Once Director John Tiffany to Helm Glass Menagerie at A.R.T.; Season Announced
By Adam Hetrick
Once and Black Watch director John Tiffany will stage Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie at the American Repertory Theater in early 2013. The season will also include Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge and the previously reported revival of Pippin.
Marie Antoinette, a new comedy by Elective Affinities and Stunning playwright David Adjmi, will open the 2012-13 season Sept. 1 under the direction of Rebecca Taichman. The previously announced production is a co-presentation with with the Yale Repertory Theatre, where it will play Oct. 26-Nov. 17.
Here's how it's billed: "The young queen Marie Antoinette delights and inspires her French subjects with her three-foot tall wigs and extravagant haute couture. But times change and even the most fashionable queens go out of style. In Adjmi's humorous and haunting Marie Antoinette, idle gossip turns more insidious as the country revolts, demanding liberté, égalité, fraternité!"
Obie-winning performance artist Mac, who is currently appearing Off-Broadway in the CSC production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, will bring his acclaimed epic The Lily's Revenge to A.R.T. beginning Oct. 12.
According to A.R.T., "The Lily's Revenge fuses music, vaudeville, poetry, dance, and film in a dynamic, five-part, 30-character 'Flowergory.' Provoked by anti-gay agendas that use tradition and nostalgia as an argument for discrimination, this epic tale about a flower who goes on a quest to become human celebrates the dismantling of established social norms and rules."
The anticipated revival of Pippin, which Tony-nominated A.R.T. artistic director Diane Paulus (Hair, Porgy and Bess) will stage, will begin performances Dec. 5. Paulus will collaborate with Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers) on the musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson. Click here to read Playbill.com's coverage of their take on the Tony-winning musical.
The Glass Menagerie, under Tiffany's direction, will begin previews Feb. 2, 2013. The poetic memory play about a fragile young woman, her overbearing mother and the brother who bears witness, marks the first production of a Williams work at A.R.T.
The final production to be announced is the return of Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage, by Jason Craig, with music by David Malloy and direction by Mallory Catlett. Previews begin April 16, 2013.
"Digging into the roots of the original epic poem, this club-style 'SongPlay' harkens back to the raw and rowdy style of storytelling in the old Scandinavian mead halls – with a passion for fierce poetry and a pint of thick beer. Monsters and professors collide in a blood-soaked land as the epic poem is transformed into a defiantly raucous dissertation on art and violence," A.R.T. states.
Subscriptions go on sale May 1, with select single tickets for Pippin also available that date. Visit AmericanRepertoryTheater. A.R.T. is located at 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA.
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