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Cast Announced For SKELETON CREW At The Geffen Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2018

???????The Geffen Playhouse today announced the full cast for its Los Angeles Premiere production of Skeleton Crew, the third and final installment in Dominique Morisseau's award-winning three-play cycle, The Detroit Project. The play features Amari Cheatom (Roman J. Israel, Esq.) as Dez, Caroline Stefanie Clay (Broadway's The Little Foxes) as Faye, Kelly McCreary (Grey's Anatomy) as Shanita and D.B. Woodside (Lucifer) as Reggie. Patricia McGregor will direct. (more...)

Town Hall Theatre Closes Season With Kate Hamill's Exuberant SENSE & SENSIBILITY
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2018

Town Hall Theatre 'Generations' Season 2017-2018 closes with Kate Hamill's rollicking new adaptation of SENSE & SENSIBILITY, based on the classic novel by Jane Austen. SENSE & SENSIBILITY will have 12 performances, including two previews, May 31 through June 23, 2018, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, CA. Tickets are $18 - $30, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at www.TownHallTheatre.com. (more...)

Rivendell Announces Extension of THE CAKE
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2018

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core will add four performances to the run The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Lauren Shouse, and featuring RTE Founders Tara Mallen and Keith Kupferer, RTE Member Krystel McNeil, with Tuckie White.  Eight performances have been added to the run, which must close June 2, 2018 at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago.  (more...)

I AND YOU by Lauren Gunderson Begins May 20 at Artists Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2018

Artists Repertory Theatre presents I and You by Lauren Gunderson as the final production of their 2017/18 season. Gunderson is the most-produced playwright in America for the second year in a row. She is a recipient of a Dramatist Guild Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, won the 2018 Steinberg for The Book of Will, and won the Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award in 2014 for this revelatory drama. I and You runs from May 20 through June 17 on the Morrison Stage. (more...)

Tickets Now On Sale For CORKSCREW THEATER FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2018

"Packed with young talent…in the risk-taking venture that is summer festival-going, encountering talent you want to see more of is a worthy payoff." - Laura Collins-Hughes,The New York Times (more...)

Lookingglass Theatre Company Mounts 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2018

Lookingglass Theatre Company concludes its 30th Anniversary season with the world premiere of 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas adapted by David Kersnar and Althos Low, from the books by Jules Verne, directed by Ensemble Member David Kersnar. 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas runs May 23 - August 19, 2018 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

McCarter Theatre Center Announces Lineup For 17th Annual Artists' Retreat
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2018

McCarter is proud to welcome a group of esteemed and emerging playwrights and theater artists to Princeton for the Sallie B. Goodman Artists' Retreat. The annual Retreat in June is a centerpiece of McCarter's LAB, a platform and creative incubator devoted to ongoing theatrical development and artist cultivation. The 2018 Retreat will take place from June 6 - June 13. (more...)

Marc Masterson Named Artistic Director Of City Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

???????Under the leadership of Board President Beth Newbold and Managing Director James McNeel, the City Theatre Board of Directors has concluded an extensive national search, naming Marc Masterson the new Artistic Director of the region's largest theater dedicated solely to new plays. Masterson brings decades of experience and an award-winning national presence as a champion of new works, having served as the artistic director of South Coast Repertory Theatre (2011-2018) and Actors Theatre of Louisville, home of the internationally acclaimed Humana Festival of New American Plays (2000-2011), two of the most distinguished arts institutions in the nation. He was City Theatre's producing artistic director from 1981-2000. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Seattle Opera's O+E
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

Next week, join Seattle Opera for O+E-a chamber opera retelling of Gluck's classic Orpheus and eurydice with a twist! Stage Director Kelly Kitchens brings this groundbreaking adaptation to life with Seattle Opera's first ever all-female creative team and cast of principal singers.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Moving, Surprising Drama Finishes Artists Rep's 35th Season- I AND YOU
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

 Artists Repertory Theatre presents I and You by Lauren Gunderson as the final production of their 2017/18 season. Gunderson is the most-produced playwright in America for the second year in a row. She is a recipient of a Dramatist Guild Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, won the 2018 Steinberg for The Book of Will, and won the Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award in 2014 for this revelatory drama. I and You runs from May 20 through June 17 on the Morrison Stage. (more...)

Jackleg Theater Project To Stage Sophocles' ANTIGONE
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

The Jackleg Theater Project, in association with San Francisco's Theater of Others, will stage Sophocles' Antigone June 22-July 1 at Royce Gallery. (more...)

Cast Announced For Promethean's BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD)
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

???????Cast and production team were announced today for Promethean Theatre Ensemble's Joint World Premiere production BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!) by Jami Brandli. Promethean's staging, to be directed by Anna Bahow, is part of a rolling world premiere for the play, along with San Diego's Moxie Theatre and Los Angeles's Moving Arts at Atwater Village Theatre. BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!) is a dramedy in which four women of Greek tragedy - Clytemnestra, Medea, Antigone, and Cassandra - become New Jersey neighbors in the year 1960. The SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE called it "a hilarious, sharply written and fast-paced comedy-drama." (more...)

Split Second To Open At The IATI Theater For A Five-Performance Run
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

Split Second, by Dennis McIntyre, produced by Jonathan T. Peck and directed by Lee J. Kaplan, will open at the IATI Theater, 64 East 4th Street, on June 7, 2018. Four additional performances will take place through Sunday, June 10, 2018. The Saturday and Sunday matinee performances will be followed by Q&A sessions, during which the cast will discuss working on the play and its timely messages with the audience in attendance. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BELOVED/DEPARTED
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2018

Linked Dance Theatre's original immersive dance theater piece, Beloved/Departed, has begun performances of its Off-Off-Broadway debut at The Center at West Park (located at 165 West 86th Street, at Amsterdam Avenue). This strictly limited engagement will run through May 18, 2018. (more...)

LA Opera Off Grand Presents Matthew Aucoin's CROSSING in Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2018

LA Opera Off Grand presents the West Coast premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Crossing in two concert performances on May 25 and 26. Crossing will be presented at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis), located at 9390 North Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Mr. Aucoin, now in his second season as Artist in Residence with LA Opera, is both composer and librettist of the opera; he will also conduct the performances. (more...)

BWW Review: Walking the Tightrope at Met's National Council Auditions Finals Concert
by Richard Sasanow - May 1, 2018

Can you imagine coming out on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera--facing an audience of about 4000 and be ready to sing without really much of a chance to warm up? That takes guts--and it's what the nine finalists in the Met's National Council Auditions Grand Final Concert did on Sunday, April 29. At stake? A grand push forward for the careers in opera that they've dreamed about. (There was also some money involved: $15,000 apiece for the winners, $5,000 each for the runs up.) (more...)

DC's In Series Names Timothy Nelson As Next Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2018

Concluding an international search, the board of directors of the In Series - Opera & More has chosen stage director and conductor Timothy Nelson as the new Artistic Director of the nonprofit organization. Nelson succeeds Founding Artistic Director and Executive Producer Carla Hubner, who will retire at the end of the current 'Legacy' season, the company's 36th under her leadership including three decades of producing a signature brand of pocket opera. (more...)

An Evening With Darryl Taylor Comes to National Opera Center, 4/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018

The Hampsong Foundation and Opera Noire of New York present An Evening with Darryl Taylor and Friends. Join us for a concert of vocal chamber music with American countertenor, Darryl Taylor, and Maria Thompson Corley, Jennifer Peterson, and Ezra Seltzer. Music performed will include songs by Robert Owens, Leslie Adams, Lori Laitman, Juliana Hall, 18th-Century composer Rosanna Scalfi Marcello, and modern spirituals. (more...)

MasterVoices Presents New Production Of ORPHIC MOMENTS At JALC Rose Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2018

MasterVoices - dedicated to celebrating the power of the human voice through the art of musical storytelling - presents two performances of a new production of Orphic Moments, in conjunction with producers Anthony Roth Costanzo and Cath Brittan.  (more...)

Wilma Theater Continues Season with World Premiere of PASSAGE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2018

Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Chen brings the World Premiere of Passage to The Wilma Theater in collaboration with Wilma Artistic Director Blanka Zizka and the Wilma HotHouse Company of actors. Praised by The New Yorker for his ability to find "ingenious ways to pull the rug out from under the audience's feet," Chen's new play uses the theater's primal evocative powers to examine the most essential questions of our time. Passage begins on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018, and opens on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018.  (more...)

Hofesh Shechter Awarded An OBE For Services To Dance
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2018

Internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter was today awarded an honorary OBE for Services to Dance. (more...)

Dorset Theatre Festival Presents CRY IT OUT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2018

Dorset Theatre Festival, under the leadership of Artistic Director Dina Janis, Producing Director Will Rucker, and Executive Director Marissa Hutton, opens the 41st Season with CRY IT OUT, by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Marc Masterson. (more...)

George London Foundation Announces Singers for 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2018

???????The George London Foundation for Singers has been honoring, supporting, and presenting the finest young opera singers in the U.S. and Canada since 1971. The foundation and the George London Awards (the prize of the foundation's annual competition) are named for the legendary Canadian-American bass-baritone, one of the greatest opera singers of 20th century, who devoted much of his time and energy in his later years to the support and nurturing of young opera singers. (more...)

The National Theatre Announces More Season Details, Including FOLLIES Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2018

The National Theatre announces new information, and recaps its upcoming season. (more...)

Melis Aker's FIELD, AWAKENING Premieres At Corkscrew Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018

???????Corkscrew Theater Festival presents Field, Awakening, written by Melis Aker and directed by Tatiana Pandiani. Running July 14-22, Field, Awakening is a political drama set in Turkey in 2016, where a group of high school friends reunites at a soccer field on the evening of an attempted military coup. As the night progresses, the friends unexpectedly find themselves at the center of international strife, and they begin to realize that the Turkey they called home may be rapidly disappearing. Performed by Kieron Anthony, Ayse Babahan, Jamar Brathwaite, Sinan Eczacibasi*, Fahim Hamid*, and Nazli Sarpkaya, Field, Awakening is the second production in the second annual season of Corkscrew Theater Festival, a new summer theater festival that provides early-career artists with a high level of production support. (more...)

BWW Review: PRIVATE LIVES at Vermont Stage Company
by Stacy Raphael - Jun 15, 2018

Three acts, three directors, three approaches to the same play script. Vermont Stage Company's annual season closer allows artists to play and experiment--this year, with Noel Coward's 1930 play Private Lives. Larry Connolly, Chris Caswell and Abbie Tykocki direct the three acts independent of one another with unique casting and directorial conceits. (more...)

Joffrey Ballet Achieves Highest Grossing Season Ever In 2017-18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2018

The Joffrey Ballet set a new attendance record in 2017-2018 and achieved the highest grossing season in its 62-year history, breaking the previous record established during the 2016-2017 season. Total attendance in 2017-2018 exceeded 100,000, with ticket revenue surpassing $7.7 million. The record numbers come at a time of growth for the Joffrey, which recently received a $1 million grant from the Alphawood Foundation to fund a transformational three-year project aimed at audience expansion and sustainability. (more...)

Time Zone Theatre Presents The World Premiere Of The Opera FAUST, ALBERTA By Simone Spagnolo
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2018

The operatic spectacle Faust, Alberta explores the tragic story of Doctor Faustus and his fatal deal with Mephistopheles from a contemporary angle. A Nameless Man finds himself in a remote cabin surrounded by frozen snowfields. He doesn't know who he is nor where he is from, only that something is after him - an unstoppable machine that hunts those who fell from grace. In nine scenes, he tries to collect his memory. Triggered by snippets from his past, he slowly starts to put the pieces together. The "music-theatre metaphysical western", as composer Simone Spagnolo and librettist Giordano Trischitta describe their new work, is scored as a mono-opera for one singer and four musicians, and inspired by Wim Wenders. It asks whether we can ever escape from our past, and how to find redemption. (more...)

Classical Theatre of Harlem Puts An Afropunk Spin on ANTIGONE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018

The Classical Theatre of Harlem (Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director) presents "Antigone," inspired by Paul Roche's adaptation from the classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Back for its sixth season of free theater performances and affectionately known as the Uptown Shakespeare in the Park, the Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) is thrilled to return to Marcus Garvey Park this summer, presenting a work that showcases the strength and voices of audacious women responding to rigid societal inequities. (more...)

Ars Lyrica Houston Presents A DAY WITH MARIE ANTOINETTE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

Ars Lyrica Houston presents the Artful Women season finale with A Day with Marie Antoinette on Saturday, May 19th at 7:30 pm in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The musical program will conjure up an artful day chez France's most famous queen, from intimate morning music lessons to a spectacular evening concert. By turns rustic and elegant, this program offers a violin concerto by Marie Antoinette's music teacher Joseph Bologne (the Chevalier de Saint-Georges), a Mozart flute quartet, a dance suite from Gluck's Orphee et eurydice, and Haydn's "Paris" Symphony No. 85, subtitled "The Queen." (more...)

Lortel Nominated THE LUCKY ONES Extends To April 28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

In response to popular demand and critical acclaim, Ars Nova 'one of the most adventurous Off-Broadway companies' (New York Times), piece by piece productions and Z Space extends the world premiere of The Lucky Ones until April 28. This 5-time Lucille Lortel award nominated new musical by The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher (Hundred Days) was commissioned and developed by Ars Nova. (more...)

CORKSCREW THEATER FESTIVAL Returns For Second Season This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

Following a well-attended and critically-acclaimed inaugural year, Corkscrew Theater Festival returns for a second annual season, running July 9 - August 5 at the Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, Manhattan). This summer theater festival provides early-career artists with a high level of production support and features five world premieres and four readings performed in repertory over four weeks. Special attention has been given to theater makers who are developing work through robust and innovative collaborative models. (more...)

The Center At West Park & Linked Dance Theatre Present BELOVED/DEPARTED
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

The Center at West Park(165 West 86th Street) Linked Dance Theatre is thrilled to announce that Beloved/Departed will make its Off-Off-Broadway debut at The Center at West Park (located at 165 West 86th Street, at Amsterdam Avenue) beginning Thursday, April 26, 2018. This strictly limited engagement will run through May 18, 2018. (more...)

TFANA Announces TFANA Talks In Connection With THE WINTER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2018

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) announces four TFANA Talks in connection with its new, critically lauded production of William Shakespeare's tragicomedy The Winter's Tale, directed by OBIE Award-winner Arin Arbus. These free post-performance discussions take placeat Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place), TFANA's home in the Brooklyn Cultural District, where The Winter's Tale runs through April 15 (more...)

Time Zone Theatre Ltd Announces Second OPERA IN THE CITY FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2018

For the second year, Time Zone Theatre Ltd in collaboration with the Bridewell Theatre presents Opera in the City Festival. The boutique festival focuses on rarely performed classics and new, experimental works by emerging British and international artists. (more...)

4th Wall Theatre Co to Stage the Regional Premiere of SHAKESPEARE IN VEGAS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2018

4th Wall Theatre Company's 2017 - 2018 season wraps up with the regional premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer's hilarious comedy, Shakespeare in Vegas May 17 - June 9, 2018, at Studio 101, Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007. 4th Wall offered a staged reading of the play during its 2017 "4th Wall Reads: Women's Voices" series. 4th Wall audiences will remember Bradbeer's work from the 2014 production of her political drama, The God Game. (more...)

THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE Comes to The Seeing Place Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2018

As a part of The Seeing Place Theater's eighth season, THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE offers a modern take on the classic Sophocles' myth. This new adaptation by Brandon Walker explores a rebel daughter taking on the patriarchy: will she lose her life when she breaks Theban law by burying her dead brother's body against decree? (more...)

Blessed Unrest Presents THIS IS MODERN ART
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2018

Who decides what art is and where it belongs, and what is the role of race, class, and pedigree? THIS IS MODERN ART, the acclaimed and controversial 2014 play by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval, based on the 2010 "bombing" of the Art Institute of Chicago by an underground graffiti crew, is making its New York debut. The production by Blessed Unrest is directed by Jessica Burr and performing as part of the inaugural season of Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th Street between Bowery & 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003.) (more...)

Orange County School Of The Arts Musical Theatre Conservatory Presents The Cutting-Edge High School Premiere Production Of JASPER IN DEADLAND
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2018

Orange County School of the Arts Musical Theatre Conservatory is the first high school in the nation to present 'Jasper in Deadland,' the high-energy pop/rock musical by Hunter Foster and Ryan Scott Oliver recently seen Off-Broadway at The Prospect Theatre Company and in Seattle at The 5th Avenue Theatre. (more...)


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Coeurage Theatre Company Announces 'Gathering Coeurage' Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2018

Kicking off its upcoming ninth season, Coeurage Theatre Company, LA's only Pay What You Want theatre company, has announced Gathering Coeurage, a special fundraising event that will offer a rare glimpse into the company's development process. (more...)

Meet the Cast of THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2018

After the lauded World Premiere of The Boy Who Danced On Air, Diversionary is proud to produce the World Premiere of another groundbreaking new musical. (more...)

A Reconstructed ROMEO AND JULIET Comes to People's Light
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2018

People's Light proudly presents an inventive, intimate version of one of Shakespeare's most timeless plays. In Romeo & Juliet: A Requiem, the parents, Friar, and Nurse recreate the passion and recklessness of their star-crossed children to face their culpability and seek redemption. (more...)

HADESTOWN To Play London's National Theatre Prior To Opening On Broadway In 2019
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018

Producers Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy announced today that Hadestown, the acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell, developed with and directed by Tony Award nominee Rachel Chavkin, will play London's National Theatre this November and then transfer to Broadway for a 2019 opening. (more...)

National Theatre Announces its May-September 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018

The National Theatre has announced its May-September 2018 season. (more...)

Kate Hamill's Rollicking SENSE & SENSIBILITY Closes Town Hall's 2017/18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2018

Town Hall Theatre "Generations" Season 2017-2018 closes with Kate Hamill's rollicking new adaptation of SENSE & SENSIBILITY, based on the classic novel by Jane Austen.  SENSE & SENSIBILITY will have 12 performances, including two previews, May 31 through June 23, 2018, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, CA.  Tickets are $18 - $30, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at www.TownHallTheatre.com.   (more...)

Additional Casting Announced for MARY PAGE MARLOWE Starring Tatiana Maslany
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2018

Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced additional casting for the New York Premiere of TRACY LETTS' acclaimed play, MARY PAGE MARLOWE. (more...)

Brown/Trinity Rep Announces Spring Rep Plays EURYDICE And PROWESS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs end their 2017-18 season with two plays in rep, eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, and Prowess by Ike Holter. eurydice, directed by Addie Gorlin ('19), tackles grief and growing up through the lens of the reimagined Greek myth, and will be performed May 4-19, 2018. Prowess, directed by Ken-Matt Martin ('19) explores accountability in a world of vigilante justice, and can be seen May 5-20, 2018. All performances take place on the same set at the Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire Street, Providence. Tickets are on sale now at Trinity Rep's box office, by phone (401) 351-4242, or online at www.TrinityRep.com. (more...)

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Opens At The Warehouse Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2018

The Warehouse Theatre continues its 44th Main Stage Season with the William Shakespeare comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. The play will run April 20th through May 5th. (more...)

Hook & Eye Theater Presents World Premiere Of SHE-SHE-SHE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2018

Hook & Eye Theater is proud to present the world premiere of She-She-She, a vibrant new devised play with writing by Cynthia Babak that centers on six women whose lives intertwine across generations against the backdrop of one great mountain. Directed by Chad Lindsey, She-She-She is inspired by the real-life friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and leading black activist Pauli Murray. (more...)

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