New Lucas and Smith Works, New Take on Carousel Will Fill Long Wharf Season

News   New Lucas and Smith Works, New Take on Carousel Will Fill Long Wharf Season
 
The world premieres of Craig Lucas' Prayer For My Enemy and Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy will highlight the new season at the Long Wharf Theatre. Revivals of Arthur Miller's The Price and the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical Carousel will also be featured.

The New Haven, CT, company announced its 2007-2008 season, which will also include Lydia Diamond's The Bluest Eye, Langston Hughes' Black Nativity, David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries and the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites.

The Lucas premiere is presented in association with Seattle's Intiman Theatre. Smith pens and performs her work under the direction of Moises Kaufman (The Laramie Project). Hartford Stage co-produces The Bluest Eye, and the Long Wharf teams with the Court Theatre (Man of La Mancha) to "re-imagine the classic American musical Carousel."

The 2007-2008 season (subject to change) follows:

  • Prayer For My Enemy by Lucas (Sept. 12-Oct. 14) - Stage II
    Bartlett Sher directs the work set "in the heart of America, [where] a family strives to come together despite the secrets that each one of them holds in their hearts."

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  • The Price by Miller (Oct. 24-Nov. 18) - Mainstage
    Gordon Edelstein directs the story of two "estranged brothers [who] reunite after 16 years to divide their recently deceased father's estate."
  • The Santaland Diaries by Sedaris (Dec. 4-23) - Stage II
    The Joe Mantello stage adaptation returns in time for the holidays. The work centers around "a thirty-three year old starving artist turned Macy's Santaland elf, as he struggles to maintain his sanity amidst the absurdity of the Christmas season at the world's biggest department store."
  • Black Nativity by Hughes (Dec. 7-16) - Mainstage
    Sarah Peterson directs (with musical direction by Jonathan Q. Berryman) the retelling of "the birth of Jesus through rousing Gospel music and the inspiring poetry of celebrated African-American writer Langston Hughes." The production will feature a choir of singers from the all over the Greater New Haven area.
  • Let Me Down Easy by Smith (Jan. 9-Feb. 3, 2008) - Mainstage
    Moises Kaufman directs the newest one-woman show "inspired by interviews conducted as a visiting professor at the Yale University School of Medicine [that] explores the resiliency and vulnerability of the human body."
  • Production to be announced (Feb. 13-March 16, 2008) - Stage II
  • The Bluest Eye by Diamond (March 28-April 20, 2008) - Mainstage
    Eric Ting directs the work based on Toni Morrison's novel, which "tells the haunting and tragic story of Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl coming of age in the racially turbulent 1940s. Ridiculed by peers and family, Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America."
  • Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein (May 7-June 1, 2008) - Mainstage
    Charles Newell directs (with music direction by Doug Peck) the re-imagined story of "carnival barker Billy Bigelow. [The] intimate, acoustic production integrates choreography into the storytelling, enhancing a deeply resonant score." Randy Duncan choreographs.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites (March 7 & 8, 2008) - Mainstage
    The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia present the work that "using several unique styles of fanciful puppetry, [brings] the vibrant world of famed children's author Eric Carle to life." Tickets to shows at Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT, are available by calling (203) 787-4282 or by visiting the theatre's website at www.longwharf.org.

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