History Boys, House of Blue Leaves and School of Night Join Sweeney at L.A.'s Taper

News   History Boys, House of Blue Leaves and School of Night Join Sweeney at L.A.'s Taper Alan Bennett's The History Boys as well as John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves and Peter Whelan's The School of Night join the previously announced Sweeney Todd for the new Mark Taper Forum season.

The Center Theatre Group's Los Angeles venue — which will undergo renovations later this year — will present the first two works of the 41st season at the California company's other home, the Ahmanson Theatre. The latter season entries will play at the new Forum.

"I am pleased that during this year of transition, we will be able to keep the 'family' together and continue to present the highest quality of work for our Taper subscribers," said CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie in a statement. "To do this, we are asking Taper subscribers and other audience members to step about 125 yards next door."

The Mark Taper Forum 2007-2008 season (subject to change) follows:

  • Alan Bennett's The History Boys (Nov. 7-Dec. 9)
    Paul Miller directs based on Nicholas Hytner's original direction.
    Presented in association with The National Theatre of London and original Broadway producers.
    "In The History Boys, Bennett unleashes opposing views of life and education as he follows an unruly class of eight bright, funny, history students who, in addition to the pursuits of sex and sport, are anxious to achieve undergraduate admission to Oxford or Cambridge."

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  • Sweeney Todd (March 11-April 6, 2008)
    Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler from Christopher Bond's adaptation.
    Directed and designed by John Doyle, music orchestrated by Sarah Travis.
    Judy Kaye and David Hess star in the new actor-musician take on the story of the demon barber of Fleet Street who returns to his haunt to exact revenge for his imprisonment.
  • John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves (Sept. 4-Oct. 19, 2008)
    Nicholas Martin directs.
    "In The House of Blue Leaves, on the day in 1965 that the pope visits New York and masses of people line the streets in adulation, Artie, a zookeeper living in Sunnyside, Queens, thinks its time for his life to be blessed, too."
  • Peter Whelan's The School of Night (Oct. 30-Dec. 21, 2008)
    Bill Alexander directs the American premiere.
    Presented in association with Mike Merrick and Edward Rissien.
    "In The School of Night, Whelan provides a fascinating twist to the centuries-old mystery of the sudden and tragically early death of Christopher Marlowe, who was perhaps England's greatest dramatist before the rise of his contemporary, William Shakespeare." Subscriptions are currently available for the new season at the Taper Forum, located at 135 North Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. For more information call (213) 628-2772 or visit centertheatregroup.org.

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