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First Look at Robert O'Hara's Dystopian Mankind

Bobby Moreno stars in Robert O'Hara's new play Mankind at Playwrights Horizons. (© Joan Marcus)Mankind, a new play written and directed by Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy, Barbecue), has released photos from its world premiere production at Playwrights Horizons. The show began previews on December 15 in advance of a January 8, 2018, opening and is set to run through January 28. Anson Mount and Bobby Moreno take the stage in Mankind. (© Joan Marcus)The cast features André De Shields (The Wiz), Bobby Moreno (Lazarus), Anson Mount (Marvel's Inhumans), Stephen Schnetzer (Oslo), Ariel Shafir (Orange Is the New Black), and David Ryan Smith (One Man, Two Guvnors). André De Shields is featured in the Playwrights Horizons world premiere. (© Joan Marcus)In the play, "Mark (Mount) and Jason (Moreno) were keeping things casual until Jason got pregnant. But however unplanned the pregnancy was, nothing could be less expected than the chain of events it would set in motion. Robert O&#03..

Kirsten Vangsness Set To Host 28th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards

Kirsten Vangsness has been set to host the 28th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony on Monday, January 29, 2018 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6pm and the ceremony begins at 7:30pm. Kirsten Vangsness is a decades-long member of Hollywood's Theatre of NOTE, where she has happily performed, produced, and sometimes served as playwright, including Potential Space (LA Weekly Award nomination, Best Playwright) and Cleo, Theo and Wu, her new play that will premiere at NOTE in fall of 2018. As an actress, some of her favorite NOTE shows include Erik Patterson's I Wanna Hold Your Hand, and Bill Robens' Kill Me, Deadly (which is now a film available on iTunes and Hulu). Other stage appearances in LA include Sheila Callaghan's Everything You Touch (Ovation Award Nominee, Best Actress; Stage Raw Award-winner, Best Production), and the West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute's Fat Pig (Garland Award, Best Actress). ..

DC Theater Friday: Tony winner 'The Humans' arrives at Kennedy Center

Julieta Cervantes “The Humans,” winner of the 2017 Best Play Tony Award, now at the Kennedy Center with Richard Thomas, Pamela Reed, Daisy Eagan, Luis Vega and Therese Plaehn. The weekly feature of what’s on Washington stages. One third of the city’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival’s 24 shows will have begun by next Thursday, including Theresa Rebeck’s new take on Congreve’s “The Way of the World” at Folger Theatre and “The Wolves,” Sarah DeLappe’s 2017 Pulitzer finalist about a girls’ soccer team, at Studio Theatre. READ MORE:Women’s Voices 2.0 arrives during #MeToo Want DC Theater Friday delivered to your email inbox Thursday evening? Subscribe here. PREVIEWING “45 Plays for 45 Presidents.” Two-minute plays, one per Prez, performed by five women. Through Feb. 4 at Next Stop Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Dr., Herndon. Tickets $20-$55. Call 866-811-4111 or visit “4,380 Nights.” A drama by D.C.’s Annalisa Dias about a prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay...

Theater Review: ‘The New One’

Humor is, as someone once said, a reminder that no matter how high the throne one sits on, one sits on one's bottom. And that would be a perfect way to describe Mike Birbiglia's solo show "The New One." Getting right down to the bottom of things - literally and figuratively - is Birbiglia's great talent. Solo shows are always a challenge, particularly on Broadway. Audiences used to seeing splashy extravaganzas expect a lot of bang for the big bucks they have to shell out. But a go..

The Playhouse San Antonio is now The Public Theater of San Antonio

Photo: Courtesy / Image 1of/4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 The Playhouse San Antonio has been rebranded. The Playhouse San Antonio has been rebranded. Photo: Courtesy / Image 2 of 4 “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” will return to The Public Theater of San Antonio during the holidays for its third go-round in the space. “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” will return to The Public Theater of San Antonio during the holidays for its third go-round in the space. Photo: Courtesy Daniel Baumer /Courtesy Daniel Baumer Image 3 of 4 CEO and Artistic Director George Green says the new name reflects the theater’s vision. CEO and Artistic Director George Green says the new name reflects the theater’s vision. Photo: John Davenport / San Antonio Express-News Image 4 of 4 The Playhouse San Antonio is now The Public Theater of San Antonio Back to Gallery The big news out of the 2018-19 season announcement for The Playhouse San Antonio is that the theater is getting a new name: The P..

Theater chains are terrified of MoviePass because of subscribers like me

I see a lot of movies. I moved to the Bay Area from New York nearly five years ago, knowing not a single person living in San Francisco, and I found going to the movies to be a solitary, almost meditative experience. Even as my friend group expanded, I kept up on the cherished cinematic ritual: the exorbitantly priced snacks, the ticket-taking and seat-selection process, the previews, and then the movie itself, with its sense of experiencing something new and unseen. There’s an antiquated sense of sacredness to a movie theater, and a theatrical experience only it can deliver. Still, that experience isn’t cheap. In San Francisco, seeing two movies a month costs at least $25 — upward of $40 with any type of food. Three movies a month is nearly equivalent to four months of Netflix. MoviePass, the now suspiciously cheap subscription service from Netflix co-founder Mitch Lowe, is pretty much tailor-made for moviegoers like me. And theater chains, particularly AMC, are absolutely not on boa..

Calling All Actors to Theater Masters Take Ten Auditions

Local actors have the chance to audition for a part in the annual Take Ten Festival this weekend, Dec. 16-17. The event highlights the work of two exceptional young playwrights from our own valley as well as top-performing graduate students from prestigious programs across the country. The festival is the culmination of the Theater Masters’ Aspiring Playwrights Competition, which spans across high schools in the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen down to Glenwood Springs. The two lucky winners get to workshop their work on stage with help from esteemed mentors. Theater Masters also invites the chosen MFA students to Aspen and gives them “professional guidance from distinguished theater talent such as John Lithgow, Kathleen Chalfant and our own Abe Koogler,” as well as access to actors in the Roaring Fork Valley. As Maria Aparo, managing director of Theater Masters, puts it, “This first part of our playwrights' journey offers crucial development opportunities to learn how to present ..

Canadian theater founder Albert Schultz suspended following harassment claims

Soulpepper Theatre Company artistic director Albert Schultz sits in his office at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada in a file photo.(Photo: Chris Young, AP) TORONTO — A prominent figure in the Canadian arts world was suspended Wednesday by the theater company he co-founded amid four lawsuits by actresses who allege he exposed himself, groped them and otherwise sexually humiliated them. The suits naming Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company and its founding artistic director, Albert Schultz, were filed this week by Patricia Fagan, Hannah Miller, Kristin Booth and Diana Bentley, who all agreed to be named publicly. In her claim in Ontario Superior Court, Miller alleges Schultz, 54, harassed and sexually assaulted her when she was a performer with Soulpepper and as a member of Soulpepper's academy. More: Harvey Weinstein scandal: A complete list of the 84 accusers "Albert is a serial sexual predator who ... had well developed methods for targeting actress..

10 Best New York Theater Productions of 2017

I call this my Magpie List for 2017, because like the magpie, I love pretty, shiny things that delight the eye — and if they also warm the heart, so much the better. “The Band’s Visit” tops the list because this little show has it all, finding ravishing beauty in a desert and human friendship in a barren political landscape. In some cases, like “The Wolves” and “Pacific Overtures,” flawless form mirrors perfect content. Each in its own theatrical idiom, “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Sunset Boulevard” are triumphs of design, and “Sweeney Todd” and “Once On This Island” work their magic in immersive settings. It all added up to some good news in a year when the rest of the news was unfailingly grim. 1. “The Band’s Visit” David Yazbek’s heartbreakingly beautiful musical brings about an accidental cultural exchange when an Egyptian military bands finds itself stranded in an isolated Israeli town in the middle of the desert. The fiery Katrina Lenk welcomes Tony Shalhoub and the band to her ..

Theater, classical, dance listings: Dec. 21-27

Photo: Melissa Taylor Image 1of/2 Caption Close Image 1 of 2 Ben Giroux as Silly Billy, Lauren Taylor as Princess Aurora, and John O'Hurley as King of Houston in TUTS' "Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight" Ben Giroux as Silly Billy, Lauren Taylor as Princess Aurora, and John O'Hurley as King of Houston in TUTS' "Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight" Photo: Melissa Taylor Image 2 of 2 The cast of Theatre Under the Stars' "Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight" The cast of Theatre Under the Stars' "Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight" Photo: Melissa Taylor Theater, classical, dance listings: Dec. 21-27 Back to Gallery Theater "Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight" Pop-music-influenced holiday musical. Presented by Theatre Under The Stars. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $30-$108; Hobby Center, 800 Bagby; 713-558-8887, "Soulful Sounds of Christmas" Holiday story written by Chika Kaba Ma'atunde. Presented..

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