Anna Deavere Smith to Bring Her Solo Show to A.R.T.

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The monologue play about the school-to-prison pipeline is part of the newly announced 2016-17 season.
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The American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) at Harvard University has announced its 2016-17 season. Included in the slate: Anna Deavere Smith’s solo play Notes from The Field: Doing Time in Education, about the school-to-prison pipeline; the U.S. premiere of Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, a new play drawn from interviews with transgender women, written by Paul Lucas; as well as a tango-infused dance theatre piece directed and co-choreographed by On Your Feet!'s Sergio Trujillo.

Kicking off the new season in August, Notes from The Field: Doing Time in Education will be performed by Smith, with music composed and performed by Marcus Shelby. The show traces the connection between the American education system and mass incarceration.

Lucas’ Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women is woven together from dozens of interviews conducted with trans women from around the world. Directed by Jo Bonney and slated for performances in January 2017, the new work made its award-winning debut at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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In May, A.R.T. will stage Arrabal, a tango-infused dance theatre piece about an important chapter in Argentina's history, with original music by Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel), directed and co-choreographed by Trujillo, with a book by Tony nominee John Weidman.

The 2016-17 season is also set to feature a stage adaptation of Sarah Waters’ best-selling crime novel Fingersmith, by Alexa Jung with direction by Bill Rauch; a new production of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana with direction by Michael Wilson; and Abbey Theatre’s acclaimed production of Sean O’Casey’s classic Irish drama, The Plough and the Stars.

Artistic director Diane Paulus has also announced that she will not be directing any of the season’s productions. “Incubating and developing new work is critical to our mission of expanding the boundaries of theater,” said the Tony-winning director in a statement. “Instead of helming a production next season, I am excited to be dedicating my time to the development of new work, which will result in productions for future seasons.”

For further information, visit AmericanRepertoryTheater.org.

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