Alan Rickman Will Take Part in The Flea's 2012-13 Season; Hamish Linklater's The Vandal Among Lineup
By Michael Gioia
The Flea Theater, under artistic director Jim Simpson and producing director Carol Ostrow, announced the lineup for its 2012-13 Off Off-Broadway season. Tony Award nominee Alan Rickman will star in the company's premiere of Krapp Hour.
Krapp Hour, an adaptation of Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape by Canadian poet Anne Carson, will premiere in late August. Rickman (Seminar) will star as Krapp in the production, which is a part of the Virtual Theater Collaborative, the NEA funding initiative — a partnering of video game technology and professional theatre productions to create a new medium for the performing arts. Rickman's live performance at the Flea will be adapted for use in a video game.
Thomas Bradshaw's Job, based on the biblical text of the same name, will kick off the season Aug. 31. "We are living in this oddly religious moment in America," said playwright Bradshaw in a statement. "I did a ton of research. The Talmud has like eight different theories about when Job lived and who he was, so I had to sit down with a Jewish scholar and figure out which would be best for my purposes."
Following Job will be the world premiere of Heresy, which marks the seventh collaboration between A.R. Gurney and Flea artistic director Jim Simpson. In a Government Building, in a terrifying near future, Heresy, according to the Flea, "takes on the American Dream. Shall we have another cocktail or release the man who we will kill or follow to a new beginning? Heresy: men have died for less." Performances will begin Sept. 29.
Running in repertory with Job and Heresy will be the world premiere of Arthur Yorinks' American Song, a 13-episode radio-play series that explores the history of the 20th century through song. Performances will begin Sept. 10.
Also scheduled for spring 2013 are Flea commissions of The Vandal by actor-writer Hamish Linklater (Seminar) and a new play by Beau Willimon (Farragut North), to be directed by film director Joel Schumacher.
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