Cal Rep to Stage World Premiere of B.S.: Bukowski.Sondheim
10 Jul 2012
The works of poet Charles Bukowski and Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim will dovetail in the world premiere of B.S.: Bukowski.Sondheim, which will debut at the California Repertory Company this fall.
Cal Rep artistic director Joanne Gordon conceived the work, billed as a "scintillating piece [that] combines the poetry of Bukowski and the music and lyrics of Sondheim to reveal the sublime BS of life."
Both Sondheim (Sunday in the Park With George, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods) and the Bukowski Estate gave their permission for the piece, which will run Nov. 2-Dec. 8 under Gordon's direction.
Also planned for the upcoming season is a topical interpretation of Moliere's Tartuffe, which will be set in contemporary America, focusing on the role of political pundants in media and their power over the masses. Jim Anzide will direct the Feb. 15-March 9, 2013, run.
The final production will be Adam Bock's office-set black comedy The Thugs, to be directed by Anne D'Zmura, April 19-May 4, 2013.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.