The season will include William Shakespeare's Pericles, directed by Tony winner Trevor Nunn (Cats, Les Miserables, Chess), will follow, playing Feb. 14-March 27, 2016. The production will feature music composed by Shaun Davey. This will mark the first time in his career that Nunn will have staged Shakespeare with a U.S. company.
Pericles also holds the distinction of being the only Shakespeare play that has never been produced on Broadway.
In a statement artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz said, "This will be our third season at Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Richard Maxwell's haunting and humorous exploration of what is real; Shakespeare's story of redemption, reconciliation, and forgiveness; and Ibsen's and Strindberg's investigations of marriage and the battle of the sexes couldn't be more different. But, what connects these authors is they all shape extraordinary theatrical worlds with singular language."
The season, which is collectively titled "Inimitable Voices," will launch with New York City Players' Isolde, written and directed by Richard Maxwell. The production, which will feature Jim Fletcher, Brian Mendes, Tory Vazquez and Gary Wilmes, will be presented Sept. 6-27.
Inspired by the legend of Tristan and Isolde, the play concerns the marriage of Patrick and Isolde, who appear to be happy. "Patrick is the owner of a successful construction company and Isolde is a star actress," according to press notes. "But Isolde finds herself increasingly unable to remember her lines. When she decides to build her dream house, her husband is eager to help. But, the project is jeopardized by Massimo, an award-winning architect whom Isolde hires." Productions of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House — with an adaptation by Thornton Wilder — and August Strindberg's The Father — in a new English version by David Greig — will be performed in repertory May 4-June 8. The productions will be directed by Arin Arbus and will feature John Douglas Thompson; the actor will play Torvald in A Doll’s House and the Captain in The Father.
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