NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Driver was home alone doing the dishes when his agent called with the news that he'd just received a Tony Award nomination. But since his wife was out of town, there was no...
ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has taken aim at a Vatican cardinal who climbed into a utility manhole to restore electricity to squatters in a state-owned building, pitting...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — World-premiere operas derived from the gender-bending Broadway hit "M. Butterfly" and from meditations on Victorian-era repression in Bram Stroker's "Dracula" are coming to...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on new works and performances at the Santa Fe Opera (all times local):
The Santa Fe Opera will stage the world premiere in 2020 of the...
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — After days of upheaval, Venezuela is sinking back into political stalemate.
In the fourth month of their standoff, President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader...
LONDON (AP) — Daniel Radcliffe is returning to the London stage in a Samuel Beckett double bill.
The Old Vic Theatre says the former "Harry Potter" star will appear alongside Alan Cumming in...
‘Children of a Lesser God’ writer Mark Medoff dies at 79
Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New...
British stage director Peter Brook awarded Spanish prize
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish foundation has awarded one of the country's most prestigious awards to British theater and film director Peter Brook for opening "new horizons in contemporary...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The back streets of Brazil's biggest shantytown became the stage for an Easter Passion Play that mirrored the realities faced by its residents.
HONG KONG (AP) — With the blond wig and red tie, the star of the Cantonese opera in Hong Kong may look familiar.
The Chinese actor and singer has the lead role in "Trump on Show," a four-day...
LODI, N.J. (AP) — Friday is big for Clifton's Rachel Zegler.
It's opening night for "Shrek," her last musical at Immaculate Conception High School. It's also her last day as a student in the...
LONDON (AP) — The winners of the 2019 Olivier Awards, honoring achievement in London theater, opera and dance:
LONDON (AP) — "The Inheritance", an epic drama about gay lives in New York, and musicals "Come From Away" and "Company" were the big winners at British theater's Olivier Awards on Sunday,...
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Olivier Awards honoring London stage productions (all times local):
"Come From Away" has been named best new musical at Britain's Olivier...
Flint water crisis takes center stage in new play
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Flint water crisis has been the subject of several documentaries and even a network drama, but now the issue is taking center stage in a new play at the University of...
NEW YORK (AP) — John Leguizamo is taking his irreverent one-man comedy show about Latin history on the road.
The comedian will kick off a 12-state U.S. tour of his "Latin History for Morons"...
PARIS (AP) — A theater production promoted with a photo showing actors wearing dark brown makeup has given France's esteemed Sorbonne University its own version of the blackface scandals that...
- The News-TimesThe High School Experience ‘Tragicomedy in One Act’ explores all four yearsMay 19, 2019
- Winona Daily NewsDiscussion on race and refugees in WinonaMay 11, 2019
- The AdvocateStamford Palace brings original works to life for local high school playwrightsMay 10, 2019
- Daily ChronicleRousing world premiere launches 'August Rush: The Musical'May 9, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewYoung playwrights premiere work during Kid’s Korner at Stage LeftMay 8, 2019
10 emerging writers receive $50,000 Whiting grants
NEW YORK (AP) — Poet Tyree Daye will finally have some time to really write, and not think too much about money.
"I can take the summer off and pay down some debts," Daye, from Youngsville,...
Correction: Film-US story
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story March 19 about the horror film "Us," The Associated Press misspelled the surname of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. It is Chekhov, not Chekov.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ben McKenzie is looking forward to his next career chapter after "Gotham," both on-screen and behind the camera.
During the five years he's starred as Gotham City police...
James Corden returns to host the 2019 Tony Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — James Corden is returning to host the 73rd annual Tony Awards.
The American Theatre Wing on Tuesday announced that the host of CBS' "The Late Late Show" will preside over...
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A Mandan elementary school has launched a new stress-relief program in which students write, direct and perform their own stage plays, and a performance for parents is planned...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "This Is Us" routinely brings viewers to tears. Next week, it's taking them to the theater.
The hit NBC series will air an episode modeled on a one-act play and confined...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Sioux Falls School District is apologizing for allowing a high school play performance that included student actors dressed in Ku Klux Klan clothing.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new play about Buddy Cianci (see-AN'-see), the infamous mayor of Providence who was forced out of office twice due to felonies, will debut in September.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. forced to abandon productions of "To Kill a Mockingbird" under legal threat were offered an olive branch in the...
Exhibits, festivals highlight Youth Arts Month
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It's Youth Arts Month in New Hampshire with arts exhibits, concerts, and festivals.
The highlights include the New Hampshire Music Educators' Large Group Festival on...
Sedaris, Rankine among new arts academy inductees
NEW YORK (AP) — David Sedaris, one of the new class of inductees into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, has a story to tell.
"The academy sent a letter to my house in West Sussex...
Kenneth Lonergan wins inaugural PEN/Mike Nichols award
NEW YORK (AP) — Filmmaker-playwright Kenneth Lonergan is the first recipient of a prize named for the late Mike Nichols.
PEN America, the literary and human rights organization, announced...
Play to combine all of Shakespeare single production
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — The latest theatrical production by Castle Craig Players brings to the stage all of Shakespeare's plays in one show, resulting in a comedic mashup of dozens of classic...
Manhole fires force evacuation of NYC theater complex
NEW YORK (AP) — A series of manhole fires in midtown Manhattan on Saturday forced the evacuation of a theater complex where performances of plays including "Jersey Boys" and "Avenue Q" were underway.
No injuries were reported from the manhole fires at around 8 p.m. at West 50th Street near Eighth Avenue.
But a representative for the theater complex New World Stages said patrons were evacuated as a precaution.
Television’s new ‘genius’ is Aretha Franklin
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news Sunday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, where TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.
"GENIUS" IS ARETHA
The late singer Aretha Franklin will be the subject of the National Geographic network's third installment of its "Genius" series.
From ‘Tom Jones’ to ‘Skyfall’: star Albert Finney dies at 82
LONDON (AP) — Albert Finney, one of the most respected and versatile actors of his generation and the star of films as diverse as "Tom Jones" and "Skyfall," has died. He was 82.
From his early days as a strikingly handsome and magnetic screen presence to his closing acts as a brilliant character actor, Finney was a British treasure known for charismatic work on both stage and screen.
Authorities: Carbon monoxide sickens 12, shutters school
FLEETWOOD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school has been shuttered after 12 people were sickened there by carbon monoxide.
Fleetwood Area Schools Superintendent Greg Miller says a community theater group was practicing for a play in the district's middle school when group members started getting sick around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Trapped in Gaza, star of Sundance doc misses film festival
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A new documentary called "Gaza" is hitting the screens at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week, providing a colorful glimpse of life in the blockaded Hamas-ruled territory. But one of its main subjects, Gaza actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, won't be attending the gathering due to the very circumstances depicted in the film.
The Old Man and the Play: Friend keeps word to Hemingway
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — When the 1958 film adaptation of "The Old Man and the Sea" hit theaters, Ernest Hemingway happened to be in New York City to watch the World Series and invited his close friend A.E. Hotchner to go see the movie with him.
Man bequeaths Tennessee Williams’ paintings to museum
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — David Wolkowsky, the entrepreneurial philanthropist who helped restore Key West, and Tennessee Williams, the celebrated playwright who wrote parts of his best-known plays in the island city, were lifelong friends.
Curtain Closed: Illness cancels play at small-town theater
ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — The show won't go on.
A theater in northern Michigan has canceled a production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" because the small cast has been too ill to perform.
Dano and Hawke’s collaboration nerves
Memphis native returns for one-man Truman Capote play
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — For the past 25 years, actor Mark Chambers has called San Francisco home. He has returned to his hometown — Memphis — to portray writer Truman Capote in a one-man play this month.
Jay Presson Allen, who died in 2006, wrote "Tru," which takes place in Capote's New York apartment in 1975. The plot follows Esquire publishing an excerpt from Capote's novel, with the author's friends recognizing themselves in the words, and their reactions to the fact.
Lin-Manuel Miranda: Shakespeare theater fire ‘heartbreaking’
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — Investigators sought the cause Monday of a fire that destroyed the historic American Shakespeare Theatre, whose stage has been graced by the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Christopher Plummer and James Earl Jones.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," tweeted Sunday that the loss of the theater was "heartbreaking."
Texas police say child’s abduction staged to cover crime
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio police say the reported abduction of a missing 8-month-old boy was staged to cover up "foul play" involving the child.
Police Chief William McManus declined to elaborate Monday on whether he believes King Jay Davila is alive. He would only say that investigators "believe there was foul play."
Opera based on Sarah Kane’s last play gets US premiere
NEW YORK (AP) — Depression, rage, suicide: These are the dark ingredients of the last play written by Sarah Kane before she killed herself at age 28. Now an operatic version, as dazzling as it is disturbing, is having its U.S. premiere.
"4.48 Psychosis," composed by Philip Venables and adapted from the play of the same title, premiered to critical and popular acclaim in London and will be performed here at the annual Prototype festival dedicated to promoting new work.
Memphian wins competition from BET, Issa Rae’s ColorCreative
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis author, screenwriter and playwright April "Skyy" Blair decided 2018 would be her "year of yes," a leap of faith to start saying yes to things she normally would not consider.
That year is culminating with her winning a nationwide contest offering the chance to turn the winner's script into a television pilot.
Peter Masterson, actor, writer and filmmaker, dead at 84
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Masterson, the playwright, filmmaker and actor with a knack for farce and drama whether co-writing the Tony-winning musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" or directing the movie adaptation of "The Trip to Bountiful," has died.
Masterson's son, also called Peter, said his father died Tuesday from complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 84 and died at his home in Kinderhook, New York.
Aaron Sorkin hits Broadway with an iconic courtroom drama
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Sorkin is a huge fan of courtroom dramas, both as a reader and as a watcher. His first Broadway play was the swashbuckling military justice story, "A Few Good Men," and he's returned with another legal thriller this winter. But this time he had to shake off a real courtroom drama.
Aaron Sorkin on timeliness of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
Author Jon Krakauer sues over adaptation of ‘Into the Wild’
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Author Jon Krakauer has filed suit over a musical adaptation of his 1996 book "Into the Wild."
The Boulder Daily Camera reported Friday Krakauer originally agreed to let playwrights Nikos Tsakalakos and Janet Allard use his name and the book title but changed his mind because he objected to their script.