Christopher Shinn, Lynn Nottage and John Logan Among Writing Team for Rupert Goold's Decade

News   Christopher Shinn, Lynn Nottage and John Logan Among Writing Team for Rupert Goold's Decade Award-winning playwrights Christopher Shinn, Lynn Nottage and John Logan are among the team that are collaborating with director Rupert Goold on Decade, a theatrical response into the legacy of 9/11 that will begin performances at London's St. Katharine Docks Sept. 1, prior to an official opening Sept. 8, for a run through Oct. 15.

John Logan
John Logan

Also participating are U.K. playwrights Abi Morgan, Samuel Adamson, Mike Bartlett and Alecky Blythe, as well as historian and social commentator Simon Schama.

According to press materials, "No one can forget the moment they heard the news. September 11 2001 was a day which sent shockwaves across the globe. It was a day that was supposed to change the world forever. Ten years on, these major writers and thinkers will explore our responses to the defining event of our times. Headlong will be turning a disused building into an immersive theatrical experience, taking the audience from the tranquil setting of the River Thames to the bright blue skies of downtown Manhattan and beyond."

The ensemble cast includes Jonathan Bonnici, Leila Crerar, Kevin Harvey, Tom Hodgkins, Samuel James, Arinze Kene, Amy Lennox, Tobias Menzies (seen on Broadway in the transfer of the Royal Court's production of The Seagull, opposite Kristin Scott Thomas), Claire Prempeh, Charlotte Randle, Cat Simmons and Lia Williams (seen on Broadway in the transfer of the National's production of David Hare's Skylight and more recently in Stoppard's Arcadia).

Shinn was most recently represented in New York by Picked at the Vineyard. Other plays include Now Or Later, Dying City (Pulitzer finalist), Where Do We Live and Other People.

Nottage's plays include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined (seen in London at the Almeida), Fabulation and Intimate Apparel. Logan's plays include the Tony-winning Red, as well as Never the Sinner, Hauptmann and Speaking in Tongues. As a screenwriter, his work includes "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (Golden Globe Award), "The Aviator," "Gladiator," "The Last Samurai," "Any Given Sunday" and "RKO 281" (WGA Award).

Schama is a professor of art history and history at Columbia University and is the author of numerous books, including "Rough Crossings," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and was produced for the stage by Headlong in 2007. He is a cultural essayist for the New Yorker and has written and presented more than 30 documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and the History Channel, including "The Power of Art," which won the 2007 International Emmy for Best Arts Programming.

Morgan's writing credits include the flagship BBC TV drama "The Hour" and the upcoming Margaret Thatcher film "Iron Lady"starring Meryl Streep and the award-winning drama "Sex Traffic" (Channel 4). In the theatre, she has worked with Frantic Assembly on Tiny Dynamite, and other work includes The Night Is Darkest Before The Dawn (part of the Tricycle Theatre's Great Game season).

Adamson's plays include stage adaptations of Breakfast at Tiffany's (Haymarket) and All About My Mother (Old Vic), as well as original plays Southwark Fair (National), Clocks and Whistles (Bush) and Some Kind of Bliss (Trafalgar Studios and Brits Off Broadway, New York). He is currently collaborating with songwriter Tori Amos on the musical The Light Princess for the National Theatre.

Bartlett's credits include Earthquakes in London (Headlong and National Theatre, which is about to embark on an extensive UK tour this autumn), 13 (due to open at the National Theatre in October), Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough), Cock (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, which won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), Artefacts (Bush Theatre) and My Child (Royal Court).

Blythe is currently represented at the National by London Road. Other credits include The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court and Young Vic), Do We Look Like Refugees? (Assembly), Cruising (Bush Theatre) and Come Out Eli (Arcola Theatre).

Directed by Headlong artistic director Rupert Goold, who also conceived and developed it with Robert Icke, it has a set designed by Miriam Buether with costumes by Emma Williams, choreography by Scott Ambler, lighting designed by Malcolm Rippeth and composition and sound score by Adam Cork. The production is produced by Headlong Theatre in association with Chichester Festival Theatre.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7452 3000, or visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.

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