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Photo Flash: Meet the Company of David Cromer-Helmed The Effect at Barrow Street Theatre

The North American premiere of playwright Lucy Prebble's award-winning new play The Effect, with direction by David Cromer, will begin previews at the Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue on Wednesday, March 2, with an official opening night set for Wednesday, March 16th. The cast for The Effect will feature Kati Brazda Our Town,Susannah Flood Tribes, Love and Information, Carter Hudson The Substance of Fire, and Steve Key August Osage County. The company just met the press and you can check out photos from the special day below
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8 Great Playwrights Who Write for Television

Do you know the writers behind your favorite TV programs? Just like actors, many great playwrights split their time between theater and television. Here are eight well-known contemporary playwrights and the hit TV shows on which they’ve worked! Roberto Aguirre-SacasaThis famous playwright, screenwriter, and comic book author wrote the book for the “American Psycho” musical and co-wrote Broadway’s “Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark,” along with plays “Based on a Totally True Story” and “Good Boys and True.” Aguirre-Sacasa also worked on HBO’s “Big Love” before joining Fox’s “Glee” as a co-producer and writer in 2011, and is now back at HBO as co-executive producer and writer on “Looking.” Jon Robin BaitzThis prominent playwright, producer, and screenwriter got his start with 1988’s Drama Desk-nominated “The Film Society” before penning several other highly successful works including “The Substance of Fire,” “Three Hotels” (1993 Drama Desk Nomination), “A Fair Country
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John Noble, Hamish Linklater Lead Cast of Off Broadway’s ‘Posterity’

John Noble, Hamish Linklater Lead Cast of Off Broadway’s ‘Posterity’
John Noble (“Sleepy Hollow”) and Hamish Linklater (“The Crazy Ones”) lead the cast of the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife”), “Posterity,” receiving its world premiere this spring at Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company.

Dale Soules, Henry Stram (currently in the Bradley Cooper topliner “The Elephant Man”) and Mickey Theis also appear in the show, about the contentious sitting sessions of Henrik Ibsen (Noble) for Norway’s top sculptor (Linklater).

Fringe” alum Noble appeared Off Broadway in “The Substance of Fire” in the spring. Linklater is a Gotham theater veteran, with recent appearances including “Much Ado About Nothing” and “The Comedy of Errors” in Central Park.

“Posterity” begins previews Feb. 25 ahead of a March 15 opening at the Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater.
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Ron Rifkin to Return to The Substance Of Fire 5/20-23

Ron Rifkin, whose performance as Isaac Geldhart in the original production of The Substance of Fire earned him critical accolades as well as the Obie, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Drama-Logue awards, will step into the role for five performances only, May 20 - 23, at Second Stage Theatre. The production's current star, John Noble, is unable to perform those performances due to an unforeseen conflict with the filming schedule for his Fox series, Sleepy Hollow. Mr. Noble is scheduled to return for the final weekend of performances, May 24 and 25.
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Photo Coverage: Inside the Second Stage 35th Anniversary Gala- Part Two

Second Stage Theatre's 35th Anniversary Gala celebration just honored Carole Rothman, Artistic Director of Second StageTheatre, for her 35 years of supporting new works and artistic development in New York City theatre. This year's rock n' roll themed gala was attended by over 250 Second Stage Alumni who have worked at Second Stage Theatre during the past 35 years, from Brooke Adams and Polly Draper who appeared in the very first season, to cast members from the currently running The Substance of Fire and the upcoming American Hero which will make its New York premiere this summer at Second Stage Uptown. Special guests participating in the evening's festivities included Lynn Nottage, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Goldwyn, and more. BroadwayWorld brings you more photos from the special evening below Click Here to check out Part 1.
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Photo Coverage: Inside the Second Stage 35th Anniversary Gala- Part One

Second Stage Theatre's 35th Anniversary Gala celebration just honored Carole Rothman, Artistic Director of Second StageTheatre, for her 35 years of supporting new works and artistic development in New York City theatre. This year's rock n' roll themed gala was attended by over 250 Second Stage Alumni who have worked at Second Stage Theatre during the past 35 years, from Brooke Adams and Polly Draper who appeared in the very first season, to cast members from the currently running The Substance of Fire and the upcoming American Hero which will make its New York premiere this summer at Second Stage Uptown. Special guests participating in the evening's festivities include Lynn Nottage, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Goldwyn, and more. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the special evening below
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This Week on Stage: Tony nominations aftermath and fun facts!

This Week on Stage: Tony nominations aftermath and fun facts!
The 2014 Tony nominations were announced on Tuesday, and left many elated and just as many puzzled. No Denzel? Or Daniel Radcliffe? And nothing for everyone’s favorite traveling NYC duo? But there were some wonderful surprises (four acting nods for Twelfth Night!) and the lack of frontrunners (minus Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston, and perhaps this divine gal) will make the Hugh Jackman-hosted ceremony on CBS June 8 full of nail-biters. But here are some fun trivia bits about this year you can chew over until then (many of them compiled by our own Jake Perlman):

-If Audra McDonald
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Stephanie J. Block, Sherie Renee Scott, Anthony Rapp & More to Perform at Second Stage Theatre's 35th Anniversary Gala, 5/5

Second Stage Theatre's 35th Anniversary Gala celebration will honor Carole Rothman, Artistic Director of Second Stage Theatre, for her 35 years of supporting new works and artistic development in New York City theatre. This year's rock n' roll themed gala will be attended by over 250 Second Stage Alumni who have worked at Second Stage Theatre during the past 35 years, from Brooke Adams and Polly Draper who appeared in the very first season, to cast members from the currently running The Substance of Fire and the upcoming American Hero which will make its New York premiere this summer at Second Stage Uptown. Special guests participating in the evening's festivities include Lynn Nottage, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Goldwyn, and more. Co-Chairs for this year's gala are Tony James, Tony Kiser, and George Loening.
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On my radar: Jon Robin Baitz's cultural highlights

The American playwright and screenwriter on True Detective, David Hockney and langoustines at the River Cafe

Playwright and screenwriter Jon Robin "Robbie" Baitz was brought up in Brazil and South Africa before returning to his birthplace, Los Angeles. In 1988 his first two-act play, The Film Society, transferred to an off-Broadway theatre, following a successful run in La. His subsequent work for the stage has included The Substance of Fire, People I Know, an adaptation of Hedda Gabler and the Pulitzer prize-nominated A Fair Country. Baitz has written for television, with credits including The West Wing and Alias, and he made the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, which ran for five series. Baitz's Broadway debut, Other Desert Cities, which received five Tony award nominations and earned him his second Pulitzer Pprize nomination, runs at the Old Vic until 24 May.

TV: True Detective

This is a brilliant, existential, American television series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson,
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On my radar: Jon Robin Baitz's cultural highlights

The American playwright and screenwriter on True Detective, David Hockney and langoustines at the River Cafe

Playwright and screenwriter Jon Robin "Robbie" Baitz was brought up in Brazil and South Africa before returning to his birthplace, Los Angeles. In 1988 his first two-act play, The Film Society, transferred to an off-Broadway theatre, following a successful run in La. His subsequent work for the stage has included The Substance of Fire, People I Know, an adaptation of Hedda Gabler and the Pulitzer prize-nominated A Fair Country. Baitz has written for television, with credits including The West Wing and Alias, and he made the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, which ran for five series. Baitz's Broadway debut, Other Desert Cities, which received five Tony award nominations and earned him his second Pulitzer Pprize nomination, runs at the Old Vic until 24 May.

TV: True Detective

This is a brilliant, existential, American television series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson,
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John Noble, Halley Feiffer, Daniel Eric Gold & More to Star in Second Stage's The Substance Of Fire; Previews Will Now Begin 4/10

Currently celebrating its 35th Anniversary Season, Second Stage Theatre has announced complete casting and new performance dates for its upcoming production of Jon Robin Baitz's drama, The Substance Of Fire. The company will feature Halley Feiffer 2St's suburbia, The House of Blue Leaves, Daniel Eric Gold 2St's subUrbia, Ugly Betty Carter Hudson The Whipping Man, John Noble TV's Fringe and Sleepy Hollow, and Charlayne Woodard 2St's Sorrows and Rejoicings, Ain't Misbehavin'.
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Tony Goldwyn Joins ‘Divergent’

Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate® (NYSE: Lgf) company, announced today that Tony Goldwyn has joined the cast of the studio’s highly anticipated feature film adaptation of Divergent, starring Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. The film will also feature Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold. Currently filming in Chicago, the futuristic action adventure, based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller is being directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is executive producing, alongside John J. Kelly. Summit will release the film theatrically in North
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Tony Goldwyn Joins Divergent

Word has just come to us that actor Tony Goldwyn has joined the cast of Divergent, based on Veronica Roth's young adult trilogy of the same name. Read on for the latest on this new flick from Summit Entertainment.

From the Press Release

Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate® (NYSE: Lgf) company, announced today that Tony Goldwyn has joined the cast of the studio’s highly anticipated feature film adaptation of Divergent, starring Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. The film will also feature Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold. Currently filming in Chicago, the futuristic action adventure based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller is being directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty.
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‘The Help’ Cast to be Honored at the Hollywood Film Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel to be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.

The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that the cast of DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media’s “The Help” – Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel – will be recognized at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.”

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on the evening of Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season.
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My First Job: Daniel Sullivan

Everett Daniel Sullivan on the set of “The Substance of Fire” in 1996

Daniel Sullivan is the director behind “The Merchant of Venice,” “Good People,” and “Proof,” not to mention a host of other successful Broadway plays. But before he arrived on the Great White Way, he got his start in much humbler surroundings: a popcorn factory.

Born in Wray, Colorado and raised in San Francisco, Sullivan’s first job was to thrust his hand in a chopper and slide out
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One-Stop Workshop

When "Other Desert Cities" opens in December at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in New York, it will signal the return of Jon Robin Baitz, who left the theater world for a few years for the small screen and his creation, ABC's "Brothers & Sisters." But before that happens, Baitz is fine-tuning his latest play with a workshop performance this week at the Ojai Playwrights Conference—a path Baitz took twice before, with "The Paris Letter" and "Chinese Friends." A public reading of "Other Desert Cities" is featuring Mary McCormack ("In Plain Sight," "The West Wing"), Holland Taylor ("Two and A Half Men"), Concetta Tomei, and Thomas Higgens.Baitz considers the workshop process a valuable tool leading up to a full-scale production, and he likes the fit of Ojai, thanks in large part to its producer and artistic director, Robert Egan. "Robert and I started working together 22 years ago," Baitz says.
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Hollywood Mogul Robert Evans Inspires Broadway Show

Hollywood Mogul Robert Evans Inspires Broadway Show
It's no surprise that gravel-voiced Hollywood mogul Robert Evans--a one-time actor, studio head, memoirist and documentary subject--should inspire a stage play. Famed West End, opera and film director Sir Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal) is directing the Broadway production, which will be adapted from Evans' memoirs The Kid Stays in the Picture and The Fat Lady Sang by Jon Robin Baitz (The Substance of Fire). Smuggler Films has acquired the live stage rights. Besides being a wily businessman and canny raconteur, Evans turned out to be a terrific writer. Both books are must-reads. And he's a great subject for a play, because he's a larger-than-life character. He escaped the New York garment industry, acted in Hollywood, became a producer and Paramount chief very young, produced ...
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