In The News: Melinda Lopez & Joel Perez Share Secrets & Recipes In Project Black Beans, Theater Royal Bath’s Oleanna Transfers To West End
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Melinda Lopez and Joel Perez Share Secrets and Recipes in Black Bean Project
Huntington Theater Company will present Black Bean Project, a digital world premiere by Huntington artist-in-residence Melinda Lopez and Joel Perez (Fun Home, the superstar of Jesus Christ live!). In the play, created especially for a virtual presentation, Lopez and Perez play siblings who reconnect online to share a secret family recipe that requires them to reveal their own secrets. Jaime Castañeda directs the piece, with sound design and original music by Mikhail Fiksel and video design by Hana S. Kim. Black Bean Project is available to stream on demand from May 11 to 30. For ticketing or more information, visit HuntingtonTheatre.org.
Judges Announced for Write Out Loud Contest
The annual Write Out Loud competition, founded by Taylor Louderman (Bad girls), announced a slate of award-winning judges for the 2021 Musical Drama Songwriting Competition. Join the Write Out Loud team – Ben Rauhala (Broadway Princess Party), Hannah Kloepfer (Pitch In), Sarah Glugatch, Josh Collopy and Louderman – will be composers Jay Adana (The lumberjack), Brandon “Blue” Hamilton (Justin Bieber’s Never say never), Tom Kitt (Next to normal), Andrew Lippa (Big Fish, The Addams Family), Lauren Pritchard (Spring awakening, Songbird), Benjamin Velez (Kiss My Aztec), Kit Yan (BETWEEN STATES), Nat Zegree, and one of the 2019 laureates, Joriah Kwamé (Little Miss Perfect). Three winners will be selected and have their songs released as singles recorded by Broadway alumni. The winners will also have their song presented at a concert in New York with the songs of ten finalists. Submissions are currently under review and the 2021 winners will be announced later this spring.
Royal Bath’s Theater Oleanna Get a West End transfer
Theater Royal Bath Productions and Jonathan Church Productions’ Oleanna will move to the West End Theater for the Arts in July after a summer tour of the UK. David Mamet’s two-hander performed sold out at the Theater Royal Bath in December. Rosie Sheehy and Jonathan Slinger will reprise their roles as student and teacher amid an allegation of sexual harassment. Lucy Bailey is leading production for the tour (stopping in Cambridge, Bath, Southampton and Malvern) and the West End, with a design by Alex Eales. The London race is scheduled from July 21 to October 23.