Accused Priests, Hollywood Men and Russian Terrorists Fill New Season for The New Group

News   Accused Priests, Hollywood Men and Russian Terrorists Fill New Season for The New Group The New Group have announced its upcoming 2004-2005 season which will include the New York premiere of Sin: A Cardinal Deposed a revival of Hurlyburly and the American premiere of Terrorism by the Presnyakov Brothers as directed by James Lapine.

The new season will perform at Theatre Row, where The New Group is in residence.

The season will begin with playwright Michael Murphy's documentary theatre-style Sin, the tale of Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law who was called to testify against two priests who were accused of sexual abuse. The play which uses text from actual testimony and words of other priests, victims and parents involved in the trials made its premiere at the Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Company.

Next for the Off-Broadway troupe will be a revival of David Rabe's Hurlyburly as directed by New Group artistic director Scott Elliott — who restaged the Wallace Shawn play Aunt Dan and Lemon for the company this past season. Rabe's drama set in Los Angeles follows the lives of four men "caught in love-hate relationships with Hollywood and women," according to a release. The play ran Off Broadway in 1984 before transferring to Broadway where it garnered four Tony nominations (with one win for actress Judith Ivey).

The last production of the season will be the American premiere of Terrorism which will be co-presented with The Play Company. Sascha Dugdale translates the work by the Vladimir and Oleg Presnyakov — which debuted at London's Royal Court last year. James Lapine (Into The Woods, Fran's Bed) directs the Siberian brothers' play which is set into motion with a bomb threat in an airport.

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