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Swoosie Kurtz: Reading & Signing (Free)

May 7 2015 6:00 pm

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Swoosie Kurtz: Reading & Signing (Free)
Swoosie Kurtz will launch the paperback release of her memoir PART SWAN, PART GOOSE

Swoosie Kurtz, award-winning theater, tv, and movie actress, reads from her memoir Part Swan, Part Goose at this paperback launch event. She will then take questions from the audience and sign copies of her book.

Admission is free. Purchasers of Part Sway, Part Goose receive priority seating.

A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie Kurtz is a Broadway icon whose work also includes movies like Liar, Liar, Dangerous Liaisons, Citizen Ruth, and the television hits Sisters, Pushing Daisies and Mike & Molly.

New York Times bestselling author Joni Rodgers has collaborated on several celebrated memoirs, including A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth and My First Five Husbands…and The Ones Who Got Away by Rue McClanahan.

PART SWAN, PART GOOSE: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work and Family by Swoosie Kurtz takes us behind the stage curtain but doesn’t live there; its heart is solidly at home. Candidly reflecting on her struggles and joys as caregiver for her mother Margo (who is approaching her hundredth birthday this Fall),  while navigating the highs and lows of the entertainment industry, this memoir is deeply resonant for millions caring for aging parents; topical, timely, and entertaining as hell for readers in general.  As Swoosie describes Part Swan, Part Goose, “I really wanted this to be a valentine to my parents..and a love story about a family.” Her distinctive name comes from The Swoose, the famed B-17 bomber flown by her Olympic diving medalist father, Col. Frank Kurtz, the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II. Swoosie’s mother, Margo Rogers Kurtz is the author of the home front memoir My Rival, the Sky (Putnam, 1945). Margo’s book ends with the young couple happily anticipating the birth of a baby to be named after the indomitable Swoose. The careful weaving of Swoosie’s story with passages from her mother’s My Rival, the Sky creates a vivid portrait of the invincible mother-daughter bond between the two women. “A brave and riveting book about family, fame, theater and life. It is witty, wise, and irresistible. I loved it.” —Tom Brokaw

“I laughed and cried (sometimes at the same time) reading this extraordinary story about Swoosie and her parents and her work and her loves. Swoosie has the beautiful gift of a seasoned storyteller.” —Carol Burnett

“I’m often asked What’s Swoosie Kurtz really like? I say, warm, incredibly funny, grounded but spontaneous, irreverent but always kind, independent yet deeply rooted to her family. Swoosie has put her heart and her humor into these pages. Now, when people ask, I can say, Here, read this!” —Melissa McCarthy

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GIN GAME on Broadway with James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson. Previews September 21, 2015

by D.L. Coburn
directed by Leonard Foglia

Broadway's Golden Theater

With James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson.

Previews begin September 21, 2015. Opens October 13.

This winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize, which originally starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn and was later revived with Julie Harris and Charles Durning, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. Fonsia wins every time and their secrets become weapons used against one another. Weller longs for a victory to counter a lifetime of defeats but it doesn't happen. He leaves the stage a broken man and Fonsia realizes her self-righteous rigidity has led to an embittered, lonely old age. 

The Gin Game (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780573609763
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Published: Samuel French, Inc., 1/2011

GROUNDED by George Brant, starring Anne Hathaway and directed by Julie Taymor, at The Public, April 7,2015-May 24, 2015

by George Brant
directed by Julie Taymor 

Starring Anne Hathaway

The Public
April 7,2015-May 17 Extended through May 24, 2015

Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Interstellar, Les Misérables, Twelfth Night) returns to The Public in George Brant's (Elephant's Graveyard, The Mourners' Bench), spellbinding, ripped-from-the-headlines play GROUNDED. An ace fighter pilot reassigned to a remote-controlled drone faces twelve-hour shifts hunting targets from her Air Force trailer followed by twelve in the suburbs with her family in this "gripping" (New York Times) new play about the complicated consequences of waging war without leaving home. Named one of the Best Plays of the year by both London's The Evening Standard and The Guardian, and winner of the Smith Prize for Political Theater, GROUNDED comes to The Public's intimate Anspacher Theater under the masterful direction of two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor (A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Lion King, Frida, Across the Universe).



April 7, 2015: Julie Taymor Directs Anne Hathaway in Off-Broadway's GROUNDED, Starting Tonight —Playbill >>

Grounded, George Brant's new Off-Broadway solo play starring Academy Award-winning "Les Misérables" star Anne Hathaway with direction by Academy Award nominee and two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, begins previews April 7. 

Grounded (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780573702785
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Published: Samuel French, Inc., 10/2014

FLICK. 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner THE FLICK by Annie Baker returns to Off-Broadway beginning May 7, 2015


by Annie Baker
directed by Sam Gold

The Barrow Street Theater. Previews begin May 7, 2015. Opens May 28.

WINNER! 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 2013 OBIE Award, Playwriting
Winner! 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Originally staged at Playwrights Horizons, the production will transfer intact, reuniting director Sam Gold with the entire original cast, which includes Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher and Aaron Clifton Moten.


[Original DBS THE FLICK Off-Broadway page

The Flick (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780573702037
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Published: Samuel French, Inc., 5/2014

The Flick (Paperback)

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Published: Theatre Communications Group, 8/2014

HEIDI CHRONICLES on Broadway with Elisabeth Moss, beginning February 2015.

by Wendy Wasserstein
directed by Pam MacKinnon

On Broadway, at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) beginning February 23, 2015. Official opening is set for March 19, 2015.

Tickets on sale November 11, 2014 at or 212-269-6200 

Featuring: Elisabeth Moss (MAD MEN), Jason Biggs (AMERICAN PIE), Bryce Pinkham (A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER) and Tracee Chimo (BAD JEWS). 

Producers include Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Susan Gallin and Mary Lu Roffe.


Twitter: @HeidionBroadway 


September 11, 2014: ‘Heidi Chronicles’ to Return to Broadway in February With Elisabeth Moss —New York Times >>

January 6, 2015: Casting Now Complete for Broadway's The Heidi Chronicles, With "Mad Men" Star Elisabeth Moss —Playbill >>

Joining Moss and co-stars Jason Biggs, Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham and Tracee Chimo are Ali Ahn as Susan Johnston, Leighton Bryan as Jill/Debbie/Lisa, Elise Kibler as Becky/Clara/Denise and Andy Truschinski as Chris Boxer/Mark/Waiter/Ray.

February 9, 2015: Broadway's The Heidi Chronicles Offers Free Year-Long Membership to MoMA With Tix Purchase — >>

Theatregoers can take advantage of this offer by going to, calling (212) 947-8844 or visiting the box office of the Music Box Theatre at 239 West 45th Street and using code HCMOMA. Customers will receive a voucher with their order confirmation that contains instructions on how to redeem their MoMA membership.

February 26, 2015: The Producers of HEIDI CHRONICLES are pleased to announce a general rush policy

A limited number of rush tickets, which are subject to availability, can be purchased at the box office of the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) when the box office opens for the day of the performance on a first-come-first-served basis. The box office of the Music Box Theatre opens at 10am Monday through Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. Rush tickets are $37 each and limited to two (2) tickets per customer.

April 21, 2015:‘Heidi Chronicles’ to Close on May 3 —NY Times >>

A well-reviewed Broadway revival of “The Heidi Chronicles,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Wendy Wasserstein, will close on May 3, after a lackluster showing at the box office


ISBN-13: 9780822205104
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Published: Dramatists Play Service, 3/2002

ISBN-13: 9780679734994
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Published: Vintage, 7/1991

KING CHARLES III by Mike Bartlett: Almeida, West End and Broadway


by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Rupert Goold

London's Almeida, April 3, 2014—May 31, 2014
Wyndham's Theatre, September 2, 2014-November 29, 2014, official opening September 11, 2014.

Broadway, Spring Fall 2015.

Music Box Theater. Previews beginning October 10, 2015. Opening November 1. 

The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?

Mike Bartlett’s controversial new play explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold directs the World Premiere, following his acclaimed production of American Psycho. He is reunited with Mike Bartlett (Chariots of Fire, Cock) after their collaboration on Earthquakes in London.


February 24, 2014: Casting Announced for World Premiere of Mike Bartlett's King Charles III at London's Almeida Theatre —

Rupert Goold will direct a cast that will include Katie Brayben, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tim Pigott-Smith, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Nick Sampson, Tafline Steen and Lydia Wilson. 

April 3, 2014: What would happen if Prince Charles was made king? —London Evening Standard

In his new play for the Almeida, writer Mike Bartlett imagines a future with Charles on the throne. ‘We have this strange family at the top of our society and it is our duty to question why,’ he tells Nick Curtis 

April 11, 2014: King Charles III, review: 'spectacular, gripping and wickedly entertaining' Five Stars —Telegraph

April 14, 2014: Imagining Charles (Finally) in Charge. ‘King Charles III’ Causes a Stir in London —NY Times

The critic for The New Statesman called it the “boldest and most provocative play about the royal family in British theatrical history,”

April 16, 2014: Review: King Charles III, Almeida Theatre —Matt Trueman

"...a takedown of the entire British establishment: monarchy, parliament, aristocracy, armed forces, media. In fact, it turns out to be the best British play since Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem."

May 22, 2014: Almeida confirms King Charles III transfer and announces autumn season —What's on Stage >>

September 25, 2014: Mike Bartlett's London Hit King Charles III is Headed for the Great White Way — >>

September 25, 2014: Royal showdown this spring on B’way, led by Helen Mirren —NY Post >>

Broadway is getting Queen Elizabeth II this spring in “The Audience,” a play starring Helen Mirren as the monarch, and in all probability Broadway will get her soon afterward with “King Charles III,” Mike Bartlett’s future-history play that has earned critical acclaim in London. 

January 28, 2015: ‘King Charles III,’ a Hit in London, Is Aiming at Broadway —NY Times Arts Beat >> 

January 28, 2015: Grand Royal Illusions. ‘King Charles III’ and ‘The Ruling Class’ in London —NY Times >>

LONDON — “We’ll never be royals,” begins the chorus of the hit pop song by Lorde that’s played as the curtain falls on Mike Bartlett’s dazzling “King Charles III” at Wyndham’s Theater. And aren’t we the lucky ones? 

April 12, 2015: Broadway Bound KING CHARLES III wins Olivier Best Play >> 

April 13, 2015: Olivier Winner ‘King Charles III’ Sets Dates, Theater for Broadway Run —Variety >>

Fresh from winning the 2015 Olivier Award for best play, Mike Bartlett’s “future-history” tale “King Charles III” has claimed the Music Box Theater for a fall run on Broadway. U.K. actor Tim Piggott-Smith will reprise his role as Charles, who, in the play, becomes king of England following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Rupert Goold, the artistic director of London’s Almeida Theater, directs. Further casting remains to be set for “King Charles III.” Stuart  Thompson and Sonia Friedman produce the show, which begins previews Oct. 10 ahead of a Nov. 1 opening. 

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King Charles III (Paperback)

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Published: Nick Hern Books, Ltd., 9/2014

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Cock (Paperback)

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Published: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 7/2013

Bull (Paperback)

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Published: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 5/2014

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WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER by A.R. Gurney at NYC's Signature Theatre, May 2015

by A.R. Gurney

directed by Jim Simpson

Signature Theatre, New York
Previews begin April 28, 2015. Through June 7, 2015.

With her husband overseas near the end of World War II, Grace fights to save the splintering bonds of her family by taking her teenage son and daughter to spend the summer on Lake Erie. When her son takes up with the town outcast, the entire family must confront the expectations of a society that holds conformity in the highest regard. Grace finds that her attempt to restore normalcy may have only fractured their relationships further in the second show of A. R. Gurney’s Signature Residency. 

Twitter: @SignatureTheatr 

With Kristine Nielsen, Pico Alexander, Juliet Brett, Noah Galvin, Carolyn McCormick and Kate McGonigle.


April 2, 2015:  Tony Nominee Kristine Nielsen Joins Off-Broadway Return of "What I Did Last Summer" —Playbill >>

Signature Theatre has announced that Kristine Nielsen (You Can't Take it With You, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) is among the cast for their production of resident playwright A.R Gurney's coming-of-age story What I Did Last Summer Off-Broadway this month. 

ISBN-13: 9780822212362
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Published: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 7/1978

WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES transfers to West End, and Broadway

Mike Poulton's adaptations of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novels

Directed by Jeremy Herrin
RSC, winter 2013

West End 2014, at the Aldwych Theatre, starting in April 2014.

Broadway's Winter Garden Theater. Previews begin March 20, 2015, officially open on April 9, 2015

Twitter: @TheRSC @WolfHallThePlay 


January 31, 2014: RSC's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies transfers to West End —London OnStage

"As Hilary Mantel's novels are being adapted for a BBC television series, the Royal Shakespeare Company's duo will reportedly transfer to the West End later this year"

March 31, 2014: Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis to film Wolf Hall in Wiltshire

Olivier-award winning actor Mark Rylance and Homeland star Damian Lewis are coming to west Wiltshire next month, for a TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s multiple award-winning novel Wolf Hall.

September 10, 2014: ‘Wolf Hall’ and Its Sequel Aiming for Broadway After London Success —NY Times >>

Broadway and London producers are in talks about a New York run of the hit British play “Wolf Hall” and its sequel “Bring Up the Bodies,” based on the historical novels by Hilary Mantel about Henry VIII and his adviser Thomas Cromwell, according to theater executives with knowledge of the discussions.

September 25, 2014: Royal Shakespeare Company Hit ‘Wolf Hall’ Moves to Broadway with Original Stars —Variety >>

“Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2,” the rebranded two-part theater event that originated at the Royal Shakespeare Company as “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” has mapped out its route to Broadway, landing at the Winter Garden Theater in an April opening. 

April 9, 2015: Review: ‘Wolf Hall,’ the Stage Version, Untangles Tudor History With Relish NYT Critics' Pick >>

It’s chilling (and thrilling, too — admit it) to listen to these people talk about one another, especially to the all-hearing, frozen-faced spin master at their center. Their conversation gives new resonance to that credo of cattiness, “If you can’t say anything good about someone, come sit next to me.”  

As of March 10, 2015, we have a few copies of the RSC Edition of the plays, ISBN 9780007590148, $16.00  

ISBN-13: 9781250064172
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Published: Picador, 2/2015

ISBN-13: 9781250064189
Published: Picador, 02/24/2015

SKYLIGHT by David Hare returns to London's West End June 6, 2014 through August 23, 2014, then Broadway March 2015.

by David Hare

Broadway's Golden Theater, beginning March 13, 2015 through June 14. Opens April 2 

Broadway Website: 

Skylight was originally produced in 1995 at The National Theatre before transferring to the West End and Broadway. It was that year’s recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play.

Now it returns in a production loaded with starpower and promise, featuring Bill Nighy and, making her West End debut, Carey Mulligan, as former lovers whose attempt at reconciliation is hampered by the personal and ideological differences they've gone through since they last met.

It's directed by Stephen Daldry, who recently directed the sell-out West End production of The Audience and whose award-winning stage work also includes An Inspector Calls and Billy Elliott the Musical

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died.

As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. 

Bill Nighy's extensive film credits include Love Actually, Notes on a Scandal and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. 

He also has an illustrious stage CV that includes numerous David Hare plays, among them A Map of the World at the NT Lyttelton, Hare and Howard Brenton's Pravda at the NT Olivier, and  the original NT production of Skylight, in which Michael Gambon played Tom, at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre and on a UK tour.

Carey Mulligan’s cinematic star has risen inexorably over the last few years, with standout performances in Inside Llewyn Davies, The Great Gatsby and An Education. She will make her West End stage debut in Skylight.

They're joined in the cast by Matthew Beard, whose film work includes An Education, One Day, and The Look of Love.



June 18, 2014: Bill Nighy back in David Hare's Skylight – in pictures —The Guardian >>

June 18, 2014: Skylight review – Nighy and Mulligan in moving mixture of politics and love. The combination of private pain and public rage in this revival of David Hare's play hits you straight between the eyes. 5 out of 5 stars —The Guardian >>

September 3, 2014: David Hare’s ‘Skylight’ Coming to Broadway From London —New York TImes Arts Beat >>

One of the biggest hits in London this summer, a revival of David Hare’s drama “Skylight” starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, will transfer to Broadway and begin performances on March 16

September 3, 2014: Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy to Open ‘Skylight’ on Broadway —Variety >>

London hit “Skylight” will get a Broadway transfer this spring, with stars Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy reprising their roles in Stephen Daldry’s staging of the 1995 play by David Hare.

October 20, 2014: Bill Nighy and David Hare: Five notable collaborations —LA Times >>

Few British theater partnerships have been as fruitful as the relationship between playwright David Hare and actor Bill Nighy. Like De Niro and Scorsese, Clooney and Soderbergh, they not only seem to understand each other on a molecular level but also seem to channel each other's creative vibes with an apparent effortlessness. 

Skylight (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780573660221
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Published: Faber & Faber , 7/1995

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