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Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson takes us to the beginning of his 20th century cycle with this play set in 1904 Pittsburgh. When Citizen Barlow, in spiritual turmoil, arrives at Aunt Ester�s house claiming sanctuary from Caesar, the local constable, he sets into motion a series of events, including a journey to the City of Bones, which leads to startling discoveries and sets him on a course where duty leads to redemption.


BWW Interview: Portia's No SWEAT on Strong Roles, Nottage & Rashad
by Gil Kaan - Sep 7, 2018

Playwright Lynn Nottage's 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning SWEAT, her raw take on the intertwining issues affecting a close-knit group of Reading, Pennsylvania townsfolk, has just opened at the Mark Taper Forum. Portraying Cynthia, the inescapable lightning rod in SWEAT's volatile scenario, Nottage stalwart Portia brings a human face to a multiple of 'faceless' generalized preconceptions. Portia gave us her thoughts on working with Lynn Nottage, Phylicia Rashad and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. (more...)

Tony Award Nominee Pascale Armand Joins Reading Of David Heron's AGAINST HIS WILL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2018

Tony Award nominee Pascale Armand has joined the cast of the staged reading of David Heron's controversial legal drama Against His Will, to be held at The Billie Holiday Theatre on Monday September 17 at 7pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Definition Theatre Company Opens its 2018-2019 Season with NO CHILD...
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2018

Definition Theatre Company opens its 2018-2019 season with No Child… by Nilaja Sun and directed by Chika Ike. No Child... will run from August 31 - September 23, 2018, with a press opening on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30pm. Definition Theatre Company presents its 2018-2019 season in the Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens as part of its Resident Theater Company program. Tickets for No Child… are on sale and can be purchased online at victorygardens.org or by calling 773.871.3000. Victory Gardens Theater is located at 2433 N Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Writers Theatre Presents The World Premiere Of WITCH
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2018

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents the World Premiere of Witch, written by Jen Silverman, inspired by The Witch of Edmonton by Rowley, Dekker & Ford. Witch, directed by Marti Lyons, runs September 26 - December 16, 2018 in the Gillian Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.  (more...)

Raul Esparza to Lead Classic Stage Company's THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

Classic Stage Company announces the full cast for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Bertolt Brecht's unsettlingly timeless work, which kicks off CSC's 2018-2019 season on October 30, with rehearsals beginning this week. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE Begins Performances Tonight At Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2016, launches its 80th milestone season with The Color Purple, directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle. The Color Purple is the Tony Award-winning musical revival based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. Cast members from the 2015 Broadway revival lead the Paper Mill Playhouse company, including Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act - Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost - National Tour, Rent - Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear Me, Shrek the Musical - National Tour) as Sofia. (more...)

Shonda Rhimes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gabrielle Union-Wade And More Join Producing Team of AMERICAN SON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2018

The Broadway premiere of AMERICAN SON has just announced additions to its producing team. The play will be co-produced by a team that includes Shonda Rhimes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Dwyane Wade, Steve Stoute and Nnamdi Asomugha. They join a team that includes Kerry Washington's Simpson Street, Jeffry Richards, Rebecca Gold and Will Trice. (more...)

Long Wharf Theatre And Yale Repertory Theatre To Host Reading Series In Connection With The New Haven Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2018

Long Wharf Theatre's Education Department, in conjunction with Yale Repertory Theatre, will launch the first in a series of events designed to encourage local students and schools to participate in the Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition. (more...)

Meet the Cast of AMERICAN SON- Now in Previews!
by Julie Musbach - Oct 6, 2018

Steven Pasquale and Kerry Washington alongside Eugene Lee and Jeremy Jordan are gearing up to star in the new Broadway play American Son, beginning performances today, Saturday, October 6. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances! (more...)

BWW Review: Finely Built FENCES at Karamu
by Roy Berko - Oct 4, 2018

August Wilson is considered one of the most prolific sources for documenting the twentieth century African-American experience. His ten-play cycle, basically set in Pittsburgh's Hill district, started with 'Gem of the Ocean,' representing the 1900s and ended with 'Radio Golf,' shining the spotlight on the 1990s. 'Fences,' which is now on stage at the newly renovated Jelliffe Theatre at Karamu, was the 1950s representative. (more...)

Long Wharf Theatre Presents PARADISE BLUE Beginngin November 21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2018

Long Wharf Theatre, under the leadership of Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, presents Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Awoye Timpo, from November 21 through December 16, 2018. (more...)

Shakespeare's Globe Announces Full Casting For Paulette Randall's DOCTOR FAUSTUS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018

Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce the full cast of Paulette Randall's Doctor Faustus, opening in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Saturday 1 December. (more...)

VIDEO: On This Day, October 2- Remembering August Wilson
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 2, 2018

August Wilson authored Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, Jitney, King Hedley II, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of the descendants of Africans brought to North America, decade-by-decade over the course of the twentieth century, and together, they form a compilation entitled The American Century Cycle. (more...)

Bid to Meet Kerry Washington & Steven Pasquale with Two Tickets to American Son on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2018

You and a guest will receive 2 tickets to American Son on Broadway with a backstage pass for a meet and greet with Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale and the entire Cast of American Son. (more...)

Narda E. Alcorn Appointed Chair Of Stage Management At Yale School Of Drama
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2018

James Bundy, Dean of Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, announced today the appointment of Narda E. Alcorn as Chair of the School's Stage Management Department and Stage Management Advisor at Yale Rep, for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2019. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT at Signature Theatre - Just Plain Spectacular
by Charles Shubow - Nov 28, 2018

Do not miss this Tony-winning musical! (more...)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Comes to Portland Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2018

Portland's festive, family friendly favorite, A Christmas Carol returns to Portland Playhouse December 1-29 (more...)

American Blues Theater Adds Ensemble Members, 'Buddy Holly' Zachary Stevenson Appointed To Artistic Affiliates
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018

American Blues Theater announces the addition of five new Ensemble members and one new Artistic Affiliate to the Blues family. Joining the Ensemble is director, designer and Associate Producer Elyse Dolan, who directed several works in past Ripped and Blue Ink festivals; designer Jared Gooding, lighting designer of Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story; actor Philip Earl Johnson, who is slated to appear in the upcoming Chicago premiere of Steven Dietz's On Clover Road; director Chuck Smith, director of the recent American Blues production of Pearl Cleage's Flyin' West; and actress and playwright Wandachristine, who won many awards for her solo performance Beauty's Daughter. Actor Zachary Stevenson has been named an Artistic Affiliate. Stevenson recently made his Chicago debut as 'Buddy Holly' in American Blues Theater's Joseph Jefferson Award-winning musical Buddy - the Buddy Holly Story, in which he also won a Jeff Award for Performance in a Musical. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad To Play Beth's Mom On THIS IS US
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

According to Deadline, Phylicia Rashad has been cast to play the role of Beth's mom on upcoming episodes of the hit series THIS IS US. Read more about the news from Deadline here! (more...)

Victory Gardens Theater Presents The Chicago Premiere Of Dominique Morisseau's PIPELINE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 44th season with the Chicago Premiere of Pipeline, written by 2018 MacArthur Fellow Dominique Morisseau and directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce. Pipeline runs February 1 March 3, 2019, with press performance on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Huntington Theatre Company Announces August Wilson Monologue Competition Boston Regional Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2019

Anotidaishe Chikunya, a senior at Dana Hall School, took first place on Monday, January 28, 2019 with her performance as Berniece from The Piano Lesson at the Boston Regional Finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, held for the ninth year by the Education Department of the Huntington Theatre Company, the playwright's longtime artistic home.  Sarah Purvis, a junior at Boston Collegiate Charter School, was named first runner-up and portrayed Black Mary from Gem of the Ocean; Osamede Izevbizua (Toledo, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), a junior at John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, was named second runner-up. The three will receive a total of $850 in prize money, and the top two winners will be awarded an all-expense-paid trip to New York City where they will perform their monologues at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre in the National Competition on May 6, 2019. Airfare, hotel accommodations, workshops, and tickets to attend a Broadway production will be provided in collaboration with Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theatres. The national competition is free and open to the public. (more...)

VIDEO: Meet the Cast of Berkeley Rep's METAMORPHOSES
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2019

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the full cast and creative team for Metamorphoses. This co-production with the Guthrie Theater is led by nationally and internationally renowned writer and director Mary Zimmerman. (more...)

Arden Theatre Company Celebrates August Wilson With Two Unique Productions In 2019
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2019

This winter and spring, the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia will celebrate the work of late playwright August Wilson with two productions that explore the genius of the iconic writer. Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, the first installment of his decade-by-decade, ten-play chronicle, The American Century Cycle, begins performances on February 27, 2019 at the F. Otto Haas Stage. Starting on March 7, 2019, Wilson's autobiographical solo show, HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED, co-conceived by Todd Kreidler, will play the Bob and Selma Horan Studio Theatre at the Arden's Hamilton Family Arts Center. (more...)

Full Casting Announced For Farmers Alley Theatre's DOUBT, A PARABLE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2019

Farmers Alley Theatre will present the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama Doubt, a parable this February. Director D. Terry Williams (A Doll's House, Part 2) has assembled an amazing cast headlined by Dwandra Nickole Lampkin (The Christians, The Conviction of Lady Lorraine) as Sister Aloysius and Andy Hoff (TV's Mad Men, Criminal Minds) as Father Flynn. John Patrick Shanley's 90 minute one-act will run February 8-24 at Farmers Alley Theatre, right in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo. (more...)

Photo Flash: Get A First Look At Shakespeare Theatre Company's RICHARD THE THIRD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2019

After his hit production of King Charles III, David Muse returns to Shakespeare Theatre Company to direct Shakespeare's Richard the Third, a mesmerizing chronicle of the megalomaniac's rampage to the throne. The production will play at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) from February 5-March 10, 2019. (more...)

Full Cast And Creative Team Announced For JUNK At Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2019

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Ayad Akhtar's (Arena's Disgraced) timely tale Junk. Inspired by the real junk bond giants of the 1980s, Akhtar explores how the riveting, hostile takeover of a family-owned manufacturing company paved the way to expose the rise of greed, power, race and wealth that led to reshaping the rules of Wall Street and the world. Directed by Jackie Maxwell, Junk runs April 5 - May 5, 2019 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: Go Inside Rehearsals of Shakespeare Theatre Company's RICHARD THE THIRD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019

After his hit production of King Charles III, David Muse returns to Shakespeare Theatre Company to direct Shakespeare's Richard the Third, a mesmerizing chronicle of the megalomaniac's rampage to the throne. The production will play at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) from February 5-March 10, 2019. (more...)

Chicago-Based Director Sydney Chatman Named 2019 Michael Maggio Fellow At Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019

Goodman Theatre announces Sydney Chatman as the recipient of the 2019 Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship, an honor reserved for early-career Chicago-based directors. Chatman will gain complete access to the artistic process at the Goodman-from early research and design through the casting and rehearsal process to the opening night. The annual fellowship was established in 2002 to honor the memory and artistry of Goodman Associate Artistic Director Michael Maggio (1951 - 2000) who directed a total of 22 productions at the Goodman and more than 60 productions around the country. (more...)

Photo Flash: Go Inside Rehearsals of Shakespeare Theatre Company's RICHARD THE THIRD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2019

After his hit production of King Charles III, David Muse returns to Shakespeare Theatre Company to direct Shakespeare's Richard the Third, a mesmerizing chronicle of the megalomaniac's rampage to the throne. The production will play at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) from February 5-March 10, 2019. (more...)

Avant Bard Announces Casting For TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2019

Avant Bard theatre is proud to announce that veteran screen actor Khalil Kain will star with award-winning stage actor Louis E. Davis in Suzan-Lori Parks's acclaimed Topdog/Underdog, led by award-winning director and Broadway performer DeMone Seraphin. The play--a tensely funny and dead serious tragicomedy about two African American brothers-in-struggle--won Parks the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama, and the New York Times named it the best American play of the last 25 years. The production runs from March 14 to April 14, 2019, at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two in Arlington. (more...)

Avant Bard Announces Casting For TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2019

Avant Bard theatre announces that veteran screen actor Khalil Kain will star with award-winning stage actor Louis E. Davis in Suzan-Lori Parks's acclaimed TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, led by award-winning director and Broadway performer DeMone Seraphin. The play-a tensely funny and dead serious tragicomedy about two African American brothers-in-struggle-won Parks the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama, and the New York Times named it the best American play of the last 25 years. The production runs from March 14 to April 14, 2019, at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two in Arlington. (more...)

Casting Announced For Final Shows In The 2018/19 Season At Milwaukee Rep
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2019

Milwaukee Repertory Theater announces the complete cast and creative teams for the 2018/19 Season final Spring shows including Ring of Fire, Every Brilliant Thing, and Two Trains Running.  (more...)

Long Wharf Theatre And Yale Repertory Theatre To Host The New Haven Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2019

Long Wharf Theatre (LWT), in collaboration with Yale Repertory Theatre (YRT), will host the 2019 New Haven Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC).The Regional Competition will be presented on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7 PM at Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510. Fifteen participants from the Greater New Haven Area, Hartford County, and Fairfield County, will compete to win all-expense paid trip to the National Competition in NYC where they will perform on a Broadway stage, see a Broadway play, and have a chance to win college scholarships. The National Competition will take place in May 6, 2019 at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre. (more...)

August Wilson's SEVEN GUITARS Comes to The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents one of August Wilson's rarely produced masterpieces, Seven Guitars, the 1940's installment of his Pittsburgh Cycle, February 21-March 10 at the Warwick Theatre. (more...)

South Bend Civic Theatre Announces THE AUGUST WILSON PROJECT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019

South Bend Civic Theatre is proud to announce a new 10 year initiative to produce all of Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson's "20th Century Cycle" between 2019 and 2029, with one play in the cycle featured each year. (more...)

Raven Theatre Announces 2019-20 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2019

Raven Theatre announces its 2019-20 Season, kicking off this fall with the Chicago premiere of Rachel Bonds' drama SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON, directed by Artistic Director Cody Estle and featuring music and lyrics by The Bengsons. This warm, delicate play with music is an honest look at the hard work of holding a family together and re-connecting with what we've left behind. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 6, 2018
by - Dec 6, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 6 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: Roundhouse Theatre's GEM OF THE OCEAN a Brilliant, Living Homage to August Wilson
by Andrew White - Dec 5, 2018

Timothy Douglas' production of Wilson's Gem of the Ocean is as rich an experience as you could possibly ask for; set at the turn of the twentieth century, it offers a lesson in the trials of Pittsburgh's African-American community at a pivotal time in the Hill district's history. More importantly, it is an examination of a violent, exploitative past from which we, as a nation, have yet to emerge. (more...)

Charles Weldon, Artistic Director Of Negro Ensemble Company, Dies At 78
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2018

Actor/Director Charles Weldon, who was Artistic Director of The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) since 2005, died December 7 at Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC. He was 78. (more...)

BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES at Arena Stage - Get On Board For A 'De-Lovely' Voyage of Music and Dance
by Charles Shubow - Dec 14, 2018

Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith's gift to Baltimore/Washington theater patrons this season is just plain delightful. (more...)

Yale Rep Presents GOOD FAITH By Karen Hartman, Directed By Kenny Leon
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2018

Yale Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere of Good Faith: Four Chats about Race and the New Haven Fire Department by Karen Hartman, directed by Kenny Leon, February 1-23, 2019 at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street). Opening Night is Thursday, February 7. (more...)

BWW Review: A WONDER IN MY SOUL at Baltimore Center Stage - It's Powerful, Provocative, and Poignant
by Charles Shubow - Dec 13, 2018

When I heard about the topic of the new Baltimore Center Stage production of A WONDER IN MY SOUL, I initially thought it would be a female version of the film 'Barber Shop' Well, let me tell you, it is NOT!!!! (more...)

Berkeley Rep Announces Full Cast For METAMORPHOSES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2018

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the full cast and creative team for Metamorphoses. This co-production with the Guthrie Theater is led by nationally and internationally renowned writer and director Mary Zimmerman. (more...)

Cast Announced for STC's RICHARD THE THIRD
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2018

After his hit production of King Charles III, David Muse returns to Shakespeare Theatre Company to direct Shakespeare's Richard the Third, a mesmerizing chronicle of the megalomaniac's rampage to the throne. The production will play at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) from February 5-March 10, 2019. (more...)

Box Office For Kerry Washington-starring AMERICAN SON Opens Tomorrow (09/01)
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2018

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KCRep Announces MNPS For 2018/2019
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2018

Marissa Wolf, Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Works at Kansas City Repertory Theatre (KCRep), today announced the full schedule for the organization's popular 2018/2019 Monday Night Playwright Series. The series features a line-up of new and returning playwrights including Christina Anderson, Bennett Fisher, Greta Oglesby, Andrew Rosendorf, Bianca Leigh and Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence Nathan Louis Jackson, in addition to the Playwright Slam, hosted by Nathan Louis Jackson. These free public events take place on the UMKC campus at the Spencer Theatre Donor Lounge.  (more...)

Dianne Dixon Joins Reading of HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2018

Award winning Jamaican actress Dianne Dixon will appear onstage at The Public Theater for the first time in a staged reading of Canadian playwright Trey Anthony's family drama How Black Mothers Say I Love You, under the direction of Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. (more...)

Adrianna Hicks to Be Too Beautiful for Words Leading Paper Mill's THE COLOR PURPLE; Full Cast and Creative
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2018

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced casting for The Color Purple, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle. Cast members from the 2015 Broadway revival lead the Paper Mill Playhouse company, including Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act - Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost - National Tour, Rent - Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear Me,Shrek the Musical - National Tour) as Sofia.  (more...)

Phylicia Rashad To Receive William Shakespeare Award For Classical Theatre; Laura Benanti to Perform
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2018

To acknowledge her outstanding contribution to classical theatre in America, Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) will present Tony-Award winning actress, singer and stage director Phylicia Rashad with the prestigious William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre (Will Award). (more...)

Single Tickets To Arden Theatre Company's 2018-19 Season Go On Sale August 15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2018

Single tickets to the Arden Theatre Company's 2018-19 season will go on sale to the public on August 15, 2018. The exciting lineup of regional premieres and engaging productions offer Philadelphians a chance to see great stories by great storytellers in a dynamic, award-winning theatre. (more...)

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