Biro Added to Public Theater 2003-04 Line-Up; Season Dates Announced

News   Biro Added to Public Theater 2003-04 Line-Up; Season Dates Announced
The Ugandan tale Biro has been added to the Public Theater's 2003-04 season. The Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine drama, which gets it New York City debut, will be performed by its author.

The show is described as "One man's story of survival across Uganda, Cuba and America....[about] Biro, a boy from a war-torn Uganda who helps liberate his country and finds himself on the front lines of a global war with AIDS."

No dates have been announced for the play.

The rest of the Public Theater schedule was previously announced by Playbill On-Line, though specific playing dates have been firmed up.

Headed by producer-director George C. Wolfe, The Public Theater season will kick off with Two Noble Kinsman, the seldom-seen Shakespeare (and possibly Fletcher) drama that was once scheduled for the 2002-03 season. Darko Tresjnak directs. Previews begin Oct. 7 at Martinson Hall.

The play is often left out of "complete works" collections of Big Bill's work and some scholars question whether Shakespeare had anything to do with the text. John Fletcher was a contemporary of Shakespeare's who is also said to have teamed with his more famous friend on Henry VIII and Cardenio. He is better known, however, for his confirmed work with another man, Francis Beaumont. Together, they authored Philaster and The Maid's Tragedy. (Some have said that it was Beaumont, not the Bard, who co authored Kinsman.) Wolfe will direct Caroline, Or Change, a new musical boasting a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. It will play the Newman Theater and begin previews Oct. 21.

Kushner, whose Angels in America will soon make its way to HBO, has written a story about an African-American woman working as a maid for a Jewish family as the civil rights movement is about to ignite. Caroline features music by Thoroughly Modern Millie's Jeanine Tesori and direction by George C. Wolfe. Set in 1963 Louisiana,

Also scheduled for fall previews is the world premiere of Tracey Scott Wilson's play, The Story, running from Nov. 18 at the Anspacher Theater. A co-production with the Long Wharf Theatre, The Story concerns an African-American reporter who searches for the truth behind the brutal murder of a white man. Loretta Greco will direct the production, which will play the Martinson Hall.

Beginning Feb. 24 at the Newman Theater is the New York premiere of the long-awaited Kander and Ebb musical based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit. Chita Rivera — a recent Tony nominee for her performance in Nine — will head the cast of the musical, which features a book by Terrence McNally, direction by Frank Galati and choreography by Chicago's Ann Reinking. Rivera stars as Claire Zachanassian, a woman driven by a decades-old desire for revenge. Frank Langella has been mentioned to play the male lead, Schill. The Visit will follow Caroline, Or Change into the Newman Theatre.

Lisa Kron will return to the Public in March 2004 with the world premiere of her play Well. Directed by Leigh Silverman, Well presents an "intimate portrait of family dynamics." It is scheduled to begin previews March 16, 2004.  

The 2003-2004 season will also include a partnership with the LAByrinth Theater Company. The Public will host a residency of the LAByrinth Theater Company that will include the LAByrinth's own work and, possibly, a first time collaboration between the two organizations.

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