Season 2, Theatre for a New Audience, at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn . . . U.S. premiere of The Valley of Astonishment (9/14-10/5) directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne . . . starring Kathryn Hunter, Marcello Magni, and Jared McNeill . . . Play is a kaleidoscopic journey into the mysteries and wonders of the human brain based on neurological research, true stories, and Farid Attar's epic mystical poem "The Conference of the Birds" . . . Produced by C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord with Theatre for a New Audience and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.
In November, the company brings us the first major New York production in 58 years of Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine, Parts I and II . . . edited to 3.5 hours plus a 30-minute intermission . . . directed by Michael Boyd, former Artistic Director, Royal Shakespeare Company, and featuring John Douglas Thompson as Tamburlaine (he was excellent in Emperor Jones) . . . Previews begin 11/1, opening 11/ 16, with a run through 12/21.
April . . . Fiasco Theater's The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare . . . directed by Jessie Austrian and Ben Steinfeld. April 24-May 24 . . . originally produced by Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C. Via Bruce Cohen. Visit http://www.tfana.org/ (We LOVED their Cymbeline.)
My once friend, Gary Heidt . . . Van Reipen Collective . . . brings the entire text of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons to the stage . . . in a mighty 5-hour spectacle in 3 parts (one chapter is presented each week) . . . Week 1, (10/2-10/5): OBJECTS: AN AMERICAN OPERETTA, directed by Heidt–music by Fist of Kindness–with Debra Disbrow, Gary Heidt, Kyungmi Lee, Cassandra Chopourian and Richard Gross . . . Week 2, (10/9-10/12): ROOMS: A SHAPE-SHIFTING ODYSSEY FOR 2, directed by Cara Scarmack in collaboration with Christopher Weston . . . with music by Holbrook, Scarmack, Chopourian . . . performed by Priscilla Holbrook and Cassandra V. Chopourian . . . week 3, (10/16-10/19): FOOD: A DREAM WITH CHICKEN, directed by Niki Tulk, with music by Mark Tulk . . . performed by Lauren Farber, Richard Gross, and Cassandra V. Chopourian at Theater for the New City (say hello to Crystal) . . . visit http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/ .
You say you want more??
New Ohio Theatre and Theatre 167 are presenting a World Premiere . . . I Like To Be Here: Jackson Heights Revisited, or, This Is A Mango (September 6 – 27: opens September 8) at the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St.) . . . Show is part of the 2nd annual Obie Award-winning Theater: Village in NYC and offers drag queens, car dispatchers, sleep deprived parents, gamblers, insomniacs, and dreamers . . . They all find one another on the streets of Jackson Heights, the most diverse neighborhood in the world . . . Show conceived and directed by Ari Laura Kreith, and written by Jenny Lyn Bader (I think I once met her), J. Stephen Brantley, Ed Cardona, Jr., Les Hunter, Tom Miller, Melisa Tien, and Joy Tomasko . . . Via David Gibbs, DARR Publicity. Visit New Ohio Theatre: http://newohiotheatre.org/ .
And . . .
Debbie Tucker Green’s generations (10/12-10/25) . . . at Soho Rep with The Play Company, in association with John Adrian Selzer . . . In the play, audiences are invited into a kitchen in a South African township where a fragrant meal is being prepared . . . As they cook, three generations of a close-knit family banter and share stories and food . . . Both urgent and exuberant, green’s formally daring play tackles what’s transmitted and lost through generations of a family—and a nation. Features a 12-person community chorus led by music director Bongi Duma (The Lion King). Cast includes Shyko Amos (An Octoroon), Mamoudou Athie, Khail Toi Bryant (The Lion King), Ntombikhona Dlamini (Sarafina!), Thuli Dumakude (The Lion King, Poppie Nongena), Jonathan Peck (The Lion in Winter) and Michael Rogers (born bad, Breakfast With Mugabe) . . . After every performance share South African drink, music, and food from Madiba Restaurant. Via: John Wyszniewski/Blake Zidell—visit: http://sohorep.org/
What a start to the season!!!