Heroes of the Fourth Turning Reading Postponed: 'We Want to Create Space for Activism'

Source: | Posted: June 5 2020 @ 11:19 am

Will Arbery’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalistHeroes of the Fourth Turning was previously scheduled to be presented on Play-PerView on June 13. Playwright Arbery and director Danya Taymor have decided to postpone the reading of the acclaimed off-Broadway show; the original Playwrights Horizons cast was scheduled to reunite remotely.

"After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone our reading of ​Heroes of the Fourth Turning​ on June 13. Because Black Lives Matter," they said in a statement. "Heroes of the Fourth Turning​ takes place on the precipice of crisis. It is a challenging, rigorous examination of whiteness, intended to excavate and expose corrosive and surreptitious ways that whiteness works in its safest corners. While, at the moment, we want to create space for activism, resistance and reflection, we know that this play can contribute to the fight for antiracism when the time is right."

Heroes of the Fourth Turning had its world premiere off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons last fall. The play is set around midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They’ve returned home to toast their mentor Gina (Pawk), newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But …

West End Premiere of Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman Postponed

Source: | Posted: June 5 2020 @ 10:59 am

The previously announced West End premiere of Academy Award and Olivier Award winner Martin McDonagh has been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The dark drama had been set to arrive at the Duke of York's Theatre this summer, directed by Matthew Dunster, who also directed McDonagh's Olivier-nominated play Hangmen. The Pillowman had been scheduled to begin previews on July 24 and open on August 5. Exact dates and details for the delayed production will be announced later.

“Whilst we are naturally disappointed that The Pillowman can’t go ahead this summer, we are fully committed to realizing this new production in the near future," McDonagh and Dunster said in a statement. "We have an extraordinary cast and creative team and can’t wait to bring this new vision of the play to audiences.”

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Steve Pemberton are still set to star in the play.

Set in a totalitarian state, The Pillowman is set as a writer (played by Taylor-Johnson) is questioned by authorities about a spate of murders that bear similarities to his short stories.

The Pillowman arrived on Broadway in 2005 in a production directed by John Crowley and starring Billy Crudup , Michael …

The Cast of Ain't Too Proud Sings Out Powerful Message with 'I Wish It Would Rain'

Source: | Posted: June 5 2020 @ 10:44 am

The Broadway cast of Ain't Too Proud, including stars Nik Walker, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jelani Remy and Matt Manuel, came together to deliver a moving tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement with a performance of  The Temptations hit "I Wish It Would Rain." "Outside, the world was exploding," Walker reads from Dominique Morisseau's script in the video. "Inside, so were we." The video ends with a slate that reads, "Black Lives Matter." The cast is among many members of the Broadway community expressing anguish, grief aand outrage following the killing of George Floyd and the protests that have been sparked nationwide. Watch the powerful video below.

From the cast of @AintTooProud, #BlackLivesMatter

— Ain't Too Proud (@AintTooProud) June 4, 2020

Here’s What A Socially-Distanced Theatre Looks Like

Source: | Posted: June 4 2020 @ 6:02 pm

Around 70 per cent of the auditorium’s seats have been removed, with every second row cleared and seats arranged either individually or in pairs on the remaining rows. – Dezeen

Between Theatre And The Screen – A New Form?

Source: | Posted: June 4 2020 @ 5:29 pm

It’s not film. (Except when it is.) It’s definitely not television. It’s…theatre on a screen? As COVID-19 continues to force industries online, one Bay Area organization is exploring a hybrid platform that could sustain theatre through the pandemic—and possibly beyond. – American Theatre

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