After postponing the production of Caryl Churchill's Far Away until next season, New York Theatre Workshop replaced the play with Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited), a dance-theatre piece conceived and directed by Martha Clarke. Performances began April 17 at the downtown Manhattan company's stage. The official run is scheduled for May 8-June 2.
The collaborative work features music by Richard Peaslee and text by Charles L. Mee. Freud and fascism meet in the piece which delves into the unconscious world of Vienna at the onset of the 20th century.
The play premiered in New York in 1986 at St. Clement's Church, then transferred to the New York Shakespeare Festival and Kennedy Center later that year. This production contains new material that the original collaborators have developed.
The cast of Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited) includes Vivienne Benesch, Erica Berg, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Mark DeChiazza, George de la Pena, Philip Gardner, Richmond Hoxie, James Lorenzo, Dennis O'Hare Jimena Paz, Andrew Robinson, Paola Styron and Julia Wilkins. Musicians under the direction Jill Jaffe (violin) feature Daniel Barrett (cello), Nina Kellman (harp), Simeon Loring (clarinet) and Stewart Schuele (french horn).
The creative team are scenic and costume designer Robert Israel and lighting designer Paul Gallo. The show is produced in association with True Love Productions. Caryl Churchill's anti-utopian look at the future as shown through a girl's visit to her auntie's house has been rescheduled for the Fall. The play, to be helmed by Stephen Daldry (Via Dolorosa, "Billy Elliot"), was shifted owing to the director's filming schedule.
Other titles being considered for next season are Peter Gaiten's Flesh and Blood, adapted from the novel by Michael Cunningham and a post-modern production of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice to be directed by Hungarian director Robert Alfoldi.
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— by Ernio Hernandez