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Theater Talk: Artie Nominations for Play and Musical and a peek into the creative process

Gene Witkowski

The Artie Awards (Buffalo's "Tony Awards") ceremony is still on hold, but the nominations are appearing, including Outstanding Production of a Play and of a Musical. Awards come at the end of the creative process, and tonight you can watch Donna Hoke's  play in development, HEARTS OF STONE, streamed. But it all starts with a creative spark, and Ujima has a call for submissions to their August #ArtThatHeals showcase with the theme, "Black Lives Matter." See details on the Arties, HEARTS, and Ujima below.


Kiss of the Spider Woman, New Phoenix Theatre

Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Pipeline, Ujima Theatre Company

Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Irish Classical Theatre

To Kill a Mockingbird, Kavinoky Theatre


Fun Home, MusicalFare Theatre

Hairspray, Kavinoky Theatre

Nine, Second Generation Theatre

Passing Strange, Ujima Theatre Company

Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre


In the play HEARTS OF STONE by Donna Hoke, a middle aged teacher, Lydia Stokes, is dreaming about dead psych patients…while she’s awake! She believes they need her help; her husband  believes she’s out of her mind. Is there any way they can both be right? The very moving play, directed by Willow Jade Norton, and co-produced by Arts at the Palace (AATP) and Women’s Theatre Festival (WTF), streams live July 24-25, 2020, with additional recorded performances to be announced.

Watch Hearts of Stone at http://twitch.tv/wtheatrefestivalnc on July 24, 2020 at 7:30 PM EST and on July 25, 2020 at 3:30 PM EST. A talkback with Donna Hoke will take place directly after the play on July 24. 

Tickets are donation-based. Suggested donation is $10 per show. Donations may be made be made at http://paypal.me/wtfestivalnc (noting Hearts of Stone in the memo). A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit the scholarship funds of Arts at the Palace and Women’s Theatre Festival.


Since its creation in 1978, Ujima has stood for the call for justice for all. In that spirit, and in "honor of our brothers and sisters fighting for their basic human rights in the Black Lives Matter movement," Ujima its dedicating their August #ArtThatHeals showcase to the theme, "Black Lives Matter." 

They are looking for artists of "all mediums, ages, shapes, and sizes" to submit  work to be shared with the community "in an effort to uplift and give voice to the many shades of this fight for justice."


As always, for updates, continue to monitor (or subscribe, they're free!) to www.theatertalkbuffalo.com and playbill.com.


Listen to a conversation between WBFO's Jay Moran and Torn Space Theater's Artistic Director Dan Shanahan about their production at Silo City titledSILENCEwhich opens July 31st.


Listen for Theater Talk, Friday morning at 6:45 and 8:45 during Morning Edition.
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