Zimmerman Exchanges da Vinci for Seneca at Goodman Theatre

News   Zimmerman Exchanges da Vinci for Seneca at Goodman Theatre Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman, whose production of Metamorphoses began at Off Broadway's Second Stage Theatre and transferred to Broadway, will not direct a revival of The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci as her latest show at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, as previously announced. Instead, she will pilot Seneca's classic tragedy, The Trojan Women.

Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman, whose production of Metamorphoses began at Off Broadway's Second Stage Theatre and transferred to Broadway, will not direct a revival of The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci as her latest show at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, as previously announced. Instead, she will pilot Seneca's classic tragedy, The Trojan Women.

Notebooks was to have been a co-production with Second Stage. Second Stage managing director said, "Second Stage is thrilled to continue its relationship with Mary Zimmerman and is committed to producing her play The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci this spring. We plan to still be working with the Goodman Theatre of Chicago, which will now hopefully present the production in the fall of 2003, following its off-Broadway run at our theatre."

The choice of The Trojan Women—which concerns the dire fate of the women of vanquished Troy as the Greek army approaches—may have been dictated by America's ongoing "war on terrorism" and the likelihood of a clash between the U.S. and Iraq. Zimmerman said in a statement that the play was about "how violence leads to violence and it is the powerless who will suffer the most."

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In Metamorphoses, Zimmerman drew on the tales of Ovid, re-envisioning the ancient texts — with the help of a large pool of water as the actors' stage. With da Vinci the Chicago-bred director-adapter dramatized the ideas of the Italian Renaissance scientist, inventor and artist. Zimmerman won a Tony Award for her direction of Metamorphoses, which is still playing at Circle in the Square, where it opened March 4, 2002, after an extended, sold-out run at Second Stage. The show was also nominated for Best Play. An unlikely hit in the commercial Broadway arena, the simple yet stylized ode to death and rebirth recouped its investment last May.

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