Latest News on J Stephen Brantley

by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2019

Luna Stage will present Gabriel Jason Dean's Heartland from April 4-28. The intercontinental love story directed by Ari Laura Kreith will be the fourth production of Luna's 2018-2019 Season. Set in Nebraska and Afghanistan, it has been described as 'a magical new play about family, grace, and the consequences of defending an American Empire." (more...)

LBP Announces 29th Annual New Works FestivalLBP Announces 29th Annual New Works Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2019

On Friday, March 29, 2019, the Long Beach Playhouse kicks off its 29th annual New Works Festival in its Studio Theatre. Founded in 1990, it is a national competition for unproduced plays submitted by novice and veteran playwrights. (more...)

Luna Stage Presents World Premiere of ROAN @ THE GATESLuna Stage Presents World Premiere of ROAN @ THE GATES
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019

Luna Stage will launch 2019 with the World Premiere of Christina Gorman's cyber-security romance Roan @ The Gates by, directed by Michelle Tattenbaum. An exploration of internet privacy and the risks of whistleblowing, this suspenseful new play examines the cost of doing the right thing. (more...)

BWW Previews: NEW WORKS DEBUT DURING 2019 21ST CENTURY VOICES: NEW PLAY FESTIVAL at American StageBWW Previews: NEW WORKS DEBUT DURING 2019 21ST CENTURY VOICES: NEW PLAY FESTIVAL at American Stage
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Jan 3, 2019

Imagine combing through 500 diverse submissions of new works to choose selections to perform during the third annual 21ST CENTURY VOICES: NEW PLAY FESTIVAL at American Stage. Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte and a committee of 40 members read and evaluated each new play and selected five outstanding plays for staged readings on January 3-6, 2019. (more...)

Luna Stage Presents World Premiere Of ROAN @ THE GATES By Christina GormanLuna Stage Presents World Premiere Of ROAN @ THE GATES By Christina Gorman
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2019

Luna Stage will launch 2019 with the World Premiere of Christina Gorman's cyber-security romance Roan @ The Gates by, directed by Michelle Tattenbaum. An exploration of internet privacy and the risks of whistleblowing, this suspenseful new play examines the cost of doing the right thing. (more...)

American Stage Announces 2019 21ST CENTURY VOICES: NEW PLAY FESTIVALAmerican Stage Announces 2019 21ST CENTURY VOICES: NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2018

American Stage is excited to continue their support of the next generation of American playwrights with their 2019 21ST CENTURY VOICES: NEW PLAY FESTIVAL. This festival is a core component of our 21stCENTURY VOICES: EMERGING PLAYS, dedicated to discovering, developing, and introducing audiences to new works for the stage. A diverse committee of 40 community members works alongside our Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte each year to read and evaluate over 500 new play submissions from up-and-coming playwrights across the globe. (more...)

BWW Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at Ensemble Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at Ensemble Theatre Company
by Maggie Yates - Dec 14, 2018

Ensemble Theatre Company's production of The Legend of Georgia McBride, directed by Jenny Sullivan, avoids the landmines. It's neither preachy nor offensive, and it tells a story of redemption that's timely, socially relevant, and charming. The show takes place over the period of a year, starting and ending around Christmas, an appropriate staging choice for a piece with such a clear connection to the general themes of the yuletide season. Georgia McBride is about family, forgiveness, celebration, and general joy to the world. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Ensemble Theatre Company's THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDEPhoto Flash: First Look at Ensemble Theatre Company's THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2018

Elvis has indeed left the building! ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) has announced the second show of its 40th Anniversary Season, THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE, written by Matthew Lopez, directed by Jenny Sullivan with choreography by Jamie Torcellini. THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE begins previews on Thursday, December 6, opens on Saturday, December 8, and runs through Sunday, December 23, 2018 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara. (more...)

Photo Flash: Ensemble Theatre Company Presents THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDEPhoto Flash: Ensemble Theatre Company Presents THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2018

Elvis has indeed left the building!  ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) is thrilled to announce the second show of its 40th Anniversary Season, THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE, written by Matthew Lopez, directed by Jenny Sullivan with choreography by Jamie Torcellini. THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE begins previews on Thursday, December 6, opens on Saturday, December 8, and runs through Sunday, December 23, 2018 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara. (more...)

Ensemble Theatre Company Continues Anniversary Season with THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDEEnsemble Theatre Company Continues Anniversary Season with THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2018

Elvis has indeed left the building! ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) is thrilled to announce the second show of its 40th Anniversary Season, THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE, written by Matthew Lopez, directed by Jenny Sullivan with choreography by Jamie Torcellini. THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE begins previews on Thursday, December 6, opens on Saturday, December 8, and runs through Sunday, December 23, 2018 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara. (more...)

BWW Review: PIRIRA by J. Stephen Brantley and Directed by Ari Laura Kreith at Luna StageBWW Review: PIRIRA by J. Stephen Brantley and Directed by Ari Laura Kreith at Luna Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2018

Pirira by J. Stephen Brantley opens Luna Stage's 2018-19 season with a bang. Under the new leadership of Ari Laura Kreith (who directed the production) Pirira continues and expands Luna's commitment to timely plays where social justice is an undercurrent. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Luna Stage's newest program, Short & Show, joins the screening of a short film with a MainStage Luna production. In a distinctive Luna move, the theater company is offering a double bill of two works of art in two different disciplines: the showing of a thrilling new short film, Midnights, directed by NJ-based Alvaro Donado, and Pirira on the MainStage. Midnights was filmed on location in nearby Paterson, and this screening will be its West Orange premiere. Both works of art deal with decent people in dangerous situations who, against the odds, attempt to do the right thing. Luna's Short & Show will be Friday, October 19 (Midnights at 7:15pm, Pirira at 8pm) and Sunday, October 21 (Midnights at 2:15pm, Pirira at 3pm). (more...)

Luna Stage to Host an Illuminating Conversation with Grass Roots ActivistsLuna Stage to Host an Illuminating Conversation with Grass Roots Activists
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

Luna Stage will host a lively post-show conversation with Elizabeth Juliver, Co-founder and Political Director of NJ 11th For Change, a grassroots progressive activist group centered in New Jersey's 11th Congressional district, where Democrat Mikie Sherril and Republican Jay Webber are running for the seat vacated by Peter Frelinghuysen. Also participating in the conversation are Analilia Mejia, Director on NJ Working Families, and Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Urban Studies at The New School. The discussion will follow the Saturday, October 13 performance of Pirira. Pirira is a vibrant, political, big-hearted play and will serve as the perfect partner for an animated and informative conversation with three progressive political activists about the nature of activism today and how to get get involved. (more...)

PIRIRA Opens At Luna Stage This Friday, Oct 12PIRIRA Opens At Luna Stage This Friday, Oct 12
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018

Luna Stage will launch its 2018-19 Season with J.Stephen Brantley's award-winning play Pirira, directed by Luna's new Artistic Director Ari Laura Kreith. Opening Night is set for Friday, October 12 at 8pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: FIrst Look at the NJ Premiere of PIRIRAPhoto Flash: FIrst Look at the NJ Premiere of PIRIRA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

Luna Stage will launch its 2018-19 Season with J.Stephen Brantley's award-winning play Pirira, directed by Luna's new Artistic Director Ari Laura Kreith. Set simultaneously in Malawi and New York, the play explores the challenges of international aid across interpersonal borders, and how we bridge seemingly impossible cultural divides. (more...)

Luna Stage Kicks Off 2018-2019 Season With NJ Premiere of PIRIRALuna Stage Kicks Off 2018-2019 Season With NJ Premiere of PIRIRA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2018

Luna Stage will launch its 2018-19 Season with J.Stephen Brantley's award-winning play Pirira, directed by Luna's new Artistic Director Ari Laura Kreith. Set simultaneously in Malawi and New York, the play explores the challenges of international aid across interpersonal borders, and how we bridge seemingly impossible cultural divides. (more...)

Luna Stage Hires New LeadershipLuna Stage Hires New Leadership
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2018

Luna Stage Company launched a new era on July 1, when it welcomed Ari Laura Kreith as Artistic Director and Miriam Gardin as Managing Director. The new team has announced a MainStage season featuring four new plays set in locations ranging from Malawi to Manhattan. They are committed to developing work that inspires empathy, provokes dialogue, catalyzes action, and reflects local voices as well as national and international conversations. (more...)

Luna Stage 2018-19 Mainstage Season AnnouncedLuna Stage 2018-19 Mainstage Season Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2018

Luna Stage recently announced its 2018-2019 Mainstage season, featuring four new plays: one world premiere and three regional premieres. The plays are set in locations around the world, each exploring the question of how we come together across cultural and social divides. Luna's season begins October 4 and runs through April 28, and the plays will be Pirira by J. Stephen Brantley, The Assignment by Camilo Almonacid, Roan @ the Gates by Christina Gorman, and Heartland by Gabriel Jason Dean. All performances will take place in Luna's Mainstage theater, at 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ. Season Passes are now on sale, and special discounts are available. (more...)

Blessed Unrest Presents THIS IS MODERN ARTBlessed Unrest Presents THIS IS MODERN ART
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2018

Who decides what art is and where it belongs, and what is the role of race, class, and pedigree? THIS IS MODERN ART, the acclaimed and controversial 2014 play by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval, based on the 2010 "bombing" of the Art Institute of Chicago by an underground graffiti crew, is making its New York debut. The production by Blessed Unrest is directed by Jessica Burr and performing as part of the inaugural season of Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th Street between Bowery & 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003.) (more...)

Theatre 167 Brings New Musical About Environmental Activist Rachel Carson To MontclairTheatre 167 Brings New Musical About Environmental Activist Rachel Carson To Montclair
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

A new musical about environmental activist Rachel Carson will be presented Jan 19 and 20 at Union Congregational Church in Montclair. The award-winning project with music by Jared Field and book/lyrics by Jessie Field will be directed by Montclair's Ari Laura Kreith and produced by Theatre 167 as part of their 167 West: Art Into Action series. (more...)

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