Rent's OB Birthplace Sets 96-97 Season

News   Rent's OB Birthplace Sets 96-97 Season New York Theatre Workshop, the off-Broadway theatre company that developed and premiered Rent, announced a season of world premiere plays for the 1996-97 season -- but no musicals.

New York Theatre Workshop, the off-Broadway theatre company that developed and premiered Rent, announced a season of world premiere plays for the 1996-97 season -- but no musicals.

"It just kind of fell out that way," said James Nicola, artistic director of the company. "We have a community of artists whose projects we're supporting. Most of this year's work is coming out of that. These are things that were ready to go. Rent took four years" to develop.

Leading off the season will be View of the Dome, Theresa Rebeck's drama about the campaigns and scandals of Washington DC. It's timed to open in September, as the 1996 presidential campaign will be reaching its peak.

Here's the season:

* View of the Dome by Theresa Rebeck. Directed by Michael Mayer. Sept. 6-Oct. 13.
* Soul Let Fly by Fanni Green. Portrait of an African-American community and the Baptist church they share. Nov. 15-Dec. 30.
* "O Solo Mio Festival" -- Program of solo performers. January 1997 dates TBA.
* The Devils by Elizabeth Egloff. A "response" to Dostoevski's The Possessed, directed by Garland Wright. Feb. 21 - March 30.
* TBA -- April-May dates TBA. Nicola said the financial success of Rent, in which his theatre participates, will enable NYTW to "breathe a little easier," but will not be the colossal windfall the success of A Chorus Line was to the New York Shakespeare Festival. Unlike the NYSF, NYTW is not sole producer of Rent, but does have a share in the profits.

"It will do nicely for us, but not millions of dollars creating endowment funds," Nicola said.

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