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As has been the case in recent seasons, the Public Theater has an ambitious docket of plays in store. But none are as ambitious as Suzan-Lori Parks’ three-part play set over the course of the Civil War (Hello, Mourning Becomes Electra!) titled Father Comes Home From War (Parts 1, 2 & 3).
Directed by Jo Bonney, all three plays will be presented in a single evening. The dramas rotate around Hero, a significantly-named slave, and his adventures during the War Between the States, beginning with a decision whether or not to fight on the Confederate side in exchange of a promise of freedom. Previews begin Oct. 14.
Nearly as impressive an undertaking is composer Michael Friedman and playwright Itamar Moses' attempt to musicalize Jonathan Letham's dense Brooklyn-based novel The Fortress of Solitude. The quasi-magical, coming of age story, which is set in the gritty 1970s and centered on the unlikely friendship between two kids, one white and one African-American, stars Kyle Beltran and Adam Chanler-Berat in the lead roles. Previews begin at the Public Oct. 1.
On a smaller scale, but no less arty, is A Particle of Dread, which will see playwright Sam Shepard tackle the Oedipus Rex story, with Stephen Rea in the lead role. The fragmented, modern-day take on the Greek classic premiered in Derry, Ireland, and features actors from both sides of the Atlantic. Previews begin Nov. 11 at the Signature Theatre Company.
Samuel D. Hunter had a significant impact with his last play at Playwrights Horizons, The Whale. He's back this November with Pocatello, which tells of the manager of an Italian chain restaurant in — of all places — Pocatello, Idaho. David McCallum directs. T.R. Knight stars. The play is described as a "heartbreaking comedy is a cry for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape."
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