LAB RFSULTS: The Antaeus Playwrights Lab Festival Opens Today LAB RFSULTS: The Antaeus Playwrights Lab Festival Opens Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

Six new plays by award-winning, mid-career writers will have readings on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 as part of the new Lab Results: The Antaeus Playwrights Lab Festival series at Antaeus Theatre Company. (more...)

Review: THE CAKE Proves That Love is Always the Key Ingredient in Life Review: THE CAKE Proves That Love is Always the Key Ingredient in Life
by Shari Barrett - Sep 22, 2018

When Della and her Goddaughter Jen have a truthful heart-to-heart about making the decision whether or not the wedding cake will be baked at Della's Sweets, even though you may need a Kleenex, listen closely to the truthful honesty with which the lines are delivered by these two actresses dedicated to showing audiences that neither side is right nor wrong, just diametrically opposed and correct to each of them. And I am not revealing whether or not Della bakes the cake or even attends the wedding as the truth is revealed during the final moments of the play when THE CAKE proves that love is always the key ingredient in life. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Jennifer Chambers Shares Her Winning Recipe For THE CAKE BWW Interview: Director Jennifer Chambers Shares Her Winning Recipe For THE CAKE
by Gil Kaan - Sep 14, 2018

Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE will once again be served on a Los Angeles stage. Helmed by its original world premiere director Jennifer Chambers, THE CAKE has already begun previews, with opening night September 20, 2018 at the Geffen Theatre. A topic still making headlines, a baker's refusal to bake a cake gets uncomfortably personal when the cake's for family. We had the chance to chat with Jennifer on the secret ingredients of Bekah's simply delicious concoction. (more...)

LAB RFSULTS: The Antaeus Playwrights Lab Festival Opens 9/28 LAB RFSULTS: The Antaeus Playwrights Lab Festival Opens 9/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2018

Six new plays by award-winning, mid-career writers will have readings on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 as part of the new Lab Results: The Antaeus Playwrights Lab Festival series at Antaeus Theatre Company. (more...)

Stage Raw Announces Its 2017-2018 Theater Award Recipients Stage Raw Announces Its 2017-2018 Theater Award Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2018

The 2018 Stage Raw Theater Awards celebrate excellence on the Los Angeles stages in venues of 99-seats or under. This fourth annual edition included productions that opened between January 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. Stage Raw is a community funded professional journalism website that was created in response to the decline of arts coverage in local mainstream and alternative media.The Awards ceremony was held Monday night, August 20, at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, hosted by Coeurage Theatre Company, and co-directed by Jer Adrianne Lelliott, Thaddeus Shafer and Lauren Ludwig. Winners notated in red below. (more...)

Cast Announced For THE CAKE At Geffen Playhouse Cast Announced For THE CAKE At Geffen Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

Geffen Playhouse today announced the full cast for its encore production of The Cake, directed by Jennifer Chambers (Bed, Better), who also directed the world premiere for the Echo Theater Company in 2017. The cast features Morrison Keddie (Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream) as George, Shannon Lucio (The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, American Horror Story) as Jen, Rod McLachlan (What the Butler Saw, Wait Until Dark) as Tim, Carolyn Ratteray (The Imaginary Invalid, Pygmalion) as Macy and Debra Jo Rupp (That 70's Show, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Della, reprising the role for which she received an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Lead Actress in a Play. (more...)

Stage Raw Announces Nominees For 2017-2018 Los Angeles Theatrical Excellence Stage Raw Announces Nominees For 2017-2018 Los Angeles Theatrical Excellence
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2018

The 2018 Stage Raw Theater Awards celebrate excellence on the Los Angeles stages in venues of 99-seats or under. This fourth annual edition includes productions that opened between January 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. (more...)

Stage Raw Announces Nominees For 2017-2018 LOS ANGELES THEATRICAL EXCELLENCE! Stage Raw Announces Nominees For 2017-2018 LOS ANGELES THEATRICAL EXCELLENCE!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

The 2018 Stage Raw Theater Awards celebrate excellence on the Los Angeles stages in venues of 99-seats or under. This fourth annual edition includes productions that opened between January 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. (more...)

Tyler Hanes, Addie Morales Among Stars Headed to Barrington Stage Tyler Hanes, Addie Morales Among Stars Headed to Barrington Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2018

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires (Pittsfield, MA) under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is pleased to announce additional casting for the 2018 Season. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Barrington Stage Co. Celebrates Opening Night of THE CAKE Photo Coverage: Barrington Stage Co. Celebrates Opening Night of THE CAKE
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 25, 2018

To pun the title of the current hit show on the Boyd/Quinson Main Stage, Debra Jo Rupp is an esteemed member of 'The Royal Family of Barrington Stage Company' inasmuch she is a BSC Associate Artist. She is brilliant in The Cake! (more...)

Debra Jo Rupp To Star In Berkshire Premiere Of THE CAKE Debra Jo Rupp To Star In Berkshire Premiere Of THE CAKE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2018

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, presents the regional premiere of The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC's This Is Us). Previews begin June 21, with an official opening night on June 24, with performances through July 15 on the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). (more...)

Michael Arden, Jo Bonney, Robert O'Hara to Direct in Geffen Playhouse's 2018/2019 Season Michael Arden, Jo Bonney, Robert O'Hara to Direct in Geffen Playhouse's 2018/2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2018

The Geffen Playhouse today announced that it has added three directors to its upcoming 2018/2019 season, the first from new Artistic Director Matt Shakman. Tony Award nominee Michael Arden will direct Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted by and starring Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays; Obie Award winner Jo Bonney will direct the world premiere of Jose Rivera's The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona; and Obie Award-winner Robert O'Hara will direct the world premiere of Inda Craig-Galvan's Black Super Hero Magic Mama. (more...)

WP Theater's 2018 Women Of Achievement Awards To Honor Daryl Roth and Beth Hammack WP Theater's 2018 Women Of Achievement Awards To Honor Daryl Roth and Beth Hammack
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2018

WP Theater, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty and Managing Director Michael Sag, is thrilled to announce WP THEATER'S 40th ANNIVERSARY SEASON GALA honoring game-changing women with the Women of Achievement Awards. The gala, chaired by WP Board Members Laura Beinner and Jenna Segal, will honor Goldman Sachs Treasurer Beth Hammack and Tony Award-winning producer Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots, Indecent, The Normal Heart). (more...)

Laura Michelle Kelly, Chip Zien, Debra Jo Rupp Join Line-Up for Barrington Stage's 2018 Season! Laura Michelle Kelly, Chip Zien, Debra Jo Rupp Join Line-Up for Barrington Stage's 2018 Season!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2018

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires (Pittsfield, MA) under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is pleased to announce initial casting for the 2018 Season. (more...)

Barrington Stage Now Accepting Submissions for The Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award Barrington Stage Now Accepting Submissions for The Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

The Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award, a national new play contest at Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is accepting submissions through April 30, 2018. The Grand Prize winner will receive $25,000 from Barrington Stage Company. (more...)

The Geffen Playhouse Announces 2018/2019 Season; HUGHIE, ANTIGONE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and More! The Geffen Playhouse Announces 2018/2019 Season; HUGHIE, ANTIGONE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2018

The Geffen Playhouse today announced the nine productions that will make up its 2018/2019 season, the first from new Artistic Director Matt Shakman. The season will focus on world premiere plays from acclaimed playwrights that reflect a culturally diverse Los Angeles and revivals of classic works that are relevant to the issues of today. (more...)

Barrington Stage Company Announces 2018 Season Featuring WEST SIDE STORY, DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2, and World Premieres Barrington Stage Company Announces 2018 Season Featuring WEST SIDE STORY, DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2, and World Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2018

Barrington Stage Company and Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, has announced the 2018 season, which will feature three world premieres, including a major new musical from Tony Awards winners William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, a new play from Off Broadway Alliance Award winner Lloyd Suh, and the first major production of a work from an exciting young playwright, Rachel Lynett. (more...)

IAMA Theatre Company Offers Free Readings of Four New Plays in January IAMA Theatre Company Offers Free Readings of Four New Plays in January
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2018

IAMA Theatre Company January Reading Series IAMA Theatre Company presents staged readings of four new plays over the course of one weekend in this semi-annual series. (more...)

Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE, Starring Debra Jo Rupp, Extends in L.A.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Echo Theater's world premiere of The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter has been extended through August 13, with added performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays. (more...)

BWW Review: THE CAKE - A Well-Executed, Tasty, Bittersweet Baked Food for Savoring Thought
by Gil Kaan - Jul 5, 2017

The Echo Theater Company's world premiere of playwright Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE brilliantly demonstrates the success of following a winning recipe for a memorable theatre production. Start with Brunstetter's witty, relationship-focused script on very timely, hot-button issues of today; generously add a talented cast of actors (led by the most delicious Debra Jo Rupp); mix well with Jennifer Chambers' sure-handed direction; and top off with perfectly synchronized and fitting technical elements; and you have a very well-executed THE CAKE. (more...)

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