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True Stories - Off-Broadway

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Directed by Obie, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award winner and Grammy nominee Gretchen Cryer, True Stories offers five unique solo shows staged Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre. During each performance, discover a poignant tale of truth delivered through the words of the person who lived it. No topic is off limits, from overcoming sexual abuse to uncovering parental adultery and grappling with spiritual identity.

In a trip to Hell and back... a struggling actor decides God wants him to be a monk; a woman's birth is the result of 1960's wild key parties, martinis, and Manhattans leaving her with one burning question: Who is her biological father?; a psychiatrist divorces his wife and religion to find his authentic self only to learn that escaping daddy issues is more daunting; a girl from out West finds that the search for perfect love has turned her into a wandering, reckless cowboy; and an actor goes back to his roots after a career that has been a series of encounters of escalating surreality. These are stories told with heart, humor, and the searing honesty that can only happen when your past catches up with you and all that is left is the truth.


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True Stories Off-Broadway Cast


by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2020
JOOKMS premieres its HOT MIC SOLO SERIES ONLINE! with Elizabeth McCain's original one-woman show A LESBIAN BELLE TELLS - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH at 7PM EST.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2020
On Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 8PM ET, The Billie Holiday Theatre will present its mainstage fall presentation for 2020 online with 12 Angry Men...and Women: The Weight of the Wait.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2020
Hero Theatre announced today their roster of playwrights for HeroVotes!, a new theater piece that will be released virtually starting September 28, 2020.
by Stage Tube - Sep 22, 2020
The filmed version of the critically acclaimed Broadway show, DAVID BYRNEa??S AMERICAN UTOPIA debuts SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 (8:00-9:45 p.m. ET/PT).
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2020
Online storytelling show It's Personal: WTF will be taking place on Thursday, September 24th at 5:30pm pst. They know what you are thinking, 'Another online theatre show... What's the big deal?' It's Personal is nothing like you have seen before.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Sep 2, 2020
Powerstories Theatre, in collaboration with Outcast Theatre Collective, is excited to introduce the inaugural The Voices of Truth Theatre Festival on March 10-28, 2021, in our film-friendly enhanced theatre. For three weeks, we will showcase real-life a?" humorous, heartbreaking, eye-opening, conversation-starting plays and stories a?" performed safely in the theatre, and using the latest technology, live-streamed.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2020
Totally True Things: A Socially Conscious Storytelling Show,' is a new live-streaming series featuring award-winning performers sharing true stories that focus on mental health, medical challenges, and social issues on Thursdays, beginning September 17.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2020
Today (September 17) in live streaming: Judy Kuhn visits Backstage Live, Next on Stage: Dance Edition continues, and so much more!
by Stephi Wild - Sep 16, 2020
Check out this week's list of new and upcoming book and music releases, including a book of Broadway musical Christmas carols, socially distanced theatre games, and more!
by Adrienne Proctor - Sep 16, 2020
Local Classic Repertory's new original work, DEADLIFT, features writer and creator Aviva Pressman in her own home, telling the stories of her life. In this multimedia theatre experience, audiences can watch Pressman produce a unique work of art while she shares the stories of her childhood home, including the care-taking and death of her father.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2020
The Billie Holiday Theatre presented its mainstage fall 2020 presentation on Saturday, September 12, with 12 Angry Men...and Women: The Weight of the Wait in partnership with The New Press
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2020
Strawdog Theatre Company, under the leadership of Interim Artistic Director Kamille Dawkins* has announced its 33rd season, featuring four virtual productions:
by TV News Desk - Sep 14, 2020
Variety reports that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will produce two new series for Starz, under his overall deal.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2020
TV's Barry 'Shabaka' Henley ('Bob Hearts Abishola,' 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,' 'Better Call Saul') will star in a benefit reading of Robert Galinsky's hit play The Bench: A Homeless Love Story, directed by Drama Desk winner Jay O. Sanders, streaming on Facebook on Saturday, October 10, 10 PM est.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2020
Northwest Children's Theater and School is offering brand-new online classes sure to delight the budding thespian in your home. Building on the success of online summer camp, NWCT has developed curriculum for fall that's engaging, interactive, entertaining, and gets kids up on their feet for a unique Zoom experience that you won't find anywhere else.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2020
Sundance Institute announced today the 12 fellows chosen to participate in its first-ever Episodic: Pilot to Series Lab, designed as an immersive two-part experience hosted on Sundance Collab, where selected emerging TV writers will workshop an original pilot and develop a series overview.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 8, 2020
Dan O'Brien is an acclaimed playwright and poet, whose accolades include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama & Performance Art, the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, and more. The House in Scarsdale: a Memoir for the Stage is currently being presented in a virtual reading by PTP/NYC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2020
New York actor and playwright Robert Galinsky's Off Broadway hit 'The Bench' has announced additional casting, including Monique Coleman (star of Disney's 'High School Musical' franchise), Amber Crawford (Film: Broken), Renee Rogoff (Regional: Ways to Leave a Body) and Michael Houston (Regional: Six Degrees of Separation).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2020
The Marsh continues to offer a wide variety of new programming at 7:30pm nightly on MarshStream, its popular broadcast platform. Offerings through November 15 include: an exclusive look into activist/urbanist Margie O'Driscoll's perspective on urban life in the era of COVID-19 and more.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2020
Nantucket's White Heron Theatre today announced the release of a special Halloween episode of the Ghostlight Podcast Series to be released on Saturday, October 31 featuring Broadway veteran Drew McVety with performances by writer/actor Mark Shanahan and Artistic Director Lynne Bolton.
by TV News Desk - Oct 27, 2020
Lifetime announces a new way for fans to engage with their favorite stars from the premiere entertainment destination for women.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2020
Philadelphia Theatre Company is developing its first commission under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Paige Price. This brand-new musical, The Tattooed Lady, was awarded a Project grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2020
The team behind RISK!, the live storytelling show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public, have announced the lineup for their annual Halloween-themed show, which will broadcast as a livestream on Friday, October 23 @ 10pm ET / 7pm PT over Zoom.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2020
Truth to Power Cafe pushes the notion of theatre and what it can be, and presents it as a civic space, in which a community gather to reflect on their experiences on both a personal and a political level.
by TV News Desk - Oct 12, 2020
The HISTORY® channel today announces the greenlight of the new nonfiction series “Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman” (working title) hosted and executive produced by the Academy Award-winning actor as part of A+E Networks MIPCOM upfront presentation.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2020
As the lighting strikes amongst the full moon; the It's Personal cast share their true stories about horrifying moments in their lives. Dim your lights, grab your candy corn, and let's get personal.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Nov 28, 2020
[Click and drag to move] Coming to a laptop, cell phone, or computer near you is Powerstories Theatre's Shine Bright Talent Showcase Competition FUNdraiser. If you missed Saturday's performance, anyone can watch the recorded competition online and enjoy performances by local and national contestants. This competition featured 12 singers, musicians, spoken word artists, storytellers, and family-friendly comedians who will be solely judged by you, the audience. Voting is available until 2 pm, with results announced at 5 pm on Facebook Live.
by TV News Desk - Nov 27, 2020
Greensboro, GA-based rapper Foogiano – a.k.a. “Da Mayor” of the streets – is celebrating Thanksgiving with today’s release of a brand new mixtape. GUTTA BABY is available now via Gucci Mane’s The New 1017 and Atlantic Records below.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2020
He's been in almost every town and city in Canada, promoted and booked acts that millions of people have loved including Red Green, Stompin' Tom Connors, Tommy Hunter, Frank Mills, Carroll Baker, Rita MacNeil, Charley Pride, Kitty Wells and so many others throughout Canada and the United States. While the entertainers, theatres, arenas, and concert halls will know his name, you probably don't.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2020
2021 will see Papatango mount an ambitious programme of open-entry opportunities to support early-stage artists and freelancers, who are among those hardest hit by Covid-19, and provide completely free and accessible new plays to help encourage audiences back to theatre. The 2021 programme will see:
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 23, 2020
The Broadway World Awards has some fabulous nominees for BEST DRAG ARTIST OR IMPERSONATOR and we're going to look at their work right here.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2020
At 8pm on 2-5 December at Theatre Arts in Obs, Murmurations will take place – the result of an extraordinary collaboration between Megan Furniss and Louise Westerhout during this time of virus, loss and lockdown. 
by TV News Desk - Nov 20, 2020
Revry, the first global LGBTQ+ TV network, debuts its newest original, Them, a docu-series focusing on the “T” in LGBTQIA+ in observance of today’s Trans Day of Remembrance 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2020
Put your feet up, grab your favorite drink and sit back and join the BATS improvisers as they entertain & lift your spirit during the holidays! As we say goodbye to 2020 (hooray!) BATS has filled their virtual theater schedule with great new shows that are playful, interactive, and heartwarming.
by TV News Desk - Jan 8, 2021
BET+ announces the return of its hit unscripted series AMERICAN GANGSTER: TRAP QUEENS ­– a true crime series detailing the criminal chronicles of some of America’s most notorious female gangsters.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2021
The Narrators, Denver’s longest running and most popular live storytelling event, announce the return of their popular podcast, with new episodes starting January 8th.  Founded in 2010, The Narrators has long called Denver’s eclectic Buntport Theater home.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2021
Italy, World War Two. Fierce and brave Antoinetta, a known communist, and her two young boys, have to flee to Australia for safety. Her husband Sante, a gentle storyteller, stays to fight against Europe’s rising fascist regimes.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2021
A new online musical show for primary school children and their families, STEM Sisters focuses on historical female scientists and mathematicians whose work was so often unrecognised, but who contributed in so many ways to major developments in our lives today.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Jan 19, 2021
A collaboration with Outcast Theatre Collective, The Voices of Truth Festival makes its inaugural debut from Powerstories Theatre’s technology-updated venue on March 10-28, 2021. Sixteen thought-provoking, conversation-starting productions - fourteen original plays and two curated as the dream productions of its directors - will take three different directions to the virtual stage. The playwrights had a choice to produce their play live-streamed from Powerstories, via Zoom, or as a prerecorded theatre experience.
by Sean Fallon - Jan 19, 2021
On January 19, I had the pleasure of speaking on the phone with a very friendly, personable, down to Earth, and classy Broadway power couple.   Jarrod Spector (“Jersey Boys,” “Beautiful: the Carole King musical, “The Cher Show”) and his wife Kelli Barrett (“Doctor Zhivago,” “Baby, It’s You,” “Wicked,” “The Royal Family”) spoke with me about their show FUNNY HOW IT HAPPENS, which they are scheduled to perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT on St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021, at 4:00 PM and again at 8:00 PM.  This show includes comedy and musical numbers that reflect true stories about Jarrod and Kelli’s amazing journey towards their marriage and other shared experiences in their lives as a married couple.   
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2021
Papatango today announces that the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize-winner Shook by Samuel Bailey – which was due to transfer to the West End when the pandemic hit – has been filmed and will be available to watch online from Friday 5 February until Sunday 28 February 2021.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2021
A strong opening for the new year, Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Red Folder, the third of six productions debuting on its Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2021
Leaping in 2021, City Theatre Austin celebrates the spirit of community with a virtual theatre performance adapted from the critically acclaimed American poetry of Edgar Lee Masters.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 2, 2020
Need something new to read, watch, or listen to? Check out this week's list of new and upcoming releases! This week's list includes the new Christmas album from Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, new music from Linda Eder, Liz Callaway, and more.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2020
Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre announces today an exciting programme of live and online content for their annual LGBTQIA+ theatre festival Turn On Fest which will return between 18th and 31st January 2021.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Dec 16, 2020
From the Bedford Playhouse stage in New York, back curtains bathed in red and green light, and beautifully decorated with poinsettias and a Christmas tree, one of Broadway's most celebrated songstresses welcomed in the holiday season. Liz Callaway performed a delightful mixture of classic carols, and beloved songs from film and the Broadway stage.
by Jim Munson - Dec 15, 2020
As we all continue to navigate our way through these unprecedented times, The Marsh is meeting this moment with its weekly Solo Arts Heal series, which uses lightness and humor to explore some of the challenging issues we’re all grappling with. The series comes from artists’ inspiring true stories that celebrate overcoming adversity; surviving emotional, mental, and physical challenges; and becoming health advocates. The vulnerability of the participating artists leads listeners through their personal journeys of trauma and healing. Producer, writer and longtime champion of the Arts and Sciences Gail Schickele is host of the informative and entertaining series, available to stream every Wednesday at 7:30pm (PST) on MarshStream. Each week, Schickele is joined by a new guest for performance excerpts, talkbacks, and Q&A. Visit for additional info. BroadwayWorld recently caught up with Schickele to learn how the series came about and find out more about her own fascinating career working in various contexts with a wide variety of well-known artists.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Dec 11, 2020
The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Mike Viola will release his latest studio album, 'Godmuffin,' on December 11th. 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2020
J.P. Morgan today announced its top “what’s next” picks in its first virtual-forward #NextList2021, which can be enjoyed from anywhere. Chosen based on timeliness, quality and worldwide appeal, the final list includes 11 books and five experiences that take you on a journey.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2020
History At PlayTM, LLC (HAP, LLC), has garnered nationwide applause for their Immersive Living History Experiences, chronicling the lives of legendary women who changed society. World War Women: The Unsung Heroines of WWII features HAP, LLC Founder and Artistic Director Judith Kalaora in a multimedia performance that recalls the triumphs of our greatest heroines.