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The Ensemble Company Presents Central Florida Premiere of Topher Payne's PERFECT ARRA Photo The Ensemble Company Presents Central Florida Premiere of Topher Payne's PERFECT ARRANGEMENT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2021

Topher Payne's Perfect Arrangement will continue The Ensemble Company's 2021 season (its third) at its home at Penguin Point Productions. Perfect Arrangement, which premiered at the Source Festival in Washington, D.C. in 2013, was described by the New York Times for its Off-Broadway premiere as a 'clever canapé of a comedy,' declaring Payne 'a deft and witty writer.'

ASF Presents PLAY CLUB As Part Of ASF Insights Photo ASF Presents PLAY CLUB As Part Of ASF Insights
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2021

Alabama Shakespeare Festival invites friends to get closer to the artistry of playwrights by joining the ASF Play Club, part of ASF Insights. Play Club members will read up to four scripts and participate in a live online seminar for each script with an expert (actor/director) and a scholar on the playwright and material.

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by BWW Staff - Dec 29, 2020

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by BWW Staff - Dec 10, 2020

Tituss Burgess, Lauren M. Gunderson & More Join GEORGIA ARTISTS FOR GEORGIA'S FUTURE  Photo Tituss Burgess, Lauren M. Gunderson & More Join GEORGIA ARTISTS FOR GEORGIA'S FUTURE Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2020

On Tuesday, December 15 at 8pm EST, tune in for Georgia Artists for Georgia’s Future: A Benefit Concert to Flip the Senate! The one-night event stars and celebrates performers, playwrights, and politicians born in or currently living in Georgia, and benefits the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff Senate campaigns.

Queens Theatre Premieres Three-Episode Miniseries GIFTED By Topher Payne Photo Queens Theatre Premieres Three-Episode Miniseries GIFTED By Topher Payne
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2020

Queens Theatre presents Gifted: A socially distant holiday comedy in three episodes written and directed by Topher Payne (Hallmark Channel's A Gift To Remember) New episodes will be released Thursdays, December 3, 10 & 17 on Queens Theatre's YouTube and Facebook channels. A special Holiday Watch Party featuring a screening of all three episodes and a live cast and company reunion will take place on Zoom on Monday, December 21.

ASF's 22 HOMES Puts New Work By Southern Playwrights Online Photo ASF's 22 HOMES Puts New Work By Southern Playwrights Online
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2020

Alabama Shakespeare Festival has commissioned 22 Southern playwrights to create original monologues on the theme of a?oehome.a?? Since the 2020 Southern Writers Festival (SWF) was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Artistic Director Rick Dildine commissioned a diverse group of playwrights to craft original pieces, which will be performed by actors from around the country. The a?oe22 Homesa?? project will launch April 21 at ASF.net/PlayOn.

JOOKMS Announces Call for Submissions For SPOTLIGHT SUMMER PERFORMANCE SERIES Photo JOOKMS Announces Call for Submissions For SPOTLIGHT SUMMER PERFORMANCE SERIES
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2020

JOOKMS announces a call for submissions to the inaugural Spotlight Summer Performance Series. The Unframed at New Stage Theatre Series and JOOKMS will provide a platform for Mississippi-made LGBTQ+ writers and performers. The reading series will run July 20th - 26th and will feature LGBTQ+ one-act and full-length plays.

BWW Review: Family Matters, Matters Of The Heart, And Deep Southern Pride Extends No  Photo BWW Review: Family Matters, Matters Of The Heart, And Deep Southern Pride Extends No Matter How Far You May Go With MORNINGSIDE at Stageworks Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - Feb 23, 2020

Topher Payne's witty, smart, and sharply fine-tuned work Morningside gives an ingenious glimpse into the lives of eight women some friends, but mostly family. Grounded deep in Southern Pride, heartfelt lessons, and the idea that above all family is what matters most proves to be the heart of this side-splitting a?oemother of all baby showers.a?? In 2015 Topher Payne was interviewed for Backstage Magazine where he described his writing style by saying, a?oeIf you can make someone laugh, they listen. And they lean in and they want to hear more. And once you have that level of engagement, then you can start layering in a message that you want them to take away. You can do that in film. You can do that in a book. But the act of being in the same room with the storyteller is just fundamentally different. It lands differently.a?? The cast, crew and entire company making up the ensemble of Morningside should be exceptionally proud of the work that was shown onstage; for the a?oeMother of all Baby Showers,a?? turned out to be one of the finest displays of ensemble acting to come from one company of outstanding actresses. Everyone in the audience and the Tampa theatre community respectively didn't quite know but over the course of two-hours found this to not be the show they wanted but to be the show they needed.

BWW REVIEW: ANGRY F-S Is A Comedy Thriller For The Modern Age Photo BWW REVIEW: ANGRY F-S Is A Comedy Thriller For The Modern Age
by Jade Kops - Feb 8, 2020

In an era where political leaders are more often promoting division and prejudice, the show presents an amusing take on what could happen if seemingly peaceful people take matters into their own hands and were able to say a 'I Made It Better' 

ANGRY FAGS Comes to the New Theatre Photo ANGRY FAGS Comes to the New Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2020

A revenge story and a cautionary tale about good gay guys gone bad.

Final Week To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards Photo Final Week To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards
by BWW - Dec 23, 2019

There's just one final week to submit votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

December 19th Update: BECOMING NANCY - Alliance Theatre Leads Best Musical Category i Photo December 19th Update: BECOMING NANCY - Alliance Theatre Leads Best Musical Category in the BWW Atlanta Awards Voting
by BWW Staff - Dec 19, 2019

We're heading into the final week of voting for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards Photo Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards
by BWW - Dec 16, 2019

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The people have spoken nominations are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

BWW Review: 19 for 2019: The Best Local Shows and Performances of the Year Photo BWW Review: 19 for 2019: The Best Local Shows and Performances of the Year
by Peter Nason - Dec 14, 2019

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the best of the best that he saw onstage in the Tampa Bay area in 2019.

New Theatre Announces Program For February To July 2020 Photo New Theatre Announces Program For February To July 2020
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2019

Artistic Director Louise Fischer has announced New Theatre's program for the first half of the 2020 season.

BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards Update: BECOMING NANCY - Alliance Theatre Leads Best Mus Photo BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards Update: BECOMING NANCY - Alliance Theatre Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Dec 9, 2019

There's just a few weeks left to make your voice heard and submit your votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The people have spoken nominations are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!

Topher Payne Brings IMPROVISED HALLMARK MOVIES Back To Dad's Garage Photo Topher Payne Brings IMPROVISED HALLMARK MOVIES Back To Dad's Garage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019

Topher Payne is known for a lot of things: He's an amazing actor, iconic  Atlanta playwright, and an incredible storyteller. What you may not know is that he has also written a number of holiday movies for the Hallmark channel. Yep, the channel adored by midwestern soccer moms for its wholesome cheesiness.

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