The Controversy Added to Public Theater 2004-05 Season

News   The Controversy Added to Public Theater 2004-05 Season The Controversy, an English-language translation of a play by Jean-Claude Carriere, will be part of the Public Theater's 2004-05 season, a company spokesperson told Playbilll On-Line.

The production will run in spring 2005. The play is set during "a time when the Catholic Church had the right to determine whether or not you were human. In a 15th-century Spanish monastery, the fate of millions of American natives from an ocean away hangs precariously in the balance."

Richard Nelson, who wrote the translation, is the author of many plays, including Goodnight Children Everywhere, Franny's Way, Rodney's Wife and James Joyce's The Dead. No casting has been announced.

The 2004-05 also contains the previously announced Richard III starring Peter Dinklage, Dirty Tricks starring Judith Ivey, the LAByrinth Theatre Company's world premiere staging of Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Neil LaBute's This Is How It Goes. Dinklage, the 34-year-old actor who stands at 4-foot-6-inches, will play the title role in William Shakespeare's Richard III at the Public Theater. Peter DuBois will direct the actor who recently performed in the one-night benefit of Neil LaBute's Autobahn and appeared in the films "The Station Agent" and "Elf."

LAB co-artistic director Philip Seymour Hoffman will direct the world premiere Guirgis play, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, presented in collaboration with The Public Theater. The story, set mainly in a near Purgatory courtroom, finds a lawyer appealing the case of God and the Kingdom of Heaven vs. Judas Iscariot. (Angels, Pontius Pilate and a laid-back Devil all make appearances.)

The John Jeter play, Dirty Tricks, is set to star Judith Ivey as key Watergate figure Martha Mitchell. Margaret Whitton will direct the story about the wife of Richard Nixon's Attorney General John Mitchell who took on the powers that were. LaBute — who is currently enjoying the American premiere of his The Distance From Here Off-Broadway — will again see the Off-Broadway stage as The Public Theater presents his work, This Is How It Goes. An interracial love triangle is at the center of the play, set in smalltown America.

Subscriptions to the upcoming season at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, are currently available through the company's website at www.publictheater.org.