The largely anonymous Chinese immigrants who built the American transcontinental railroad in the 19th century finally get a collective voice — and it sings! — in the world premiere of Jason Ma’s new musical Gold Mountain, presented by Utah Shakespeare Festival Nov. 4-30 in the West Valley Performing Arts Center in West Valley City, Utah.
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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→
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→
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. [Editor’s note: … Read Full Article→
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→