Pandelia's Canary Yellow Company to Present the World Premiere of DEFENDERS Pandelia's Canary Yellow Company to Present the World Premiere of DEFENDERS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2019

The lines between myth and reality become increasingly blurred in Defenders. When Iceland was threatened with invasion by Germany in WW2, the allies decide to step in. The world premiere from Pandelia's Canary Yellow Company by Cailin Maureen Harrison, and directed by Reena Dutt, follows three American G.I.s who are shipwrecked on the remote island of Hrisey off Iceland's northern coast. (more...)

Pandelia's Canary Yellow Company Presents the World Premiere Of DEFENDERS Pandelia's Canary Yellow Company Presents the World Premiere Of DEFENDERS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2019

The lines between myth and reality become increasingly blurred in Defenders. When Iceland was threatened with invasion by Germany in WW2, the allies decide to step in. The world premiere from Pandelia's Canary Yellow Company by Cailin Maureen Harrison, and directed by Reena Dutt, follows three American G.I.s who are shipwrecked on the remote island of Hrisey off Iceland's northern coast. The stranded G.I.s find themselves with missing weapons, few supplies, and a broken radio. They realize they must rely on the locals for survival but, like current-day warfare, the locals fear the loss of their culture, their women and their safety with the presence of foreigners on their land. Defenders opens on November 9, with performances continuing through December 8 at The Broadwater Black Box in Hollywood. One lower-priced preview takes place on November 8. (more...)

World Premiere Of DEFENDERS Announced At The Broadwater Black Box World Premiere Of DEFENDERS Announced At The Broadwater Black Box
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2019

The lines between myth and reality become increasingly blurred in Defenders. When Iceland was threatened with invasion by Germany in WW2, the allies decide to step in. The world premiere from Pandelia's Canary Yellow Company by Cailin Maureen Harrison, and directed by Reena Dutt, follows three American G.I.s who are shipwrecked on the remote island of Hrisey off Iceland's northern coast. The stranded G.I.s find themselves with missing weapons, few supplies, and a broken radio. They realize they must rely on the locals for survival but, like current-day warfare, the locals fear the loss of their culture, their women and their safety with the presence of foreigners on their land. Defenders opens on November 9, with performances continuing through December 8 at The Broadwater Black Box in Hollywood. One lower-priced preview takes place on November 8. (more...)

BWW Review: Strong, But Bewildering HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO - An Enlightening Korean Tale BWW Review: Strong, But Bewildering HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO - An Enlightening Korean Tale
by Gil Kaan - Aug 19, 2019

The Fountain Theatre, in association with East West Players, soundly mounts the California premiere of Jiehae Park's HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO with a solid acting ensemble, complemented by vividly effective video visuals. Jennifer Chang ably directs her talented cast of six as they weave through the realistic lives of a Korean family (separated by continents) interspersed with flashes of Korean folklore. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look At HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO, Opening Tomorrow Photo Flash: First Look At HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO, Opening Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2019

Creation myths and family histories meld in a wildly theatrical, startling new comedy that explores what it means to walk the edge between cultures.The Fountain Theatre, in association with East West Players and with generous support form the S. Mark Taper Foundation, presents the California premiere of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo by Jiehae Park. Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Award-winner Jennifer Chang (Vietgone) directs for an Aug. 17 opening at the Fountain Theatre in East Hollywood, near Koreatown, where performances continue through Sept. 22. (more...)

Creative Teams For South Coast Repertory's 2019-20 Season Announced Creative Teams For South Coast Repertory's 2019-20 Season Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2019

Today, South Coast Repertory Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei announced the 13 creative dream teams for the 2019-20 season, the first programmed by Ivers. The roughly 100 individuals are among the theatre industry's finest, most creative and versatile talents. (more...)

Fountain Theatre and East West Players Present HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO Fountain Theatre and East West Players Present HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2019

Creation myths and family histories meld in a wildly theatrical, startling new comedy that explores what it means to walk the edge between cultures.  (more...)

Antaeus Theatre Company announces 2019-20 Season Antaeus Theatre Company announces 2019-20 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2019

Best known for its productions of classical theater, Antaeus Theatre Company will try something different in 2019-20, kicking off the season at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale with two new plays that will run in repertory this fall, then following up with two classical works in 2020. (more...)

East West Players Announces 54th Anniversary Season East West Players Announces 54th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2019

East West Players (EWP), the nation's longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, is pleased to announce its 54th Season, We Are the Ones We Are Waiting For. After a highly successful 53rd Anniversary Season, EWP's upcoming 2019/2020 season takes place from Summer 2019 through Spring 2020 and consists of four productions, including a Los Angeles Premiere, a West Coast Premiere, and co-productions with The Fountain Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse. (more...)

Play On Shakespeare Announces Actors And Directors For PLAY ON! Play On Shakespeare Announces Actors And Directors For PLAY ON!
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2019

Play On Shakespeare today announces an expansive list of compelling actors and dynamic directors confirmed to participate in the Play on! Festival, presented in association with Classic Stage Company (CSC) and Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). Play on! features 39 readings of new, work-in-progress translations of Shakespeare's plays into contemporary modern English by some of today's most exciting playwrights-May 29-June 30 at the Lynn F. Angelson Theater at CSC (136 E. 13th Street). In 2015, Oregon Shakespeare Festival launched an ambitious 39-play, three-year commissioning project, Play on!, tasking 36 playwrights-more than half of whom were women and playwrights of color, each paired with a dramaturg-to translate Shakespeare's canon in celebration of the enduring impact of the Bard's work. Supported by a generous grant from the Hitz Foundation and inspired by long-time patron Dave Hitz's passion for Shakespeare, the project was and continues to be led by Lue Morgan Douthit. For more information, visit playonfestival.org. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY and More Win Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards COME FROM AWAY and More Win Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2019

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 50th annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre last night, Monday, April 8, 2019, at Pasadena Playhouse. Wenzel Jones presided over the festivities, and Christopher Raymond served as music director. (more...)

LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Nominations For 2018 Theatrical Excellence And Celebrates 50th Anniversary LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Nominations For 2018 Theatrical Excellence And Celebrates 50th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC), which presented its first awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Ventura County a half-century ago, has begun the gala celebration of its 50th anniversary by announcing its nominations for the year 2018 (Dec. 1, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2018). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at DirectorFest 2019's THE CLITORISH and DRUNK ENOUGH TO SAY I LOVE YOU? Photo Flash: First Look at DirectorFest 2019's THE CLITORISH and DRUNK ENOUGH TO SAY I LOVE YOU?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2019

The Drama League presents DirectorFest 2019: The 35th Annual Directors Festival, the only festival in the United States exploring the art of contemporary stage directing, continued into the second weekend with The Clitorish and Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? at the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Fellows of The Drama League's DirectorFest 2019: The 35th Annual Directors Festival Photo Flash: Meet the Fellows of The Drama League's DirectorFest 2019: The 35th Annual Directors Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

The Drama League presents DirectorFest 2019: The 35th Annual Directors Festival, the only festival in the United States exploring the art of contemporary stage directing, now in its 35th year. The festival will include six fully-staged productions, a showcase evening of a new musical, discussion forums, and conversations with notable American directors. DirectorFest will take place at various locations around NYC: New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street), The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas), LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (31-10 Thompson Avenue, Long Island City), and Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street). Festival programming, tickets and additional details are available at www.directorfest.org, or by calling (212) 244-9494. (more...)

The Drama League Announces Complete Cast For DIRECTORFEST 2019 The Drama League Announces Complete Cast For DIRECTORFEST 2019
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced casting for DirectorFest 2019: The 35th Annual Directors Festival, the only festival in the United States exploring the art of contemporary stage directing. DirectorFest takes place at various locations around NYC: New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street), The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas), LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (31-10 Thompson Avenue, Long Island City), and Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street). Festival programming, tickets and additional details are available at www.directorfest.org, or by calling (212) 244-9494. (more...)

The Drama League Announces Line-Up For DIRECTORFEST 2019 The Drama League Announces Line-Up For DIRECTORFEST 2019
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2018

The Drama League announced today the 2019 line-up of DirectorFest, the only festival in the United States exploring the art of contemporary stage directing. For its 35th year, the festival will include six fully-staged productions, a showcase evening of a new musical, discussion forums, and conversations with America's notable directors.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Chalk Rep's World Premiere DEATH AND COCKROACHES By Eric Loo Photo Flash: Chalk Rep's World Premiere DEATH AND COCKROACHES By Eric Loo
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2018

Meet Eric. He's an aspiring playwright who's trying to break into TV writing when his Dad interrupts his plans by suddenly getting sick with a terminal illness. Instead of stepping up to his familial duties, Eric runs away from his sadness straight into a 'Wall of Dicks'. Fortunately, there's a hot, imaginary Cockroach who's there to help him to confront his grief and his family's disappointment. Death and Cockroaches, a brand new theatrical experience presented by Chalk Repertory Theatre, opens November 9 for four weeks at Atwater Village Theatre. Written by Chalk Rep Artistic Circle member Eric Reyes Loo and directed by Chalk Rep Founding Member Jennifer Chang, in an innovative, immersive production featuring a full sensory experience. (more...)

East West Players Announces Extension Of VIETGONE East West Players Announces Extension Of VIETGONE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2018

East West Players (EWP), the nation's longest-running professional theater of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, is pleased to announce an extension for the Los Angeles premiere of Qui Nguyen's Vietgone, which the New York Times has hailed as "a raucous comedy" and Rolling Stone has described as "a wild, enjoyable ride." Directed by Jennifer Chang, Vietgone began preview performances on October 18, with opening night on October 25, 2018, and now closes on Sunday, November 18, 2018 with an extension that includes four additional performances. (more...)

BWW Review: Strong Performances & Visuals Propel VIETGONE BWW Review: Strong Performances & Visuals Propel VIETGONE
by Gil Kaan - Oct 26, 2018

East West Players solidly mounts the Los Angeles premiere of playwright Qui Nguyen's VIETGONE. With a sturdy cast of five talented performers, complemented greatly by the vividly vibrant projection designs of Kaitlyn Pietras and Jason H. Thompson; many individual moments of heart-string tugging pathos score a bulls-eye. Jennifer Chang ably directs her committed cast as they span locations from Vietnam to Arkansas to California, from the 1970s to the 2010s. (more...)

Chalk Rep Presents the World Premiere of DEATH AND COCKROACHES Chalk Rep Presents the World Premiere of DEATH AND COCKROACHES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018

Meet Eric. He's an aspiring playwright who's trying to break into TV writing when his Dad interrupts his plans by suddenly getting sick with a terminal illness. Instead of stepping up to his familial duties, Eric runs away from his sadness straight into a 'Wall of Dicks'. Fortunately, there's a hot, imaginary Cockroach who's there to help him to confront his grief and his family's disappointment. Death and Cockroaches, a brand new theatrical experience presented by Chalk Repertory Theatre, opens November 9 for four weeks at Atwater Village Theatre. Written by Chalk Rep Artistic Circle member Eric Reyes Loo and directed by Chalk Rep Founding Member Jennifer Chang, in an innovative, immersive production featuring a full sensory experience. (more...)

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