Brook, Santiago-Hudson, Weller and More Set for NYTW Season

News   Brook, Santiago-Hudson, Weller and More Set for NYTW Season
New York Theatre Workshop has lined up Peter Brook, Jo Bonney and Ruben Santiago-Hudson to direct productions for its 26th season, which will feature works penned by Michael Weller, Naomi Wallace and more.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson

The 2008-2009 season will also include the inaugural "Off Again" musical series, featuring concert versions of notable Off-Broadway musicals. Shows under consideration for the new series include Maria Irene Fornes and Al Carmines' 1969 work Promenade, Peter Link's Iphigenia in Concert (which would be directed by Passing Strange's Annie Dorsen) and Lisa Peterson and David Bucknam's The Waves. (Exact titles and dates are still to be determined.)

The NYTW 2008-2009 season (subject to change) follows:

  • Beast (Aug. 29-Oct. 12)
    Jo Bonney (The Seven, Fat Pig) directs the new comedy by Michael Weller (Moonchildren, Loose Ends), which is billed as a "blood-red road adventure [in which] two Iraqi War veterans—badly mutilated but as fiercely patriotic as ever — make their way home from a military hospital in Germany. Their marauding adventure across America takes them to Crawford, Texas, where they meet up with their Commander-in-Chief and offer a surefire solution to all his problems."
  • The Grand Inquisitor (Oct. 22-Nov. 23)
    Director Peter Brook (Marat/Sade) brings Marie-Hélène Estienne's adaptation of the Inquisitor section of Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" to New York. The Centre for International Theatre Creations/Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord staging will be a co-presentation with Theatre for a New Audience. Actor Bruce Myers (The Mahabharata) stars.


  • Things of Dry Hours (Spring 2009) Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues, Seven Guitars) directs this latest work from playwright Naomi Wallace (The Fever Chart, One Flea Spare). "In Depression-era Alabama, black Sunday school teacher and Communist Party member Tice Hogan lives on the edge of trouble. When a white factory worker on the run demands sanctuary, Tice and his daughter may be pushed over that edge." Timed with the lead up to the impending election, NYTW will also host a special series of events including a Mark Crispin Miller gig, Gore Vidal's 1968 Republican Party-focused play Weekend and Year One of the Empire, a collage of actual words written and/or spoken around the time of the Spanish-American War.

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