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Virtual Theatre This Weekend: June 5-6- with Alex Newell, Heather Headley, and More! Photo Virtual Theatre This Weekend: June 5-6- with Alex Newell, Heather Headley, and More!
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 5, 2021

Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, June 5-6, 2021.

Lena Hall, Blair Brown, Ben Feldman and More to Star in Livestreamed Works by Zakiyya Photo Lena Hall, Blair Brown, Ben Feldman and More to Star in Livestreamed Works by Zakiyyah Alexander, Mando Alvarado & Others
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 7, 2021

On Saturday, May 22nd at 7:00pm EST, Play-PerView will live stream AYA or Dear Lover by Fernanda Coppel (King Liz, “How To Get Away With Murder”).  Directed by Estefania Fadul, this production will feature Raul Castillo (“Looking,” “Atypical”), Tina Huang (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Arrow”), and Roxana Ortega (“The Casagrandes,” “American Vandal”). 

Travel to L.A. with Antaeus Theatre Company's ZIP CODE PLAYS Podcast Series Photo Travel to L.A. with Antaeus Theatre Company's ZIP CODE PLAYS Podcast Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 13, 2020

Celebrate the culture and history of the diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles from the safety of your home. Antaeus Theatre Company presents The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles, a series of six original audio plays, each set in a different L.A. zip code.

AMMO Announces First Full Season At The Pico In Los Angeles Photo AMMO Announces First Full Season At The Pico In Los Angeles
by Stephi Wild - Feb 27, 2020

A group of theatre artists known as a?oeAMMOa?? may be the new kids in town but they've arrived with a rock-solid foundation of creds, awards, and new play development experience. Although they have staged new plays in past years, they kick off their first full season in Los Angeles this February.

Casting Announced For Center Theatre Group's Second Annual L.A. Writers' Workshop Fes Photo Casting Announced For Center Theatre Group's Second Annual L.A. Writers' Workshop Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 20, 2019

Center Theatre Group has announced casting for the second annual L.A. Writers' Workshop Festival: New Plays Forged in L.A., a one-day event at the Kirk Douglas Theatre celebrating some of the freshest and most thrilling voices in modern American theatre. The festival will take place on June 29 from 1 to 9 p.m. with readings of three new plays by three L.A. Writers' Workshop participants from throughout the program's 14-year history. The readings include "Campaign" by Laura Jacqmin, directed by Monty Cole; "Sleeping Giant" by Steve Yockey, directed by Michael Matthews; and "Confederates" by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Goldie Patrick.

BWW Review: Racially Confrontational NATIVE SON Remains Too Close to Today's Violent  Photo BWW Review: Racially Confrontational NATIVE SON Remains Too Close to Today's Violent Truth
by Shari Barrett - Apr 24, 2019

NATIVE SON, a novel written in 1940 by Richard Wright, tells the story of 20-year of Bigger Thomas, an African American youth living in utter poverty in a poor area on Chicago's South Side in 1939. While not apologizing for Bigger's crimes, Wright portrays a systemic inevitability behind them, making the case that there is no escape from his destiny since he is the inevitable product of the society in which he has lived since birth, faced by expectations imposed upon him by others tasked to teach him the proper way for a Black man to live in society. It is often said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This is certainly the case in Wright's original story which could have been written today, given the similar news stories filling the airwaves right now involving police beatings of Black men and gun violence leading to senseless murders.

NATIVE SON Opens at the Douglas Photo NATIVE SON Opens at the Douglas
by Julie Musbach - Apr 19, 2019

Antaeus Theatre Company's production of "Native Son," which Center Theatre Group is remounting at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of the third annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre, will open Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. Written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Richard Wright and directed by Andi Chapman, "Native Son" is currently in previews and will close April 28.

BWW Interview: Jon Chaffin, A NATIVE SON, Urges Creating Empathy For All Humans, Bein Photo BWW Interview: Jon Chaffin, A NATIVE SON, Urges Creating Empathy For All Humans, Being in Life
by Gil Kaan - Apr 8, 2019

Antaeus Theatre Company's 2018 Southern California premiere of NATIVE SON has been chosen as the third and final production of Center Theatre Group's BLOCK PARTY 2019, beginning April 18, 2019 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Nambi E. Kelley's adaptation of Richard Wright's classic novel Native Son will be reprised with its entire original Antaeus cast of nine, again with director Andi Chapman at its helm. I had the chance to ask some delving questions of Jon Chaffin, who portrays NATIVE SON's most integral character, Bigger Thomas.

Cast Announced For NATIVE SON Part Of Block Party 2019 At The Douglas Photo Cast Announced For NATIVE SON Part Of Block Party 2019 At The Douglas
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 4, 2019

Casting is set for Antaeus Theatre Company's production of "Native Son," which Center Theatre Group is remounting at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of the third annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre. Written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Richard Wright and directed by Andi Chapman, "Native Son" will begin previews April 18, open April 20 and continue through April 28, 2019.

Casting Announced For L.A. Writers' Workshop Festival Photo Casting Announced For L.A. Writers' Workshop Festival
by Julie Musbach - Jun 19, 2018

Center Theatre Group has announced casting for the inaugural L.A. Writers' Workshop Festival: New Plays Forged In L.A., a one day event at the Kirk Douglas Theatre celebrating some of the freshest and most exciting voices in modern American theatre. The festival will take place on June 23 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with readings of three new plays by three L.A. Writers' Workshop participants from throughout the program's 13-year history. The readings include "A Kind of Weather" by Sylvan Oswald, "New Life" by Dan O'Brien and "How To Raise A Freeman" by Zakiyyah Alexander.

BWW Review: THE HOT LIST! What's Hot on Stage Now Photo BWW Review: THE HOT LIST! What's Hot on Stage Now
by Ellen Dostal - May 30, 2018

What made the Hot List? Check out these productions for a look at the vast creativity of theatre makers in action in Los Angeles: FOREVER BOUND at Atwater Village Theatre, PLUNGE: Part 1 of The Ballad of Bimini Baths Trilogy at Son of Semele, SOFT POWER downtown at the Ahmanson, VIOLET at Actors Co-op, THE GIANT VOID IN MY SOUL from Ammunition Theatre Company,  WOOD BOY DOG FISH at Garry Marshall Theatre, and Antaeus Theatre Company's NATIVE SON in Glendale. Reviews by BWW Sr. Editor Ellen Dostal, LADCC.

Photo Flash: NATIVE SON Adaptation Gets Southern California Premiere at Antaeus Photo Photo Flash: NATIVE SON Adaptation Gets Southern California Premiere at Antaeus
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 18, 2018

Andi Chapman directs the Southern California premiere of Nambi E. Kelley's visceral, groundbreaking stage adaption of Richard Wright's racially charged novel, Native Son, for Antaeus Theatre Company. Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom and justice comes to life on stage at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale beginning April 19, with performances continuing through June 3. Low-priced previews take place April 12-18.

NATIVE SON Adaptation Gets Southern California Premiere at Antaeus Photo NATIVE SON Adaptation Gets Southern California Premiere at Antaeus
by Julie Musbach - Mar 15, 2018

Andi Chapman directs the Southern California premiere of Nambi E. Kelley's visceral, groundbreaking stage adaption of Richard Wright's racially charged novel, Native Son, for Antaeus Theatre Company. Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom and justice comes to life on stage at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale beginning April 19, with performances continuing through June 3. Low-priced previews take place April 12-18.

Tyler Perry Hit Drama THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS Returns to OWN Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's hit drama series, Tyler Perry's THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS returns with new episodes today, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the season two premiere of “Queen Sugar” at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Tyler Perry Hit Drama THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS Returns to OWN 6/20
by Caryn Robbins - May 23, 2017

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's hit drama series, Tyler Perry's THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS returns with new episodes on Tuesday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the season two premiere of “Queen Sugar” at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

BWW Review: One Down Nine to Go: KING HEDLEY II Kicks off Television Actress' Pledge to Stage All 10 August Wilson Century Cycle Plays in LA.
by George Brietigam - Jan 30, 2017

A little bit of King Hedley's ambition might have rubbed off on television actress turned theatrical producer Sophina Brown. Better known as Nikki Betancourt from CBS's hit NUMB3RS, Brown has delved into the Los Angeles 99-seat theatre scene with the goal of producing all ten of August Wilson's plays in the Century Cycle. First up -- KING HEDLEY II, which opened last Thursday at the Matrix Theatre in West Hollywood.

August Wilson's KING HEDLEY II Opens Tonight at The Matrix Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

Actress and producer Sophina Brown is on a mission to bring the wonderful work of August Wilson to the Los Angeles community. Her goal is to produce August Wilson's American Century Cycle in Los Angeles in its entirety. What begin as a group of actors meeting up to read August Wilson plays at her house, has evolved into the first production.