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The coronavirus pandemic has prevented most in-person theater this year, so the prize board is changing the eligibility rules for its annual drama honor.
Thrilled for the role, needing a paycheck and confident that the theater was safe, Jessika D. Williams left the actors’ union to take the part.
The venues, all small nonprofits in New England, will be permitted by Actors’ Equity to put on work with union actors.
Several hundred workers are receiving $1,000 relief payments from the Public Theater.
Decision comes after months of uncertainty following a Broadway shutdown that kept many shows from opening.
“It takes a lot of work and humility, and it requires that white people step aside,” says one of several artistic leaders who have done just that.
Only 50 audience members apiece will be allowed to attend tent performances of “Godspell” and “Harry Clarke" in the Berkshires.
The pandemic has darkened theaters around the country. So this summer, some are staging scenes in parks and fields for small groups of masked patrons.
At issue: payment for media buying and marketing strategy for the Broadway revivals of “West Side Story” and “The Music Man.”
The first professional musical staged in the United States since theater shut down is also a de facto public health experiment.
A Barrington Stage Company production won the blessing of the actors’ union, but was unable to get permission from Massachusetts state officials.
Calls for diversity grow louder, and there are shows in the pipeline. But many are being shepherded by newcomers, not the powerful industry regulars.
The annual awards show for Off and Off Off Broadway theater was prerecorded and streamed after the coronavirus led to cancellation of a live ceremony.
A 29-page document released this week amounts to a call for wholesale restructuring of the system, onstage and backstage, on Broadway and beyond.
Theaters in the Berkshires are planning live shows, “Godspell” and “Harry Clarke,” with limited audiences and virus-related protocols in place. One will be indoors, and one outdoors.
The Broadway actor’s battle with the coronavirus was followed closely by many as his wife chronicled his experience on social media.
Watching through windshields. Audiences of two. An elbow bump instead of a kiss. Theaters across the country find novel ways to play in a pandemic.
Disney+ is streaming a live-capture film of “Hamilton.” It’s just the latest chapter in a deepening relationship between the company and the musical’s creator.
The Wilma, seeking to reopen in Philadelphia, says it will erect a new seating structure in which every party is in its own separate box.
The industry has not yet set a reopening date, but said it would now refund tickets through Jan. 3.
The organization will commission a comprehensive survey to get a handle on diversity onstage, backstage and in production offices.
From the very beginning, it was clear the musical was going to be a big news story. I’ve been reporting on it, from the East Village to San Juan, ever since.
The film, a live capture of the hit Broadway show, will stream on Disney Plus beginning July 3. That wasn’t always the plan.
In the wake of a sexual harassment allegation, Eric Schaeffer retired after 30 years from a theater that has earned acclaim for presenting musicals.
The Public Theater, prevented by public health concerns from performing in Central Park, has joined forces with WNYC to turn “Richard II” into a four-part radio play.
Among its founders: Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Billy Porter and Wendell Pierce. Among its plans: mentorship programs for young black artists.
A new sector-wide study finds programming and creative teams are far more white than the audiences.
A playwright, a director, an artistic director and an actor share their experiences — and prescriptions for change.
More than 300 sign a letter saying theater is a “house of cards built on white fragility and supremacy.”