Tonya Pinkins and F. Murray Abraham Slated for Classic Stage Company Season

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Classic Stage Company has announced its 49th season: Among the artists who will be part of the season are Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"), Spring Awakening's Duncan Sheik and Tony-winning director John Doyle.

Tonya Pinkins
Tonya Pinkins Photo by Tess Steinkolk

The season will kick off in September with Greek Festival, a celebration of classical Greek theatre and a month-long event of productions, workshops, readings and seminars featuring some of Off-Broadway's most noted artists. Writers include Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns, a post-electric play) with a translation of Euripides; along with Ellen McLaughlin (Tongue of a Bird), Charles Mee (Big Love) and Mac Wellman (7 Blowjobs), each taking a fragment from the canon of Greek plays and weaving them into three dramatic shows helmed by acclaimed director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812).

In December the company will present Bertolt Brecht's most famous play, Mother Courage and Her Children, with a new musical score by Sheik, directed by Brian Kulick and starring Pinkins. The Tony winner will play the unshakeable Mother Courage in her timeless tale of war and business.

Next spring F. Murray Abraham will return to CSC following his critically acclaimed performance as Galileo. This time he'll take on one of the greatest Jewish characters in Western literature, the title role in Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's Nathan the Wise, translated by John Christopher Jones and directed by Kulick.

In May 2016, Tony winner Doyle will direct his own rendering of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt, following the misadventures of the title character. The play will be accompanied by the First Look Festival: Ibsen, presenting three of Ibsen's greatest plays in a reading series.

The new season will also include other special events, such as Monday Night Uncle Vanya, a Monday night reading series in January examining Chekhov's famed play; as well as the Young Company's production of Othello, which will tailor Shakespeare for younger audiences next March. Subscription packages will be available May 4. For more information visit classicstage.org.

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