National Asian Artists Project Broadway Community Chorus presents its annual Spring concert showcasing the music of legendary Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at University Settlement House – Speyer Hall, 184 Eldridge Street in New York at 7:30pm. Click here for tickets.
The 30 plus member chorus, music directed by Dan Pardo, will be joined by guest artists Devin Ilaw (Miss Saigon) and Diane Phelan (School of Rock) in an exciting musical evening showcasing music from classic musicals including Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Phantom of the Opera.
The chorus includes Amy Ashley, Cailin Chang, Tim Chang, Ann Chow, Shan Y. Chuang, Kiet Tai Cao, Samara Ariel Ehrlich, Eric Elizaga, David Eng, Philip Eng, Shino Frances, Musa Hitomi, Karin Kawamoto, Alex Lawrence, Linda Lee McBride, Sandra Lee, Mio Nakanishi, Anthony Obnial, Chrissy Pardo, Frank Nicholas Poon, Melissa Rivera, Melissa Slaughter, Layla Yu, Tomo Watanabe and Viet Vo.
About National Asian Artists Project:
NAAP was founded in 2009 by Baayork Lee, Steven Eng and Nina Zoie Lam. Prominent theater artists in their own right, they joined together in an effort to address what they felt was a significant lack of opportunity for professional Asian-American theater artists to practice their craft and contribute on a broader level to the diversity of the American theater. NAAP seeks to showcase the work of professional theater artists of Asian descent through performance, education and outreach. NAAP is a community of artists, educators, administrators, community leaders and professionals who recognize the need to bridge the work of artists of Asian descent to the many communities the work can serve, from underserved primary school students to seasoned arts patrons. For more information about NAAP, visit www.NAAProject.org
In 2017, NAAP founder Baayork Lee was honored with the 2017 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, presented annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. NAAP was proudly cited and showcased as a contributing factor in the award.
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Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of seven writers to its illustrious, dynamic resident playwright company: J. Julian Christopher, Sarah Gancher, Mike Lew, Vickie Ramirez, Tammy Ryan, Susan Soon He Stanton, and Lauren Yee. They will be in-residence through the year 2025. These supremely talented theatre artists were selected by a seven-person committee of New Dramatists current residents, alumni, and outside theatre professionals from 478 applicants after undergoing a highly competitive, nine-month review and consensus-based decision-making process. New Dramatists kicks off their seven-year residencies with an evening of readings and celebration at the annual New Playwright Welcome in the fall.
J. Julian Christopher holds an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. Acting credits include: TBA (by Carla Ching), Holiday Movies (directed by Liz Swados), and The Karaoke Show (directed by Diane Paulus). Awards include: The 2009 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, the 2014 Best New Work Motif Award, the 2015 Queens Arts Council Grant, and the 2017 & 2018 Pipeline Theatre Company PlayLab. He has workshopped his plays at LAByrinth Theater, TerraNova Collective, Fuse Theatre, and The Working Theatre. Productions include: Man Boobs (Pride Films & Plays, 2011), Nico was a Fashion Model (Counter-Productions Theatre Company, 2013), Animals Commit Suicide (First Floor Theater, 2015), and Locusts Have No King (INTAR, 2016). Julian has been a finalist for Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Rising Circle, and SPACE at Ryder Farm’s Working Farm Residency. Other plays include, Alligator Mouth, anOTHER, ¡OSO FABULOSO! & The Bear Backs, Bundle of Sticks,and Bruise & Thorn (2018 PlayPenn Conference). He is a co-producer and co-writer of the hit web series, Bulk- The Series, the chair of Region 1’s National Playwriting Program for The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Queensborough Community College.
Sarah Gancher loves big ideas, epic stories, and deep comedy. This season, she premiered I’ll Get You Back Again (Round House, dir. Rachel Chavkin) and Seder (Hartford Stage, dir. Elizabeth Williamson), as well as two musicals written with composers The Bengsons: Hundred Days (Under the Radar Festival at the Public, New York Theatre Workshop, dir. Anne Kauffman) and The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova, dir. Anne Kauffman), which garnered a number of Lortel, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations. Other plays include The Place We Built (The Flea, dir. Danya Taymor) and Klauzál Square (Quarter6Quarter7 Festival, Budapest, dir. Eszter Kalman.) Co-writer of The TEAM’s Mission Drift, music by Heather Christian, directed by Rachel Chavkin (Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel; Drama League Nomination; intl’ tour ending in a sold-out run at London’s National Theatre.) Her work has been developed by Steppenwolf, Seattle Rep, Mosaic DC, and Premiere Stages, among others. Honors include the New York Stage and Film Founders’ Award, The Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, and the AR Gurney Prize. Alumna: Women’s Project Lab, Playwrights’ Realm Writing Fellowship, P73’s writers’ group, and Ars Nova Play Group. She loves working with devisers and musicians. MFA: NYU.
Mike Lew is thrilled to rejoin New Dramatists as a resident playwright, having previously served as their admin associate. Mike is married to fellow playwright Rehana Lew Mirza and together they hold a Mellon National Playwrights Residency at Ma-Yi Theater, a La Jolla Playhouse Artists-in-Residence, and have a kid. Mike’s plays include Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi at the Public, Artists Rep, and Perseverance productions; Public Studio, O’Neill, OSF workshops), Tiger Style!(Olney, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, and Alliance productions; O’Neill and CTG workshops), Bike America (Ma-Yi and Alliance productions), microcrisis (Ma-Yi and InterAct productions), Moustache Guys, and the book to the musical Bhangin’ It (Jerome Robbins Project Springboard and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat workshops). Mike is a Tony voter and Dramatists Guild Council member and his honors include Lark Venturous and NYFA fellowships as well as the PEN Emerging Playwright, Lanford Wilson, Helen Merrill, Heideman, and Kendeda awards. He has overdue commissions from La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, and Audible. Education: Juilliard, Yale. Website: www.mikelew.com.
Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora) is honored to be a member of New Dramatists class of 2025! Vickie is a founding member of Chukalokoli, Amerinda Theater and a member of the Emerging Writer’s Group (2009). Productions –Glenburn 12 WP for Summer Shorts at 59E59, Smoke for Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group at Pershing Square Signature Center, Liimikin at New Native Theater and Standoff at Hwy#37 for Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles and South Dakota. Her work has been published in Monologues for Actors of Color: Women and Monologues for Actors of Color: Men (Routledge). Standoff at Hwy#37 is featured in the all new Contemporary Plays by Women of Color (Routledge). Member: Dramatists Guild.
Tammy Ryan is a playwright and librettist whose work has been performed across the United States and internationally. She was awarded the Francesca Primus Prize by the American Theater Critics Association for her play, Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods (Premiere Stages/Playwrights Theater of New Jersey) in 2012. Other plays include Molly’s Hammer (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Tar Beach (Luna Stage, Kilroy’s List), Soldier’s Heart,Baby’s Blues, and FBI Girl: How I Learned to Crack My Father’s Code (Pittsburgh Playhouse), Pig (29th Street Rep) S/he: Lindsay’s Oyster (Kitchen Theater, Garag Istanbul) and The Music Lesson (Florida Stage/Carbonell Award/American Alliance of Theater in Education Distinguished New Play Award.) A New Kind of Fallout, written with composer Gilda Lyons, premiered at Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in 2015. Her work has been developed and supported by the Ignite Festival, New Harmony Project, National New Play Network, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sewanee Writers Conference, The Heinz Endowment, The Pittsburgh Foundation and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Tammy is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and her work is published by Dramatists Play Service, Broadway Play Publishing, Dramatic Publishing Company, and Playscripts. For more information: www.tammyryan.net.
Susan’s plays include we, the invisibles (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival) Today Is My Birthday (Page 73), Takarazuka!!!(Clubbed Thumb and East West Players), Cygnus (WP Theater Pipeline), Solstice Party! (Live Source), The Things Are Against Us (Washington Ensemble Theatre), and Navigator (Honolulu Theatre for Youth). She is a two-time Sundance Theatre Lab Resident Playwright, and she was awarded the inaugural Venturous Playwright Fellowship and Van Lier Fellowship at The Lark, the Leah Ryan FEWW Prize, a Po’okela Award for best new play. She was a Susan Glaspell Finalist, a runner-up for Southern Rep’s Ruby Prize, and received a Susan Smith Blackburn nomination, and a NET Partnership Grant with Satori Group. Her work has been included on The Kilroys List from 2015-2017, and has received commissions from Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater/Crowded Fire, South Coast Repertory and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Writing groups past and present include Playwrights Center Core Writers’ Residency, Page 73’s Interstate 73, The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, and Hedgebrook, among others. She has received a Sloan Foundation Feature Film Development Grant and screenwriting award. She writes for Succession (HBO). M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama. B.F.A. from NYU Tisch.
This season, Lauren Yee premiered Cambodian Rock Band (music by Dengue Fever) at South Coast Rep and The Great Leap at Denver Center, Seattle Rep, and Atlantic Theatre. Upcoming: Cambodian Rock Band at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Victory Gardens; The Great Leap at the Guthrie, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre; King of the Yees at Baltimore Center Stage, SF Playhouse; and The Song of Summer at Trinity Rep. Other plays include Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm, Moxie, PlayPenn), Hookman (Encore, Company One), In a Word (SF Playhouse, Cleveland Public, Strawdog), and Samsara (Victory Gardens, Chance). Her work is published by Samuel French. Recent honors: Kesselring Prize, Francesca Primus Prize, an upcoming Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List (Cambodian Rock Band and The Great Leap). Finalist for the ATCA/Steinberg Award and Edward M. Kennedy Prize. Member of the Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab and alumni playwright of Playwrights Realm. Current commissions: Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood, Portland Center Stage, and Trinity Rep. BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD. www.laurenyee.com.
New Dramatists is dedicated to the playwright, and pursues a singular mission: To give playwrights time and space in the company of gifted peers to create work, realize their artistic potential, and make lasting contributions to the theatre. Founded in 1949 by Michaela O’Harra in association with Howard Lindsay, Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Oscar Hammerstein II, John Golden, Moss Hart, Maxwell Anderson, John Wharton, Robert E. Sherwood, and Elmer Rice, New Dramatists is one of the country’s leading playwright centers and a nationally recognized new play laboratory, unrivaled in the depth and duration of our commitment to writers. In the 69 years since our founding, 600 new dramatists have passed through our doors, creating work that has laid the foundation for contemporary American dramatic literature. Our alumni include some of the most influential writers of our time: Robert Anderson, Kia Corthron, Nilo Cruz, Horton Foote, Richard Foreman, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Quiara Hudes, David Lindsay-Abaire, Taylor Mac, Eduardo Machado, Donald Margulies, Joe Masteroff, Terrell Alvin McCraney, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Ruhl, John Patrick Shanley, Paula Vogel, Mac Wellman, August Wilson, Doug Wright, and many more. New Dramatists received a Ross Wetzsteon Award for excellence at the 2005 OBIES and a 2001 Tony Honor for “blessing the theatre with new and exceptional works that have assured both a rich theatrical heritage and future for the American Theatre.”
LAByrinth Theater Company (Artistic Director John Ortiz) is presenting the World Premiere of Devil of Choice by LAB Member Maggie Bofill (Winners, Drawn and Quartered). Previews begin Wednesday, May 23, and will run through Saturday, June 9, 2018, at The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014). Opening night is Monday, May 28, 2018. Tickets are available for $20 each and can be purchased online.
When Pepper (Canavan) and her husband Salvatore (Zayas) meet Delia (Lozano), a volatile triangle of dark, passionate and comic twists and turns is put in motion. Sal, the hotshot new professor in town teaches Faust: the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil. This cautionary tale begins to play out in their lives the moment Sal insists Delia become friends with his wife, setting off a chain of events that sends all three down a dangerous path. When faced with your demons, what are the choices you’ll make to save yourself?
Devil of Choice is a dark, sexy, and funny tale about the things we choose, the people we covet, and the risks we take to get what we want.
“This play felt like the absolute right choice for LAB in our 25th Season,” says John Ortiz, Artistic Director. “Maggie’s development as a woman of color playwright, as well as the opportunity to offer LAByrinth members rich and challenging roles, really go to the heart of LAB’s mission. During a reading at our annual Barn Series festival last February, Maggie’s potent words, wrapped in a real and smart sobering story, lept off the page, and you could feel the audience on the edge of their seats, from the tension and excitement of the play. Now we can’t wait to take this wickedly fun and dangerous new play to the next level, in a fully staged production.”
Devil of Choice features a powerhouse cast of LAByrinth company members, including Elizabeth Canavan (Between Riverside and Crazy, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Jesus Hopped the A Train), Florencia Lozano (“Narcos,” “One Life to Live,” Where’s My Money?, Dirty Story), and David Zayas (“Dexter,” “Seven Seconds,” “Oz,” Broadway – Anna in the Tropics). Helmed by director Shira-Lee Shalit (finalist director for Steven Spielberg’s Fox/Dreamworks TV show, “On the Lot”), the production will also feature scenic design by Raul Abrego, costume design by Lara de Bruijn, lighting design by Kia Rogers, sound design by Daniel Melnick, and original music by Melisa McGregor.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Maggie Bofill (Playwright) Maggie Diaz Bofill is a founding member of LAByrinth Theater Company, where she began as an actor, and thanks to the company – started writing. New York City Productions include: Winners, Ensemble Studio Theater (Dir. Pam Berlin, Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Season of New Work), Drawn and Quartered, INTAR, Dir. Lou Morenol (NY Times Critics pick) Face Cream and El Grande (EST One Act Marathon), Me Monste (Dir. Cusi Cram, Dirty Blondes Resistor Project), plus short play festivals, including the Sticky Theater Series, NYMadness Series, and One Minute Play Festivals. Maggie is a member of the Actor’s Studio Playwright Director’s Unit, the Dramatist Guild, and Dorset Theater Festival’s Woman Artist Writers (WAW). Upcoming this spring, Swipe, a musical, book, music and lyrics by Maggie. Dir. Lori Kee, a BMCC commission, will be performed at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
SHIRA-LEE SHALIT (Director) Recent productions include Daniel Talbott’s Nick and Zoe (IRT Theatre), Fault Lines by Stephen Belber (TBG Theatre), Girls Will Be Girls by Jolie London Glickman (NYFringe Festival- *Fringe Favorite), The Women of Padilla by Tony Meneses (AADA) and many more workshops and staged readings at LAByrinth Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, EST, The Actors Studio, The Lark, Dixon Place, Nylon Fusion, Barefoot Theatre Company (Associate Artistic Director 2015-17), NYMadness, Hi-Arts, Jewish Plays Project, HERE and WGA East. FILM: A-List- starring Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland, Audience Award- Milan International Film Festival, Best Comedy- Worldfest; Full Cycle- Finalist- Student Academy Awards; Open Air- Best Short- Mexico International Film Fest, NJFilm Fest, Acefest. Shira-Lee was chosen by Steven Spielberg for his FOX/DreamWorks directing show, “On the Lot.” A Presidential Scholar of the Arts Awardee, Shira-Lee is a proud member of Rising Phoenix Rep, NYWIFT and The Actors Studio Playwright/Director Unit. She is on faculty at NYU and Columbia University.
Elizabeth Canavan (Actor) Member of LAByrinth Theater Company since 1993. She originated the role of Detective Audrey O’Connor in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Between Riverside and Crazy (Atlantic Theater and 2nd Stage) by Stephen Adly Guirgis, dir. Austin Pendleton, also Little Flower of East Orange (The Public Theatre), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Public Theatre), Our Lady of 121st Street (Union Square Theater), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (East 13th Street Theatre, Edinburgh Festival (Fringe First Award), The Donmar Wharehouse (London) and The Arts Theatre (London West End) all by Stephen Adly Guirgis and dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Other theater credits include : Pipeline (by Dominiqu Morisseau, Lincoln Center,) Black Lace (by John Patrick Shanley, The New Ohio Theater), Seven (Bovard Theater at USC), Love Sick (Theater for a New City), Thinner Than Water (Cherry Pit Theater) Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (by Jose Rivera, The Public Theater), Film credits: 1 Mile to You Television credits: “Younger,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order SVU,” “Sex And The City.” Liz has written and starred in two short films, Father’s Day (Tribeca Film Festival 2016) and Sleeping with Sharks. She is also a member of the Actor’s Studio.
Florencia Lozano (Actor) is an actor, writer and performance artist. Theatre credits include: And She Would Stand Like This (Movement Theatre Co), Winners (EST), ‘Lady Macduff’ in Macbeth (Shakespeare in the Park), Placebo (Playwrights’ Horizons), Privilege ( Second Stage), Last Easter (MCC), Where’s My Money? (MTC/LAB), Dirty Story (LAB), Right You Are… (National Actors’ Theatre), Mimesophobia (SPF). TV credits include: “Gossip Girl,” “Blue Bloods,” “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order SVU” and “CI,”, “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Madam Secretary,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “The Blacklist,” and the upcoming NBC pilot, “Enemy Within.” She played ‘Claudia Messina’ in Netflix’s “Narcos” and ‘Tea Delgado’ on ABC’s “One Life to Live.” Films include Amy Makes Three, Faraway Eyes, The Ministers, Perfect Strangers, and Veronika Decides to Die. Florencia is one of the original members of the LAByrinth Theater Company and currently serves as LAB’s Literary Manager. As a playwright, Florencia has written underneathmybed, produced at the Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theatre and winner of HOLA’s (Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors) Best New Play Award in 2010; Busted, produced by Rising Phoenix at CINO nights, and her new play, girl in window, is currently in development. Florencia attended NYU’s Graduate Acting Program on a full scholarship, where she received her MFA. Her BA is from Brown University where she studied Comparative Literature.
David Zayas (Actor ) is best known for his role as Angel Batista on the Golden Globe-nominated psychological drama “Dexter.” David was recently seen as “Sal Maroni” on the Fox series “Gotham,” ‘Sherrif Aguirre’ on the Netflix Series “Bloodline” and ‘Eduardo Magana’ on the Hulu series “Shut Eye.” His other recent television credits include “Saint George” (FX), “Seven Seconds” (Netflix), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), and “The Guest Book” (TBS). While working on the crime drama “The Beat,” Zayas met Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer Tom Fontana, who went on to create the role of ‘Enrique Morales’ on HBO’s “Oz” especially for him. David currently stars as ‘Sgt. Machado’ in the upcoming ABC pilot, “Staties.” On film, he has starred in The Expendables, Skyline, 13, Michael Clayton, Sixteen Blocks, The Savages, Bringing Out the Dead, The Yards, Undefeated, Wit, Angel, and The Interpreter. David recently starred opposite Helen Hunt in the indie feature Ride, starred opposite Ellen Page and Allison Janney in the feature Tallulah, and appeared in the film remake of the 1982 movie musical Annie opposite Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. David stars in the upcoming feature Shine, which will be released this August. A former New York police officer, Zayas began his acting career with LAByrinth Theater Company in 1992. He has starred in more than thirty theater productions, most with LAByrinth Theater Company, including: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Our Lady of 121 St., and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics on Broadway.
John Ortiz (Artistic Director ) is honored to be returning as LAB’s Artistic Director during its 25th season, after having served as Co-Artistic Director with Philip Seymour Hoffman for eight seasons (2002-2009). A few of the many highlights in the 25 year span for John include directing David Deblinger in LAB’s 1992 inaugural production of Nobody’s Home, helping create new play development process, beginning with an annual Summer Intensive, acting in the ensemble created piece Dreaming in Tounges, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the A Train (in NY and London), Brett C Leonard’s Guinea Pig Solo, Bob Glaudini’s Jack Goes Boating, and the opportunity to collaborate with so many amazing artists from all walks of life. John is also a co-founder of LAB.
Raul Abrego (Scenic Designer )Set designer for Opera, Theater and Television and has designed for the Juilliard Opera Center, The Spoleto Opera Festival in Italy, The Manhattan School of Music, Rattlestick and 2nd Stage Uptown. Noted Projects: The Brobot Johnson Experience by Darian Dauchan, The Block by Dan Hoyle directed by Tamilla Woodard, Fidelis by Christina Gorman, Directed by Leah Gardiner, for The Public Studio. Insurgents by Lucy Thurber, Directed by Jackson Gay for Labyrinth Theater, La Barberia (New World Stages), Underneathmybed by Florencia Lozano directed by Pedro Pascal. Art Director for the television pilot of “Falling Water.”
Lara de Bruijn (Costume Design) is excited to be a part of this team! Recent and upcoming projects include: Party Face (City Center), (Little Shubert Theatre), The Two Character Play (New World Stages), The Good Catholic and the upcoming Ms White Light (Pigasus Pictures), Ndebele Funeral (59E59), Julian Po (Signature Theatre), Half ‘n Half ‘n Half (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Christopher and Black Dolphin, (Project 44), Onegin, Alcina,and The Rake’s Progress (Boston Conservatory), Scalia/Ginsberg and Don Giovanni (Castleton Opera Festival), Blasted (the BCA), The Electric Lighthouse (The Flea Theatre). See more at laradawndesign.com
Kia Rogers (Lighting Designer) Recent designs at: BAM Fisher, 3LD Art & Technology Center, The Gym at Judson. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. West coast designs: El Portal’s Monroe Forum Theatre, Los Angeles and Z Space, San Francisco. Awards: Outstanding Lighting Design for Jane The Plain with the NYITA, 2014 and nominated in 2016 for Rizing. Outstanding Lighting Design for Mr. Toole, MITF 2016. Kia is a member of Rising Phoenix Repertory and also a creative partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble. – www.krogersld.com
Daniel Melnick (Sound Designer) Credits include The Siblings Play, The House of Von Macrame, Zelda at the Oasis, and Love Trapezoid.
MELISA MCGREGOR (Composer/Musician)Canadian-born composer, violinist, and Sundance Institute Music & Sound Design Lab Composer Fellow. She has been collaborating on music design and composition with LAByrinth Theater Company since 2006 on various plays, and the Annual Charades Benefit show. Over the last 8 years, Melisa has worked with several Hollywood composers including Danny Elfman on many diverse film scores – from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010) to Joss Whedon’s Justice League (2017), and the upcoming The Grinch for Universal Studios (2018). In 2017, Melisa composed the score for the short film Cut in Half directed by Susan Sidelman, and she is currently working on string arrangements and performing weekly in Los Angeles with the singer-songwriter Jae-Mi, in addition to scoring the upcoming feature documentary Made in Boise for director Beth Aala. She is also the creator and producer of The Library Series concert hosted by composers Christopher Lennertz and Tim Wynn at Sonic Fuel Studios, which benefits music education charities such as Education through Music (ETMLA) and Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
ABOUT LAByrinth Theater Company
LAByrinth Theater Company, founded in 1992 as The Latino Actors Base, was created to deliberately interrupt the racial status quo by giving voice to artists of color and reflecting a world where color is the norm and not the exception. LAByrinth Theater Company is a diverse, impassioned, tightly knit ensemble of multicultural artists that empowers individuals and builds community by creating member driven, incendiary, new works of theater.
The Actors’ Equity Foundation’s 2018 Clarence Derwent Awards for most promising female and male performers on the New York metropolitan scene have gone to Sean Carvajal (Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train) and Ashley Park (Mean Girls, KPOP).
Carvajal received a 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Angel Cruz in Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at Signature Theatre. He and his co-star Edi Gathegi will receive a 2018 Drama Desk Award this year. As an actor, some of his work includes: Ghetto Babylon (59E59), Lissabon (LaMaMa), Holy Land (HERE Arts Center), Seven Spots on The Sun (Cincinnati Playhouse), Dominica, That Fat Ugly Ho (LAByrinth Intensive Ensemble), Between Riverside and Crazy (Studio Theatre), Water by the Spoonful (Premiere Stages).
Park just earned a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Gretchen in Mean Girls and received a 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for KPOP.Other Broadway credits include: Tuptim in Lincoln Center’s The King and I (Grammy nom); Celeste 1 in Sunday in the Park with George; Mamma Mia!. National Tour: Gabrielle in R&H’s Cinderella. TV: “Nightcap” (PopTV/Lionsgate). Other: Mwe in KPOP! (Off-Broadway); Carnegie Hall; Vocals in The Greatest Showman (Fox); Luisa in Fantasticks (Pasadena Playhouse); Maid Marian in Hood (Dallas Theatre Center); Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
Established in 1945 by Clarence Derwent, distinguished actor and president of Equity from 1946-1952, the award is the oldest on Broadway. Past recipients include Nina Arianda, Annaleigh Ashford, Annette Bening, Kristin Chenoweth, Morgan Freeman, Allison Janney, Frances Sternhagen, Michael Urie, Christopher Walken, Fritz Weaver and in 2014, Whitney Bashor and Steven Boyer.
The Actors’ Equity Foundation, a philanthropic and humanitarian nonprofit organization, was created in 1962 to aid and assists the members of the acting profession and to promote the theatre arts. It is separate from Actors’ Equity Association and is funded by estate bequests and individual donations.
The world premiere of “Soft Power” by David Henry Hwang (play and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music and additional lyrics) will open at the Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday, May 16.
This play with a musical, produced by Center Theatre Group, directed by Leigh Silverman and choreographed by Sam Pinkleton, is currently in previews and continues through June 10, 2018. Following its run at the Ahmanson, “Soft Power” will play San Francisco’s Curran from June 20 through July 8, 2018.
The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Billy Bustamante, Kara Guy, Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito, Francis Jue, Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Paul HeeSang Miller, Kristen Faith Oei, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora, Trevor Salter and Emily Stillings.
The creative team includes scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Kai Harada, orchestrations by Danny Troob, dance arrangements by John Clancy, music supervision by Chris Fenwick, music direction by David O, hair and wig design by Tom Watson, make-up design by Angelina Avallone and casting by Heidi Griffiths, CSA and Kate Murray, CSA. The dramaturg is Oskar Eustis. The production stage manager is David Lurie-Perret.
A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of America’s great theatre artists: Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (“M. Butterfly”) and Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home”). “Soft Power” rewinds our recent political history and plays it back, a century later, through the Chinese lens of a future, beloved East-meets-West musical. In the musical, a Chinese executive who is visiting America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader – Hillary Clinton – as the power balance between their two countries shifts following the 2016 election.
As original as it is topical, “Soft Power” overflows with the romance, laughter and cultural confusions of the golden age of Broadway. “Soft Power” is inspired by the legacy of classic American musicals such as “The King and I” as well as China’s current quest for international cultural influence, also known as “Soft Power.”
“Soft Power” is a Center Theatre Group co-commission with The Public Theater. “Soft Power” is produced in association with East West Players.
Tickets for “Soft Power” are available through Center Theatre Group or East West Players. To purchase Center Theatre Group tickets: call (213) 972-4400, visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or go to the Center Theatre Group Box Office located at the Ahmanson Theatre. To purchase tickets through East West Players: call (213) 625-7000 or visit www.eastwestplayers.org. Tickets range from $30 – $130 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.
Tony Award winner Lea Salonga will reteam with her Once on the Island director Michael Arden to star as Grace Farrell in Hollywood Bowl’s upcoming production of Annie, one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, which will be this summer’s annual staged musical at the Bowl.
Charles Strouse, the Tony Award-winning composer of Annie (as well as Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, and some of the most popular music from the last 60 years of Broadway, film and television) turns 90 this June. To mark the occasion, a year-long celebration of events, including tributes, concerts, revivals and international productions, will take place across the United States and around the world. Strouse’s iconic songs – from “Tomorrow” and “Put on a Happy Face” to “Those Were the Days” (theme from “All in the Family”) – will be heard worldwide, from Abu Dhabi to Congo to Belgium, on television in “The Simpsons” and at the Hollywood Bowl with Annie.
Annie will be helmed by Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden, conducted by Todd Ellison and choreographed by Eamon Foley. Annie’s book is by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin.
Annie, the classic story of a young girl overcoming adversity, features a beloved score of hits (including “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life”) and is a delightful experience for the entire family. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Annie will have three performances at the Hollywood Bowl this summer – Friday, July 27, at 8PM; Saturday, July 28, at 8PM; and Sunday, July 29, at 7:30PM, with single tickets on sale Sunday, April 29.
Lea Salonga is a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award-winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, in the field of musical theatre. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival, in addition to starring in the 10th and 25th Anniversary Concerts filmed and recorded for PBS. Ms. Salonga’s other Broadway appearances include Flower Drum Song and Allegiance. She is currently starring in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Once on This Island, which recently garnered 8 Tony nominations.
Many fans of all ages recognize Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. For her portrayal of the beloved princesses, the Walt Disney Company bestowed her with the honor of “Disney Legend” in August of 2011.
As a concert artist Lea has toured the world, performing sold-out concerts in some of the world’s most iconic venues, including the Sydney Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Singapore’s Esplanade, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Carnegie Hall, and London’s O2 Arena.
Subscriptions and single tickets for performances during the Hollywood Bowl 2018 summer season are available at hollywoodbowl.com, or via credit card phone order at 323 850 2000, and in person from Sunday, April 29 at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office.
For further details or questions, call 323.850.2000 from 10AM – 6PM daily, or visit laphil.com.
The Signature Theatre (Paige Evans, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Executive Director; James Houghton, Founder) production of Paradise Blue by Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau and directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson has been extended one week. The production, which opens on May 14, will now run through June 10, 2018 in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).
The cast includes Obie Award-winner Francois Battiste (Head of Passes, “Ten Days in the Valley”), Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen, The Liquid Plain), Simone Missick (“Luke Cage”), J. Alphonse Nicholson (“Tales,” “Luke Cage”), Keith Randolph Smith (Malcolm X, Jitney).
In 1949, Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood is gentrifying. Blue, a troubled trumpeter and the owner of Paradise Club, is torn between remaining in Blackbottom with his loyal lover Pumpkin and leaving behind a traumatic past. But when the arrival of a mysterious woman stirs up tensions, the fate of Paradise Club hangs in the balance. Paradise Blue is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience.
The creative team includes Neil Patel (Scenic Design), Clint Ramos (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Kenny Rampton (Original Music), Bill Sims, Jr. (Music Director), Charles G. LaPointe (Hair & Wig Design), Thomas Schall (Fight Director). Laura Wilson is the Production Stage Manager. Casting by Caparelliotis Casting.
Paradise Blue is generously supported by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater. Special thanks to Time Warner Foundation, Inc., The Michael and Betty Rauch Fund for Residency 5, and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the Residency 5 Program. Dominique Morisseau’s Residency 5 is generously supported, in part, by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
To purchase tickets for all Signature Productions or to subscribe to the 2018-19 Season, call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.
The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) is presenting the 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of OTHELLO beginning Tuesday, May 29 at the Delacorte Theater, continuing a 56-year tradition of free theater in Central Park. Directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, OTHELLO will officially open on Monday, June 18 and will run through Sunday, June 24.
The complete cast of OTHELLO features Peter Jay Fernandez (Duke of Venice); Motell Foster (Roderigo); Andrew Hovelson (Lodovico);Chukwudi Iwuji (Othello); David Kenner (Ensemble); Heather Lind (Desdemona); Tim Nicolai (Ensemble); Flor De Liz Perez (Bianca); Miguel Perez (Brabantio); Thomas Schall (Montano); Caroline Siewert (Ensemble); Corey Stoll (Iago); Babak Tafti (Cassio); Peter Van Wagner (Gratiano); and Alison Wright (Emilia). The non-equity ensemble will feature Kevin Rico Angulo, Christopher Cassarino, Lily Santiago, and Allen Tedder.
Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns to Free Shakespeare in the Park to direct a sumptuous new production of OTHELLO. Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this classic drama about a noble Black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by theater’s most infamous villain, Iago, remains Shakespeare’s most urgent and relevant tragedy today. A lush, romantic vision gives way to the violent tangle of love and jealousy, race and revenge in this must-see production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, OTHELLO.
OTHELLO will feature scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Jessica Paz, and music composition by Derek Wieland.
The summer season will continue with a reimagined staging of the critically-acclaimed Public Works musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT (July 17-August 19), conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and directed by Oskar Eustis and Kwame Kwei-Armah. TWELFTH NIGHT will begin performances on Tuesday, July 17 and run through Sunday, August 19 with an official press opening on Tuesday, July 31.
Ato Blankson-Wood joins the cast of TWELFTH NIGHT in the role of “Orsino.” The previously announced TWELFTH NIGHT cast members include Nikki M. James (Viola), Andrew Kober (Malvolio), Jacob Ming-Trent (Sir Toby Belch), and Shaina Taub (Feste). Equity actors and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy. Complete casting will be announced at a later date.
In celebration of five extraordinary years of Public Works, a Public Theater initiative that invites diverse communities across New York to create ambitious works of participatory theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park presents a re-imagining of Public Works’ 2016 musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT for a full five-week run in Central Park. Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke. Featuring music and lyrics by critically-acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub, this very special TWELFTH NIGHT is a unique partnership between two Public Theater programs that exemplify The Public’s commitment to radical inclusion. Oskar Eustis, The Public’s Artistic Director, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, incoming Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic, helm this unforgettable musical about love in all its many disguises.
TWELFTH NIGHT will feature scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Andrea Hood, lighting design by John Torres, and sound design by Jessica Paz.
Public Works is a national and international initiative currently affiliated with four theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe to create ambitious works of participatory theater in the Public Works model. The current theaters are Dallas Theater Center in collaboration with SMU Meadows School of the Arts; Seattle Repertory Theatre; Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit; and The National Theatre in London. In March 2017, Dallas Theater Center presented their inaugural Public Works Dallas production, The Tempest, directed by DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and featuring 200 Dallasites. Seattle Repertory Theater presented their inaugural Public Works Seattle production of The Odyssey in September 2017, directed by Marya Sea Kaminski. In October 2017, London’s National Theatre announced a new partnership with The Public, PUBLIC ACTS, inspired by The Public’s successful Public Works model. The partnership launches with a new staging of Pericles performed on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage in August 2018, directed by National Theatre resident director Emily Lim. The Public Works productions of The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, and The Odyssey are also available to be produced through Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
The Public Works Shakespeare in the Park musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT will run for five weeks during the summer in an expansion of the model that has been presenting Public Works pageant shows for limited performances in early September over the past five years at the Delacorte. The expanded five-week run this summer will allow 50,000 more New Yorkers to see this inspiring community initiative.
This season, The Public proudly welcomes the return of The Jerome L. Greene Foundation and Bank of America as season sponsors. The generous support of Bank of America and The Jerome L. Greene Foundation helps to sustain The Public’s mission of inclusion, creating great theater, boldly conceived, and free for all.
Tickets to The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show. The Public continues its partnership with TodayTix, who will again be offering the exclusive Mobile Ticket Lottery for Free Shakespeare in the Park. Tickets will be distributed by mobile lottery on the TodayTix app each date that there is a public performance at the Delacorte Theater. On each public performance date, a limited number of vouchers for that night’s performance will also be distributed via an in-person lottery at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place. Borough distribution information, as well as information about ADA accessible performances, will be available at a later date.
Since 1962, over five million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater. Conceived by founder Joe Papp as a way to make great theater accessible to all, The Public’s Free Shakespeare in the Park continues to be the bedrock of the Company’s mission to increase access and engage the community.
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81st Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue. To learn more, or to make a contribution, call (212) 967-7555, or visit http://www.publictheater.org.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Othello Director) has appeared on The Public’s stage in Lackawanna Blues (Obie, Helen Hayes), The Winter’s Tale, Henry VIII, Measure for Measure, and East Texas Hot Links. His directing credits include Jitney (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Drama League, NY Drama Critics, Outer Critics Circle), The Piano Lesson (Lucille Lortel, Obie, Audelco), The Happiest Song Plays Last, My Children My Africa, The First Breeze Of Summer, Seven Guitars, Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, Two Trains Running, Jitney, Things Of Dry Hours, Gem Of The Ocean, and Radio Golf. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway in Seven Guitars (Tony Award), Stick Fly, Gem of the Ocean, and Jelly’s Last Jam. His additional Off-Broadway credits include How I Learned What I Learned and Ceremonies in Dark Old Men.
Shaina Taub (Twelfth Night Conceiver and Music & Lyrics, Feste) is a Vermont-raised, New York-based songwriter and performer. Taub created last September’s musical adaptation of Public Works’ As You Like It with director Laurie Woolery at the Delacorte, in which she played Jaques. In 2016, she created the Public Works production of Twelfth Night at the Delacorte, also appearing as Feste. She is a winner of the Fred Ebb Award, the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, and a Jonathan Larson Grant. Taub’s work was featured in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook concert series and she recently made her Carnegie Hall debut performing her music with the New York Pops. She wrote the score for and co-starred in Bill Irwin and David Shiner’s Old Hats, directed by Tina Landau at the Signature Theatre and A.C.T. She earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination as Mary in the Off-Broadway run of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and appeared in the original cast of Hadestown at New York Theatre Workshop. Her songs have been performed by Audra McDonald and Sutton Foster, and she wrote the theme song for Julie Andrews’ Netflix series Julie’s Greenroom, performed on the show by Sara Bareilles. She is an artist-in-residence at Joe’s Pub where she plays a monthly concert. Her album Visitors is available now and her new record will be released this spring. She’s currently writing a new musical about Alice Paul and the American women’s suffrage movement. http://www.shainataub.com
Oskar Eustis (Twelfth Night Co-Director) has served as the Artistic Director of The Public Theater since 2005. In the last three years, he has produced two Tony Award-winning Best Musicals (Fun Home and Hamilton), and back to back winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Hamilton and Sweat. He came to The Public from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI where he served as Artistic Director from 1994 to 2005. Eustis served as Associate Artistic Director at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum from 1989 to 1994, and prior to that he was with the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco, serving as Resident Director and Dramaturg from 1981 to 1986 and Artistic Director from 1986 to1989. Eustis is currently a Professor of Dramatic Writing and Arts and Public Policy at New York University, and has held professorships at UCLA, Middlebury College, and Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theater training. At The Public, Eustis directed the New York premieres of Rinne Groff’s Compulsion and The Ruby Sunrise; Larry Wright’s The Human Scale; and most recently Julius Caesar at Shakespeare in the Park. He has founded numerous ground-breaking programs at The Public, from Public Works and Public Forum to the Emerging Writers Group and the Mobile Unit. At Trinity Rep, he directed the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, both recipients of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production. While at the Eureka Theatre, he commissioned Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Eustis has also directed the world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ellen McLaughlin, and Eduardo Machado, among many others.
Kwame Kwei-Armah (Twelfth Night Conceiver and Co-Director) is the incoming Artistic Director of the Young Vic in London. He is also the outgoing Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage where he has directed Toni Morrison’s Jazz, Marley, One Night in Miami, Amadeus, dance of the holy ghosts, The Mountaintop; An Enemy of the People, The Whipping Man, and Things of Dry Hours. At The Public, he has directed Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Detroit ’67. His other credits include The Liquid Plain, Porgy and Bess, One Night in Miami, Lady from the Sea, One Love, and the upcoming Soul: The Stax Musical at Baltimore Center Stage. Kwei-Armah was Artistic Director for the Festival of Black Arts and Culture: Senegal, 2010. His works as playwright include Marley, Beneatha’s Place, Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up, Statement of Regret, Let There Be Love, Seize the Day. He is an Associate Director of The Donmar Warehouse and has served on the boards of The National Theatre, The Tricycle Theatre and T.C.G. He was Chancellor of the University of the Arts London (2010-15), and in 2012 was awarded an OBE for services to drama. In 2012-2013 and 2014, Kwei-Armah was named Best Director in City Paper’s “Best of Baltimore,” and nominated for the Stage Directors and Choreographers’ Zelda Fichandler Award for Best Regional Artistic Director. In 2016 he was awarded the Urban Visionary Award alongside House Representative Elijah Cummings by the Center for Urban Families for his work in the Baltimore community. His production of One Night in Miami was nominated for the Oliver Award for “Best New Play of 2016.”
Lorin Latarro (Twelfth Night Choreographer) has previously choreographed the Public Works productions of Twelfth Night and The Odyssey. Broadway credits includes Waitress; Dangerous Liaisons; Waiting For Godot; Curious Incident Of…; and American Idiot (Associate). Additional choreography includes Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street; Peter and The Wolf (BAM); God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Encores); and Queen Of The Night (Drama Desk Award). Select regional credits include Beaches and Kiss Me Kate. Select Opera includes La Traviata, Rigoletto, and Die Zauberflote. Bucks County Playhouse Artistic Associate. Performed in 12 Broadway shows, plus Tharp, Momix, Graham. Latarro is also a graduate/adjunct professor at Juilliard.
ABOUT PUBLIC WORKS:
PUBLIC WORKS is a major initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Working with community partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to participate in theater workshops, attend classes, attend productions, and become involved in the daily life of The Public. Founded by Resident Director Lear deBessonet and currently led by Public Works Director Laurie Woolery, Public Works deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well. Public Works exemplifies The Public’s long-standing commitment to community engagement that is at the core of the theater’s mission. It is animated by the idea that theater is a place of possibility, where the boundaries that separate us from each other in the rest of life can fall away. It seeks to create a space where we can not only reflect on the world as is, but where we can actually propose new possibilities for what our society might be.
ABOUT The Public Theater:
THE PUBLIC is theater of, by, and for the people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Conceived over 60 years ago as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public’s wide breadth of programming includes an annual season of new work at its landmark home at Astor Place, Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, The Mobile Unit touring throughout New York City’s five boroughs, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Studio, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative, and Joe’s Pub. Since premiering HAIR in 1967, The Public continues to create the canon of American Theater and is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Their programs and productions can also be seen regionally across the country and around the world. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 169 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Desk Awards, and 6 Pulitzer Prizes. publictheater.org
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be presented to industry icons Andrew Lloyd Webber and Chita Rivera.
“The cultural impact that Chita and Andrew have had on the international theatre community and on theatre education, has been immeasurable,” said Heather Hitchens, President & CEO of the American Theatre Wing and Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “They are groundbreakers, they are inspirations and we are truly honored to recognize these two incredible legends with the Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement.”
“My performing aspirations began with ballet training as a child in Washington, DC. When I came to New York and auditioned for George Balanchine, who gave me a scholarship to the School of American Ballet, I could never have imagined the amazing journey I have had in the theatre,” said Chita Rivera. “I would not trade my life in the theatre for anything as the theatre IS life. I am deeply honored to be recognized with the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre this year.”
“I am completely overwhelmed as a Brit to be honoured by the Broadway community at the Tonys, particularly at the time when musicals are flying higher in their spiritual home New York than they have for two generations,” said Andrew Lloyd Webber.
An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received eight additional Tony nominations for an exceptional 10 Tony nominations. She recently starred in The Visit on Broadway and in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, and the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas.
Ms. Rivera trained as a ballerina, from the age of 11, before receiving a scholarship to the School of American Ballet from legendary choreographer George Balanchine. At 17-years-old Chita made her first appearance as a principal dancer in the national tour of Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, Can-Can with The Rockettes.
Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009 and received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in 2002. In November, 2016 she headlined at Carnegie Hall and in 2015, Great Performances aired their special “Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ To Do,” a retrospective of her extraordinary life and career nationally on PBS. Her current solo CD is entitled And Now I Swing.
Lloyd Webber is the composer of some of the world’s best-known musicals including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. When Sunset Boulevard joined School of Rock – The Musical, Cats and Phantom of the Opera on Broadway in February 2017 he became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four shows running concurrently.
He is currently represented on Broadway by Phantom of the Opera, which recently celebrated its historic 30th anniversary, and School of Rock. On the road, he is represented by touring productions of Love Never Dies, Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock with an upcoming national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar to launch next year.
His awards, both as composer and producer, include seven Tonys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Honor and a Grammy Award. He owns seven London theatres including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Palladium. He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992.
He is passionate about the importance of music in education and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music. In 2016 the Foundation funded a major new national initiative which endowed the American Theatre Wing with a $1.3 million, three-year grant to support theatre education opportunities for underserved young people and public schools across the United States.
The American Theatre Wing’s 72nd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 10, 2018 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
The official eligibility cut-off date will be Thursday, April 26, 2018, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2017-2018 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2018 Tony Award nominations.
The Nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards will be announced live, by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from the New York City Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Follow the Tony Awards on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates on the nominees as they are announced (@TheTonyAwards). The entire announcement will also be available on TonyAwards.com after the event.
Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, announced its nominees for the 2017-18 season.
Celebrating its 68th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre, the Outer Critics Circle is an association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, internet, and theatre publications in America and abroad.
The winners will be announced on Monday, May 7th. The annual Gala Awards Dinner and presentation of awards to the winners will be held on Thursday, May 24th (3PM) at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.
OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY The Children Farinelli and the King Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Junk
OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL Escape to Margaritaville Frozen Mean Girls Prince of Broadway SpongeBob SquarePants
OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY Admissions Cost of Living Hangmen The Low Road Mlima’s Tale
OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL Cruel Intentions Desperate Measures Jerry Springer – The Opera Miss You Like Hell Woody Sez
OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Tina Fey – Mean Girls
Quiara Alegría Hudes – Miss You Like Hell
Kyle Jarrow – SpongeBob SquarePants
Peter Kellogg – Desperate Measures
OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C, Jonathan Coulton, Tom Kitt – SpongeBob SquarePants
David Friedman & Peter Kellogg – Desperate Measures
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Jo Bonney – Cost of Living
Marianne Elliott – Angels in America
Patrick Marber – Travesties
Joe Mantello – Three Tall Women
John Tiffany – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Michael Arden – Once on This Island
Bill Castellino – Desperate Measures
Tina Landau – SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw – Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher – My Fair Lady
Camille A. Brown – Once on This Island
Christopher Gattelli – My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli – SpongeBob SquarePants
Steven Hoggett – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Justin Peck – Carousel
OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Miriam Buether – Three Tall Women
Myung Hee Cho – In the Body of the World
Christine Jones – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Michael Yeargan – My Fair Lady
David Zinn – SpongeBob SquarePants
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Katrina Lindsay – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Clint Ramos – Once on This Island
Paloma Young – Time and the Conways
David Zinn – SpongeBob SquarePants
Catherine Zuber – My Fair Lady
OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Kevin Adams – SpongeBob SquarePants
Neil Austin – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Paule Constable – Angels in America
Paul Russell – Farinelli and the King
Lap Chi Chu – Mlima’s Tale
OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Tim Reid – 1984
Finn Ross – Frozen
Finn Ross – In the Body of the World
Finn Ross & Adam Young – Mean Girls
Finn Ross & Ash Woodward – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
(Play or Musical)
Gareth Fry – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Kate Marvin – [Porto]
Fitz Patton – Napoli, Brooklyn
Marc Salzberg – My Fair Lady
Darron L. West – Mlima’s Tale
Jason Robert Brown – Prince of Broadway
Tom Kitt – SpongeBob SquarePants
AnnMarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin – Once on This Island
Jonathan Tunick – Carousel
Claire Van Kampen – Farinelli and the King
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Sean Carvajal – Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
Andrew Garfield – Angels in America
Tom Hollander – Travesties
Gregg Mozgala – Cost of Living
Michael Urie – The Government Inspector
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
MaameYaa Boafo – School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
Jessica Hecht – Admissions
Glenda Jackson – Three Tall Women
Lauren Ridloff – Children of a Lesser God
Katy Sullivan – Cost of Living
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Harry Hadden-Paton – My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry – Carousel
David M. Lutken – Woody Sez
Conor Ryan – Desperate Measures
Ethan Slater – SpongeBob SquarePants
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Lauren Ambrose – My Fair Lady
Erika Henningsen – Mean Girls
Hailey Kilgore – Once On This Island
Taylor Louderman – Mean Girls
Patti Murin – Frozen
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Anthony Boyle – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Johnny Flynn – Hangmen
Nathan Lane – Angels in America
David Morse – The Iceman Cometh
Paul Sparks – At Home at the Zoo
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jamie Brewer – Amy and the Orphans
Denise Gough – Angels in America
Harriet Harris – The Low Road
Laurie Metcalf – Three Tall Women
Mary Testa – The Government Inspector
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Norbert Leo Butz – My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani – Carousel
Gavin Lee – SpongeBob SquarePants
Nick Wyman – Desperate Measures
Tony Yazbeck – Prince of Broadway
OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Kerry Butler – Mean Girls
Lindsay Mendez – Carousel
Lauren Molina – Desperate Measures
Ashley Park – Mean Girls
Emily Skinner – Prince of Broadway
OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Billy Crudup – Harry Clarke
Eve Ensler – In the Body of the World
Alison Fraser – Squeamish
John Lithgow – Stories By Heart
Sharon Washington – Feeding the Dragon
JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Kate Benson – [Porto]
Jocelyn Bioh – School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
Lindsey Ferrentino – Amy and the Orphans
Meghan Kennedy – Napoli, Brooklyn
Dominique Morisseau – Pipeline
Please Note: “The Band’s Visit” was nominated for and received multiple awards from the Outer Critics Circle last season and therefore was not considered again for this year.
Nominations Talley for 3 or more:
SpongeBob SquarePants – 11; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – 10; My Fair Lady -9; Mean Girls – 8; Desperate Measures – 7; Angels in America – 6; Carousel – 6; Once On This Island – 6; Three Tall Women – 5; Cost of Living – 4; Frozen – 4; Prince of Broadway – 4; Farinelli and the King- 3; In the Body of the World– 3; Mlima’s Tale – 3; Miss You Like Hell – 3; Travesties – 3.