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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 he’s 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, I’ll be able to say: Bulgakov? Yeah, we even trained him. He gave up. He saw the light. We broke him, we can break anybody. It’s man versus monster, Mikhail. And the monster always wins.



John Hodge’s 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.


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...)

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...)

ic3401 Adds Character to its Repertoire
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

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Female Fronted Metal Group 01Experience Release Debut Concept EP 'The Code'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

San Francisco's multi genre 01EXPERIENCE has self released their debut EP The Code ; a concept album based on the inner science of alchemy and is linked to a larger platform that includes multimedia theatre, art and transformational ritual. (more...)

Jessica Lang Dance Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) announces 2017-18 Season including performances in NYC, national and international touring, and new community programming. (more...)

Dirty Looks and Kembra Pfahler Return to The Kitchen This October
by TV News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

The Kitchen welcomes back Dirty Looks, the bi-coastal platform for queer experimental film, video and performance, for an unprecedented program of cinematic arcana and voluptuous horrors that make up the work of painted Downtown New York icon Kembra Pfahler. (more...)

CDI to Present THE CHICAGO PROJECT as Part of Chicago Architecture Biennial
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

CDI/Concert Dance Inc. (CDI) presents the world premiere of The Chicago Project: Future Present at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, on Friday, September 22 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Andrew Bird's 'Gezelligheid' Coming to Nashville & Chicago This December
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Andrew Bird's intimate Gezelligheid performances make their Nashville debut this December for a two-night residency at the Downtown Presbyterian Church. (more...)

Lineup Announced for 22nd Annual TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Three Dollar Bill Cinema announces the five gala film events for the 22nd Annual Twist: Seattle Queer Film Festival. (more...)

VIDEO: On This Day, September 15- Light the Lights! Sondheim Celebrates His Newly Re-Named Theater
by Stage Tube - Sep 15, 2017

On Wednesday, September 15th, 2010, the Broadway community gathered alongside Stephen Sondheim as the lights of the newly dedicated Stephen SondheimTheatre marquee are lit for the first time. (more...)

Legacy Recordings Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Mariah Carey's 'Butterfly' with 12' Vinyl Picture Disc
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mariah Carey's Butterfly with the release of a collector's edition 12' vinyl picture discfeaturing the album's iconic original cover photo and a special note from Mariah to her fanson Friday, October 20. (more...)

Mr. Lif & Brass Menazeri Announce New Album, Share 'Crypt of Lost Styles'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

This collaboration between a veteran of underground hip-hop and the creative visionaries of Brass Mena eri marked Mr. Lif's return to form, and his recent albums have garnered national praise. Resilient is a testament to the hard work that goes into perfecting a unique vision and the power of music to bring different people together. (more...)

Lydia Kontos Announces Retirement After 40 Years of Leadership at Kaufman Music Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

In January of 1979, Lydia Kontos, then a public relations consultant with a background in concert management, joined the staff of The Hebrew Arts School for Music and Dance as a member of the administrative team of the brand-new concert hall at the Abraham Goodman House. (more...)

Lumineers Cover Bob Dylan Classic for Project in Conjunction with Burns/Novick's 'The Vietnam War'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

THE VIETNAM WAR, a new film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick scheduled to premiere on PBS on September 17, 2017, has inspired a new platform for leading artists to share their renditions of iconic songs from that era. (more...)

Joe Iconis and Family First to Open the New Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Writer and rabble-rouser Joe Iconis brings his merry band of musical theatre punks back to Weston to open the new state-of-the-art Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm. Joe Iconis and Family will perform some of the hottest work in musical theatre in this new, versatile space during Vermont's peak foliage week! (more...)

Jessica Lang Dance Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) announces 2017-18 Season including performances in NYC, national and international touring, and new community programming. (more...)

BWW Interview: Ximena Garnica of FRANTIC BEAUTY
by Barnett Serchuk - Sep 14, 2017

The multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and the LEIMAY Ensemble return to BAM Fisher with FRANTIC BEAUTY, the newest evening-length work representing the mid-point in their BECOMING pentalogy. Combining the LEIMAY Ensemble's signature physicality layered over vivid visual landscapes, this world premiere reflects on society's pursuit of and relationship to beauty. The piece features an original score by Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Grace Jones & More Attend TIFF Premiere of GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI
by Walter McBride - Sep 14, 2017

Grace Jones and more attended the premiere of GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI at the Toronto Film Festival. Check out photos below! (more...)

Kronos Quartet Stars in East Coast Premiere of MY LAI at BAM, 9/27-30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Kronos Quartet, tenor Rinde Eckert, and Vietnamese musician V n- hn V are bringing Jonathan Berger's acclaimed monodrama My Lai to BAM's 2017 Next Wave Festival for the work's East Coast premiere. Four performances will take place in the BAM Harvey Theater, Wednesday, September 27 through Saturday, September 30 (7:30 pm). (more...)

Annual Baxter Dance Festival Returns to Wow Audiences Through Dance
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

The annual Baxter Dance Festival is back for the thirteenth time, ready to wow audiences with over 64 new pieces by 73 choreographers over a period of eight days. Headlining this year's festival is the commissioned work by choreographer, dancer and teacher Themba Mbuli of the acclaimed SOLD! and ADAGIO FOR A HACKED LIFE. (more...)

PIAF! The Show Comes to the Athenaeum Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Awesome Company is proud to present for one night only PIAF! THE SHOW, Sunday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m., at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. starring Anne Carrere and written and directed by Gil Marsalla. This Chicago engagement is part of a 400 performance worldwide tour of the production and recently played Carnegie Hall in New York on the 60th anniversary of Edith Piaf's final performance at the venue. The performance runs 2 hours including one 15-minute intermission. Ticket prices range from $27- $47 and are on sale now at AthenaeumTheatre.org or by calling 773.935.6875. (more...)

HAUNTED Heralds New Collaborative Effort by Cutting-Edge Nashville Companies
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 14, 2017

Haunted the new collaboration between cutting edge Nashville arts organizations Actors Bridge Ensemble, abrasiveMedia, and FALL: contemporary - aerial dance may heralds fresh way of creating performances in Music City. (more...)

Mark St. Germain's RELATIVITY Continues Rolling Premiere in Seattle
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, celebrates the opening of the Rolling World Premiere (RWP) of Relativity by Mark St. Germain at Associate Member Taproot Theatre Company (Seattle, WA, September 20-October 21, 2017). (more...)

Tigre Burning Bright: Banda Magda's Cinematic Tales of Courage and Persistence
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

The lightbulb went on. Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and firecracker performer Magda Giannikou suddenly understood: The world needed more light, and she was determined to bring it. (more...)

Brent Cobb's 'Ain't A Road Too Long' Premieres at NPR Music
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

Brent Cobb's new single Ain't A Road Too Long premiered yesterday at NPR Music and can now be heard/shared HERE and purchased HERE (Low Country Sound/Elektra Records). (more...)

BWW Review: World Premiere of FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH at Gloucester Stage Company
by Nancy Grossman - Sep 13, 2017

Gloucester Stage Company presents the world premiere of playwright Jim Frangione's FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH following an overwhelming audience response to a reading last fall. Managing Director Jeff Zinn is at the controls, with a fine pair of Collaborators in Nancy E. Carroll and J. Tucker Smith as a pair of middle-aged siblings who rely on each other as ports in the storm of life. (more...)

Country Star Hunter Hayes to Headline Dana's Angels Research Trust Gala Benefit & Concert
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

Five-time Grammy nominee, CMA Award Winner for New Artist of the Year in 2012 and the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Country Artist in 2015, Hunter Hayes is bringing his incredible talent and energy to headline the Dana's Angels Research Trust Gala Benefit and Concert at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut, on Saturday, November 11, 2017. (more...)

CAUGHT Begins 10/1 at Artists Rep
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

Artists Repertory Theatre presents Caught, a show centered around Chinese dissident artist Lin Bo that combines visual art and live theatre installations. Caught is presented in partnership with The Ch j Gallery/SF and The Geezer Gallery, and features dozens of Collaborators including playwright Christopher Chen. The production runs October 1 through October 29, 2017 on Artists Rep's newly configured Morrison Stage. (more...)

Detour dance to Debut Site-Specific FUGUE in San Francisco's Mission District
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Detour dance, an Izzie Award-nominated live performance and film company, has announced the dates for the world premiere of FUGUE: December 1 - 10, 2017. (more...)

Cold Specks Shares New Track 'Void' w. Consequence of Sound Feature
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Ladan Hussein, known on stage as Cold Specks, will release her highly anticipated new album Fool's Paradise, September 22 via Arts & Crafts. (more...)

Alice Pencavel and Paul Bedard Present DAPHNE at IRT Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Alice Pencavel and Paul Bedard will present Daphne, as part of The Arctic Group's 3B Developmental Series residency at New York's IRT Theater. (more...)

Because Jewish Announces 6th Annual HIGH HOLIDAYS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

What if your Rosh Hashanah services included performances by musicians in the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Antibalas, Darkside and Sway Machinery? (more...)

Lunice Shares 'Tha Doorz' Video, Debut Album Out Now
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

The album, CCCLX, is a stoner-opera that blends new rap production, film scores and modern club music. (more...)

PANG!' 3 Live Radio Plays Get World Premieres in 3 U.S. Cities
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 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. For more information on Pang!, please visit danfroot.com/pang and https://www.facebook.com/PangProject. (more...)

Orpheus Opens Season with Andre Watts Tour and Vijay Iyer Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra opens its 2017-2018 season on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m, presenting a performance in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. The orchestra is joined by virtuoso pianist Andr Watts for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9, K. 271 Jeunehomme. The program also includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, and the New York premiere of Vijay Iyer's Asunder. (more...)

Famed L.A. Keyboardist David Garfield Releases New Single 'Go Home,' at Catalina Jazz Club
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Keeping the spirit of Old School R&B fresh and alive for new generations of listeners, David Garfield has a longstanding tradition of creating dynamic, freewheeling re-iimaginings of songs by legendary soul artists both live and in the studio. (more...)

Famed L.A. Keyboardist David Garfield Releases New Single 'Go Home'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Keeping the spirit of Old School R&B fresh and alive for new generations of listeners, David Garfield has a longstanding tradition of creating dynamic, freewheeling re-iimaginings of songs by legendary soul artists both live and in the studio. (more...)

Cast Complete for Tracy Letts's World Premiere THE MINUTES at Steppenwolf; Stars Also Set for BLKS and More!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces full casting for its upcoming productions of BLKS by poet Aziza Barnes (December 7, 2017 - January 28, 2018); You Got Older by Clare Barron (January 25 - March 11, 2018); and Steppenwolf for Young Adults' production of The Burn by Philip Dawkins (February 14 - March 3, 2018). (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...)

Musical Theatre Factory Announces 2017-2018 Season Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Now in its fourth year of operation, and its second season as a Resident Company of Playwrights Horizons, Musical Theatre Factory (MTF), announces its full season of programming for the 2017-2018 Season. (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...)

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