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Perdita - 2008 - Off-Broadway


What is it like to be the son of a feminist hero? What is it like to be his mother? "Perdita" is the compelling story of two generations, two genders, two experiences of the same pioneering life. Perdita and her son travel to the four corners of the world and to the very edge of life to find out what it costs to be an inspiration. "Perdita" exposes the good works as well as the lovers, heartbreaks and the difficult balance of family life and career. The play is about the private side of a proud woman's public life and about what it cost her child to be with her while she lived it.


Running Time: 2 hours with one intermission

Lion Theatre

(New York, NY)
410 West 42nd Street
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2019
Tony Award winner and five-time Tony nominee Laura Benanti shares the SOPAC stage with the vocalist who most influenced her life and future career -- her mother, Linda Benanti -- in Laura & Linda Benanti: The Story Goes On, a touching and humorous musical journey through the special relationship between a mother and daughter.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2020
On Friday, October 2, 2020 Chicago-based violence designer/fight choreographer Chloe Baldwin will be the featured guest for Rikki Lee Travolta's weekly radio program It's Showtime with Rikki Lee at 3 PM Central on 101.5 FM WHRU-LP. For those outside the listening area, It's Showtime with Rikki Lee  can be live streamed at
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2019
The Old Globe invites your attendance and coverage as Globe for All celebrates six years of making theatre matter to more people! Our talented Globe for All company of professional actors will bring a stirring production of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale to a variety of economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities throughout San Diego County. The free-admission Globe for All Tour kicks off on Tuesday, October 29 and will visit 19 Community Partner venues from San Ysidro to Oceanside. Director Daniel Jáquez returns to The Globe to helm this production of The Winter's Tale. His previous work at The Globe includes the 2017 direction and co-creation of the bilingual piece La Muerte Descansa en Paz (Death Rests in Peace), which was presented as part of one of The Old Globe's signature arts engagement programs, coLAB, and he was a participant in this year's The Old Globe Classical Directing Fellowship, led by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2019
The Ellen Theatre presents ERIC FUNK - WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS. Featuring world-class composer Eric Funk, over 40 regional musicians perform some of The Beatles' greatest hits, including  a?oeHey, Judea??, a?oeLet it Bea??, a?oeNorwegian Wooda??, and many more. In celebration of The Ellen's 100th anniversary, all of the musicians are donating their time and talents for this fundraiser, with 100% of ticket sales going to the theatre. Eric Funk - With a Little Help from My Friends takes place Saturday, October 5 at 3 PM. Tickets are $44.50 for adults, and $37.50 for MSU students.
by E.H. Reiter - Oct 9, 2019
THE WINTER'S TALE brings one of Shakespeare's most unique shows to life with at Coronado Playhouse and is playing for free through October 13th. 
by Kelle Long - Oct 7, 2019
Grand sets and spectacle draw crowds, but the basis of all great theater is human connection and that can be born from sparsity. The Wheel Theatre Company's highly affordable presentation of William Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale is a perfect reminder that authentic theatrical experiences occur wherever passionate players gather.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2020
From January 11 - 22, 2021, the New York-based global art song platform Sparks & Wiry Cries will present their flagship songSLAM Festival with twelve days of song. The Festival will include the annual songSLAM competition for up to fifteen emerging composer/performer teams to present new art song compositions.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
Queens-based Rude Grooms announced today that they will present a limited, Halloween-themed production of Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's The Changeling to two venues in western Queens: The Studio Bar at The Astorian and the Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2020
Deadline has reported that Laura Benanti will joining the cast of HBO Max's upcoming Gossip Girl sequel series. The cast includes Emily Alyn Lind, Tavi Gevinson, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Johnathan Fernandez, Jordan Alexander, Savannah Smith, Evan Mock, Jason Gotay, Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat, Savannah Smith and Zion Moreno.
by Maggie Yates - Oct 28, 2019
Overall, 'A Winter's Tale' has visual richness, but the text is all over the place, and additional elements like modern pop music and choreographed slow-motion stage crosses pile superflua onto an existing wealth of 'eclectic' narrative components.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2020
Two-time OnComm award-winning, The Show Must Go Online, the global digital theatre movement producing live performances of the chronology of Shakespeare's plays weekly, today announce the full cast for their upcoming livestreamed performed reading of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.
by Erica Handel - Oct 11, 2019
The Axelrod's 2019 Gala will star Laura Benanti, who won her Tony Award for her performance as Gypsy Rose Lee in the 2008 revival of Gypsy, starring Patti Lupone and directed by original book writer Arthur Laurents
by Stephi Wild - Nov 4, 2019
Today's top stories: BC/EFA celebrates Disney on Broadway tonight, and more!
by Cindy Marcolina - Nov 3, 2019
Ugly sets out to be an exploration of beauty standards and the perception of women's attractiveness. Written by Perdita Stott and directed by Danae Cambrook, a series of vignettes delve into how five women struggle to accept their image and who they are. Eve Atkinson, Shereener Browne, Samantha Bingley, Hannah Marie Davis and Orla Sanders are the band of sisters who fight the good fight and try to navigate everyday life feeling ugly.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2019
First Stage's Young Company, the Theater Academy's award-winning training program for advanced high school actors, will present William Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE as their first Performance Project for the 2019/20 season. Directed by Marcella Kearns, the play explores multiple facets of the human condition - from false assumptions and lost children to truths revealed, redemption found and the appearance of marvelous wonders. As one of Shakespeare's late plays, it tells the story of wandering and separation leading eventually to tearful and joyous reunion. Sponsored by United Performing Arts Fund.
by E.H. Reiter - Nov 24, 2019
The best part of Globe for All, the free tour of professional Shakespeare performances by the Old Globe, throughout San Diego County, is that one can never quite knows what to expect. This play this year, THE WINTER'S TALE proved to be no exception to inspiring delight, reflection, and a full theatrical experience to those in the community.
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2019
No modern American director is better at making a play's iconic moments pop with fresh irreverence' (Chicago Tribune). Artistic Director Robert Falls reimagines The Winter's Tale-one of William Shakespeare's final and most wildly theatrical works-following his celebrated revivals of Measure for Measure (2013) and King Lear (2006) at Goodman Theatre. 
by Vikki Jane Vile - May 3, 2020
The second opportunity for online audiences to enjoy some Royal Ballet repertoire over lockdown is Christopher Wheeldon's adaptation of The Winter's Tale. First premiering in 2014, it has proved popular with ballet fans and has subsequently been programmed in 2016 (this recording) and 2018.
by Gary Naylor - May 21, 2020
The Winter's Tale at The Globe is a reminder of how things once were - and how we all hope they will be again, very soon.
by Keith Waits - May 20, 2019
It was not too long ago that Commonwealth Theatre Center completed the Shakespeare canon of plays. Assuredly, because of the scope and volume of The Bard's works, it doesn't surprise me that it has been a little while since director Charlie Sexton had last brought this fairy tale to life.
by Rachel Weinberg - May 14, 2019
Goodman Theatre's THE WINTER'S TALE is one of the most inventive and playful productions of Shakespeare I've seen.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2019
 Idle Muse Theatre Company proudly announces its first play of 2019, Best for Winter, being a short Shakespeare adapted from The Winter's Tale and other works, adapted and directed by Evan Jackson, March 21 - April 20, at The Edge Theater Off-Broadway, a new space at 1133 W. Catalpa Ave. Previews are Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. Opening night is Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. with an added performance Wednesday, March 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for previews and $20 for regular performances and are on sale now at or by calling 773.340.9438.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2019
Conservatory Directory Randy O'Hara announced today the shows that will comprise Hillbarn Theatre Conservatory's 2019 SummerStage season. Youth actors will star in 101 Dalmatians, Spamalot Young @Part, and Spring Awakening. All performances will be held at Hillbarn Theatre, (1285 East Hillsdale Blvd. Foster City). Tickets for all performances are $20 and are available now at or by calling 650.349.6411.
by Tanya Seale - Jun 21, 2019
It's puppies, puppies everywhere-even in the audience!-as families and young friends are brought into an interactive version of the Stages St. Louis Emerson Family Series production of Disney's 101 Dalmatians, playing now through June 30 at Robert G. Reim Theater.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2019
Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced seven promotions for the 2019/20 season: Brendan Saye to Principal Dancer, Ben Rudisin and Donald Thom to First Soloist, Jeannine Haller, Siphesihle November, Kota Sato and Calley Skalnik to Second Soloist.
by TV Scoop - Jul 19, 2019
Get all the scoop on Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of MAGNUM P.I., airing on CBS on Friday, August 9, 2019!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2019
Shakespeare in the Ruff brings one of Shakespeare's most transformative plays, The Winter's Tale, to Withrow Park. Part dark fairy-tale, part comedy, The Winter's Tale explores the relationship between repentance and forgiveness in a way that echoes loudly in our modern times. Bring a picnic, meet a neighbour, and experience a summer's night between the trees and beneath the stars.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2020
Variety has reported that Laura Benanti has joined the cast of the Fox drama pilot a?oeBig Leap'. 
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2019
Portland Shakespeare Project and Proscenium Journal present the fifth annual Proscenium Live Festival of New Work with two days of fresh plays. This year's festival takes place at Portland State University's Lincoln Hall, in the Boiler Room Studio Theater. All performances are free, no ticket reservations are necessary, and seating is general admission.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2019
Queens-based Rude Grooms announced today initial details for the company's second annual free summer production touring parks and art spaces in Astoria and Long Island City: William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, led by actor-manager Montgomery Sutton (Twelfth Night at Shakespeare's Globe) and produced in partnership with Long Island City Artists at the Plaxall Gallery and the Astoria Park Alliance and is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2020
Laura Benanti, renowned Broadway and TV performer, will perform at the Lesher Center for the Arts for one-night-only on Friday, March 27, 2020 (original performance date was January 31). She presents a one-woman production, Tales from Soprano Isle, marked with uproarious monologues, witty stories, and flawless soprano vocals from both classic Broadway productions as well as recognizable, modern tunes.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2019
Idle Muse Theatre Company proudly announces its first play of 2019, Best for Winter, being a short Shakespeare adapted from The Winter's Tale and other works, adapted and directed by Evan Jackson, March 21 - April 20, at The Edge Theater Off-Broadway, a new space at 1133 W. Catalpa Ave.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2020
Casting details have been announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) 2020 Summer production of The Winter's Tale, which plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 28 March 2020. Directed by RSC Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, the production will be cross-cast with The Comedy of Errors (from 25 April 2020) and Pericles (from 15 August 2020). All three plays are sponsored by Darwin Escapes.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2019
For one night only, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti will appear at Long Wharf Theatre in her cabaret show, TALES FROM SOPRANO ISLE featuring songs from her career along with humorous anecdotes and experiences that she has encountered on and off the stage and screen. The presenting sponsor for the gala event is KeyBank.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2019
CBS announced today that it has renewed three freshman series for the 2019-2020 broadcast season. FBI, THE NEIGHBORHOOD and MAGNUM P.I. will all return to the Network next year for a second season.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2020
The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne will bring one of William Shakespeare's lesser known works, 'The Winter's Tale', to the Hilberry Stage this February. Directed by Lavinia Hart this poignant winter romance ushers in warmer weather February 7 to 23, 2020 on stage at the Hilberry Theatre. Don't miss the final Shakespeare performance by the current Hilberry Graduate Acting Company.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2020
Laura Benanti, renowned Broadway and TV performer, will perform at the Lesher Center for the Arts for one-night-only on Friday, January 31, 2020. She presents a one-woman production, Tales from Soprano Isle, marked with uproarious monologues, witty stories, and flawless soprano vocals from both classic Broadway productions as well as recognizable, modern tunes.
by Gary Naylor - Feb 6, 2019
BWW talks to Ruth Mary Johnson about her version of The Winter's Tale at the National Theatre and about her philosophy in making theatre works for young people.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2019
Shea's Performing Arts Center is proud to announce that Tony Award-Winning actress Laura Benanti will perform at Shea's Black-Tie Gala on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2019
ARTISTS STRIVING TO END POVERTY (ASTEP) announced today that it will honor Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti (My Fair Lady) at its annual Gala and Dinner, The 2019 ASTEP Color Ball on Monday, April 29, at Feinstein's/54 Below. She will join Mary-Mitchell Campbell (The Prom, Mean Girls), Founder and Co-Executive Director of ASTEP, on stage to celebrate Benanti's leadership and advocacy in the creation of the benefit album SINGING YOU HOME: Children's Songs for Family Reunification.
by ETTORE FARRATTINI - Feb 11, 2020
Con un successo già consolidato, 70 mila spettatori in poco più di 3 mesi di repliche, arriva finalmente a Roma tutta l'energia di 'The Full Monty', la divertentissima commedia musicale firmata da Massimo Romeo Piparo, con un cast e un'edizione completamente rinnovati.
by Gary Naylor - Feb 11, 2019
A wonderful version of The Winter's Tale that is made for young people but has plenty to say to those of us as old as Leontes and Polixenes.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2019
Following a sold-out run at the Dorfman Theatre in 2018, The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare returns to the National Theatre from 6th - 21st February 2019. Adapted by Justin Audibert for primary-age children and directed by Ruth Mary Johnson, this new version is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for younger audiences.
by ETTORE FARRATTINI - Dec 20, 2019
Con l'avvicinarsi delle feste natalizie in tutto il mondo si rispolverano le varie versioni della celebre novella CANTO DI NATALE di Charles Dickens, a tutti i livelli e in tutte le sue forme: d'altra parte è l'unico periodo dell'anno in cui ha senso rappresentarla. Non tutte le versioni hanno però lo stesso peso e lo stesso valore; in ognuna c'è qualcosa che manca all'altra e viceversa. Questa versione dell'opera scritta dal Maestro Simone Martino già alcuni anni fa, viene presentata in forma concerto dimostrando varie pecche dal punto di vista dell'allestimento, della gestione degli spazi e nella necessità di dover presentare al pubblico una versione ridotta rispetto alla stesura originale: nonostante questo l'atmosfera che si è creata nel piccolo Teatro degli Eroi è stata quasi magica. E non è solo per la magia del Natale.
by TV Scoop - Dec 11, 2019
Get all the scoop on Coming Up on the HAWAII FIVE-0 & MAGNUM P.I. Crossover, airing on CBS on Friday, January 3, 2020!
by TV News Desk - Apr 8, 2019
Laura Benanti has been cast in the true-life biographical drama What Is Life Worth, according to Deadline. The film, which stars Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci, is directed by Sara Colangelo and will begin production this month.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2019
Curio Theatre Company closes its season out with a classic work by William Shakespeare and a trial of a new ticketing initiative. The 2018-2019 will close with a new production of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. This story of forgiveness, folly, and redemption will start previews April 24. It will open Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. Industry Night is Monday April 29 at 8 p.m. There is a matinee Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. With this show, Curio wanted to look at ways to provide quality theatre programming at a fraction of a cost to the community. The company has introduced CuriosiTix: PLAY It Forward. With this initiative, Curio hopes to welcome new audience members that may have shied away from theatre previously due to financial constraints thereby creating a patron base that represents the evolving neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 215-921-8243. All shows are performed at Curio's home theatre at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community, 4740 Baltimore Avenue.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2019
STAGES St. Louis is thrilled to announce casting for its 33rd Season: THE BOY FROM OZ, GREASE, MAN OF LA MANCHA, and its Emerson Family Theatre Series production of Disney's 101 DALMATIANS. 'The tagline at STAGES is 'Experience The Story' and our 2019 Season stays true to these words offering something special for everyone,' expresses Associate Producer Andrew Kuhlman.