Check out this gorgeous live rendition of “Make a Wish” by the Kilbanes with actor Reggie White from Eddie the Marvelous, Who will Save the World:

In this innovative new musical, Eddie the Marvelous fronts a band, struts the stage, saves the world. Eddie the Real can’t leave the house, can’t hold a job, can’t keep a friend. His mom makes every sacrifice, but when she finds a new man neither Eddie knows what to say or what to sing.

Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save the World will be a part of our 2016 New Works Festival, with a cast that includes White.

Reserve your tickets today!

A sneak peek at GRAVITY

The excitement is building for Gravity, a new musical by writers Joel Chapman, Weston Gaylord, Matt Herrero, Jessia Hoffman, and Ken Savage, all current or former students at Stanford University.

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This special next-generation event will be a part of our 2016 New Works Festival! Take a sneak peek at the creative process and the music in this live performance from Stanford earlier this year:

We’re less than two weeks from our 2016 New Works Festival. Learn more about this year’s lineup!



#TBT- Suzanne Bradbeer at the 2015 New Works Festival

As we prepare for Opening Night of Confederates next week, let’s take a look back at this interview with playwright Suzanne Bradbeer from last year’s New Works Festival! This high stakes political drama is the latest festival reading to come to life on our mainstage, following in the tradition of audience favorites such as Jane Austen’s EMMA, Memphis, The North Pool, last season’s Triangle and tokyo fish story, and many others.

Here, Bradbeer weighs in on the inspiration behind Confederates, the changing nature of political journalism, and her New Works Festival experience:

Reserve your seats for Confederates now!

Our 2016 New Works Festival Announced!

Attracting theatrelovers from across the country, TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival is the artistic highlight of the summer. An extraordinary opportunity to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development, the Festival has launched many new works onto TheatreWorks’ mainstage and on to productions nationally. The acclaimed Fly By Night and Emma came to life in the Festival, as did Broadway’s Memphis, off-Broadway’s hit Striking 12, the off-Broadway play Equivocation, winner of the 2009 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, and The North Pool, winner of the Will Glickman Award for Best New Play to Premiere in the Bay Area in 2011.

Check out our lineup for the 15th Annual New Works Festival:

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By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

Can one man, one moment, define a century? Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph explores the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, 1914—the flash that lit the fuse of World War I.

Rajiv Joseph is the author of the Broadway play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama. His other plays include Guards at the Taj (recipient of the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play), The North Pool (TheatreWorks 2011), Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, and The Lake Effect (TheatreWorks 2015). Continue reading

The Life of a Freelance Director

Giovanna Sardelli, director of The Velocity of Autumn, is a veritable whirlwind of energy. She would have to be, in order to keep up with the demanding schedule of the life of a freelance director! As our Director of New Works, Gio keeps her finger on the pulse of new works in America, traveling to festivals and showcases around the country. The energy and the new plays she brings us are invaluable to the mission of our New Works Initiative and TheatreWorks as a whole.

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Gio at the first rehearsal for The Velocity of Autumn

TWSV: How did you start directing? Was this always your passion?

Gio: I actually began as an actress. My MFA is from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU, and I spent a decade working in theatre and I had a small, recurring role on the soap opera Another World. I never really figured out the business of acting—I didn’t enjoy auditioning, and when I did get a part, I was always more interested in how it all came together rather than just my tiny part of the story telling. Zelda Fichandler was then the chair of the Graduate Acting Program and she had started a directing program with Paul Weidner. It was a year-long, tuition-free program that was an extension of the Grad Acting Program and they invited me to attend. Zelda was the one who told me that I thought like a director. And I’m so grateful to her and to Paul for supporting me in the transition into directing because it is what I love to do! Continue reading

TRIANGLE: Q&A with Sharon Rietkerk and Megan McGinnis

In Triangle, Sharon Rietkerk and Megan McGinnis (pictured below) play sisters who share a tenement building in 1911 New York City. You may be familiar with these two: Sharon was last seen at TheatreWorks in Marry Me a Little (2014), and Megan in Daddy Long Legs (2010). The two have just finished playing the Dashwood sisters in Paul Gordon’s Sense and Sensibility at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, but as soon as they arrived in Palo Alto and began rehearsing for Triangle, we had several questions for them both.

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TWSV: You both played these roles in the developmental production at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma last year. How much of the story has changed since then?

Sharon: Counting the New Works Festival reading, this is my third time doing this role, lucky me! I am so happy to be working on the World Premiere. While the core of the story has remained the same, there have been big changes—entire numbers have been tossed out, and new songs written. New musicals are exciting and challenging and ever changing.

Megan: And I actually played Chaya [Sharon’s role] in a reading in 2006 of Triangle! And it has changed quite a bit from then. Since last year’s production, there are some small changes, but nothing radical. There is a new ending of Act One and new beginning to Act Two, and then some finessing throughout. And every day we make adjustments, as we explore this new script. It’s been really fun! Continue reading