CSC to Welcome Wiest, Bobbie, Ives, Patinkin, Tolstoy and Trojan War Epic in 2009-10

News   CSC to Welcome Wiest, Bobbie, Ives, Patinkin, Tolstoy and Trojan War Epic in 2009-10
Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company (CSC) announced that its 2009-10 season will include Venus in Fur, a new play by David Ives; a Russian classic starring Oscar winner Dianne Wiest; and The Age of Iron, a retelling of the Trojan War, melding the work of two Elizabethan playwrights.
Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest Photo by Andrew Eccles

Ranging from "the rape of Helen to the sack of Troy," The Age of Iron (opening the season Nov. 4-Dec. 13) includes Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida and Thomas Heywood's Iron Age.

"Taken together," according to CSC notes, "these two authors create a grand Elizabethan Iliad that brings Homer's long lost world vividly to life."

CSC artistic director Brian Kulick adapts and directs the piece.

In January 2010, from playwright David Ives and director Walter Bobbie, the creative team behind CSC's critically acclaimed production of New Jerusalem, comes Venus in Fur, a new play based on one of literature's most infamous erotic novels. According to CSC, "Venus in Fur goes behind the scenes to an audition for a play in which the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, and love and hate blur."

Performances play Jan. 13-Feb. 21, 2010. The third main stage production for the season brings acclaimed Academy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest back to CSC in Alexander Ostrovsky's The Forest, adapted by Kathleen Tolan. "Before Chekhov, there was Ostrovsky, Russia's first great theatrical reformer, who forged comedy and drama into a remarkably rich theatrical mix, paving the way for a generation of modern Russian playwrights," CSC notes.

Wiest ("Bullets Over Broadway," "Hannah and Her Sisters") will star in this romantic romp, "where the most dangerous creatures in the forest are two vagabond actors who crash a nearby estate posing as gentry. Love, lies and laughter ensue as they turn this otherwise orderly manor upside down."

The Forest will be performed April 14-May 23, 2010.

The 2009-10 season will also include:

  • The company's popular First Look Festival. This year First Look turns its gaze to Luigi Pirandello, featuring John Turturro in a series of staged readings of Henry IV, among other plays. First Look runs November 16, 23, 30 and Dec. 7.
  • The return of CSC's popular Open Rehearsal Series, in which audiences experience different acting approaches and directorial interpretations of a classic work. This season CSC will feature Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin, who starred in CSC's production of Shakespeare's The Tempest last season, as well as a cast of seasoned actors, exploring Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing on successive Monday evenings. Monday Night Much Ado runs Jan. 18 & 25, Feb. 1 & 8, 2010.
  • The Books On Stage Series, which launched last season with sold-out readings in The Proust Project. This season it will tackle Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina" on April 26, May 3 & 10, 2010.
  • The fifth year of CSC's partnership with the Graduate Acting Program of the Columbia University School of the Arts' The Young Company. CSC's unique education and outreach initiative will present Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, directed by Tony Speciale, CSC associate artistic director, Feb. 22-March 5, 2010. For further information on Classic Stage Company, call (212) 352-3101, visit the theatre in person at 136 East 13th Street, or go to


    CSC is under the leadership of artistic director Brian Kulick and executive director Jessica R. Jenen.

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