Theatrical programming kicks off Jan 16, 2016, with Mee's The Glory of the World, directed by Actors Theatre of Louisville artistic director Les Waters. The piece is an examination of renowned Kentucky-based mystic and Catholic monk Thomas Merton. "The Solo cups are overflowing at Merton’s centennial birthday celebration," state press notes. "As 17 men in party hats assemble to toast Merton’s many faces, asking: What makes a man? What makes a saint? What if nothing is sacred—and everything is?" Performances will run through Jan 31.
In February, BAM reunites with the celebrated Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg for its production of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. The play will be presented in Russian with English subtitles; performances begin Feb. 17 and will run through Feb. 27.
In March, BAM stages The Civilians' Rimbaud in New York, written and directed by the company's artistic director Steve Cosson. The work is a playful and insightful exploration of "Illuminations," the 130-year-old book of prose poems that helped bring Rimbaud world-wide acclaim.
Beginning performances March 24 and running through May 1, The Royal Shakespeare Company comes to BAM with King & Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings, a cycle of four Shakespeare plays about great monarchs staged by artistic director Gregory Doran. The company last seen on Broadway with another royal multi bill, Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2, this past spring.
The spring programming continues with renowned theatre and circus artist Daniele Finzi Pasca's theatrical homage to Salvador Dali, La Veritè. The show blends acrobatics, theatre, dance, experimental instrumentation, and multilingualism. A hand-painted backdrop, created by Dali for the Metropolitan Opera in 1944, serves as the production’s centerpiece. Performances run May 4-7. Beginning May 11, BAM presents the U.S. premiere of Judas Kiss by multi Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Hare ("The Hours," Skylight). The new production, helmed by celebrated Australian director Neil Armfield, chronicles two pivotal moments in the life of Oscar Wilde. "The play explores the power of all-consuming love and the cruelty of betrayal," state press notes. Performances are scheduled to run May 11-June 12.
Also included in the new season schedule are dance works by Trisha Brown Dance Company, Akram Khan and Israel Galván; music from Mariinsky Theatre, and French opera Les Fêtes Vénitiennes by André Campra and staged by Les Arts Florissants and Paris-based Opéra Comique.
2016 winter/spring subscriptions go on sale Nov. 16 and single tickets will be available Dec. 7; to purchase visit BAM.org or contact BAM Ticket Services at (718) 636-4100.