BWW Review: Topical and Significant COLUMBINUS at 1st StageBWW Review: Topical and Significant COLUMBINUS at 1st Stage
by Pamela Roberts - Apr 2, 2019

To mark the 20th anniversary of the deadly shooting at Columbine High School, 1st Stage brings us a columbinus that, tragically, is as frightening, significant, and topical today as ever before. In the two decades since the massacre at Columbine High-the deadliest school shooting at the time-we have now experienced tragedies at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Parkland, and more. columbinus mixes documentary fact with fiction to delve into the alienation, social pressure, intimidation, and rage of adolescent life in high school. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at COLUMBINUS at 1st StagePhoto Flash: First Look at COLUMBINUS at 1st Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2019

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the tragic 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, this docudrama combines fact and fiction to illuminate the dark realities of adolescence. Weaving together excerpts of real interviews with parents, survivors, and community leaders and powerful characterizations of contemporary teens, columbinus thoughtfully explores the Columbine shooting and the conversations that continue to this day. The New York Post hailed columbinus as 'a powerful and important piece about the churning rage that's all too likely to bubble over again.' (more...)

1st Stage's COLUMBINUS Marks 20th Anniversary Of Columbine1st Stage's COLUMBINUS Marks 20th Anniversary Of Columbine
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2019

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the tragic 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, this docudrama combines fact and fiction to illuminate the dark realities of adolescence. Weaving together excerpts of real interviews with parents, survivors, and community leaders and powerful characterizations of contemporary teens, columbinus thoughtfully explores the Columbine shooting and the conversations that continue to this day. The New York Post hailed columbinus as "a powerful and important piece about the churning rage that's all too likely to bubble over again." (more...)

1st Stage Presents THE BROTHERS SIZE From Academy Award Winner Tarell Alvin McCraney1st Stage Presents THE BROTHERS SIZE From Academy Award Winner Tarell Alvin McCraney
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2019

From the co-creator of the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight comes a profoundly compelling story of family, devotion, and belonging. Deep in the Louisiana bayou, the hardworking and steady, Ogun Size, is reunited with his aimless younger brother recently released from prison. Flights of poetry, music, and West African mythology combine in a one-of-a-kind experience that delivers "the greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more" (The Chicago Tribune). (more...)

1st Stage Extends A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS Until December 301st Stage Extends A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS Until December 30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2018

1st Stage, Tysons Corner's award-winning professional theatre, announces the extension of their critically-acclaimed production of A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration until December 30. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at 1st Stage's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMASPhoto Flash: First Look at 1st Stage's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2018

It's 1864 and Washington, D.C. is settling down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years. "History lessons and holiday warmth sit cozily alongside each other" (The New York Times) in this pageant of carols by Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Indecent. Stories of many intertwining lives- spanning from the battlegrounds of Northern Virginia to the halls of the White House- demonstrate that the gladness of one's heart is the best gift of all. This "rich and moving play with music" (Variety) is a treat the whole family will enjoy. (more...)

1st Stage Presents Paula Vogel's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS1st Stage Presents Paula Vogel's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2018

It's 1864 and Washington, D.C. is settling down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years. "History lessons and holiday warmth sit cozily alongside each other" (The New York Times) in this pageant of carols by Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Indecent. Stories of many intertwining lives- spanning from the battlegrounds of Northern Virginia to the halls of the White House- demonstrate that the gladness of one's heart is the best gift of all. This "rich and moving play with music" (Variety) is a treat the whole family will enjoy. (more...)

The 7th Annual INTAR One-Minute Play Festival Will Feature World Premiere One-Minute PlaysThe 7th Annual INTAR One-Minute Play Festival Will Feature World Premiere One-Minute Plays
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2018

The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) (Dominic D'Andrea, Producing Artistic Director; Caitlin Wees, Associate Artistic Director) and INTAR (Lou Moreno, Artistic Director; John McCormack, Executive Director) continue their acclaimed collaboration with The 7th Annual INTAR One-Minute Play Festival, with part of the proceeds to benefit UNIT 52, INTAR's training program for emerging artists. After seven years of partnership that celebrates Latinx ideas and narratives, the festival welcomes the next generation of 1MPF artists, who join some of our alumni cohort. (more...)

Review: THE UNTRANSLATABLE SECRETS OF NIKKI CORONA Takes Audiences on a Phantasmagorical Journey to What's BeyondReview: THE UNTRANSLATABLE SECRETS OF NIKKI CORONA Takes Audiences on a Phantasmagorical Journey to What's Beyond
by Shari Barrett - Sep 15, 2018

Have you ever wished for one more chance to say something to someone who has passed away suddenly? What if there was an organization that could arrange for messages to be delivered to those who have died by pairing you up with someone terminally ill who agrees to deliver that message once they have passed on? Would you do it? And what if it was extraordinarily expensive with no way of knowing if your message was ever received? That is the simple magical premise of THE UNTRANSLATABLE SECRETS OF NIKKI CORONA, a new play written by Obie Award-winning playwright Jose Rivera, premiering at the Geffen Playhouse through October 7. (more...)

Cast Announced For THE UNTRANSLATABLE SECRETS OF NIKKI CORONA At Geffen PlayhouseCast Announced For THE UNTRANSLATABLE SECRETS OF NIKKI CORONA At Geffen Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2018

Geffen Playhouse today announced the full cast for its production of Academy Award-nominated and Obie Award-winning Jose Rivera's (Motorcycle Diaries, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot) The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona, directed by Obie Award- and Drama Desk Award-winning Jo Bonney (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Cost of Living). This world premiere marks the launch of Artistic Director Matt Shakman's inaugural season for Geffen Playhouse. (more...)

Chicago Latinx Actors Announced For Festival Of New Latinx WorksChicago Latinx Actors Announced For Festival Of New Latinx Works
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2018

The Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) proudly announces the Chicago actors performing the readings at the 2018 LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work (Carnaval 2018: ConeXion!). Carnaval 2018: ConeXion! features readings of six new Latinx plays paired with Latinx directors, actors, designers and dramaturgs at The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2350 N. Racine, Chicago, 19-21 July 2018. Readings are free and open to the public, and tickets can be requested at www.LatinxTheatreCommons.com. (more...)

Maned Wolf Productions Partners With Pocono Mountains Theater Co to Present Reading Of New Play By Sarah T. SchwabManed Wolf Productions Partners With Pocono Mountains Theater Co to Present Reading Of New Play By Sarah T. Schwab
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2018

Maned Wolf Productions partners with Off-Broadway Producer Brian Long and Pocono Mountains Theater Company to present a the reading of a new play by playwright Sarah T. Schwab featuring Drama Desk and Obie Award winning Actor Michael Cullen and Joseph Jefferson recipient and award winning Juan Francisco Villa, on July 14th.. There will also be a special Screening of Ms. Schwab's short film will be on July 15th. Both events will take place in Barrett Township, PA. (more...)

BWW Review: Sexual Sparks Ignite When Tennessee Williams Meets William Inge in Philip Dawkins' THE GENTLEMAN CALLERBWW Review: Sexual Sparks Ignite When Tennessee Williams Meets William Inge in Philip Dawkins' THE GENTLEMAN CALLER
by Michael Dale - May 25, 2018

The setup would make a hell of a piece of theatrically-minded erotica. Call it Cat (On A Hot Tin Roof) and Mouse, as sexual sparks ignite when elegant playwright on the verge of stardom, Tennessee Williams, visits the home of shy aspiring playwright William Inge for a newspaper interview to promote the Chicago opening of what would be his landmark Broadway success, THE GLASS MENAGERIE. (more...)

BWW Interview: Philip Dawkins Talks New Play THE GENTLEMAN CALLERBWW Interview: Philip Dawkins Talks New Play THE GENTLEMAN CALLER
by David Clarke - May 21, 2018

Philip Dawkins's latest play is making its New York premiere at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The play recounts the fateful meeting of William Inge and Tennessee Williams prior to the Chicago premiere of THE GLASS MENAGERIE. We sat down with Dawkins to get the inside scoop on this sexy and searing new drama. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE GENTLEMAN CALLER Celebrates Opening NightPhoto Flash: THE GENTLEMAN CALLER Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2018

Abingdon Theatre Company has launched its 25th Anniversary main stage season with The Gentleman Caller, the New York premiere production of a new play by Philip Dawkins. Check out photos from opening night below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Abingdon Stages THE GENTLEMAN CALLER Off-BroadwayPhoto Flash: Abingdon Stages THE GENTLEMAN CALLER Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2018

Abingdon Theatre Company (Tony Speciale, Artistic Director; Denise Dickens, Producing Director) launches its 25th Anniversary main stage season with The Gentleman Caller (more...)

Podcast: The 'Keith Price's Curtain Call' Welcomes THE GENTLEMAN CALLER's Juan Francisco Villa, Daniel K. Isaac, Phillip DawkinsPodcast: The 'Keith Price's Curtain Call' Welcomes THE GENTLEMAN CALLER's Juan Francisco Villa, Daniel K. Isaac, Phillip Dawkins
by Keith Price's Curtain Call - May 6, 2018

Last month, I had the opportunity to talk to playwright, Phillip Dawkins, about his latest play, THE GENTLEMAN CALLER. We chatted about the men who are about to start previews in the New York premiere of the play, Juan Francisco Villa and Daniel K. Isaac. I was very specific that I wanted to chat with them. Sometimes, you get exactly what you ask. Both Juan and Daniel braved spending time with me, and we had a fantastic chat about the show, their careers, and being non-traditionally cast in the roles of Tennessee Williams and William Inge, respectively. (more...)

Goodman Theatre's 2666 Now Available for StreamingGoodman Theatre's 2666 Now Available for Streaming
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2018

From internationally-celebrated novel, to world-premiere stage adaptation, to groundbreaking online event. Late Chilean author/poet Roberto Bolańo's 2666, co-adapted and co-directed by Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls and Chicago-based playwright Seth Bockley, is now streaming. (more...)

Podcast: On 'Keith Price's Curtain Call,' Philip Dawkins Talks his Play THE GENTLEMAN CALLER Running Simultaneously in New York and ChicagoPodcast: On 'Keith Price's Curtain Call,' Philip Dawkins Talks his Play THE GENTLEMAN CALLER Running Simultaneously in New York and Chicago
by Keith Price's Curtain Call - Apr 16, 2018

Any actor worth their salt will tell you that every great play begins with the words on the page.  Because of the worlds that playwrights (and Librettists) create, many people, even more than actors,  have jobs inside and outside of the theater.  So any chance to talk to a young playwright as delightful and talented as Chicago-based playwright, Philip Dawkins, I will take.  His current opus, The Gentleman Caller is currently in rehearsals to make its New York debut at Cherry Lane Theater, as it coincides with its simultaneous World Premiere production, still running at Chicago's The Raven Theater, through May 27, 2018.  (more...)

Abingdon Theatre Co Announces Cast of THE GENTLEMAN CALLERAbingdon Theatre Co Announces Cast of THE GENTLEMAN CALLER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2018

Abingdon Theatre Company (Tony Speciale, Artistic Director; Denise Dickens, Producing Director) has announced casting for the first production of its 25th Anniversary main stage season, The Gentleman Caller, a new play by Philip Dawkins (Charm, Le Switch, The Homosexuals). (more...)

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