With an abundance of outdoor activities to do this summer in urban and suburban areas, a troupe of actors is bringing the works of Shakespeare to rural communities.

VIDEO: 2018 Artie Awards nominations announced

May 21, 2018

This year's Artie Awards nominations were announced Monday. The Arties began in 1991 and are held each year to celebrate Western New York's theatre community.

Scott Sackett

Stories on television and at the movies that include people with disabilities are becoming more prevalent.  But recent studies have found that while the disabled account for nearly 20% of the U.S. population, roughly 2% of characters portrayed on television and in major U.S. films are disabled.  The studies also found that the majority of those roles are still going to able-bodied actors. As part of his series on the arts and social integration, Arts & Culture Desk reporter Scott Sackett visited with a playwright and theater director who, on the local scene, is giving disabled artists an audience and changing the public’s perceptions of disabled people.

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Buffalo's theater community turned out Monday night to honor the 25th anniversary of "Theater Talk" on WBFO and the show's co-host from the beginning, Anthony Chase.

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The death of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard has a member of Buffalo's theater community reflecting on his work. WBFO's Senior Reporter caught up with Theater Talk Co-host Anthony Chase.

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Some much needed improvements are in store for Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

Photo from The New Phoenix Theatre program.

A play written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson continues on stage at the New Phoenix Theater in Buffalo. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, it features a local television meteorologist who portrays a priest in 'Angels Fall.'

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Since several theaters have already opened up their schedules, tonight's Curtain Up! isn't truly the beginning of the theater season, but it will be a great party anyway.

A local theater company will be pushed out of the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, with the city's sale of the multiple-screen and fiscally-troubled movie complex to Benchmark Group.

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The Buffalo waterfront has come a long way.  Canalside is an unqualified success.  But as WBFO's Mark Scott and Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata discuss in this week's Press Pass, there are still some challenges.

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This week on Theater Talk, Gabe and Tony discuss smaller productions and the the role that they play in the theater-going experience.

Writer Suzan-Lori Parks has become a player on the American cultural scene with novels, plays and musicals. Parks was recently in town for the Babel speakers series and spoke with WBFO's Mike Desmond.

Buffalo United Artists is coming back to the Theater District, moving into the Alleyway Theatre.


Shea's unveiled its 2014-2015 season Wednesday night, in a schedule that mixes recent Broadway hits with old favorites.

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The Shaw Festival is celebrating a great season. It sold 271,000 tickets for the Niagara-on-the-Lake cultural attraction, the highest sales in its history.

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A new program meant to make arts and cultural events in the Buffalo area more accessible is up and running. People who find the cost of such events prohibitive can now gain admission for free.

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As Curtain Up is celebrated Friday night in downtown Buffalo, theatergoers should notice a sparkle inside Shea's Performing Arts Center. Over the summer, Shea's continued with its five-year restoration project that is bringing it back to its original shine when it opened in 1926.

This week WBFO Theater Talk hosts Jim Santella and Anthony Chase begin their conversation with MusicalFare Theatre plans for expansion.  They also give us a sneak peak of Fela on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center for two shows only.

MusicalFare Theatre has announced plans for an expansion of its space on the Daemen College Campus in Amherst. 

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The area theater community is mourning the death of Brother Augustine Towey, who founded the Niagara University Theatre shortly after arriving at the University in 1963 as a English professor.


Brother Towey, known to friends, colleagues and students simply as "Bro," built the theater group into a nationally renowned undergraduate theater program. He retired from Niagara in 2005, and died in Philadelphia yesterday after a long illness. He was 75.

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Buffalo's theatre district is preparing for this seasons Curtain Up! 

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The annual event celebrates the city's many theatre groups, large and small.   WBFO & AM-970's long-time Theatre Talk host Anthony Chase is this year's Curtain Up! chair. 

Chase and Jim Santella discuss some of upcoming fall theatre for Buffalo in this week's Theatre Talk edition.            

One of the mainstays of the local theater community is being remembered with the establishment of a foundation in his name.

The Neil E. Garvey Foundation for the Arts will focus its fundraising efforts to support the many theater companies with which Garvey performed over the years.

The first of those fundraisers, the "Midsummer Night's Picnic," takes place at 5pm Thursday at the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park.

A summer  mainstay at Shakespeare at Delaware Park, Neil Garvey died in February.