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Audra McDonald named recipient of the 2018 McDermott Award in the Arts from MIT

October 27th 2017

MITEstablished in 1974 by MIT’s Council for the Arts, the prestigious McDermott Award includes an artist residency, gala, public program, and a $100,000 prize that symbolizes an investment in the recipient’s future creative endeavors.

In Audra’s statement about the topics of her upcoming residency, she remarked, “Art is not just something beautiful that we experience in a theater or museum. Art can also be painful or make us feel vulnerable, but in that discomfort it has the power to be illuminating, transformative, and revelatory,” she said. “As in life, art must relish the joys while also embracing the suffering and struggle — a paradox that epitomizes the human experience. My greatest hope is that art helps us as a society to find common ground, to create dialogue, and to understand each other in new and meaningful ways.”

MIT says, “The goal of the residency is to provide the recipient with unparalleled access to the creative energy and cutting-edge research at the Institute, and to develop mutually enlightening relationships with MIT students and faculty.”

Past recipients include David Adjaye, Olafur Eliasson, Robert Lepage, Gustavo Dudamel, Bill Viola, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Santiago Calatrava.

Learn more about the award and Audra’s residency here.

HELLO AGAIN in Theaters November 8

October 20th 2017

Hello Again InstagramAudra McDonald’s latest film project, movie musical HELLO AGAIN, receives a limited national release beginning November 8.

The decorated cast also includes Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis, Cheyenne Jackson, Jenna Ushkowitz, Tyler Blackburn, Sam Underwood, Nolan Gerard Funk and Al Calderon. The film, directed by Tom Gustafson, features a screenplay by Cory Krueckeberg, and music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa.

One hundred years. Ten love affairs. One city of lost souls. HELLO AGAIN explores a daisy chain of New Yorkers slipping in and out of one another’s arms in 10 musical vignettes blurring the parameters of time, love, eroticism and exploitation. The film HELLO AGAIN is based on the Michael John LaChiusa stage musical of the same name. The inspiration for HELLO AGAIN is Arthur Schnitzler’s Der Reigen, a 120-year-old play so provocative and controversial in its time that it was banned from public performance for decades, before inspiring heated, even violent, responses from audiences.*

Theater information and tickets available at www.HelloAgainMovieTix.com.

*SPEAKproductions/Martian Entertainment

Audra McDonald joins the cast of “The Good Fight”

August 2nd 2017

the_good_fight_genA_still_103116-copy-2Reprising her popular role of Liz Lawrence from “The Good Wife,” Audra McDonald joins the cast of “The Good Fight” on CBS All Access.  In the show’s second season of the network’s first original drama series, Lawrence is revealed as the ex-wife of Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo), and the former couple is forced to face many of their unresolved issues.

Executive producers Robert and Michelle King are “thrilled that Audra McDonald will return to the fictional Chicago of ‘The Good Fight.’ Audra brings intelligence, strength, and wit to Liz Lawrence, the character she developed in the fourth season of ‘The Good Wife.’” As a series regular, McDonald joins the cast alongside Emmy Award winner Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Sarah Steele and Justin Bartha.

Catch “The Good Fight” in early 2018 exclusively on CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s subscription video-demand and live streaming service.

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” opens on the West End

June 15th 2017

Lady DayOn June 17, Audra McDonald makes her long-awaited West End debut playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Earning her a record-breaking sixth Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics’ Circle Award, and an Emmy nomination for its HBO filmed version, Audra’s performance of the iconic jazz legend features some of her best known hits.

Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City in 2014. Audra reprises the role for this 12 week limited run on the West End.

Performances run through September 9 at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Visit LadyDayWestEnd.com for tickets and more information.

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