Elizabeth Olsen, Mandy Patinkin, Susan Stroman, Duncan Sheik and David Ives To Be Featured in Classic Stage Company 2013-14 Season
By Carey Purcell
The Classic Stage Company announced its 2013-14 season. Under the leadership of artistic director Brian Kulick and executive director Greg Reiner, the Off-Broadway theatre's season will include a popular work by Shakespeare, a new adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's A Man's A Man and an original comedy by David Ives.
A new production of Romeo and Juliet will feature Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") and Finn Wittrock (Death of a Salesman) as the star-crossed lovers. The production will be directed by Tea Alagić.
Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin and actor/performance artist Taylor Mac in The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, with music direction by Paul Ford.
"Following a flood of biblical proportions, the last two people on the planet discover their common language is song and dance," press notes state. "Together they chronicle the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of humankind through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers and Hammerstein, to Sondheim to Queen and R.E.M."
Director Brian Kulick and Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik (who collaborated on the theatre's current production of Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle), will work together on a new production of Brecht's A Man's A Man.
"This production continues CSC's popular exploration of Brecht, which began in 2012 with Galileo," press notes state. "In this early knock-about, anti-just-about-everything farce by Brecht, an innocent dockworker in British Colonial India is rather unorthodoxly enlisted into Her Majesty's Armed Forces, where he is 'dismantled like a car' and then reassembled into the ultimate fighting machine."
The season will conclude with The Heir Apparent, the latest comedy by Tony Award nominee David Ives (The School for Lies, Venus in Fur, New Jerusalem). Ives' work is based on the play by Jean-François Regnard and the production will be directed by Tony Award winner John Rando.
"Eraste has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle," press notes state. "There's just one little problem: the uncle won't die and he's bequeathed his entire fortune to a distant relative. What's a fine 18th century fellow to do? What else but enlist the aid of his resourceful servant, Crispin, who could 'out-Figaro' Figaro."
The 2013-14 Season will also reunite CSC with the Graduate Acting Program of the Columbia University School of the Arts for The Young Company, which will feature Shakespeare's The Tempest in March.
Additionally, CSC will bring back its Open Rehearsal Series, featuring a company of seasoned actors and directors exploring a classic text over the course of three Monday evenings. This coming season will focus on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in October and in January, Brecht Fest will feature evenings dedicated to the poetry, songs, and short stories of Bertolt Brecht.
In April, CSC will present First Look Festival: Caryl Churchill, a one-night staged reading series exploring the visionary playwright's Cloud Nine, Fen and Mad Forest.
Dates of production will be announced at a later date.
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