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PLAY AT HOME Announces 100th Playwright Commission; Participating Theaters Include Th Photo PLAY AT HOME Announces 100th Playwright Commission; Participating Theaters Include The Kennedy Center & More
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2020

PLAY AT HOME, the new micro-commissioning initiative begun by Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, The Public Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, has announced their 100th playwright commission, ensuring that $50,000 has gone directly to playwrights in need in this time of crisis.

The Old Globe Additional Online Programs And News Briefs! Photo The Old Globe Additional Online Programs And News Briefs!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2020

The Old Globe believes that theatre matters, now more than ever, and is determined to continue to serve the public through theatre art. We consider it paramount that we continue to be a leader in programming for our community, and continue to support and maintain valued connections with those hungering for artistic content and continued personal growth. We are happy to announce additional free online programs, rescheduled dates for our valued summer Shakespeare classes, and a fundraising campaign, all part of The Old Globe's ongoing commitment to serve the public good by providing programs that make theatre matter to more people.

THE OLD GLOBE Announces its Participation in PLAY AT HOME: SHORT PLAYS TO BE ENJOYED  Photo THE OLD GLOBE Announces its Participation in PLAY AT HOME: SHORT PLAYS TO BE ENJOYED AT HOME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2020

Late last month, a small group of regional and not-for-profit theatres, all committed to finding ways to keep people connected to live theatre, came together by phone and email and Zoom to create the Play At Home project, a series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all.

Playwrights' Arena to Present RED INK, A HIT DOG WILL HOLLER and More in 2020 Photo Playwrights' Arena to Present RED INK, A HIT DOG WILL HOLLER and More in 2020
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2019

Jon Lawrence Rivera, Artistic Director of Playwrights' Arena - the first and oldest theater dedicated to discovering, nurturing, and producing original works written exclusively by Los Angeles playwrights - has announced its 2020 Season of World Premieres which include: RED INK by Steven Leigh Morris, A HIT DOG WILL HOLLER by Inda Craig-Galván, and FABULOUS MONSTERS by Diana Burbano.

Hangar Theatre Co's KIDDSTUFF Series Continues with LILY PLANTS A GARDEN Photo Hangar Theatre Co's KIDDSTUFF Series Continues with LILY PLANTS A GARDEN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2019

The Hangar Theatre Company continues their KIDDSTUFF season with Lily Plants a Garden by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, with performances from July 4 through July 6.

The Hangar Theatre Company Presents KIDDSTUFF for Young Audiences Photo The Hangar Theatre Company Presents KIDDSTUFF for Young Audiences
by Sarah Hookey - Jun 13, 2019

The Hangar Theatre Company presents its lively summer theatre series for young audiences, KIDDSTUFF, from June 20 to August 3. All KIDDSTUFF shows take place Thursday-Saturday with performances at 10 AM and 12PM.

South Coast Repertory Announces 2019-20 Season Photo South Coast Repertory Announces 2019-20 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2019

Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei today announced South Coast Repertory's 13-play, 2019-20 season, which builds on the theatre's 56-year foundation of stellar artistry. The offerings range from a two-person show to a large-cast musical and represent a kaleidoscope of classics and popular hits, along with four world premieres and three shows for young audiences and families. The season includes the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter by Kate Hamill, the musical She Loves Me (directed by Ivers), American Mariachi by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard and the beloved children's story, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Subscription packages are currently on sale; single tickets will go on sale on June 10. More information is available at www.scr.org.

ATC Production Of AMERICAN MARIACHI Sets Ticket-Sales Record Photo ATC Production Of AMERICAN MARIACHI Sets Ticket-Sales Record
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2019

Not only did Arizona Theatre Company's production of Jose Cruz Gonzalez's vibrant new comedy, American Mariachi, generate rave reviews, the show was the best-selling play ever staged at the Temple of Music & Art in Tucson.

Arizona Theatre Company Presents Big-Hearted New Comedy AMERICAN MARIACHI Photo Arizona Theatre Company Presents Big-Hearted New Comedy AMERICAN MARIACHI
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2019

"Why can't a girl be in a Mariachi band?" is a question only answered by understanding music's power to heal and connect, and the freedom to dream big, in Arizona Theatre Company's production of American Mariachi, a new comedy from Jose Cruz Gonzalez, the former playwright in residence at Childsplay, March 9-30 at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson and April 4-21 at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.

Arizona Theatre Company Presents New Comedy AMERICAN MARIACHI Photo Arizona Theatre Company Presents New Comedy AMERICAN MARIACHI
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2019

"Why can't a girl be in a Mariachi band?" is a question only answered by understanding music's power to heal and connect, and the freedom to dream big, in Arizona Theatre Company's production of American Mariachi, a new comedy from Jose Cruz Gonzalez, the former playwright in residence at Childsplay, March 9-30 at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson and April 4-21 at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.

Arizona Theatre Company Presents New Comedy AMERICAN MARIACHI Photo Arizona Theatre Company Presents New Comedy AMERICAN MARIACHI
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2019

"Why can't a girl be in a Mariachi band?" is a question only answered by understanding music's power to heal and connect, and the freedom to dream big, in Arizona Theatre Company's production of American Mariachi, a new comedy from Jose Cruz Gonzalez, the former playwright in residence at Childsplay, March 9-30 at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson and April 4-21 at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.

UW School of Drama Presents ANGELS IN AMERICA PART II: PERESTROIKA Photo UW School of Drama Presents ANGELS IN AMERICA PART II: PERESTROIKA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2018

This spring, UW Drama students will take on Tony Kushner's seminal, era-defining play about AIDS and homosexuality in 1980s America, Angels in America-at least, they'll take on half of it.

Photo Flash: AMERICAN MARIACHI at Denver Center for the Performing Arts Photo Photo Flash: AMERICAN MARIACHI at Denver Center for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2018

Denver Center for the Performing Arts presents AMERICAN MARIACHI, a new play written by Jose Cruz Gonzalez. AMERICAN MARIACHI tells the story of a group of daring young women in the 1970s who break tradition to form an all-female Mariachi band. Both humorous and touching, The World Premiere of AMERICAN MARIACHI opened at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on January 26th, and will run through February 25th.

Review Roundup: AMERICAN MARIACHI at Denver Center For The Performing Arts Photo Review Roundup: AMERICAN MARIACHI at Denver Center For The Performing Arts
by Leah Windahl - Feb 8, 2018

Denver Center for the Performing Arts presents the World Premiere of AMERICAN MARIACHI, written by Jose Cruz Gonzalez. AMERICAN MARIACHI tells the story of a group of young women in the 1970s who break tradition to form an all-female Mariachi band. AMERICAN MARIACHI opened on January 26th and will run through February 25th.

VIRTUAL BATTLE OF THE MARIACHI BANDS to Celebrate AMERICAN MARIACHI at the San Diego  Photo VIRTUAL BATTLE OF THE MARIACHI BANDS to Celebrate AMERICAN MARIACHI at the San Diego Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2018

The Old Globe celebrates the world premiere of Jose Cruz Gonzalez's play American Mariachiwith a Virtual Battle of the Mariachi Bands. Starting today, February 2, Southern California mariachi bands can submit a video for the world to see (see below for contest guidelines). Audiences will then be able to vote for their favorite band startingFriday, February 9 at 12:00 noon through Friday, March 16. The first-, second-, and third-prize winners will be announcedMonday, March 19. Only the first 20 eligible videos received will be presented online to the public for voting, so interested bands should act fast!

Photo Flash: ELLIOT, A SOLDIER'S FUGUE Comes to the Canterbury Family Main Stage Thea Photo Photo Flash: ELLIOT, A SOLDIER'S FUGUE Comes to the Canterbury Family Main Stage Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Quiara Alegria Hudes takes a poignant look at the way war permeates young men's lives in a play spanning three generations of the same Puerto Rican-American family. Elliot is a Marine Corps hero back from Iraq with an injured leg and a Purple Heart. His Pop was wounded in Vietnam; his flute-playing Grandpop fought in Korea. In a fugue-like form, different wars and different tales are strung together as Ginny, his mother, seeks to reconcile the disparate parts and heal emotional wounds. Hudes' spare, intense, and poetically resonant play speaks to the personal cost of war across the ages.

World Premieres by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Matthew Lopez & Lauren Yee Headline 2018 Color Photo World Premieres by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Matthew Lopez & Lauren Yee Headline 2018 Colorado New Play Summit
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2017

The Theatre Company at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) has announced playwrights, dates and details for the 2018 Colorado New Play Summit.

Photo Flash: THIS LAND Tells Multi-Cultural/Generational L.A. story Photo Photo Flash: THIS LAND Tells Multi-Cultural/Generational L.A. story
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

A deep, painful, joyful story about one extended California family with roots in different parts of the world, who make their home on the same plot of Southern California land over 150 years

Greenway Arts Alliance to Present THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET Photo Greenway Arts Alliance to Present THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2017

Greenway Arts Alliance will present THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, adapted for stage by award-winning playwright Amy Ludwig (2006 LA Weekly Theater Award for 'Best Adaptation' of The House on Mango Street) and directed by Alexandra Meda (Artistic Director of Chicago's Teatro Luna).

BWW Interview: Ricky Araiza Photo BWW Interview: Ricky Araiza
by Jeanmarie Simpson - Sep 26, 2017

Being out there, in nature, learning what many consider classic or ancient forms of performance, was almost a step back in time. It was a place to strip down theatre to its purest form, the actor/poet in space. It taught me to never take theatre for granted and to understand that it is a sacred practice and should be treated as such.

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