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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” 

 - Maya Angelou

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August 5th, 2022: 

 

The Acting Company has announced casting for its national tours of The Three Musketeers and Romeo and Juliet, which will be performed on alternating days by the same cast of actors. The shows will preview October 13-16 at Queens Theater in Corona, New York, ahead of its Manhattan premiere November 11-27 at the New Victory Theater. 

The casts will feature Toree Alexandre, Zoe Anastassiou, Edwin Brown III, Darius Deon, Sam Encarnación, Max Antonio Gonzalez, Sonny Lira, Travis Raeburn, Christopher Then, William Oliver Watkins, Eunice Woods, and Caro Zeller. 

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August 2nd 2022: 

 

The 24 Hour Plays welcome new and returning artists alike for Season Three, Episode Five of The 24 Hour Plays: VIral Monologues tonight. A new group of actors and writers pair to create pieces written, rehearsed and recorded in 24 hours. From 6PM ET, these monologues will be published on Instagram and Twitter @24hourplays every 15 minutes.

Performers include Gracie McGraw, Chris Thorn, Amara Leonard, Tiffany Iris, Isabel WynneSerena Berman, Alexander Jon Flores, and Sarah Groustra. Writers are J. Holtham, Itamar Moses, Allison Merkel, Shara Feit, Rafael Yglesias, Anna Zabel, Mackenna Goodrich and Charlie O'Leary.

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August 1st 2022: 

 

SGT's inaugural Global Playwrights Series was conceived to lift up the voices of new, diverse playwrights by developing their work with a commitment to produce and to form long term connections between these writers and the SGT ensemble. The GPS team interviewed fourteen semi- finalists, and nationally- known playwright Charles Smith added his insight by reading the final nine plays. From this talented group of writers, Kimberly Dixon-Mays, Phanésia Pharel and Jasmine Sharma were selected to join SGT as the 2022 GPS winners.

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JULY 27th 2022: 

The ensemble includes Daelyanna Kelly Benson, Antonio Beverly, Taylor A. Blackman, Aliyah Caldwell, Lillian Charles, Max Falls, Zachary Freier-Harrison, Reyna Guerra, Gordia Hayes, Andre Hinds, Takia Hopson, Ayvah Johnson, Geoffrey Kidwell, Parris Mone't Lewis, Nia Nelson-Williams, Gracie Phillips,

Nicole Powell, Terance Reddick, Shari Washington Rhone, Kris Roberts, Jacob Roberts-Miller, Aniya Simone, Chris Stevens, Jeff Sullivan and Carlton Terrence Taylor.

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JULY 15th 2022: 

ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME further cements Ma-Yi Theater's commitment to producing work that challenges both artists and audiences against ideas of what Asian American theater should be about."

The cast for ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME includes Sonnie Brown, Sasha Diamond, David Lee Huynh, Teresa Avia Lim, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, and Jillian Sun with Daniel K. Isaac and Sami Ma serving as understudies.

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JULY 7th 2022: 

The cast is generally strong. Jasmine Sharma is a wickedly clever Queen Catherine, especially when she and Anisha Jagannathan’s Diane are exchanging barbs. Jagannathan is a blasé and grounded Martha Gellhorn, mocking Hemingway’s literary style with Sharma’s exaggeratedly drunken Hadley and Rebecca Schweitzer’s mournful Mary. Schweitzer is an amusingly almost Valley Girl-sounding college club founder, a garrulous cook and a sputtering priggish British functionary. Kunal Prasad is comically laid back as both the Maharaja and King Henri and pointedly self-important as a posthumous Hemingway.

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JULY 6th 2022: 

 

Powered by Frederick Douglass' own speeches and writings, American Prophet is created by Charles Randolph-Wright (Trouble in Mind) and Grammy Award winner Marcus Hummon ("Bless the Broken Road"). Randolph-Wright directs with choreography by Lorna Ventura and music direction, orchestrations, and additional arrangements by Joseph Joubert.

 

Also joining the cast are Arena Stage veterans Carolyn Agan, Kurt Boehm, Thomas Adrian Simpson, and Kanysha Williams, as well as Erica Aubrey, Zoë Bryant, Cicily Daniels, Christopher B. Portley, Christopher Michael Richardson, Chris Roberts, Brendon Schaefer, Correy West, and Curtis Wiley.

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JUNE 29th 2022: 

 

Chris Myers and Russell G. Jones will star in Manhattan Theatre Club's Where the Mountain Meets the Sea. The show will begin previews October 11 at New York City Center – Stage I with opening night set for November 2.

 

Written by Jeff Augustin, the new play will be directed by Joshua Kahan Brody with music by The Bengsons (Hundred Days). The work follows a son's journey to connect with his father, a Haitian immigrant who once traveled from Miami to California. Years later, his son embarks on a similar road trip.

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JUNE 28th 2022: 

Rounding out the final performances this July, the Moxie Incubator program will close with For Your Consideration, a new play by Jasmine Sharma, directed by Britt Berke. In For Your Consideration, leading lady Surya makes her best attempt to turn her long-term relationship's break-up into her long-awaited television breakout and reality TV's next big hit

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May 31st 2022: 

Although the text of the speech and Bernthal’s framing begin the same way, a look around the room reflects how Jenkins sees himself: as a champion to those who trained him and those he trained. The men who covered for Jenkins are here, such as Sergeant Michael Fries (Joey Palestina), who laughed off a complaint from a man Jenkins had attacked when he was sitting on his own front stoop, and Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere (Christopher R. Anderson), who fought back a grin at Jenkins’s defense of fellow officer Fabien Laronde, who was finally fired after years of misconduct complaints.

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JUNE 27th 2022: 

The First Play Reading Weekend on Saturday, July 9 at Marist Colleage features My Brother Is Better At Love Than Me by Lily Houghton and directed by Leigh Silverman at 12:00 PM; Nuestro Planeta: A Colombia Project by Diana Burbano and devised and directed by Elisa Bocanegra at 3:30 PM; and a new untitled play by Josh Radnor and directed by Sheryl Kaller at 8:00 PM. Casting includes Midori FrancisCarla GuginoBill Heck, Henry Houghton, Thomas Sadoski and Reza Salazar.

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JUNE 22nd 2022: 

ABCD will feature Melvin Abston (Broadway: Sister Act) as Ellis, Justin Ahdoot (Off-Broadway: Sleep No More) as Bilal, Torée Alexandre (BSC debut) as Tamara Gardner, Juri Henley-Cohn (BSC: Bashir Lazhar) as Ibrahim, Maribel Martinez (Shakespeare in the Park: Julius Caesar) as Mika Ramos, Chavez Ravine (The Public: Cullud Wattah) as Joanna Krueger, Pearl Shin (BSC debut) as Sunghee and Brandon St. Clair (BSC debut) as Davon Lawrence.

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JUNE 22nd 2022: 

The final production in Clubbed Thumb's 25th Annual Summerworks line-up, Bodies They Ritual by Angela Hanks begins its run June 22. The show will close out the festival, running since May 20 at The Wild Project, with performances finishing July 2.

 

Starring in the production's cast are Emmy Award winner Denise Burse (Black Mirror), Nora Cole (On the Town), Jacqueline Guillen (Man Cave), Kai Heath (On Sugarland), Ebony Marshall-Oliver (Chicken & Biscuits), Emily Cass McDonnell (The Antipodes), Keilly McQuail (Lunch Bunch), Lizan Mitchell (On Sugarland), Bianca Norwood (Seven Deadly Sins), and Nandita Shenoy (Daredevil).

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JUNE 22nd 2022: 

Each delivering a specialty number that recalls (and then lets you put aside) the stellar original cast. Maiesha McQueen, singing Nell Carter’s songs, delivers a heartbreaking “Mean to Me”; Jarvis B. Manning Jr., taking on André De Shields’s track, is especially compelling in “The Viper’s Drag,” a song about smoking weed in which his body seems to become smoke itself. The others — Allison Blackwell, Arnold Harper II and Anastacia McClesky — all have great moments; the seven-person band, led by Kwinton Gray, has nothing but.

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JUNE 16TH 2022: 

Black Theatre United, ChiChi Anyanwu, Nina Marie Ward and the Black Women on Broadway will all be honored with Project1VOICE's Outstanding Service in the Arts Award.

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JUNE 10TH 2022: 

Aurora Theatre Company concludes its 30th season with the West Coast Premiere of Jaclyn Backhaus' Wives.

Chicago-based director, adaptor, and activist Lavina Jadhwani directs Anisha Jagannathan, Kunal Prasad, Jasmine Sharma, and Rebecca Schweitzer (Bull in a China Shop; Rapture, Blister, Burn; The First Grade) in this powerful and playful feminist piece.

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JUNE 7TH 2022: 

Broadway On Demand will stream Mrs. Warren's Profession beginning June 21st, for a limited time only through June 27th only. 

Last fall, GTG returned to live, in person performance with this acclaimed revival of Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Tony® Award winner Karen Ziemba as Mrs. Warren, Robert Cuccioli, David Lee Huynh, Alvin Keith, Nicole King, and Raphael Nash Thompson, which enjoyed an acclaimed Off-Broadway engagement at Theatre Row, directed by Mr. Staller.

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APRIL 27TH, 2022:

Bodies They Ritual will star Jacqueline Guillen (Man Cave), Mahira Kakkar (7 Minutes), April Matthis (HELP), Emily Cass McDonnell (The Antipodes), Keilly McQuail (Lunch Bunch), Lizan Mitchell (On Sugarland), with more casting to be announced. Performances run June 22-July 2.

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APRIL 26TH, 2022:

Standout performances include the incredibly talented Melody A. Betts whose big-time vocals can barely be contained on stage.

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MARCH 29, 2022:

 

David Lee Huynh as Lorenzo has the difficult task of conveying misogynistic male behavior and handles it extremely well.

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MARCH 7th 2022:

 

Torée Alexandre plays Riley with intoxicating confidence and has electrifying chemistry with Libya Pugh’s Tami, who can draw laughs with a raised eyebrow and win sympathy in morally gray situations.

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MARCH 2nd 2022:

 

The ensemble for the developmental session includes Tia Altinay, Esther Antoine, Ian Campayno, Jacob Dickey, Casey Garvin, Devon Hadsell, Ashley Elizabeth Hale, Jenny Hill, Jarvis B. Manning, Jr., Brian Martin, Abby Matsusaka, Amber Owens, Destinee Rea, Tyler Roberts, Angie Schworer, Charles South, Brendon Stimson, Anthony Wayne, Raena White and Richard Riaz Yoder.

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FEBRUARY 4th 2022:

 

Among the standouts is John Edwards as both MJ’s brother Jackie, harmonizing and moving with the Jackson Five, and as James Brown, delivering a blockbuster vocal solo.

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JANUARY 6th 2022:

 

Nottage’s focus on character keeps the play from becoming dogmatic. There’s a sputtering romance between Rafael (Reza Salazar) and Letitia (Kara Young), both of whose criminal pasts are poignantly revealed between preparations of grilled cheeses and tuna melts. Salazar and Young draw out both the wit and weariness of their characters’ resilience.

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DECEMBER 27th 2021:

 

Casting has been announced for the John Douglas Thompson-led production of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, which is set to begin performances at Brooklyn's Polonsky Shakespeare Center on February 5 ahead of an official opening on February 15. Performances are currently slated through March 6 before the production transfers to Washington D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre Company (March 22–April 21).

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DECEMBER 12th 2021:

 

General Motors employee, breadwinner and widowed single mom Marion (Crystal A. Dickinson, heartbreaking) is desperately trying to keep her family's heads above dirty water. Her queer teenage daughter Reesee (a winning Lauren F. Walker) prays to a Yoruba deity to help her little sister, Plum (Alicia Pilgrim), who has leukemia, and their pregnant aunt, Ainee (Andrea Patterson), a recovering addict who's had six previous miscarriages.

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December 2nd 2021:

 A funny thing happened to Reza Salazar on the way to his star turn on stage -- and a role as standard-bearer for a new, more inclusive Broadway.

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NOVEMBER 22nd 2021:

The new play “Clyde’s” is written by Lynn Nottage, directed by Kate Whoriskey and stars Uzo Aduba, Ron Cephas-Jones, Edmund Donovan, Reza Salazar and Kara Young.

The final two weeks of Broadway performances of “Clyde’s” will be simultaneously streamed online, Second Stage Theater announced Monday.

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NOVEMBER 17th 2021:

 

For ChiChi Anyanwu, she got hooked on theater when she and her sister, award-winning playwright Ngozi Anyanwu, began performing in summer musical programs. She found her way to the casting side through an internship with McCarter Theater Center in New Jersey.

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OCTOBER 26th 2021:

 

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present Sarah Anne Fernandez in Now What? on December 12, 2021 at 9:45 PM. Sarah returns to Feinstein's/54 Below after flying across the country by broom as the Elphaba u/s on the national tour of Wicked, fulfilling her ultimate life-long dream and marking her as one of the youngest girls to don the green paint and witch hat in the show's history. So... now what? How do you top your ultimate dream?

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OCTOBER 21st 2021:

 

The cast includes Abena (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play), Charlie Hudson III (A Raisin in the Sun), Nana Mensah (Man from Nebraska), Sandra Okuboyejo (Hamilton), Ade Otukoya (Gem of the Ocean), and Emana Rachelle (In the Name Of). Yao Dogbe (Homebound), Shiro Kihagi (Summertime), and Marsha Regis (Intimate Apparel) are understudies for the production.

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SEPTEMBER 29th 2021: 

 

The plays will run in rep at New Ohio Theatre November 1–20, featuring an acting company including Celeste Arias, Latoya Edwards, Jonathan Fielding, Rebecca S’Manga Frank, Nicholas Gorham, David Greenspan, Iliana Guibert, Rebecca Jimenez, Elise Kibler, Robert Kropf, Brian Miskell, Ricardo Vázquez, Naren Weiss, and Brenda Withers.

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OCTOBER 22nd 2021: 

 

The cast features Crystal Dickinson as Marion, Jennean Farmer as Marion/Ainee Understudy, Lizan Mitchell as Big Ma, Ta'Neesha Murphy as Plum/Reesee Understudy, Andrea Patterson as Ainee, Alicia Pilgrim as Plum, Chavez Ravine as Big Ma Understudy, and Lauren F. Walker as Reesee.  

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OCTOBER 20th 2021:

Sarah Anne Fernandez returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below after flying across the country by broom as the Elphaba u/s on the national tour of Wicked, fulfilling her ultimate life-long dream and marking her as one of the youngest girls to don the green paint and witch hat in the show’s history.

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SEPTEMBER 30TH 2021: 

Jenn Gambatese is going to guest star as Naomi Chesnick. She is most recognizable for her career performing in plays, such as Disney’s “Tarzan” as Jane and as Glinda in “Wicked.” Also appearing in “Blue Bloods” will be David Lee Huynh and Carmen M. Herlihy, they are set to play Minh Tran and Han Tran.

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SEPTEMBER 16TH 2021: 

“On Broadway, you’re speaking to the world,” said the playwright Lynn Nottage, center, with Kara Young and Reza Salazar, two of the actors appearing in her new play, “Clyde’s.”

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