Pearl Theatre Company to Offer Oedipus, Twelfth Night and Vieux Carré in 2008-2009

News   Pearl Theatre Company to Offer Oedipus, Twelfth Night and Vieux Carré in 2008-2009 Off-Broadway's Pearl Theatre Company has announced a 25th season of works ranging from Sophocles to Tennessee Williams.

The company devoted to the production of classical works will kick off its season with a stage adaptation of Sophocles' Oedipus Cycle (Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone) and conclude with Williams' Vieux Carré, directed by Broadway veteran Austin Pendleton.

The Oedipus Cycle, translated by Peter Constantine and directed by Shepard Sobel, runs Oct. 13-Nov. 16; Gotthold Lessing's Nathan the Wise, adapted by Richard Sewell and directed by Pearl artistic director Shepard Sobel, runs Dec. 8-Jan. 4, 2009; William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, directed by J.R. Sullivan, will play Jan. 19-Feb. 22, 2009; Molière's Tartuffe, directed by Gus Kaikkonen, runs March 16-April 19, 2009; and Williams' Vieux Carré, under the direction of Pendleton, concludes the season May 11-June 14, 2009.

Casting and creative duties will be announced at a later date.

Subscription tickets are currently available by calling (212) 598-9802.

The Pearl Theatre Company is located at 80 St. Marks Place (at First Avenue) in the East Village. For more information visit www.pearltheatre.org. *

The Pearl Theatre Company's artistic director Shepard Sobel explained the mission of the troupe as such: "The Pearl produces a classical repertory because the great plays of the last 2,500 years provide a context, a perspective, by which we here in America in 2007 may see ourselves more clearly. We can — and have an obligation to — design the strength and character of the future only by knowing the character of the past."

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