The TVolution Fringe Awards, a Book Club for Plays, Private Theatre at Home, and More Local, National, and International News to Inspire, to Stir, and to Entertain


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The TVolution 2018 Hollywood Fringe Awards!

And here they are The TVolution 2018 Hollywood Fringe Awards…

BEST OF THE FRINGE AWARD Burglars of Hamm's Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk

BEST SOLO SHOW (FEMALE) AWARD Katt Balsan – Balls'ON

read all the awards here

 


Audio Interview: Deanne Bray - Emma Coolidge on NBCs "HEROES" stars in ‘Arrival & Departure' at the Fountain Theatre

In this modern-day, re-imagined stage adaptation of the classic 1945 British film Brief Encounter, a Deaf man and a hard-of-hearing woman, two married strangers, meet accidentally in a New York City subway station. As their casual friendship develops into something deeper, each is forced to confront how their simmering relationship could forever change their lives — and the lives of those they love. The play is performed simultaneously in spoken English and American Sign Language with additional use of open captioning, so that both Deaf and hearing audiences can enjoy the production. listen to the podcast here


Book Club…for Plays @ The Fountain Theatre

On July 19th, the Fountain Theatre witnessed it's inaugural “book club” reading series WEDNESDAY'S @ THE FOUNTAIN and  needless to say, it was a treat. WEDNESDAY'S @ THE FOUNTAIN is a new program run by yours truly, Dionna Michelle Daniel.  The group meets once a month to read contemporary new plays by a carefully curated selection of diverse playwrights.  It's basically a book club…for plays! As the new Outreach and Educational Coordinator, my goal is to acquaint high school & college students to the new voices of the American Theatre. Most of the works we will be focusing on are the works by women, POC, and LGBTQ playwrights. read more here


Get So Many FREE Stuff With Your LA Public Library Card!

Did you know that your library card has so many benefits other than checking out books at your public library? I bet you had no idea that you can get so many free stuff with your library card at comfort of your own home! Well, you can, and we have listed all these freebies that can help you, and your kids with their education and even entertainment. read more here


Princess Grace Foundation USA Announces 2018 Theater, Dance and Film Winners – ‘Fun Home' Director and L.A. Dance Project Among Recipients

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Princess Grace Awards. The Awards will be presented at the annual Princess Grace Awards Gala and continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance, and film. In the presence of Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, this year's Gala will be held at Cipriani 25 Broadway on October 16, 2018. The evening will be co-chaired by Dennis and Phyllis Washington and Anne Sweeney and Phillip Miller. read more here


NATIONAL

Theatergoers at Actors | Courtesy of Actors Theatre

Actors Theatre's Community Tickets Grants gave nonprofits 1,400 free tickets last year

While many theaters struggle to fill the seats of their shows, a few years ago Actors Theatre of Louisville began enacting a simple strategy: give tickets away.

Last year, Actors gave away 1,400 tickets through a program called the Community Tickets Grant. Nonprofits and community groups can apply for free tickets to any show. There is a pretty painless application process, but requests are due before Friday Aug. 3.

Insider spoke with Carrie Syberg, Actors' director of community partnerships, about the importance of the new program. It's three years old and started just after Syberg joined the Actors staff. read more here


Mica Cole

Artistic Directors: Let's Do Better

Four theatre leaders give ‘vision statements' in response to the question: How does the role of artistic director need to change in the 21st century?

At its national conference in St. Louis June 14-16, TCG asked four theatre leaders to answer the question: How does the role of artistic director need to change for today's world?

All four delivered these “vision statements” as speeches to fellow leaders assembled for an artistic directors summit on Friday, June 14. They are published here with their permission. read more here


17 More Regional Houses Every Theatre Lover Should Know

From Seattle's Intiman to Connecticut's Yale Repertory Theatre, these houses produce groundbreaking works across the U.S.

Earlier this year, we brought you 20 regional houses that every theatre lover must know, but any truetheatre lover knows there are more than 20 regional houses that should be on your radar. In that spirit, we've got 17 more regional houses for you to track. Plan your visit now! read more here


FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Arabella Warner artistic director of Kestrel Theatre Company

We are in a rehearsal room in Bicester. A group of actors warm up with an improvisation game involving two guys in a car picking up a hitchhiker.

As the conversation gets more involved, as the characters begin to develop, laughter echoes round the room. For anyone popping their head around the door, this would look like any rehearsal room, the cast like that of any theatre company. Except this is no ordinary group. read more here


The Revels in Hand theatre group performs Ways and Means by Noël Coward at the Shangri-La hotel in the Shard, London. Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian

A play to the super-rich: production firm offers private theatre at home

Revels in Hand has staged Coward on a polo pitch and Shakespeare in a Hamptons beach house

Eleven people are looking on as a couple argue in bed on the 39th floor of the Shard tower in London. They are not shooting a porn film but indulging in the latest must-have for the wealthy: a private West End theatre production.

This week the £10,000-a-night Shangri-La suite of the Shard was transformed into a 1930s apartment for the setting of Noël Coward's Tonight at 8:30, a cycle of one-act comic plays. Next week it could be Pinter in your living room, Shakespeare at your Hamptons summer house or even Wilde on the deck of your superyacht. If you have the money, production crews promise to transform any space into a theatre set and actors will create “the most intimate play you've ever seen”. read more here


Simon Smith has won the award for his book Musical Response in the Early Modern Playhouse, 1603-1625

Shakespeare's Globe gives book award to research on music in early modern theatre

Academic Simon Smith has won this year's Shakespeare's Globe Book award for his work analysing music in early modern theatre.

The biennial award celebrates inaugural books that make a “significant contribution to the understanding of early modern plays and playhouses”, and is intended to champion academics and research in this area.

Smith, who is a fellow at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, wins £3,000 and will deliver a lecture at the Globe on his book, Musical Response in the Early Modern Playhouse, 1603-1625. read more here