While New York Theater Workshop prepares for the official Nov. 11 opening of Far Away,, their 2002-2003 season opener, they shuffle to finalize the rest of their season. The previously announced stagings of Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon and a post-modern production of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice are postponed for consideration in future seasons, according to a NYTW spokesperson.
No dates or order has been set as of yet, but two productions still currently in the works for the downtown Manhattan company include Peter Gaiten's Flesh and Blood — as directed by Doug Hughes — and Kate Moira Ryan's Cavedweller — to be helmed by Rent director Michael Greif. Both shows are adaptations of novels — with the same titles — by Michael Cunningham and Dorothy Allison, respectively.
NYTW is familiar with the "subject to change" clause as this season's Far Away was originally scheduled to play last season. The show owed its postponement to busy director Stephen Daldry's filming schedule. Actress Cherry Jones — who Is currently involved with the upcoming Broadway production of Imaginary Friends — and Liev Schreiber — set to star in Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat at MCC Theatre — were previously mentioned to star in Flesh and Blood and The Merchant of Venice.
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— by Ernio Hernandez