By Carey Purcell
26 Nov 2013
The Off-Broadway theatre's season will include the New York premiere of Jon Fosse's I am the Wind; the political play Miss Lead; a production of The Woodsman, featuring Bunraku puppetry and song; and an English-language performance of the comic opera Opportunity Makes the Thief.
Beginning in April, 59E59 will also present Brits Off Broadway, a festival which offers eclectic works from the U.K.
The season-at-a glance follows.
Jan. 9, 2014-Jan. 26
Written by Jon Fosse
Translated by Simon Stephens
Directed by Paul Takacs
Produced by The Shop
With James Patrick Nelson and Jonathan Tindle
"From the director of last season's hit show Tender Napalm, Paul Takacs helms the NY premiere of renowned Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse's I am the Wind. Two men set to sea in a small boat. They spend a day on the water, stopping off for drinks and a meal before pushing on to the open ocean. As the winds rise and the sea swells they must confront each other, themselves, and the inexorable mystery of fate."
Written by Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Madeline Sayet
With Claire Burke, Dylan Carusona, Brett Hecksher, Tyree Giroux, Michelle Honaker, Dawn Jamieson, Stuart Luth, Nancy McDoniel, Tanis Parenteau and Elizabeth Rolston
Produced by AMERINDA Inc.
"With controversy swirling around the impact of fracking on the environment and health, Miss Lead looks at the impact on a community many years after the local mine closed its operations. Lead waste remains behind, leaving a landscape of destruction in the bodies of a former mine worker and a young woman."
Jan. 29-Feb. 16
Written by dog & pony dc
Directed by Rachel Grossman
With Wyckham Avery, Max Freedman, Rachel Grossman, Melanie Harker, Colin Hovde, Elaine Yuko Qualter, J. Argyl Plath, Jon Reynolds and Yasmin Tuazon
Produced by dog & pony dc
"What tells the story of our town's history better: A family bible or a license plate? A projector or a bottle of beer? Visit a place where remembering is a communal act, and everyone's opinion is heard and counted: Beertown. Part-civic ceremony, part-theatrical pageant, Beertown playfully explores the tenuous relationship between individuals and community. All shows open with a dessert potluck."
Jan. 30-Feb. 16
Created by James Ortiz
Directed by James Ortiz and Claire Karpen
With James Ortiz, Eliza Simpson, Devin Dunne Cannon, Will Gallacher. Amanda Adele Lederer, Ben Bass, Aaron McDaniel, Meghan St. Thomas and Edward W. Hardy
Produced by Strangemen & Co.
"When a lonely woodsman falls for the slave of a powerful witch, will their love be enough to protect them from her wrath? From the forgotten writings of L. Frank Baum, Strangemen & Co. present a joyous, heartbreaking, and unique perspective on a classic story utilizing Bunraku puppetry and song."
Opportunity Makes the Thief
Feb. 22-March 2
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Luigi Prividali
English translation by Mark Herman and Ronnie Apter
Conducted by James Bagwell
Directed by Philip Shneidman
Produced by the little OPERA theatre of ny
"In this early comic opera by Gioachino Rossini, an accidental switch of two suitcases inspires a rogue to assume a new identity. Turmoil ensues when both the impostor and the original show up at the same doorstep of a young woman. Sung in English."
Written by Bryony Lavery
Directed by Nick Flint
With Christina Bennett Lind and Richard Saudek
Produced by One Year Lease Theater Company
"Written by Tony Award-nominee Bryony Lavery ('Frozen'), Stockholm is a darkly funny exploration of a love so passionate it has become a prison."
Day of the Dog
Written by Daniel Damiano
Directed by Milton Zoth
With Michelle Hand, Steve Isom and Jason Grubbe
Produced by St Louis Actors' Studio
"A South Florida couple obtains the services of a somewhat enigmatic Canine Relations Specialist in order to curb the violent behavior of their dog Carrot. But is Carrot merely a reflection of the people who house him?"
Tickets for the winter 2014 shows go on sale Nov. 29.
Tickets are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or visiting 59e59.org.