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Nicholas Viselli, Artistic Director of Theater Breaking Through Barriers, Delivers U. Photo Nicholas Viselli, Artistic Director of Theater Breaking Through Barriers, Delivers U.S. World Theatre Day Message
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 27, 2020

The Global Theater Initiative invites all theatres, individual artists, institutions, and audiences to celebrate the 59th annual World Theatre Day on March 27, 2020. Each year, a renowned theatre artist is invited by the International Theatre Institute Worldwide in Shanghai to craft an international message to mark the global occasion.

PUBLIC SERVANT By Bekah Brunstetter Sets Open Caption/Audio Described Performances Photo PUBLIC SERVANT By Bekah Brunstetter Sets Open Caption/Audio Described Performances
by A.A. Cristi - May 29, 2019

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (Samuel D. Hunter's The Healing) kicks off its 40th Anniversary with the World Premiere of PUBLIC SERVANT by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC's Emmy-winning drama This Is Us and the just announced Oklahoma TV series). 

PUBLIC SERVANT By Bekah Brunstetter Begins Previews Tomorrow Off-Broadway Photo PUBLIC SERVANT By Bekah Brunstetter Begins Previews Tomorrow Off-Broadway
by Stephi Wild - May 24, 2019

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (Samuel D. Hunter's The Healing) kicks off its 40th Anniversary season with the World Premiere of PUBLIC SERVANT by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC's Emmy-winning drama This Is Us and the just announced Oklahoma TV series). Directed by Geordie Broadwater, the production stars Chris Henry Coffey (Broadway's Bronx Bombers, David Schwimmer's Trust opposite Clive Owen and Viola Davis), Christine Bruno (Jose Rivera's adaption of The Maids, Bekah Brunstetter's Forgotten Corners of Your Dark, Dark Place with TBTB) and newcomer Anna Lentz in her Off-Broadway debut. The play is the second part of a trilogy of plays by Brunstetter that kicked off with The Cake in February at Manhattan Theatre Club. Previews for PUBLIC SERVANT begin May 25 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre with opening night on Thursday, June 6.

Casting Set For Off-Broadway Premiere Of PUBLIC SERVANT By Bekah Brunstetter Photo Casting Set For Off-Broadway Premiere Of PUBLIC SERVANT By Bekah Brunstetter
by Julie Musbach - Apr 25, 2019

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (Samuel D. Hunter's The Healing) kicks off its 40th Anniversary season with the World Premiere of PUBLIC SERVANT by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC's Emmy-winning drama This Is Us and the just announced Oklahoma TV series).

Photo Flash: First Off-Broadway Revival Of A.R. Gurney's THE FOURTH WALL Photo Photo Flash: First Off-Broadway Revival Of A.R. Gurney's THE FOURTH WALL
by A.A. Cristi - May 30, 2018

Theater Breaking Through Barriers celebrates playwright A.R. Gurney with the first Off-Broadway revival of his comedy THE FOURTH WALL. Directed by Christopher Burris, performances run through June 23 at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at The A.R.T./New York Theatres. 

Charles Ludlam's THE ARTIFICIAL JUNGLE Gets Off-Broadway Revival
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Theater Breaking Through Barriers, who scored a hit last summer with Samuel D. Hunter's The Healing, celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company with the first Off-Broadway revival of THE ARTIFICIAL JUNGLE by Charles Ludlam.

Theater Breaking Through Barriers Provides Catharsis for At-Risk Youth via SING FOR HOPE
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 22, 2017

Sing for Hope is proud to announce an exciting new Cultural Partnership Program that supports NYC-area arts organizations in their efforts to increase reach, diversify audiences, and model civic spirit. The Sing for Hope Cultural Partnership Program is a go-to resource for arts organizations that want to engage communities on a broader scale, but may not have the budget or bandwidth to establish a fulI community outreach department.

THIS IS US Scribe and Neil LaBute Among Writers of THE OTHER PLAYS
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 6, 2017

Theater Breaking Through Barriers, who scored a hit this past summer with Samuel D. Hunter's The Healing, will kick off its 38th season with the World Premiere of THE OTHER PLAYS: SHORT PLAYS ABOUT THE OTHERNESS IN OUR SOCIETY, a bill of new short works by playwrights Dennis A. Allen II, Bekah Brunstetter (a Writers Guild Award nominee for This Is Us), Lameece Isaaq, Neil LaBute and Tatiana Rivera. This evening of short plays exploring the themes of race, religion, sexual identity, and social otherness begins previews on March 10 at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at The A.R.T./New York Theatres. Opening night is set for Thursday, March 16.

Samuel D. Hunter's New Drama THE HEALING Heads Off-Broadway Beginning Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2016

Theater Breaking Through Barriers will present the World Premiere of THE HEALING by Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale, A Bright New Boise). It will be directed by Stella Powell-Jones. Previews begin June 11 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre with opening night slated for June 22.

Samuel D. Hunter's THE HEALING Begins Tomorrow at Clurman Theatre
by Tyler Peterson - Jun 10, 2016

Theater Breaking Through Barriers presents the World Premiere of THE HEALING by Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale, A Bright New Boise). It is directed by Stella Powell-Jones. Previews begin June 11 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre with opening night slated for June 22.

Samuel D. Hunter's New Drama THE HEALING Heads Off-Broadway This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Theater Breaking Through Barriers will present the World Premiere of THE HEALING by Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale, A Bright New Boise). It will be directed by Stella Powell-Jones. Previews begin June 11 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre with opening night slated for June 22.

Photo Flash: TBTB Celebrates Opening of Agatha Christie's THE UNEXPECTED GUEST
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) just celebrated the opening night of its revival of Agatha Christie's The Unexpected Guest - running through May 10 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) - and honored the 35-year legacy of its late founding Artistic Director Ike Schambelan. Scroll down for photos!

Photo Flash: First Look at TBTB's THE UNEXPECTED GUEST, Opening This Weekend Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) launches its 2015 season with a revival of Agatha Christie's rarely seen 1958 thriller THE UNEXPECTED GUEST, currently in preview prior to opening Sunday, April 19 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan. Victoria Rauch-Lichterman directs the production for TBTB, the critically acclaimed theatre company dedicated to advancing artists with disabilities and changing the image of people with disabilities from dependence to independence. Off-Broadway performances run through May 10. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!May 10. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

TBTB to Host Gala Celebrating THE UNEXPECTED GUEST & Founding Artistic Director, 4/19
by Tyler Peterson - Apr 14, 2015

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) celebrates the 35-year legacy of its Founding Artistic Director Ike Schambelan and the opening night of its current production, Agatha Christie's rarely seen 1958 thriller THE UNEXPECTED GUEST, with a gala benefit on Sunday, April 19. The performance begins at 6:00pm at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street). A reception with the cast, TBTB members, and special guests follows the performance, at 8:30pm, at Playwrights Horizons (416 West 42nd Street).

TBTB's THE UNEXPECTED GUEST Begins Tonight at Theatre Row
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) launches its 2015 season with a revival of Agatha Christie's rarely seen 1958 thriller The Unexpected Guest, with Off-Broadway previews set to begin tonight, April 11 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan.

TBTB to Stage Agatha Christie's THE UNEXPECTED GUEST Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) launches its 2015 season with a revival of Agatha Christie's rarely seen 1958 thriller The Unexpected Guest, with Off-Broadway previews set to begin April 11 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) in Manhattan.

WAKE UP with BWW 2/6/2015 - CHURCHILL, LOVE / SICK, SNOW ORCHID, GRAMMYs and More!
by Jessica Showers - Feb 6, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: CHURCHILL and LOVE / SICK start off-Broadway tonight, with THE LION and SNOW ORCHID opening this weekend, plus the GRAMMY Awards are set for Sunday!

Theater Breaking Through Barriers Artistic Director Ike Schambelan Dies at 75
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

According to The New York Times, Ike Schambelan, artistic director of Theater Breaking Through Barriers for more than three decades, died Tuesday, February 3, 2015, due to cancer. He was 75.

TBTB Receives Sapolin Award from NYC Mayor's Office
by Tyler Peterson - Aug 21, 2014

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) received a 2014 ADA Sapolin Award in recognition of its artistic excellence and commitment to advancing people with disabilities. The award is to be presented by Victor Calise, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, at a reception in honor of the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, on Tuesday, August 19, at the New York Public Library in Manhattan.

TBTB Adds 6/14 ASL Performance for POWER PLAYS by Hwang, LaBute, Guare, Brunstetter and Graham
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2014

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB), the critically acclaimed theater company dedicated to advancing artists with disabilities and changing the image of people with disabilities from dependence to independence, presents its fourth annual short play festival, POWER PLAYS -- a collection of five world-premiere short plays by celebrated playwrights Bekah Brunstetter, Bruce Graham, John Guare, David Henry Hwang and Neil LaBute -- with performances to run June 12-29 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street). The company is proud to announce that the 8pm performance today, June 14 will feature ASL interpretation by sign language interpreters Sarah Brandenburg and Craig Fogel.

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