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Help - 2022 - Off-Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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The Shed presents the world premiere of *Help*, a new play by acclaimed author and poet Claudia Rankine, directed by Obie Award-winner Taibi Magar.



Derived from Rankine’s deep inquiry and ongoing investigation into white dominance, Help stars April Matthis as the Narrator, a Black woman who recounts Rankine’s real-life conversations with white people that take place in transitional spaces like airports. As the stories unfold through monologues and staged scenarios, Help explores how these conversations can go right, wrong, or raise new questions about our fragile democracy.



Rankine’s body of work, for which she has been awarded MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, crosses lyric poetry and prose essay to navigate questions of race, healthcare, loneliness, and what it means for a life to matter in American society today.

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by Courtney Symes - Jun 30, 2022
The world has changed a lot since 1945, when Carousel opened on Broadway.  The Tony Awards hadn’t been established yet.  Interracial marriage was not yet legal.  Its score speaks of a bygone era when people comported themselves with a certain modesty and societal rules were very different.  One would wonder how such a show has survived through the years, but Rodgers and Hammerstein’s second musical has themes that are relevant today.  Domestic violence, poor choices, hope, and redemption are all things that society still experiences.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 30, 2022
One of Canada’s most vital platforms for new performance and artistic development, SUMMERWORKS will return to its 11-day Festival format, reimagined to include an extensive line-up of contemporary performance and large-scale installation works, participatory experiences, and celebratory community gatherings.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 30, 2022
State Theatre New Jersey has announced the naming of its Green Room to the “Beasley Media Group Green Room” as part of the theater’s Next Stage Campaign. This naming commemorates Beasley Media Group’s commitment to the arts community and longtime support of State Theatre New Jersey, which is currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary Season.  
by Michael Major - Jun 30, 2022
As previously announced, Broadway luminaries Rachel Bay Jones, Brenda Braxton, Liz Callaway, Lilla Crawford, Juwan Crawley, José Llana, Beth Malone, Andrea McArdle, Bonnie Milligan, Orfeh, Krysta Rodriguez, Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley and NaTasha Yvette Williams will come together for a special rendition of 'What the World Needs Now is Love.'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 30, 2022
Rebel Theatrics is introducing a new way of training by launching its limited series. The 10-week training course provides advanced level musical theatre and film training to Dallas students ages 14-19. Rebel also provides and prioritizes mental health resources and encouragement to young artists.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 30, 2022
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded $2,135,000 to 262 social service providers earlier this month. After two COVID-affected years, the grant amounts supplied to these organizations restored annual funding to the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 30, 2022
FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present Make Them Hear You: An Ode to Black Musicals Vol. 2. On Monday, July 11, 2022, paying homage to Black Musicals written by Black Creatives.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 30, 2022
The Herberger Theater Center has announced the appointment of Jenny Holsman Tetreault as Chair of the Board along with the election of six new board members: Jason Braunstein with RBC Wealth Management, Victoria Williams with American Express, Tom Evans with ON Advertising, Stephanie Quincy with Greenberg Traurig, Jason Symchak with APS, and Lisa Berman, community volunteer.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 30, 2022
A major new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust opens today. The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do offers an expansive and timely presentation of Holocaust history told through personal stories, objects, photos, and film-many on view for the first time.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 30, 2022
​​​​​​​Ragamala Dance Company's Sacred Earth will be presented on July 22, 2022 at 8pm as part of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! At the Lena Horne Bandshell, 9th Street & Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY.
by E.H. Reiter - Jun 30, 2022
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME creator Anthony Veneziale (who is part of the FLS founding trio which includes Thomas Kail and  Lin-Manuel Miranda) talks about what makes the hip-hop improv show so unique, and why the audience is such an important part of the show where every performance is different every time.  FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME is playing at The Old Globe Theatre through July 10th.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 30, 2022
Birmingham. 0121. The grotty Powerleague pitches. The era of the Topman Rihanna T'shirt, The Streets and Dizzee Rascal Sunnies. Kieron has just been kicked out of his beloved 5 aside football team for missing the division 5 deciding goal. He now has to make the decision - give up on his dreams of being scouted, or form a new team from the drug dealers at the Hardwick Arms.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 30, 2022
Opening in September 2022, The School at MMAC is a new pilot training program for High School students to explore a multidisciplinary dance curriculum, as well as voice and acting, during the school day.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 30, 2022
Salon/Sanctuary Concerts will lift its voice to help Razom for Ukraine provide urgently needed humanitarian relief where it is desperately needed in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, Donetsk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Dnipro, and Zaporizhzhia.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 3, 2022
Let's hope we don't blow up the stage Theatre is all about taking risks - but mixing chemistry experiments, audience interaction, and an audience full of kids undoubtedly sets up for a high-stakes afternoon.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 3, 2022
On June 25, opera soprano Angela Brown received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from The Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA)
by Evan Henerson - Jul 3, 2022
Director Mike Donahue’s production on the Geffen’s Cates stage is so intelligent, well-crafted and downright fun that A WICKED SOUL IN CHERRY HILL seems destined to have a future beyond Westwood.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 3, 2022
On June 25, opera soprano Angela Brown received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from The Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) for her impactful career and personal commitment to diversity in role models, performers, educators, and audiences in the arts.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 2, 2022
Get a first look here! The Opening Night Performance Of Dear Evan Hansen At Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre
by Evan Henerson - Jul 2, 2022
The work of director Guillermo Cienfuegos, Alex Neher and Justin Preston is brave, honest and frequently stomach-churning, the kind of character study that should frighten the hell out of anybody (particularly parents).
by Gil Kaan - Jul 2, 2022
Playwright Carolene Joy Cabrera King’s TOO MUCH SKIN will debut as part of SheLA’s annual Summer Theatre Festival July 15, 2022, at the Zephyr Theater.  Carolene depicts the story of Filipino siblings navigating assimilation and battling stereotypes via the world of cosplay and videos. Carolene took some time from her rehearsals to answer a few of my SKIN queries.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 2, 2022
The Road Theatre Company and Taylor Gilbert, Founding Artistic Director, together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, remain committed to their meaningful mission to produce and develop New Work for the Stage while theaters across the U.S. slowly reopen this year.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 2, 2022
Center Theatre Group is announcing six new commissions as an extension of Not a Moment, But a Movement initiative created to amplify, center and celebrate Black voices.
by Jade Kops - Jul 2, 2022
The dark and depraved 1999 teen cult classic is given the musical theatre treatment in CRUEL INTENTIONS THE 90’S MUSICAL.
by Team BWW - Jul 2, 2022
This July 4th, enjoy songs from shows like: Hamilton, Allegiance, 1776, Ragtime, Hello, Dolly!, Assassins, Rent, Holiday Inn, Songs for a New World, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Music Man, West Side Story, Rags, George M, Giant, Anyone Can Whistle, American Idiot, In the Heights, Hair, Working, and many more!
by David Bravos - Jul 2, 2022
Having wowed Perth with their debut production of The Producers last year, Alexandra Theater was happy to go large again- perhaps even larger- and brought out theater icon MY FAIR LADY for their winter production. With wonderful period costumes, a huge and varied set and a large cast of talented performers, they perfectly staged this classic.
by Jade Kops - Jul 2, 2022
Acclaimed playwright Michelle Law uses the “I wish I were in your shoes” body swap genre to raise the awareness of the prejudices that people of color experience on a daily basis in her new play TOP COAT.
by Michael Major - Jul 1, 2022
Clay’s deep musical breadth and range are on full display on tracks like the thunderous, club-ready Tay Keith-produced “Done Did,” the sampling of Tame Impala on “Karma” featuring BIG30, and the Grizzly Bear-sample prominently featured on project standout “Gangsta.” Listen to the new project now!
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 1, 2022
ART+RAY Fine Art Gallery will present Peace & War: Stand with Ukraine on Sunday, July 17 from 3:00-6:00PM.  
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 1, 2022
Acclaimed singer songwriter Darden Smith is set to perform music from his new multi-media project “Western Skies” at Club Passim on Friday, July 15. This will be Smtih's only performance in New England on the “Western Skies'' tour and one of only 5 shows east of the Mississippi River. Tickets for Darden Smith at Club Passim are on sale now at passim.org. 
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 1, 2022
The July, SVOD platform Film Movement Plus pays homage to their influential film culture with a trio of streaming exclusives not found anywhere else: A BALANCE, 100 YEN LOVE and WHILE THE WOMEN ARE SLEEPING.
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 1, 2022
Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 1, 2022
The Gateway starts rehearsals this week for DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID and is set to open July 15 and runs through August 7 in Bellport.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2022
World University of Design unveiled its pioneering batches on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 at World University of Design campus in Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Sonipat, Haryana.
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 1, 2022
BWW catches up with David Hunter to chat about his new podcast Jesus Christ Supercast with Tim Prottey Jones.
by - Jul 1, 2022
Today's top stories include a first look at the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of 13 the Musical, featuring Debra Messing and more! Plus, the Broadway cast of Into The Woods takes their first bows, Broadway Barks lineup announced, and more!
by Student Blogger: Emily Pugh - Jul 1, 2022
With the long days full of sunshine, the rising temperatures, and the extra time off for students, individuals, and families alike, it becomes clear that summer is here and so is the unique American holiday - the Fourth of July. I have listed the four quintessentially patriotic musicals to help get you ready for this coming weekend. Whether you stream these works in your free time or listen to the curated playlist below, these musicals are sure to put you in a patriotic mood.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2022
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) Commissioner Laurie Cumbo announced $3.6 million in new capital funding for the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2022
The Schwabacher Recital Series presents baritone Sidney Outlaw (Merola, 2010) and pianist Warren Jones in the final concert of the 2022 series on Thursday, July 28 in the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2022
The Weidner will partner for a second year with Cujo-Hip Hop to present Teach the Youth: A Hip-Hop Benefit in support of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay's Youth Arts Initiative.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2022
Young Scottish heroin addict Paul Boggie was at death's door – but with incredible courage pulled back from the brink and ended up as a soldier guarding the Queen at Buckingham Palace.  
by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2022
The UK cast for the new indie rock musical Lizard Boy has been announced ahead of its UK premiere at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester from 14th - 27th July 2022. Equal parts comic book lore and coming-of-age love story, Lizard Boy is a thrilling original rock musical.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 1, 2022
The Sauk's eighth annual PLAYS IN DEVELOPMENT will be presented July 1 and 2 at the Sauk Theatre in Jonesville.
by Peter Nason - Jul 1, 2022
What did our critic think? Chris Cavazza as George and Lindsey Fabian as Dot are stellar in this production of one of Sondheim's most uncompromising shows.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 1, 2022
Step Forward Entertainment, helmed by Producer Bob Blume, today announced two upcoming benefit performances of CHEESE FRIES AND FRUIT LOOPS,a humorous and poignant new solo show written and performed by Chris Fuller about his pursuit of a life-long dream: to play on the PGA Tour, while living with Bipolar Mental Disorder.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 1, 2022
Today, the Weilerstein Duo released an EP of Charles Ives' Violin Sonata No. 3 on Azica Records. The digital-only EP, recorded in 1997 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, is from the early Azica archives. Newly discovered by violinist Grant Houston, one of the Weilersteins' students at New England Conservatory, the recording is now being released for the first time.
by Michael Major - Jul 1, 2022
Billy Porter enlists the help of a family historian and genealogist to learn the truth behind the murder of his great-grandfather. Billy’s research takes him through conflicting accounts of what happened, before he discovers a local African-American newspaper that reveals the shocking truth of his grandfather’s death and the uproar that followed. 
by Michael Major - Jul 1, 2022
From Montgomery’s river region, up through West Alabama and over to Birmingham, a brief stint in Tennessee and tumbling back over Red Mountain to settle in East Birmingham. You could describe Will Stewart’s sound as “Central Alabama Music.” A little south of Nashville, some might say. 
by Grace Cutler - Jul 1, 2022
SANTAMAN, a new animated family adventure film, written, directed, and produced by Bret Stern and Sono Animation Studios and executive produced by Jacob Cooney will be released by Gravitas Ventures and Film Mode Entertainment on July 22nd, 2022 (limited theatrical and digital release worldwide).
by Grace Cutler - Jul 1, 2022
Proctors Collaborative has announced the next block of upcoming shows coming to Schenectady and Saratoga Springs. Tickets are available through the Box Office at Proctors, in person or via phone at 518-346-6204 Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. or online.

Help Frequently Asked Questions

What productions of Help have their been?
Help has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2022.