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New streaming theater company  NNR dedicated to producing reflective and inclusive plays, announces its inaugural four play season featuring works by playwrights Julia Blauvelt (Airline DisasterYouthful Journeys of the World), Jack Canfora (Fellow Travelers, Jericho, and Poetic License), Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony-nominated playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the TropicsTwo Sisters and a Piano), and Obie winner and Pulitzer nominee Nikkole Salter (In the ContinuumCarnaval). See Jericho (Mar 4-14 with Marsha Mason, Jill Eikenberry; Two Sisters and a Piano (April 21-May 23) with Nilo Cruz and Jimmy Smitts. All productions will be streamed on demand at: NewNormalRep.org.

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary as “The Miracle of the Forest,” Forestburgh Playhouse, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Franklin Trapp, will present DIAMOND DELIRIUM, a virtual party and fundraiser, to be streamed on Wednesday, February 26 at 6:30PM with a VIP Pre-Show Cocktail Party hosted by FB Playhouse alum Morgan James (Broadway’s Godspell) and Nicholas Rodriguez (Broadway’s Tarzan), at 7:00PM Diamond Delirium Gala Celebration will be hosted by Tony nominee Tom Hewitt (Broadway’s The Rocky Horror Show) and Ed Staudenmayer (Broadway’s Wonderland, Anastasia National Tour). Special performances by Kate Baldwin, Morgan James, Graham Rowat, Christina Bianco, Kyle Taylor Parker, Kerstin Anderson and Paige Turner with musical direction by Steven Cuevas. To register for Forestburgh’s Diamond Delirium or to donate, visit https://www.fbplayhouse.org/diamond-delirium.

Forgotten Classics Reading Series, Black Box PAC (limited in person seating or watch at home). Weekends in February will feature script-in-hand performances of classic plays by famous playwrights! Performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 8pm. Click here for tickets!

First in a Series of Love Stories – A Post Valentine’s Gift from NJ REP – Virtual Long Branch: How does one entice an audience at this moment in time to come and see a play titled My Dead Wife by Mike Folie, presented over four days in February?  More information on the website -View February 18-21. Performed free of charge at www.njrep.org

THE CELL kicks off  2021 SEASON with LIFE IS DRAG Featuring the drag portraits of Rachel Rampleman. February 13 – March 28 exploring subjects such as gender, artifice and spectacle, Rampleman documents the most innovative and singular performers of the currently exploding international alt-drag and burlesque scenes, a portion of which have been filmed throughout the pandemic at the cell’s space on West 23rd Street.  Opens Saturday, February 13 at 6PM at the cell (338 W. 23rd Street) and runs Saturdays and Sundays from 12PM-6PM through March 28, 2021. Follow the cell on instagram at @thecelltheatre for updates or go to www.thecelltheatre.org for upcoming events.

FREE benefit reading of Hannah Cowley’s The Belle’s Stratagem, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch.  The event will star Tony Award nominee Lilli Cooper and Tony Award winner Santino Fontana.The reading will also feature Cecil Baldwin, Jasmine BatchelorMark BedardNeal Bledsoe, Peter Jay Fernandez, Tony Jenkins,  Lauren KaramanAaron KrohnHeather Alicia Simms and Chauncy Thomas .
A light-hearted comedy of courtship, the online reading will premiere LIVE on Monday February 22nd at 7:30 PM EST. A recording of the livestream will be available until 7PM EST on Friday, February 26th  – then it disappears. This event is a benefit for Red Bull Theater. Tickets are Pay What You Can. Advance reservations are recommended. 

Royal Family Productions announces a special talkback with the creative team of See Her, moderated by Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox. See Her by Iman Schuk (This Open Earth) premiered last month as part of Royal Family’s second annual Female+ Forward Festival. This talkback, with bonus encore viewing of the piece, is designed to celebrate the creative team of See Her, and to allow audiences to ask in-depth questions about the piece and process.

See Her features principal dancer Gabrielle Spauve, along with Spoken Word Artist Kenita Miller. The creative team includes director/choreographer Lorna Ventura, writer Iman Shuck, music by Kenita Miller and Justin Hicks, cinematography by Angelo Vasta. Information:  www.RoyalFamilyproductions.org

Emmy nominated writer and performer Amber Ruffin has joined the Some Like It Hot creative team.  Ruffin joins Tony nominee Matthew López to adapt the musical comedy from the beloved MGM film.  

Some Like It Hot will begin performances on Broadway in 2022.  A brand-new Broadway musical comedy, featuring a book by Matthew López (The Inheritance) & Amber Ruffin (“The Amber Ruffin Show”), music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).  The musical is based on the classic MGM Oscar-winning film Some Like It Hot which has been named the “Funniest American Movie of All Time” by the American Film Institute.

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