After postponing the production of Caryl Churchill's Far Away until next season, New York Theatre Workshop has decided to replace the play with Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited), a dance-theatre piece conceived and directed by Martha Clarke.
Performances begin April 17 at the downtown Manhattan company's stage in the East Village, which recently housed Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul.
The collaborative work features music by Richard Peaslee and text by Charles L. Mee. The play premiered in New York in 1986 at St. Clement's Episcopal Church. The production then ran at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Caryl Churchill's Far Away is an anti-utopian look at the future as shown through a girl's visit to her auntie's house. The play, to be helmed by Stephen Daldry (Via Dolorosa, "Billy Elliot"), was rescheduled owing to the director's filming schedule. Originally announced to run February-March 2002, the play will now likely play in the 2002-03 season.
Other titles being considered for next season are Peter Gaiten's Flesh and Blood, adapted from the novel by Michael Cunningham and a post-modern production of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice to be directed by Hungarian director Robert Afaldi. For more information or tickets to NYTW shows, 79 East Fourth Street (between Bowery and Second Ave.), call (212) 780-9037. Also visit their new website at www.nytw.org.
— by Ernio Hernandez