Anthony Lawson

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Director Anthony Lawson may first appear to be suffering in the set-building, light-focusing, prop-making madness at Wilmington's North Front Theatre...there's just a few dozen hours before opening his latest endeavor, The Toxic Avenger. But it's clear that he's doing exactly what he loves best-bringing a bizarre musical, severed limbs and all, to life on the stage.

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What if I told you that the film "Heathers"-1988 black comedy, inappropriate high-school cult classic- was made into a musical? Well, it's true, and Anthony Lawson is directing the Wilmington premiere of Heathers, the Musical for Panache Theatrical Productions. Lawson and actress/singer Hunter Wyatt joined us in the studio; listen above. Wyatt is playing the part made famous by Winona Ryder: Veronica.  The show opens on Thursday, March 16 at Thalian Hall's Stein Theatre, running through April 2. 

Anthony David Lawson has directed and performed in a great diversity of plays and musicals-from psychological dramas, like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Mercy Seat, to rollicking comedies, like Something Funny Happened On The Way To the Forum and Santaland Diaries. It's hard to classify Lawson's latest directing endeavor-the musical Rock of Ages for Thalian Association. Even if you've never seen the musical, you probably know all the music already-hits from 1980s from Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister...lots of glam bands we love/love to hate/know the lyrics either way. Naturally, the audience is invited to dig in the closet for something 80s-appropriate for the evening to get the full experience.

Thalian Association begins the new Red Barn Studio Theatre season on Thursday, August 11. The first show of the season is The Mercy Seat, a play by contemporary playwright Neil LaBute. Local actor and director Anthony Lawson is directing the show, and while Lawson is often associated with comedy, this show is not funny. It's set in New York City on September 12, 2001.

4 More Performances: "A Few Good Men" Explores Status, Moral Responsibility

May 16, 2016

What is right or wrong based your status-particularly in the military? Does status make a difference? Wilmington's newest theatre company, Panache, explores this and more in its latest production, A Few Good Men.

Local actors Anthony Lawson and Holli Saperstein have created the newest theatre company in town: Panache.  The company's first show is Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris' narrative that brings melancholy and hilarity together in the form of a disgruntled elf named Crumpet (stuck in a shopping mall, not the North Pole).  The show has been produced in Wilmington multiple times over the years with a some of our best local actors playing the role of Crumpet-it seems only appropriate that Lawson join the club.  

Funny Things Happen with Anthony Lawson

Sep 4, 2015

Opera House Theatre Company has one more show before the 2014-15 season is put to bed:  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  The company's season has been successful with audiences and critics so far...will this production rise to the occasion?  That's on director Anthony Lawson's mind the day before the opening of the show. 

Director Anthony Lawson and actor Katherine Vernon (Martha) discuss the award-winning play by Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  The Thalian Association presents this play as a part of their summer series at the Red Barn Studio Theatre downtown.   In addition to Katherine Vernon, other actors include Ron Hasson (George), Hal Cosec (Nick) and Maria Katsadouros (Honey).

Couplet: Two Days of Verse

Apr 16, 2015

If you want to celebrate literary pursuits of any kind--anything from Banned Books to Adult Puppet Shows--Old Books on Front Street is the place to be.  Owner Gwenyfar Rohler helps our community make note of the gems our distracted culture might let slip by, gems like poetry.   

Poetry requires time and reflection and a dash of focus to enjoy.  If you feel you've been too busy to roll around in the delightful rays of verse, this weekend (April 18 & 19) is a wonderful opportunity.  The heavy lifting has already been done.