New Group Season Will Feature Works by David Rabe, Thomas Bradshaw, Erika Sheffer

News   New Group Season Will Feature Works by David Rabe, Thomas Bradshaw, Erika Sheffer
Off-Broadway's The New Group announced June 20 the productions slated for its 2011-2012 season. All productions will be seen at The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street).

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The new season will feature Erika Sheffer's Russian Transport, which will be directed by artistic director Scott Elliott. "Set in the Russian-Jewish enclave of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn," Russian Transport, according to The New Group, is a "deeply personal, emotionally charged tale of an immigrant couple, their two assimilated teenagers and the fierce and fiery upheaval they experience when sexy, mysterious Uncle Boris from the old country comes to stay with them for his shot at the American dream."

Burning by Thomas Bradshaw, directed by Elliott, will also be part of the season. Guggenheim Award winner Bradshaw's play is described as such: "In intersecting stories spanning two eras, a contemporary Black painter who hides his race goes to Germany for a show, only to find that the gallery owner has misinterpreted his work. And in the '80s a homeless teenager comes to New York to become an actor and is taken in by two gay men, who are themselves producing a new play. Titillating, taboo-testing and psychosexually insightful, this epic tale of ambition and self-invention bursts open the conceits of the worlds of art and theatre."

The season will also include David Rabe's An Early History, directed by Jo Bonney. "In a Midwestern town," press notes state, "Danny's world is defined by friendship and loyalty. But the bigger world is encroaching, in the form of Karen, back from college in the east, alluring and unsettling because of what she now knows. Still, Danny can't escape the grip of his immigrant father, who is mourning a vanished world of lost prestige and clinging to his only son."

Production dates, cast and additional creative team members will be announced at a later time.

The New Group is currently represented Off-Broadway by One Arm, a co-production with Tectonic Theater Project. The New Group and artistic director Scott Elliott were honored with a Special 2010-11 Drama Desk Award "for presenting contemporary new voices, and for uncompromisingly raw and powerful productions."


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