Public Theater Season Includes Fun Home, Good Person of Szechwan, Richard Nelson's Apple Family Plays and More

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16 Apr 2013

Following will be The Apple Family Plays: Scenes from Life in the Country, which includes the world premiere of Tony Award winner Richard Nelson's Regular Singing. The work is the final installment in the playwright's four-play series documenting a liberal family living in Rhinebeck, NY. All four plays, including That Hopey Changey Thing; Sweet and Sad; and Sorry; will be presented in repertory with members of the original cast (Oct. 22-Dec. 15).

Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays) has penned a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra which he will also direct, set in "18th century, sun-soaked Saint-Domingue on the eve of revolution" (Feb. 18-March 23, 2014).

Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks' Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), which was seen in an earlier developmental production at the Public Lab in 2009, will be staged as part of the 2014 Public Lab season under the direction of Jo Bonney (March 11-30, 2014). Here is a look at the plays: "Part 1 introduces us to Hero, a slave who must choose whether or not to join his master on the Confederate battlefield. In Part 2, a band of rebel soldiers test Hero's loyalty as the cannons approach. Part 3 finds Hero's loved ones anxiously awaiting his return."

The Public has also announced that it will produce the New York premiere of Ted Shen's musical A Second Chance, which will be staged by Jonathan Butterell (March 18-April 13, 2014). It has book, music and lyrics by Shen, whose foundation supports the development of new musicals at the Public and Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. The Public presented a Joe's Pub concert of the work in 2010, and the Signature premiered the musical in 2011. Read more about the previous production here.

According to the Public, "A Second Chance is the story of a recent widower and a divorcée who meet in mid-life. Presented with the overwhelming challenge of freeing themselves from their painful pasts, neither feels they deserve to find new love and happiness. Yet, unanticipated feelings awaken within them both, passionately drawing them together and leading them to uncover something they both least expected to find."

The final production of the season will be the New York premiere of the CiviliansThe Great Immensity (April 8-27, 2014), written and directed by Steven Cosson and featuring music by Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Love's Labour's Lost). It is billed as "a continent-hopping thriller following a woman, Phyllis, as she pursues someone close to her who disappeared from a tropical island while on an assignment for a nature show. Through her search, Phyllis uncovers a mysterious plot surrounding the upcoming international climate summit in Auckland. As the days count down to the Auckland Summit, Phyllis must decipher the plan and possibly stop it in time."

The 10th annual Under the Radar Festival of new and emerging works, curated by Mark Russell and Meiyin Wang, will also return to the Public's Astor Place home (Jan. 8-19, 2014).

Memberships are currently available. Single tickets will go on sale later this year. For further information phone (212) 967-7555, or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

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