True Stories

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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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by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2019
The multi-award-winning team that brought you When Jazz Had the Blues returns with Playwright Carole Eglash-Kosoff's new original play, The Double V at the Matrix Theatre starring Brie Eley, Nicholas (Nic) Few and an ensemble cast. Produced by Leigh Fortier, The Double V is about activism, a dramatization of true events. How a simple letter to a newspaper initiated a series of changes that gave black Americans their first taste of equality in a society that had always denigrated them. The Double V campaign, early in the years of World War II, campaigned for both Victory in the war and Victory in the battles for racial equality in the United States.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2019
The Broad Stage announces an expanded number of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances for the 2019-2020 season in an effort to create an inclusive environment for all audience members and ensure that as many people as possible are able to experience the magic of live performance. The first ASL interpreted performance will be The Moth Mainstage in Los Angeles on October 4.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2019
Go Comedy! is proud to welcome Kids In The Hall alumnus Kevin McDonald back to the Ferndale theatre for two performances and a sketch comedy writing workshop October 5&6. Details and tickets for all Go Comedy! programs are available online at www.gocomedy.net.  A complete September - October Go Comedy! performance schedule follows this release. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
Short Story Theatre presents an evening of five warm, wise and wonderful true stories on Thursday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Miramar Bistro, 301 Waukegan Ave. in Highwood.  Tickets are $10 at the door. For pre-show dinner reservations (mention Short Story Theatre): 847-433-1078. For all other information, contact Donna@shortstorytheatre.com.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
Jewish Women's Theatre (JWT) will honor one of its first employees and most talented actors by naming its Artists-in-Residence Program after Abby Freeman, who passed away from breast cancer in 2014 at age 37.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater announces standout events in its Bronx-Manhattan theater season through March 2020. Music gets top billing in the form of World and New York premieres, encore runs, and audience favorite series.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2019
Back by Popular Demand! Tickets are now on sale for Tongues a'Wagging at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre in North Palm Beach. This will be the fifth community-wide story telling event featuring true stories written and read by the people who lived them. The topic for the evening will be Gratitude - Reasons to be Thankful.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2019
Marni Freedman, Tracy J. Jones, and the San Diego Memoir Writers Association (SDMWA) announce the book launch for the second volume of the San Diego Memoir Showcase anthology a?oeShaking the Tree: brazen. short. memoir.a?? and several other books by local authors on Saturday, November 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Coronado Public Library. Brunch bites will be served. The Latin Magic Quartet will provide live jazz music. The event is free to the public.
by TV News Desk - Oct 30, 2019
BLITZ VEGA (featuring Andy Rourke of The Smiths and KAV, formerly of Happy Mondays) are treating their fans this Halloween with a brand new single, 'LA Vampire.' Following this week's video release for 'Lost and Found,' 'LA Vampire' is driven by a non-stop psychedelic guitar riff, while KAV sings about the dangers of soul suckers preying on the weak. This track adds another sure-fire hit to the band's steadily growing catalog.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2019
A couple peer into an estate agent's window; two sports fans have a heart-to-heart in the loo; a daughter has questions about her mother's love life; and as a father helps his son tie his football boots, he realises they are growing apart. If you keep your eyes and ears open, there are a million tiny plays happening every day.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2019
Veterans Day honors those who served our country, but how many of us know the personal stories of those who served?
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2019
Hero Theatre announced today that Broadway actress April Nixon has joined the cast of Troy by Amina Henry. The world premiere is directed by Hero Theatre's Artistic Director Elisa Bocanegra and features original songs by T.J. Keanu Tario.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2019
A couple peer into an estate agent's window; two sports fans have a heart-to-heart in the loo; a daughter has questions about her mother's love life; and as a father helps his son tie his football boots, he realises they are growing apart. If you keep your eyes and ears open, there are a million tiny plays happening every day.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
Darren Lee Cole, producing artistic director of the not-for-profit, SoHo Playhouse and Associate producer Matthew Quinn are proud to announce the first round of selections for this year's Fringe Encore Series. The first set of productions hail from Adelaide, Auckland, Brighton, Hollywood, Edinburgh, Orlando, New Zealand & Vancouver and will feature some of the best productions from around the world.  This year's Fringe Encores Series will take place between November 27 a?" January 18, 2020. Individual tickets are $39 and can be purchased by visiting FringeEncoreSeries.com. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
Griff Rhys Jones is off gallivanting with his brand-new full length stand-up show All Over The Place around the UK this autumn.
by Shari Barrett - Oct 28, 2019
Beginning on a basically empty stage with a large center rug and one wooden stool, Birbiglia begins by talking about the first thing he bought as an adult for his first apartment a?' a new couch - and how much he loved sleeping on it. As he gushes about how he loved being wrapped in its warmth, that little stool literally becomes his beloved, overstuffed companion where he reads, writes, eats and sleeps. That is until THE NEW ONE arrives and changes everything!
by Barry Lenny - Oct 26, 2019
This is a remarkable production, brought to life by a sensational cast who are clearly passionate about their subject.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2019
Chris Isaacson Presents in association with The VFC Project has announced #Hash(tag) America at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood on Monday, November 18, at 8:30pm. #Hash(tag) America is a new theatrical musical, an urgent urban rock concert, and a soul stirring personal testimonial all rolled into one powerful explosion of sound, youth, diversity and truth. Set against original musical collaborations by Anthony Fedorov and other artists, this inspirational new musical explores true stories of social justice, gender identity, race, immigration, and economic inequalities within the fabric of the American experience.
by TV News Desk - Oct 21, 2019
Comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia brings his award-winning Broadway show, Mike Birbiglia: The New One, to a global audience for his newest and most highly anticipated Netflix comedy special. Filmed at the Cort Theatre in Manhattan, Birbiglia brilliantly blends observational and confessional comedy as he struggles with the existential question of whether he wants to bring a child into the world. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2019
Hershey will be the site for the very first This is My Brave High School edition show a?" a live presentation of essays, original music, comedy and poetry performed by area high school students living witha??or loving someone witha??a mental health condition. The show will be presented Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. at The Hershey Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2019
a??a??a??a??a??a??a??Hero Theatre announced the full company for its upcoming production of Troy by Amina Henry. The production will be directed by Hero's Artistic Director, Elisa Bocanegra.
by TV News Desk - Oct 16, 2019
Variety reports that Jim Parsons and Greg Berlanti have teamed up to produce a new four-part documentary series about LGBTQ movements for HBO Max.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
Royal Family Productions' acclaimed star-studded production of the powerful WOMEN ON FIRE: Stories from the Frontlines, will be presented as a special One Night Only Benefit Performance at  The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University (200 Barlow Road, Fairfield, CT, 06824).
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2019
The Actors' Gang and Tim Robbins announced the upcoming North American Tour of THE NEW COLOSSUS for the 2019-2020 season. Directed and co-written by Academy Award-winning Tim Robbins (Mystic River, Dead Man Walking, The Shawshank Redemption), THE NEW COLOSSUS will play a limited tour and visit cities such as Charlotte, NC (Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2020 - Knight Theater), Detroit, MI (Feb. 14-16, 2020 - Music Hall), Seattle, WA (Feb. 20-22, 2020 - Moore Theatre), Nashville, TN (April 9-11, 2020 - James K. Polk Theater) and others. A list of announced tour dates for the 2019-2020 season is below. Casting will be announced later.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
The Big Easy Award-winning theatre company, See 'Em On Stage ('Lizzie'-Best Musical 2016), presents CABARET (1998 Version) with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff. 'Cabaret' is based on the true stories of Christopher Isherwood which he documented in his book 'Goodbye to Berlin'. 'Cabaret' made its Broadway debut in 1966 before becoming a 1972 Oscar-winning movie starring Liza Minnelli. In 1998, 'Cabaret' returned to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production starring Alan Cumming. This production uses the script and score from that version.
by Shari Barrett - Nov 29, 2019
The dynamic story shared through comedy skits and songs deals with the journeys many women face from admiring their mother's chests (a?oeOne day I'll be like Mommy or Barbie!a??), to training bras and cup sizes, dating while dealing with wandering eyes (a?oeCleavage'), to pumping at work and breastfeeding in public (a?oeDon't Blame Me, My Baby is Hungrya??), to facing breast cancer. The energetic songs incorporate humorous pieces like a?oeLife in Boobs,a?? a?oeWife Beater Tank Top,a?? and a?oeSuck It, Cancera?? to the inspirational a?oeI'm Dianea?? which will tug at your heartstrings and inspire you to accept yourself exactly the way you are.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2019
A new curator has stepped into the spotlight for Centaur Theatre's Wildside Festival, the boundary-blasting showcase of independent works from Quebec and beyond, appropriately billed as the a?oehottest two weeks of wintera??. For the 2020 edition, Rose Plotek, the former Associate Director of the National Theatre School's Directing Program, has selected eight trailblazing works, including Centaur's choice for the Best of the 2019 Fringe Festival, Vancouver's Multiple Organism.
by TV News Desk - Nov 26, 2019
Winner of the 2018 Imagen Award for Best Documentary, “The Pushouts” is an inspiring story about the resilience of young people and how the support of caring adults offers hope. The film premieres on VOCES, Latino Public Broadcasting's arts and culture series, Friday, December 20, 2019, 10:00-11:00 PM ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App. Directed by Katie Galloway and co-directed by Dawn Valadez, “The Pushouts” is part of American Graduate, public media's long-term commitment, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help young people succeed in school, career and life.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2019
International Human Rights Art Festival presents the premiere of Sora Baek's profound portrait of North Korean defectors - SELL ME: I Am From North Korea - directed by Amanda Kate Joshi. SELL ME: I Am From North Korea is inspired by the true stories of North Korean defectors who risk everything to escape one of Earth's most repressive regimes.
by Stage Tube - Nov 21, 2019
Mike Birbiglia was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night to talk about his show The New One, which is currently playing in Los Angeles. During the interview, Birbiglia talks about living in Los Angeles for the last month, Jimmy getting him hooked on Ancestry.com, meeting Brad Pitt at one of his shows, and Paul Rudd playing him in a movie.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019
Chris Isaacson Presents in association with The VFC Project presented #Hash(tag) America at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. #Hash(tag) America is a new theatrical musical, an urgent urban rock concert, and a soul stirring personal testimonial all rolled into one powerful explosion of sound, youth, diversity and truth. 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2019
This November, Riverside Theatres will present the captivating theatrical work, To be Honest, created in collaboration with young people from Sydney's Western suburbs.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2019
Inspired by interviews with undocumented immigrants from Latin America living in New York, En Garde Arts (Anne Hamburger, Founder and Artistic Director) is thrilled to present the world premiere of Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) in all five boroughs of New York City, kicking off on Thursday, February 6 at the historic Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa. The piece will take the form of a fandango, a community celebration where stories are brought to life through live performance, music, and dance.
by TV News Desk - Nov 13, 2019
Comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia brings his award-winning Broadway show, Mike Birbiglia: The New One, to a global audience for his newest and most highly anticipated Netflix comedy special. Filmed at the Cort Theatre in Manhattan, Birbiglia brilliantly blends observational and confessional comedy as he struggles with the existential question of whether he wants to bring a child into the world. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2020
Jon Cryer and More Will Lead TRUE STORIES at the Cherry Lane Theatre, April 28 to May 17, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2020
Kimball Entertainment is a full-service Entertainment Co. based in Beverly Hills, California. Founder Keri Ann Kimball has found a unique way to bring her relationships and assets to this multidimensional company by integrating a strategic coaching team in house at Kimball Entertainment.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2020
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University has announced additional programming associated with its upcoming production of Gloria: A Life. Upcoming activities embody Gloria Steinem's lifelong efforts to achieve equity, inspire empathy, and build community. Activities include Act II talking circles with special guests, partnerships more than forty not-for-profit organizations, a donation drive, and a companion historical exhibition.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2020
The award-winning New London Barn Playhouse is thrilled to announce the line-up for their 2020 Summer Season. The 88th Season is jam-packed with Broadway hits, and when the Barn opens for the season in June they'll be continuing a legacy of award-winning theater that audiences have come to expect and love.
by TV News Desk - Jan 16, 2020
Lou Brutus is a music industry legend and one of the planet's ultimate music fans. He lives the dream of millions by traveling the earth, attending concerts, and interviewing rock stars. He has spent his life blasting tunes on the radio, becoming the first to play all of your favorite bands and gaining access to literally thousands of music events.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2020
Global storytelling nonprofit The Moth today announced its jam-packed live show lineup for 2020. Over the next 12 months, the team behind the award-winning Moth Radio Hour-airing on more than 500 public radio stations nationwide-and The Moth Podcast-downloaded over 73 million times a year- will present close to 600 shows from stages around the world, featuring approximately 5,500 true, personal stories told live, without notes. Also in 2020: The Moth will debut a Pop-Up Porch storytelling pitch experience this summer --the porch, a nod to the organization's roots, will travel from North Dakota to Texas with several stops along the way.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2020
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's 2020 season includes an eclectic mix of shows featuring stories of hope, love and family, Native peoples and reunions.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2020
The Actors' Gang and Tim Robbins are pleased to announce 2 special performances of  THE NEW COLOSSUS at The Actors' Gang Theater, in Culver City, on January 14 and 15, at 8 pm, prior to the upcoming North American Tour. Directed and co-written by Academy Awarda?"winning Tim Robbins (Mystic River, Dead Man Walking, The Shawshank Redemption),
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2019
A theatrical call to arms in the fight against climate change from internationally acclaimed troublemakers, and eco-activists Doppelgangster.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2019
About Face Theatre continues its 2019-2020 season with the Chicago premiere of Audrey Cefaly's award-winning drama THE GULF, running January 9 through February 15, 2020, at Theater Wit. THE GULF is a riveting look at how partners in a long-term relationship change over time, and what it takes to keep love alive. Directed by About Face Artistic Director Megan Carney, the production will feature AFT Artistic Associate Kelli Simpkins and Deanna Myers. Press opening is Friday, January 17 at 7:30 pm.
by Stage Tube - Dec 5, 2019
Mike Birbiglia was a guest on the most recent episode of 'Hiking with Kevin,' to talk about his newest special The New One, on Netflix. Birbiglia also discusses his troubled relationship with Hollywood and how being turned down changed his whole life.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2019
Need escape from The Season? Ugh, for real. Take a break from the holiday hubbub with Mad Horse Theatre and PortFringe Maine's Fringe Festival, bringing back to stage highlights from the last two years of PortFringe insanity. Come check out local fringe theatre and performance this December with a re-mount of PortFringe favorites for eight crazy days!
by TV News Desk - Dec 3, 2019
The premiere of A&E Network's 'Biography - Garth Brooks: The Road I'm On (Part 1)' hit a high note on Monday night, delivering 1.2 million Total Viewers according to Nielsen Media Research, the largest audience for a 'Biography' installment in 15 years (since 'Biography: Jeopardy!' in December 2004). Additionally, it outperformed all of A&E's 'Biography' specials from this year in the key Adult 25-54 demo (434,000) and was the most-watched A&E special in 18 months. The definitive four-hour documentary special event continues tonight at 9pm ET/PT on A&E Network.
by TV News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
Variety reports that Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon's Apple TV series 'Little America' has been renewed for a second season ahead of the premiere of its first.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
Short Story Theatre presents an evening of four warm, wise and wonderful true stories on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. at Miramar Bistro, 301 Waukegan Ave. in Highwood.  Tickets are $10 at the door. For pre-show dinner reservations (mention Short Story Theatre): 847-433-1078.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
Anthony J. Piccione - a playwright who's gained considerable acclaim tackling subjects of gravity like autism, anxiety, and mental illness, now sets his sights on the American healthcare system.