Audible Announces First Class of Theater Commissions to Receive Support from Its $5 Million Emerging Playwrights Fund

Audible Inc., the world’s largest producer and provider of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the first class of theater commissions selected to receive support from its fund dedicated to the commission and development of innovative English-language works from playwrights around the globe. Announced earlier this year, the $5 million fund will enable the creation of one- and two-person audio plays driven by language and voice, in keeping with Audible’s core commitment to elevating listening experiences through powerful performances of brilliantly composed words. Continue reading “Audible Announces First Class of Theater Commissions to Receive Support from Its $5 Million Emerging Playwrights Fund”

New West 57th Street Landmark Movie Theater Location, With Fancy Seats And A Bar, Is Now Open: Gothamist

Looks like combining F&B with cinema is the direction movie theaters are headed to compete with Netflix & other streaming sites.

I have to admit – this looks pretty appealing. Do they guarantee the person behind me will keep their talking & snacking noise to a minimum? #petpeeve

We took a look at the space earlier this week and found it to be, as promised, in a similar stratosphere as other amenity-rich theaters, like Alamo Drafthouse and iPic. While there’s no in-theater food and drink ordering, there’s a curated array of concessions (Melt Ice Cream Sandwiches, Sweet & Sara Vegan Smores, Bronx Pretzel, etc.) plus a bar with craft beers, wine and cocktails and fare like salads, tacos and sliders.

Full story & more pics: New West 57th Street Landmark Movie Theater Location, With Fancy Seats And A Bar, Is Now Open: Gothamist

Main Street Theater Reaches Out to Community with Hurricane Camp and More

Main Street Theater Reaches Out to Community with Hurricane Camp and More

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Main Street Theater is finding ways to offer bits of relief to those in need. All 3 MST programs, the MainStage (plays for adults), the Theater for Youth (plays for families and school groups), and the Education & Outreach Department (classes and camps for kids), are reaching out to connect with the Houston community.

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North Country revitalization through the arts – Sun Community News & Printing

More regions are seeing the benefits of supporting the arts…More regions are seeing the benefits of supporting the arts…

A group of art, history and business executives convened last week to talk about ways the arts can spur economic development in the North Country.

The panel discussion, attended by over 50 residents, was hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association at the Harrietstown Hall in Saranac Lake on Aug. 22.

Philip Morris, the CEO of Proctors Theater in Schenectady, gave a presentation on ways that his theater has worked toward revitalizing the city as a whole.

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Historic Houston theater pummeled by Harvey not long after $46 million renovation

So many sad stories coming out of this situation 🙁 .

Dean Gladden is about to venture downstairs into the Alley Theatre. But before he takes a step down, the company’s managing director asks the group he’s leading to turn on their cell phone lights.

“And I hope you’re wearing the right kind of shoes,” he says, alluding to the vaunted downtown theater’s flooded lower level, where more than ten feet of water once pooled during Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic downpour that caused severe damage on the city’s Theater District.

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September is the best month to score super cheap theater tickets in NYC

Good thing for newcomers & travelers to NYC to know.  Don’t miss catching a Broadway show if you can swing it – these tips might help make that possible.

September is the best month to score super cheap theater tickets in NYC

The theater season kicks into gear a few weeks from now, with a rush of new productions on and off Broadway. But while you wait for the best fall shows to open, you can see some that are already running for much less money than usual, thanks to discount initiatives designed to boost sales during a traditionally soft time for theater box office. Broadway has Broadway Week, which actually last for two weeks (September 4–17) and provides two-for-one tickets to most shows on the Great White Way. Even cheaper seats are available to Off Broadway shows via the 20at20 program (September 5–24).

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Local theater folk cry foul over playwright’s $25K fine for hosting ‘talkbacks’ – Twin Cities

Guthrie Theater has never performed a play by David Mamet on its main stages and, given the playwright’s recent statements, that may not change any time soon.

The Guthrie is committed to ongoing conversations with theatergoers — the theater hired director of community engagement Carra Martinez 11 months ago — but an edict by Mamet would make that both tricky and expensive.

Last month, he said theaters that host any sort of chat with the audience in the two hours after performing one of his plays will be fined $25,000 for each “violation” and lose rights to the play.

Source: Local theater folk cry foul over playwright’s $25K fine for hosting ‘talkbacks’ – Twin Cities