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Breaking: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Will Begin Broadway Previews This October; 1776 Revival Photo Breaking: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Will Begin Broadway Previews This October; 1776 Revival Pushed to Fall 2022
by Nicole Rosky - May 10, 2021

Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced production plans for the 2021-2022 theatrical season.

Julie Bowen, Ann Harada and More Brown University Alumni to Perform in TOGETHER APART Photo Julie Bowen, Ann Harada and More Brown University Alumni to Perform in TOGETHER APART
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 10, 2021

TOGETHER APART, a collection of new short musicals written, composed, directed-by and starring Brown University alumni, will premiere on May 27th at 5:30 PT/8:30 ET to raise money for The Actors Fund, an organization that provides emergency financial assistance to members of the entertainment community.

PlayMakers Presents An Encore Presentation Of EDGES OF TIME In Honor Of World Press F Photo PlayMakers Presents An Encore Presentation Of EDGES OF TIME In Honor Of World Press Freedom Day
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 26, 2021

In honor of World Press Freedom Day,  PlayMakers Repertory Company will release a limited encore run of the world premiere production of “Edges of Time,” written by Jacqueline E. Lawton. Directed by Jules Odendahl-James, “Edges of Time” will be available to stream from May 3 - 9, 2021.  

PlayMakers Repertory Company Announces Two New Play Commissions Photo PlayMakers Repertory Company Announces Two New Play Commissions
by Stephi Wild - Mar 16, 2021

PlayMakers Repertory Company has announced two new play commissions by two important, transformational voices of the American Theatre.

Theater Stories: THE PAJAMA GAME's Box Office Record, Diane Paulus' 1776 Revival & Mo Photo Theater Stories: THE PAJAMA GAME's Box Office Record, Diane Paulus' 1776 Revival & More About The American Airlines Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 20, 2020

This week's Theater Stories features the American Airlines Theatre! Learn about the Tony-winning plays to grace the stage, including 12 Angry Men, The Constant Wife and more; the theatre's upcoming shows 1776 and Birthday Candles, and much more!

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, PlayMakers Repertory Company Photo BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, PlayMakers Repertory Company
by Nicole Ackman - Dec 16, 2020

What’s the holiday season without a performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL? Ever since it was first published, theaters have shared productions of Charles Dickens’s classic story every year. PlayMakers Repertory Company’s radio play production is a great example of how a theater can adapt to create something that fits the strange year this has been.

Debra Messing To Headline PlayMakers Benefit Reading of LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE Photo Debra Messing To Headline PlayMakers Benefit Reading of LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE
by Stephi Wild - Dec 2, 2020

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present a star-studded virtual benefit on Sunday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Roundabout Announces Plans for 2021-22 Season; CAROLINE, OR CHANGE and TROUBLE IN THE Photo Roundabout Announces Plans for 2021-22 Season; CAROLINE, OR CHANGE and TROUBLE IN THE MIND Coming Next Fall
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 17, 2020

Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced plans to resume production in Fall 2021. On deck is Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner’s CAROLINE, OR CHANGE starring Sharon D Clarke, directed by Michael Longhurst, and choreographed by Ann Yee at Studio 54. Additionally, Alice Childress’s TROUBLE IN MIND, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, will debut at the American Airlines Theatre.

BWW Interview: Giovanna Sardelli of PERFECT 36 at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Loves t Photo BWW Interview: Giovanna Sardelli of PERFECT 36 at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Loves to Tell a Good Story
by Jim Munson - Aug 24, 2020

In celebration of Womena??s Equality Day and the Centennial of the 19th Amendment, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and The Womana??s Club of Palo Alto will present a virtual performance of excerpts and songs from the dynamic musical Perfect 36, with lyrics and book by Laura Harrington, music by Mel Marvin, and direction by Mac Pirkle. Set in 1920, Perfect 36 honors the indomitable spirit of the suffragettes as they battle to secure a 36-state majority to ratify the 19th Amendment. The online event will take place at 5:30pm PDT on Wednesday, August 26th. Giovanna Sardelli, TheatreWorksa?? Artistic Associate and Director of New Works, will host the event and engage in a conversation with Laura Harrington, the showa??s book writer and lyricist. A link to stream the show will be available at TheatreWorks.org for no charge, although donations are encouraged to support TheatreWorks and The Womana??s Club of Palo Alto. BroadwayWorld recently spoke with Giovanna Sardelli from her hometown of Las Vegas where shea??s been sheltering in place with family until she can safely return to her actual home base in New York City. In addition to her role at TheatreWorks, Sardelli is enjoying quite a remarkable career as a director at theaters across the U.S., and has built a track record of developing close working relationships with notable playwrights such as Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph and Olivier Award winner Matthew Lopez. Talking to Sardelli, ita??s clear why she is so constantly in demand. She is naturally engaging, inherently upbeat without being saccharine, and passionate about expanding the possibilities of theater. Her excitement about the chance to work closely with TheatreWorksa?? new Artistic Director Tim Bond to tackle new challenges is palpable.

BWW Interview: Vivienne Benesch of PlayMakers Repertory Company Photo BWW Interview: Vivienne Benesch of PlayMakers Repertory Company
by Jeffrey Kare - Aug 23, 2020

I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Vivienne Benesch, who is the Producing Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. At PlayMakers, she has helmed productions of Life of Galileo, Leaving Eden, The May Queen, Three Sisters, Love Alone, RED, and In The Next Room (or the Vibrator Play).

InVersion Theatre Presents: INTRALIA, THE WEIRD PARK, World Premiere Audio Play And S Photo InVersion Theatre Presents: INTRALIA, THE WEIRD PARK, World Premiere Audio Play And Sound Walk
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 11, 2020

The work features original music and sound design by Jordan Hall, text by Rebecca LeVine and direction by William Steinberger. 

PlayMakers Repertory Company Announces Reimagined 20/21 Season: ALL TOO HUMAN Photo PlayMakers Repertory Company Announces Reimagined 20/21 Season: ALL TOO HUMAN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 11, 2020

PlayMakers Repertory Company believes in the transformative power of theatre and its ability to bring communities together to share common ground. Even if that isna??t in the same space.

Cleveland Public Theatre Rceives the National Theatre Conference 2020 Outstanding The Photo Cleveland Public Theatre Rceives the National Theatre Conference 2020 Outstanding Theatre Award
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 4, 2020

Cleveland Public Theatre has announced CPT will receive the National Theatre Conference's (NTC) 2020 Outstanding Theatre Award (OTA) this December.

PlayMakers Repertory Company and Theatre Raleigh Present HIGHER GROUND CONVERSATIONS Photo PlayMakers Repertory Company and Theatre Raleigh Present HIGHER GROUND CONVERSATIONS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 28, 2020

PlayMakers Repertory Company and Theatre Raleigh are co-sponsoring Higher Ground Conversations, a series of conversations with experts on topics of racial justice, hosted by North Carolina theatre artist and activist, Mike Wiley.

Lilli Cooper, Kathleen Chalfant and More Announced for Red Bull Theater's SHORT NEW P Photo Lilli Cooper, Kathleen Chalfant and More Announced for Red Bull Theater's SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 14, 2020

Red Bull Theater today announced the cast for their tenth annual festival of 10-minute plays of heightened language and classic themes, featuring two brand new commissions from Jeremy O. Harris and Theresa Rebeck, alongside six brand new plays that have been selected from hundreds of open submissions from playwrights across the country.

Premieres From Jeremy O. Harris, Theresa Rebeck and More Included in Red Bull Theater Photo Premieres From Jeremy O. Harris, Theresa Rebeck and More Included in Red Bull Theater's SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 2, 2020

Red Bull Theater today announced the selections for their tenth annual festival of 10-minute plays of heightened language and classic themes, featuring two brand new commissions from Jeremy O. Harris and Theresa Rebeck, alongside six brand new plays that have been selected from hundreds of open submissions from playwrights across the country.

Breaking: Roundabout Postpones CAROLINE, OR CHANGE & More Until Spring 2021; TROUBLE  Photo Breaking: Roundabout Postpones CAROLINE, OR CHANGE & More Until Spring 2021; TROUBLE IN MIND Added to Line-Up
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 26, 2020

Roundabout Theatre Company just announced that the current theatrical season will resume in Spring 2021, and has added the Broadway debut of Alice Childress's Trouble in Mind, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, to its roster of upcoming shows. Childress was a Founding Member of the American Negro Theatre and the first African-American woman to be produced professionally in New York (Gold Through The Trees in 1952); Randolph-Wright is a celebrated director and writer whose play Blue had an acclaimed run at Roundabout in 2001. Trouble in Mind will premiere on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre in Winter 2021/22.

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for the Zelda Photo Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for the Zelda Fichandler Award
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 19, 2020

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, announced today that nominations for the Zelda Fichandler Award are now being accepted through July 10, 2020.

Gingold Theatrical Group Cancels Previously Announced SHAW SONGS @ THE PLAYERS Photo Gingold Theatrical Group Cancels Previously Announced SHAW SONGS @ THE PLAYERS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 16, 2020

Gingold Theatrical Group today announced the cancellation of the upcoming Shaw Songs @ The Players.

Photo Coverage: Meet the Cast of BIRTHDAY CANDLES on Broadway! Photo Photo Coverage: Meet the Cast of BIRTHDAY CANDLES on Broadway!
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 12, 2020

Rehearsals are underway for Roundabout Theatre Company's New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, directed by Vivienne Benesch. The new play will star Emmy Award winner Debra Messing as 'Ernestine,' Andre Braugher as 'Matt' and Enrico Colantoni as 'Kenneth,' Crystal Finn as 'Joan/Alex/Beth,' Susannah Flood as 'Alice/Madeline/Ernie,' and Christopher Livingston as 'Billy/John.'

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