The New Victory Theater has revealed its 2018–2019 lineup, which includes a theatrical re-imagining of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days from the U.K.'s New Vic Theatre Staffordshire, adapted by Emmy nominee Laura Eason (House of Cards, Sex with Strangers). The season will also feature Ethiopian juggling duo Bibi and Bichu, a contemporary Native American fable featuring puppets created by Straight White Men's Ty Defoe, and a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast featuring a Jazz Age score.
The New Victory season will kick off in September with a show from Québec’s award-winning Machine de Cirque (September 28–October 7), followed by New International Encounter's Beauty and The Beast (October 26–November 11). The re-imagining of the French fable will be performed by an ensemble of six actor-musicians to the backdrop of a live jazz score. Alex Byrne directs.
Next up will be the U.S. premiere of Velocity, a contemporary celebration of Irish dance from James Devine, five-time World Irish Dance Champion David Geaney, and AnneMarie Keaney (November 16–25). Also making its U.S. premiere in November will be Circus: Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams created by Bibi and Bichu and featuring a troupe of 12 tumblers and jugglers (November 30–December 30).
In the new year, The New Victory will welcome Australian circus and dance ensemble Gravity & Other Myths with their show A Simple Space (February 9–24, 2019), followed by Ajijaak on Turtle Island—a Native American fable by IBEX Puppetry written by Grammy winner Defoe and featuring music by Kevin Tarrant of The SilverCloud Singers, Grammy nominee Dawn Avery, and Grammy winner Larry Mitchell (Totemic Flute Chants). Based on original storyboards by Heather Henson and featuring puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the production will weave indigenous songs, languages, and dance into an allegory about the dangerous effects of living out of balance with the natural world (March 1–10).
Also scheduled for March will be London-based Theatre Re's The Nature of Forgetting, the story of a father experiencing early onset dementia told through intricate choreography and a cinematic live musical score, with consultation from neuroscientist Kate Jeffery (March 23–31)
May will see the U.S. premiere of Around the World in 80 Days featuring a cast of eight playing over 125 characters in the epic, globe-trotting tale. The show, adapted by Eason and directed by directed by Theresa Heskins, is a co-production from Olivier Award winners Kenny Wax (The Play That Goes Wrong, Once On This Island, Top Hat) and Simon Friend (The Closet, The Height of the Storm). Performances will run May 10–19.
The New Victory will also welcome back the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, conducted by Founder and Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker, with Silent Voices: Lovestate (May 2–5), the third installment of their Silent Voices series. The show features commissions by Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Toshi Reagon, and Bryce Dessner of the band The National, among others.
The upcoming season will also feature programming for younger audiences. For the complete lineup, visit NewVictory.org.