Lincoln Center Festival Announces 2009 Summer Theatre Works

News   Lincoln Center Festival Announces 2009 Summer Theatre Works Lincoln Center has selected companies from France, Poland, Hungary, Russia and Italy to serve as the theatrical focus of the 2009 Lincoln Center Festival.

Running July 7-26, the three-week festival of music, dance and theatre opens with the U.S. premiere of Le Théâtre du Soleil's Les Éphémères on July 7. Directed by Ariane Mnouchkine, the work will play the Park Avenue Armory through July 19.

The opening night of the Festival will also feature the New York premiere of Hungary's Katona József Theatre's production of Chekhov's Ivanov, which will play the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College through July 11. Also set is Poland's Narodowy Stary Teatr's production of Kalkwerk. Krystian Lupa directs the stage adaptation of Thomas Bernhard's novel, which begins performances July 14 and runs through July 18 at the Lynch Theater.

Also from Hungary, Béla Pintér and Company will make their U.S. debut with Peasant Opera, running July 21-25 at the Clark Studio Theater. St. Petersburg's Maly Drama Theatre will offer the stage adaptation of Vasily Grossman's novel, Life and Fate. Under the direction of Lev Dodin, Life and Fate will run July 21-26 at the Lynch Theater.

Beginning July 22, Moscow's Chekhov International Theatre Festival will stage Alexander Pushkin's 1825 play, Boris Godunov. Directed by Declan Donnellan, Boris will play the Park Avenue Armory through July 26. The last theatrical work will be the New York premiere of Piccolo Teatro di Milano's Trilogia della villeggiatura. Toni Servillo directs and stars in the Carlo Goldoni comedy, which runs July 22-26 at the Rose Theater.

Additional programming includes performances by Shen Wei Dance Arts, Emanuel Gat Dance and musicians Idir and Najat Aatabou as well as A Tribute to Wardell Quezergue, Afro Blues for the 21st Century and Two by Four with the Ruhr. Tickets for all Lincoln Center Festival programming go on sale to the general public March 13. For tickets and further information phone (212) 721-6500 or visit LincolnCenter.

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