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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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Playwrights' Center Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2017

Of the 70+ new plays developed at the Playwrights' Center each year, eight are selected to be part of the public season, giving playwrights expanded workshop time with Collaborators and the chance to see their new work on its feet in front of two different audiences. These readings are free to attend and take place at the Playwrights' Center, located at 2301 E Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. (more...)

Hal Prince to Chat, Sign New Memoir SENSE OF OCCASION at The Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

The Drama Book Shop will welcome legendary producer and director Harold Prince to celebrate the publication of his new memoir, Sense of Occasion, on Tuesday, September 12th at 4:00pm. (more...)

Songwriter Extraordinaires' Hitimpulse Announce 'Cover Girls' with Bibi Bourelly
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Recognise the name Hitimpulse? Well if you don't already, you soon will. The success of their bootleg of Ed Sheeran's cover of 'I'm In Love With The Coco', which became an instant blog hit leading to a current 120 million combined plays across all major streaming platforms (more...)

John Heginbotham and Maira Kalman to Talk THE PRINCIPLES OF UNCERTAINTY at the Guggenheim
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Choreographer John Heginbotham and author/illustrator Maira Kalmandiscuss their newest collaboration featuring imaginative production design and whimsical dance theater inspired by Kalman's written work and visual art. (more...)

Xtraordinary TO Dances presents Two New World Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Xtraordinary TO Dances (XTOD) gives rise to a feast of 2 premieres: XTOD Solo Dance Xchange (live performance) and XTOD: Moments In Reel Time (film). (more...)

Playwrights' Center 2017-18 Season Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Of the 70+ new plays developed at the Playwrights' Center each year, eight are selected to be part of the public season, giving playwrights expanded workshop time with Collaborators and the chance to see their new work on its feet in front of two different audiences. (more...)

Audika Records To Release Dirty Songs Play Dirty Songs, From Iconic Composer/Musician David Toop And Collaborators, 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Audika Records, famed for bringing the music of Arthur Russell to critical acclaim and a broad international audience, is pleased to announce a new release: Dirty Songs Play Dirty Songs, directed and produced by composer/musician David Toop. (more...)

SOAKING WET 2017-18 Series Opens Next Week at West End Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Soaking Wet 2017-18 series opens with September  14-17 performances. Curated by David Parker and Jeff Kazin, performances take place Thursday-Sunday at the West End Theater. (more...)

Matthew Bourne's THE RED SHOES to Dance Into The Kennedy Center This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

The Kennedy Center presents the New Adventures North American tour of Matthew Bourne's critically acclaimed production of The Red Shoes, October 10 to 15, 2017. The tour will continue to Blumenthal Performing Arts, Charlotte and City Center, New York; having already played at Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles. (more...)

MAC Seeks Submissions for 2017 Dottie Burman & John Wallowitch Songwriting Awards
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Now through Sunday, Oct 1, 2017, the Manhattan Association of Cabaret (MAC) is accepting submissions from songwriters near and far for the Dottie Burman Award and the John Wallowitch Award. (more...)

VIDEO: Showtime Shares First Look at Documentary ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS
by TV News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Ahead of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, SHOWTIME has released the full-length trailer and key art for the new SHOWTIME Documentary Film, ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS. (more...)

Chris Young Reveals Song Stack for New Album 'Losing Sleep', Out 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Chris Young, who was just invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry, today revealed the song stack for his upcoming album, Losing Sleep, due October 20 on RCA Records Nashville. (more...)

Tove Lo Releases New Song 'Disco Tits'; Confirms New Album
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Grammy¬ģ-nominated, multi-platinum, multi-billion-streaming artist Tove Lo releases her brand-new track ¬ďDisco Tits¬Ē today via Island Records (more...)

Underscore Theatre Co. Announces 2017-18 Season and Full Line-Up for 4th CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to announce its full 2017-18 Season, kicking off this fall with CARRIE 2: THE RAGE (An Unauthorized Musical Parody). (more...)

Nancy Anderson and Eddie Korbich Join THE PAJAMA GAME at Arena Stage; Full Company Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the complete company for The Pajama Game directed by Alan Paul in his Arena Stage debut, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. (more...)

J. M. Barrie's DEAR BRUTUS Comes to Southwark Playhouse for Christmas season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

1917. In a remote English village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants - a mysterious old man - invites eight strangers to stay. They all have something in common. When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever¬Ö (more...)

Brown Arts Initiative Announces 2017-18 Programming Highlights
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

The Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) at Brown University today announced highlights of its much-anticipated 2017-18 season of programming, featuring influential musicians, poets, artists, and filmmakers. (more...)

Amp Fiddler Announces New Album ft. Unreleased J Dilla Beats + More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

For his fourth studio album, Amp Fiddler returns to fellow Detroit native Moodymann's Mahogani Music for Amp Dog Knights a suite of 13 tracks A&Red and co-curated with the house & techno luminary (more...)

Photo Flash: Babes With Blades Theatre Company presents THE INVISIBLE SCARLET O'NEIL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

Babes With Blades Theatre Company (BWBTC) launches its 20th Anniversary Season: "Origins" with its 20th world premiere The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil, playing at the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St., September 2 - October 14. Based on the 1940s comic strip by Russell Stamm, the new play is written by BWBTC Ensemble Member Barbara Lhota, directed by Ensemble Member Leigh Barrett and features violence design by Ensemble Member Libby Beyreis. Preview performances are Saturday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 3 at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. Opening Night is Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. Regular performances are Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Preview tickets are $10, student and senior tickets are $15, early bird general admission (available online through September 9) are $20 and general admission (after September 9) are $25. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit (more...)

Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris' PART OF THE PLAN Set to Debut at Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 6, 2017

Though it may not have started out that way - and it was never a part of their plan - Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris, the two women who are responsible for bringing the new musical Part of the Plan to life onstage, may be proof positive that women, indeed, are getting the job done. (more...)

Family Channel Continues Bullying Awareness Campaign With Launch of Annual Stand UP!
by TV News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Continuing its commitment to raise awareness surrounding one of the most important issues affecting youth today, Family Channel is pleased to announce its annual Bullying Awareness Week campaign will be returning for its 15th year this November. (more...)

NYU Skirball Presents 50th Anniversary of JOSHUA LIGHT SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

NYU Skirball Presents 50th Anniversary of JOSHUA LIGHT SHOW with Boss Hog, Man Forever, Dave Harrington Group, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, September 8 & 9 (more...)

by E.H. Reiter - Sep 2, 2017

Rob Lufty, Associate Artistic Director of the Cygnet Theatre talks about his newest play THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS, currently playing at the Cygnet Theatre through September 24th. (more...)

Kaufman Music Center Presents WHAT MAKES IT GREAT? at Merkin Concert Hall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

ROB KAPILOW - conductor, composer, author and NPR and PBS music commentator - unravels and explores great musical masterpieces with audiences and performers on stage, asking what makes great music great? He takes listeners inside the music, unraveling, slowing down and recomposing key passages to hear why a piece is so extraordinary. (more...)

Experimental Work HOUSE WARMING Coming Up at The Wilbury Group
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

From The Wilbury Group's New Works program Studio W is HOUSE WARMING by Jesse Hawley and James Stanley. (more...)

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company to Host Grand Opening at Walker Farm
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Vermont's award-winning Weston Playhouse Theatre Company extends an open invitation to the grand opening of Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, the company's new year-round second stage and community center, on Saturday, September 23. (more...)

REDCAT Performing Arts Season Begins with FAUSTIN LINYEKULA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts, presents the riveting and elegant work of Congolese choreographer and writer Faustin Linyekula/Studio Kabako,Thursday, September 28 to Saturday, September 30, 2017. (more...)

A.R.T. & Harvard Art Museums to Host Events Series Alongside WARHOLCAPOTE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and Harvard Art Museums have partnered in conjunction with the A.R.T.'s production of WARHOLCAPOTE to present a series of events highlighting the contemporary legacies of Andy Warhol and Truman Capote, including a unique encounter with Warhol screen-prints and a speaker series featuring journalists, multimedia artists, curators, and collectors. (more...)

501 (see three) ARTS Announces Triple Premiere of PANG!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2017

501 (see three) ARTS announces the triple premiere of Pang!, by Dan Froot and Company, three live radio plays based on the oral histories of families hungering for change. Pang! will be performed for theatre audiences in October, December, and January in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (10/20 & 10/21), Los Angeles, California (12/2 & 12/3), and Miami, Florida (1/25, 1/26 & 1/27/18), respectfully. Pang! aims to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and promote cross-class dialogue around circumstances faced by families living below the poverty line. (more...)

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents THE PRINCIPLES OF UNCERTAINTY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2017

Choreographer John Heginbotham and author/illustrator Maira Kalmandiscuss their newest collaboration featuring imaginative production design and whimsical dance theater inspired by Kalman's written work and visual art. Following the world premiere at Jacob's Pillow and before the New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Heginbotham and members of The Knights orchestra will perform highlights set to a score composed, curated, and arranged by the orchestra's artistic director Colin Jacobsen. (more...)

Climate Change Theatre Action 2017's Official NY Launch to Donate Proceeds to Harvey Relief
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2017

Join us on Sunday, October 1, 5-8pm at The Artist Co-op, 500 West 52nd Street, 3W, for the official New York Launch of Climate Change Theatre Action 2017. (more...)

Other Theatre to Host Oktoberfest-Inspired Season Launch Party at Lagunitas Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2017

Join Other Theatre as it launches its 4th season at an Oktoberfest-inspired SEASON LAUNCH PARTY on Tuesday, September 19 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Lagunitas Chicago TapRoom and Beer Sanctuary, 2607 W. 16th St. in Chicago. (more...)

Van Morrison Releases 'Bring It On Home To Me' Video
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2017

VAN MORRISON has released a video for his recording of the Sam Cooke classic 'Bring It On Home To Me, a song from his new album ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES, due out September 22 on Exile/Caroline. (more...)

AUDIO: Billy Porter Unveils 'Carefully Taught The Remixes'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2017

Tony- and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter releases 'Carefully Taught The Remixes' (Bee & El /Sony Masterworks Broadway) available now on all digital platforms and streaming via digital subscription services. Download/Stream 'Carefully Taught - The Remixes' HERE, or click below to listen! (more...)

SABRA FALLING to Make World Premiere at Pangea World Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2017

Pangea World Theater will present its first production of its 2017-2018 season, the world premiere of Sabra Falling by Ismail Khalidi. (more...)

Naughty Professor Release New Video For 'Mirrors' ft. Cole DeGenova and Alexey Marti
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

Today, acclaimed New Orleans-based future funk collective Naughty Professor released the live studio video for ¬ďMirrors,¬Ē off of their new album, Identity. (more...)

Matt Pfieffer Reimagines GODSPELL with Gender-Blind Cast at Villanova Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

Villanova Theatre will kick off the 2017-2018 season with the iconic musical Godspell, directed by Philadelphia favorite Matt Pfeiffer, who took home the Barrymore Award for Best Direction of a Play two years in a row. (more...)

Tony Nominee Alison Fraser to Lead All for One Theater's SQUEAMISH
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

All For One Theater, the company that last produced My Name is Gideon, continues its legacy of producing acclaimed solo works with its upcoming slate of two productions, SQUEAMISH starring two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden, First Daughter Suite)  and THE BROBOT JOHNSON EXPERIENCE, written by and starring All For One Artist in Residence Darian Dauchan. (more...)

Mount Kimbie Share Final Single & Video from Forthcoming Album 'Love What Survives'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

Just ahead of release, they can now reveal new track ¬ďDelta,¬Ē with a video directed by long-term collaborator Frank Lebon. (more...)

Olivia Vadnais and Reed Allen Worth Will Skate Into Pittsburgh CLO in XANADU; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO has announced the cast of the Pittsburgh premiere of XANADU, October 12-December 17 at the CLO Cabaret. (more...)

VIDEO: Punchdrunk Celebrates 200th Performance of SLEEP NO MORE with New Trailer
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 30, 2017

Punchdrunk International and co-producers SMG Live today release a cinematic trailer to celebrate the 200th performance of their award-winning production of Sleep No More in Shanghai.  (more...)

Creative Team Revealed for Matthew Weiner's Amazon Original Series THE ROMANOFFS
by TV News Desk - Aug 30, 2017

Amazon Original Series THE ROMANOFFS, created, written, directed and executive produced by nine-time Emmy award winner Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), and co-produced with Weinstein Television, has assembled its creative team for the season. (more...)

ICE Announces Fall Concerts Across NYC, Celebrating Composer Relationships
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

The pioneering International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) announces its fall 2017 season in the New York area, all following the theme of celebrating composer relationships, both past and future. (more...)

Marion McClinton Steps in for Lou Bellamy at Capri Theater's FENCES Talk
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

Due to a conflict, Lou Bellamy will no longer be able to lead a discussion of Fences at the Capri Theater on Thursday, September 7. Denzel Washington's Oscar-winning adaptation of August Wilson's Fences will now be followed by a discussion led by actor and director Marion McClinton. (more...)

Thirteen's American Masters Presents the U.S. Broadcast Premiere of Richard Linklater -- Dream is Destiny 9/1 on PBS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

Slacker. Indie filmmaker. Oscar nominee. Writer, director, producer, actor Richard Linklater (b. July 30, 1960) is all these things and more. Boasting a trove of never-before-seen archival footage, American Masters: Richard Linklater -- dream is destiny provides an unconventional look at the fiercely independent style of filmmaking that emerged out of Austin, Texas in the late 1980s and 1990s with Linklater as its poster boy. The new documentary premieres nationwide Friday, September 1 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The film will be available to stream the following day via and PBS OTT apps. (more...)

Former Celtic Woman Lisa Lambe to Perform at Irish Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

Acclaimed Irish¬†singer, actress and songwriter Lisa Lambe (Celtic Woman) will perform alongside Collaborators Fiachna √ď Braonain and Peter O'Toole (Hothouse Flowers) at Irish Arts Center from September 29-30. (more...)

Other Theatre's THE MAKING OF A MODERN FOLK HERO to Premiere at Chicago Dramatists
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

Other Theatre, in association with Chicago Dramatists' Grafting Project, will launch its 4th season with the world premiere of Martin Zimmerman's comedic graphic novel for the stage THE MAKING OF A MODERN FOLK HERO, directed by Kelly Howe, playing September 29 - October 29, 2017 at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago. Casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

Kate Weare's MARKSMAN to Make West Coast Debut at ODC Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

ODC Theater will present the West Coast premiere of Kate Weare Company's MARKSMAN, October 5 - 7. (more...)

Black Swan State Theatre Company Announces 2018 Season Conversations
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

Black Swan State Theatre Company is excited to present the 2018 season, the first that embodies the vision of Artistic Director Clare Watson.  (more...)

WLDRNSS (formerly Theatre Forever) Premieres WHEN I NOD MY HEAD YOU HIT IT WITH THE HAMMER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

This fall, WLDRNSS will present the world premiere of When I Nod My Head You Hit It With The Hammer, a highly visual, playful and personal devised play about outdated internal maps, memory, hope and change. WLDRNSS is welcoming England-based theater artist (and long time friend of director Jon Ferguson) John Cooper to co-create and perform in the piece. The play will premiere at The Southern Theater on September 15, 2017, running through September 23, 2017. (more...)

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