Theatre

 Rich Howells

Scranton Prohibition play to premiere at Lackawanna Historical Society

Considering the city’s current reputation, it may be difficult to imagine Scranton without booze, but history buffs will take locals back to that dark time next month. On Sunday, Aug. 10, the Slocum Hollow Historians will present “Scranton Dry,” a short play about Prohibition-era Scranton at the Lackawanna Historical Society, announced in a press release […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

PBS Arts Fall Festival stars Nathan Lane, Emma Thompson, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, and more

From a press release: Announced today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, the 2014 PBS Arts Fall Festival returns in September with 11 weekly programs featuring classic Broadway hits, music from around the country, and a theater performance by award-winning actor Nathan Lane. Entering its fourth season, the PBS Arts Fall Festival has become […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Cirque du Soleil gives Wilkes-Barre seven chances to catch ‘Dralion’

From a press release: After 15 years performing around the world, “Dralion” will make its final curtain call in January 2015. From October 15-19, Wilkes-Barre will have its final opportunity to experience this unique and colorful Cirque du Soleil signature production that has performed in more than 150 cities. Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Historic fight for Pennsylvania miners retold in emotional one-man play in Scranton

ARCHIVES: Historic fight for Pennsylvania miners retold in emotional one-man play in Scranton

In the basement of the rectory of St. John Neumann Parish in Scranton on Wednesday night, the spirit of the area’s “Labor Priest,” Rev. John J. Curran, was resurrected for one night of live theater. Award-winning actor Gary Anderson, who was in town to portray historical lawyer Clarence Darrow in “Honoring the Judiciary: Clarence Darrow’s […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Paul Sorvino remembers ‘artistic brother’ Jason Miller as Broadway revives ‘Championship Season’

ARCHIVES: Paul Sorvino remembers ‘artistic brother’ Jason Miller as Broadway revives ‘Championship Season’

When Paul Sorvino first met playwright and fellow actor Jason Miller, he immediately left a lasting impression as they locked eyes with a look he would never forget. Within hours of their first meeting, Sorvino was sure that his life, and his career, would be changed forever by the man and his work. As Miller’s […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Jason Miller documentary ‘Miller’s Tale’ premieres as Broadway revives ‘That Championship Season’

ARCHIVES: Jason Miller documentary ‘Miller’s Tale’ premieres as Broadway revives ‘That Championship Season’

Before actor and playwright Jason Miller was directed by award-winning filmmakers like William Friedkin, he was the star of a short film by an inexperienced college student. As he often shied away from the national spotlight, Miller probably enjoyed the latter more. Rebecca Ferris, founder of Cottage Films in New Orleans, grew up in Scranton […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Scranton filmmaker tells actor Jason ‘Miller’s Tale’ in upcoming documentary

ARCHIVES: Scranton filmmaker tells actor Jason ‘Miller’s Tale’ in upcoming documentary

Rebecca Ferris, like many people in Scranton, knew actor/playwright Jason Miller years before his untimely death in 2001. What puzzled her, though, was why the actor surrendered his virtually overnight national success for regional theatre and the quiet life of his hometown. It’s a question that many have asked over the years, so Ferris decided […]

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