New Haven Theater Company Starts Their 2018/19 Season With A “Love Song”

New Haven Theater Company Starts Their 2018/19 Season With A “Love Song”

Just a block off the New Haven green you’ll find EBM Vintage, a market that specializes in all sorts of antique goods from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. If you go past the typewriters and kitchen gadgets, rotary phones, books, home décor and a few racks of clothes, you’ll find a small, cozy black box theater that’s home to the New Haven Theater Company. About 40 seats are lined up in three or four rows. The stage, only raised a step off the ground, is currently split into two settings; a homey apartment complete with couch sits to the right with a dilapidated and dirty living room to the left. The New Haven Theater Company [NHTC] is gearing up for the first show of their season, “Love Song” by John Kolvenback, which will be followed by Jordan Harrison’s “Marjorie Prime” and Dale Wasserman’s “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.”

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"The Laramie Project" is Personal for CT Director

"The Laramie Project" is Personal for CT Director

This year, The Laramie Project is sure to be one of the most produced plays across the country. In fact, usually is regardless of what year it is. But for one director in CT, the play is all the more personal. Because while much of the world knows Matthew through this play and his story, Shannon-Courtney Denihan got to know him while they were friends in college.

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 Little Theatre of Manchester (LTM) will present John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK weekends from June 1 to June 17, 2018

 Little Theatre of Manchester (LTM) will present John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK weekends from June 1 to June 17, 2018

“A dark, amusing look at romance…strikes just the right balance between wisdom and whimsy…light, bright, anti-romantic, and engaging,” according toThe Hartford Courant, LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short vignettes taking place in an alternate suburban reality (where a bride can literally get cold feet and a couple can simply forget to have a baby). This 80-minute romp explores the tragedy and comedy of relationships. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.

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A Chat with Gabrielle Beckford of “Crowns” at Long Wharf Theatre

A Chat with Gabrielle Beckford of “Crowns” at Long Wharf Theatre

For actress Gabrielle Beckford, starring in “Crowns” is both the start of her professional career and a full circle moment. The recent Rider University graduate grew up in New York City and, while she was involved in all types of art from visual to culinary, her first experience as a performer was singing in church. But after a high school teacher cast in “Hair,” Beckford switched her attention from the pulpit to the proscenium. She started studying voice and dance, eventually completing a BFA in musical theater. It seems to be serendipity that her first professional role after college is in “Crowns,” a gospel-infused play Beckford says hits close to home. To learn more about the show and her experience playing Yolanda, both at McCarter Theatre Center and currently at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, I spoke to her over the phone. Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

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CT Theatre Professor Under Fire After College Newspaper Uncovers Multiple Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

CT Theatre Professor Under Fire After College Newspaper Uncovers Multiple Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

An investigation by a college newspaper has uncovered that a long-tenured faculty member of its theatre program has been accused by multiple female students of sexual misconduct. Even more, the college knew of the allegations, found the professor had violated sexual harassment policies, yet he is still employed to this day. 

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Four-Time Tony Award Winner Boyd Gaines Leads Cast Featuring Sierra Boggess, Helen Cespedes, and Andrew Veenstra for the World Premiere of The Age of Innocence at Hartford Stage

Four-Time Tony Award Winner Boyd Gaines Leads Cast Featuring Sierra Boggess, Helen Cespedes, and Andrew Veenstra for the World Premiere of The Age of Innocence at Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts announced today the cast and creative team for the world premiere of The Age of Innocence, which will perform at Hartford Stage Thursday, April 5, through Sunday, May 6. 

The Age of Innocence has been adapted for the stage by Douglas McGrath. Tony Award Winner Doug Hughes will direct. Four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines leads the cast, which features Sierra Boggess, Helen Cespedes, and Andrew Veenstra.

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CALENDAR NOTICE: PROOF at TheatreWorks New Milford

CALENDAR NOTICE: PROOF at TheatreWorks New Milford

TheatreWorks New Milford will open their production ofProof, a drama by by David Auburn. This production is under the direction of Frank Arcaro of Roxbury and produced by Sonnie Osborne of New Milford.  The cast includes Anna Fagan of Stamford, Daniel Basiletti of Brewster, NY, Carey Van Hollen of Southbury and Viv Berger of Middlebury.

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Eugene O'Neill Theater Center announces 18th Monte Cristo Award honoring Lin-Manuel Miranda

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center announces 18th Monte Cristo Award honoring Lin-Manuel Miranda

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, announces that multi-discipline creative artist Lin-Manuel Miranda will receive the 18th Monte Cristo Award.  An alumnus of the O’Neill, Miranda’s first professional production was at the O'Neill's National Music Theater Conference with In The Heights in 2005. A gala dinner featuring a conversation with the honoree will be held at the Edison Ballroom (New York) on Monday, April 30, 2018.

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Westport Country Playhouse Presents Under-the-Sea Musical “Nugget and Fang” as Part of Its Family Festivities Series

Westport Country Playhouse Presents Under-the-Sea Musical “Nugget and Fang” as Part of Its Family Festivities Series

Westport Country Playhouse will present the under-the-sea musical “Nugget and Fang,” based on the popular book by Tammi Sauer, as part of its Family Festivities Series on Sunday, January 21, at 1 and 4 p.m. Produced by ArtsPower, the one-hour production is appropriate for grades Pre-K through 3.  Tickets are $20.

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Long Wharf Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre to Host the New Haven Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition in 2018

Long Wharf Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre to Host the New Haven Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition in 2018

Long Wharf Theatre (LWT), in collaboration with Yale Repertory Theatre, is hosting the New Haven Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC). Schools throughout the New Haven area will compete to send two winners on an all-expense paid trip to the National Competition in NYC where they will perform on a Broadway stage, see a Broadway play and have a chance to win college scholarships.

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NYC children's theatre and NPT collaborate in Playwriting competition

NPT is excited to announce this collaboration with New York City Children's Theatre.  If you know an aspiring young writer, please pass on the info below! 

New Paradigm Theatre will co-produce the Readings with selected NPT youth and Broadway pros in May!     In NYC and in CT! 

New York City Children’s Theater is seeking short plays from some of the most talented playwrights in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut: Middle School Students!

For More Information, please contact:

Nicole Hogsett, Marketing & Communications Manager 212-573-8791, ext. 18nhogsett@nycchildrenstheater.org

Hartford Stage Selected to Participate in National Creative Aging Program

Hartford Stage Selected to Participate in National Creative Aging Program

Hartford Stage is one of twenty nonprofit arts organizations nationwide selected to participate in the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Catalyzing Creative Aging Program. This new multi-phase project, created in collaboration with Lifetime Arts, will support participating organizations in developing innovative, skills-based arts education programming for older adults.

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