BWW Review: Eloquent, Timely PIPELINE at Penumbra TheatreBWW Review: Eloquent, Timely PIPELINE at Penumbra Theatre
by Karen Bovard - Oct 8, 2019

Playwright Dominique Morisseau is a gifted rising voice in the theater, recognized with a 2018 Macarthur 'Genius' Grant. Her straight play PIPELINE centers contemporary lives we see on stage too rarely: an anguished black mother trying to keep her teenage son safe, and her financially successful ex-husband, estranged from both of them. Because Morisseau drops us into both public and private school dilemmas for people of color, we gain insight into the deep inequities in our educational systems in this country, though this never feels like an 'issue play' for two reasons: there is no grasping for simple resolutions and the characters are so thoroughly imagined. (more...)

BWW Review: PIPELINE at Mile Square TheatreBWW Review: PIPELINE at Mile Square Theatre
by Adam Cohen - Sep 14, 2019

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Photo Flash: PlayMakers Repertory Company Presents Nambi E. Kelley's NATIVE SONPhoto Flash: PlayMakers Repertory Company Presents Nambi E. Kelley's NATIVE SON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2019

PlayMakers Repertory Company proudly opens its 2019/20 Mainstage season with Nambi E. Kelley's powerful and heart-stopping adaptation of Richard Wright's “Native Son”. Directed by Colette Robert, and featuring original music by G. Clausen, the production runs from September 11 to 29, 2019.  (more...)

About Face Theatre Announces New Artistic AssociatesAbout Face Theatre Announces New Artistic Associates
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2019

About Face Theatre announces the addition of five new artists to the company's roster of Artistic Associates. Along with Artistic Director Megan Carney, the Artistic Associates represent the company's core artistic community whose creative focus helps shape About Face Theatre's theatrical productions and outreach. (more...)

Nikki Massoud, Joshua David Robinson And Sam Tsoutsouvas To Star In The Acting Company's Reading Of LETTERS FROM PRISONNikki Massoud, Joshua David Robinson And Sam Tsoutsouvas To Star In The Acting Company's Reading Of LETTERS FROM PRISON
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2019

The Acting Company (Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley; Ian Belknap, Artistic Director; Elisa Spencer-Kaplan, Executive Director) today announced casting for the final reading in the 23rd John McDonald Salon Reading Series, Letters from Prison, a curated evening from adapter Dakin Matthews (To Kill a Mockingbird) that collects the original letters of acclaimed literary and historic figures to explore the nature of justice and imprisonment, from the Bible to the present day. The reading will take place on Tuesday, August 13 at 7 PM at the Duke on 42nd Street (229 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY). Tickets are available now online at www.theactingcompany.org or by phone at (212) 258-3111. The reading will be followed by a complimentary reception with the cast. (more...)

First Floor Theater Announces Its Eighth SeasonFirst Floor Theater Announces Its Eighth Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2019

First Floor Theater announces their eighth season, featuring one world premiere and two Chicago premieres.First Floor Theater announce their eighth season, featuring one world premiere and two Chicago premieres. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Acting Company Present NATIVE SONPhoto Flash: The Acting Company Present NATIVE SON
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2019

The Acting Company has announced the 2019 Summer Repertory Season, along with complete casting and creative teams. Native Son and Measure for Measure will play July 14 through August 24, 2019 at the Duke on 42nd Street (229 W. 42nd Street), with opening night for both plays set for Sunday, July 28, 2019. Single tickets and subscription packages are on sale now. (more...)

Alexandra Silber, Frances Ruffelle & More Set for NELL GWYNN ReadingAlexandra Silber, Frances Ruffelle & More Set for NELL GWYNN Reading
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2019

The Acting Company (Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley; Ian Belknap, Artistic Director; Elisa Spencer-Kaplan, Executive Director) announced casting today for the next reading in the 23rd John McDonald Salon Reading Series, Jessica Swale's Olivier Award-winning, music-filled comedy Nell Gwynn. The reading will take place on Monday, June 24 at 7 PM at the Mainstage Theater at Playwrights Horizons (416 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY). Tickets are available now online at www.theactingcompany.org. (more...)

ATCA Names Finalists For Francesca Primus PrizeATCA Names Finalists For Francesca Primus Prize
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2019

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected three finalists for the Francesca Primus Prize, sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation. The award, presented annually since 1997, recognizes the best work by an emerging woman playwright who has not yet achieved national prominence. (more...)

The Acting Company Announces Casts of NATIVE SON & MEASURE FOR MEASUREThe Acting Company Announces Casts of NATIVE SON & MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2019

The Acting Company announces the cast and creative teams for its 2019 Summer Repertory Season. Native Son and Measure for Measure will play July 14 through August 24, 2019 at the Duke on 42nd Street (229 W. 42nd Street), with opening night for both plays set for Sunday, July 28, 2019. Single tickets and subscription packages are on sale now. (more...)

Peter Francis James, Cara Ricketts And More Will Star In The Acting Company's Reading Of WAIT UNTIL DARKPeter Francis James, Cara Ricketts And More Will Star In The Acting Company's Reading Of WAIT UNTIL DARK
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2019

The Acting Company (Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley; Ian Belknap, Artistic Director; Elisa Spencer-Kaplan, Executive Director) announced casting today for the second reading in the 23rd John McDonald Salon Reading Series, Frederick Knott's classic thriller Wait Until Dark. The reading will take place on Monday, May 20 at 7 PM at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons (416 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY). Tickets are available now online at www.theactingcompany.org. (more...)

BWW Review: Racially Confrontational NATIVE SON Remains Too Close to Today's Violent TruthBWW 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. (more...)

NATIVE SON Opens at the DouglasNATIVE SON Opens at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

BWW Review: Literary Giants Spar in Mosaic World Premiere LES DEUX NOIRSBWW Review: Literary Giants Spar in Mosaic World Premiere LES DEUX NOIRS
by Roger Catlin - Apr 17, 2019

It would have been interesting to hear the 1953 conversation between author Richard Wright and the upstart man of letters James Baldwin at the ex-pat literary nexus of Les Deux Magots in Paris. (more...)

Queens College Evening Readings Series Presents Brad Gooch And Cherita ArmstrongQueens College Evening Readings Series Presents Brad Gooch And Cherita Armstrong
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2019

The Queens College Evening Readings series is back for the spring season with highly anticipated readings by acclaimed writer Brad Gooch and performer Cherita Armstrong. (more...)

Court Theatre And Nambi E. Kelley Win Prince Prize For Commissioning Original WorkCourt Theatre And Nambi E. Kelley Win Prince Prize For Commissioning Original Work
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2019

Court Theatre and playwright Nambi E. Kelley have received the Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work for 2018. Prince Charitable Trusts makes an award of $75,000 each year to a major Chicago dance, music, visual arts or theater company. When the Trust approached Court Theatre about projects that might fit their vision for the Prize, it was only natural to ask playwright Nambi E. Kelley to create an original play based on the story of Stokely Carmichael's activism and legacy for the stage. In 2014, Kelley had adapted Richard Wright's Native Son for Court Theatre in a co-production with American Blues Theatre that garnered great critical and popular acclaim. Another collaboration would build upon these successes. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jon Chaffin, A NATIVE SON, Urges Creating Empathy For All Humans, Being in LifeBWW 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. (more...)

BWW Review: PIPELINE at Horizon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: PIPELINE at Horizon Theatre Company
by Amy Zipperer - Apr 5, 2019

The play, a fair and angry indictment of social injustice, asks a number of important questions, and the gorgeous cast, under the adept direction of Atlanta-favorite Tinashe Kajese Bolden and Keith Arthur Bolden, and with help from an incredibly able design team, brings the indictment to powerful life. (more...)

Cast Announced For NATIVE SON Part Of Block Party 2019 At The DouglasCast Announced For NATIVE SON Part Of Block Party 2019 At The Douglas
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

BWW Review: NATIVE SON at Mosaic Theater CompanyBWW Review: NATIVE SON at Mosaic Theater Company
by Rachael Goldberg - Apr 4, 2019

'Native Son' is a heavy drama with an important story to tell. But what makes this production really shine is Psalmayene 24's guiding emphasis on "radicalizing empathy." In Mosaic Theater Company's production, the audience isn't asked to excuse Bigger, but to try to understand him. That understanding, that empathy, it's suggested, can go a long way in ensuring that the circumstances surrounding Bigger's story can maybe be kept in the past. (more...)

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