A Life

Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge make their Public Theater debut in an unforgettable and incredibly intimate evening of theater.

Sturridge, in his third collaboration with Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens (Heisenberg, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), performs SEA WALL, an astonishing monologue about love and the human need to know the unknowable.

Gyllenhaal continues his artistic collaboration with Olivier Award-nominated playwright Nick Payne (Constellations, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet) in A LIFE, a meditation on how we say goodbye to those we love most.

Directed by Carrie Cracknell (A Doll’s House, The Deep Blue Sea), this heart-filled exploration of the beauty of life and meaning of love, SEA WALL / A LIFE is a must-see evening of dramatic storytelling at its best.

Schedule

Public Theater [Newman Theater]

(New York, NY)
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by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
How did a hard working Black single mother raise a girl to survive mean streets from Bed-Stuy to the Bronx? Award winning comedian Rhonda Hansome shares tales of murder, sex, and gentrification. Stories from a life shaped by a mother's motto: Lie Baby, Lie! .
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast, hopes that you'll join them for The Arkin and Friends.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
Retired Judge Marshall Hockett and wife/traveling partner, Debbie of Encinitas are pleased to announce the publication of their book Tripping – 1975 – Falling in Love One Country at a Time.  It is a love story set amidst a year of adventures on their year-long journey in a yellow Volkswagen van they lovingly dubbed the “Banana”. The book will be launched on November 16th at the Winn Room of the Coronado Library.
by TV News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
Meeting the family is a monumental step in any relationship and is arguably an anxious time for everyone involved. But, when the new member is met with closed doors instead of open arms, should they push to see what's inside, or go running in the opposite direction? RELATIVELY EVIL is a psychological thriller that features six terrifying cases of family dynamics turning deadly. Whether it is an outsider entangled with a family capable of dangerous deeds or someone with evil intentions who is invited in, each episode features a true crime murder mystery where the pool of suspects are all from within the family. The new series RELATIVELY EVIL premieres Tuesday, October 15 at 9/8c, only on Investigation Discovery (ID).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
Irish Repertory Theatre (Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director and Ciarán O'Reilly, Producing Director) is proud to announce a one-week extension of the World Premiere of Kingfishers Catch Fire, by Robin Glendinning (Jennifer's Holiday), directed by Kent Paul (Lost in Yonkers). Kingfishers Catch Fire began performances in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre on September 11, 2019, and opened September 22. Originally scheduled for a limited run through October 20, the production will now run through October 27, 2019.
by Isabella Perrone - Oct 8, 2019
In Nightswimming's BROKEN TAILBONE, presented by Factory Theatre, playwright and performer Carmen Aguirre does double duty as a dance and history instructor. A traditional seated theatre is swapped for a bare dancefloor, with a handful of chairs against the walls and a bar at the back of the room. Pulsating lights (lighting design by Michelle Ramsay) and steady beats (sound design by Pedro Chamale) are the final pieces that turn the space into a Latinx dancehall, where over the course of the 80-minute performance, Aguirre teaches the basics of salsa, meringue, and twerkinga?"among other popular dance stylesa?"while constantly connecting each type to an experience from her personal history.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
Actress, singer, author, and activist Eartha Kitt might be best known as the singer behind a?oeSanta Babya?? and a?oeC'est si bon,a?? or as the third Catwoman on the sixties Batman TV series. However, a government-led blacklisting following anti-war statements she made at a White House luncheon halted her career for an entire decade. The infamous blacklisting forms the basis for the AUDELCO nominated play Down To Eartha, a one-woman show which will hold a four-show run at the Dwyer Cultural Center (258 Saint Nicolas Ave. in Harlem), January 17 through 20 next year. January 17 marks what would have been Kitt's 93rd birthday, as well as the 52nd Anniversary of the White House incident. Tickets for opening night are on sale now for $35, with the remaining dates on sale ranging from $20-$30.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
Soho Rep. kicks off its 2019-20 season with the U.S. Premiere of Zawe Ashton's for all the women who thought they were Mad. Directed by Whitney White (What to Send Up When It Goes Down), Ashton's play is a feverish inquiry and exposé. In it, multigenerational African diasporic voices gather around a woman, Joy. With Ashton's trenchant, irreverent, and lyrical writing, Soho Rep. continues its tradition of presenting works by playwrights whose experimentation with language, social commentary, and piercing wit turn the theater into a space that brims with possibility and danger.
by TV News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
Deadline reports that the new HBO Max comedy 'Delilah' has added Nat Faxon and Nicole Byer to its cast. The series also stars Jessica Rothe ('Happy Death Day').
by Rachel Weinberg - Oct 7, 2019
A MAN OF GOOD HOPE reflects the resiliency and creativity of the human spirit at every turn, while giving audiences a taste of Isango Ensemble's original methods of theatrical storytelling.
by Juan Michael Porter II - Oct 7, 2019
Battery Dance Festival's Tuesday and Wednesday night performances proved that choreography is only as wonderful as its music is rich. Led by Buglisi Dance Theatre, Ballet Nepantla, Vanaver Caravan, Ballet Boy Productions, and Battery Dance Company, this fact was never far from the concertgoers' minds as they swooned blissfully to fantastic dancing coupled with brilliant music.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2019
Dumba?? dumbera?? dumbest? Open Fist Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Neil Simon's Musical Fools, an adaptation of the Simon play Fools, with book and lyrics by Neil Simon and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West (deLEARious, The People Vs Friar Laurence). West also directs, with music direction by Jan Roper and choreography by Louisa Kendrick Burton. Neil Simon's Musical Fools opens Oct. 12 at Atwater Village Theatre, where performances will continue through Nov. 17; pay-what-you-want previews begin Oct. 4.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2019
Bay Area Musicals has announced the full cast and creative team for the first production of the Company's 2019-2020 season, the timeless 6-Time Tony Award-winning masterpiece GYPSY. Inspired by the 1957 memoirs of legendary burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee, GYPSY features music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. Bay Area Musicals' production of GYPSY runs from November 9 a?" December 8, 2019 and will perform at San Francisco's Alcazar Theatre (650 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102). The press opening will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Regular tickets range from $40 - $85 and can be purchased online at www.bamsf.org/gypsy. Opening Night Fundraiser Tickets (available only for the Saturday, November 9 performance at 8:00 p.m.) range from $50 - $100 and includes dessert and a champagne toast with the cast (and can also be purchased online at www.bamsf.org/gypsy).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2019
On announcing the season Gregory Doran, RSC Artistic Director, said: a?oeCreated in Stratford-upon-Avon, shared around the world, crossing borders of creativity, community, culture and technology, our new season celebrates Shakespeare's unique contribution to world culture, whilst at the same time asking us to consider our own place within society, our families and community. Whether experiencing our work on stage in Stratford-upon-Avon, on nationwide tours, in schools and local communities, through live cinema screenings or via the latest digital innovations, the shared experiences and emotional connections forged through live theatre feel as urgent and necessary today as they ever havea??.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2019
Michael Jackson fans are set to be wowed when the UK's ultimate tribute to the King of Pop heads to Worthing this November. Michael Starring Ben is at the Assembly Hall on Thursday 28 November at 7:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2019
Irondale, Brooklyn's leading arts space whose unbounded explorations expose the transformational nature of theater, announces a politically relevant and emotionally charged 2019-2020 season to provoke change through conversation and understanding. Beginning with their 10-week To Protect, Serve and Understand workshop series on October 15, Irondale's season highlights will also include a public reading of Murrow's Boys, December 6, Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan, January 29-February 22, and the female centered On Women theater festival March 4-21.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2019
Returning for a second year, Birmingham Repertory Theatre's REP Foundry Festival offers a vibrant and inspiring snapshot of theatre created by West Midlands emerging writers and theatre makers. It takes place at The REP in Centenary Square from 7 a?" 16 November and tickets to all performances are free.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2019
On October 11th, Southern Connecticut State University Department of Theatre kicks off its 2019-20 season with Pippin. Director and Choreographer Larry Nye directs his 10th production of the musical, 35 years after first being acquainted with it. Pippin is a high-energy song and dance musical that tells the hilarious tale of a young prince's journey to live a life that is extraordinary.
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 4, 2019
A cabaret debut this summer by Joanne Halev was so successful that it is getting the encore treatment this autumn!
by Chris Arneson - Oct 4, 2019
Immediately upon entering the theater, you'll realize Once isn't going to be your typical musical theatre fare.
by Angie Stanton - Oct 4, 2019
You know the iconic song, you recognize the ridiculously charismatic characters, and when you watched the cartoon with your kids, you likely never expected it come to life as a smash-hit Broadway musical. Neither did Lorenzo Pugliese, who adored the show as a child, and now plays the title character in this family friendly, wild romp through Bikini Bottom.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
Dear Evan Hansen comes to Memphis' Orpheum Theatre October 8-13. In advance of the start of performances, the production announced today that it will host a digital ticket lottery offering fans the chance to purchase a limited number of $25 tickets available per performance.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
EVERY GRAIN OF SAND, a dramatic short film co-written and directed by Amanda Spencer, will be featured in the 15th Annual LA Femme International Film Festival on Thursday, October 17th @ 12PM, at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. The film is also entered into competition at the 10th Annual Oaxaca FilmFest in Oaxaca, Mexico, Oct. 7, 2019.
by Michael Rabice - Oct 14, 2019
A gritty reality that is so true to form that you have to remind yourself you are watching a play, versus eavesdropping on someone's life... That is what is playing out in Tracy Letts'  SUPERIOR DONUTS, now at Shea's 710 Theatre in a winning production by Road Less Traveled Productions. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2019
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) Theatre Company is proud to announce playwrights, dates and details for the 2020 Colorado New Play Summit. The 15th annual festival will take place over two weekends, February 15-16, and February 21-23, and feature readings of new plays by Benjamin Benne, L M Feldman, Yussef El Guindi, Jessica Kahkoska, and co-writers Suzan Shown Harjo and Mary Kathryn Nagle. The festival will also feature world premiere productions from the 2019 Colorado New Play Summit by Tony Meneses and Bonnie Metzgar.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2019
Baritone Michael Mayes steps in to sing the title role in Verdi's Rigoletto at Houston Grand Opera. He performs the opening night performance on 18, and two additional performances on October 20 and 26. The Boston Musical Intelligencer lauded his debut in the role in 2014 with Boston Lyric Opera: 'His baritone, powerful yet fully controlled, shifted seamlessly in color between expressions of terror, pleading, and angry vengeance.' He returns to the role later this season with Nashville Opera.
by Chris Struck - Oct 13, 2019
Michael Longoria promoted his latest album release with an exciting production of the music from movies and TV past that he's found particularly impactful. It wasn't all tragic love songs as his original (and CD's title) song, 'Kiss me like they do in the movies' spun a hopeful sound.
by Sabrina Wallace - Oct 12, 2019
With punk-rock undertones and theatrical mastery, 12 OPHELIAS (A Play With Broken Songs) empowers female characters, subdues bad boys, and engulfs us all in a new version of a story that we always loved to hate.
by Student Blogger: Shelbi Cornelison - Oct 12, 2019
Living in one of the most expensive cities in the United States as a stereotypically broke college student sounds like a financial disaster on paper. Especially when you're like me and have zero economic impulse control. As the internet youths would say, '[My money] is here for a good time. Not a long time.' And living just steps from some of the most iconic Broadway theatres and productions doesn't help my case much either.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2019
The Alliance Theatre will present its fall production developed for middle and high school audiences, GHOST. Based on the popular novel by Jason Reynolds that was a National Book Award finalist for young people's literature and named one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read, GHOST teaches the importance of finding your team. GHOST will play in the Rich Theatre at the Alliance weekends Oct. 26 - Nov. 9, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2019
Local theatre lovers are in for a treat! Penobscot Theatre Company is thrilled to announce their Annual 'Bangor to Broadway' trip, taking place April 17-19, 2020. Travelers will be treated to two incredible Broadway performances and the shows on the docket this year can only be described as phenomenal! Executive Director Kathryn Ravenscraft said, 'Last year's trip was amazing not only for the shows we saw, but for the wonderful gift of getting to know the people that traveled with us.' She went on to say, 'I am so looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and to meeting people who might be traveling with us for the first time. This trip is such a wonderful adventure!' The group is guaranteed some of the best seats to two of the hottest shows on Broadway:
by Michael Quintos - Oct 12, 2019
30 years after its stage debut, experiencing MISS SAIGON nowadays exposes just how outdated and out-of-touch it is with our increasingly diverse world view. The musical's original production---which first debuted in the West End in 1989 before transferring to Broadway in 1991---became a global hit despite some loud, very understandable controversy. Most audiences, however, ignored the accusations of orientalism, misogyny, and white-washing and instead focused on the show's epic melodrama and theatrical splendor, much of it powered by the lush music of Claude-Michel Schönberg and the lyrics by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr. The show continues at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through October 13, 2019.
by Julie Musbach - Oct 11, 2019
James Clements is an artist of many talents, fearlessly tackling the issues through art. His latest piece, developed with Sophia Frank, is MEDEA/BRITNEY. We took a moment to speak with Clements about the upcoming show, see what he had to say about how it's all coming together!
by Benjamin Tomchik - Oct 11, 2019
Lately John Austin's career seems to have two constants, exploring society's most topical issues and doing so at Arena Stage.
by Courtney Symes - Oct 11, 2019
Dynamic is the word that comes to mind when speaking with John Tesh. His passion for his life, family, and career come across clearly in his instantly recognizable made-for-performing voice. Tesh was a staple in the 1980s on the popular television show, a?oeEntertainment Tonight.a?? Sports fans know him from broadcasting the Tour de France, Olympics, and other events. Still others follow his musical career, which boasts wins for six Emmys, two Grammy nominations, and three gold records. Tesh is bringing his unique performance to the Harris Center on December 5 with his a?oeSongs & Stories from the Grand Pianoa?? tour which, based on reviews, promises to be a night to remember. Broadway World spoke to him about his upcoming show, his cancer battle, and much more!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
You and a guest will enjoy VIP house seats to Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
Shuck 'n' Jive has had quite a rapid journey. I was first introduced to the play whilst on my first day of rehearsals for another show. I requested a copy of the script and devoured it one weekend - I felt it was something special. I had a kinship with the writers, Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong and Simone Ibbett-Brown, in their love for musicals, 90s children's TV and Viola Davis.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
Bay Area Musicals presents the first production of the Company's 2019-2020 season, the timeless 6-Time Tony Award-winning masterpiece GYPSY.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
Theater for the New City Executive Director Crystal Field is presenting 'A Life In The Rye,' a new play that looks at J.D. Salinger's life and the impact that 'The Catcher In The Rye' had on him, his fans, fanatics obsessed with the book and the world.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
Following its acclaimed national tour, the acclaimed Truth To Power Café comes to London this autumn as part of The Bloomsbury Festival. With more dates added the new leg of the tour will play at Conway Hall on October 20th as well as hitting more cities across the country.
by Michael Dale - Oct 11, 2019
If there ever was a demand for greater representation on Broadway stages for straight, single, cisgender white guys in their 50s who are insensitive to the women he manages to date and have sex with, Tracy Letts' Linda Vista would surely fill the void. A sort of 21st Century toxic male take on Paddy Chayefsky's classic 'Marty', Letts' new one has its funny moments, and maybe even a bit of poignancy here and there, but is it worth spending nearly three hours watching some full-of-himself average lug continually screw up his romantic opportunities?
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
Come on a joyous, educational, and entertaining journey through the past with Michael & the Rockness Monsters! Their eclectic new album Seeing Life in 2020 spans 10 decades of music in jazz, folk, country, blues, funk, pop, rock, TV, and film.
by TV News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
Deep in the Alaska wilderness, the Dakota boys are back and risking it all to unearth millions in gold. But after mining together for 10 years, the father and son team of Fred and Dustin Hurt are splitting up and working on separate claims to double their chances of striking it rich. The race is on as they uncover more gold than any other season before. From the producers of GOLD RUSH, Discovery's #1-rated show, GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER returns for its third season on Friday, November 8 at 10 PM ET/PT on Discovery.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
Johnstown, PA native and Brooklyn, NY based actor, writer Dan Ruth returns to the Pittsburgh area with his multi-award-winning, critically acclaimed black comedy solo work, A Life Behind Bars, at Carnegie Stage in Carnegie, PA this coming October 24th, 25th and 26th at 8pm. The tour-de-force show performed to sell-out houses in Pittsburgh earlier this year.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
Performances are set to begin this Tuesday, October 15th, with the official Opening Night on October 25th, for the new musical LAST DAYS OF SUMMER, presented by George Street Playhouse and directed by Jeff Calhoun (NEWSIES, GREASE, BIG RIVER). LAST DAYS OF SUMMER features book & lyrics by Steve Kluger (based on his best-selling novel) and music by Grammy Award winner Jason Howland (LITTLE WOMEN).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
Holly (Aunt) and Joslyn (Niece), second-degree relatives, share their intergenerational journeys of healing as SECOND DEGREE. This unique and one-of-a-kind duo invite you into their inner circle of healing, sharing intimate stories that are intense and painful telling of adversity, struggle, transformation and joy, but balanced with stunning music, heart-opening meditation and some great conversation at Studio C a?" 6448 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038 on November 9th and December 15th, 2019.
by Stage Tube - Oct 10, 2019
A new short musical film  - the Global Her Project - released today, uses song and dance to explain the global gag rule and educate viewers on how they can take action to help end the harmful policy by urging their members of Congress to support the Global H.E.R. Act.