Abingdon Theatre to Premiere Robert Brustein's Shakespeare Play Last Will; Season Announced

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09 Aug 2012

Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton will direct the world premiere of Robert Brustein's Last Will, a new work about a late-life Shakespeare, as part of the Abingdon Theatre Company's 20th anniversary season Off-Broadway.

The season will open with the world premiere of Mike Vogel's March Madness, staged by Donal Brenner, Oct. 26-Nov. 18. Here's how it's billed: "With the economy struggling and newspapers dying, Maury and his fellow reporters devise a desperate plan that will allow one of them to escape office hell and live his or her dream. The office sports pool, once a fun diversion, becomes deadly serious when the ante is substantially raised, and what's at stake becomes no less than their lives. And yes, it's a comedy!"

Bodega Bay, by Elisabeth Karlin, will have its world premiere Jan. 25-Feb. 17, 2013, under the direction of Sturgis Warner. "Nobody notices or remembers Louise Finch. With her life in shambles, this shy and awkward soul who has never ventured beyond Staten Island, sets out into the dangerous unknown to find the mother who left her and her troubled brother years earlier. It is a strange and zany odyssey that hurls Louise across a country populated by the peculiar and turns this insignificant spectator into an active participant in a chaotic world," according to the Abingdon.

Brustein's The Last Will, staged by Pendleton, will run April 5-May 5, 2013. According to the Abingdon, "Towards the end of his life Shakespeare returns to Stratford, having given up playwriting in favor of charging extortionate rents on his properties. Suffering from a fatal mental disease, he somehow becomes convinced that his wife has been unfaithful to him with his brother, and as a result, devises a will leaving her only his 'second best bed.' Fortunately for us, his art redeems him."

Michael Bonnabel's one-man play The Good Boy, directed by Darin Anthony, will close the season April 26-May 19, 2013. Here's how it's characterized: "This is the humorous and heartwarming tale of Michael Bonnabel's struggle to gain independence from his large, loving and complicated family, led by deaf parents. Told in sign, speech and song, Bonnabel explores the weight of the adult responsibilities he faced as a young boy, as well as his yearning to bond with his emotionally distant father."



Season tickets are available for $120. Individual tickets go on sale Sept. 10. Visit abingdontheatre.org. The Abindgon is located at 312 West 36th Street.