Arena is planning to produce the Miller plays in repertory, with related events — such as readings, lectures and films — on Monday nights. The theatre has produced 11 productions of Arthur Miller plays since its founding in 1950.
The Women of Brewster Place, adapted by Acito (writer of Zanna, Don’t!) from Gloria Naylor's novel of that name, will include music from the 1970s, such as funk, rhythm and blues, gospel and disco. The musical has had two workshops with Arena and will get another with the Sundance Institute in January, with a cast that includes Adriane Lenox, who won a Tony Award for Doubt.
Kaufman's play 33 Variations, which has been workshopped with Arena, is the story of Beethoven and a scholar who follows his work. Kaufman is the playwright and director of Off-Broadway’s The Laramie Project and Gross Indecency: The Trials of Oscar Wilde and the director of Broadway’s I Am My Own Wife.
No specific dates or casting have been announced for the projects.
As previously reported, Arena Stage announced Dec. 6 that it has received donations totaling more than $100 million for the renovation of its facilities and the creation of a modern theatre campus. The total included a single gift, from local philanthropists Gilbert and Jaylee Mead, of nearly $35 million— the largest gift ever made to an American regional theatre and one of the top ten largest gifts to a non-profit arts organization in the U.S. For more information visit www.arenastage.org.