WE ARE PUSSY RIOT Selected for The Contemporary American Theater Festival

WE ARE PUSSY RIOT, by playwright Barbara Hammond, has been selected as one of the five new plays for the 25th Season of The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF).  WE ARE PUSSY RIOT, commissioned by CATF, makes its world debut at the Festival. The play tells the story of five young women that walked into Moscow’s Church of Christ the Savior and offered up a punk prayer to the Mother God: “Virgin Mary, Chase Putin Away!” Their act made them enemies of Church and State, and revolutionary artists in the eyes of Western media. This story speaks to their struggles and the power of the human spirit.

To read more about the CATF, please visit the full article HERE.

Neil Berg’s THE 12 to Premiere

THE 12, which premieres at Denver Center Theatre Company March 27–April 26 under Richard Seyd’s direction, began as a concept by composer/lyricist Neil Berg, who initially had the idea of “conflating iconic rock figures with the apostles,” said Robert Schenkkan in a recent phone interview. That specific idea appealed to Schenkkan less than the notion of “both Christianity and rock and roll as revolutionary moments.”

…Traditionally the disciples were said to retreat to an “upper room,” in many accounts the site of what had been their last supper with Jesus, until reports that Jesus’s tomb was empty—and that some in the group had seen and spoken with their slain leader—began to spread.

“Essentially, they’re hiding out, but 72 hours later they leave the room having somehow overcome their terror and their grief, their sense of betrayal, ready to preach a whole new doctrine,” said Schenkkan.

So what happened in the interim? Given that Jesus is not listed as a character in the playbill, we can assume that Berg and Schenkkan’s answer is not the obvious reverential one. But, as Schenkkan explained, there are sound dramaturgical and even theological reasons to leave the purported grave-break offstage.

To read more about THE 12, please visit the American Theatre’s article: http://www.americantheatre.org/2015/03/13/what-would-jesuss-disciples-do-in-new-musical-the-12-they-rock-out/.

Neil Berg and Robert Schenkkan.

FREUD’S LAST SESSION Wins APT Award for Best Work

3/10/2015 – The Asociación de Periodistas de Teatro (APT) recognizes Álvaro Guerrero and Cecilia Suárez as Mexico’s Best Actors.  Mark St. Germain‘s FREUD’S LAST SESSION, which starred Sergio Kleiner and Dario T. Pie, won Best Work during the XXXII awards.  The awards went out to the best of theater from 2014.

The staging that produced Jorge Ortiz de Pinedo beat SUBJECT and MASTER CLASS, works also included in the category.  FREUD also received the  Best Director award for José Caballero.

At the stage to collect the award, Ortiz de Pinedo said that this project could only have been a success because of the work of everyone on the project, including the two splendid actors, who delivered a wonderful display of the text.

Anne García-Romero’s PALOMA to Premiere in LA

Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 10.05.59 PMPALOMA, written by Anne García-Romero, directed by Alan Freeman, and produced  by The Latino Theater Company will preview on May 28th-29th.  Opening night will be May 30th.

Synopsis:  Peace among Muslims, Christians, and Jews? It happened once, in Spain, for several hundred years, why couldn’t it happen again? When NYU students Ibrahim and Paloma study an ancient Muslim treatise on the art and practice of love, they debate the complexities of romantic relationships while falling into one. When tragedy strikes this interfaith romance, it tests the limits of love in a post-9/11 world and Ibrahim must seek the help of his friend Jared, a young Jewish attorney, to clear his name.

For more information, please visit the Los Angeles Theatre Center’s website: http://thelatc.org/upcoming-shows/paloma/

Yasmine Rana Wins N.J. State Arts Council 2015 Fellowship

Yasmine-2 The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has announced their 2015 Artist Fellowship Award recipients.  The Council focused on the categories of crafts, photography, and play writing this year.  Yasmine Rana (pictured left), as the top winning playwright, has been awarded a grant of $11,500.

Congratulations Yasmine!

For the full story, follow the link HERE The story begins in the second paragraph.