Theater TALK

Axis Theatre Company returns to in-person events with the world premiere of Worlds Fair Inn, an absurdist comedy written and directed by Randy Sharp. Running June 2–19Worlds Fair Inn takes inspiration from the failures and genius of three men: “father of the atomic bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), American serial killer H. H. Holmes (1861-1896), and fictional scientist Victor Frankenstein. Featuring original music and sound design by Paul CarbonaraWorlds Fair Inn is a tragically funny expedition into the subconscious of these three men and their tragic personal lives. Performances of Worlds Fair Inn begin on June 2 at Axis Theatre (1 Sheridan Square, Manhattan) for a limited run through June 19, 2021. Tickets are on sale now at  http://axiscompany.org/.

Dixon Place presents Bill’s 44th by Andy Manjuck & Dorothy James as part of its Spring 2021 Production Season of puppetry commissions, performed live from June 2-5 at 7:30pm EDT with video on demand (VOD) streaming available from June 8 through June 15, 2021. In-person performances will take place at 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY. Tickets are $10-$35 and can be purchased online at dixonplace.org/productions-2021/. 

On Sunday June 13 at 3pm, Origin Theatre Company presents the 8th annual edition of its popular immersive Bloomsday celebration, renamed the “Bloomsday Revel.”  Co-produced with Blooms Tavern, which, once again, hosts the live event at its two-level Midtown home at 208 East 58th Street, the distance-safe, in-person staging mixes a juried costume contest and dramatic readings from “Ulysses” — performed by a cast of celebrated New York-based Irish actors including Terry Donnelly, Fiona Walsh, Una Clancy, Ed Malone, Aidan Redmond, Fiona Walsh, Gina Costigan, and Sarah Street.  Musical interludes are performed by the Irish folk-rock troubadour, Alan Gogarty.  

A limited amount of in-person tickets for the “Bloomsday Revel” are now on sale.  Included in the $45 ticket price are Bloomsday-inspired passed hors d’oeuvres and an open bar from 3pm to 6pm. For tickets visit www.origintheatre.org

Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) has announced members of the creative teams for all three of their 2021 Live Season productions, which will take place outdoors, socially distanced, and with safety prioritized. Acclaimed artists coming to the Festival this season include Lorraine Glover & Tony Award® winner David Rockwell, Obie Award winner Arnulfo Maldonado, Obie Award winner Jen Schriever, Audelco Award winner Adam Honoré, and Van Hughes & Jackson Teeley. In addition, Colette Robert will join the retitled Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Plays (formerly Outside On Main: Nine Solo Plays by Black Playwrights) as one of the production’s three directors. The WTF Box Office will open for ticket sales on Tuesday, June 22 at 12:00 PM ET. Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.wtfestival.org or by phone at 413 458 3253. 

Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Plays, guest curated by Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara,will feature a creative team that includes Lorraine Glover and David Rockwell (venue and set design), David Rockwell/The Rockwell Group (production design support), Ari Fulton (costume design for Week 2 and Week 3), Adam Honoré(lighting design), and Twi McCallum (sound design). www.wtfestival.org

Tony Awards will present Broadway’s Back! – a multi-platform celebration to the return to LIVE Theatre in a 4-hour event on demand on Paramount+ and the CBS app on Sunday Sept. 26, 9 to 11 pm ET/PT. This is a collaboration between the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing with Tony Award Productions.

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