Ellen Simon, daughter of the late great playwright Neil Simon, will finally see the world premiere of her play, Ass, starting Oct. 22 in a production by Pioneer Theatre Company. The drama about a famous sculptor and his family was among countless titles cancelled or postponed around the world in March 2020 when the … Read Full Article→
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The famously hawk-nosed actress Margaret Hamilton — best known as The Wicked Witch in the film “The Wizard of Oz,” but employed for decades as a treasured character actress — gets a fresh spotlight in a new one-woman play, My Witch: The Margaret Hamilton Stories, written by John Ahlin for his actress and wife Jean Tafler. … Read Full Article→
New Voices Series in CT Reads Plays By Jeff Talbott, Kenneth Jones, Kevin Renn, Laura Darrell, Joe Landry
Music Theatre of Connecticut launches New Voices — a non-musical pilot program that gives a spotlight to five contemporary plays by living authors in staged readings — Oct. 11 with Jeff Talbott’s mysterious relationship drama i. The 2021-22 series also includes the comedy Hollywood, Nebraska by Kenneth Jones, Oregon by Laura Darrell, Dirty Book by… Read Full Article→
A troubled war veteran shakes the lives of residents of a South Side Chicago apartment building in Joshua Allen’s The October Storm, getting its world premiere Oct. 8-23 by Hudson Stage Company in Armonk, NY. The playwright, who is currently a writer and producer of HBO’s “In Treatment,” told me the play is a kind of … Read Full Article→
Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell, GA, will give Alabama Story — the six-actor, one-set drama about an embattled librarian in the Deep South — its state premiere as part of the resident Equity company’s 2021-22 season. Playwright Kenneth Jones’ fact-inspired drama will be directed by Thomas W. Jones II for a run Feb. 17-March 6, 2022.
Provenance, a new play set in and around a Hoosier history museum, gets a staged reading Sept. 25 as the first title in Actors Theatre of Indiana’s 2021-22 Lab Series devoted to developing new works in Carmel, Indiana. A shocking revelation about the subject of an exhibit at the fictional Heartland Museum is at the center of … Read Full Article→
Midwest actor and playwright Adam Tran conjures the conquering mood of the Mongol Empire’s Genghis Khan in a new one-man show, Mongrel, getting an open-air world-premiere staging by Know Theatre of Cincinnati Aug. 26-Sept. 12 at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum in Hamilton, OH.
Tran told me that the 70-minute play is “a mythology built on … Read Full Article→