Jane Martin, Steppenwolf, U.S. and NYC Premieres Punctuate 59E59 Fall Season

News   Jane Martin, Steppenwolf, U.S. and NYC Premieres Punctuate 59E59 Fall Season 59E59 Theaters' artistic director Elysabeth Kleinhans and executive producer Peter Tear announced fall programming for their cluster of Off-Broadway venues on East 59th Street.
Roberta Maxwell
Roberta Maxwell Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The line-up includes a Steppenwolf Theater Company production, a staging by Writers' Theatre of Chicago and Brian Murray directing Roberta Maxwell in the U.S. premiere of The Shape of Metal by Thomas Kilroy.

Jane Martin's new Iraq War-inspired drama, Flags, unfurls in its New York City premiere after productions in Minneapolis and Los Angeles.

The fall season includes:

  • Sept. 8-30: The Shape of Metal by Thomas Kilroy, directed by Brian Murray and starring Roberta Maxwell. Produced by Origin Theatre Company. "On the eve of the opening of a permanent exhibition of her work at the Museum of Modern Art, the world-renowned sculptor Nell Jeffrey and her daughter Judith struggle to come to terms with the disappearance of Grace, Judith's elder sister, who walked out of her mother's studio 30 years before. The mystery of Grace's disappearance lies at the heart of the play, and haunts both Judith's life and Nell's work until finally, through a cruel twist of fate, mother and daughter are forced to confront the events of the past, and exorcise its unquiet ghosts."

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  • Sept. 12-30: Flags by Jane Martin, directed by Henry Wishcamper, starring Chris Mulkey and Karen Landry in a production by Firefly Theater. "Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Jane Martin's Flags uses the structure of a Greek tragedy to explore how the grief of a single American family must inevitably ripple through us all."
  • Oct. 3-28: When the Messenger Is Hot adapted by Laura Eason from the book of short stories by Elizabeth Crane, directed by Jessica Thebus. Produced by Steppenwolf Theater Company. "Three years after Josie's mother died, no one expects her to telephone from a bus station in North Dakota. This smart and slyly comic story of love and letting go, adapted by Laura Eason from short stories by award-winning author Elizabeth Crane, is an insightful look at the disparity between what you expect and what is delivered."
  • Oct. 10-Nov. 4: The HG Wells Science Fiction Festival, produced by RadioTheatre. "For the first time in American theatre, RadioTheatre presents all four of HG Wells' sci-fi classics — 'The Time Machine,' 'The Invisible Man,' 'The War of the Worlds' and 'The Island of Dr. Moreau' — in repertory adapted and directed for the stage by Dan Bianchi. [Expect] original orchestral music, a plethora of sound effects and a talented cast [to bring] these classic novels to theatrical life."
  • Nov. 1-Dec. 2: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, adapted by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus, directed by Michael Halberstam. Produced by Chicago Writers' Theatre. "A poor student commits a brutal murder in order to prove a theory. Relentlessly pursued by a wily policeman, he seeks refuge with his only confidant, who is a young woman forced into prostitution by desperate circumstances. Slowly, his theory begins to crumble and he must choose whether or not to face the horror of his crime. One of the greatest psychological studies in literature has been adapted by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus into an award-winning, 85-minute adaptation for three actors. Scott Parkinson, fresh from a run in the triumphant The Coast of Utopia trilogy at the Lincoln Center, reprises his brilliant performance as Dostoevsky's tortured Raskolnikov."
  • Nov. 9–Dec. 9: Secret Order by Bob Clyman, directed by Charles Towers. Produced by Merrimack Repertory Theatre. "In this compelling drama, a brilliant young research scientist on the verge of finding a cure for cancer is suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of medicine and money when the dynamic director of New York's leading cancer research institute becomes his mentor and champion."
  • Dec. 5-30: Cut to the Chase created by Parallel Exit, directed by Mark Lonergan. Produced by Parallel Exit. "Parallel Exit presents a fun, frantic, fabulous new show just in time for the holidays. Cut to the Chase is a new family vaudeville revue featuring comedy, music, magic, tap, and much much more."
  • Dec. 5–30: The City That Cried Wolf by Brooks Reeves, directed by Dan Barnes. Produced by State of Play Theatre. "A rollicking theatre-noir starring favorite nursery rhyme characters a la Monty Python. Little Bo Peep is a sultry singer who seeks her sheep. Jack B. Nimble is the Private Eye hot on her tail. With sex and adrenaline pumping violence, can Jack crack Rhyme Town's stickiest murder? Or has he fallen for the wrong dame?" For more information, visit www.59E59.org.

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    59E59 Theaters is a state-of-the-art theatre complex on 59th Street between Park and Madison Avenues in Manhattan. Owned and operated by the Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation, a not-for profit operating foundation, 59E59 Theaters has a policy of bringing new, challenging and experimental work to the neighborhood.

    59E59 Theaters presents Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions by not-for-profit companies from across America and around the world, including an annual festival of new British theatre called Brits Off Broadway and a preview of shows going to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe called East to Edinburgh.

    The resident company in its largest theatre is Primary Stages.

    59E59 offers memberships.

  • Marilyn Dodds Frank, Amy Warren, Kate Arrington and Lauren Katz in rehearsal for <i>When the Messenger Is Hot</i>
    Marilyn Dodds Frank, Amy Warren, Kate Arrington and Lauren Katz in rehearsal for When the Messenger Is Hot Photo by Jay Geneske