Theatre for a New Audience to Present Grand Inquisitor, Chair, Othello and Hamlet

News   Theatre for a New Audience to Present Grand Inquisitor, Chair, Othello and Hamlet Off-Broadway's Theatre for a New Audience has announced its upcoming season, which will include The Grand Inquisitor, Chair, Othello and Hamlet.
Peter Brook
Peter Brook

The company will team with New York Theatre Workshop to co-present its season opener, The Centre for International Theatre Creations/Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord staging of The Grand Inquisitor. Director Peter Brook (Marat/Sade) brings Marie-Hélène Estienne's adaptation of the Inquisitor section of Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" to New York. Actor Bruce Myers (The Mahabharata) will star in The Grand Inquisitor, which is scheduled to play Oct. 22-Nov. 23 at New York Theatre Workshop.

Edward Bond's Chair will play next for the troupe, Dec. 5-28 at The Duke on 42nd Street. Robert Woodruff directs the New York premiere of the work — featuring Stephanie Roth Haberle — which "explores theatricality in an austere and concentrated way without embellishment or decoration," according to a press announcement.

Arin Arbus will direct Othello (Feb. 14-March 7, 2009 at The Duke), the first of two William Shakespeare presentations. The drama "depicts a society where Christians and Muslims are deeply divided," as a release states. "As Othello progresses, Shakespeare shifts the focus from the enemy outside to the enemy within."

David Esbjornson (The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?) stages Shakespeare's Hamlet starring Christian Camargo (Coriolanus) also at the Duke, March 14-April 19, 2009. The classic about "a young prince deeply unsettled about his future" closes the season for the company.

For subscriptions to the Theatre for a New Audience season, call (212) 229-2819, ext. 10 or visit www.tfana.org. Single tickets go on sale in the fall (via nytw.org and dukeon42.org). For more information on TFANA, visit tfana.org..