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Edinburgh Fringe Favorite VIVIAN'S MUSIC, 1969 Returns to 59E59 TheatersEdinburgh Fringe Favorite VIVIAN'S MUSIC, 1969 Returns to 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) welcomes the return engagement of the East to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Fringe favorite VIVIAN'S MUSIC, 1969, written by Monica Bauer and directed by Glory Kadigan. (more...)

Goodman Theatre Announces 2018/2019 Playwrights UnitGoodman Theatre Announces 2018/2019 Playwrights Unit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2018

Goodman Theatre's commitment to new works and emerging artists continues in its 2018/2019 Season. Today, the Goodman named four Chicago-based writers to its Playwrights Unit-Georgette Kelly, whose play Ballast was featured on The Kilroys List and received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play; Dianne Nora, a playwright, dramaturg, theater scholar and comedy writer who works in Chicago, Brooklyn and Dublin; Marisela Treviño Orta, semifinalist for the 2018 O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference and 2019 Kendeda Finalist (Alliance Theatre); and Stacey Rose, whose work has been presented at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, National Black Theatre and more. The Playwrights Unit, in partnership with Chicago Dramatists, meets bi-monthly to discuss their commissioned plays-in-progress with the Goodman's artistic team. The residency culminates in a public staged reading of each new play in Summer 2019.  (more...)

Casting Complete For 15th Annual New Stages FestivalCasting Complete For 15th Annual New Stages Festival
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2018

Casting is complete for the three "developmental productions" featured in Goodman Theatre's 15th annual New Stages Festival-a free celebration of new works by some of the country's finest established and emerging playwrights. These three plays, which are staged in repertory following two weeks of rehearsal, include There's Always the Hudson by Paola Lazaro-Muñoz, directed by Jess McLeod; Felons and Familias by Sandra Delgado, directed by Marcela Muñoz; and Graveyard Shift by Korde Arrington Tuttle, directed by Danya Taymor. Developmental productions are designed by Kevin Depinet (Set), Noel Huntzinger (Costumes for There's Always the Hudson and Graveyard Shift), Birgit Rattenborg Wise (Costumes for Felons and Familias), Jesse Klug (Lights) and Richard Woodbury (Sound). (more...)

Photo Flash: Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Holds Annual PLAYWRIGHTS FOR A CAUSE BenefitPhoto Flash: Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Holds Annual PLAYWRIGHTS FOR A CAUSE Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2018

Planet Connections' signature event, PLAYWRIGHTS FOR A CAUSE at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, played to a sold-out crowd that joyously handed the team of writers and other artists a standing ovation. This year, the event, designed to address hot-button topics concerning the world at that moment through new works by prominent authors - written just for the event - dealt with the distinctions between gender and sexuality. (more...)

David Cale's WE'RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME Begins This WeekendDavid Cale's WE'RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME Begins This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2018

Obie Award-winning "spellbinding storyteller" (Los Angeles Times) David Cale returns to Goodman Theatre three decades after his debut (1988's The Redthroats) with his newest work, We're Only Alive For A Short Amount of Time-launching the Goodman's 2018/2019 Season. (more...)

Stage And Screen Actress Linda Gehringer Stars In Dael Orlandersmith's LADY IN DENMARKStage And Screen Actress Linda Gehringer Stars In Dael Orlandersmith's LADY IN DENMARK
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2018

Dael Orlandersmith, "an intense poet, writer and intellectual" (Chicago Tribune), brings her newest work, Lady in Denmark, to the Owen Theatre. Reuniting with director Chay Yew (Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men, 2012), Orlandersmith's world premiere production is a reflection on love and adversity starring stage and screen actress Linda Gehringer in a 90-minute solo performance. Helene (Gehringer) is a Danish American woman coping with the death of her husband who finds solace in the hauntingly beautiful music of their favorite singer, Billie Holiday. This is her journey through the couple's time together-from the smoky jazz clubs of post-war Copenhagen to the home they shared in present-day Chicago. Lady in Denmark is one of five world premieres this season, all originally developed as a part of the Goodman's New Stages Festival. The creative team includes Andrew Boyce (set), Christine Pascual (costumes), Lee Fiskness (lighting) and Mikhail Fiksel (original music and sound). Donald E. Claxon is the Production Stage Manager. Lady in Denmark appears October 19 - November 18, 2018 (opening night is October 29 at 7pm) in the Goodman's Owen Theatre (170 N. Dearborn); tickets ($15-45; subject to change) go on sale Friday, August 31, by telephone 312.443.3800 or online GoodmanTheatre.org/LadyInDenmark. (more...)

Paula Vogel to Appear as Guest Speaker at Goodman Theatre LuncheonPaula Vogel to Appear as Guest Speaker at Goodman Theatre Luncheon
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2018

Goodman Theatre celebrates teaching, learning and transformation with its "Igniting Imagination: The Art of Great Teaching" Education and Engagement luncheon on Thursday, September 20. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and educator Paula Vogel will join Walter Director of Education and Engagement Willa J. Taylor in conversation about art of teaching and importance of mentorship in shaping young minds. (more...)

Vintage Theatre Productions Announces 2019 SeasonVintage Theatre Productions Announces 2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2018

Vintage Theatre Productions announces 11 shows for the 2019 season. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora. Early bird season tickets are $199 and currently on sale. Single ticket will go on sale October 1. Call 303-856-7830 or purchase online at www.vintagetheatre.org.  (more...)

Brooklyn Playwright's True Story From Incarceration To Broadway THE UNWRITTEN LAW Comes to Dixon PlaceBrooklyn Playwright's True Story From Incarceration To Broadway THE UNWRITTEN LAW Comes to Dixon Place
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2018

World renowned beatboxer Chesney Snow will present The Unwritten Law - his harrowing journey from a legacy of incarceration to fatherhood, homelessness to Harvard, to ultimately starring on Broadway in the musical In Transit. Brilliantly blending powerful prose, contemporary dance, live music and visual design, The Unwritten Law adeptly weaves together a truly inspiring American story of redemption and resilience in an unforgettable evening of theater. The play will run for a limited time through September 29th for eight performances at 7:30pm. (more...)

Goodman Theatre And The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) Co-Present MENDOZAGoodman Theatre And The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) Co-Present MENDOZA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2018

In a unique addition to its upcoming 2018/2019 Season, Goodman Theatre and the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) will present the U.S. premiere of Mendoza by Los Colochos of Mexico City-the latest in a 30-year history of premiering works by prominent local, national and international Latino playwrights and theater companies. Mendoza is presented as part of Destinos-the 2nd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, a seven-week festival of Latino theater artists and companies from Chicago, the U.S. and Latin America in shows, panels and student performances at venues citywide. A radically reimagined adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Mendoza is a tale of ambition, blood and power by Antonio Zuñiga and Juan Carrillo, directed by Carrillo and presented in Spanish with English supertitles. The limited engagement of Mendoza appears October 2-7, 2018 at Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn); tickets ($25-32; subject to change) go on sale Friday, August 24 by telephone 312.443.3800 or online GoodmanTheatre.org/Mendoza. (more...)

THE UNWRITTEN LAW Comes  To Dixon PlaceTHE UNWRITTEN LAW Comes To Dixon Place
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2018

Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Founding & Artistic Director) presents the co-production of world-famous beatboxer and Drama Desk Award recipient Chesney Snow & critically praised director Rebecca Arends's THE UNWRITTEN LAW opening Friday, September 7th. Snow comes direct from his run in Broadway's In Transit, where Ben Brantley of the NY Times called him 'a one-man sound effects wiz.' Directed and choreographed by Rebecca Arends, with original live music, Snow delivers a brilliant blend of spoken word, dance, and visuals. THE UNWRITTEN LAW, will play a limited engagement at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street). Tickets for THE UNWRITTEN LAW range from $18 to $25. For tickets and further information please visit www.dixonplace.org/performances/the-unwritten-law-2018/ or call 866-811-4111. (more...)

The New Harmony Project is Now Accepting Applications For 2019 Conference & Newly Established Parent ResidenciesThe New Harmony Project is Now Accepting Applications For 2019 Conference & Newly Established Parent Residencies
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

The New Harmony Project announced today that it is now accepting applications for the 33rd annual conference to be held May 20 - June 1, 2019. Since 1986, the secluded town of New Harmony, Indiana has hosted artists from around the world for two-weeks of dedicated script development. Over the course of the conference, The New Harmony Project offers a retreat from the outside world and space for writers to fully immerse themselves in their work. The peaceful serenity of New Harmony, the site of two former utopian societies, is a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. (more...)

2018 New Stages Fest Lineup Announced2018 New Stages Fest Lineup Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2018

This fall, Goodman Theatre presents its New Stages Festival-a free annual celebration and discovery of new plays by some of the country's finest established and emerging playwrights. Audiences experience a first look at seven new works-including three fully staged developmental productions (performed in repertory) There's Always the Hudson by Paola Lazaro-Muñoz; Felons and Familias by Sandra Delgado; Graveyard Shift by Korde Arrington Tuttle. In addition, four staged readings appear during the last weekend of the festival (October 4-7) including The Wizards by Ricardo Gamboa; Between Covers by Sarah Schulman; Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle; and Cressida on Top by Paula Vogel. (more...)

Chicagoland Students to Make Goodman Debut in PlayBuild Youth Intensive and Musical Theater IntensiveChicagoland Students to Make Goodman Debut in PlayBuild Youth Intensive and Musical Theater Intensive
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2018

More than 60 Chicagoland students make their Goodman Theatre debut on the mainstage to conclude summer programming-PlayBuild Youth Intensive and Musical Theater Intensive-on August 10 and 11 at 7pm. The free programs were taught over a course of seven-to-eight weeks in the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement. (more...)

Casting Announced For Playwrights For A Cause Benefit For The Ali Forney Center: MY SEXUALITY IS _______Casting Announced For Playwrights For A Cause Benefit For The Ali Forney Center: MY SEXUALITY IS _______
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2018

This year, Planet Connections' signature event, designed to address a powerful social and topical issue facing our society today through engaging stage works, will explore the distinctions between gender and sexuality. The event will benefit THE ALI FORNEY CENTER, whose mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the dangers of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. (more...)

Vibrant Cast Presents Erik Ehn's Latest At Planet ConnectionsVibrant Cast Presents Erik Ehn's Latest At Planet Connections
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2018

When Joanna Demafelis' indebted family needed money to fix their typhoon-battered home, she followed in the footsteps of millions of other Filipinos and left to find work overseas. And like far too many Filipinos, her journey ended in tragedy. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2018

PLANET CONNECTIONS' PLAYWRIGHTS FOR A CAUSE: This year, this event, designed to address a powerful social and topical issue facing our society today through engaging stage works, will explore the distinctions between gender and sexuality. The event will benefit THE ALI FORNEY CENTER. (more...)

Erin Davie, Kate Rockwell and More Cast in THE 8th ANNUAL SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVALErin Davie, Kate Rockwell and More Cast in THE 8th ANNUAL SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

Red Bull Theater announced the casts for their eighth annual festival, featuring two brand new commissions from Tina Howe and Doug Wright, alongside 6 brand new plays chosen from hundreds of submissions from playwrights across the country. (more...)

Ethan McSweeny Named New Artistic Director Of American Shakespeare Center In Staunton, VAEthan McSweeny Named New Artistic Director Of American Shakespeare Center In Staunton, VA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2018

The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) today announced that the company has chosen Ethan McSweeny, an internationally acclaimed theatre artistwith more than 80 productions to his credit, as its new Artistic Director. (more...)

Goodman Theatre's Playwrights Unit Presents Free Staged ReadingsGoodman Theatre's Playwrights Unit Presents Free Staged Readings
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2018

Goodman Theatre announces a line-up of free staged readings written by members of its Playwrights Unit-a year-long residency for Chicago-based writers to develop their plays-in-progress with the Goodman's artistic team, in partnership with Chicago Dramatists. Members of the 2017/2018 Playwrights Unit include Sam Collier, Ricardo Gamboa, Isaac Gomez, Kristin Idaszak and Nigel O'Hearn. Free, one-time-only readings take place July 14-18 at Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn); to make a reservation call 312.443.3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org/PlaywrightsUnit. Availability is extremely limited. (more...)

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