The U.S. premiere of Wilson's Les Fables de La Fontaine, starring members of the famed French company La Comédie-Française, will be presented July 10-25 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. The show was previously seen at Comédie-Française in France in 2004 and again in 2005.
Based on the stories of La Fontaine, the 17th-century French fabulist and poet, the show "revolves around the animal characters of the tales — lions, birds, foxes and crows — with their parables of human behavior seen through the eyes of a 21st-century theatrical visionary."
Wu Hsing-Kuo will play all ten characters in the New York premiere of King Lear on July 12 at the Rose Theater. The production is by Taiwan's Contemporary Legend Theater (CLT), which Wu Hsing-Kuo co-founded. CLT will also present an evening of two short operas, The Tipsy Concubine and Farewell My Concubine, on July 10 and 11, also at the Rose Theater.
Proyecto Chejov from Argentina will present Un Hombre que se Ahoga, a free adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, directed by Daniel Veronese, from July 17-19 at a venue to be announced.
The North American premiere of George Benjamin's opera Into the Little Hill, with libretto by the British playwright Martin Crimp, will be seen July 26-28 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. The festival will also include Renjishi and Hokaibo from the Kabuki company Heisei Nakamura-za; Gemelos, presented by Compañía Teatro Cinema from Chile; De Monstruos y Prodigios: La Historia de los Castrati, presented by Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes from Mexico; and Divinas Palabras by Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, presented by Centro Dramático Nacional from Spain.
Tickets for multiple-event buyers go on sale May 1 at (212)721-6500 and at www.lincolncenter.org. Tickets to individual shows go on sale June 12 at the Avery Fisher Hall box office at 65th Street and Broadway, in addition to the aforementioned outlets.