Shawn's Marie and Bruce and Tectonic Tennessee Williams Set for New Group Season

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Off-Broadway's The New Group will present a revival of Wallace Shawn's Marie and Bruce, a Tennessee Williams adaptation from Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project as well as Tommy Nohilly's Blood From A Stone for its upcoming 2010-2011 season.
Scott Elliott
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The three works slated for the coming year will be housed at the company's Off-Broadway home at Theatre Row. Exact dates are to be announced.

Blood From A Stone will mark the Off-Broadway debut of playwright Nohilly. Artistic director Scott Elliott will stage the darkly comic work that centers on a troubled working-class family in New Britain, CT. Elliott told Playbill.com, "Blood From A Stone is one of the most startling and fierce family dramas I've ever read. I knew the moment I first read it that I had to direct it. The New Group is proud to be presenting this debut from Tommy Nohilly."

The season will also include The New Group collaborating with the Tectonic Theater Project on the New York premiere of One-Arm. Based on an un-produced Tennessee Williams screenplay and classic short story, Tectonic founder Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations, I Am My Own Wife, The Laramie Project) will adapt and direct the production. "I've always wanted to work with Moisés Kaufman," said Elliott, "and when he showed me One-Arm, I knew that this was the project."

Elliott will reteam with playwright Shawn on a revival of Marie and Bruce. "It's fantastic to have Wallace Shawn back with us, this time with Marie and Bruce, one of my favorite plays," revealed Elliott. The duo have previously collaborated on Aunt Dan and Lemon and The Fever (at The New Group) and Broadway's The Threepenny Opera. Marie and Bruce — which focuses on a couple's marital strife — premiered in 1979 at London's Royal Court Theatre and debuted stateside in 1980 at The New York Shakespeare Festival.

The New Group currently presents the new musical The Kid Off-Broadway. Christopher Sieber stars in the work based on sex columnist Dan Savage's autobiographical book about the gay writer's decision to adopt a child. Elliott directs the work featuring music by Andy Monroe, a book by Michael Zam and lyrics by Jack Lechner. For more information on The New Group, visit thenewgroup.org.

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