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TONY-NOMINEE ACTOR FORREST McCLENDON STARS IN 'MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN'
Philadelphia Tribune - Oct 7, 2016
Tony-nominated actor Forrest McClendon appears as the Cook, an "aging Don Juan" as the actor describes him. "And through him Brecht makes some interesting points about mothers," McClendon says. "Mother Courage fights to get her children through this war, but the Cook has been estranged from his mother throughout the entire play. His mother has not been present in his life, although we come to find out she has died of cholera."


TONY NOMINEE FORREST McCLENDON TO SPEAK AT OPENING OF FIRST FOLIO! EXHIBITION AT UCONN
Broadway World - August 25, 2016
"As an institution with a strong history of championing the dramatic classics through our resident theater, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, we are very proud to have the opportunity to host this exhibition for our state," says Anne D'Alleva, dean of UConn's School of Fine Arts. "This is an important document in the life of the arts and our students and wider community to experience here on campus." The exhibition opens on September 1 with a public reception and remarks by Tony Award nominated actor, Connecticut native and UConn alumnus Forrest McClendon."


BROADWAY ACTOR HELPS WYOMING SEMINARY'S PAI CAST PREPARE FOR CHICAGO
Times Leader - July 26, 2016
"Students join hands and form a circle with Forrest McClendon during an acting workshop in advance of the show 'Chicago' at Wyoming Seminary's Performing Arts Institute. 'Forrest is at the top of his game,' Chicago director Steve Pacek said. 'Not everyone at the top of their game is so giving, and willing to teach others."


TONY NOMINEE TO LEAD CT REP'S PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Broadway World - May 24, 2016
"Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces the casting for their production of Peter and the Starcatcher, the play by Rick Elice, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, with music by Wayne Barker. Directed by CRT Artistic Director Vincent J. Cardinal, Peter and the Starcatcher is the second show of the 2016 Nutmeg Sumer Series featuring Tony Award-nominee Forrest McClendon as Slank/King Prawn alongside Barrymore Award-winner Michael Doherty as Black Stache."


CHUCK COOPER, LACHANZE, NORM LEWIS WILL STAR IN ENCORES! CABIN IN THE SKY
Playbill.com - December 7, 2015
"Tony Award winners Chuck Cooper, LaChanze and Tony nominee Norm Lewis will star in the City Center Encores! staging of the 1940 Vernon Duke-John Latouche musical Cabin in the Sky. Set to run Feb. 10-14, 2016, Cabin in the Sky will also include J. Bernard Calloway, Marva Hicks, Carly Hughes, Forrest McClendon and J.D. Webster. Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs with choreography by Camille A. Brown."


BROADWAY TALENT HEADS FOR SUNDANCE TO DEVELOP NEW PRODUCTIONS
Playbill.com - July 8, 2015
"Sundance Institute has kicked off its 2015 Theatre Lab, under the supervision of artistic director Philip Himberg and producing director Christopher Hibma, in Sundance, Utah. The labs continue through July 26. This year's acting participants include David Abeles (Once), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Forrest McClendon (The Scottsboro Boys), Tony Plana (Ugly Betty), Will Pullen (The Wayside Motor Inn), Stacey Sargeant (Big Love), and Margo Seibert (Ever After), among others. Creative advisers are playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) and Tricycle Theatre artistic director Indhu Rubasingham."


NHS ALUMNI WALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED
TheHour.com - July 9, 2015
"A strong turnout of Norwalk High School alumni were on hand Thursday night under the Cranbury Park Pavilion for the announcement of the latest additions to the NHS Wall of Honor. They are Ralph DePanfilis, Class of 1942; Gene Braunstein, Class of 1967; Greg Hampikian, Ph.D., Class of 1979; Forrest McClendon, Class of 1983; and Todd Philcox, Class of 1994."


THEATRE HORIZON TO STAGE PARKS' IN THE BLOOD
BroadwayWorld.com - March 17, 2015
"Forrest McClendon, a TONY nominee and Barrymore winner is cast as Reverend D. Forrest appeared in a reading of the play last year at Theatre Horizon playing the same role. He also appeared in a workshop of the play (fifteen) years ago (directed by Ms. Parks)."


TO DO OR TO TEACH? IS THAT EVEN A QUESTION
American Theatre Magazine - December 11, 2014
"For the nation's theatre teaching artists, "arts education" is a redundant phrase. Their own lives and careers prove it. Teaching artists continually challenge the old adage that "those who can't do, teach." Consider Forrest McClendon, currently starring in The Scottsboro Boys in London, who spearheads in-classroom workshops associated with the show and teaches after-school workshops for at-risk youth."


'SCOTTSBORO BOYS' WINS BEST MUSICAL
London Evening Standard - December 1, 2014
"The stars have gathered in central London to celebrate the best of British theatre at the London Evening Standard Awards. The Scottsboro Boys were presented with the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical beating Dog Fight, Here Lies Love and Sunny Afternoon."


LONDON PRODUCTION OF 'SCOTTSBORO BOYS' WILL BE RECORDED
Playbill.com - November 17, 2014
"The cast of the London production of the critically acclaimed musical The Scottsboro Boys will record the show's score in December at Abbey Road's Studio Two. The West End transfer of The Scottsboro Boys to the Garrick Theatre, where it officially opened Oct. 20, features Broadway actors Brandon Victor Dixon, Colman Domingo, Forrest McClendon and James T. Lane."


NEW GOTHIC THRILLER MUSICAL BY RYAN SCOTT OLIVER AT THE YORK
Playbill.com - August 27, 2014
"We Foxes, presented as part of The York's NEO initiative ("New, Emerging, Outstanding"), will be held Sept. 12 at 3 PM. Directed by Mike Donahue, the piece features a book, music and lyrics by Oliver, whose acclaimed Jasper in Deadland was seen Off-Broadway this spring. Emily Rogers will star as Willa opposite a cast that includes Katie Thompson (Off-Broadway's Giant), Ben Platt (The Book of Mormon), Forrest McClendon (The Scottsboro Boys), Anne L. Nathan (Once), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies) and Aaron Ramey (The Bridges of Madison County)."


LOCAL STAR TAKING PART IN PRESTIGIOUS ACTING PROGRAM
Philly.com - July 18, 2014
"THAT PHILLY-based actor Forrest McClendon is spending this week in Wisconsin is hardly big news. After all, the Land of Beer and Cheese is a popular place for rest and recreation in mid-July. But of the untold numbers of people currently visiting America's Dairyland, McClendon is unique: He is one of only 10 thespians there as part of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship."


MAUCKINGBIRD PRESENTS STAGED READING OF 'BOYS IN THE BAND'
Phindie.com - August 27, 2014
"Two groundbreaking plays in the history of queer theater–Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour and Mart Crowley's The Boys in The Band—will be presented in the format of staged readings over the next two weekends by Mauckingbird Theatre Company. Each one features a powerhouse cast, the latter with appearances by Jeff Coon, John Jarboe, Michael Philip O'Brien, Doug Greene, and Forrest McClendon (before his departure for London, where he'll be reviving his highly acclaimed performance as Mr. Tambo in The Scottsboro Boys)."


CENTER STAGE ENDS THE SEASON WITH A SMILEY FACE
BroadwayWorld.com - June 17, 2014
"There are two Tony nominated actors involved with WILD WITH HAPPY. First, there is playwright Domingo who was nominated for his role in the Kander & Ebb musical THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Also from that show, and also nominated for a Tony is Forrest McClendon who plays the leading role of Gil. The playwright played the role of Gil at New York's Public Theater but now his close friend McClendon has taken over and what a gifted actor he is."


AMERICA'S TOP STAGE ACTORS SELECTED FOR LUNT-FONTANNE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Ten Chimneys Foundation
"Ten Chimneys Foundation is proud to announce the ten actors who will participate in the 2014 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, a widely acclaimed national program to serve the future of American theatre. During July 13-20, the Lunt-Fontanne Fellows will join Master Teacher David Hyde Pierce for an intensive master class and immersion experience at Ten Chimneys."


COLMAN DOMINGO'S 'WILD WITH HAPPY' GETS DYNAMIC PRODUCTION AT CENTER STAGE
Baltimore Sun - June 10, 2014
"McClendon easily conveys Gil's hates-to-be-touched demeanor, along with the scars beneath the veneer. Whether wrapping himself in a dress of his mother's like a prayer shawl, or momentarily losing his cool at the sight of an urn, the actor strikes just the right note."


LANTERN THEATER COMPANY'S CHARLES McMAHON AND FORREST McCLENDON
The Examiner - February 20, 2014
"Forrest is a terrific actor and a very positive force whenever he's in the room. It's a big challenge to play Caesar because he's got more said about him in the play than he actually says himself, so one has to make a very strong impression in a relatively short time. Caesar must be an extraordinary man in general, but he must also embody a whole series of specific contradictions. I think the end result is mesmerizing."


THEATRE HORIZON TO PRESENT STAGED READING OF IN THE BLOOD WITH FORREST McCLENDON
BroadwayWorld.com - January 10, 2014
"This season, Theatre Horizon has introduced audiences to celebrated works of theatre that spark dialogue about race with its Diverse Voices Reading Series. This series will close Monday, January 27 with a free reading of Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Finalist, In The Blood. The theatre is pleased to have TONY nominee Forrest McClendon as part of the ensemble for this reading."




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