The season will commence with Spirit, the latest from director Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott, two of the twisted minds behind the kiddie terror meta-vaudeville Shockheaded Peter. Crouch will co-direct with Arlene Audergon, and McDermott will perform alongside Guy Dartnell and Lee Simpson.
The show is said to be about "three performers struggling to tell the story of three brothers." The piece begins with the three actors half in and half out of the set, unsure of what to say or what story to tell. Eventually, they enact the story of a trio of brother bakers, one of whom goes to war in the place of another. Involved in the telling are dancing, puppets and improvisation.
Previews begin Sept. 13 with an opening two days later.
Moses' play Bach at Lepizig follows on Oct. 28 (opening Nov. 14), with Pam MacKinnon directing. The starry cast features Jeffrey Carlson (Manuscript, Taboo), Richard Easton (The Rivals), Michael Emerson (Hedda Gabler), Reg Rogers (Miss Julie, The Dazzle) and David Schramm (La Terrasse).
The show, which played Milwaukee Repertory Theatre last season, is about six rival musicians who scheme to become the organmaster of Leipzig, the most coveted musical post in Europe during Bach's lifetime. Coming on Jan. 17, 2006, will be the latest by Will Power. Power attracted attention in 2003 with his Flow, described as "a tale of seven storytellers" and featuring writer-performer Power portraying many characters using rap, rhyme, and movement. Power was accompanied live by DJ Reborn with original music created by Power and Will Hammond.
Power's still attracted by that lucky number. The new piece, a large-scale musical called The Seven, is nothing less than hip-hop musical adaptation of Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes. Jo Bonney directs.