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Classic Stage Company 2015/2016 Season will kick off in September with Greek Festival, celebrating classical Greek theater In December, Brian Kulick will direct Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children, featuring original music by Tony Award winner Duncan Sheik. In March 2016, Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham returns to CSC in Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, in a translation by John Christopher Jones. And the Mainstage season concludes in May 2016 with a new production of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt.
An Apple Family Sequel: THE GABRIELS: Election Year in the Life of One Family.
The Public Theater has announced another theatrical trip to Rhinebeck, New York. Following up on the success of his Apple Family plays, Richard Nelson has created a new 3-play family cycle, about a family living next door to the Apple Family. The 3 plays, again directed by Nelson, begin with HUNGRY on Saturday, February 27 and run through, Sunday, March 20, with an official press opening on Friday, March 4, 2016. As with The Apple Family Plays, each play will feature a core acting company and will open on the day it is set and unfold in real time over a couple of hours. The second play in the cycle will open in September 2016 and the final play will open on Election Night November 8, 2016. Like the Apples the Gabriels will shine a spotlight on the upcoming 2016 political election year. The setting is again Rhinebeck. Seems that the Gabriels live just around the corner from the Apple Family.
The Annual Lincoln Center Summer Theater Festival again brings an international flavor to Manhattan. lined up. Here's a rundown of shows on the agenda (only the first one is in English):
DruidShakespeare: The History Plays (North American Premiere). July 7 - 19, 12 performances; Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (524 West 59th Street). Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2), and Henry V by William Shakespeare. New adaptation by Mark O'Rowe, directed by Garry Hynes Running time: First Half approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes, with intermission; Second Half approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes, with intermission.
Gabriadze Theatre (Tbilisi, Georgia), Ramona (North American Premiere). July 27—August 1, 2015 at the Clark Studio Theater (165 West 65th Street, 7th Floor). Performed in Georgian with English supertitles. Running time: approximately one hour and 15 minutes, with no intermission Monday, July 27 at 7 PM (critics performance); Tuesday, July 28 at 7 PM; Wednesday, July 29 at 6 and 9 PM; Thursday, July 30 at 6 and 9 PM; Friday, July 31 at 6 and 9 PM; Saturday, August 1 at 3 and 7 PM. Cheek by Jowl. Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry. July 22 - 26 at Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. Directed by Declan Donnellan. Design by Nick Ormerod Performed in French, with English supertitles. Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes, no intermission
Kafka on the Shore. July 23 - July 26, 2015 at the David H. Koch Theater (Broadway at 63rd Street). Based on the book by Haruki Murakami, adapted for the stage by Frank Galati and directed by Yukio Ninagawa. Performed in Japanese with English supertitles. Running time: approximately 3 hours, with intermission
Theatre of Nations, Moscow. Miss Julie by August Strindberg July 27 - August 2 at New York City Center. Directed by Thomas Ostermeier. Adaptation by Mikhail Durnenkov. Performed in Russian with English supertitles. Running time: approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission
The Public Theater's 2015-16 Season will include the following: Public Works at the Delacorte Theater's musical adaptation of Homer's THE ODYSSEY. Conceived and directed by Public Works Director Lear deBessonet. Music, lyrics, and book by Todd Almond September 4 – 7, 2015
World Premiere of BARBECUE by Robert O'Hara, directed by Kent Gash September 22 – November 1, 2015
Mobile Shakespeare Unit (fall) All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. November 2 – 22, 2015
WorFld Premiere irst Daughter Suite by Michael John LaChiusa. D rected by Kirsten Sanderson. This follow-up to First Lady Suite follows Patricia Nixon and daughters Tricia and Julie, Roselyn and Amy Carter, Betty and Susan Ford, Patti Davis and mom Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush and daughter-in-law Laura October 6 – November 15, 2015
American Premiere of Before Your Very Eyes. Created by UK and Berlin-based Gob Squad October 17 – November 29, 2015
World Premiere of Dry Powder, a comedy by Sarah Burgess. Directed by Thomas Kail March 1 – April 10, 2016
New York Premiere of Head Of Passes by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Tina Landau. Aco-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre March 15 – April 24, 2016
World Premiere The Total Bent. Text by Stew. Music by Heidi Rodewald and Stew. Directed by Joanna Settle May 10 – June 19, 2016
mobile Shakespeare Unit (spring) romeo & Juliet. Directed by Public Works Director Lear deBessonet. May 10 – May 29, 2016
Trash Cuisine from Belarus Free Theater at the La MaMa Ellen Stewart Theater (in collaboration with The Public Theater), 66 East Fourth Street, East Village, 646-430-5374, lamama.org.
ased on true stories, devised and performed by Belarus Free Threater, written by Nicolai KhaleBzin and Natalia Kaliada with additional text by Stephanie Pan, Natassia Shcherbak, Aleh Sidorchyk, Clive Stafford Smith and Philippe Spall. Directed by Mr. Khalezin. Concept, co-movement direction. Stage and costume design by Mr. Khalezin and Ms. Kaliada. Composer/musician, Arkadiy Yushin. Choreography by Bridget Fiske. Sets by Yuri Kaliada. Cast: Victoria Biran, Kiryl Kanstantsinau, Siarhei Kvachonak, Esther Mugambi, Stephanie Pan, Pavel Radak-Haradnitski, Maryia Sazonava, Philippe Spall and Arkadiy Yushin (Ensemble). colai Khalezin & Natalia Kaliada. Running time: 90 minutes.Performed in English. What it's about: This play is not for the faint of heart. It's about violence and, in particular, about the ability of society, a group or an individual to take the life of another. It draws on the works of William Shakespeare, who often referenced capital punishment, and a variety of national cuisines in order to emphasize a local flavor of violence, endurance, life and hope. Live music performed on stage complements a series of stories staged in a variety of ways, bringing them to a common denominator. A reader who went to an early performance wrote that this "cook's tour of torture and capital punshiment throughout the world made her at times nauseated yet she was glad to be exposed to this company's theatrical imagination and undoubtedly "my most unusual, if not most pleasurable theater experience this year. From 4/25/15; opening 4/29/15; closing 5/17/15.
Brits Off Broadway
The annual Brits Off Broadway festival is back at 59E59 Street www.59E59.orgfrom April 14th through June 28th. Following a lineup of what's on offer:
April 14 - May 3 THE TAILOR OF INVERNESS by Matthew Zajac, directed by Ben Harrison, with Matthew Zajac and Aidan O'Rourke (musician). The story of a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) came to be a tailor in northern Scotland.
April 28 - May 31 BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES by Gareth Farr, directed by Nick Bagnall. With Roger Evans, Dan Parr, Michael Peavoy and Francesca Zoutewelle. Carl Jackson doesn't fit in at home. When he joins the army, he sees it as a chance to escape the grim reality of life. But it doesn't matter where he runs to, or how hard or how fast – there are too many battles for him to win them all.
May 5 - May 31 Anthony Burgess' ONE HAND CLAPPING, adapted and directed by Lucia Cox. With Eve Burley, Oliver Devoti and Adam Urey. Adapted from Anthony Burgess's 1961 novel, this is the story of Howard and Janet Shirley, who have a humdrum life in a Northern town in England. But Howard has a talent: a photographic memory, which he uses to win a TV quiz show. With his winnings, he and Janet travel the world. But upon their return, a morose Howard takes a decidedly sinister turn.
May 14 -June 7 TUESDAYS AT TESCO'S, written by Emmanuel Darley, adapted and translated by Matthew Hurt and Sarah Vermande, directed by Simon Stokes. With Simon Callow and Connor Mitchell. Callow stars as Pauline: Loving daughter, caregiver, cross-dresser.
June 3 - June 28 CUDDLES, written by Joseph Wilde, directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord. With Carla Langley and Rendah Heywood. A gothic tale about Eve is a 13-year-old vampire. She has never left her room and everything she knows about the world comes from her sister Tabby and her storybook characters.
June 4 - June 27 IN MY FATHER'S WORDS, by Justin Young, with Gaelic by Iain Finlay MacLeod, directed by Philip Howard. With Angus Peter Campbell, Garry Collins, and Muireann Kelly. In an old wooden house by the shore of Lake Ontario in Canada, Louis battles with his elderly father, Don, whose decline into dementia is gradually robbing him of the ability to speak. Into their lives comes Flora, the Scottish caregiver who understands that the 'nonsense' that Don speaks is fragmented Gaelic, opening up an ocean of revelations and buried family history.
June 10 - Sunday, June 28 MY PERFECT MIND, created by Told By An Idiot, written by Kathryn Hunter, Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge, directed by Kathryn Hunter. Olivier Award-winning actor Edward Petherbridge was cast as King Lear, when on the second day of rehearsals he suffered a stroke that left him barely able to move. As he struggled to recover Edward made a discovery: the entire role of Lear still existed word for word in his mind. As humorous as it is tragic.
Two Shows Dealing with Off to On Broadway moving decisions. For the terrific Hamilton it was never a question of will it movefrom the Public to Broadway, but when and to what house? That question has now been settled. The show will finish it's third extension and then settle into one of the biggest Broadway houses, the Richard Rodgers on July 13th with an official re-opening August 6th.
But forget about the speculations about The Iceman Cometh now at BAM continuing its run onn Broadway. The play's Hickey, Nathan Lane, has signed on to return to an already established and less dour hit, It's Only a Play. He'll put down his drink at the No Hope Saloon and step back into James wicker's shoes on March 31st and stay put until the scheduled closing date of June 7th.
MCC has announced the follow New York premieres for its 2015-16 season. First up starting August 20th,THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE by Matthew Lopez exploring how an Elvis impersonator become a winning drag queen in the Florida Panhandle? Also LOST GIRLS by John Pollono and directed by Jo Bonney about a divorced couple facing problem of their seventeen-year-old daughter goes missing during a winter storm. SMOKEFALL by Noah Haidle and directed by Anne Kauffman begins February 3rd, 2016. In this one magical realism collides with manic vaudeville in a family drama
Playwrights Horizons will be busting out all over with New York and World premieres during its 2015-16 season. The season launcher in august is the New York premiere of The Christians, a new play by Lucas Hath, directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters, the play is described as an "unflinching look at faith in Americal It's about faith's power to unite or divide. Another New York premiere HIR, by Taylor Mac and directed by Niegel Smith. Scheduled for October-December the comedy follows Isaac, who has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt.
In November-January comes the New York premiere of a play by Jordan Harrison and Marjorie Prime, directed by Anne Kauffman. It follows 86-year-old Marjorie who has a handsome new companion who's programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. Concluding the NY premieres in February 2016 will be Danai Gurira's Familiar, directed by Rebecca Taichman (see our review in Connecticut.
The company's world premieres include Antlia Pneumatica by Anne Washburn, March-May , directed by Ken Rus Schmoll; also a romantic comedy, Gregory S. Moss' Indian Summer from May-June 2016.
The Pearl Theater gives audiences a chance to explore modern adaptations of timeless stories during two weeks (Jan 23-Feb. 1) of readings and discussions under the umbrella title of Modern/Classics. $20 for Pearl members, $25 for non-members. Following is the Lineup: The Government Inspector, 1/26-29. . .Chekhov's Stupid Fu**ing Bird, 1/30- 2/01.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival is sending another show it premiered to Broadway (previously announced Fool For Love and The Visit ). This one is Joe DiPietro's adaptation of Garson Kanin's backstage comedy Peccadillo and now named Living on Love. It's coming to the Longacre Theater in April 2015 and again starring Opera Diva Renee Fleming. For an idea of what to expect see our Williamstown review
New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center series: has announced its June 2015 line-up: The series under the artistic direction of Jeanine Tesori will kick off June 24 with William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, starring Jonathan Groff aand directed by Lapine. It will play five performances through June 27. Next up will be a one-night-only performance of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors on July 1, with Ellen Greene, who created the role of the lovably ditzy Audrey both on stage and screen reprising her role. The season conculudes July 15-18 with Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party. Tony winner Sutton Foster and Tony nominee Joshua Henry, will star. Leigh Silverman will direct and Sonya Tayeh choreograph.
Here's a line-up of what the Pearl Theater Company has in store for you in the way of full productions:
FEB. 10 - MAR. 15, 2015 THE WINTER'S TALE by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE directed by MICHAEL SEXTON
MAY 5 - JUNE 7, 2015 DON JUAN by M. de MOLIERE directed by HAL BROOKS
Next from MCC:
Feb 4 – Mar 15. New York Premiere of The Nether by Jennifer Haley, directed by Anne Kaufman. What it's about: A young female detective begins an investigation to determine if there is a point at which thought or intention may actually constitute a crime.
Apr 29 – June / World Premiere of Permission by Robert Askins. What it's about: Eric and Cyndy decide to follow the lead of their friends Zach and Shelley and make Christian Domestic Discipline the foundation of their marriage. But restructuring their lives and their union according to role play and a new moral code upends everything they knew.