New Public Theater Season Shapes Up with Richard III, Dirty Tricks and LaBute's This Is How It Goes

News   New Public Theater Season Shapes Up with Richard III, Dirty Tricks and LaBute's This Is How It Goes The Public Theater's 2004-05 season is taking shape. Subscribers are being offered Richard III starring Peter Dinklage, Dirty Tricks starring Judith Ivey and Neil LaBute's This Is How It Goes.

The aformentioned works, the LAByrinth Theatre Company's world premiere staging of Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot as well as two yet-to be-announced plays appear in brochures aimed at potential subscribers.

Dinklage, the 34-year-old actor who stands at 4-foot-6-inches, will play the title role in William Shakespeare's Richard III at the Public Theater. Peter DuBois will direct the actor who recently performed in the one-night benefit of Neil LaBute's Autobahn and appeared in the films "The Station Agent" and "Elf."

LAB co-artistic director Philip Seymour Hoffman will direct the world premiere Guirgis play, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, presented in collaboration with The Public Theater. The story, set mainly in a near-Purgatory courtroom, finds a lawyer appealing the case of God and the Kingdom of Heaven vs. Judas Iscariot. (Angels, Pontius Pilate and a laid-back Devil all make appearances.)

The John Jeter play, Dirty Tricks, is set to star Judith Ivey as key Watergate figure Martha Mitchell. Margaret Whitton will direct the story about the wife of Richard Nixon's Attorney General John Mitchell who took on the powers that were.

LaBute — who is currently enjoying the American premiere of his The Distance From Here Off-Broadway — will again see the Off-Broadway stage as The Public Theater presents his work, This Is How It Goes. An interracial love triangle is at the center of the play, set in smalltown America. Subscriptions to the upcoming season at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, are currently available through the company's website at www.publictheater.org.

The 2003-04 season at The Public, whose producing artistic director is George C. Wolfe, includes the current extended hit, Well, by Lisa Kron, and the Worth Street Theatre Company production of The Normal Heart, in residence at The Public. The Actors' Gang production of Tim Robbins' play, Embedded, is also popular at the moment at The Public. Caroline, or Change, which premiered at The Public in late 2003 has jumped to Broadway in recent weeks.