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Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then heís offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.

Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama.

Killing my enemies is easy. The challenge is to change the way they think, to control their minds. And I think I controlled yours pretty well. In years to come, Iíll be able to say: Bulgakov? Yeah, we even trained him. He gave up. He saw the light. We broke him, we can break anybody. Itís man versus monster, Mikhail. And the monster always wins.

John Hodgeís blistering new play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny.

Following its successful run in the Cottesloe Theatre, Collaborators is transferring to the Olivier Theatre on April 30 for a limited run.

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The Bushwick Starr Announces 2017-18 Complete Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

The Bushwick Starr is thrilled to announce our 2017-18 Season of Programming. We kick things off with a new show by Larissa Velez-Jackson (Yackez, Star Crap Method), which will bring Bushwick community seniors into direct artistic collaboration with one of NYC's most exciting dance artists.  (more...)

Northwestern University and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Forge Fringe Partnership
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

Two new musical theater productions that explore home and heritage, identity and adventure will premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, the result of a new collaboration between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University. (more...)

Ashley Fure's THE FORCE OF THINGS: AN OPERA FOR OBJECTS Set for Peak Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

Peak Performances will present the American Premiere of The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects, from composer Ashley Fure. (more...)

ZIPPERZ Recording, Featuring Manoel Felciano and Robin Coomer, Out This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

Ghostlight Records will release the World Premiere Recording of ZIPPERZ in physical, digital and streaming formats on Friday, August 4. (more...)

The Compact Release Socially Conscious & Fun Music Video for 'Nuf Said'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

The COMPACT's new music video ¬ďNuf Said¬Ē is a social bell weather and a rhapsody of jazz and gospel-infused rock riffs with a spicy m√©lange-like libretto that speaks to this moment on the world clock. (more...)

BWW Interview: Playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb Talks BOOM At Theatre503
by Cindy Marcolina - Jul 31, 2017

San Francisco-born Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's hit doomsday comedy Boom, about a biology lab meet-cute with major evolutionary consequences, premiered at the Ars Nova Theatre in New York in 2008. This August, it comes to Theatre503. (more...)

National Theatre Welcomes HOME, Manchester as a New River Stage Partner for 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

From 4 - 6 August, the National Theatre welcomes HOME, Manchester, a new River Stage partner for 2017. (more...)

New Report Details How Legacy Financial Institutions Are Deepening Financial Inclusion Through Fintech Partnerships
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2017


REDCAT's 2017 New Original Works (NOW) Festival Continues Until 8/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2017

REDCAT, CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts, 14th annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival, a three-week celebration of Los Angeles' vibrant community of artists creating new contemporary performance works continues August 3-5 and August 10-12 at 8:30 pm. Each weekend premieres a triple bill, presenting a shared evening of dance, theater and multimedia work. Each program is premiered on Thursday evening and repeated Friday and Saturday evenings. (more...)

First Public Opportunity to See the New Theater is 8/13!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2017

Cincinnati will have its first opportunity to come inside The Otto M. Budig Theater on Sunday August 13, 2017 at the Family Festival!  This event is presented by ArtsWave and is open from 3-7pm at the theater followed by a FREE Shakespeare in the Park performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in Washington Park at 7pm.  (more...)

Lincoln Center Out of Doors' Celebrates Traditional Eastern European & Central Asian Folk
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2017

Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country's longest-running free outdoor summer festivals, opens this year on July 26 and runs through August 13. The 47th edition of the popular festival will fill the Lincoln Center campus with a diverse range of music, dance, spoken word, and family events, featuring dozens of artists from across the city, country, and world-all completely free and open to the public. (more...)

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Release New Single 'Complicated'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2017

Two heavyweight superstars of the electronic dance music scene, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, have released their latest single ¬ďComplicated¬Ē with David Guetta and Kiiara today (Click here to listen). (more...)

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein Presents NOTORIOUS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

Blurring the lines between live art, dance, theatre and fine art, The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein plunges into the ghostly underworld of popular culture. Examining the myth of Medusa, Nicki Minaj and her own legendary self(ie), Notorious examines pop culture's take on the female monster. (more...)

BWW Interview: Emma Hatton On Bringing EVITA To The West End
by Marianka Swain - Jul 27, 2017

Actress and singer Emma Hatton's previous work includes We Will Rock You and Wicked. She's now starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's iconic musical Evita, which returns to the West End - previews begin at Phoenix Theatre tomorrow night. (more...)

All The World's A Stage: U.S., Scotland Forge Fringe Partnership
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

Two new musical theater productions that explore home and heritage, identity and adventure will premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, the result of a new collaboration between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University. (more...)

Dixon Place presents Antonio Ramos and The Gangbangers' ALMODOVAR DYSTOPIA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Dixon Place will present ALMODOVAR DYSTOPIA, the new commission by the boundary-pushing downtown movement artist Antonio Ramos. (more...)

THE DEUCE, Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Debuts on HBO 9/10
by TV News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

THE DEUCE chronicles that moment in time when sex went from being a back-alley, brown-paper-bag commodity to a billion-dollar universal in American life, a moment when ground zero for the earliest pioneers in the flesh trade was the midtown heart of the nation's largest city, New York's Times Square. (more...)

The Smith Center to present POSTMODERN JUKEBOX 10/14 for PBS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Following its successful participation in the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival, Myron's Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will present two concerts by acclaimed group Postmodern Jukebox on August 14, with both shows filmed and available for PBS stations across the country to schedule for broadcast in December 2017. With performances at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., the show will feature highly talented artists. (more...)

Pop-Up Experience COLOR FACTORY to Take Over Union Square
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

On August 1, 2017, you are invited to "Color Factory," a 12,000 square foot pop-up color experience in San Francisco's Union Square neighborhood, by Oh Happy Day, artist Leah Rosenberg, and designer Erin Jang.  (more...)

Daniel Craig to Return as Agent 007 in Next JAMES BOND Installment
by Movies News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have revealed that the 25th installment of the James Bond franchise will return to theaters on November 8, 2019. (more...)

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Sign with Sony Music; Team with David Guetta on New Single
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

Two heavyweight superstars of the electronic dance music scene, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have signed a long-term deal with Epic Amsterdam, the international label of Sony Music Entertainment Netherlands, and will be releasing their newest single later this month. (more...)

Talent from Cuba, Mexico and More Slated for Steppenwolf's Fall 2017 LookOut Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

Steppenwolf's LookOut Series, now in its second year, announces a thrilling variety of artists for their fall lineup with talent hailing from as far as Cuba and Mexico to our own Chicago community. Since launching in June 2016, the LookOut Series has hosted more than 600 artists in 162 performances of 73 unique engagements, entertaining over 8,300 patrons in Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre. (more...)

New Light Theater Project & Chicago Dramatists to Premiere STILL DANCE THE STARS This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

New Light Theater Project and Chicago Dramatists present the World Premiere of Still Dance the Stars, a highly theatrical story based on the struggles of love in the face of unthinkable loss. (more...)

Cold Specks Announces New LP; W Magazine Debuts Title Track
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

Today, Ladan Hussein, known on stage as Cold Specks, announced her highly anticipated new album Fool's Paradise, set to release on September 22 via Arts & Crafts. The announce via W Magazine includes the premiere of album's sultry title track ¬ďFool's Paradise.¬Ē (more...)

M. Ward to Play Fox Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

M. Ward will bring WHISPERTOWN to the Fox Theatre on Friday, October 13, 2017. (more...)

Wax Factory's Modern Take on The Seagull, PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!, Set for One-Night Show at Lincoln Center Atrium
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

WaxFactory presents a work-in-progress showing of PUT YOURSELF TOGETHER!, a modern, media-enhanced riff on Anton Chekhov's classic The Seagull. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now invigorates New York City January 7-20, 2018, with the sixth annual showcase of progressive opera and music-theatre, curated by co-founding directors Kristin Marting (of HERE), Beth Morrison (of Beth Morrison Projects) and Kim Whitener (of HERE), along with newly appointed co-director Jecca Barry (of Beth Morrison Projects). Since its launch in 2013, the Prototype Festival has presented a phenomenal 32 new works across five seasons, propelling the industry forward as a first-rate presenter and influencer. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Announces OLGA: A FAREWELL CONCERT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2017

Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company announces a special limited engagement,OLGA: a farewell concert, a devised piece created by Beth Wilmurt (The Letters, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale,Jack Goes Boating, Bosoms and Neglect, and Salome.) and Her Band, commissioned by Aurora as part of the company'sOriginate + Generate (O+G) new works initiative to promote the creation of forward-looking theater. (more...)

Brick by Brick Dance and Georgina Bates Present SOMEHOW WE END UP HERE, AGAIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Choreographer/Director Georgina Bates collaborates with journalist Jihii Jolly, documentarian Diana Diroy, and others to create a timely mixed-media dance theater work exploring life under the radar, colored by the immigrant, refugee, and outcast perspectives. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for THE SEAGULL at Lyric Hammersmith
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full casting for Simon Stephens's new version of Anton Chekhov's highly renowned play, The Seagull, directed by Artistic Director Sean Holmes. (more...)

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Celebrates New Theatre with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) has completed construction of The Otto M. Budig Theater and will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting and Welcome Celebrations Events this weekend, August 11-13, 2017.  The Official Ribbon Cutting will be at 6pm on Friday when CSC Leadership will be joined by Mayor John Cranley and Otto M. Budig out front of The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street as they "cut" the ribbon using traditional Shakespeare swords and daggers!  Then guests will move inside the theater various locations in the lobby and building are dedicated and "toasted" with glasses of champagne.  This event is invite only. (more...)

Kimmel Center Announces New Events for the 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts announces over 20 newly booked events to accompany the already-announced 2017-18 season. Highlights include internationally-acclaimed stars of rock, comedy, dance, and even politics as well as Tony Award-nominated Broadway titles. Tickets for these shows are on sale now to Kimmel Center members and will be available to the general public on September 9. Membership starts at $75 and guarantees access to the best seats.  The below shows are in addition to the previously announced lineup including over 40 shows. (more...)

Live @ Benaroya Hall Announces Joe Biden, Yanni, Emily Haines, and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Live @ Benaroya Hall announces their biggest season ever with an eclectic mix of concerts, lectures and dancers from around the world. Additional shows will be announced in the coming months. Tickets for most of the concerts listed above are on sale now, prices vary. Tickets for Yanni and Casa Patas Flamenco: Binomio will go on sale Friday, August 11, at 11am. Visit or call (206) 215-4747. The Benaroya Hall Ticket Office is on the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street. Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (more...)

William Petersen and More Join the Cast of Tracy Letts' Broadway-Bound THE MINUTES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today additional casting for the highly anticipated world premiere of The Minutes by ensemble member, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, directed by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro. Ensemble members Kevin Anderson (Mr. Breeding), James Vincent Meredith (Mr. Blake), Sally Murphy (Ms. Matz) and William Petersen (Mayor Superba) join previously announced ensemble members Francis Guinan (Mr. Oldfield) and Ian Barford (Mr. Carp) in the cast of this new political comedy. Also featured in the cast are Brittany Burch as Ms. Johnson, Cliff Chamberlain as Mr. Peel and Penny Slusher as Ms. Innes. Previously announced ensemble member Tim Hopper is no longer in the cast due to a scheduling conflict. Remaining roles to be announced at a later date. (more...)

The FRINGE-y 5: NATE EPPLER's Adventures in FRINGEland
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 4, 2017

The most wonderful time of the year is quickly drawing to a close: 2017 Sideshow Fringe Festival opened last week only runs through this Sunday, August 6, but until then you have a jam-packed calendar of creative, imaginative and adventurous theater to inspire you and to enlighten you - perhaps even enough to keep you satisfied until the 2018 rendition rolls around. (more...)

The Bellamy Brothers to Embark on European Tour in Norway & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

The Bellamy Brothers continue ¬ďletting the love flow¬Ē all over the globe as the iconic duo prepares for the second leg of their 2017 world tour, which includes multiple stops in Norway, as well as Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In early 2017, they made history as the first country music duo to perform in Dubai. (more...)

Dan Wilson's 'Re-Covered' out Today via Big Deal Media, Tour Dates Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

Today, August 4, Dan Wilson releases Re-Covered, a unique album that finds the Grammy-winning songwriter reinterpreting songs from his storied career that he wrote for and with other artists like Adele, Chris Stapleton, The Dixie Chicks and even his own band Semisonic. (more...)

Carnegie Hall Announces 2017-18 Classical Highlights
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

Carnegie Hall's 2017-2018 season is fast approaching, and they are looking forward to exciting new projects and outstanding concerts! (more...)

Five Boroughs Music Festival Season Features Concerts by Rolston Quartet, Lorelei Ensemble, ICE, UpBeat NYC, and TENET
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) announces programming for its 2017-2018 season, continuing its mission of bringing affordable, world-class performances of traditional and contemporary chamber music to all five boroughs of New York City. (more...)

Football Star Tamba Hali Debuts 'The One For Me' Video
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

Tamba Hali, best known by football fans as a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, is now making moves on the musical gridiron. Check out his first music video ' (more...)

NJPAC's Fall Saturday Program 2017 to Include Dance, Musicals, Filmmaking, and Jazz
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

Arts Education at NJPAC announces the new 2017 Fall Saturday Program, offering students a diverse selection of classes in dance, music, theater and visual arts on Saturdays.  (more...)

Boss Hog, Man Forever, Dave Harrington Group, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Joshua Light Show
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

Following highly successful performances in 2012 and 2014, the Joshua Light Show returns to NYU Skirball to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The renowned multimedia artist Joshua White and his legendary team of Collaborators create live visual masterpieces that move to the sounds of a remarkable roster of musical Collaborators. (more...)

Trisha Brown Dance Company & Compa√Ī√≠a Irene Rodr√≠guez Come to Jacob's Pillow
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) performs at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Ted Shawn Theatre,¬†August 16-20, representing the work of one of the seminal choreographers of the 20th century. Since Brown's passing this past March, witnessing TBDC in an evening-length program is an increasingly rare experience. Echoing Brown's choreographic innovation, timeless aesthetic, and 1960s postmodern approach to dance making, TBDC will perform a version of¬†Opal Loop¬†(1980) prepared especially for Jacob's Pillow, featuring former dancers of the company and an original cast member. Acknowledging Brown's more recent choreography, TBDC will also perform¬†Groove and Countermove¬†(2000) and¬†L'Amour au th√©√Ętre¬†(2009). As the company ventures into a new era, viewing Brown's work in a proscenium venue ¬ďfeel[s] increasingly essential¬Ē (The New Yorker). (more...)

R. B. Schlather to Bring Gertrude Stein and Susan B. Anthony to Historic Hudson Hall in THE MOTHER OF US ALL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House, in partnership with The Millay Colony for the Arts, marks the centenary of Women's Suffrage and the reopening of New York State's oldest surviving theater with a new production of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein's 1947 opera, THE MOTHER OF US ALL - a comic and profound musical pageant of 19th Century American social and political life. (more...)

Rachel Christopher to Step in for Extended INTIMATE APPAREL at Shakespeare & Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

Shakespeare & Company adds two more performances to its Intimate Apparel run. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and directed by long-time Company member Daniela Varon, the performances have been selling out. (more...)

Pig Iron Theatre Company to Premiere A PERIOD OF ANIMATE EXISTENCE at Philadelphia Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

Pig Iron Theatre Company, the internationally acclaimed, Philadelphia-based organization, has announced that the world premiere of its ambitious, timely production A Period of Animate Existence will take place September 22-24 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania in the 2017 Fringe Festival, co-presented by FringeArts and Annenberg Center Live. (more...)

Babes With Blades Theatre Company Announces Cast for THE GOOD FIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

Babes With Blades Theatre Company (BWBTC) continues its 20th Anniversary Season: "Origins" with the Chicago premiere of The Good Fight, playing at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., January 6 - February 17, 2018.  Developed in 2011 through BWBTC's Fighting Words program under the title Deeds Not Words, the play is written by Anne Bertram, executive director of Theatre Unbound, a Minneapolis/St. Paul company devoted to work by and about women. Elizabeth Lovelady, a Jeff Award-winning artist based in Chicago, directs The Good Fight, which features combat by Violence Designer Gaby Labotka with Assistant Violence Designer Almanya Narula. (more...)

Showtime Documentary ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS AND LOVE MEANS ZERO to World Premiere at TIFF
by Movies News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

SHOWTIME¬ģ continues to expand its powerful documentary portfolio with the world premiere of two riveting films at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS, directed by Oscar¬ģ-winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy), is an unflinching and deeply personal journal into the life of legendary 18-time Grammy¬ģ winner Eric Clapton. (more...)

American Composers Orchestra Announces 2017-2018 Season - DREAMSCAPES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) announces its complete 2017-2018 season, Dreamscapes, under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel, Music Director George Manahan, and President Edward Yim, featuring ten world, U.S., and New York premieres by a diverse set of composers. ACO continues its concerts at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall (December 8, 2017 and April 6, 2018) while expanding its presence in New York to include performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center (November 7, 2017) and as part of the 2018 PROTOTYPE Festival (January 12-14, 2018). ACO continues to take its commitment to fostering new work beyond the stage in its annual Underwood New Music Readings (June 21 and 22, 2018) for emerging composers, now in its 27th year, and through EarShot, the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Network, which brings the Readings experience to orchestras across the country. (more...)

ANALOG SON Comes to Fox Theater 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

As the world's shift to the digital era becomes more apparent, those who fight for the tangible authenticity of the analog era stand out in a world of computers and technology. Music, film, art, and even the way we communicate with each other, has vastly changed through the invention of electronic devices. While this evolution has born many brilliant creations, artistically and technologically, there is still something so precious about that which is created sans computers. (more...)

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