Kennedy Center Announces World Stages 2015-16 Season Featuring Works From Vietnam, Lebanon, And The United Kingdom

News   Kennedy Center Announces World Stages 2015-16 Season Featuring Works From Vietnam, Lebanon, And The United Kingdom The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced international programming for its 2015-16 season. The season will feature six works of theatre, music, and dance from the U.S. and abroad.

The 2015-16 season will begin with Seuls, written, directed, and performed by Wadji Mouawad, who is from Lebanon and Canada. The show is billed as the "semiautobiographical reflection of a child leaving home to escape the civil war." Seuls will run Sept. 18-19.

Wagner, Max! Wagner!, a song cycle about the musical links between Wagner and the blues, will follow, Sept. 25-26. Wagner, Max! Wagner! features music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald (formerly of Passing Strange and the band "Negro Problem"), with text by Freya Stewart.

Following Wagner, Max! Wagner! will be Sancho: An Act of Remembrance, Oct. 23-24. The show is written and performed by Patterson Joseph of the United Kingdom, and tells the life story of the slave Charles Ignatius Sancho, who became an actor and was also the first black person of African origin to vote in Britain. Sancho: An Act of Remembrance will be co-directed by Simon Godwin.

Laurie Anderson's The Language of the Future, a collection of songs about dreams, reality, and the elusive world of information, will follow, March 4-6.

Happy Hour, written by Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass will play next, March 10-11. Happy Hour will features Barnes and Bass as famous men from the entertainment industry. The show will be choreographed by Anna Bass. Finally, composer Vân-Ánh Võ's The Odyssey: From Vietnam to America will play March 11-12. The show, which originated in Vietnam, is about the personal and spiritual journeys of boat people after the Vietnam War.

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