Public LAB Announces Line-Up for 2009 Series of Emerging Works

News   Public LAB Announces Line-Up for 2009 Series of Emerging Works New works by Darrell Dennis, Raúl Castillo, Alex Timbers, Michael Friedman and Suzan-Lori Parks will be presented as part of the second season of the Public LAB series.
Darrell Dennis
Darrell Dennis

A collaboration between the Public and LAByrinth Theater Company, the Public LAB offers swiftly rehearsed, stripped-down presentations of emerging works for only $10.

"Public LAB is what The Public Theater exists to do: bringing electrifying new work, without price barriers, to New York’s most diverse audience," said Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis in a statement. "These four shows together are a lightning-lit look at the past and future of our sprawling continent."

Darrell Dennis' one-man play Tales of An Urban Indian will be presented Feb. 20-March 25. Herbie Barnes directs the "semi-autobiographical tale of a young Indian man, Simon Douglas. From living life on the 'Rez' to navigating the mean streets of Vancouver's east side, Dennis weaves a funny and stirring story of identity, discovery, choice and self-respect." Tales of an Urban Indian was previously staged as part of the inaugural Native Theater Festival at the Public in 2007.

Following will be the world premiere of Raúl Castillo's Knives and Other Sharp Objects, running March 27-April 19 under the direction of Felix Solis. "Cultures collide in Texas when two Latina sisters are shipped off to live with their more well-heeled family."

The concert premiere of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will run May 5-24. Featuring a book by Alex Timbers and a score by Michael Friedman, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is "a fast-paced entertainment that takes a sharp, irreverent look at America's seventh president, Andrew Jackson. This satirical epic reveals questions about the country we live in and the leaders we choose." The rock musical made its world premiere in January 2008 at the Center Theatre Group. The final offering will be a world-premiere play from Suzan-Lori Parks, who was named the Public Theater's inaugural Master Writer Chair this past year. Parks, who has penned Topdog/Underdog and 365 Days/365 Plays, will present her latest work June 5-28.

Tickets for the Public LAB series begin sale Jan. 30. For tickets phone (212) 539-8750 or visit PublicTheater.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.