Zeitgeist, which staged the U.S. regional premiere of Lucy Prebble's Enron following its short-lived Broadway run in 2010, presents Tiny Kushner through Oct. 22. Artistic director David J. Miller directs the engagement that will officially open Oct. 2 at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Comprising the plays Flip Flop Fly!; East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis; Terminating or Sonnet LXXV or "Lass Meine Schmerzen nicht verloren sein" or Ambivalence; Dr. Arnold A. Hutschneker in Paradise; and Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy, the collection premiered in a co-production between the Guthrie Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2009. The work has since been seen at London's Tricycle Theatre in 2010.
The cast includes Zeitgeist veterans Craig Houk, Kara Manson, Maureen Adduci and Victor Shopov. It has sound design by Walter Eduardo and costume design by Fabian Aguilar.
Here's how the plays are billed:
Flip Flop Fly!
"Queen Geraldine of Albania and Lucia Pamela, infamous for her album 'Into Outer Space With Lucia Pamela,' meet in the afterlife on the moon." Terminating or Sonnet LXXV or “Lass Meine Schmerzen Nicht Verloren Sein” or Ambivalence
"Using Shakespeare's 75th sonnet as a inspiration, the play explores a therapist and her patient who find it hard to quit each other."
East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis: a little teleplay in tiny monologues
"Inspired by actual events from 1996, the play explores how New York City municipal employees - inspired by mid-western militia groups - attempted to evade paying federal and state taxes by claiming 98 exemptions."
Dr. Arnold A. Hutschnecker in Paradise
"The highest of the Jewish angels, Metatron, has Dr. Arnold Hutschnecker - best known as Richard Nixon's therapist - on the therapy couch in the afterlife."
Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy
"Laura Bush read Dostoevsky's 'The Brothers Karamazov' to the ghosts of dead Iraqi schoolchildren."
A Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner for Angels in America, Kushner also penned Short Talks on the Universe, A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, Hydriotaphia, Homebody/Kabul and the book to the Tony-nominated musical Caroline, or Change. His play The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures was seen at the Public Theater last spring. His adaptations include Corneille's The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky's The Dybbuk, Brecht's The Good Person of Sezuan and Mother Courage.
For tickets, priced $30, phone (617) 933-8600 or visit BostonTheatreScene. The Boston Center for the Arts is located at 539 Tremont Street.