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302 W. 45th St.
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2005
John Lithgow, Sir Peter Hall, Sada Thompson, William Ivey Long, Graciela Daniele, William Gibson and the late Dorothy Loudon and Ben Edwards are the 2005 inductees of the Theater Hall of Fame
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016
The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in Edward Albee's honor tonight, September 21, 2016, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2011
Aurora Theatre Company proudly opens its 20th anniversary season with renowned American playwright Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning brutal comedy of manners A DELICATE BALANCE. Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross helms a remarkable cast for A DELICATE BALANCE, including Aurora co-founder Ken Grantham and the company's first leading lady (Candida), Kimberly King.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016
The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in Edward Albee's honor on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2011
Aurora Theatre Company proudly opens its 20th anniversary season with renowned American playwright Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning brutal comedy of manners A DELICATE BALANCE. Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross helms a remarkable cast for A DELICATE BALANCE, including Aurora co-founder Ken Grantham and the company's first leading lady (Candida), Kimberly King. Jamie Jones makes her Aurora Theatre Company debut and Bay Area favorites Anne Darragh, Charles Dean, and Carrie Paff return to the Aurora stage, rounding out this spectacular ensemble. A DELICATE BALANCE closes October 9 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.
by Kelsey Denette - Oct 31, 2012
Signal Ensemble Theatre opens the new year with the second production in their Tenth Anniversary 2012-2013 season, the world premiere of Successors, January 26 - March 2, 2013 at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. Successors is written by Signal Ensemble member Jon Steinhagen and is directed by Signal Ensemble member and Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra. Performances will regularly run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Preview performances are on Thursday, Jan. 24 and Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m., followed by opening/press night on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Regular ticket prices are $20 for single tickets, $15 for industry/students/seniors/groups and $10 for previews. Tickets may be purchased by calling 773.698.7389 or by visiting www.signalensemble.com.
by Gabrielle Sierra - Oct 21, 2009
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo, and The Acting Company Producing Artistic Director Margot Harley have announced that The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, written by Rebecca Gilman, based on the novel by Carson McCullers, directed by Doug Hughes, will begin performances Friday, November 13, 2009, at 7pm, at NYTW, 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery.
by Kelsey Denette - Nov 29, 2011
Signal Ensemble Theatre has announced the second production in their 2011-2012 season, the world premiere of Motion Thursday, Jan. 26 - Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Signal Ensemble Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2009
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo, and The Acting Company Producing Artistic Director Margot Harley have announced that The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, written by Rebecca Gilman, based on the novel by Carson McCullers, directed by Doug Hughes, will begin performances Friday, November 13, 2009, at 7pm, at NYTW, 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery.
by Kelsey Denette - May 7, 2013
Gus and Max spend a day in the park, like every other day, on a day that, with the arrival of a mysterious man with a cane, is like no other. Lives of the Pigeons is by renowned poet Sherod Santos and is receiving its world premiere production at the side project under the direction of artistic director Adam Webster. Santos' play is a darkly comic take on individual identity, purpose in life and the nature of absolution, if and when it exists.
by Kelsey Denette - May 6, 2013
Signal Ensemble Theatre announces their 2013-2014 season.
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2012
Signal Ensemble Theatre has announced the final production in their 2011-2012 season, the Chicago premiere of Hostage Song, tonight, May 5 through June 9, at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. Clay McLeod Chapman writes the production with music and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow, directed by Signal's Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra with music direction by Signal Ensemble Member Jon Steinhagen. The performance schedule for Hostage Song is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Opening/press night is tonight, May 5 at 8 p.m. The production runs 90 minutes with no intermission and please note there will be no show on Sunday, May 6. Regular ticket prices are $20 for single tickets, $15 for industry/students/seniors/groups and $10 for previews. Tickets may be purchased by calling 773.698.7389 or by visiting www.signalensemble.com.
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2012
Signal Ensemble Theatre has announced the final production in their 2011-2012 season, the Chicago premiere of Hostage Song, from tonight, May 5 through June 9, at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. Clay McLeod Chapman writes the production with music and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow, directed by Signal's Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra with music direction by Signal Ensemble Member Jon Steinhagen.
by Gabrielle Sierra - May 22, 2009
Signal Ensemble Theatre opens its seventh season with Edward Albee's take on the Carson McCullers novella 'The Ballad of the Sad Café,' directed by Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra. Albee's signature piercing dialogue propels this 1963 dramatic adaptation that centers on the question: is it better to be the loved, or the beloved?
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2013
Signal Ensemble Theatre ends their Tenth Anniversary 2012-2013 Season with their final production, the Chicago premiere of Lascivious Something, at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. Lascivious Something is written by Sheila Callaghan and is directed by Signal Ensemble member and Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2013
Signal Ensemble Theatre ends their Tenth Anniversary 2012-2013 Season with their final production, the Chicago premiere of Lascivious Something, at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. Lascivious Something is written by Sheila Callaghan and is directed by Signal Ensemble member and Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra.
by Kelsey Denette - Mar 28, 2013
Signal Ensemble Theatre ends their Tenth Anniversary 2012-2013 Season with their final production, the Chicago premiere of Lascivious Something, at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. Lascivious Something is written by Sheila Callaghan and is directed by Signal Ensemble member and Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra. Performances will regularly run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Preview performances are on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m., followed by opening/press night on Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. Regular ticket prices are $20 for single tickets, $15 for industry/students/seniors/groups and $10 for previews. Tickets may be purchased by calling 773.698.7389 or by visiting www.signalensemble.com.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 24, 2022
The Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls' Drama Society, in ongoing partnership with Black Box Studios (and The Black Box Performing Arts Center), presents GOLDEN BOY by Clifford Odets, presented in special arrangement with the Dramatics Play Service, Inc., NY.
by Kelsey Denette - Mar 19, 2012
Signal Ensemble Theatre announces the final production in their 2011-2012 season, the Chicago premiere of Hostage Song, May 5 - June 9, at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. Clay McLeod Chapman writes the production with music and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow, directed by Signal's Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra with music direction by Signal Ensemble Member Jon Steinhagen.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 1, 2021
The Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls' Drama Society, in ongoing partnership with Black Box Studios and The Black Box Performing Arts Center, presents The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, adapted by Edward Albee from the novella by Carson McCulllers, in special arrangement with the Dramatics Play Service, Inc. This season, this group of accomplished high school theater students will perform LIVE ON STAGE at The Black Box Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ. 
by Gabrielle Sierra - Jul 9, 2009
Signal Ensemble Theatre opens its seventh season with Edward Albee's take on the Carson McCullers novella 'The Ballad of the Sad Café,' directed by Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra. Albee's signature piercing dialogue propels this 1963 dramatic adaptation that centers on the question: is it better to be the loved, or the beloved?
by Kelsey Denette - Jul 26, 2011
Aurora Theatre Company proudly opens its 20th anniversary season with renowned American playwright Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning brutal comedy of manners A DELICATE BALANCE. Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross helms a remarkable cast for A DELICATE BALANCE, including Aurora co-founder Ken Grantham and the company's first leading lady (Candida), Kimberly King.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2005
The tour of the two-time 2005 Tony Award-nominated production will launch September 2006.
by Tyler Peterson - Jul 2, 2013
Signal Ensemble Theatre begins their 2013-2014 and 11th Season with the U.S. premiere of This Is War, at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. This Is War is written by Hannah Moscovitch and is directed by Signal Ensemble member and Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra. Preview performances are on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23 at 8 p.m., followed by opening night on Saturday, August 24 at 8 p.m. Performances will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. and ticket prices are $20 for single tickets, $15 for industry/students/seniors/groups and $10 for previews. Tickets may be purchased by calling 773.698.7389 or by visiting www.signalensemble.com.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015
the side project will kick off the New Year with the World Premiere of Steve Spencer's dark comedy, Push Button Murder. Spencer, the author of 2007 blackbox hit Another Day in the Empire, continues his biting, sarcastic and caustic humor with his play which starts previews tonight, January 8, 2015. The play marks his first at the side project. It's director Ronan Marra's side project debut as well.
by Tyler Peterson - Jan 4, 2016
Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of The Consultant by Heidi Schreck and directed by Signal Ensemble Theater Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., January 21 - February 20, 2016.  After 13 seasons of  presenting, The Consultant marks the final production for Signal Ensemble Theatre. There will be one preview Thursday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. Opening/Press night is Friday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. Regular performances are Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. (No performance Sunday, Feb. 7) Ticket prices are $23 for single tickets, $15 for industry/students/seniors/groups and $12 for previews. Tickets may be purchased by calling 773.698.7389 or by visiting www.signalensemble.com.  NOTE: There is no Sunday, February 7 performance and there will be an industry Night performance Monday, Feb. 8 at 7:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2012
Signal Ensemble Theatre announces the second production in their 2011-2012 season, the world premiere of Motion Thursday, Jan. 26 - Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Signal Ensemble Theatre. 1802 West Berenice Ave. The production is written by Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra, who also wrote Signal's hit jukebox musical Aftermath and is directed by Signal Ensemble Member Aaron Snook.
by Kelsey Denette - Jan 20, 2012
Signal Ensemble Theatre announces the second production in their 2011-2012 season, the world premiere of Motion Thursday, Jan. 26 - Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Signal Ensemble Theatre. 1802 West Berenice Ave. The production is written by Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra, who also wrote Signal's hit jukebox musical Aftermath and is directed by Signal Ensemble Member Aaron Snook.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2006
Chita Rivera, Zoe Caldwell and Susan Stroman will be among the presenters of the Theater Hall of Fame induction ceremony on January 30th
by Ashlee Latimer - Dec 3, 2016
According to the New York Times, actress Alice Drummond passed away earlier this week due to complications from a recent fall. Remembered most for her compelling character-heavy roles, at turns comic (You Can't Take It With You, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) and dramatic (Awakenings), Drummond enjoyed a long career on both stage and screen.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2009
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo, and The Acting Company Producing Artistic Director Margot Harley have announced that The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, written by Rebecca Gilman, based on the novel by Carson McCullers, directed by Doug Hughes, will begin performances Friday, November 13, 2009, at 7pm, at NYTW, 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2005
Producer Jeffrey Finn announced today that Academy Award-winning film and stage star Hayley Mills will join legendary star Richard Chamberlain to headline the upcoming National Tour of the beloved play ON GOLDEN POND. The 30-week tour of the two-time 2005 Tony Award-nominated production will launch September 5, 2006 in Fort Worth, Texas at Bass Performance Hall. A complete list of touring cities and venues will be announced in the coming weeks.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014
the side project will kick off the New Year with the World Premiere of Steve Spencer's dark comedy, Push Button Murder. Spencer, the author of 2007 blackbox hit Another Day in the Empire, continues his biting, sarcastic and caustic humor with his play which starts previews January 8, 2015. The play marks his first at the side project. It's director Ronan Marra's side project debut as well.
by Tyler Peterson - Dec 15, 2014
the side project will kick off the New Year with the World Premiere of Steve Spencer's dark comedy, Push Button Murder. Spencer, the author of 2007 blackbox hit Another Day in the Empire, continues his biting, sarcastic and caustic humor with his play which starts previews January 8, 2015. The play marks his first at the side project. It's director Ronan Marra's side project debut as well.
by Robert Diamond - Dec 11, 2010
Over the course of our ninety minute conversation earlier this week, Tony-winning Broadway star Alice Ripley was kind enough to open up about her role in the phenomenon of the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL, which is now kicking off a US Tour beginning in Los Angeles, as well as offer thoughts on many of her significant stage roles that she has taken on over the course of her impressive and varied career. Pete Townshend and THE WHO'S TOMMY to Andrew Lloyd Webber and SUNSET BOULEVARD and TELL ME ON A SUNDAY, to Sondheim with COMPANY (as the greatest Amy of all time), and even a turn in ROCKY HORROR; Alice Ripley has seemingly done it all, and her passion, dedication and insight into her craft are amply evident in both her studied performances on stage as well as in discussing the art of acting in musical theatre in conversation and what she has taken as her inspirations to play Diana Goodman, ranging from Albee to O'Neill to actors like Cynthia Nixon, Toni Collette and more. In this portion of her most comprehensive interview to date, BroadwayWorld is proud to present Part I of InDepth InterView: Alice Ripley.
by Gabrielle Sierra - Dec 1, 2009
Signal Ensemble Theatre, a Chicago company, announces the addition of three new ensemble members, starting in the 2009-2010 season, including scenic designer Melania Lancy, playwright/actor Jon Steinhagen and actor/director Bries Vannon.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2009
Signal Ensemble Theatre opens its seventh season with Edward Albee's take on the Carson McCullers novella 'The Ballad of the Sad Café,' directed by Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra. Albee's signature piercing dialogue propels this 1963 dramatic adaptation that centers on the question: is it better to be the loved, or the beloved?
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014
The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star will run September 13 - November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 13 - September 27. Opening night is Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets go on sale on Friday, August 8 at noon.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2013
Signal Ensemble Theatre begins their 2013-2014 and 11th Season with the U.S. premiere of This Is War, at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. This Is War is written by Hannah Moscovitch and is directed by Signal Ensemble member and Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2013
Signal Ensemble Theatre begins their 2013-2014 and 11th Season with the U.S. premiere of This Is War, at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. This Is War is written by Hannah Moscovitch and is directed by Signal Ensemble member and Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra. Preview performances are on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23 at 8 p.m., followed by opening/press night on Saturday, August 24 at 8 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below!
by Jessica Lewis - Aug 11, 2010
Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced that Tony Award nominee JAN MAXWELL will star in Arthur Kopit's acclaimed play WINGS this fall. Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company), WINGS will begin previews at Second Stage Theatre (305 West 43rd street) on Tuesday, October 5. The production will officially open on Sunday, October 24.
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 8, 2022
Invictus Theatre Founding Artistic Director Charles Askenaizer today announced full casting for the company’s season closing production of Edward Albee’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?. In this four-character drama that is often as wickedly funny as it is heartbreaking, two married couples battle with their spouses and each other over an alcohol-fueled night in a small, overstuffed living room. The tension the characters feel in these close quarters will be conveyed to the audience in Askenaizer’s storefront production in the 40-seat Reginald Vaughn Theatre at 1106 W. Thorndale, Chicago. 
by Kelsey Denette - Apr 30, 2012
Signal Ensemble Theatre announces the final production in their 2011-2012 season, the Chicago premiere of Hostage Song, May 5 - June 9, at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. Clay McLeod Chapman writes the production with music and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow, directed by Signal's Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra with music direction by Signal Ensemble Member Jon Steinhagen.
by Kelsey Denette - Apr 12, 2012
Signal Ensemble Theatre announces the final production in their 2011-2012 season, the Chicago premiere of Hostage Song, May 5 - June 9, at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. Clay McLeod Chapman writes the production with music and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow, directed by Signal's Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra with music direction by Signal Ensemble Member Jon Steinhagen. The performance schedule for Hostage Song is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2007
Roscoe Lee Browne - who received a Tony nomination for his work in August Wilson's Two Trains Running - passed away on April 11 in Los Angeles at the age of 81

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of The Ballad of the Sad Cafe have their been?
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 1963.

What Tony Awards has The Ballad of the Sad Cafe been nominated for?
Best Play , Best Direction of a Play for Alan Schneider, Best Scenic Design for Ben EdwardsProducer (Dramatic) for Lewis Allen and Producer (Dramatic) for Ben Edwards.

What productions of The Ballad of the Sad Cafe have their been?
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 1963.