Announcing The Public Theater’s 2022-23 Season

The Public Theater

Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham announced the line-up today for The Public’s 2022-23 Season at their landmark home on 425 Lafayette Street with a broad and thrilling slate of new productions and ongoing programming. The iconic New York institution has been home to 55 years of history-making theater, and continues next season with a revival by groundbreaking American playwright Lorraine Hansberry, as well as a new musical and plays by Erika Dickerson-DespenzaRyan J. HaddadJames IjamesSuzan-Lori Parks, and Madeline Sayet. This season will also feature work with renowned theater companies TheBushwick StarrElevator Repair Service, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.“In these tumultuous times, we urgently need the voices of our artists. They alone can provide vivid, three-dimensional looks at what we are and what we might become,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “The artists who make up The Public’s season are prophetic voices, who will give us sustenance, vision, and provocation. James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry are the two classic writers who speak most presciently to the crisis of our times. Suzan-Lori Parks, James Ijames, and Erika Dickerson-Despenza are brilliant contemporary writers whose work reflects our moment beautifully. Ryan J. Haddad brilliantly explodes our ideas about disability, while Madeline Sayet examines her relationship to Shakespeare through her Mohegan identity and perspective.”Eustis continued, “Together, these artists create our 22-23 Public season, which provides striking, thrilling insight into the way we live now. In this time of dramatic difficulty and radical challenges, this season grapples with fundamental questions about our future, as a field and as a nation. Equality, justice, democracy, and freedom are all ideas which are fundamental to The Public, and which are being redefined and reimagined in America. We hope our offerings this season help move those conversations forward into a future we can all embrace, because that future will embrace all of us.”

The Public also continues its year-round engagement through its vital, mission-driven programs: Joe’s PubMobile UnitPublic WorksUnder the RadarPublic Shakespeare InitiativeEmerging Writers Group, Devised Theater Initiative, and #BARS Workshop. These programs and initiatives are the lifeblood of The Public, offering free and low-cost tickets, building community through theater, and developing the next generation of theater artists. This season will bring us an exciting Joe’s Pub lineup as well as a Vanguard Residency, New York Voices commissions, and new Joe’s Pub Working Group cohort. Mobile Unit embarks on two tours of the cityUnder the Radar returns after a year off in the 2021-2022 season, and Public Shakespeare Initiative’s Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble takes on a new Shakespearean adaptation.Continuing The Public’s mission to make great theater accessible to all, The Public’s Joseph Papp Free Performance Initiative will return for all 2022-23 productions. Free tickets to a performance of every production will be available via a digital lottery, powered by The Public’s digital partner, TodayTix.The Public Theater is committed to being a more just, more anti-racist, and more equitable organization. The Public’s leadership and staff-led cultural transformation work is guided by a plan that is built on impactful commitments and goals and the actions needed to achieve them. Learn more about The Public’s cultural transformation plan here.

The Public will require proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination by the date of attendance for access to the facility, theaters, and restaurant. Boosters are encouraged for those eligible under CDC guidelines, but not required. Approved face masks will always be required, including while watching a performance, with exceptions for attendees in Joe’s Pub and The Library at The Public, who are actively eating and drinking. For complete health and safety protocols, visit Safe At The Public. All policies are subject to change at The Public’s sole discretion and without notice. The Library at The Public serves food and drink Tuesday through Sunday, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and closing at midnight. The Library is closed on Mondays. For more information, visitpublictheater.org.Become a Partner or a Supporter of The Public Theater today at publictheater.org.

THE PUBLIC THEATER’S 2022-23 SEASON:New York Premiere
BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE 
Conceived by Greig Sargeant with Elevator Repair Service
Directed by John Collins
September 24–October 16, 2022The cast of BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE will feature Daphne Gaines (Lorraine Hansberry), Gavin Price (Mr. Heycock), Greig Sargeant (James Baldwin), Christopher-Rashee Stevenson (Mr. Burford), and Ben Williams (William F. Buckley, Jr.).In 1965, two of America’s intellectual giants were invited to debate whether “the American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro,” bringing into sharp focus our country’s deepest divisions. The renowned theater company Elevator Repair Service returns to The Public with BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE, a profoundly relevant presentation of the legendary debate between virtuosic writer James Baldwin and father of American conservatism William F. Buckley, Jr. The production concludes with an imagined scene between Baldwin and his close friend Lorraine Hansberry, researched and written by long-time ERS company members April Matthis and Greig Sargeant. Heralded by the New York Times as “one of the city’s few truly essential theater companies,” Elevator Repair Service applies their trademark approach of verbatim textual exploration and intensive collaboration to re-create Baldwin and Buckley’s blistering dissection of race, racism, and human worth. BALDWIN AND BUCKELY AT CAMBRIDGE is conceived by Greig Sargeant and directed by ERS Founder and Artistic Director John Collins.A RAISIN IN THE SUN
By Lorraine Hansberry 
Directed by Robert O’Hara
September 27–November 6, 2022Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN comes to Astor Place this fall in Hansberry’s Public Theater debut. Directed by Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara, this fresh look at a classic proves to be as provocative and powerful today as it was in 1959. Lena Younger has decided to use her late husband’s life insurance to move her family out of their cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. Her son, Walter Lee, has other ideas. This innovative new production of an American classic fearlessly interrogates the American dream in the face of racial and economic strife.New York Premiere
WHERE WE BELONG 
By Madeline Sayet
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
Produced with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 
In Association with Folger Shakespeare Library
October 28–November 27, 2022 WHERE WE BELONG will be performed by Madeline Sayet.In 2015, Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet moved to England to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare, grappling with the question of what it means to remain or leave, as the Brexit vote threatens to further disengage the UK from the wider world. Moving between nations that have failed to reckon with their ongoing roles in colonialism, she finds comfort in the journeys of her Native ancestors who had to cross the ocean in the 1700s to help her people. In this intimate and exhilarating solo piece directed by Mei Ann Teo, Sayet asks us what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world.World Premiere
PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Niegel Smith
November 4–November 27, 2022 On March 13, 2020, as theaters shut their doors and so many of us went into lockdown, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and The Public’s Writer-in-Residence Suzan-Lori Parks picked up her pen and set out to write a play every day. What emerged is a breathtaking chronicle of our collective experience throughout the troubling days and nights that followed. Performing in the intimate Joe’s Pub, PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR is at once a personal story of one family’s daily lives, as well as a sweeping account of all we faced as a city, a nation, and a global community. Working in collaboration with Niegel Smith as director, Parks’ groundbreaking new work is brimming with humanity, bears witness to what we’ve experienced, and offers inspiration as we look ahead.UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL
January 4-22, 2023The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival 2023 will reflect the enormous changes in the field of live theater and performance since 2020. Joyous, outrageous, witty, and powerful, UTR 2023 will partner with stages across the city to highlight national and international artists bursting with innovation, provocation, and celebration.World Premiere 
THE HARDER THEY COME
Book by Suzan-Lori Parks
Including Songs by Jimmy Cliff
Based upon the film, produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone
Music Supervision by Kenny Seymour
Choreography by Edgar Godineaux
Co-Directed by Sergio Trujillo
Directed by Tony Taccone
Winter 2023Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and The Public’s Writer-in-Residence Suzan-Lori Parks brings to The Public a new musical adaptation of the 1972 movie, THE HARDER THEY COME. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the breakthrough film, produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone, tells the story of Ivan, a young singer who arrives in Kingston, Jamaica eager to become a star. After falling in love and cutting a record deal with a powerful music mogul, Ivan soon learns that the game is rigged, and as he becomes increasingly defiant, he finds himself in a battle that threatens not only his life, but the very fabric of Jamaican society. Featuring Jimmy Cliff’sGrammy Award-winning hits, such as “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” former Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre Tony Taccone directs this new musical, with co-direction by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo and choreography by Edgar Godineaux.World Premiere 
DARK DISABLED STORIES
Written by Ryan J. Haddad
Directed by Jordan Fein
Produced by The Bushwick Starr
Presented by The Public Theater  
Winter 2023Acclaimed writer and performer Ryan J. Haddad makes his off-Broadway playwriting debut with the hilarious and audacious DARK DISABLED STORIES. Haddad’s newest autobiographical play is a series of unforgiving vignettes about the strangers he encounters while navigating a city (and a world) not built for his walker and cerebral palsy. Directed by Jordan FeinDARK DISABLED STORIES probes implicit ableism and the assumptions we make about people we’ll never really know. This production will feature American Sign Language, open captions, and audio description integrated into every performance.World Premiere 
GOOD BONES
Written by James Ijames
Directed by Saheem Ali
Spring 2023After winning the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for his play Fat Ham, playwright James Ijames’ new production explores gentrification and the growing price of the American dream in his sharp and funny play, GOOD BONES. A work opportunity to revitalize the blighted neighborhood she grew up in has led Aisha and her chef husband Travis to buy and renovate a charming old house. But as everyone knows, renovation is expensive and stressful—both for buildings and the communities that surround them. Aisha’s young contractor Earl grew up in the area too, but his memories are of more than just dangerous streets and hollowed-out homes. When their purely professional relationship gives way to heated debate about who gets to stay and who has to go, Aisha is forced to reckon with the choices she’s made to get ahead and the painful, joyful, complicated ghosts that haunt her dreams…and her dream house. The Public’s Associate Artistic Director and Resident Director Saheem Ali directs this world premiere play about community, change, and the soul of our cities.World Premiere 
SHADOW/LAND
Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Directed by Candis C. Jones
Spring 2023 Premiering as an audio play at The Public, 2021 Susan Blackburn Prize winner Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s SHADOW/LAND returns in Spring 2023 with a stunning live production. Magalee and her daughter Ruth are faced with the question of legacy when Ruth coaxes Magalee to sell their historic family-owned business as Hurricane Katrina begins her ruin. Directed by Lilly Award winner Candis C. JonesSHADOW/LAND is the first installment of a 10-play cycle traversing the Katrina diaspora in an examination of the ongoing effects of disaster, evacuation, displacement, and urban renewal rippling in and beyond New Orleans.MOBILE UNIT
MOBILE UNIT is excited to hit the road again, bringing art and joy to its communities with two new tours. Kicking off in the fall, Mobile Unit will partner with Joe’s Pub for JOE’S PUB IN TRANSIT, a concert series that will visit community partners throughout New York City.In spring of 2023, The Mobile Unit will embark on a new tour with a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. Conceived by director Rebecca Martinez and composer Julián Mesri, this new adaptation rigorously embraces music from all over Latin America in this tale of separation and joyous reunion. With songs in English and Spanish, this new musical adaptation brings an energetic vibe to this age-old tale of two sets of twins separated by stormy seas as they overcome a baffling case of mistaken identity—and the mayhem and hilarious confusion that follows.JOE’S PUB 
The Joe’s Pub 2022-23 Vanguard Residency will be dedicated to the memory of beloved vocal coach Barbara Maier Gustern. The artists performing in this residency will all be Gustern’s students and collaborators, beginning with Murray Hill in September and Machine Dazzle in October.The Joe’s Pub Working Group 2022-23 cohort will launch with Sita ChayLaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Olivia Harris, J. Hoard, Lama El Homaïssi, and Roshni Samlal.The New York Voices 2022-23 commissions will feature Sunny Jain: Love Force, treya lam: otherlandLiza Paul & Bahia Watson: MASHUP ting!Chris Pattishall & Vuyo Sotashe, and Daniel J. Watts & Nick Blaemire: Quixote.Additional Joe’s Pub performers will include Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments (September 26-28) and Jane Lynch & Kate Flannery: A Swingin’ Little Christmas (December 2-4). The Habibi Festival also returns this fall (October 11-15), featuring Bedouin BurgerBnat el Houariyatand Esraa WardaFiras ZreikHATNoura Mint Seymali, and Yacine Boulares’s Night in Tunisia.ONGOING PROGRAMS OF THE PUBLIC THEATER:FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is one of the cornerstones of The Public Theater’s mission. Since 1962, over six million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals. This summer, The Public kicks off the 60th Anniversary Season of Free Shakespeare in the Park with the drama Richard III, directed by Tony nominee Robert O’Hara and featuring Danai Gurira in the title role (June 21-July 17). The celebration continues with the return of the Public Works musical adaptation of As You Like It, adapted by Public Theater Artist-in-Residence Shaina Taub and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, original choreography by Tony Award winner Sonya Tayeh, and directed by Laurie Woolery (August 10-September 11).The Jerome L. Greene Foundation is the proud season sponsor of Free Shakespeare in the Park.JOE’S PUB, a program of the Public Theater, was named for Public Theater founder Joseph Papp. Since it opened in 1998, Joe’s Pub has played a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting artists at all stages of their careers with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe’s Pub presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community, and artistic freedom. In addition to one-night-only concerts and multi-night engagements, Joe’s Pub is home to the annual Habibi Festival, which hosts artists representing contemporary and traditional musics of the SWANA (Southwest Asia/North Africa) region, and The Vanguard Award & Residency, a yearlong curation series that celebrates the career, and community, of a prolific and influential artist—including Nona Hendryx, Judy Collins, Laurie Anderson, and Barbara Maier Gustern. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe’s Pub presents over 700 shows featuring artists from all over the world and hosts over 100,000 audience members annually. Beyond public performances, Joe’s Pub also leads artist development programs like New York Voices, a commissioning program that helps musicians develop new performance projects, and Joe’s Pub Working Group, an artist-led development and collaboration cohort. Current commissioned artists include Daniel J. Watts & Nick Blaemire, Liza Paul & Bahia Watson, Sunny Jain, Vuyo Sotashe & Chris Pattishall, and treya lam. Joe’s Pub is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.PUBLIC WORKS, a major initiative of The Public Theater, aims to restore and build community by connecting people through the creation of extraordinary works of art. Public Works is animated by the idea that theater is a place of possibility, where the boundaries that separate us from each other in the rest of life can fall away. Working with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites community members to take classes, attend performances, and join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. Led by Public Works Director Laurie Woolery, this initiative deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members, creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well. Public Works exemplifies The Public’s long-standing commitment to putting community at the core of the theater’s mission. Public Works seeks to create a space where we can not only reflect on the world as it is, but where we can propose new possibilities for what our society might be. The Public Works community partner organizations are Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education (Bronx), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), Children’s Aid (all boroughs), DreamYard (Bronx), Domestic Workers United (all boroughs), The Fortune Society (Queens), and Military Resilience Foundation (all boroughs).In its 12th year, The Public Theater’s MOBILE UNIT is a modern reimagining of Joseph Papp’s Mobile Theater. Mobile Unit reaches across economic and geographic barriers to the arts by meeting our communities where they are—staging free professional theater productions and programs in local neighborhood venues such as libraries, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and community centers across all five New York City boroughs. Mobile Unit has served thousands of audiences with critically acclaimed productions including a 2018 National tour of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat. In 2020, Mobile Unit received a Special Drama Desk Award for its program. During the pandemic, Mobile Unit launched a digital workshop inside the NYC Department of Corrections called Hip-Hop vs. Shakespeare, where participants were encouraged to write their own stories. Mobile Unit believes theater is its most powerful when it reflects and connects to the lives of our community.UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL is considered one of the premier international theater festivals focused on new work. Under the Radar is heading into its 18th edition as a core part of The Public Theater’s mission—giving a platform to voices not always heard in the American Theater. UTR supports artists from around the country and the world who are redefining the act of making theater. UTR has introduced numerous artists who are now considered leaders in the field, such as Elevator Repair Service, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Belarus Free Theatre, Guillermo Calderón, Tania El Khoury, and Lola Arias, to name a few. The festival provides a wide lens on contemporary theater: richly distinct in terms of perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice and pointing to the future of the art form.PUBLIC SHAKESPEARE INITIATIVE offers a wide range of programming which includes larger Public Shakespeare Presents evenings, blending incisive commentary by scholars and other thinkers with appearances by artists of all disciplines; intimate Public Shakespeare Talks, giving audiences unique insight into the artistic and intellectual processes of leading Shakespeare practitioners working in the theater; Artist Development Programs, to cultivate some of the most visionary artistic minds working on Shakespeare today; and Education Programs, specifically the Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble, which The Shakespeare Society co-founded with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children over a decade ago, and which has offered hundreds of elementary and middle school students the opportunity to develop their confidence, knowledge, and creativity through the transformative experience of bringing Shakespeare’s words to life onstage in the 12 Shakespeare productions the Ensemble has presented. EMERGING WRITERS GROUP is a program that provides key support and resources for writers at the early stages of their careers. Writers are selected bi-annually and receive a two-year fellowship facilitated by The Public’s New Work Development department. EWG meets twice a month for peer feedback on plays in progress as well as special sessions that connect the group to the wider landscape of New York City theater. Writers receive stipends, the opportunity to observe rehearsals for productions at The Public, career development advice from industry professionals, and artistic and professional support from the New Work Development department and Public artistic staff. Members of the group also receive complimentary tickets to Public Theater shows, invited dress rehearsals, and other special events, as well as a supplemental stipend for tickets to productions at other theaters.DEVISED THEATER INITIATIVE at The Public is one of the first of its kind in the U.S., providing support and resources to the next generation of independent artists and ensembles. Born from iconic productions like HAIRFor Colored Girls…, and A Chorus Line, The Public Theater has always been a strong supporter of the devised theater movement and has helped promote the work of prominent and emerging devised theater-makers. Through The Public’s annual Under the Radar Festival and in its season at Astor Place, innovative approaches to theater have been brought to the attention of audiences in New York and around the world.#BARS WORKSHOP is where verse and theater come together for rappers, actors, poets, performers, orators, playwrights, and song birds. Come create, learn, develop, and innovate firmly at the center. The poetry of speech is what brings it all together. If that is your sweet spot, we think you should enter. The #BARS Workshop is a lab series created by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, to serve as a space for artists to investigate the intersection between contemporary verse and theater. Follow along at @barsworkshop on Instagram.

The Royal Lyceum Announces return of Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of)

Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of), Photo credit: Matt Crockett

The Olivier Award winning production of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) is coming home to Scotland with the original Scottish cast following an acclaimed season in London’s West End.

Isobel McArthur’s unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s classic love story was critically acclaimed when it played at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.  Men, money and microphones are fought over in this irreverent but affectionate adaptation, which includes pop classics such as Every Day I Write the Book, Young Hearts Run Free, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, I Got You Babe and You’re So Vain. Five actors portray the young female servants who retell one of literature’s most famous stories, and these same five actors play every other character, as well as singing and playing instruments.

The cast of the original production will be reunited for the UK tour. Writer and director Isobel McArthur will once again play Darcy and Mrs Bennet alongside Tori Burgess, Christina Gordon, Leah Jamieson and Hannah Jarrett-Scott.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) will be directed by Isobel McArthur and Simon Harvey, with comedy staging by Jos Houben, design by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita, lighting by Colin Grenfell, musical supervision by Michael John McCarthy, sound design by Michael John McCarthy and Luke Swaffield for Autograph and choreography by Emily-Jane Boyle.

David Pugh presents The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Tron Theatre Company and Blood of the Young’s production of PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) with co-producers Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage and Oxford Playhouse.

The Lyceum’s Artistic Director, David Greig, said: 

“When we first opened Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort of) here at The Lyceum in 2019 we knew it was something special – a pitch perfect blend of reverent homage and mischievous send up of Jane Austen’s beloved classic made by a terrifically talented Scottish team of artists.
“Since then, this marvellous show has toured the UK and taken London’s West End by storm, winning the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome this spirit lifting production back to The Lyceum Stage to delight audiences in Edinburgh once more this October.”

Vineyard Theatre resumes performances of Lessons in Survival: 1971 with Reggie D. White

Reggie D. White

Vineyard Theatre has announced that Lessons in Survival: 1971 will resume performances on Wednesday, June 15 with Reggie D. White temporarily stepping into the role of James Baldwin. White is a co-conceiver of the show as one of the members of The Commissary and the Vineyard Theatre’s 2022-2023 Colman Domingo Award recipient.

Lessons in Survival: 1971 is co-conceived by Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall, Tyler Thomas and Reggie D. White, and is created with The Commissary. This innovative work stars Emmy-nominated Carl Clemons-Hopkins (“Hacks”) as James Baldwin and Theatre World Award winner Crystal Dickinson (Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park) as Nikki Giovanni and is directed by Tyler Thomas. Clemons-Hopkins is expected to return to the show on June 21.

In 1971, 28-year-old poet Nikki Giovanni interviewed renowned novelist James Baldwin, 47, on America’s first “Black Tonight Show,” SOUL!  Fifty years later, Lessons in Survival: 1971 reintroduces their candid, provocative dialogue on race and liberation in America to our present moment. Building on the digital exploration of Lessons in Survival, which was recognized by the New York Times in their “Best Theater of 2020,” this revelatory live staging explores the layers of intimacy and ideas between two Black revolutionary artists of different generations, with astonishing resonance for today.

The creative team includes You-Shin Chen (Scenic Design), Mika Eubanks (Costume Design), Amith Chadrashaker (Lighting Design), Lee Kinney and Daniel Kluger (Sound Design), Daniel Kluger (Original Composition), Matthew Glasner, CSA (Casting Director) and Rachel A. Zucker as Production Stage Manager.

Vineyard Theatre had cancelled performances of Lessons in Survival: 1971 through Tuesday, June 14. Ticket holders for impacted performances (June 10-14) will be contacted by phone and email regarding rebooking and next steps. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Vineyard Theatre box office at 212.353.0303 or boxoffice@vineyardtheatre.org for further assistance.

Tickets are now on sale to the general public at www.vineyardtheatre.org or by calling 212-353-0303.

About Vineyard Theatre

Vineyard Theatre is an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to nurturing the voices of daring artists and developing and producing work that pushes the boundaries of what theatre can be and do. One of the country’s preeminent centers for the creation of new plays and musicals, our work seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to see ourselves and our world from different perspectives.

The Vineyard’s 2021-22 season launched with the Broadway transfers of its productions of Tina Satter’s Is This A Room, named “Best Theater of 2019 and 2021” by the New York Times, Time Out and New York Magazine and winner of the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience; and Lucas Hnath’s Dana H., chosen as the New York Times and Time Out’s “Best Theater of 2020 and 2021” and winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, which played in repertory at the Lyceum Theatre in the fall of 2021. Deirdre O’Connell recently won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Dana H. Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive, which premiered at The Vineyard 25 years ago, played on Broadway this past spring, reuniting original cast members Mary-Louise Parker, David Morse and Johanna Day with director Mark Brokaw.

The Vineyard’s fall season also included commissioned new works from Ngozi Anyanwu, Kirsten Childs, Jared Mezzocchi, Polly Pen and Madeline Sayet. The World Premiere of Lessons in Survival: 1971 will be performed from May 25 – June 30.  Building on the digital exploration of Lessons in Survival, which was recognized by the New York Times as Best in Theater 2020, this revelatory live staging explores the layers of intimacy and ideas between two Black revolutionary artists of different generations, with astonishing resonance for today.

Notable Vineyard Theatre premieres include Ngozi Anyanwu’s Good Grief; Jeremy O. Harris’ “Daddy”; Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s Do You Feel Anger?; David Cale’s Harry Clarke (2018 Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel Awards); Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman’s Indecent (two 2017 Tony Awards); two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, Paula Vogel’s How I Learned To Drive and Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria; Nicky Silver’s The Lyons; Marx, Lopez and Whitty’s Avenue Q (Tony Award, Best Musical); Kander, Ebb, and Thompson’s The Scottsboro Boys; Bell and Bowen’s [title of show]; Polly Pen’s Goblin Market; Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Wig Out!; Jenny Schwartz’ God’s Ear; Will Eno’s Middletown; Becky Mode’s Fully Committed; Colman Domingo’s Dot, and many more.

The Vineyard’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Susan Stroman Directing Award, and Colman Domingo Award provide residencies to early-career artists and our education programs serve over 700 NYC public high school students annually and culminate in presenting Developing Artists’ REBEL VERSES Youth Arts Festival.  The recently created Roth-Vogel New Play Commission is awarded annually to a mid- to late-career playwright to create and develop a new play with The Vineyard. Works developed and premiered at our home in Union Square have gone on to be seen around the world and The Vineyard is proud to be the recipient of special Drama Desk, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards for artistic excellence.

The Vineyard’s 2021-2022 Artists-in-Residence include The Commissary, Ryan Haddad, Michael R. Jackson, Lightning Rod Special, Tyler Thomas, and Reggie D. White.

Vineyard Theatre’s leadership includes Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern and Managing Director Suzanne Appel.

www.vineyardtheatre.org

Myles Frost has become youngest performer to win ‘Best Actor in a musical’ Tony Award prize

Myles Frost

Last night, Myles Frost made history, becoming the youngest individual actor to win a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical at only 22- years old. He took home the award for his critically acclaimed performance as Michael Jackson in the smash Broadway hit, MJ. The show took home four Tony Awards in total, including Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design in a Musical, and Best Sound Design in a Musical.

After the ceremony, the show celebrated the historic win at Tavern on the Green. In attendance were Prince Jackson, Paris Jackson, Michaela Coel, Cynthia Erivo, Lena Waithe, and more.

MJ features a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize® winner Lynn Nottage and a score made up of some of the best-loved, top-selling songs in recording history. Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon directs and choreographs.  The production features scenic design by Tony Award winner Derek McLane, lighting design by Tony Award winner Natasha Katz, costume design by Tony Award winner Paul Tazewell, sound design by Olivier Award winner Gareth Owen, projection design by Peter Nigrini, hair & wig design by Charles Lapointe, musical supervision / orchestration / arrangements by David Holcenberg, and musical direction / orchestrations / arrangements by Jason Michael Webb

MJ is produced by Lia Vollack Productions by special arrangement with The Estate of Michael Jackson.

“The Music Man” releases new block of tickets today

Hugh Jackman

The producers of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man announced that, beginning today, a new block of tickets will be available for November 8 through November 27 at 5:00 PM ET today.  Starring two-time Tony Award®, Grammy Award®, and Emmy Award®-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo, The Music Man is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren CarlyleThe Music Man is nominated for six 2022 Tony Awards at tonight’s ceremony, including Best Revival of a Musical.

To purchase tickets, please visit Telecharge.com.

The Music Man also stars Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley as Marcellus Washburn, Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shinn, and Tony Award winner Marie Mullen as Mrs. Paroo, Remy Auberjonois as Charlie Cowell, Gino Cosculluela as Tommy Djilas, and Emma Crow as Zaneeta Shinn. Joining the cast are Benjamin Pajak as Winthrop, Kayla Teruel as Amaryllis, Garrett Long as Ethel Toffelmier, Linda Mugleston as Alma Hix, Jessica Sheridan as Maud Dunlop, Rema Webb as Mrs. Squires, Phillip Boykin as Olin Britt, Eddie Korbich as Jacey Squires, Daniel Torres as Ewart Dunlop, Nicholas Ward as Oliver Hix, Lance Roberts as Constable Locke, Max Clayton as Standby for Harold Hill, and Nick AlvinoJordan BeallRonnie S. Bowman Jr.Maria BriggsAudrey CardwellJT ChurchKammie CrumAydin EyikanCarlee FlanaganEthen Green-YoungerEmily HoderCurtis HollandEloise KroppEthan LafazanKayla LaVineAndrew MinardSean MontgomeryTanner QuirkDaniel Patrick RussellAnn SandersSherisse SpringerMitchell TobinKathy VoytkoBranch Woodman, and Ryan Worsing rounding out the Ensemble.

The Music Man is making available 10,000 tickets at just $20 each to New York City students, their families, and their teachers to help foster a love and appreciation for the arts by making Broadway more accessible. This broad effort is built around partnerships with the New York City Department of Education and a dozen local youth non-profits including Artists Striving to End Poverty, Art Start, Arts For All, Arthur Miller Foundation, On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program, Young People’s Chorus of NYC, Education Through Music, Rosie’s Theatre Kids, R Evolucion Latina, and Broadway Bridges.

One of the most universally cherished treasures of the American musical theater, The Music Man was an instant smash hit when it premiered on Broadway on December 19, 1957. It went on to win five Tony Awards, including the prize for Best Musical, and ran for 1,375 performances. The Smithsonian Institution ranks The Music Man as one of the “great glories of American popular culture.”

The Music Man creative team includes four-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto (Scenic & Costume Design), five-time Tony Award winner Brian MacDevitt (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Luc Verschueren for Campbell Young and Associates (Hair, Wigs, & Makeup Design), Tony Award winner Jonathan Tunick (Orchestrations), David Chase (Vocal and Dance Arrangements), and Patrick Vaccariello (Musical Director).

Ms. Mullen is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

The Music Man is produced by Barry Diller, David GeffenKate Horton and Fictionhouse.

 “Into The Woods” announces additional casting

Into the woods

Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, announced additional casting today for the hugely acclaimed and completely sold-out New York City Center Encores! production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical, Into the Woods, for the strictly limited, 8-week engagement on Broadway. Performances begin Tuesday, June 28 at the St. James Theatre, ahead of an official opening night on July 10. Into the Woods is directed by Lear deBessonet, music direction by Rob Berman with The Encores! Orchestra, and choreographed by Lorin Latarro. This production is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Sondheim.

Joining the cast are Nancy Opel as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Aymee Garcia as Jack’s Mother, Alysia Velez as Rapunzel, and Delphi BorichFelicia CurryAlexander Joseph GraysonPaul KreppelDiane Phelan, and Lucia Spina as understudies.

Tickets are available via SeatGeek.com/into-the-woods.

As previously announced, the star-studded cast will include  Sara Bareilles as the Baker’s Wife, Brian D’Arcy James as the Baker, Tony Award® winner Patina Miller as the Witch, Phillipa Soo as Cinderella, Tony Award winner Gavin Creel as the Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince, Joshua Henry as Rapunzel’s Prince, Ta’Nika Gibson as Lucinda, Annie Golden as Cinderella’s Mother/Grandmother/Giant’s Wife, Albert Guerzon as Cinderella’s Father, Brooke Ishibashi as Florinda, Kennedy Kanagawa as Milky White, David Patrick Kelly as the Narrator/Mysterious Man, Julia Lester as Little Red Riding Hood, Cole Thompson as Jack, David Turner as the Steward, Jason ForbachMary Kate Moore, and Cameron Johnson.

The Into the Woods creative team includes Tony Award winner David Rockwell (Scenic Design), Andrea Hood (Costume Design), Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer & Alex Neumann (Co-Sound Designers), James Ortiz (Puppet Design), and Cookie Jordan (Hair, Wigs & Makeup Design). Casting is by Telsey & Co. with Production Supervision by Cody Renard RichardJustin Scribner will serve as the Production Stage Manager.

Into the Woods first premiered on Broadway in 1987, winning three Tony Awards including Best Score and Best Book. It has since been produced throughout the world and was adapted into a major motion picture in 2014. This production will mark its first time on Broadway in 20 years.

Into the Woods is produced by Jujamcyn Theaters; Jordan Roth; New York City Center; Daryl Roth; Hunter Arnold; Concord Theatricals; Nicole Eisenberg; Jessica R. Jenen; Michael Cassel Group; Kevin Ryan; ShowTown Productions; Armstrong, Gold & Ross; Nicole Kastrinos, Executive Producer. 

COME FROM AWAY to play final Broadway performance October 2, 2022

Come From Away

After 1,670 performances and 25 previews on Broadway, Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams,  Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost) announce the Tony & Olivier Award-winning smash hit musical COME FROM  AWAY will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West  45th Street). By the time the company takes its final bow, COME FROM AWAY will be the 49th longest-running production  in Broadway history and the longest-running show in the 105-year history of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, a milestone  the musical will celebrate on Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Junkyard Dog Productions said, “When we first saw COME FROM AWAY at NAMT, we were profoundly moved by this  life-affirming musical set in the wake of 9/11, and the incredible artistry of Irene & David’s storytelling. We were  passionate to share this work with a wider audience and, throughout its development across North America, we were  continually amazed by the overwhelming audience enthusiasm for this story about the power of human kindness. This  journey, which started 7 years ago, has exceeded every expectation we could have ever had for COME FROM AWAY. We 

are forever inspired by the unfailing generosity of the people of Newfoundland, and so grateful to the entire COME FROM  AWAY Broadway family, onstage and off, many of whom have been with us since our world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse  and Seattle Repertory Theatre.” 

Irene Sankoff & David Hein said, “We are immeasurably grateful for the past five years, to Junkyard Dog Productions,  Chris Ashley, Kelly Devine, Ian Eisendrath and our entire team, for the support of this incredible Broadway community and  for our audiences who embraced and celebrated a story about kindness and being good to one another – a message which  is needed now more than ever. Winning awards around the globe and becoming the most successful Canadian musical is  a testament to this story and the incredible artistry of every member of our Come From Away family. But we’re even more  proud of the good we’ve all been able to do with this show: packing meals for food banks on 9/11, paying it forward with  random acts of kindness and raising millions of dollars for countless charities. The candle is still in the window and the  kettle’s always on at COME FROM AWAY, with the continuation of our North American Tour and West End production,  the return of our productions in Australia and Canada – and returning from a Netherlands production in Dutch to see an  Argentinian production in Spanish, we are amazed how far the incomparable Newfoundland generosity continues to  inspire around the globe. It continues to be an honor to tell this story and an incredible gift we’ll never forget.” 

A “Best Musical” winner all around the world, COME FROM AWAY began performances on Broadway on February 18,  2017, and officially opened to critical acclaim on March 12, 2017, earning 7 Tony Award nominations including Best  Musical and winning the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Ashley). The original musical recouped  its $12 million capitalization in less than 8 months on Broadway. 

Following the Broadway shutdown, COME FROM AWAY reopened on September 21, 2021 after a special free  performance with Ford’s Theatre at Washington D.C.’s National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Friday,  September 10, 2021 in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. The musical’s road to Broadway also included  two benefit concert performances at the hockey rink in Gander, Newfoundland, the small Canadian town where the  musical takes place. 

There are four global productions of COME FROM AWAY including on Broadway; the four-time Olivier Award-winning,  including Best Musical, production in London’s West End; the North American Tour and the Australian National TourCOME FROM AWAY will return to Toronto following a run at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre in July 2024. 

The Critics’ Choice Award-nominated live filmed version of COME FROM AWAY, captured from the Gerald Schoenfeld  Theatre stage during the shutdown, is streaming globally on Apple TV+

COME FROM AWAY features a book, music and lyrics by Olivier, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winners and  Grammy and two-time Tony Award nominees Irene Sankoff & David Hein, direction by Tony Award winner and Outer  Critics Circle Award winner Christopher Ashley, musical staging by Olivier Award winner and two-time Tony Award  nominee Kelly Devine, and music supervision by Olivier Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Ian Eisendrath.  

COME FROM AWAY features scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Tony Award nominee  Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, sound design by Olivier & Outer Critics  Circle Award winner and Tony Award nominee Gareth Owen, orchestrations by Olivier Award winner and Grammy & Tony  Award nominee August Eriksmoen, and music arrangements by Olivier Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Ian  Eisendrath.  

COME FROM AWAY currently features Petrina Bromley, De’Lon Grant, Becky Gulsvig, Caesar Samayoa, James Seol, Q.  Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Gene Weygandt, Sharon Wheatley, Paul Whitty, Josh  Breckenridge, John Jellison, Tony LePage, Monette McKay, Happy McPartlin and Julie Reiber. Original Broadway cast  member Jenn Colella will return as ‘Beverley/Annette & others,’ a performance that earned her a 2017 Tony Award  nomination and Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Craig Noel, Helen Hayes and Dora Awards, for a strictly limited  engagement from Tuesday, June 21 through Sunday, August 7, 2022. Sharone Sayegh (The Band’s Visit) will also join the  Broadway company direct from the North American Tour on Tuesday, June 21 as ‘Bonnie & others.’Olivier Award nominee 

Rachel Tucker will return to the role of ‘Beverley/Annette & others’ on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 and original Broadway  cast member Petrina Bromley will return to the role of ‘Bonnie & others’ on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. 

COME FROM AWAY tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland  that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night,  and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On September 11, 2001, the world stopped. On September 12, their stories  moved us all.  

COME FROM AWAY has won the Tony Award for “Best Direction of a Musical” (Christopher Ashley), 4 Olivier Awards  (London) including “Best New Musical,” 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding New Broadway Musical,” 3 Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding Musical,” 4 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (North  American Tour) including “Best Production,” 4 Helen Hayes Awards (D.C.) including “Outstanding Production of a Musical,”  4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including “Excellence in Production of a Musical,” 6 San Diego Critics Circle Awards  including “Outstanding New Musical,” 3 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards including “Best New Musical,” 3 Dora Awards  (Toronto) including “Outstanding New Musical/Opera” and “Outstanding Production,” and the 2017 Jon Kaplan Audience  Choice Award (Toronto).  

Tickets for COME FROM AWAY on Broadway are available at Telecharge.com (212.239.6200) and the Gerald Schoenfeld  Theatre box office, and range from $49 – $177 (including $2 facility fee). A limited number of $38 general rush tickets  (including the $2 facility fee) will be available at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre box office when it opens for that day’s  performance(s). Limited two tickets per person, subject to availability. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.  

The playing schedule for COME FROM AWAY on Broadway is as follows: Tuesday through Friday at 7pm and Saturday at  8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. 

The Grammy Award-nominated original Broadway cast recording of COME FROM AWAY is available digitally and in stores  everywhere. Grammy Award winner David Lai, and Grammy Award nominees Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, Irene  Sankoff & David Hein served as album producers. 

COME FROM AWAY is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost),  Jerry Frankel, Latitude Link, Smith & Brant Theatricals, Steve & Paula Reynolds, David Mirvish, Michael Rubinoff,  Alhadeff Productions, Michael Alden & Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Sam Levy, Rodney Rigby, Spencer Ross, Richard Winkler,  Yonge Street Theatricals, Sheridan College, Michael & Ellise Coit, Ronald Frankel, Sheri & Les Biller, Richard & Sherry  Belkin, Marlene & Gary Cohen, Allan Detsky & Rena Mendelson, Lauren Doll, Barbara H. Freitag, Wendy Gillespie, Laura  Little Theatricals, Carl & Jennifer Pasbjerg, Radio Mouse Entertainment, The Shubert Organization, Cynthia Stroum,  Tulchin Bartner Productions, Gwen Arment/Molly Morris & Terry McNicholas, Maureen & Joel Benoliel/Marjorie & Ron  Danz, Pamela Cooper/Corey Brunish, Demos Bizar/Square 1 Theatrics, Joshua Goodman/Lauren Stevens, Adam  Blanshay Productions/Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Bill & Linda Potter/Rosemary & Kenneth Willman, and La Jolla  Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre.  

COME FROM AWAY was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, and  presented in 2016 by Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC and Mirvish Productions at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto,  CA. COME FROM AWAY (NAMT Festival 2013) was originally developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Michael  Rubinoff Producer, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and was further developed at Goodspeed Musicals’  Festival of New Artists, in East Haddam, CT. The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, and the Fifth Avenue  Theatre in Seattle WA also provided development support.  

For more information visit: www.ComeFromAway.com.  

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The Shubert Organization is committed to the health and safety of all members of the Broadway community—theatre  employees, production staff, cast, and audience members. View Details and Terms & Conditions. Safety guidelines will  continue to be updated on the official COME FROM AWAY website.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING 

“YOU LEAVE THE THEATRE FULL OF HOPE!” – Daily Express 

“A HIT AND A MASTERPIECE! JOYOUS, UPLIFTING AND PENTY OF HUMOR!” – Herald Sun “BEAUTIFULLY GIVES PEOPLE REASON TO COME TO THE THEATER—AND COME TOGETHER.” Chicago Tribune “A MIGHTY MUSICAL THAT REMINDS US OF THE POWER OF HUMAN GOODNESS!” Los Angeles Times 

“EXUBERANT! THE IMPACT IT’S HAVING ON HEARTS AND MINDS IS REMARKABLE. AN EFFERVESCENT MUSICAL  ANTIDOTE FOR WHAT AILS THE AMERICAN SOUL.” The Washington Post 

“THIS STORY TOUCHED THE WORLD AND CELEBRATES THE BEST THAT WE CAN ALL BE. WE NEED IT, ESPECIALLY  RIGHT NOW.” – Tom Brokaw, NBC News 

CRITIC’S PICK! “THE CATHARSIS WE NEED IN THIS AMERICAN MOMENT. IMAGINATIVE AND EMOTIONAL. A  GALE OF GOOD WILL BLOWS OUT OF THIS SMART, ROBUST SHOW.” The New York Times 

“IT DOES WHAT ALL THE BEST MUSICALS DO: IT TAKES YOU TO A PLACE WHERE YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU  WANTED TO GO, AND MAKES YOU NOT WANT TO LEAVE.” Newsweek 

“A GLOBAL PHENOMENON!” – The Guardian 

“THIS MIRACULOUS MASTERPIECE IS TOTALLY, SOUL-FEEDINGLY WONDERFUL.” Time Out  “A MOVING AND THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINING TRIBUTE TO THE INDOMITABLE HUMAN SPIRIT.” – Variety # # #

Operation Mincement, a new musical, extends Riverside Studios run until 23 July 2022

Operation Mincemeat

It was announced today that Operation Mincemeat, a new musical, has extended its run by two weeks until 23rd July at Riverside Studios.


The year is 1943 and we’re losing the war. Luckily, we’re about to gamble all our futures on a stolen corpse. 

After sold-out runs at the New Diorama Theatre in 2019 and Southwark Playhouse in 2020, 2021 and earlier in 2022, Operation Mincemeat is back for a 10-week run in its new home Riverside Studios. Having spent lockdown rewriting the show, weeping and eating biscuits, SpitLip has extended the run of this newer, bigger and (somehow) even better version.

Singin’ in the Rain meets Strangers on a Train, Noel Coward meets Noel Fielding, Operation Mincemeat is the fast-paced, hilarious and unbelievable true story of the twisted secret mission that won us World War II. The question is, how did a well-dressed corpse wrong-foot Hitler? 

Operation Mincemeat won The Stage Debut award for Best Composer/Lyricist, the Off-West End award for Best Company Ensemble and was listed in the Observer’s Top 10 shows of the year.  The show was commissioned by New Diorama Theatre, co-commissioned by The Lowry, and supported by the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat with additional support from Avalon. 

Riverside Studios is a multi-arts venue, situated in a beautiful location on the banks of the Thames in Hammersmith, west London. For over 45 years, it has been the home of an extraordinary mix of theatre, film, comedy, art, dance, music and television. It reopened fully in 2020 after a total redevelopment.

Little Amal visits Birmingham city centre produced by Birmingham Rep

Little Amal

Birmingham Rep have announced that they will be producing Little Amal’s first-ever visit to Birmingham city centre on Thu 23 Jun as she journeys through England on her New Steps, New Friends tour to mark World Refugee Week (19-27 Jun). Her visit will be supported by Birmingham City Council andin partnership with Active Arts.

Since her initial 8,000km journey from Syria, Little Amal, a 3.5 metre puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian girl refugee, has become an international symbol of human rights. She has come to represent the millions of refugee children including those who have been separated from their families.  

One year on from leaving Syria and 5 weeks after her visit to Ukraine, she will mark World Refugee Week by visiting 11 towns and cities across England, including Birmingham, meeting old friends and making new ones. Amal will be sharing a message of resilience and hope with anyone who has been forced to leave their homes. 

In a free event, Little Amal will walk a route through the centre of Birmingham meeting different ‘families’ made up of relatives, friends and community groups. Each of these ‘families’ will pose for a special photo portrait within a giant moveable photoframe, welcoming Amal into their unique group photographs. This theatrical installation celebrates Birmingham’s diverse population and introduces Amal to everything ‘Brummie’. The exact route and timings will be confirmed soon, with details listed at birmingham-rep.co.uk

Rachael Thomas, Executive Director at The Rep said; “We are extremely honoured to be producing Little Amal’s first-ever visit to Birmingham’s city centre, marking World Refugee Week. Little Amal is not only an arresting and beautiful moment for the public to be a part of, but a rousing symbol of human rights that is so relevant in our world right now. We look forward to introducing Amal to the ‘families’ that make up our rich and vibrant city.”

Little Amal will also visit Manchester, Stonehenge, Liverpool, Bradford and Leeds, Bristol, Cheltenham, Canterbury and London. Her journey will end in Kent where she arrived in the UK, standing on the shore in Folkestone remembering the life she left behind and her first days in her new home. 

It takes three puppeteers to operate Little Amal, a stilt walker whose legs become Amal’s and who also animates her face, one puppeteer on each of her arms. There is a team of ten puppeteers, some from refugee backgrounds. The puppet is crafted from moulded cane and carbon fibre.

Little Amal represents the millions of refugee children separated from their families. Her urgent message to the world is “Don’t forget about us”. 

The Walk is produced by David Lan, Tracey Seaward and Stephen Daldry for The Walk Productions in association with the Handspring Puppet Company and led by artistic director Amir Nizar Zuabi.   

New Steps New Friends is supported by Choose Love. 

For more information visit birmingham-rep.co.uk.

New Artistic Director announced for Bristol Old Vic

Nancy Medina

Bristol Old Vic today announces that Nancy Medina is appointed as the company’s new Artistic Director. Medina takes up the role full-time in spring 2023 and follows Tom Morris who is stepping down after 12 years in the role.

As a director, her recent credits include Moreno (Theatre503), Trouble in Mind (National Theatre), Two Trains Running (Royal & Derngate/ETT), Strange Fruit (Bush Theatre), The Half God of Rainfall (Kiln Theatre/Fuel/Birmingham Rep), and Yellowman (Young Vic). Her forthcoming production of the world première of The Darkest Part of the Night by Zodwa Nyoni opens at Kiln Theatre on 14 July.

Nancy Medina said today, “I feel a great sense of awe and excitement to be embarking on a journey that will contribute to the great legacy of leading England’s oldest working theatre. I feel gratitude to be joining the amazing team at Bristol Old Vic and to further the outstanding work that Tom and Charlotte have initiated for excellence in creativity, innovation, artist development and engagement with the wider city of Bristol.

“I have lived in Bristol for 14 years, have grown as a person, as an artist, and I am happily raising my children here. It will be a great honour to listen, reflect, and engage with the people of Bristol and together imagine what the future of theatre and the arts can be in this shining city of the South West.”

Bernard Donoghue, Chair, Bristol Old Vic, commented, “I am absolutely delighted that Nancy Medina will be joining Bristol Old Vic as our next Artistic Director and Joint CEO.

“We were humbled to have had an astonishing calibre of candidates apply for this role, which reflects the strength of Bristol Old Vic, its place in UK and international theatre, and the legacy and achievements of Tom Morris over the last 12 years.

“Nancy is an inspiring visionary, a highly accomplished and award-winning director, and a passionate advocate for Bristol. Her commitment to our ambitions for Bristol Old Vic to be a producing powerhouse, an important civic space for Bristol and the region, and being an accomplice in the work on social justice, diversity, inclusion and equality is clear in everything she does.

“The Board, the executive team, our partners, stakeholders and I look forward to working with her in this next exciting chapter of the theatre’s life.”

Sado Jirde, Vice Chair, Bristol Old Vic, added, “I am delighted that we have appointed Nancy to the role of Artistic Director at Bristol Old Vic. She has worked nationally and internationally to produce plays that engage and enthral audiences from all walks of society. She is passionate about producing accessible and truthful theatre and we are extremely excited to be working with her.

“At a time in which institutions across the country are looking at the challenging legacies of our history, for Bristol Old Vic to appoint a highly talented Black Latinx woman as Artistic Director provides a real opportunity to effect real change in how we express the multiplicity of British identities, experiences, and histories. This is a significant moment in the story of the organisation and of Bristol’s cultural sector and Bristol Old Vic is delighted to be at the forefront of this work.”

Tom Morris, outgoing Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic, stated, “This is a brilliant appointment made by an outstanding board through a groundbreaking and incisive process. Nancy is a landmark director at the height of her powers and a visionary creative leader. Through her own rehearsal rooms and the extraordinary achievement of setting up the Bristol School of Acting, she has established an unmatched reputation in combining radical change with artistic excellence. This combination is precious and rare.

“To survive and flourish over the next decades, British theatre is going to have to change and that will need outstanding leadership. Through this appointment, Bristol Old Vic has put itself in the best possible position to be in the vanguard of that process.”

Nancy Medina is the recipient of the following awards – 2020/2021 Peter Hall Bursary (National Theatre), 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award (Royal & Derngate/English Touring Theatre), 2017 Genesis Future Director Award (Young Vic) and 2014 Emerging Director’s Prize (Tobacco Factory Theatres).

Her credits include Moreno (Theatre503), Trouble in Mind (National Theatre), The Half God Of Rainfall (Fuel/Birmingham Rep/Kiln Theatre) The Laramie Project (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School), Two Trains Running (Royal & Derngate/ETT/RTST), Strange Fruit (Bush Theatre), Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), When They Go Low (NT Connections/Sherman Theatre), Yellowman (Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It (GB Theatre), Curried Goat And Fish Fingers (Bristol Old Vic), Dogtag (Theatre West), Strawberry & Chocolate, Dutchman (Tobacco Factory Theatres) and Persistence Of Memory (Rondo Theatre).

She is a visiting director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Joint Artistic Director of the Bristol School of Acting.