Opening Nov. 11, as a companion piece to Karin Coonrod's staging of Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor, New York Theatre Workshop will present Finally Flannery by Barbara Suter next door to their downtown Manhattan locale. The production which began performances Oct. 19 will run through Nov. 18.
In Finally Flannery, Suter stages the story of Babs, a woman who discovers herself through the writings of the noted southern writer. Michael Sexton directs the production which also features Nancy Robinette. The design team includes Marsha Ginsberg (sets) and Stephen Brady (lights).
Following Coonrod's Everything That Rises, NYTW will present Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner will run November-January 2002. The play, to be directed by Declan Donnellan, follows a woman fascinated by Afghanistan and her encounter with an Afghan man whose fingers were cruelly severed. The work-in progress had a run in London in 1999 starring British actress Kika Markham, the actress Kushner had in mind when it was written.
Caryl Churchill's anti-utopian look at the future as shown through a girl's visit to her auntie's house can be seen in her play Far Away. The play will run February March 2002 under the direction of Stephen Daldry. For tickets to Finally Flannery at NYTW's 4th Street Theatre, 83 Fourth St. (between Bowery and Second Ave.), call (212) 460-5475. For Everything That Rises next door, 79 East Fourth Street , call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or buy them online at www.telecharge.com.
— by Ernio Hernandez