Wednesday, May 29, 2013

2013 Next Wave Festival

The 2013 BAM Next Wave Festival has announced its lineup and it's pretty great.  Highlights include:

A work by William Forsythe and The Forsythe Company
Music by Thom Willems

For choreographer William Forsythe, the stage is a large-scale laboratory for boundless theatrical and linguistic investigation. In Sider, the knotty speech rhythms of late-16th-century Elizabethan tragedy form the unlikely point of departure.  Dancers, equipped with earphones that play a recording unheard by the audience, deliver fragmented, enigmatic movements based on the cadences and meanings of the sumptuous Elizabethan text. Wielding giant sheets of cardboard, the dancers conjure an array of kinetic imagery and sounds—deepening this beguiling translation and evoking a world in which one language is withheld while another rises to the surface.

Not What Happened
Pick Up Performance Co(s)
Conceived and written by Ain Gordon
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

Two seemingly identical women appear on stage: one is a historical reenactor nearing the end of her career, theatrically channeling a bygone 1804; the other is her doppelganger, the 19th-century subject she “recreates.” Amid projected images of cast-off farm tools and other ruins of rural life, we follow the reenactor’s crafted narrative alongside that of her ghostly double. History lived vies with history told, leaving us to wonder: can we ever know what really happened?

Inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula
TR Warszawa and Teatr Narodowy
Written and directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna

Terrifying, yet seductive. Blood-thirsty harbingers of death who extend a twisted promise of immortality. The vampire figure has long been defined by Bram Stoker’s classic interpretation, Dracula. In Nosferatu, Poland’s TR Warszawa and Teatr Narodowy dig beneath that veneer to deliver a deeply hypnotic, visually sumptuous new take on the vampire legend. Set to an unnerving score by downtown fixture John Zorn, director Grzegorz Jarzyna’s production suspends us in a liquid-green world of shadowy set pieces, brimming with eroticism, while returning to the legend’s deep reflections on fear and the human need for transgression.

An Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Frances McDormand
Directed by Paul Lazar 

In this inventive performance work, Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand embodies visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra, spinning a lively biographical narrative of the pains of growing up: from Texas drill teams and Rose Bowl queens to art-making and orthopedic surgery.  Inspired by two years that the teenage Bocanegra spent in a body cast, this experiment in self-portraiture explores how that confining experience shaped her self-image and aesthetic on the way to becoming a Rome Prize-winning artist.

A Piece of Work
A machine-made Hamlet by Annie Dorsen

In this daring marriage of live acting and artificial intelligence, Obie Award-winning director Annie Dorsen delivers a provocative parsing of Shakespeare’s work. Based on a sophisticated algorithm that generates a new version of the play nightly—words, visuals, lighting, music, and all—A Piece of Work features one actor, alternating between Obie winner Scott Shepherd (Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz, The Wooster Group’s Hamlet) and theater legend Joan MacIntosh, a looming computer screen, and a chorus of synthesized voices channeling this uncanny text, refashioned in the automated image of our digital times.

A Rite
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company + SITI Company
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Anne Bogart, Bill T. Jones, and Janet Wong

Since its riot-inciting Parisian premiere a century ago, The Rite of Spring has taken on near-mythic status as a symbol of artistic insurrection and a cornerstone of the avant-garde. In A Rite, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company—two ensembles with rich histories at BAM—join minds, bodies, and voices to offer this dance-theater celebration of Stravinsky’s incendiary work and its tremendous cultural resonance.

Susan Marshall + Company
Choreography by Susan Marshall
Music by David Lang

In an electric guitar-fueled evening of postmodern dance-theater, Susan Marshall couples her intimate, structured choreography with the seductiveness of pop culture to explore our complex relationship to the media we consume.  Referencing the dance moves and sleek production values of popular music videos, Marshall’s choreography adds nuance to that high-gloss aesthetic while stripping away its context, rendering it both more profound and strange.

Anna Nicole
Composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Libretto by Richard Thomas
Directed by Richard Jones
Conducted by Steven Sloane

In a brilliant marriage of lowbrow bawdiness and highbrow operatic craft, British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer: The Opera) immortalize the tumultuous life of Anna Nicole Smith—stripper, playmate, and formidable tabloid queen.

Tickets for Anna Nicole go on sale Monday, August 12th.  All other tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 3rd - earlier for Friends of BAM.

For more info: Click Here

Friday, May 24, 2013

Tickets for LCT3's A KID LIKE JAKE Now On Sale

LCT3 is the best ticket deal in NYC.  And tickets for their next production, A Kid Like Jake are now in sale! 

Here is the description:
Alex (Carla Gugino) and her husband, Greg (Peter Grosz), want only the best for their precocious four-year-old, Jake. When they apply to New York City private schools, part of what makes Jake special - his passion for Cinderella and dress-up - starts to cause concern. The story of a husband and wife trying to do right by their son.

LCT3 presents
A New Play by Daniel Pearle
Directed by Evan Cabnet

Caroline Aaron, Michelle Beck, Peter Grosz, Carla Gugino

June 2 - July 14 at the Claire Tow Theater

For Tickets: Click Here

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

2013 Off Broadway Alliance Awards Winners

...and the awards keep coming in!
The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing professionals, announced the winners of the 3rd Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit Off Broadway productions that opened during the 2012-2013 season.

(Winners in GREEN)

Best New Musical
F#%king Up Everything
Here Lies Love
Murder Ballad
Natasha, Pierre + the Great Comet of 1812
The Other Josh Cohen

Best New Play
My Name is Asher Lev
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Best Musical Revival
Closer Than Ever
The Good Person of Szechwan
The Last Five Years
New Girl In Town

Best Play Revival
All in the Timing
Golden Child
The Piano Lesson
Talley’s Folly
Uncle Vanya

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Buyer + Cellar
Ingenious Nature
Jukebox Jackie
Old Jews Telling Jokes
The Old Man and the Old Moon

Best Family Show
Piggy Nation
Show Way
The Velveteen Rabbit
Wanda’s Monster

Legend of Off Broadway Honorees
Christopher Durang
A.R. Gurney
Kristine Nielsen
Daryl Roth
Sigourney Weaver

Monday, May 20, 2013

The OBIES: 2013

The winners of the 58h Annual OBIE Awards were announced tonight at Webster Hall.

And the winners were:


Eisa Davis
Sustained Excellence

Brandon J. Dirden
The Piano Lesson (Signature Theatre)

Shuler Hensley
The Whale (Playwrights Horizons)

Matthew Maher
Sustained Excellence

Paul Thureen
Blood Play (The Debate Society/Bushwick Starr)


Ayad Akhtar
Disgraced (LCT3)

Annie Baker
The Flick (Playwrights Horizons)


Lear deBessonet
The Good Person Of Szechuan (Foundry Theatre/La MaMa)

John Rando
All In The Timing (Primary Stages)

Ruben Santiago-Hudson
The Piano Lesson (Signature Theatre)

Eric Ting
We Are Proud To Present A Presentation... (Soho Rep)


Laura Jellinek
Sustained excellence of Set Design

Clint Ramos
Sustained excellence of Costume Design

Special Citations

David Levine and Marsha Ginsberg
Habit (Crossing the Line Festival/FIAF & PS122)

Dave Malloy and Rachel Chavkin
Natasha, Pierre + The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova)

Nature Theater of Oklahoma
Life and Times: Episodes 1-4 (Public Theater/SoRep)

David Byrne & Fatboy Slim
Here Lies Love (Public Theater)

The Ross Wetzsteon Award (with check for $1,000)
Clubbed Thumb


Fulcrum Theater ($1,000)

Half Straddle ($1,000)

Best New American Play (tie With $500 to each playwright) 
Lisa D’Amour, Detroit

Julia Jarcho, Grimly Handsome

Lifetime Achievement

Lois Smith

Frances Sternhagen

The 2013 Off-Broadway Drama Desk Winners

The 2013 Drama Desk Awards were announced on Sunday and although the nominations were pretty evenly distributed between Broadway and Off-Broadway, it was mostly Broadway shows that walked away with trophies.

Although the Drama Desk likes to tout that it's the only awards that lets Broadway and Off-Broadway duke it out in every category, maybe it's time to rethink that approach since the winners are so lopsided in Broadway's favor?

So a special congratulations to all of the Off-Broadway winners this year:

Outstanding Music: David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love [Public Theater]

Outstanding Lighting Design:  Justin Townsend, Here Lies Love [Public Theater]

Outstanding Projection Design: Peter Nigrini, Here Lies Love [Public Theater]

Outstanding Solo Performance: Michael Urie, Buyer + Cellar [Rattlestick]

Outstanding Revue: Old Hats [Signature Theater]
Unique Theatrical Experience: Cirque Du Soleil: Totem [We're really not sure if Cirque du Soleil counts as Off-Broadway]


Friday, May 17, 2013

7 Show To See In June 2013

The "Broadway" season may be winding down, but things are heating up Beyond Broadway!  Here are 7 shows not to miss in June 2013!

New York Theater Workshop brings back terrific The Builders Association production of Moe Angelos' Sontag Reborn.  Originally presented as part of the Under The Radar Festival in 2012, Angelos portrays the noted thinker as a young adult, forming who she will become.  The show provides fascinating insight into Susan Sontag, the person.

Based on the books by Susan Sontag
and edited by David Rieff
Adapted and performed by Moe Angelos
Directed by Marianne Weems

Tuesday, May 28th  - Sunday, June 30th

New York Theatre Workshop
79 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

For Tickets and Info: Click Here


Clubbed Thumb's SUMMERWORKS

One of our favorite events of the year is Clubbed Thumb's SummerWorks, three more-than-workshop productions of three new plays, usually quirky.  This year's offerings are:

Baby Screams Miracle
by Clare Barron 
directed by Portia Krieger

Phoebe in Winter
by Jen Silverman
directed by Mike Donahue

La Brea
by Gregory S. Moss
directed by Adam Greenfield 

Clubbed Thumb presents 

Summerworks 2013

May 24 – June 29, 2013

The Wild Project
195 E. 3rd Street
(between Ave. A and B)
New York, NY 10009

For Tickets and Info: Click Here

The Comedy of Errors 
Daniel Sullivan directs the first production of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors to hit the Delacorte in twenty years. (The last one featured Elizabeth Franz, Boyd Gaines and Marissa Tomei in 1992.)  This time around, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater star in this broad comedy about identical twins separated at birth and mistaken identities. 

This production has an unusual 8:30pm start time but the running time is listed as only 90 minutes.  But knowing these two actors, I'd expected it to run longer at times!

The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival presents
The Comedy of Errors
with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater
directed by Daniel Sullivan

May 28th - June 30th

Delacorte Theater
Central Park
Enter at West 81st Street

Tickets are free, but can be a challenge to get.  For more information: Click Here



Peculiar Works Project, known for their nifty site-specific performances, will next take on nothing less than the 400-year history of New York City. MANNA-HATA written by Barry Rowell, directed by Rowell and Kathleen Amshoff. will take place at the James A. Farley Post Office on 8th Avenue, soon to become part of history itself when it becomes Moynihan Station.

MANNA-HATA (from the indigenous Lenape tribe's name for the island) is the extraordinary true story of the transformation of New York City from a small island to a booming metropolis. Featuring famous scoundrels (Peter Stuyvesant, Boss Tweed, Robert Moses); artistic legends (Walt Whitman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker); and other beloved City figures (Emily Roebling, Jane Jacobs, Shirley Chisholm), MANNA-HATA shares tales of graft, oppression, and violence, as well as stories, poems and songs of love dedicated to the Great City herself.

The 21-member cast, playing all of the live music and over 100 roles, includes Everett Quinton, Christopher Hurt, Catherine Porter and Cherrye Davis.

Peculiar Works Project presents

by Barry Rowell
directed by Barry Rowell and Kathleen Amshoff

Friday, June 7 - Sunday, June 23, 2013

James A. Farley Post Office
425 Eighth Avenue
(enter on West 31st Street, just west of 8th Avenue)

Tickets are $18, and must be purchased in advance!

For Tickets and Info: Click Here



This summer, The Brick Theater puts sound designers center stage in what promises to be a truly unique approach to their annual summer festivals.

Some of the highlights include:
  • Cliff House's The Beckett Cycle looks at Beckett's radio and television plays.
  • Six of Six Productions' Commotion Collage is based on Dadaist Simultaneous and Sound Poems.
  • Submerged presents a sound and music driven adaptation of Dante's Inferno.
  • Tux + Tom Productions' ELE↓↑TOR will transform the stage of the Brick Theater into a dangerously malfunctioning elevator making its way to the 80th floor of the Empire State Building.
  • 31 Down will tackle Alvin Lucier's I am Sitting in a Room.
  • 13 Chairs will present Tangerine EP, Tommy Smith's sonic retelling of drugged seduction in Homer’s The Odyssey
  • Christopher Loar's The Theoretical Physics of Procrastination is a solo performance connecting procrastination, creativity and global warming using lip-syncing and video. 
  • The Fifth Wall's The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, The Ugliest Woman in the World by Shaun Prendergast and directed by Gyda Arber, is performed entirely in the dark.  

The Brick Theater presents

June 7 - 29th, 2013

Brick Theater
579 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

For Tickets and Info:Click Here


The Penalty

The Apothetae's mission is to produce works written and performed by disabled actors and writers. inspired on the book of the same name by Gouverneur Morris, The Penalty follows a tale of revenge by a physically deformed derelict as he works his way across a cold and unforgiving New York City. His cohorts are a bevy of dancing girls who inhabit the bars and dance halls of the Lower East Side. Gregory Mozgala will recreate the role first portrayed by Lon Chaney in the 1920's film adaptation.

Dixon Place and The Apothetae present
The Penalty 
Written by Clay McLeod Chapman

Directed by Kris Thor
Music and Lyrics by Robert M. Johanson and Clay McLeod Chapman

Robert M. Johanson is the genius behind the music of Nature Theater of Oklahoma's Life and Times!

June 13th - 29th

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002

$15 in advance ($18 door / $12 Students & Seniors)

For Tickets and Info: Click Here


The Painted Bird Trilogy 
(Bastard, Amidst, and Strange Cargo)

Presented previously in its individual parts, LaMama ETC now presents Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Company's The Painted Bird Trilogy in its entirety. This four-hour epic is inspired by the classic and controversial novel of the same name by Polish-born author Jerzy Kosinski.  The allegorical novel tells the story of a young boy making his way through war-time Eastern Europe and a brilliantly painted bird that is violently killed by its own flock, which mistakes it for an imposter. 

LaMama ETC presents
Pavel Zustiak and Palissimo Company's 

The Painted Bird Trilogy 
(Bastard, Amidst, and Strange Cargo)

June 21st - June 30th, 2013

Ellen Stewart Theater
66 E 4th St New York
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $60 for all three parts (4 hours with two intermissions)

For Tickets and Info: Click Here 

Thursday, May 16, 2013


The Ice Factory has just announced the lineup for their 2013 series, and we think it look very promising!

Ice Factory runs June 26 - August 3, 2013 at the New Ohio Theater.

June 26–29


Created by the company, written by Stephen Aubrey, directed by Jess Chayes

Set entirely on a MetroNorth train traveling from New York City to Fairfield, Connecticut, THAT POOR DREAM draws on the company’s own complex relationship to class identity and economic disparity in American society. Inspired by Great Expectations, Charles Dickens’s classic novel about coming of age in a profoundly class-conscious society. MORE
July 3–6


Written by B. Walker Sampson, directed by Matt Stone and Calla Videt, and choreographed by Jeff and Rick Kuperman

Imagine the day when time travel is a common thing. When a future can be seen and a past, changed. But everything is stacked upon everything else. Maybe you can escape your own time, but you may lose focus. You may even forget who you are.
July 10–13


Created by The Mad Ones

A hallucinatory meditation on 1960s folk rock culture and the confines of motel room 118. From the creators of the acclaimed Drama Desk Nominated Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War and The Tremendous Tremendous. This is the final installment of their Performer Trilogy.
July 17–20


Written and created by Boo Killebrew, Geoffrey Decas O'Donnell, and Jordan Seavey, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, co-created with Lee Sunday Evans and TJ Witham

Multiple generations struggle from inside the architecture of contemporary families, as questions arise about fidelity, sexuality, gender, and the myths created to help us comprehend. Personal moments of everyday existence add up to lifetimes of monumental compassion, devastating betrayal, and inevitable transformation.
July 24–27


Conceived by the company, written and directed by Sanaz Ghajarrahimi, and choreographed by Ben Hobbs

Travel through 4700 years of weddings, wars, teahouses, gardens, and dinner parties in this operatic multi-media spectacle that unpacks the core issues between Iran, Western and global interests. Examines the struggles and dreams of a family born into war and revolution, asking: how will we continue forward in a world consumed by fire?
July 31–August 3


Created by the company

Spend an evening on an island far from your daily lives – an island inhabited by your inner life. This meticulously crafted performance event investigates the evolution of our imagination as the audience is lead on an expedition into an uncharted terrain of commonplace fantasies and wildly improbable realities. 

For Tickets and Info: Click Here 

Monday, May 13, 2013

2013 Sundance Theater Lab

This year's Sundance Theater Lab has chosen some terrific artists to take part:
The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
By Adam Bock
Directed by Trip Cullman
"Meet the Colby sisters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Five sisters, 'It girls' slightly past their time, living in New York City, trying to figure out how to put up with each other. Family. What are you going to do?"

The Fre
By Taylor Mac
Directed by Lisa Peterson
"This project is part of Mac's Kothornos Festival (four plays that will premiere separately but ultimately be performed in an all-day festival mirrored after the Greek Dionysia). It is an all-ages play written in the form of Old Comedy. It is the story of an intellectual aesthete, who is trapped inside a mud pit in the middle of a swamp, and his desperate attempt at escaping the swamp's fatuous inhabitants who call themselves, the Fre."

Really Really Really Really Really
By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Dan Rothenberg
"Sibblies Drury's play centers on two women (the Mother and the Girlfriend of a conceptual artist who has vanished) leaving them to sort through his overwhelming body of work. It is a piece about artists, legacy and photography that asks about what we try to leave behind, what we actually leave behind, and how we deal with being left."

The Vengeance Project
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Rachel Taichman
"Vogel's latest play follows the circuitous path of Scholem Asch's play God of Vengeance from 1905 Warsaw to 1951 Stamford Connecticut. It chronicles a contentious work written by a young man during the Yiddish Renaissance: from the fights in the salon after its first reading in Warsaw to its triumph on Second Avenue New York—and onward to 1923 Broadway. What should be the pinnacle of the Yiddish theatre crossing over to the Great White Way becomes a spectacle of scandal: prosecution for obscenity, struggles over anti-Semitism, and oh yes, the first kiss between two women on the American stage. When does one fight to produce a manuscript? When does prudence dictate a manuscript stays in the drawer? And when should an author burn his/her own script?"

War is F**king Awesome
By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Liesl Tommy
"A politically incorrect action-comedy following the life of Unity Spencer, a young colonial girl imbued with immortality but cursed to fight in every American conflict from the American Revolution to present day and beyond."

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Outer Critics Circle Award Winners

The Outer Critics Circle Awards designate certain awards for Broadway and for Off Broadway, but the acting awards can be for either.  This year, not a single performance award was given to a non-Broadway performance.

Here are the Off Broadway winners:

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Bad Jews
My Name is Asher Lev*
Really Really
The Whale

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
February House
Here Lies Love*
Murder Ballad

John Gassner Award (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Ayad Akhtar Disgraced
Paul Downs Colaizzo Really Really
Joshua Harmon Bad Jews
Samuel D. Hunter The Whale
Aaron Posner My Name is Asher Lev*

Special Achievement Award
Irish Repertory Theatre Charlotte Moore, artistic director and Ciarán O'Reilly, producing director in recognition of 25 years of producing outstanding theatre.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

2013 Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominations

The 2013 Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominations have been announced:

Best New Musical
F#%king Up Everything
Here Lies Love
Murder Ballad
Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
The Other Josh Cohen

Best New Play
My Name is Asher Lev
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Best Musical Revival
Closer Than Ever
The Good Person of Szechwan
The Last Five Years
New Girl In Town

Best Play Revival
All in the Timing
Golden Child
The Piano Lesson
Talley’s Folly
Uncle Vanya

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Buyer and Cellar
Ingenious Nature
Jukebox Jackie
Old Jews Telling Jokes
Old Man and the Old Moon

In addition to the above competitive awards, Off Broadway Alliance Legend of Off Broadway Awards will be presented for sustained achievement in the world of Off-Broadway to: Christopher Durang
A.R. Gurney
Kristine Nielsen
Daryl Roth
and Sigourney Weaver

Original Casts of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE and THE DYING GAUL Reunite

The Vineyard Theater will reunite the casts of two of their biggest hits - How I Learned To Drive and The Dying Gaul for two, one-night-only readings this summer.

Original director, Mark Brokaw will again direct Cotter Smith, Robert Emmet Lunney, Linda Emond and Tim Hopper in Craig Lucas' The Dying Gaul on Monday June 24th.

And on Monday, July 1st, Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse will read Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned To Drive.

Tickets are $75 and available at or (212) 353-0303

Sunday, May 05, 2013

2013 Lortel Award Winners

The winners of the 2013 Lortel Awards were announced tonight, they are indicated below in *GREEN.

Outstanding Play  
Bethany by Laura Marks, produced by Women's Project Theater
Cock by Mike Bartlett, produced by Stuart Thompson, Jean Doumanian, Royal Court Theatre, William Berlind, Scott Delman, Dena Hammerstein, Jon B. Platt, Scott Rudin, Ted Snowdon, True Love Productions
Detroit by Lisa D'Amour, produced by Playwrights Horizons
The Flick by Annie Baker, produced by Playwrights Horizons
*The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter, produced by Playwrights Horizons

Outstanding Musical  
*Dogfight by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Peter Duchan, produced by Second Stage Theatre
Giant by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson, based on the novel by Edna Ferber, produced by The Public Theater in association with The Dallas Theater Center
Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash, produced by Manhattan Theatre Club
The Other Josh Cohen by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, produced by Amas Musical Theatre in association with Scandobean Productions, LLC
Skippyjon Jones by Eli Bolin and Kevin Del Aguila, produced by TheatreworksUSA

Outstanding Revival  
All In The Timing by David Ives, produced by Primary Stages in association with Jamie deRoy
My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard, produced by Signature Theatre
Passion by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, produced by Classic Stage Company
*The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, produced by Signature Theatre
Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson, produced by Roundabout Theatre Company

Outstanding Solo Show  
*All the Rage, written and performed by Martin Moran, produced by piece by piece productions, Rising Phoenix Repertory in association with The Barrow Group
Jackie by Elfriede Jelinek, performed by Tina Benko, produced by Women's Project Theater
Title and Deed by Will Eno, performed by Conor Lovett, produced by Signature Theatre

Outstanding Director
Sam Gold, The Flick
Anne Kauffman, Belleville
Tina Landau, A Civil War Christmas
James Macdonald, Cock
*Ruben Santiago-Hudson, The Piano Lesson

Outstanding Choreographer
George De La Peña, A Midsummer Night's Dream
*Christopher Gattelli, Dogfight
Kyle Mullins, TRIASSIC PARQ: The Musical
Alex Sanchez, Giant
Doug Varone, Murder Ballad

Outstanding Lead Actor
Danny Burstein, Talley's Folly
Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson
Daniel Everidge, Falling
*Shuler Hensley, The Whale
Aasif Mandvi, Disgraced

Outstanding Lead Actress
Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Neva
America Ferrera, Bethany
Vanessa Redgrave, The Revisionist
*Roslyn Ruff, The Piano Lesson
Sharon Washington, Wild With Happy

Outstanding Featured Actor
David Wilson Barnes, Don't Go Gentle
*Chuck Cooper, The Piano Lesson
Zach Grenier, Storefront Church
Jake Gyllenhaal, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet
Mark Nelson, My Name Is Asher Lev

Outstanding Featured Actress
Eisa Davis, Luck of the Irish
*Annie Funke, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet
Rebecca Naomi Jones, Murder Ballad
Amanda Quaid, Luck of the Irish
Da'Vine Joy Randolph, What Rhymes with America

Outstanding Scenic Design
Beowulf Boritt, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet
Miriam Buether, Cock
*Clint Ramos, Wild With Happy
Louisa Thompson, Detroit
Mark Wendland, Murder Ballad

Outstanding Costume Design
Toni-Leslie James, A Civil War Christmas
*Jessica Pabst, The Whale
Clint Ramos, Wild With Happy
Emily Rebholz, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Anita Yavich, Golden Child

Outstanding Lighting Design
Jane Cox, The Flick
Rui Rita, The Piano Lesson
Ben Stanton, Belleville
Ben Stanton, Murder Ballad
*Scott Zielinski, A Civil War Christmas

Outstanding Sound Design
*Leah Gelpe, Slowgirl
Bray Poor, The Flick
Shane Rettig, Detroit '67
Jane Shaw, Jackie
Matt Tierney, Detroit

*Lifetime Achievement Award - Todd Haimes
*Playwrights' Sidewalk Inductee - Neil LaBute
*Outstanding Body of Work Award - Theatre Development Fund
*Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience - Old Hats, created and performed by Bill Irwin and David Shiner, with music by and featuring Nellie McKay, produced by Signature Theatre

Friday, May 03, 2013


RENO: ALIVE IN AMERICA is the newest, electrifying solo show by the woman the New York Times has hailed as “consistently, energetically, loudly funny.” 

Being Alive in America comes with all kinds of uninvited responsibility. You’ve got to apply for a social security number, for instance, a day or so after you’re born. Welcome to the world. Now, initial here…and here.

And no one warns you about it. No one tells to prepare your John Hancock in utero. And no one tells you you’re going to have to know all about stocks and bonds to get by as an adult. Not just a suit-wearing, day-trading climb-the-corporate-ladder kind of adult but ANY kind. You might be a colorist but you’re supposed to have a financial portfolio. Heck, you might be a subterranean, left-handed lesbo and be expected to have one. And that pisses Reno off!

TheaterLab presents
written and perfomed by Reno

2 Performances only! 
May 11 and May 18th, 2013 - 8pm

Theaterlab (at their FAB new location)
357 W. 36th Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018

Tickets $20

For Tickets: Click Here or call 866-811-4111

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Tennessee Williams Does Chekhov? THE NOTEBOOK OF TRIGORIN

Apparently,  playwright Tennessee Williams was a fan of Anton Chekhov (and, really, who isn't?) and attempted his own adaptation of The Seagull in 1981, where it premiered at the Vancouver Playhouse in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Well, it took an enterprising young theater company, The Attic Theater Company, to give this interesting bit of theater history its New York premiere.  

The Attic Theater Company presents
by Tennessee Williams
directed by Laura Braza

Ted Caine, Meredith Forlenza*, Charise Greene*, Jeremy Lawrence*, Allen McCullough*, Henry Packer, Amelia Pedlow*, Renee Petrofes, Nicholas Ritacco, Will Sarratt, and Michael Schantz*, and Liz Tancredi. 

*Members of Actors Equity Association

Set design by Julia Noulin-Merat
Costume design by Michael Krass
Lighting design by Libby Jensen
Sound design by Colleen Toole
Stage Managed by Katie Kavett
Casting by Lexie Pregosin

Friday, May 3rd through Saturday, May 18th, 2013 

at The Flea Theater
41 White Street
(between Church and Broadway)
New York, NY 10013

Tickets: $25.00 

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EST Marathon of One-Act Plays is BACK!

The flagship festival of new one-act plays that has played at Ensemble Studio Theater for over 30 years and proves to be the longest running and most acclaimed one-act play festival in the country, returns in 2013 after being sadly absent for several years.This year's Marathon will be a three series event and feature sixteen new One-Act plays. 

Series A: May 18 - June 2 
Poison by John Patrick Shanley, directed by John Giampietro
Kandahar to Canada By Dan O'Brien, directed by Mark Armstrong
You Belong to Me by Daniel Reitz, directed by Marcia Jean Kurtz
Curmudgeons in Love by Joshua Conkel, directed by Ralph Peña
Something Fine by Eric Dufault, directed by Larissa Lury

Series B: May 29 - June 16
Love Song of an Albanian Sous Chef by Robert Askins, directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel
A Sunrise in Times Square by Sharr White, directed by Claudia Weill
The Favor by Leslie Ayvazian, directed by Leslie Ayvazian
Something Like Loneliness by Ryan Dowler, directed by Colette Robert
Waking Up by Cori Thomas, directed by Tea Alagić
Daddy Took My Debt Away by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Jamie Richards

Series C: June 8 - June 29
Existence by Murray Schisgal, directed by Peter Maloney
Zero by Tommy Smith, directed by William Carden
Hate the Loser Inside by Jon Kern, directed by R.J. Tolan
Carry the Zero by Christopher Sullivan, directed by Andrew Grosso
Solar Plexus by Clare Barron, directed by Nelson Eusebio

May 18 - June 29, 2013

Tickets: $18
Student/Senior: $15
Previews: $10

2 Series Pass: $30
3 Series Pass: $40

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Powerhouse Casting: THE OLD FRIENDS @ Signature

Betty Buckley Horton Foot Signature Theater

Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote and Lois Smith will star in the world premiere of THE OLD FRIENDS, a new play by Horton Foote as part of Signature Theater's 2013-2014 season.

The description reads, "matriarch Mamie Borden and the remaining members of two longtime Texas farming families await a visit from Mamie's son Hugo and his wife Sybil. When Sybil arrives with alarming news, old friends on opposing sides must confront the issues surrounding legacy, loyalty, and the meaning of happiness that have hounded them for generations."

We can't think of three better actresses to be cast in this production, that will be directed by Michael Wilson who previously directed Signature's production of The Orphans' Home Cycle and is currently represented on Broadway by A Trip to Bountiful with Cecily Tyson. 

THE OLD FRIENDS will run August 20 - September 29, 2013.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Project Shaw: Mrs. Warren's Profession

project shaw mrs warren's profession

The wonderful Project Shaw which presents monthly readings of George Bernard Shaw's plays has made an excellent case for Shaw's plays relevance to contemporary audiences. 

Up next, Project Shaw presents Mrs. Warren's Profession with an excellent cast: Harriet Harris, Richard Easton, Tony Sheldon, Amelia Pedlow, Mr. Lenny Wolpe and Matt Doyle! NY1's Roma Torre will narrate. Project Shaw Artistic Director and Founder, David Staller, directs.  Get there early as seating is general admission, and enjoy being in the usually members-only Players Club!

When Shaw completed Mrs. Warren's Profession in 1893, it was censored for eight years. When it was finally produced on the London stage in 1902, the public was outraged by its controversial content. Reviewers overwhelmingly condemned the play as immoral, citing its focus on prostitution and incest. Today, however, the play is applauded for its astute view of the corruption at the heart of Victorian society. The play centers on Mrs. Warren, who, forced by the economic realities of nineteenth century London, becomes a prostitute and later runs several unsuccessful brothels. Through her characterization, Shaw exposes the corruption and hypocrisy of the "genteel" class. He also explores the personal consequences of such a profession as Mrs. Warren struggles to gain the respect and love of her daughter after she discovers the truth about her mother. Modern audiences admire the play's artistry as well as its subject since, as Shaw notes in his "Apology," "Mrs. Warren's defence of herself and indictment of society is the thing that most needs saying." 

Project Shaw presents
written by George Bernard Shaw during 1893 and 1894

directed by David Staller

Monday, May 20th, 2013 


The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

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