NYC's Transport Group Will Stage Bury the Dead and New Musical Being Audrey

News   NYC's Transport Group Will Stage Bury the Dead and New Musical Being Audrey
 
Off-Broadway's Transport Group, winner of a special 2007 Drama Desk Award, has Irwin Shaw's Bury the Dead and a world premiere musical about a woman who is inspired by Audrey Hepburn for its 2008-09 season.

Joe Calarco (Shakespeare's R&J) will stage the Irwin Shaw classic from 1936, about soldiers who refuse to be buried at wartime. Performances will play Oct. 31-Nov. 23. Opening is Nov. 9.

According to Transport Group, "Bury the Dead takes place during 'the second year of the war that is to begin tomorrow night.' While a military burial detail goes about its sad duties, the dead soldiers shockingly begin to rise up, pleading not to be buried. Word of their insurrection spreads rapidly: the dead will not yield so easily. In a series of touching scenes the dead men talk with their loved ones of the days of living, now lost forever."

Calarco is a Lucille Lortel Award winner for Shakespeare's R & J. This Bury the Dead is billed as the first major New York City revival of Shaw's anti-war play."

Transport Group artistic director Jack Cummings III will stage the new musical Being Audrey, which has music and lyrics by Ellen Weiss, book by James Hindman, additional book and lyrics by Cheryl Stern, who will also star. The project was developed with Cummings and Adam R. Perlman.

Previews will start March 27, 2009, toward an April 5, 2009, opening. Performances will play to April 26, 2009. According to Transport Group, "Claire Stark has it all: a beautiful life, the husband of her dreams…and a view of Bergdorf Goodman. When her world threatens to collapse, Claire seeks refuge in a romantic adventure inspired by the films of Audrey Hepburn, but now she must make one of the most difficult decisions of her life — fantasy or reality? With a jazz-infused score by Ellen Weiss and a book by James Hindman, Being Audrey combines different theatricalities for a breathtaking experience."

Stern was Mamie Eisenhower in Transport Group's critically acclaimed First Lady Suite.

Casting, venues and additional information will be announced.

For more information about Transport Group, whose eclectic programming has included works by Thornton Wilder and William Inge, as well as new musicals (Crossing Brooklyn, Marcy in the Galaxy), visit www.TransportGroup.org.

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Transport Group is a not-for-profit theatre company in New York City "dedicated to exploring the American consciousness, both past and present." The company received a Special Drama Desk Award for its "breadth of vision and presentation of challenging productions"; and an Obie Award Grant, among other honors.

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