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The Visit - 1999 - New York

based on the play Der Besuch der alten Dame (The Visit) by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Claire was driven from her hometown in disgrace when she was 17, betrayed by her lover. Many years (and seven husbands) later, she returns (beautifully dressed, but with a wooden leg) to her now-impoverished stomping grounds and offers to save the town. The price? Nothing less than the life of Schell.


by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2020
While the stages remain dark during the COVID-19 global pandemic, Milwaukee Rep is rallying its creative resources to bring the world-class theater audiences have come to know and love directly into homes. Over the next few weeks, Milwaukee Rep will bring theater from Our Home to Your Home in several unique ways.
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2020
The New York Philharmonic announced today that it will not perform in the summer of 2020 in order to protect its audience, musicians, and employees from COVID-19.
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2020
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley, Artistic Director Designate Tim Bond, and Executive Director Phil Santora announced changes to TheatreWorks's 2020-21 Season, which is now scheduled to begin in October 2020.
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2020
Stars in The House, benefiting The Actors Fund, continued Saturday night (8pm) with Chita Rivera and friends!
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2020
The BroadwayWorld team has come together to help guide your musical quarantine journey. Today, we bring you just a few recommendations for a performance that will make you cry...
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2020
Michelle Veintimilla will join The Gateway's virtual Facebook Live series SESSIONS WITH THE STARS.
by Stephen Mosher - May 23, 2020
Stephen Mosher has a digital chat with the legend himself, Mr. Ben Vereen.
by Stephi Wild - May 17, 2020
Looking for something new to read while stuck inside, but still need your Broadway fix? We've rounded up 10 of our favorite theatre-themed history books to fill the void!
by Aliya Al-Hassan - May 12, 2020
As part of their long-running cultural education programme, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank, Shakespeare's Globe brings a screening of Macbeth designed for young people. The programme, now in its fourteenth year, offers free tickets so many thousands of students can witness the works of the Bard where they should be seen; on a stage, rather than in a classroom. Now through YouTube, everyone has the opportunity to see this excellent and concise version of the Scottish play.
by Stage Tube - May 12, 2020
As part of its Signature Strong series, Signature Theatre has released exclusive flashback clips from the company's 2008 production of The Visit, starring Chita Rivera.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2020
New Dramatists will honor Tony Award winners, Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori with its 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award at its 71st Annual Spring Luncheon Tribute on Thursday, May 21st at the New York Marriott Marquis.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2020
Tricky Hat's performance company for people over the age of 50 - The Flames - is reigniting with a brand-new performance taking place on Sunday 12thApril in Sendai, Japan.c??Honō (Japanese for Flame) has evolved from Tricky Hat Productions artistic team's research trips to Japan in 2017 and 2018. This project is supported by the British Council and Creative Scotland partnership as part of 'UK in Japan 2019-20', a joint initiative by the British Council and the British Embassy Tokyo to highlight the breadth of the UK's relationship with Japan.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2020
Harry Townsend's Last Stand a new play written by George Eastman (The Snow Job; Bitter Exchange) and directed by Karen Carpenter (Love, Loss and What I Wore; Handle With Care) has announced that beginning Monday, March 9, Tony® Award winner Len Cariou will be joined by David Lansbury (Broadway: War Horse, Hedda Gabler, The Heidi Chronicles; Michael Clayton; 'Oz' on HBO). Lansbury replaces Craig Bierko in the role of Harry Townsend's son, Alan.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2020
A live reading of Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart will be streamed on Monday, April 6, 2020, at 8:00 PM EDT. Benefitting the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, the livestream will be dedicated to McNally, who passed away on March 24, due to coronavirus complications. Viewers can watch on YouTube.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2020
Kansas City Repertory Theatre OriginKC: New Works Festival GOES VIRTUAL with Frankenstein: A Ghost Story and Legacy Land available for short time online.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2020
Jason Danieley is the latest guest star on Justin 'Squigs' Robertson's One Word Theatre series!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2020
As BroadwayWorld sadly reported earlier today, legendary Broadway playwright Terrence McNally passed away today, March 24, from complications due to coronavirus. Terrence was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic COPD. He was 81 years old. Now we're taking a closer look at some of his greatest work...
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2020
The Producers Perspective LIVE! begins tonight! Every night at 8 PM EDT, Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer Ken Davenport will have a theater maker join The Producers Perspective for a chat about how they are doing, what they are doing, and what tips they are for you on getting through, and eventually, getting back to making theater.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2020
Ken Davenport, Founder announced today on his blog,, that the Rave Theater Festival - the new theater festival that launched last year, playing to packed houses and rave reviews - will present a virtual 'Social Distancing Festival.'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2020
The UK theatre industry weathers the Covid-19 outbreak. Read updates here:
by Kyle Christopher West - Mar 12, 2020
Texas Woman's University's College Audition Prep Program is back better than ever this year with two great options for high school musical theater and acting students: a new two week Intensive stay camp hosted by Texas Woman's University on their beautiful Denton, Texas campus OR a four day Weekend event packed with master classes, dance classes, mock auditions and college program overview presentations.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2020
Chamberlayne Actors Theatre has released the following statement regarding upcoming performances: 
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2020
Redhouse Arts Center continues its 2019/2020 season with August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning American masterpiece, Fences. The sixth Play in Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle, Fences explores the African-American experience through the eyes of a former Negro League baseball star, Troy Maxson.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2020
Harry Townsend's Last Stand, a new play written by George Eastman (The Snow Job; Bitter Exchange) and directed by Karen Carpenter (Love, Loss and What I Wore; Handle With Care) currently stars Tony® Award winner Len Cariou and David Lansbury (Broadway: War Horse, Hedda Gabler, The Heidi Chronicles; Michael Clayton; 'Oz' on HBO). The play has been extended until April 5th.
by Shari Barrett - Jun 5, 2020
This Spotlight focuses on John Wuchte, a talented actor/director/writer/composer and amazing Tribal Acting theater creator, who I first met during last year's Hollywood Fringe Festival when I attended his masterful musical production Scarlett Fever which told the true story of the great search to find an actress to portray Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind in 1939. The production utilized John's unique style of performance, which he calls Tribal Acting; a combination of movement, gesture, song and dance, all accompanied by live percussion. And I was hooked!
by Stephi Wild - Jun 25, 2020
Today's top stories: get a first look at 'Alexander Hamilton' from the filmed version of Hamilton, coming to Disney+!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2020
San Francisco's acclaimed Merola Opera Program announced plans to debut online coaching and instruction for the young artists selected for the 2020 program, and a public series of master chats with performing arts luminaries, who will share their artistic and career experiences with the artists unable to take part in this year's training program and Summer Festival, which were canceled due to COVID-19.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2020
The interracial social issue dramas are challenges to our times to remind us to be human. Three of the plays were produced for traditional theater going audiences. The Visit had several staged readings. As well as a six week run at an Off Broadway theater, T'Gether also toured isolated communities with performances for culturally deprived and disadvantaged audiences
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2020
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) will present the June Panel Life on Hold, and What We Do in the Meantime on Thursday, June 25, 2020 via Zoom.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2020
Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County, NJ's leading professional theatre, brings its 17th annual celebration of theatre and baseball into living rooms and bleacher seats all across the country with 7th Inning Stretch: from the dugout.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2020
Tony Award-winning producer, Ken Davenport (Once On This Island) launches his new season of The Producer's Perspective Podcast today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2020
Nique'Works Entertainment-the brainchild of actor, playwright and creative, Monique A. Robinson -will produce Itoro Bassey's short play, Unapologetically Black: Here for Facilitating Harm Reduction for Those In Need Incorporated.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2020
The Bender JCC partners with friends at The Osher Marin JCC of San Rafael, CA to bring you Exploring Opera: Behind-the-Scenes, Thursdays August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020 at 4:00 - 5:30 PM (EST) via ZOOM.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 29, 2020
Nothing can stop BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge from bringing you interviews with your favorite Broadway stars! Yesterday, July 29, he chatted with the great Ann Reinking!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jul 28, 2020
Nothing can stop BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge from bringing you interviews with your favorite Broadway stars! Watch below as he chats with living legend Ann Reinking!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2020
The TheaterMakers Studio will host The TheaterMakers Summit virtually on November 14th and 15th, with a bonus day of content on November 16th. The annual conference, which is now in its 4th year, will focus on the theme of 'making theater in a new world' in 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2020
With the Netherlands now confirmed as a quarantine-free destination for UK travellers, summer holidays are back on and there's no better place to spend quality time with the family than at Efteling a?" the fairy-tale theme park in the south of Holland.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2020
With uncertainty still surrounding the support of freelancers in the theatre industry photographer Ali Wright has curated My Latest Role; a series of environment portraits of self-employed creatives who became key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jul 18, 2020
Feel like you've started to run out of things to watch? We here at BroadwayWorld have you covered! We all have our favorite musicals and plays, but what about the stories behind those shows? Luckily, over the years, many documentaries have been made about some of your favorite shows!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2020
BroadwayWorld has learned that producer Ken Davenport has been hired as advisor of theatrical development and production for Primary Wave Music Publishing.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2020
The sixth annual Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership, a joint endeavor between the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, will take place in the summer of 2020 as a series of online activities. Starr International Foundation has been the Presenting Sponsor of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership for six years.
by BWW Special - Feb 21, 2020
BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature Be More Chill in London, Hamilton in LA and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2020
Melbourne Theatre Company today paid tribute to Zoe Caldwell who passed away on Monday 17 February 2020.
by Anthony Walker-Cook - Feb 19, 2020
Kevin Mathurin is currently appearing in The Visit, Tony Kushner's adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play of the same name at the National Theatre. Mathurin plays Bill, one of the inhabitants of Slurry tempted by Claire Zachanassian's offer of a billion dollars in exchange for the murder of one man...
by Review Roundups - Feb 14, 2020
The Visit plays on the Olivier Stage at The National Theatre. Based on the play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt adapted by Tony Kushner, original English version by Maurice Valency. Read the reviews!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2020
Producer Ken Davenport, announced on his blog a special livestream event for The Producer's Perspective Live, the daily livestream on his Facebook page inspired by the community of TheaterMakers and his podcast, The Producer's Perspective Podcast.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2020
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, live reading of Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart will be streamed today, April 6, 2020, at 8:00 PM EDT. Benefitting the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, the livestream will be dedicated to McNally, who passed away on March 24, due to coronavirus complications. 
by Marianka Swain - Apr 21, 2020
During the shutdown, we're taking the opportunity to look back at some memorable productions. Here, Dick Bird discusses his career with BroadwayWorld, and gives us some fantastic insights into designing the Royal Danish Theatre, Teatro Real Madrid and Scottish Opera's co-production of a modern classic: John Adams' Nixon in China.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2020
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the Actors Fund, the national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, has teamed with SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, to produce a daily online show, entitled Stars in The House, featuring stars of stage and screen.