Elizabeth Olsen, Mandy Patinkin, Susan Stroman, Duncan Sheik and David Ives To Be Featured in Classic Stage Company 2013-14 Season

By Carey Purcell
17 Jun 2013

Mandy Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin

The Classic Stage Company announced its 2013-14 season. Under the leadership of artistic director Brian Kulick and executive director Greg Reiner, the Off-Broadway theatre's season will include a popular work by Shakespeare, a new adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's A Man's A Man and an original comedy by David Ives.

A new production of Romeo and Juliet will feature Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") and Finn Wittrock (Death of a Salesman) as the star-crossed lovers. The production will be directed by Tea Alagić.

Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin and actor/performance artist Taylor Mac in The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, with music direction by Paul Ford.

"Following a flood of biblical proportions, the last two people on the planet discover their common language is song and dance," press notes state. "Together they chronicle the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of humankind through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers and Hammerstein, to Sondheim to Queen and R.E.M."



Director Brian Kulick and Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik (who collaborated on the theatre's current production of Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle), will work together on a new production of Brecht's A Man's A Man.

"This production continues CSC's popular exploration of Brecht, which began in 2012 with Galileo," press notes state. "In this early knock-about, anti-just-about-everything farce by Brecht, an innocent dockworker in British Colonial India is rather unorthodoxly enlisted into Her Majesty's Armed Forces, where he is 'dismantled like a car' and then reassembled into the ultimate fighting machine."

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