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Sam Shepard conquered both stage and screen

Sam Shepard was an American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director.
Sam Shepard was an American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director.

Sam Shepard’s work spanned over half a century. He wrote 44 plays,  several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs.

He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play “Buried Child.”  He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in film “The Right Stuff” (1983).

Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009. New York magazine described him as “the greatest American playwright of his generation.

Shepard’s plays are known for their bleak, poetic, often surrealist elements, black humor, and rootless characters living on the outskirts of American society. His style evolved over the years, from the absurdism of his early off-off-Broadway work to the realism of “Buried Child” and “Curse of the Starving Class” (both 1978).

Visit Shepard’s website here.

The obituaries:

Playbill.comThe Off-Broadway pioneer’s works included “Buried Child” and “Fool for Love.”

Variety: Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Celebrated Actor, Dies at 73

New York TimesSam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and
Actor, Is Dead at 73

The Washington PostSam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, dies at 73

Vanity FairSam Shepard, Prolific Playwright and Actor, Dies at 73

CNN: Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright and actor, dead at 73

The GuardianSam Shepard, playwright and actor, dies age 73

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2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards Announced

Christy Altomare plays the title character in the Broadway musical production “Anastasia.” (PHOTO: Matthew Murphy)

The just-opened Broadway musical “Anastasia” and the rapturously received revival of Hello, Dolly! are the top nominees of the 2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards. Both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions are eligible.

“Anastasia” earned 13 nominations while “Hello, Dolly!” received 10, including –duh — nods for leading players Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce, plus Kate Baldwin, and Gavin Creel.

Also showing well are “Come From Away” and the now-closed Atlantic Theatre Company’s  “The Band’s Visit,” which tied with seven nomination.  Paula Vogel‘s Broadway debut drama “Indecent” and Dan Sullivan‘s revival of Lillian Hellman‘s biting “The Little Foxes” each earned six nods.

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Off-Broadway League announces Lucille Lortel Awards nominations

The Barrow Street Theater was converted into a pie shop for the immersive staging of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."
The Barrow Street Theatre was converted into a pie shop for the immersive staging of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” nominated for seven Lucille Lortel Awards.

The new musical “Hadestown,” a folk opera produced by the New York Theatre Workshop, and the immersive “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” currently at the Barrow Street Theatre, each earned seven nominations in the 32nd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway, the Off-Broadway League  recently announced.

For plays, Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” and J.T. Rogers’” Oslo,” both currently on Broadway, each earned four  nominations, including for Outstanding Play.

Playwrights Horizons’ “A Life” also earned four nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for star David Hyde Pierce and Outstanding Director Anne Kauffman, earning her fourth career Lortel Award nomination; as did MCC Theater’s “YEN,” including one for recent Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges for Outstanding Lead Actor.Lighting Designer Ben Stanton earned a nomination for the fifth consecutive year – and his seventh career nomination, including a win in 2011 – for his work on “YEN.” The newly added Outstanding Projection Design category netted a dual nomination for Peter Nigrini for his work on “Dear Evan Hansen” and  “Wakey, Wakey.”

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Bedlam at McCarter: ‘Hamlet’ and ‘St. Joan’ take over Berlind stage

Eric Tucker (left) and Edmund Lewis in a scene from Bedlam's "St. Joan,' by George Bernard Shaw. (PHOTO: A.R. Sinclair)
Eric Tucker (left) and Edmund Lewis in a scene from Bedlam’s “St. Joan,’ by George Bernard Shaw. (PHOTO: A.R. Sinclair)

I’ve seen “Hamlet” at least two dozen times. A benefit of being a critic. So I’m eager to see Bedlam’s “Hamlet” — 4 actors playing over 25 roles —  at McCarter because I crave new ways to look at old shows, even if it was conceived this way due to a shoestring budget.

Throughout 47 years of theatergoing (before you do the math, I started young … real young), some of my best experiences were at low-budget, off-Broadway or off-off-Broadway theaters that didn’t recognize a fourth wall, depended on brains, creativity, hard work, devotion to craft, enthusiasm, family, friends, donors and thrill-seeking audiences willing to take risks — just like the actors.

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Behind the scenes rancor troubles Broadway’s potential next hit show

A scene from the production of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” off-Broadway at Ars Nova. (PHOTO: Ben Arons)
A scene from the production of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” off-Broadway at Ars Nova. (PHOTO: Ben Arons)

Does new + old = hot show?

Could “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” be the “Hamilton” of the 2016-17 Broadway season? It was a hot-ticket off-Broadway musical that just started previews this week on the Great White Way. Continue reading Behind the scenes rancor troubles Broadway’s potential next hit show

Playwright Edward Albee dead at 88; winner of 3 Pulitzers and 2 Tonys

Edward Albee early in his career as one of America's most important playwrights.
Edward Albee early in his career as one of America’s most important playwrights.

Edward Albee, widely considered the foremost American playwright of his generation, whose psychologically astute and piercing dramas explored the contentiousness of intimacy, the gap between self-delusion and truth and the roiling desperation beneath the facade of contemporary life, died Friday at his home in Montauk, N.Y. He was 88. Continue reading Playwright Edward Albee dead at 88; winner of 3 Pulitzers and 2 Tonys

‘I Remember Mama’ at Two River Theater is a Mama you will remember

If you want to know what else there is to be learned from the old play “I Remember Mama,” visit its current non-traditional production at Two River Theater that ends on Sunday. Bring your mom, if you’re still lucky to have one.

“I Remember Mama,” based on Kathryn Forbes’  memoir “Mama’s Bank Account,” was adapted for the Broadway stage by John Van Druten (1944), who turned ; turned into a movie (1948) and TV series (1950s), before returning to Broadway (1979) as a musical lasting a mere 108 performances.

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2016 Drama League Award nominees announced

And the NYC theater award season is beginning to pick up speed.

The Drama League, an organization dedicated to building theater audiences and supporting artists, today announced it’s 2015-16 nominees.

The Drama Desk Award Nominations are on April 28th at Feinstein’s/54 Below and the 70th annualTony Award nominations will be announced May 3 and can be seen in a webcast at TonyAwards.com or on CBS-TV. The previously announced Outer Critics Circle Awards will be  presented at the 66th annual awards dinner at Sardi’s Restaurant May 26.

The Drama League Awards  will be handed out at the organization’s annual luncheon May 20. Zachary Levi and Megan Hilty will host the ceremony.

As you read the nomination below, it will look like a free-for-all. The nominations take in Broadway and off-Broadway, there are no 4 or 5 nomination limits, and no where near as many categories as, say, for the Tonys.

If you wish to attend the 82nd Annual Drama League Awards at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway) on May 20, calling (212) 244-9494 or visit its website by clicking here. 

The nominations are as follows:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

10 Out Of 12
By Anne Washburn
Directed by Les Waters
Soho Rep
Sarah Benson, Artistic Director; Cynthia Flowers, Executive Director; in association with John Adrian Selzer

Eclipsed
By Danai Gurira
Directed by Liesl Tommy
John Golden Theatre
Stephen C. Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvey, Paula Marie Black, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Alani Lala Anthony, Michael Magers, Kenny Ozoude, Willette Klausner, Davelle, Dominion Pictures, Emanon Productions, FG Productions, The Forstalls, MA Theatricals, producers; in association with Randolph Sturrup; Associate Producer: Marvet Britto; first produced and presented by The Public Theatre: Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director

The Father
By Florian Zeller
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Doug Hughes
Manhattan Theatre Club
Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer; By special arrangement with Theatre Royal Bath Productions

Gloria
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Evan Cabnet
Vineyard Theatre
Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, Artistic Directors; Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell, Executive Director

Hir
By Taylor Mac
Directed by Niegel Smith
Playwrights Horizons
Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director; Carol Fishman, General Manager

The Humans
By Stephen Karam
Directed by Joe Mantello
Helen Hayes Theatre
Scott Rudin, Barry Diller, Fox Theatricals, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Roy Furman, Daryl Roth, Jon B. Platt, Eli Bush, Broadway Across America, Jack Lane, Barbara Whitman, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, Amanda Lipitz, Peter May, Stephanie P. McClelland, Lauren Stein, The Shubert Organization, and The Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director, Harold Wolpert, Managing Director, and Julia C. Levy, Executive Director), producers; Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, executive producers

King Charles III
By Mike Bartlett
Directed by Rupert Goold
Music Box Theatre
Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman Productions, Almeida Theatre, Robert G. Bartner, Norman Tulchin, Lee Dean & Charles Diamond, Scott M. Delman, Ruth Hendel, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jon B. Platt, Scott Rudin, Richard Winkler, Zeilinger Productions, The Shubert Organization, producers

Marjorie Prime
By Jordan Harrison
Directed by Anne Kauffman
Playwrights Horizons
Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director; Carol Fishman, General Manager

The Royale
By Marco Ramirez
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
Lincoln Center Theater
Andrè Bishop, Producing Artistic Director; Adam Siegel, Managing Director; Hattie K. Jutagir, Executive Director of Development and Planning

Skeleton Crew
By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Atlantic Theater Company
Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

Awake and Sing!
By Clifford Odets
Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried
National Asian-American Theatre Company
Mia Katigbak, Artistic Producing Director; Peter Kim, Associate Producer

Blackbird
By David Harrower
Directed by Joe Mantello
Belasco Theatre
Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Peter May, Jon B. Platt, Len Blavatnick, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Heni Koenigsberg, Stacey Mindich, Wendy Federman, producers; Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, executive producers

Cloud Nine
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by James MacDonald
Atlantic Theater Company
Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director

The Crucible
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Walter Kerr Theatre
Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Len Blavatnik, Roy Furman, Peter May, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergère, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ruth Hendel, JFL Theatricals, Stacey Mindich, Jon B. Platt, Megan Savage, Spring Sirkin, Tulchin Bartner Productions, producers; Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, executive producers

The Gin Game
By D.L. Coburn
Directed by Leonard Foglia
Golden Theatre
Bob Boyett, Jon Bierman, Jamie deRoy, Eric Falkenstein, Wendy Federman, Roy Furman, Philip Geier, Ruth Hendel, Marianne Mills, Ostar, Ira Pittelman, Sanford Robertson, The Shubert Organization; in association with Loraine Boyle, Barbara Freitag, Carol Moellenberg, Ron Simons, producers

Jessica Lange in "Long Day's Journey Into Night." (PHOTO: Joan Marcus
Jessica Lange in “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” (PHOTO: Joan Marcus

Long Day’s Journey into Night
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Jonathan Kent
Roundabout Theatre Company
Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director; in association with Ryan Murphy

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Eric Tucker
Pearl Theatre Company
Hal Brooks, Artistic Director; Jess Burkle, Managing Director

Noises Off
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Jeremy Herrin
Roundabout Theatre Company
Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director

Sense and Sensibility
By Jane Austen, adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill
Directed by Eric Tucker
Bedlam
Eric Tucker, Artistic Director; Andrus Nichols, Producing Director

A View from the Bridge
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Lyceum Theatre
Scott Rudin, Lincoln Center Theater, Eli Bush. Robert G. Bartner, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Roy Furman, Peter May, Amanda Lipitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, John Gore, Ruth Hendel, JFL Theatricals, Heni Koenigsberg, Jon B. Platt, Daryl Roth, Spring Sirkin, producers

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

American Psycho
Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Music and Lyrics by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Rupert Goold
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
David Johnson and Jesse Singer for Act 4 Entertainment, Jeffrey Richards, Will Trice, Rebecca Gold, Greeleaf Productions, John Frost/ Clip Service, Trevor Fetter, Joanna Carson, Gordon Meli Partners, Nora Ariffin, Jam Theatricals, Almeida Theatre, Center Theatre Group, R&D Theatricals, Paula & Stephen Reynolds, and The Schubert Organization, in cooperation with Edward R. Pressman, producers

Bright Star
Music, Book and Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics and Story by Edie Brickell
Directed by Walter Bobbie
Cort Theatre
Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Zebulon LLC, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Len Blavatnik, James L. Nederlander, Carson & Joseph Gleberman, Balboa Park Productions; in association with Rodger Hess, A.C. Orange International, Broadway Across America, Sally Jacobs & Warren Baker, Exeter Capital, Agnes Gund, True Loves Productions and The Old Globe, producers

Dear Evan Hansen
Book by Steven Levenson
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Directed by Michael Greif
Second Stage Theatre
Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director; in association with Stacey Mindich Productions

Futurity
Music by César Alvarez with The Lisps
Lyrics and Book by César Alvarez
Directed by Sarah Benson
Soho Rep and Ars Nova
Soho Rep: Sarah Benson, Artistic Director; Cynthia Flowers, Executive Director; Ars Nova: Jason Eagan, Founding Artistic Director; Renee Blinkwolt, Managing Director; in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays

Lin-Manuel Miranda creates an ambitious musical portrait with "Hamilton." (Photo/ Joan Marcus)
Lin-Manuel Miranda created an ambitious musical portrait with “Hamilton.” (Photo/ Joan Marcus)

Hamilton
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by Thomas Kail
Richard Rodgers Theatre
Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, and The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director), producers

iOW@
Book by Jenny Schwartz
Music by Todd Almond
Lyrics by Todd Almond and Jenny Schwartz
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
Playwrights Horizons
Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director; Carol Fishman, General Manager

On Your Feet!
Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Featuring Music Produced and Recorded by Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
Directed by Jerry Mitchell
Marquis Theatre
James K. Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises, Inc., Berne Yuman, Roy Furman, Terry Allen Kramer, Catherine Adler, Caiola Productions, REG · Grove, IPN/Albert Nocciolino, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Pittsburgh CLO, Eva Price, Iris Smith, Broadway Across America, Larry Hirschhorn/Double Gemini Productions, Marc David Levine/Burnt Umber Productions, Stella La Rue/Lawrence S. Toppall, producers

School of Rock, The Musical
Book by Julian Fellowes
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Directed by Laurence Connor
Winter Garden Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization, producers

Tuck Everlasting
Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle
Music by Chris Miller
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Directed by Casey Nicholaw
Broadhurst Theatre
Grove Entertainment, Arlene Scanlan & Michael Jackowitz, Howard & Janet Kagan, Jeffrey A. Sine, Broadway Across America, Samira Nanda, Matthew Blank, Laurie Glodowski/Susan Daniels, Joan Jhett Productions/Gabrielle Hannah & Marcy Feller, Patti Maurer/Bev Tannenbaum/Sunshine Productions/Karen Humphries Sallick, Warner/Chappell Music/Linda G. Scott, Late Life Love Productions/Alexis Fund, Fakston Productions/Kyle Fisher, Jack Thomas/Caduceus Productions, and Barry Brown, producers

Waitress
Book by Jessie Nelson
Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Directed by Diane Paulus
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Barry and Fran Weissler, Norton and Elayne Herrick, David I. Berley, Independent Presenters Network, A.C. Orange International, Peter May, Michael Roiff, Ken Schur, Marisa Sechrest, Jam Theatricals, 42nd.club/Square I Theatrics, Benjamin Simpson & Joseph Longthorne/Shira Friedman, and American Repertory Theater, producers

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

The Color Purple
Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
Directed by John Doyle
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, Rom Siracusa, Caiola Productions, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Darren Bagert, Candy Spelling, Adam Zotovich, Eric Falkenstien/Morris Berchard, Just For Laughs Theatricals/Tanya Link Productions, Adam S. Gordon, Jam Theatricals, Kelsey Grammer, Independent Presenters Network, Carol Fineman, Sandy Block, producers

Dames at Sea
Book and Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller
Music by Jim Wise
Directed by Randy Skinner
Helen Hayes Theatre
Infinity Theatre Company-Anna Roberts Ostroff & Alan Ostroff, Martin Platt and David Elliot, Patricia M. Roberts & Bert C. Roberts, Carl Berg, Louise H. Beard, Julie Boardman/Sarahbeth Grossman, Douglas & Steven Maine/Chris & Dawn Ellis, producers

Danny Berstein stars in "Fiddler on the Roof." (PHOTO: Joan Marcus)
Danny Berstein stars in “Fiddler on the Roof.” (PHOTO: Joan Marcus)

Fiddler on the Roof
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Broadway Theatre
Jeffrey Richards, Jam Theatricals, Louise Gund, Jerry Frankel, Broadway Across America, Rebecca Gold, Stephanie P. McClelland, Barbara Freitag & Company/Catherine Schreiber & Company, Greenleaf Productions, Orin Wolf, Patty Baker, Caiola Productions, The Nederlander Organization, Gabrielle Palitz, Kit Seidel, TenTex Partners, Healy Theatricals, Edward M. Kaufman, Soffer/Namoff Entertainment, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Jessica Genick, Willl Trice, producers

She Loves Me
Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Scott Ellis
Roundabout Theatre Company
Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director

Spring Awakening
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Michael Arden
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Ken Davenport, Cody Lassen, Hunter Arnold, and Deaf West Theatre (Artistic Director David J. Kurs) with Carl Daikeler, Sandi Moran, Chockstone Pictures, Caiola Productions, H. Richard Hopper, Learytodd Productions, R&D Theatricals, Brian Cromwell Smith, Invisible Wall Productions, Monica Horan Rosenthal, producers

NOMINEES FOR THE DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD

One winner is selected from this category. The recipient can only receive this award once during his or her career.

 Nina AriandaFool for Love
Annaleigh AshfordSylvia
Laura BenantiShe Loves Me
Reed BirneyThe Humans
Alex BrightmanSchool of Rock, The Musical
Danny BursteinFiddler on the Roof
Timothée ChalametProdigal Son
Kelley Curran, The Dingdong
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Jeff DanielsBlackbird
Khris DavisThe Royale
Daveed DiggsHamilton
Georgia EngelJohn
Cynthia ErivoThe Color Purple
Jesse Tyler FergusonFully Committed
Lynda GravattSkeleton Crew
Michael C. HallLazarus
Anne HathawayGrounded
Megan HiltyNoises Off
Jackie HoffmanOnce Upon a Mattress
Jayne HoudyshellThe Humans
Jennifer HudsonThe Color Purple
Marin IrelandIronbound
Andrew Keenan-BolgerTuck Everlasting
Leslie KritzerThe Robber Bridegroom
Jessica LangeLong Day’s Journey into Night
Judith LightThérèse Raquin
Zachary LeviShe Loves Me
Lin-Manuel MirandaHamilton
Jessie MuellerWaitress
Kristine NielsenHir
Lupita Nyong’oEclipsed
Sophie OkonedoThe Crucible
Annette O’TooleSouthern Comfort
Tim Pigott-SmithKing Charles III
Ben PlattDear Evan Hansen
Phylicia RashadHead of Passes
Sam RockwellFool for Love
Thomas Jay Ryan10 Out of 12
Michael ShannonLong Day’s Journey into Night
Jennifer SimardDisaster!
Lois SmithMarjorie Prime and John
Mark StrongA View from the Bridge
Cicely TysonThe Gin Game
Michael UrieShows for Days
Ana VillafañeOn Your Feet!
Benjamin WalkerAmerican Psycho
Nicola WalkerA View from the Bridge
Ben WhishawThe Crucible
Michelle WilliamsBlackbird

Previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award include:

James Earl JonesThe Gin Game
Patti LuPoneShows For Days
Frank LangellaThe Father
Mary-Louise ParkerHeisenberg
Mark RylanceNice Fish
Sam Waterston, The Tempest

These Special Recognition Honorees were previously announced:

Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre
Sheldon Harnick

Unique Contribution to the Theatre
Deaf West Theatre

Founders Award for Excellence in Directing
Ivo van Hove

 

End of TV’s ‘Good Wife’ one less job opportunity for NYC stage actors

Image of "The Good Wife" TV show logoThat collective groan you heard Sunday night wasn’t because the Carolina Panthers lost the Super Bowl game. It was generated by  NYC-based stage actors who saw the commercial announcing CBS’ “The Good Wife” was ending this season after nine more episodes.

It and several other shows hire NYC actors for story arcs and guest appearances or even as series regulars. It’s kinda like supplemental income to support their theater habit.

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Shakespeare in the Park to offer all-female ‘Shrew,’ plus ‘Troilus and Cressida’

Same-sex casts are nothing new. As we know, it was the norm during Elizabethan times. But do I spy a contemporary trend?

Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, staged a superb all-male “Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum” earlier this season and plans to end it with an all-female “I Remember Mama.”

Image of Shakespeare in the Park performance.
Shakespeare in the Park performances have been an annual event since 1962.

And speaking of Shakespeare, The Public Theater just announced its Central Park summer plans include an all-female “The Taming of the Shrew” featuring Cush Jumbo (don’t you just love that name!) and Janet McTeer, as  Katherina and  Petruchio, respectively (but you knew that, right?)

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