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.
- The Spokesman-ReviewCivic announces lineups for 2019-20 season, playwrights’ festMarch 21, 2019
- Westport NewsApplause The renaissance of theater critic Irene BackalenickMarch 21, 2019
- Houston ChronicleTheater showcases junior high students’ playsMarch 20, 2019
- Houston ChroniclePasadena theater presents ‘Gumbo’ comedyMarch 19, 2019
- The Florence Morning NewsLatest collection of plays by FMU's Tuttle debuts Sunday in ColumbiaMarch 17, 2019
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.
Police: Man’s body pulled from Connecticut’s Still River
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Police say a 56-year-old man's body was found in the Still River in Danbury.
Police tell The New Haven Register that no signs of foul play were found at the scene, but the man's death remains under investigation.
Police identified the man as David Mullen, who they say was homeless. His body was found on Saturday morning.
Ogier plays it safe in latter stages of Rally Australia
COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) — Sebastien Ogier was playing it safe as he closed in on a sixth consecutive World Rally Championship title.
The French driver sat sixth on Saturday and more than a minute behind Rally Australia leader Ott Tanak, but more importantly nearly a minute ahead of Thierry Neuville, who is only three points behind in the tightest championship finale in 15 years.
Man shouts ‘Heil Hitler’ at Baltimore theater, causing panic
BALTIMORE (AP) — A man laced the atmosphere of a Baltimore theater with menace when he began shouting "Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!" during intermission of a classic play set in a Jewish village in czarist Russia. The patron's outburst during a Wednesday night production of "Fiddler on the Roof" sent panicked people running for the exits.
Correction: Lin-Manuel Miranda story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 11 about the MacDowell artist colony's annual Chairman's Evening, The Associated Press reported erroneously that "Hamilton" playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda would be speaking at the event in Manhattan next month with visual artist Carrie Mae Weems. Playwright Tony Kushner will be appearing with Weems.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Tony Kushner and Carrie Mae Weems to converse Dec. 4
Fayetteville playwright hopes to break ‘The Cycle’
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Through a one-man show he recently staged at a New York play festival, Terry Sanford High School theater teacher Brian Mayers hopes to help break the cycle of crime and hopelessness.
Titled "The Cycle," the play centers on three men in various states of violence, despair and addiction. It was staged last month at the United Solo Theatre Festival, directed by Mayers' wife, Toni Henderson-Mayers.
Actress tells Australian court she heard Rush’s career over
SYDNEY (AP) — Award-winning actress Judy Davis told a court on Monday that she had heard comments in the film industry that Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush's career was finished after he was accused of inappropriate behavior toward a female co-star in a Sydney stage play.
Author Ntozake Shange of ‘For Colored Girls’ fame has died
NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf," died Saturday, according to her daughter. She was 70.
Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow to play Bill, Hillary Clinton
NEW YORK (AP) — "Roseanne" star Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow of "The Crown" are poised to star as Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton in a new Broadway play.
"Hillary and Clinton," by Lucas Hnath, author of "A Doll's House, Part 2," is slated to open on Broadway in spring 2019. The play is set in New Hampshire during the early days of 2008 as Hillary Clinton tries to save her troubled campaign for president.
Biography of playwright, activist Larry Kramer in the works
NEW YORK (AP) — The first biography of playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer will be written with the full support of the subject himself.
Bill Goldstein has been tapped to write the authorized biography by Henry Holt and Co. The book, not yet titled, will draw on interviews with Kramer; his husband David Webster; friends and foes; as well as papers in Kramer's archives at Yale University. Goldstein will have complete editorial freedom.
Denzel Washington launches August Wilson House renovation
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Actor Denzel Washington has helped mark the start of renovations at playwright August Wilson's childhood home in Pittsburgh.
AP Interview: NATO chief plays balancing act with Russia
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday he wants a more constructive relationship with Russia — even as the Western alliance is taking measures to respond to Moscow's increasing military assertiveness.
EU chief aims to boost euro’s role in world markets
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he'll unveil plans this year to boost the euro's role in financial markets, which are dominated by the dollar.
Juncker said Wednesday that "we have to do more so that our single currency can fully play its role on the international stage."
Iran detains artists over Shakespeare performance
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have detained two artists over a theatre production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Cultural official Shahram Karami told the official IRNA news agency Monday that Iran's judiciary had ordered the detention of the play's director, Maryam Kazemi, and the manager of the theater that hosted it, Saeed Assadi.
Troupe for actors with developmental disabilities flourishes
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (AP) — Monica Venice of Cottage Grove loves to perform in plays.
About 10 years ago, however, the 51-year-old was rejected for a one-word part in a community play simply because she has Down syndrome.
That rejection led to the creation last year of Creative Chaos, a theater group for people with disabilities who have a passion for acting.
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Gentle humor was the lifeblood of playwright Neil Simon
NEW YORK (AP) — When master playwright Neil Simon accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2006, he was visibly nervous. But his gentle humor was evident.
"It took me six years to write my first play," he said, recalling that he found the title for "Come Blow Your Horn" from one of his daughter's nursery rhyme books. He said it turned out to be "a so-so play" that was turned into "a so-so movie" with Frank Sinatra.
Broadway and Hollywood figures mourn the death of Neil Simon
NEW YORK (AP) — Tributes are pouring in from actors, fellow playwrights and other celebrities for Neil Simon, the American theater's most successful and prolific playwright in the second half of the 20th century.
Simon, whose Broadway classics include "The Odd Couple" and "The Sunshine Boys," died Sunday at age 91. Here are some of the reactions to his death: