Kushner, Waterston, Marvel, Kulick and More Shed Light on Brecht's Work in CSC Festival

News   Kushner, Waterston, Marvel, Kulick and More Shed Light on Brecht's Work in CSC Festival
 
Classic Stage Company will present the return of its popular First Look Festival, a program of one-night-only staged readings, performed by notable actors. This fall's focus, Sept. 22-Oct. 20, is on works by playwright Bertolt Brecht.

"Brecht's plays redefined the very nature of theatrical presentation to address the most pressing concerns of his tumultuous generation," according to CSC. Four of Brecht's seminal works will be read: The Caucasian Chalk Circle, In the Jungle of Cities, The Good Person of Sezuan and Life of Galileo.

The line-up follows:

  • Steven Rattazzi & Elisabeth Waterston in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, directed by Javeriantonio Gonzalez, Sept. 22 at 8 PM.
  • Didi O'Connell in In the Jungle of Cities, directed by Rachel Chavkin, featuring company members from Edinburgh Fringe First Winners The TEAM, Sept. 29 at 8 PM.

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  • Elizabeth Marvel & Jeremy Strong in The Good Person of Sezuan, adapted by Tony Kushner, directed by Tony Speciale, music by Christian Frederickson, Oct. 13 at 8 PM.
  • Life of Galileo, directed by CSC artistic director Brian Kulick, Oct. 20 at 8 PM. Now in its 41st season, CSC is "the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience. CSC presents plays from the past that speak directly to the issues of today. As we return to works of the past, we endeavor to keep a clear eye on the future, particularly in terms of the next generation of artists and audiences."

    Its current production is Shakespeare's The Tempest, starring Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin and directed by Brian Kulick. It opens Sept. 18 following current previews.

    For tickets to the First Look Festival, call (212) 352-3101 or toll free at (866) 811-4111, on-line at www.classicstage.org, or in person at the box-office at 136 East 13th Street. Tickets are $30 for the general public; $25 for CSC members.

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