Category Archives: Regional theater

Orlando Rep announces 2011-2012 season

Here’s the coming season from Orlando Repertory Theatre, including a world premiere co-developed by the Rep and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.:

Mad Cow wants to train kids in the art of cabaret

Here’s an interesting idea — kids’ cabaret, or more specifically, kids from the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs being trained in the art of cabaret.

That’s the goal of Mad Cow Theatre in a partnership with the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Central Florida — and, naturally enough, you can help.

In fact, this project will only happen if Mad Cow is able to raise at least $530 by May 12. We ought to be able to do that:

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Theater auditions: Orlando Shakespeare’s intern program

Here’s an audition notice with a catch: Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s intern program needs one young man:

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Theater auditions: Orlando Shakespeare 2011-2012 season

Here’s an audition announcement for Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s 2011-2012 season:

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Jazz trio added to Cabaret Festival lineup

Mad Cow Theatre, with the cooperation of the Consulate of Mexico, has added the Javier Nandayapa Trio to the lineup of the upcoming Orlando Cabaret Festival. The trio will give a free concert May 4 at Mad Cow.

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‘Clybourne Park’ wins drama Pulitzer

Bruce Norris

Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris’s drama suggested by the story of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama today.

The play had its premiere Feb. 21, 2010 at Playwrights Horizons in New York and ran only a month, until March 21. A different production opened in London in August 2010 and then transferred to the West End.

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‘Porgy’ in store for local boy Norm Lewis

Congratulations to Eatonville’s own Norm Lewis, the Broadway actor who just wowed audiences as Javert in the London concert staging of Les Miserables. (It’s been on PBS a lot lately — look for it.)

Norm is playing Porgy opposite Audra McDonald’s Bess in American Repertory Theatre’s revival of Porgy and Bess, to open in mid-August in Cambridge, Mass.

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Mad Cow gathers swell cast for ‘Forum’

Have you all heard who’s in the cast for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, opening at Mad Cow June 3? It’s a pretty impressive bunch:

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Theater critics award top prize — again — to playwright Bill Cain

Bill Cain

For the second year in a row, New York playwright Bill Cain has won the $25,000 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Award for a new play — this time for 9 Circles, a harrowing but ultimately uplifting play about war and redemption.

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Cabaret Festival to feature newcomers Will & Anthony Nunziata

Will and Anthony Nunziata

Mad Cow Theatre’s Orlando Cabaret Festival has featured some big names in the past, but this year it’s taking a leap toward the up-and-coming, with its guests the final weekend Will and Anthony Nunziata.

The two very handsome 20-something identical twins will headline the festival’s final weekend May 12-15.

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Theater auditions: Winter Park Playhouse extends season auditions

Here’s a long note from Winter Park Playhouse for further auditions for its 2011-2012 season:

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Mad Cow hiring for part-time box-office position

Here’s a notice from Mad Cow Theatre that it needs to hire somebody to work part-time in the box office:

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Theater auditions: Orlando Shakespeare’s Young Company

Here’s an audition notice (and a bit of history) for Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Young Company, a group of high-school students:

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Mad Cow to present staged reading of ‘Women of Lockerbie’

 

Deborah Brevoort

Some of you may know playwright Deborah Brevoort, who has conducted play-writing workshops here and whose play The Blue-Sky Boys, about the engineers responsible for the first Apollo moon landing, was done at PlayFest a while back.

 

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Transitions: David Lee to NYC

David Lee

David Lee, who has spent the past half a dozen years as associate director of new-play development at Orlando Shakespeare Theater and as an assistant professor of theater at UCF, is leaving those posts to return to New York, where he’ll teach and direct.

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Theater review: Orlando Shakespeare’s ‘Charm’

By Elizabeth Maupin
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Katherine Michelle Tanner (Margaret Fuller), Allison DeCaro (Lydian Emerson) and Brandon Roberts (Henry David Thoreau) in 'Charm.' Photo by Tony Firriolo/Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

Kathleen Cahill’s Charm is a contradiction unto itself – a comedy with serious undertones, a history that keeps morphing into fantasy, a 19th-century story that leaps forward into the 21st.

Cahill’s heroine, Margaret Fuller, may have been one of the most formidable figures among a whole bunch of formidable types known as the Transcendentalists. But in Cahill’s hands – and in the exhilarating performance of actress Katherine Michelle Tanner – Orlando Shakespeare Theater shows Margaret Fuller forging new meanings for a simple word like charm.

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In memoriam: Playwright Lanford Wilson dies at 73

Lanford Wilson

Very sad news from yesterday — that playwright Lanford Wilson died of pneumonia at the age of 73.

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Winter Park Playhouse holding season auditions

Here’s a general audition notice from Roy Alan at Winter Park Playhouse:

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Winter Park Playhouse announces next season

Lots going on in 2011-2012 for Winter Park Playhouse, including one show (Musical of Musicals, the Musical) that has been done extensively around Orlando and a bunch of other shows that are new (or almost new) to the area:

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Mad Cow sets community-giving night for arts-ed group

A portion of the proceeds from Thursday night’s performance of Circle Mirror Transformation, at Mad Cow Theatre, will go to the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. Here’s more:

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