performers as they addresses issues of representation, gender, accessibility, reproductive justice, and more through devised theater, comedy, and participatory play.

Lightning Rod Special, Creators Of Obie-Award Winning UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME, Pres Photo Lightning Rod Special, Creators Of Obie-Award Winning UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME, Present Their Newest Work, THE APPOINTMENT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019

Original performance company Lightning Rod Special (LRS) is reaching the culmination of a three year effort as it premieres its newest theater work, THE APPOINTMENT, at FringeArts (140 N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia), running for a limited engagement March 20 through 31, 2019. The piece, which examines the contemporary abortion debate in America, will serve as the centerpiece of the FringeArts High Pressure Fire Service Festival, dedicated to promoting the next generation of vital theatre coming from Philadelphia. Opening night for press is Thursday, March 21 at 8PM.

FringeArts Announces Two New Annual Festivals Photo FringeArts Announces Two New Annual Festivals
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

Today FringeArts President and Producing Director Nick Stuccio and Artistic Producers Katy Dammers and Zach Blackwood announced the programming for two new FringeArts festivals. Blue Heaven presents twelve distinct comedy acts over two days this February 1 and 2. High Pressure Fire Service runs from March through June and features six new productions-five world premieres and one expanded remount-from some of Philadelphia's preeminent performers. These exciting new platforms expand FringeArts' already rich roster of programming-the flagship fall Fringe Festival, contemporary circus festival Hand to Hand, and year-round music, comedy, and cabaret performances-and further its mission to present world-class, contemporary performing arts that challenge convention and inspire new ways of thinking.

2018 Barrymore Award Nominations Announced For Excellence In Theatre Photo 2018 Barrymore Award Nominations Announced For Excellence In Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2018

Theatre Philadelphia, the region's marketing and leadership organization for theatre, proudly announces the 2018 nominees for the Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre. Celebrating the rich, diverse professional theatre scene in the Greater Philadelphia region, the Barrymore Ceremony will be held on Monday, November 5th at 7pm at the Bok Building at 1901 S. 9th Street in South Philadelphia. Guests will continue the festivities with an after-party Celebration at the same location. Tickets for artists, supporters, and the general public are now on sale at www.theatrephiladelphia.org.

Circadium School Of Contemporary Circus Hosts Test Flights Work-in-Progress Show 4/12 Photo Circadium School Of Contemporary Circus Hosts Test Flights Work-in-Progress Show 4/12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

Circadium School of Contemporary Circus presents the launch of Test Flights, a brand-new multi-disciplinary work-in-progress showing every month. Professional artists working in any discipline of live performance, including circus, theatre, dance, spoken-word, music and performance art, are invited to participate. Test Flights will be curated by  Circadium's Physical Theatre Instructor Ben Grinberg. This new monthly performance series is free and open to the public. 

Philadelphia Theater Maker Lee Minora In Residency At The Wilma Theater Photo Philadelphia Theater Maker Lee Minora In Residency At The Wilma Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2018

The Wilma Theater is excited to announce Lee Minora in Residency in the latter half of its 2017-18 Season. A solo artist, comedian and current teaching artist at the Wilma, Minora will develop her second solo show White Feminist as a part of the three-month long residency. With White Feminist, Minora is exposing the ugly truth behind respectability politics, "leaning in', and self-serving feminist hypocrisy done all wrong. White Feminist will have its first public showing at the Wilma Theater as a part of the HotHouse Crush Series on March 24th, under the direction of Alice York, co-artistic director of Lightning Rod Special.

Azuka Theatre Kicks Off 18th Season with THE GAP Photo Azuka Theatre Kicks Off 18th Season with THE GAP
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2017

Azuka Theatre kicks off their 18th season with the world premiere of The Gap by Emma Goidel. Rebecca Wright directs this dark comedy and mystery that centers around family secrets, performing, and sisterhood.

Ars Nova's UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME Tour Will Travel to Germany, D.C. and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Ars Nova has announced an international tour of the critically acclaimed Underground Railroad Game. The provocative production, which premiered in New York last year, was created by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard with Philadelphia based theater company Lightning Rod Special and directed by Taibi Magar.

POLYPHONE Festival to Return to University of the Arts This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

The University of the Arts' Ira Brind School of Theater Arts announces the lineup for year three of Polyphone, a 'festival of the emerging musical' at UArts in Philadelphia.

Ars Nova Extends UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME Through October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

In response to critical acclaim and popular demand, Ars Nova, New York's incubator for boundary-pushing theater, extends the sold-out, New York premiere of Underground Railroad Game to October 29.

Ars Nova to Present UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Ars Nova, New York's incubator for boundary-pushing theater, is pleased to present Underground Railroad Game (September 13-October 15), created by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard with Philadelphia based theater company Lightning Rod Special and directed by Taibi Magar.

Theatre Exile to Present WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? at Plays and Players Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Marital strife has never been so wickedly fun -- or dysfunctional. Following two sold-out and critically acclaimed productions, Theatre Exile ends their 18th season with Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Plays and Players Theater (1714 Delancey Place). Pearce Bunting (Boardwalk Empire), Catharine Slusar, Emilie Krause and Jake Blouch take the stage in this cultural landmark that has been riveting audiences for over 50 years and ruthlessly tears down the facade of the American family. Previews begin on Thursday, April 16, 2015 and opening night is Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:00pm. The show runs for a total of 32 performances through Sunday, May 17, 2015. Tickets are on sale now for $10.00 to $40.00 at www.theatreexile.org or by phone (215) 218-4022.

Theatre Exile to Present Philadelphia Premiere of THE WHALE, 2/5-3/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

Following a sold-out and critically acclaimed start to their 18th season, Theatre Exile returns to present the Philadelphia premiere of The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter from February 5 to March 1, 2015 at Theatre Exile's Studio X, 1340 S. 13th Street (13th and Reed Street)

InterAct Theatre Company to Premiere DOWN PAST PASSYUNK, 4/4-27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

InterAct Theatre Company brings to the stage the world premiere production of A. Zell Williams' Down Past Passyunk, inspired by the controversy stirred up by Philadelphia landmark Geno's Steaks. Down Past Passyunk runs from April 4 - 27, 2014 with previews from April 4 - 6. Press opening is April 9 at 7p.m. InterAct Theatre Company is located at 2030 Sansom Street. Performances will be held Tuesday - Sunday. Tickets start at just $22 and may be purchased by phone 215-568-8079, on-line at www.interacttheatre.org or in-person at the InterAct Theatre Company Box Office (M-F 10-6).