DC's Studio Will Spotlight Irish Writer Walsh, Letts, Tynan, McCraney, Pop! and More in 2010-11

News   DC's Studio Will Spotlight Irish Writer Walsh, Letts, Tynan, McCraney, Pop! and More in 2010-11
 
The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, known for its commitment to contemporary and cutting-edge work, will produce 11 titles in its 2010-11 season, including a repertory of two plays by Irish playwright Enda Walsh.

Under the leadership of one director (Matt Torney) and design team, the two plays in The Enda Walsh Repertory "will introduce Studio Theatre audiences to two new, thematically-linked works." The Walsh plays will be performed simultaneously in two separate theatres in April 2011.

Walsh's The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom "bring both male and female perspective to the danger of living solely in the past," according to Studio notes.

The Walsh plays are part of the core six-title Studio subscription series, which also includes Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation (September); Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts, directed by Serge Seiden (November-December); Tarell Alvin McCraney's Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet (January-February 2011); plus a yet-to-be-announced title that will conclude the season in May-July 2011 (the new artistic director, whose identity will be revealed this spring, will direct).

Two Studio Theatre special-event solo shows were also announced. Tynan, Richard Nelson's new adaptation of famed theatre critic Kenneth Tynan's autobiography, featuring DC star Philip Goodwin, will reveal "the salacious and secret truths of this theatrical legend" (February-March 2011). David Cale, award-winning playwright and actor, will return to the Studio "to share his comic tale of a New York gigolo" in Palomino (June-July 2011).

The eclectic Studio 2ndStage season, presented in its flexible raw space, Stage 4, will offer Young Jean Lee's Songs of the Dragon Flying to Heaven, a comic look at "cultural identity and minority rage" (October-November); Jez Butterworth's rock 'n' roll tale, Mojo, set in the seedy underbelly of a London nightclub (December); Pop!, a musical about Andy Warhol, murder and mayhem, written by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs (summer 2011). For more information, visit www.studiotheatre.org.

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"Artist-founded and artist-driven, The Studio Theatre demands the highest quality production values, bringing audiences provocative writing along with unparalleled artistry in performance, directing and design," according to its mission. Founded in 1978, The Studio Theatre is led by the driving force of Joy Zinoman, founding artistic director, along with Keith Alan Baker (managing director/artistic director, 2ndStage), Serge Seiden (associate producing artistic director); and Morey B. Epstein (executive director of Institutional Development). In 2004, The Studio Theatre opened a state-of-the-art four-theatre complex, a major landmark that anchors the 14th Street Arts District.

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