MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S Associate Artistic Director May Adrales Receives the 2018 Alan Schneider Director Award

Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Associate Artistic Director May Adrales is the recipient of this year’s Alan Schneider Director Award. The award was presented late yesterday at Theatre Communications Group‘s national conference in St. Louis, MS.  The award is designed to identify and assist exceptional directors whose talent has been demonstrated through work in specific regions, but who may not be well known nationally.   With it comes a cash prize of $7,500, which may be used for travel, research or other activities specifically focused on the directing craft or related career opportunities. Read more

About Face Youth Theatre Presents SCARY STORIES TO SAVE YOUR LIFE July 14-22

The About Face Theatre Youth Theatre Ensemble is pleased to present the world premiere of SCARY STORIES TO SAVE YOUR LIFE, horror-inspired tales informed by the social and political anxieties facing today’s LGBTQ+ youth, devised and performed by members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble and directed by Associate Director of About Face Youth Theatre Donny Acosta and special guests. SCARY STORIES will play July 14 – 22, 2018 at The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. in Chicago. Tickets for ($20 or pay-what-you-can) go on sale Monday, June 18, 2018 at aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565.  Read more

Victory Gardens Theater Announces Lineup for 10th Anniversary IGNITION Festival of New Plays 2018 Festival runs August 3 – 5, 2018

Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Chay Yew, Managing Director Erica Daniels and Director of New Play Development Skyler Gray announce the lineup for the 10th Anniversary IGNITION Festival of New Plays, including Prosthesis by Robert AskinsUntitled Road Trip Play by Lauren Yee;White History by Dave HarrisHow to Defend Yourself by Lily PadillaSeeing Eye by Nick Malakhow; and The First Deep Breath by Lee Edward Colston II. The 2018 Festival runs August 3 -5, 2018 at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N Lincoln Avenue. Read more

CHICAGO’S STEPPENWOLF ENSEMBLE MEMBERS BRING THEIR TALENTS TO NEW YORK THIS SUMMER

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

Steppenwolf Theatre Company began producing ensemble-driven plays in a church basement in the suburbs of Chicago in 1976. Today the company is a leader in the American Theater proudly based in Chicago with more than 50 groundbreaking actors, directors and playwrights who call Steppenwolf their artistic home. While deeply rooted in the Chicago community, the impact of Steppenwolf’s work is felt nationwide. Read more

DRURY LANE ANNOUNCES CAST FOR “CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF” HELMED BY TONY NOMINEE MARCIA MILGROM DODGE

Drury Lane Theatre announces casting for its sultry summer drama, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge (2009 Broadway revival of Ragtime, Drury Lane’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe). Cat on a Hot Tin Roof runs July 5 – August 26, 2018, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.  Read more

Showbiz Chicago Photo Spotlight: Steppenwolf’s “THE ROOMMATE” Directed by Phylicia Rashad

Photo Credit: Joel Moorman

Now in rehearsals, Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of The Roommate by Jen Silverman, directed by Tony Award Winner Phylicia Rashad. Ensemble members Ora Jones and Sandra Marquez star in this celebration of female friendship and midlife renaissance.  Read more

STAR OF “HAMILTON” MANDY GONZALEZ INTRODUCES FIVE NEW TRACKS ON “FEARLESS: B-SIDES”

Broadway and TV star MANDY GONZALEZ  currently starring in Hamilton will follow up Fearless, her debut recording from earlier this season, with Fearless: B-Sides, available today, Friday, May 18. Following the success of the original album, these five additional digital-only tracks from the original sessions include creative new interpretations of standards (“I Only Have Eyes for You”) and classics (“Bein’ Green”), in addition to her first-ever Spanish-language recording (“Vivir Mi Vida”). Fearless: B-Sides is being released on the heels of her successful national concert tour, which included a performance with the student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Please order Fearless and Fearless: B-Sides, both produced by Bill Sherman, at Fearless.us.  Read more

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