Julie Taymor, Michael Pennington and Michael Shannon Featured in Theatre for a New Audience's New Season
By Carey Purcell
Theatre for a New Audience announced its inaugural season at the Center for Shakespeare and Classical Drama.
The facility includes the Samuel H. Scripps Mainstage, the first stage built for Shakespeare and classical drama in New York City since the Vivian Beaumont in 1965, and the Theodore C. Rogers Studio.
The season will feature one comedy, one tragedy and and one absurd play.
The season will open with A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tony winner Julie Taymor. The show will feature music by Elliot Goldenthal, and the cast will include Tina Benko as Titania, Max Casella as Bottom, David Harewood as Oberon and Kathryn Hunter as Puck. Previews begin Oct. 19, prior to an official opening Nov. 2.
The season will continue with the tragedy King Lear. Directed by Arin Arbus, the production will star Michael Pennington as Lear. Previews begin March 14.
Michael Shannon will star in Ionesco's The Killer. Previews of the new translation by Michael Feingold, directed by Darko Tresnjak, will begin May 17.
"We invited artists with whom we have ongoing relationships to celebrate the opening of our home. Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal first worked at Theatre for a New Audience in 1984. Directors Arin Arbus and Darko Tresnjak have staged multiple productions with us. We produce Shakespeare alongside other major authors, so we are presenting a comedy and a tragedy by Shakespeare and a marvelous but rarely performed modern classic from the 'Theatre of the Absurd' by Eugène Ionesco," artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz said in a statement. "As the staging of Shakespeare and other major plays is always changing, we have dreamt for decades of having a home with a dynamic space. The Scripps, inspired by the Royal National Theatre's Cottesloe, is uniquely flexible. It combines an intimate Elizabethan courtyard theatre with modern technology. The relationship between the stage and audience can be shaped into different configurations for each production."
Theatre for a New Audience’s 2014-15 season will include The Valley of Astonishment, a theatrical research directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne; and Tamburlaine Parts I and II by Christopher Marlowe, featuring John Douglas Thompson and directed by Michael Boyd, former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Tamburlaine will be followed by Thornton Wilder's version of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House, directed by Arin Arbus and starring Juliet Rylance.
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