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Voices from the 2018 Hollywood Fringe: Lucy Gillespie, Writer of 'Keeping Up with the Prozorovs'

Making its world premiere at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Fest is playwright Lucy Gillespie's comedy Keeping Up With the Prozorovs — a mashup of Chekhov's Three Sisters and the Kardashians' reality show. She took the time to answer some questions about the piece for me. read interview here

Dashawn “Dash” Barnes, left, Jojo Nwoko and Allison Blaize portray characters in war-torn Uganda in International City Theatre's Los Angeles-area premiere staging of the 2017 drama “Cardboard Piano.” (Photo by Tracey Roman)

Audio Interview: the cast of "Cardboard Piano" at International City Theatre

“Religion can do two opposite things. It can destroy, hurt, and be an instigator of violence, but it can also be the only thing capable of controlling that violence." Hansol Jung

The Kennedy Center has rescinded two past honors given to Bill Cosby. (Matt Slocum / Associated Press)

Bill Cosby's Kennedy Center Honors and Mark Twain Prize rescinded

The Kennedy Center is the latest institution taking steps to distance itself from disgraced comedian Bill Cosby.

On Monday the Kennedy Center announced that its board had voted to revoke two honors it had previously awarded Cosby: the Kennedy Center Honors and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. read more here


Industry Editor Exclusive: The Year Away for FringeNYC

When FringeNYC announced in fall 2016 that it would take a year off, some wondered if it would come back. After all, since the festival began in 1997, many others have sprung up around the city. Is there really still a need for it? FringeNYC producer The Present Company believes there is. read more here

Emily Scafidi is a writer/performer who works in nonprofit consulting.

Should you have a theatre person in your workplace? Yes!

As I've sent out resumes and applied for many jobs, I've found that there was something that occurred in nearly all the interviews I received. Hiring personnel would look at my resume, review my qualifications and experience, and then pause at my education. They would see that I majored in theatre and business administration, but would focus on the "theatre" part. read more here

Victor Garber Monica Simoes

2018 Theatre World Awards Will Honor Hello, Dolly!'s Victor Garber

The 74th annual ceremony will be held at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

This year, the Theatre World Awards will honor Victor Garber, who currently stars as Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly!, with the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. Garber earned a Theatre World himself in 1973 for an Off-Broadway revival of Ibsen's Ghosts. read more here

ArtsWest 2018 An Octoroon - Lamar Legend in ArtsWest's production of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. (Photo by John McLellan)

Local theatre brings edge to West Seattle's art scene

Is a cozy, unassuming storefront playhouse, one nestled between a bakery and a pub in the still-folksy heart of West Seattle, a bastion of provocative new plays? Plays that can entertain but also challenge common assumptions about race, religion and class identity in our society?

Yes. And Exhibit A is An Octoroon, an audacious blend of melodrama, social critique and in-your-face lampoonery that is the latest reason to check out ArtsWest Playhouse. read more here


The Duchess of Malfi by Helen Maybanks

What to Watch at the Theatre

Actress Joan Iyiola shares her pick of the best shows to catch at the theatre.


I'm currently starring in The Duchess of Malfi, and having the time of my life. Written by John Webster over 400 years ago, the plot is simple: two brothers forbid their sister to remarry, she instantly defies them by marrying a man below her class, and her brothers seek to destroy her. Our production asks how anyone can survive in a world where masculinity has become toxic. With a mostly female creative team and the indomitable Maria Aberg at the helm, it is a modern production presenting a world that we all recognize. Come and see it to watch an amazing ensemble at play, with exhilarating live music. It's mad but ultimately about love and survival. Roles like The Duchess are rare—she's powerful, complex and fiercely independent. And yes, there's blood, lots of blood. read more here

Martin Boniface was performing in a production of Into the Woods

Actor's disabled son told to leave theatre show

A disabled man was asked to leave a theatre show his father was acting in when an audience member complained because he was making noises.

Harry Boniface, 25, was watching Into the Woods at The Swan Theatre in Worcester, the Worcester News reported.

Martin Boniface said his son is non-verbal and has "profound and multiple" learning difficulties.

The theatre said it is "devastated" and would have dealt with it appropriately if it had been aware. read more here

"Go to your local arts venues and talk to the people who work there. Send them your plays, go in and talk to them, volunteer, work as an usher so that you can see work and be around other creatives." - Nicholai La Barrie, director of young people at Lyric Hammersmith

How young people can get a start in theatre

A look at the recent openings in London reveals the extent of talent and diversity in emerging theatremakers. We get a peek through windows that have, in the mainstream, been shuttered up by privilege.

Getting a foot in the stage door might seem intimidating. Whether you want to direct, write, produce or act, it's worth getting as much help as you can. We spoke to five people who work with some of London's best youth arts programmes, to see what advice they would give to young people wanting to get a start in theatre. read more here

Much of the lighting at the New Theatre Royal is more than 50 years old

Theatre faces final curtain if new EU law approved

A 19th Century theatre would have to close or face costs of more than £150,000 under EU laws to ban the majority of stage lighting.

If given the go-ahead, the European Commission proposals would abolish the exemption allowing theatres to use tungsten bulbs.

It would mean the New Theatre Royal in Lincoln would have to replace all its vintage lights and associated systems.

Director Natalie Hayes-Cowley said: "It would quite frankly closes us down." read more here