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RICHARD II, Originally Scheduled to Begin Free Shakespeare in the Park Season, Will N Photo RICHARD II, Originally Scheduled to Begin Free Shakespeare in the Park Season, Will Now be Presented as a Radio Play
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2020

WNYC and The Public Theater have joined forces to reimagine Free Shakespeare in the Park's RICHARD II as a radio play that speaks to this current moment in our nation's history.

BWW Review: GHOSTS at Williamstown Theatre Festival Proves to be Fresh and Remarkably Photo BWW Review: GHOSTS at Williamstown Theatre Festival Proves to be Fresh and Remarkably Relevant.
by Marc Savitt - Aug 11, 2019

This production with the new translation is notably fresh and remarkably relevant. To WTF's Artistic Director, Mandy Greenfield's credit it is another excellent inclusion in a rich and diverse season. The language is contemporary and easy to follow, understand, and relate to. The subject matter, which includes religion, venereal disease, incest, and euthanasia, questions accepted social practices and norms. Possibly surprising the audience and most definitely stirring up debate. Where most regular tragedies deal mainly with the unhappy consequences of breaking the moral code, GHOSTS deals with the consequences of not breaking it. The parallels between the material written 138 years ago and events currently playing out in the US and across the world are stunning and undeniable.

Further Casting Announced for Williamstown Theatre Fest, Plus Reading Series, Playwri Photo Further Casting Announced for Williamstown Theatre Fest, Plus Reading Series, Playwrights in Residency and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2019

Williamstown Theatre Festival announced today additional casting for the 2019 season as well as details about additional programming, commissions, and fellowships.

Full Cast And Creative Team Announced For KLEPTOCRACY At Arena Stage Photo Full Cast And Creative Team Announced For KLEPTOCRACY At Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2018

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for the world premiere of Kenneth Lin's timely cautionary tale of capitalism run amok, Kleptocracy. Inspired by the power struggle between the richest of the Oligarchs and an ambitious Vladimir Putin after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Lin (House of Cards) explores U.S. - Russia relations then and now. Directed by Jackson Gay, and by special arrangement with Robert Ahrens, Mickey Liddell and Michael Mills, Kleptocracy runs January 18 - February 24, 2019 in the Kreeger Theater.

BWW Review: THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING at Williamstown Theatre Festival Takes Berkshir Photo BWW Review: THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING at Williamstown Theatre Festival Takes Berkshire Audiences On An Unexpected Journey
by Marc Savitt - Aug 13, 2018

The journey takes us to a small southern town, 1945. More precisely, to the kitchen and adjacent back yard of the Addams family on the eve of a wedding. The action plays out over a few days in late August and tells the story of 12-year-old tomboy Frankie. Frankie's mother died when she was born, and her father is distant. Her closest companions are the family's African American maid, Berenice Sadie Brown, and her six-year-old cousin, John Henry West. She is awkward, has no friends, and dreams of going away with her brother and his bride-to-be.

Elevator Repair Service Presents EVERYONE'S FINE WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF Photo Elevator Repair Service Presents EVERYONE'S FINE WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018

Elevator Repair Service, "one of the city's few truly essential theater companies" (New York Times), is pleased to present the world premiere of Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf, a new play written by longtime company member Kate Scelsa and directed by Elevator Repair Service Artistic Director John Collins.

Elevator Repair Service Presents EVERYONE'S FINE WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF Photo Elevator Repair Service Presents EVERYONE'S FINE WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2018

Elevator Repair Service, "one of the city's few truly essential theater companies" (New York Times), is pleased to present the world premiere of Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf, a new play written by longtime company member Kate Scelsa and directed by Elevator Repair Service Artistic Director John Collins.

Eden Espinosa, Rachel Tucker, Chita Rivera, and More Announced for Williamstown Theat Photo Eden Espinosa, Rachel Tucker, Chita Rivera, and More Announced for Williamstown Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2018

Williamstown Theatre Festival¬†(Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) has announced additional casting for the 2018 summer season, including¬†Eden Espinosa,¬†Samira Wiley,¬†Krysta Rodriguez,¬†Rachel Tucker, and many more.¬† It was also announced that two-time Tony Award¬ģ winner¬†Chita Rivera¬†will perform a one-night-only solo concert benefitting Williamstown Theatre Festival's New Play & Musical Development Initiative.¬†

Photo Flash: Suzan-Lori Parks's FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS at American Conservat Photo Photo Flash: Suzan-Lori Parks's FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS at American Conservatory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) will present Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient Suzan-Lori Parks's (Topdog/Underdog, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) explosively powerful and lyrical new play inspired by the Odyssey and set amid the American Civil War. Hero's master offers him a terrible choice: earn freedom by fighting for the Confederacy, or stay with the woman he loves and remain enslaved.

A.C.T. To Present Suzan-Lori Parks's FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (Parts 1, 2 & 3) Photo A.C.T. To Present Suzan-Lori Parks's FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2018

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) will present Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (April 25-May 20, 2018), Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient Suzan-Lori Parks's (Topdog/Underdog, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) explosively powerful and lyrical new play inspired by the Odyssey and set amid the American Civil War.

Yale Rep Presents Suzan-Lori Parks's FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, Parts 1, 2 & 3 Photo Yale Rep Presents Suzan-Lori Parks's FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, Parts 1, 2 & 3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2018

Yale Repertory Theatre (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) presents Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Liz Diamond, March 16-April 7, at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, March 22. Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 is a co-production with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where it will play April 25-May 20.

Theatre for a New Audience Adds Performance of HE BROUGHT HER HEART BACK IN A BOX Photo Theatre for a New Audience Adds Performance of HE BROUGHT HER HEART BACK IN A BOX
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) has added a performance (February 8 at 9pm) to its critically lauded world premiere production of Adrienne Kennedy's He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, directed by Evan Yionoulis. The run will conclude, as a scheduled, on February 11.

Margo Jefferson Moderates TFANA Panel Discussion on Adrienne Kennedy, Today Photo Margo Jefferson Moderates TFANA Panel Discussion on Adrienne Kennedy, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2018

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) announces a free post-performance discussion moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning theatre critic and Negroland: A Memoir author Margo Jefferson in connection with TFANA's world premiere production of Adrienne Kennedy's He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box. The talk, which begins at 8.30 PM is open to all and features director Charlotte Braithwaite and playwrights Lydia Diamond and Jackie Sibblies Drury, follows the January 20 performance of Kennedy's first new play in a decade, which begins at 7:30 that evening, at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217). The discussion will also be streamed live on Theatre for a New Audience's Facebook page. He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box runs January 18-February 11. To reserve a seat to this panel, visit www.tfana.org/heartpanel.

Margo Jefferson Moderates TFANA Panel Discussion on Adrienne Kennedy, 1/20 Photo Margo Jefferson Moderates TFANA Panel Discussion on Adrienne Kennedy, 1/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) announces a free post-performance discussion moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning theatre critic and Negroland: A Memoir author Margo Jefferson in connection with TFANA's world premiere production of Adrienne Kennedy's He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box. The talk, which begins at 8.30 PM is open to all and features director Charlotte Braithwaite and playwrights Lydia Diamond and Jackie Sibblies Drury, follows the January 20 performance of Kennedy's first new play in a decade, which begins at 7:30 that evening, at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217). The discussion will also be streamed live on Theatre for a New Audience's Facebook page. He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box runs January 18-February 11. To reserve a seat to this panel, visit www.tfana.org/heartpanel.

TFANA Announces Cast And Creative Team For Adrienne Kennedy's HE BROUGHT HER HEART BA Photo TFANA Announces Cast And Creative Team For Adrienne Kennedy's HE BROUGHT HER HEART BACK IN A BOX
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) announces the cast and creative team for He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, the first new work in a decade from Adrienne Kennedy, whom The New York Times called one of the finest living American playwrights. Set in Georgia and New York City in 1941, He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box is a heartbreaking, nail-biting memory tale of segregation, theatrical yearning, and doomed love.

BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Hartford Stage Photo BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Hartford Stage
by Joseph Harrison - Sep 24, 2017

Of all of Shakespeare's comedies, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is one that often rises to the top as a favorite for many theater-goers. Perhaps it is because of the universal themes of love and frolic, or maybe because it is a mix of the fantastical and ordinary, or perhaps because it is just downright funny and entertaining. But, whatever the reason one might have for loving this popular play by the Bard, the season opening production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Hartford Stage fulfills them all (and then some.)

Scarlett Strallen, Esau Pritchett, and John Lavelle Lead Cast for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S Photo Scarlett Strallen, Esau Pritchett, and John Lavelle Lead Cast for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Hartford Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts announced today the cast and creative team for William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tresnjak. The comedy, which runs September 7 through October 8, opens Hartford Stage's 2017-18 season. Actors Scarlett Strallen, Esau Pritchett, and John Lavelle lead the distinguished cast.

NEXT TO NORMAL, THE INVISIBLE HAND Top 2017 Connecticut Theater Critics Circle Award Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

TheaterWork's production of the musical "Next to Normal" led the nominations for the 27th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards event to be held Monday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart University's Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield.

NEXT TO NORMAL, INVISIBLE HAND Top Connecticut Critics Circle Award Nominations
by Lauren Yarger - Jun 5, 2017

NEXT TO NORMAL, INVISIBLE HAND TOP Connecticut Critics Circle Award Nominations

BWW Review: CLOUD 9 at Hartford Stage
by Joseph Harrison - Mar 13, 2017

Sexual politics, liberation and the cost it weighs on those seeking it (and from whom they are seeking it from), and the fluidity of expression (both in gender and in sexuality) are all on display at Hartford Stage in its latest production of Caryl Churchill's CLOUD 9.

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