Plans for New York Theatre Workshop's next season are firming up. No dates or order has been set as of yet, but the season — opening with this season's postponed Far Away — will include names and novels, adapted that is. "Billy Elliot" director Stephen Daldry, Rent director Michael Greif, actress Cherry Jones and Liev Schreiber will be among the casts and creatives for NYTW's 2002-03.
The season will open with Caryl Churchill's Far Away, an anti-utopian look at the future as shown through a girl's visit to her auntie's house. The play was scheduled to run this season at NYTW, but was postponed for the Fall. The play, to be helmed by Daldry (Via Dolorosa, "Billy Elliot"), was shifted owing to the director's filming schedule.
Among the other shows chosen is a post-modern production of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice to be directed by Hungarian director Robert Alfoldi. As previously reported, Schreiber told Playbill On-Line he was discussing the possibility of playing Shylock in the staging. A Bard buff as of late, this would mark the actor's fourth Shakespeare work in roughly as many years following turns as Iachimo in Cybeline, the title role in Hamlet and as Iago in Othello.
Busy actress Cherry Jones — who is currently starring in the American Repertory Theatre's production of Lysistrata set to play next at the Prince Music Theatre — has been mentioned to star in Peter Gaiten's Flesh and Blood, adapted from the novel by Michael Cunningham. The thespian is also lined up to play Mary McCarthy in Nora Ephron's Broadway-bound play with music Imaginary Friends.
Director Greif will return to the original home of his staging of Rent to helm Cavedweller. The adaptation from novelist Dorothy Allison's sophomore offering with the same title follows a woman's journey home to the children she left following the death of the rock star who took her away from them. The comedy The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed (Freedomland) is also set to play the season. No date or order — with the exception of Far Awayhas been confirmed — according to NYTW spokesperson. All artists and shows are subject to change.
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