Saturday, November 7, 2015

Theatre Communications Group Fetes Brian Dennehy and 31 Years of Its Magazine; LaMama's CultureHub Latest Batch of Avant-Garde, Multimedia Experiences

Fiana Toibin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Dennehy,in "Long Day's Journey Into Night." Archive photo.


is much to celebrate, and the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is doing it in style.

TCG will host its annual benefit on Monday (9 Nov.) at the Edison Ballroom, this year honoring actor Brian Dennehy. The group is also celebrating three-plus decades of its publication, “American Theatre” magazine.

BD is a much celebrated and multi-award winning actor, whose Tony wins include Best Actor for “Long Day's Journey Into Night” and “Death of a Salesman.” In 2010, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. He is also a veteran film and TV actor.

About the TCG honor, BD has said, “Theatre has always been my principal home and I feel greatly honored by TCG for what really amounts to a lifetime achievement award.”

Meanwhile, over its 31-year history the American Theatre magazine has been the only general circulation publication devoted to theater. With a readership of 50,000 in print, and a new online presence, (more than 100,000 monthly pageviews), the magazine continues to thrive.

Special recognition will be given to founding editor Jim O’Quinn, who served as editor-in–chief for 313 issues of American Theatre, publishing thousands of articles and more than 150 full-length plays. The first issue of the magazine featured Sam Shepard on its cover, while JO’Q’s final issue cover featured the cast of “Hamilton.”

The latest issue of "American Theatre" is available in print or online.

“The Gala is also an opportunity to take a celebratory breath and measure our own accomplishments over the past year,” said TCG executive director Teresa Eyring. “The Gala not only celebrates that work, but helps us make an even greater impact in 2016.”

As is the case with such events, those involved in the planning include the crème de la crème of the profession. Among those listed on the gala’s honorary committee are playwrights Ayad Akhtar, David Henry Hwang, Sarah Ruhl and Suzan-Lori Parks.

Visit to learn more about the Theatre Communications Group 2015 Gala Evening.

Coming up at CultureHub, Works From Komuna// Warszawa and Refest

A scene from Komuna// Warszawa's "Dune 1965." Photos courtesy of Komuna// Warszawa.

LA MAMA, synonymous with avant-garde theater since its inception in the 1960s, continues to experiment.

CultureHub, LaMama's art and technology incubator that explores the intersection between art and technology, is dedicated to bringing interactive, multimedia, immersive and innovative experiences to audiences.

The 2015 season offers a stirring array of events with new art projects that incorporate everything from digital art, gaming and programming.

"Paradise Now? The Living Theatre Re//Mix" from Komuna Warszawa.

Up soon is the Polish indie-theater company, Komuna// Warszawa, with "Paradise Now? The Living Theatre Re//Mix" (19 Nov.) and "Dune 1965" (21 Nov.). The latter is inspired by an essay on Frank Herbert.

Another highlight of the season is Refest, a hybrid performance and new media festival, which examines the idea of “The Network” (11 -13 Dec.)

Visit to learn more about CultureHub programs.

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