February 17, 2011: an appearance of Bill's recurring character "Nate
Haskell" on CSI:CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (CBS, Thursday nights).
January 11, 2011: LIGHTS OUT, a new series on FX, debuts
Tuesday night. It's getting very good reviews from critics. Bill
has a recurring role as a "shady power broker".
Unfortunately, LIGHTS OUT has aired its last episode.
Lights Out: January 11, 2011 - April 5, 2011
October 23, 2010: Closing night of SCAPIN in San Francisco.
September 25, 2010: The reviews are in for
SCAPIN in San Francisco. A
September 22, 2010:Opening night of SCAPIN in San Francisco.
September 16, 2010: Previews begin for SCAPIN in San Francisco.
April 4, 2010: Bill says, "Working now on a new series for the
FX channel -- it will begin airing in January -- called LIGHTS OUT.
It's written and run by Warren Leight, it stars Holt McCallany,
Catherine McCormack, Pablo Schreiber, Stacy Keach -- with lots of NY
actors on board in interesting roles. I have the recurring role of
"Lights Out," from Fox TV Studios and FX Prods., centers on Patrick
"Lights" Leary (McCallany), an aging former heavyweight boxing
champion who struggles to support his wife (McCormack), a pediatric
orthopedic surgeon, and three daughters after his fighting days are
over. Diagnosed with a neurological disorder called pugilistic
dementia, he takes a job as a legbreaker, collecting on unpaid
April 4, 2010: Bill says, "Working also on preparation for a
production of SCAPIN -- Moliere's play in the adaptation that Mark
O'Donnell and I did -- at ACT in SF. Rehearsals begin in August, we
open in September and run through Oct 22. I will direct and do the
title role. I've wanted to come back to this script again -- always
felt I had unfinished comic business there."
January 4, 2010: closing performance of BYE BYE BIRDIE.
October 15, 2009: opening night for BYE BYE BIRDIE.
September 10, 2009: previews begin for BYE BYE BIRDIE.
July 12, 2009:closing performance of WAITING FOR GODOT.
April 20, 2009: opening night of WAITING FOR GODOT.
April 20, 2009: Bill has been nominated by the Outer Critics
Circle - Best Actor in a Play for WAITING FOR GODOT. Awards will be
announced May 11, 2009.
April 3, 2009:Performances of WAITING FOR GODOT begin.
2010: GOLDSTAR, OHIO
premieres at the Cleveland International Film Festival. GOLDSTAR,
OHIO is a short film based on an original play by Michael Tisdale in
which four families and a chief of police recount the day marine
casualty officers came to their respective small towns in Ohio. Bill
plays the police chief.
2008:DANCING WITH SHIVA is now
titled RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
September 2007: Bill is filming DANCING WITH SHIVA in CT. The movie is
directed by Jonathan Demme, and also stars Anne Hathaway and Debra
August 2007: RAVING is available for viewing on You Tube. (part
1, with links to parts 2-5)
August 2007: The Philadelphia Theater Company has commissioned a
play from Bill. It's called "The Happiness Lectures", and
will run May 16-June 15, 2008. According to PTC's website, Bill's
new play "muses on dreams, puppets, technology, and contemporary life
as we know it".
April 2007: Bill stars in Julia Stile's directorial debut, RAVING, with Zooey Deschanel. It will
premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on May 2, 2007.
Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner's US tour of WHO'S
AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
January 9 -28, 2007: Washington, DC
February 6-March 18, 2007 : Los Angeles, CA
March 27-April 8, 2007: Chicago, IL
April 12-May 12, 2007: San Francisco, CA
May 20, 2007: Tucson, AZ
May 26, 2007: San Diego, CA
August 2006: Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner will be presenting the
Tony-nominated revival production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of
Virginia Woolf? at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, from Jan 9 -
July 2006: look for Bill in M. Night Shyamalan's new movie, THE
LADY IN THE WATER.
January 2006: Bill Irwin is in London to star in the West End
production of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, reprising his Tony
Award-winning role as George. All of the originial Broadway cast are
in this production. The show is scheduled to run from January 20th to
May 13th, 2006.
June 5, 2005: Bill wins a Tony!
May 2005: Bill was nominated for a Tony award for lead
actor in a play for Woolf
April 2005: Bill was nominated for a Drama Desk award for lead
actor in a play for Woolf. He did not win.
March 2005: Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened on
Broadway to very good reviews.
Februry 2005: Bill began performances of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of
Virginia Woolf? in Boston to solid reviews.
Nov 2004: PBS will air GREAT
PERFORMANCES "Bill Irwin, Clown Prince" in December. Don't miss
- A terrific interview from Theatre
- Interviews and reviews of Trumbo
July 20, 2004: Bill will star in a new play, Trumbo, for the Philadelphia Theatre
Company October 8 - November 14, 2004
June 18, 2004: In March 2005, Bill will star opposite Kathleen
Turner in the Broadway
of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Sep 22, 2003: The first review is in! Read the New
York Times review of 'THE HARLEQUIN STUDIES'. (You need a
free nytimes.com account to read the article. If you don't have one,
you can read the plain text version of the review here.
Mar 2003: Bill will write and perform three new plays for the
season of The Signature
Feb 2003: Bill will be appearing at the
Portsmouth (NH) Percussive Dance Festival in June 2003. See their web
site at http://jazzandtap.com/ppdf.html
for more information.
Sep 2002: Bill has a minor role in the movie
Igby Goes Down
Sep 2002: Bill appeared with Sally Field in THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA? in
Feb 2002: - Bill appeared with Sigourney Weaver in The Guys in NYC
Jan 2002: Bill can be seen in The Laramie
Project on HBO - check listings for screening times, as it
comes around a couple of times a month.
- Bill has a major role in the movie Dr Seuss' How the
Grinch Stole Christmas, playing Lou Lou Who, the father of Cindy
- In NYC: Bill Irwin's one-man show of Samuel Beckett's TEXTS FOR
from September 28th-November 5th, 2000 at the Classic Stage Company.
Read more about the pre-production stages in the New York
Here's the review from the New
Bill Irwin and David Shiner received a Special
Tony for Live Theatrical Event for the production of Fool Moon
I have dug up a preliminary review of ILLUMINATA from the Cannes Film Festival. (Please remember English is the second language of the reviewer)
"Fool Moon," opens Sept. 9, 1998 as part of the American
Conservatory Theater's (San Francisco, CA) 1998-99 season.
Subscriptions for American Conservatory Theater's 1998-99 season are
now available; individual plays will go on sale Aug. 24.
"Conceived, directed and starring the comedic
duo of David Shiner and Bill Irwin, with the
Red Clay Ramblers providing bluegrass musical
accompaniment. "Fool Moon" played to rave
reviews on its Broadway run."
Bill has been cast in a supporting role in the new remake of the
Shakespeare classicA MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S
DREAM with an excellent cast. He was on the set in Italy in
Bill played Harry's dog, Pickles, come to Earth in human form, in an episode of
the NBC comedy 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN, which aired 1/21/98.
August 1997: SUBWAY STORIES
begins airing Aug 17th on HBO, and will be on several times between
then and Sep 8. See the SUBWAY STORIES link above for the full
schedule. Bill appears only in the first and last segments of the 90
minute piece, and while he's said he's not overly happy with the
results of the project, I know his fans will be tuning in to see him
anyway. I did.
- Bill Irwin had to withdraw from the Williamstown Festival due to other commitments.
- He is currently filming the movie Illuminata (1998) with John Tuturro.
- He also has a small cameo role in Piece of Cake with Andie McDowell and Andy Garcia.
- Bill's adaptation of Moliere's SCAPIN is scheduled to be published by Dramatists Play Services, but there is no date available yet for this release.
Bill Irwin is scheduled to participate in the Williamstown Theater Festival in Williamstown, MA, in a play called Johnny on a Spot". (see July update)
On April 17, Bill appeared on Turner Classic Movies as the host of
"The Cameraman" during the Buster Keaton festival.
Bill will teach to a group of children
Sunday morning, March 16, at the Hudson Valley Children's Museum
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY in Nyack, N.Y.
Scapin was scheduled to run through March 9 but has been extended one
week, to March 16. Production spokesperson Erin Dunn told Playbill On-Line
the extension was due to "an overwhelming response to the show", "also,
we're fortunate that they can stay an extra week."
Scapin opened January 9, 1997, to a terrific review from the New York Times.
Previews for Scapin began on December 4, 1996. The show is a limited run, and will close March 9, 1997.
Bill Irwin and David Shiner provided the entertainment for in "A Magical Evening" at the Waldorf-Astoria, Nov. 19.
The tv show DATELINE (NBC) will reportedly air a segment on Bill Irwin in conjunction with the opening of Scapin at the Roundabout Theatre in NYC. Current word is that this segement will air in late December or early January.
Bill Irwin appeared as a befuddled Drum Major who had not the least bit of control over his marching band in the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA.
Bill Irwin will direct and star in a new version of Moliere's Scapin at the Roundabout Theatre in December.
Bill Irwin will be appearing in an HBO Original Movie called Subway Stories , airing early 1997.
Bill Irwin curated and performed in Deuces Are Wild, a series of dance and music presentations for families and children. He appeared in Hip Hop Wonderland at the New Victory Theater on 42nd St in Manhattan until May 5th. Other programs in the series ran through May 12th.