By Carey Purcell
14 May 2013
Productions include the American premiere of the Donmar Warehouse's all-female production of Julius Caesar, as well as the world premiere of a new work by Daniel Kitson, the world premiere of Lee Breuer’s La Divina Caricatura, a co-production of Bluebeard’s Castle with New York City Opera and the American premiere of the Tricycle Theatre's Red Velvet.
Highlights of the season follow:
Donmar's Julius Caesar
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Oct. 3–Nov. 3
"In the hard, grim surroundings of a women's prison, the all-female actors in Phyllida Lloyd's bold production of Julius Caesar play inmates and guards performing an explosive, arresting production of Shakespeare's most famous discourse on power, loyalty, and tragic idealism. While all-male productions of Shakespeare's plays restaged in contemporary settings are common, in the hands of this cast, led by Harriet Walter as Brutus, Frances Barber as Caesar, Jenny Jules as Cassius and Cush Jumbo as Mark Antony, Shakespeare's themes are glaringly and touchingly heightened by the backdrop of female incarceration, a live thrash metal band and the emotional nuances inherent to women playing men at their most vulnerable."
Nov. 26–Dec. 21
"Daniel Kitson's 'story shows,' The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church (2011) and It's Always Right Now, Until It's Later (2012) are among the most beloved productions in recent St. Ann's Warehouse history. This time Kitson returns with the world premiere of his newest yarn."
Lee Breuer's La Divina Caricatura Part 1, The Shaggy Dog
Music by Lincoln Schleifer
Puppetry by Jessica Scott
Video by Eamonn Farrell
At La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre (74 E. 4th Street, NYC)
"The mixed-media pop-opera completes Breuer's Animations series and draws on material that stretches all the way back to Breuer's doo-wop opera Sister Suzie Cinema, first conceived as a poem in 1975. At the center of La Divina Caricatura is an unlikely lead character: a dog named Rose, who is making a Dantean pilgrimage to love and, hopefully, Paradiso."
Composed by Béla Bartók
Libretto by Béla Balázs
Conducted by Jayce Ogren
Directed by Daniel Kramer
Feb. 28, 2014–March 15
"In Béla Bartók's only opera, Judith, passionately, obsessively in love with Bluebeard, renounces her rosy past to follow him into the haunting, menacing depths of his castle. When they arrive at seven locked doors, Judith begs and pleads for a glimpse at the secrets lying behind them. All too topical, Kramer's production epitomizes the dark place men can go in their perversity and entitlement in search of satisfying their desires."
By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham
March 25–April 20
"Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, London, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. Ira Aldridge, a young black American actor, has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riots in the streets over the abolition of the Slavery Act, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?"
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