The New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) is considering several shows for its coming season including Ronnie Burkett's (Tinka's New Dress) Street of Blood, Susan Sontag's Alice in Bed, and Tim Fountain's Resident Alien. While none of these shows can be confirmed, they have been advertised by NYTW as part of its subscription sales campaign for the 2000-2001 season. The schedule may, of course, change.
Subscription materials outline the coming season in terms of three key shows. The breakdown being presented to subscribers is as follows:
Ronnie Burkett's Street of Blood: An Obie Award-winning master puppeteer, Ronnie Burkett was a sold-out attraction at the Henson Puppet Festival with his play Tinka's New Dress. In Streets of Blood, the story follows the life of Edna Rural, a "sweet-faced widow" living in the prarie town of Turnip Corners.
Susan Sontag's Alice in Bed: Director Ivo van Hove, who has worked on NYTW productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and More Stately Masnions, returns to direct the Obie-winning actress Joan Macintosh in Sontag's fictionalized account of the final days of Alice James, the sister of novelist Henry James and psychologist William James. Sontag made her name as an essayist, penning such volumes as "Against Interpretation," but has recently concentrated on novels, including the bestseller "The Volcano Lover." The has occasionally written about the theatre.
Tim Fountain's Resident Alien: Bloolip founder and performer Bette Bourne plays Quentin Crisp in Tim Fountain's account of the "legendary East Village doyenne, British expatriate, freeloader, dilettante and butterfly on the wheel." Other possible stagings at the NYTW include an evening of short plays, including a selection by Doug Wright (NYTW's Quills), Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul and Flannery O'Connor's short stories as adapted by Karen Coonrod.
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-- By Murdoch McBride