Saturday, June 6, 2020

NEWS

Opinion: I’m tired of being the token Black friend

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with friends over dinner and drinks. OK, mostly drinks. As we discussed our experiences working in theatre, I breezily made a joke about being the...

SDC and AGMA hire medical professionals to create reopening guidelines

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society has partnered with the American Guild of Musical Artists to hire a team of medical professionals to create safety recommendations around reopening theaters.  The American Guild of Musical Artists,...

Drama Desk Awards broadcast postponed

NY1 and the Drama Desk Organization have postponed Sunday evening's broadcast of the Drama Desk Awards amid protests in New York. NY1 was originally scheduled to air a special presentation of the ceremony at 7:30...

Broadway speaks out on racial injustice amid George Floyd protests

Broadway shows, theatrical institutions and unions have spoken out against police brutality and racial injustice in light of the ongoing protests occurring across the country.  Over the weekend, productions including "Hadestown," "Hamilton," "Moulin Rouge!" "Company"...

New York’s independent theaters look for rent forgiveness

Off-Off-Broadway theaters are banding together to seek some form of rent relief as continued payments threaten their survival.  Close to 400 attendees tuned in to a virtual town hall Thursday in which elected officials urged...

PRG executive Darren DeVerna dies at age 60

Darren DeVerna, chief executive of global theatre for Production Resource Group, died May 21 at the age of 60.  DeVerna passed away after a battle with cancer, according to the company. As head of the...

Actors’ Equity outlines safety plans for the reopening of theaters

Actors' Equity has unveiled four overarching principles needed to safely reopen theaters across the country.  The preliminary principles, designed by epidemiologist Dr. David Michaels, rely on increased and rapid testing capabilities both within regions and...

Equity-League health insurance premiums rise during shutdown

Health insurance premiums will increase for members of Actors' Equity as fund trustees grapple with maintaining insurance coverage while theaters are closed.  The quarterly premium will increase to $300 from $100 beginning in August. The...

‘Smash’ musical aims for Broadway

Helmed by a newly announced creative team, a musical adaptation of "Smash" is setting its sights on Broadway. The musical, based on the NBC television show, will feature a book by Bob Martin ("The Prom,"...

Livestreaming events to celebrate the Tony Awards

Two digital events will honor the Tony Awards on June 7.  The first will air on streaming platform Broadway on Demand and TonyAwards.com, with support from the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League, the...