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Three New offerings from Labyrinth Theater Company during the 2014-15 season: September brings A Sucker Emcee, written and performed by by Craig "muMs" Grant, directed by Jenny Koons, and featuring hip-hop, slam poetry, and personal recollections. In 2015 Lear deBessonet directs Lucy Thurber's new play, The Insurgents aboutSally Wright, a woman who has traveled across the country searching for something to believe in, only to find herself home again. Next up will be Nice Girl by Melissa Ross and directed by Labyrinth Theater Company's Artistic Director Mimi O'Donnell. It's about 37-year-old Josephine Rosen, who has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of an unintended spinsterhood when a chance flirtation gives her hope for the possibility of change.
A New Home and 2014-2015 Play Schedule
The New Group's 2014-2015 20th Anniversary season will see it moving to the Pershing Square Signature Center at480 West 42nd Street. First ups will be the first major New York revival of Sticks and Bones, the Tony Award-winning play by David Rabe, directed by Scott Elliott, and featuring Holly Hunter and Bill Pullman; next up will be the New York premiere of Rasheeda Speaking by Joel Drake Johnson, helmed by Cynthia Nixon in her directorial debut, and featuring Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest; finally, there will be the world premiere of The Spoils, a new play written by and featuring Jesse Eisenberg, directed by Scott Elliott. See our Off-Broadway listings for TBA detals.
Here's a line-up of what the Pearl Theater Company has in store for you nest Fall:
SEPT. 9 - OCT. 12, 2014 UNCLE VANYA by ANTON CHEKHOV directed by HAL BROOKS
NOV. 4 - DEC. 14, 2014 co-produced by GINGOLD THEATRICAL GROUP MAJOR BARBARA by BERNARD SHAW directed by DAVID STALLER
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
For a preview of what to expect from Hugh Jackman's next Broadway appearance, see our London critic's review of The River. Butterworth is a playwright who's become almost as "hot" as Jackman with plays like Blue Heron and Jerusalem. The MCC Theater 2014-15 Season includes the following:
Sept 3 – Oct 12. World Premiere of THe Money Shot by Neil LaBute, directed by Terry Kinney. What it's about: Karen and Steve are glamorous movie stars who haven't had a hit in years. Karen, her partner Bev, Steve, and his aspiring actress wife Missy meet in order to make an important decision as to how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain?
Oct 29 – Dec 7. New York Premiere of Punk Rock by Simon Stephens, directed by Trip Cullman. What it's about: In a private school outside of Manchester, England a group of highly-articulate seventeen year-olds flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for their A-Level mock exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal.
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.
Classic Stage Company's Upcoming Season.
Classic Stage Company's upcoming season begins in October with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro, directed by John Doyle, the second installment of CSC's Musical Theater Initiative. In January Peter Sarsgaard returns to CSC starring in Shakespeare's Hamlet. The season concludes in April with Chris Noth starring in Christopher Marlowe's DOCTOR FAUSTUS, directed by Andrei Belgrader.
Playwrights Horizons 2014/2015 Season
BOOTY CANDY.New York premiere written and directed by Robert O'Hara. From August 22, 2014 Mainstage Theater.
GRAND CONCOURSE. World Premiere by Heidi Schreck, directed by Kip Fagan October to December 2014 atPeter Jay Sharp Theater
POCATELLO. World Premiere of a new play by Samuel D. Hunter. Directed by Davis McCallumNovember 2014 – January 2015. Mainstage Theater
PLACEBO. World Premiere of a new play by Melissa James Gibson. Directed by Daniel Aukin. February – April 2015Peter Jay Sharp Theater
IOWA. World Premiere of a new musical play by Jenny Schwartz. Music and lyrics by Todd Almond. Oratorio lyrics by Jenny Schwartz. Peter Jay Sharp Theater,
A new to be announce play by Bruce Norris. May – July 2015 Mainstage Theater Brits Off Broadway's 9th season
The popular feast of UK theater returns for its 9th season at 59E59 Theaters from April 1 to June 29. The lineup below:
Tuesday, April 1 - Sunday, April 20 DON'T WAKE ME: THE BALLAD OF NIHAL ARMSTRONG, written by Rahila Gupta and directed by Guy Slater With Jaye Griffiths.
DON'T WAKE ME is the true story of the life and death of acclaimed British journalist Rahila Gupta's much-loved son. Performed by Jaye Griffiths.
Wednesday, April 2 - Saturday, April 26 A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY by Douglas Maxwell and CLEAN by Sabrina Mahfouz, directed by Orla O'Loughlin With Joanna Tope and Gavin Jon Wright; and Jade Anouka, Emma Dennis Edwards and Chloe Massey (Clean). CLEAN introduces audiences to the world of London's top female underground criminals on their biggest job yet. In A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY, Annabelle, mourning her husband's death, strikes up an unlikely relationship with his potty-mouthed employee, Jim.
Wednesday, April 23 - Sunday, May 18 PEDDLING, written by Harry Melling, directed by Steven Atkinson With Harry Melling. A young door-to-door salesman wakes up in a field, somewhere in London, surrounded by the burnt and empty remnants of the night before. With no memory, he knows he must go back to ‘the very start of it all.' His attempts to retrace events lead him on a haunting journey where everything comes into question: his life, his world, and his future.
Tuesday, April 29 - Sunday, May 18 PLAYING WITH GROWN UPS, by Hannah Patterson, directed by Hannah Eidinow With Alan Cox, Daisy Hughes, Trudi Jackson, Mark Rice-Oxley Late thirties, careers under their belts and a new baby just arrived. Isn't that what everybody wants? A wry, provocative look at what it is to be a woman today, in a society that tells us we can have it all and our ambitions can be unlimited.
Thursday, May 1 - Sunday, May 25 THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J. HITCHCOCK, written by David Rudkin, directed by Jack McNamara With Martin Miller, Roberta Kerr, Tom McHugh, and Anthony Wise. Rudkin's poetic new play takes an unprecedented look at the life and mind of one of the century's most fascinating cultural icons.
Tuesday, May 20 - Sunday, June 1 SIMON GREEN: SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE, created by Simon Green and David Shrubsole, performed by Simon Green with musical arrangement and accompaniment by David Shrubsole. Play explores paths un-trod, mistakes repeated and ridiculous responses to an ever-changing world. Simon Green and David Shrubsole cast their uniquely British gaze over life's rude awakenings.
Wednesday, May 21 - Sunday, June 8 CHALK FARM, written by Kieran Hurley & AJ Taudevin, directed by Neil Bettles. With Thomas Dennis and Julia Taudevin. An uncompromising and ultimately heartbreaking examination of a fractured society.
Thursday, May 29 - Sunday, June 29 AYCKBOURN ENSEMBLE, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn Cast to be announced. One company, two major bittersweet comedies and two frivolous shorts, all written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, run in rep.
TIME OF MY LIFE.NYC premiere of Ayckbourn's 1992 comedy. It is Laura Stratton's birthday and, to celebrate the event, the whole family is gathered for an evening out in their favorite restaurant. The dinner turns out to be a significant moment in all their lives.
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES At a London rail terminus an elaborate trap is deployed to capture a dangerous and elusive terrorist. The Strategic Simulated Distractional Operations Unit is ready to pounce. Their witness, garrulous traffic warden, Barry Hawkins and troubled young female soldier Ez Swain, his minder, are on hand. What can possibly go wrong?
FARCICALS: A Double Bill of Frivolous Comedies: In CHLOË WITH LOVE, Teddy and Lottie's marriage is in difficulty. Cue neighbors Penny and Reggie to the rescue. But who is Chloe? Lottie and Teddy return in THE KIDDERMINSTER AFFAIR! Will Lottie discover the awful truth about Kidderminster? Will Teddy burn the barbeque?
Tuesday, June 3 - Sunday, June 29 BLINK, written by Phil Porter, directed by Joe Murphy With Thomas Pickles and Lizzy Watts. This tale of Jonah and Sophie is a dysfunctional love story, but a love story all the same. Against the lonely backdrop of London, the worlds of two shy individuals collide, and a charming, delicate and darkly funny story unfolds before your eyes.
Tuesday, June 10 - Sunday, June 29 PAT KIRKWOOD IS ANGRY, written by Jessica Walker, directed by Lee Blakeley, with musical arrangements by James Holmes With Jessica Walker and Joseph Atkins at the piano. Walters stars with songs about the turbulent life of the actress and singer Pat Kirkwood.
Primary Stages will present their 2014-15 season in its new home at the Duke on 42nd Street. The lineup includes: POOR BEHAVIOR A New York premiere of a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck Directed by Evan Cabnet July-September, 2014. . . WHILE I YET LIVE A world premiere of a new play by Billy Porter Directed by Sheryl Kaller September-November, 2014. . . LIVES OF THE SAINTS A new collection of short plays by David Ives Directed by John Rando February-March, 2015
Ars Nova's 2014 Season includes Four Featured Events: Game Play: January 29 – February 8 An evening of short plays written by the Ars Nova Play Group, featuring Live Music. . . Charlatan: March 18 – April 12 A night of mind-bending illusion from professional deceiver Vinny DePonto. Written by Vinny DePonto and Josh Koenigsberg Directed by Andrew Neisler. . . ANT Fest 2014: June 2 – 28 Ars Nova's 7th annual Festival of All New Talent. . . Jacuzzi: October 1 – November 1. The premiere of a brand new play by The Debate Society. Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen. Directed and Developed by Oliver Butler
For more information on Ars Nova's programs, visit www.arsnovanyc.com.
Target Margin Theater continues its exploration of Yiddish culture from Feb. 12th to 22nd at Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand Street). Tickets are priced at $15 for details: www.TargetMargin.org or (212) 352-3101.
They conclude their 2013-2014 season with a new work adapted from a central play of Yiddish history: Uriel Acosta: Doubt is the Food of Faith, created and directed by TMT Artistic Director, David Herskovits. Performances are set to begin March 14, 2014 for a limited engagement through April 5, 2014 at The Chocolate Factory (5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens). For additional information, www.targetmargin.org
A look at Broadway audiences courtesy of The Broadway League's 16th annual demographics report: Tourists accounted for 66% of all Broadway tickets, up from 63% in the 2011-2012 season. The number of attendances by domestic tourists has grown from 3.4 million in 1999 to 5 million in 2013. International visitors comprised a w high ofalmost 23% of tickets sold. Attendance by suburbanites was the lowest on record, at 17% or just under 2 million tickets. The average age of the Broadway attendee was 42.5 years old, slightly younger than the past few seasons, with the highest ever percentage of theatregoers age 18 – 24 (14% or 1.6 million admissions) in the history of this analysis. Kids and teens accounted for just over one million admissions. 78% of admissions were made by Caucasian theatregoers, the same as the previous year. That said, there is an increase the diversity of audiences, particularly with Hispanic audienceswhich at 8% wasthe second highest in the history of this analysis. Forty-one percent of respondents said they purchased their tickets online, with telephone sales declining accordingly. Females accounted for 68% of the audiences. Playgoers tended to be more frequent theatregoers than musical attendees. The typical play attendee saw seven shows in the past year; the musical attendee, three. Word-of-mouth was the most influential factor in show selection.
The London hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is headed to Broadway's Barrymore Theater next Fall. Marianne Elliott will again direct but count on a new Christopher rather than Luke Treadway. The London production which came to a halt after the Apollo Theater collapsed will resume in the Gielgud Theater late in June. For an idea of what to expect see our London Review.
Eugene O'Neill's The Ice Man Cometh comes to New York again in 2015! It will be at the Brooklyn's Academy of Music. It's a reprise of Chicago's Goodman Theatre production that starred Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. The six-week engagement will run 2/05/15 to 3/15/15. The epic drama last big New York production was in 1999 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater and starred Kevin Spacey as Hickey.
Bebe Neuwirth who collected a Tony back in 1997 for her killer portrayal of killer Velma Kelly in Chicago, and did a stint in 207 as Roxie Hart, is back in the show, this time as "Mama"Morton. Her gig as the feisty matron begins 2/14/14 and continues through 3/09/14.
Time for the Next Edition Festival Line Up of free staged readings from Playwrights Realm alumni: Tuesday, January 21 CHRISTOPHER WALL's Calamity. . . Wednesday, January 22 JEN SILVERMAN's The Moors . . . Thursday, January 23 GONZALO RODRIGUEZ RISCO's It Never Rains in Lima. . . Monday, January 27 ANTON DUDLEY's Still Life. . . Plus private readings of new work by Ethan Lipton and Anna Ziegler. All readings at 7pm and followed immediately by a reception. Location: The Studio at 511 511 West 54th Street (btw. 10th & 11th Aves.).
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