SOUTHERN RITES documents one Georgia town's painful struggle to progress while confronting historical issues of racism, equality, and justice. Directed by celebrated New York Times Magazine photographer and filmmaker, Gillian Laub, SOUTHERN RITES is a hauntingly intimate portrait, that reveals the horror and humanity of two complex, intertwined narratives: one revealing racial wounds that are reopened following the murder of a young black man by an elderly white town patriarch. The other follows an historic campaign to elect its first African-American sheriff. Both stories chronicle courage in the face of injustice. Broadcast nationally on HBO, Laub's film captures a world caught between eras and values with extraordinary candor and immediacy - and ultimately asks whether a new generation can make a different future for itself from a difficult past.
SOUTHERN RITES provides thought-provoking nuances that are necessary for facilitating deeply meaningful discussions about racial justice in America.
Show your support for the League of Professional Theatre Women! Our members are making an impact in the theatre community. Take a look below to check out the exciting events happening this month, along with some special offers. See you at the theatre!
Who will be elected student council president at Hamilton High in 1977? The cheerleader who promises a disco homecoming or the girl who wants to stop the pirate pranks? This musical is great for both youth and adults; the themes are highly relevant and relatable to today.
Special Offer for LPTW Members! Get $5 Off with code UPTOYOU5
Castillo Theatre 543 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036 (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
VOTES! questions the nature of feminism, of power and of the political game itself. By turns dramatic and comedic, VOTES! draws on a 1999 musical The Last Temptation of William Jefferson. Seventeen years later, Jacqueline S. Salit takes Temptation and wraps a new story around it, examining the political and personal conflicts of the famous First Couple.
Special Offer for LPTW! $20 tickets with code:VOTES4TW
Luncheon Panel at Sardi's - Submitted by Lauren Yarger
Sardi's 234 W 44th St. (between 7th & 8th Aves.)
The Drama Desk will host its annual spring lunch panel at Sardi's Tuesday, May 24 from noon to 2:30pm.
Robin Milling will moderate a panel of celebrities discussing the topic of Reviving the Revival -- there sure have been lots of them on Broadway this year! Joining the panel so far are Warren Carlyle (Choreographer, She Loves Me) and Steven Pasquale (The Robber Bridegroom.) More participants will be announced, so stay tuned.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR LPTW: League of Professional Theatre Women are invited to attend at a special discounted rate of $52. Use code LPTW016
Bible Study for Heathens - Submitted by Katie Rosin
Now - May 26
Judson Memorial Church Loft 55 Washington Square South NYC 10012
Is the search for divinity itself divine? Bible Study for Heathens investigates the American religious experience through one woman's unwavering exploration of worship in the 21st century by means of ritual, tradition, games, and reenactments. An honest and revelatory new play that chronicles New York Neo-Futurist Yolanda K. Wilkinson's personal journey and study of 10 religions.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Submitted by Katie Rosin
Now - May 26
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church 30-44 Crescent St. (@30th Rd) Astoria, Queens
With a tuneful score and lyrics by William Finn (Falsettos, A New Brain) and a heartfelt, funny book by Rachel Sheinkin, Spelling Bee leaves us laughing as we are each able to see ourselves in the characters and remember a time when we too put everything on the line to win it all.
American Beauty Shop - Submitted by Samara Harris Anderson
Now - June 5
Chicago Dramatists 1105 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60642
American Beauty Shop by Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby
Directed by Megan Shuchman
It's hard to pull yourself up by your bootstraps in this economy - Sue should know. It's harder when you've got kids, even whip-smart, talented ones like Judy. Sue has big dreams for both her basement beauty shop and her daughter, who's anxiously waiting for a letter from MIT that could change her life. Armed with tough love, combative humor, and an uncompromising work ethic, Sue is struggling to balance her own livelihood and Judy's future. A heartfelt play about the true cost of dreams.
Voted "Most Enduring Play in America About Vietnam War" by Vietnam Vets, Inc., the play centers on a group of young women who go to Vietnam in various capacities -- an Intelligence Officer, a USO Entertainer, an Army nurse, and a military officer. The play spans twenty years through the lives of the women as they serve in Vietnam and the repercussions afterwards on their health, careers, relationships with men, and motherhood.
North Coast Repertory Theatre May 19 – 22
987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive Solana Beach, CA 92075 May 19–22, 2016
Harvardwood Presents: From Off-Broadway to Blockbusters - ALBERT POLAND - Submitted by Martha Wade Steketee
June 9 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Seyfarth Shaw LLP 620 Eighth Ave 32nd Floor New York, NY 10018
Legendary Producer, General Manager and raconteur Albert Poland's career spanned the dawn of Off-Broadway to Broadway blockbusters, and is a portrait of the social and cultural landscape of New York from the early 60s to the present seen through the lens of a life in the theater. Martha Wade Steketee will interview him about his upcoming memoir Stages.
The Assignment - A New Play Reading - Submitted by Jane Dubin
Soho Playhouse 15 Van Dam Street, NYC (Downtown between Varick St. And Sixth Avenue)
Jane Dubin and Houses on the Moon Theater Company present a reading of a new play as part of the TRU New Play Reading Series - The Assignment - by Camilo Almonacid and Houses on the Moon at the Soho Playhouse. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with Broadway and Off-Broadway producers. June 13th at 7pm.
THE QUEEN, a new play by Aditya Rawal - Submitted by Gwynn MacDonald
June 2 - June 19
Theater for the New City Cabaret Theater 155 1st Avenue Between 9th & 10th Streets
Set in 16th century India, at the peak of the Mughal era, The Queen is the story of Queen Durga, who is consigned to the west wing of the palace after her husband, the Rajput king, marries a younger woman. She battles against the loss of her beauty and relevance as she resolves to burn the palace down and avenge her husband King Amar's betrayal. Amar, doomed to reign during the lowest phase of his dynasty must prevent the destruction of his kingdom at the hands of the Mughals using all the resources at his disposal, including his wife, the Queen. The play draws inspiration from Macbeth, Medea and the works of Rabindranath Tagore
Westside Theatre 407 West 43rd Street (between 9th & 10th Aves.)
John Legend and Get Lifted Film Co. present
A Play About Comic Genius Dick Gregory
Written By Gretchen Law
Directed By John Gould Rubin
"Better than almost anything you can see in any theater!" - Sandy Kenyon, WABC-TV NEWS
John Legend and Get Lifted Film Co. present a new comedic drama about the extraordinary and explosive life of Dick Gregory--starring Scandal's Joe Morton--that shines a light on the first Black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy. Gregory confronted bigotry with shockingly disarming humor, marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and deeply influenced comics from Richard Pryor to Chris Rock. He's been a prolific writer, muckraker, provocateur, candidate for mayor of Chicago and for president of the United States. He was singled out by President Obama as one of his all-time favorite comedians. Experience the comic genius of Dick Gregory and the poetic final words of his mentor, slain civil rights activist, Medgar Evers: "Turn Me Loose."
*Offer is valid for performances through 7/3/16. Tickets must be purchased by 7/3/16. All prices include a $1.50 facility fee. Tickets are subject to availability. Cast and schedule subject to change. Not all seats are discounted. Regular service charges apply to phone and internet orders. May not be combined with any other offer or discount. Not applicable to previously purchased tickets. No refunds or exchanges. Blackout dates may apply. Offer may be revoked or altered at any time. Limit 8 tickets per order.
The Pink Hulk: One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within - Submitted by Valerie David
June 19 - July 7
Paradise Factory 64 East 4th Street (between Cooper Square and Bowery for Planet Connections)
Two-time cancer survivor Valerie David's autobiographical one-woman show, The Pink Hulk: One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within, chronicles her determination and "hulk-like" strength to beat both lymphoma and then breast cancer. Her show is in 4 play festivals, 3 of which are this summer: Planet Connections in New York for a 6-performance run beginning June 19 and ending July 7, then the Providence, Rhode Island Play Festival in July, dates TBD, and FRINGE NYC in August, dates TBD. Director is Padraic Lillis. Visit http://pinkhulkplay.com/ for more info and show dates/times. You are guaranteed to laugh and cry at the same time!
Out of the Mouths of Babes - Submitted by Angelina Fiordellisi
June 7 - July 17
Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce Street (3 blocks south of Christopher St, west of 7th Ave)
Cherry Lane Theatre and Julie Crosby present
Out of the Mouths of Babes A New Comedy by Israel Horovitz Directed by Barnet Kellman With Francesca Choy-Kee, Angelina Fiordellisi, Judith Ivey, and Estelle Parsons
Four women arrive in Paris for the funeral of a 100-year-old man who loved each of them - at times variously, at times simultaneously. For 24 hours, they share his apartment, delicious secrets, and a dead cat.
Special Offer for LPTW Members! $39 (Reg. $65) with code BCLT39
On the heels of her Academy Award®-winning performance in 12 Years a Slave, LUPITA NYONG'O comes to Broadway in ECLIPSED, "an extraordinary work that shines and shines" (AP). The New York Times calls it "rare and powerful, with an all-star cast. The superb Lupita Nyong'o is one of the most radiant young actors to be seen on Broadway in recent seasons."
ECLIPSED tells the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. It's a stirring tale of hope, humor and resilience – and the only new play by a woman on Broadway this season. Also starring PASCALE ARMAND (The Trip to Bountiful), AKOSUA BUSIA (The Color Purple, film), ZAINAB JAH ("Law & Order: SVU") and SAYCON SENGBLOH (Motown).
SPECIAL OFFER FOR LPTW: Performances through June 19 Only
*Offer valid for performances through 6/19/16. Blackout dates may apply. Offer subject to availability and prior sale; not valid on prior purchases; cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Regular prices are $99-$149. All prices include a $2.00 facility fee. All sales final; no refunds or exchanges. Phone and Internet orders are subject to standard service fees. Offer available for select seats and performances. This offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Cast and performance schedule are subject to change.
Parity Productions - Submitted by Ludovica Villar-Hauser
Founder and Artistic Director Ludovica Villar-Hauser has announced the formation and launch of Parity Productions - the new theater company that combines art and advocacy, with its mission to create new and innovative work as well as hire 50% women and transgender artists on every production.
Parity Productions (launched on May 16, 2016) unveils an impressive array of advocacy initiatives toward creating more jobs and opportunity for women and transgender people in the New York theater community: the annual Parity Productions Commission, promotional support for qualifying shows (competitive shows that also hire 50% women and transgender), The Women and Transgender Artists Database and The Parity Store - a digital retail experience to be launched on parityproductions.org. For more informationclick here.