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Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed lately.
Kerry Washington & More will star in Prophecy podcast
Kerry Washington to star and executive produce upcoming Audible and QCode Original Podcast Drama Series Prophecy. According to Varietyshe also tapped American buffalo-Linked winner Tony Laurence Fishburne and Daniel Dae Kim for the project. Set as inexplicable events occur simultaneously around the world, this eight-episode scripted audio series highlights hydrologist Virginia (Washington), British zoo vet Daniel and commercial driver Jonah (Kim) find themselves in the head of every phenomenon investigated by a government agent, Thomas (Fishburne). Prophecy is set to debut on Audible in the second half of 2022.
Christine Baranski on her way to the stage
Christine Baranski stars in new HBO Max series Golden age, which is packed with stage alums and premieres on January 24. The Tony and Emmy winner appeared on CBS Sunday morning to talk about her formative years – from her role as class president to directing production at her school of Mom. She was originally on the waiting list at Juilliard, and after receiving news of her acceptance, Baranski met her mother at the Algonquin Hotel for a celebratory drink. “It was the only time I got drunk with my mom. It was truly an amazing moment,” she said. We’ll drink to that! Watch the interview below.
Tony Voters will take part in unconscious bias training
To vote this season, Tony Award voters will need to complete unconscious bias training by March 1. Voters will be required to complete a free online training session led by inclusion strategist Vernā Myers. A similar requirement has been instituted for British Academy of Film and Television Arts voters in 2020. As previously reported, the Tony Awards Administration Committee met on 8 December 2020 to confirm the eligibility status of 12 Broadway productions for the 2021-2022 season. The date and details of the 75th Annual Tony Awards will be announced at a later date.
Scene alumni join Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler sequel
Tony Goldwyn, Mark Strong, Kuhoo Verma and Zurin Villanueva have joined Netflix Murder Mystery 2, Variety reports. Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler starred and produced the original and will return for the second installment, which will be directed by Jeremy Garelick from a script by James Vanderbilt. Check out the trailer for the first film below.
Jon Rua wins the Foundation for Directors and Choreographers Prize
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the nonprofit foundation of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, has announced that the Breakout Award will be presented to Jon Rua. The SDCF Awards, which will include the presentation of the Breakout Prize as well as the previously announced Gordon Davidson Prize and Zelda Fichandler Prize, will be hosted by Anne Kauffman virtually on January 24 at 8 p.m. ET. Jack Reuler will present the Zelda Fichandler Award to Mark Valdez and Oskar Eustis will present the Gordon Davidson Award to Emily Mann. Go here to watch.