Hawke, Landau, Guirgis and Gurney to Be Part of Arab/Israeli-Focused New Work Now! at Public

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Ethan Hawke, Tina Landau, Stephen Adly Guirgis and A.R. Gurney are among the artists who will take part in The Public Theater's New Work Now! free readings festival, which will highlight works on the Arab/Israeli conflict, Oct. 23-Nov. 6.
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Along with the fall lineup of new plays, this season the Public's festival will team with The Flea Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Nibras and the Arab-American Comedy Festival to present plays by Israeli, Arab and American playwrights that "were born of and respond to the turmoil in the Middle East," according to an announcement.

Past New Work Now! productions developed in the series include Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori; the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks; as well as John Jeter's Dirty Tricks; David Grimm's Kit Marlowe and Measure for Pleasure; José Rivera's References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot; and Diana Son's Stop Kiss and Satellites.

The free public readings (at 8:30 PM unless noted otherwise) in the New Work Now! schedule are as follows:
(Arab/Israeli Festival works are denoted by an asterisk*)

  • Oct. 23: Things We Want by Jonathan Marc Sherman - directed by Ethan Hawke


  • Oct. 24: iWitness* by Joshua Sobol and dir. Barry Edelstein
  •  Oct. 25: In The Red and Brown Water by Tarell McCraney - directed by Tina Landau
  • Oct. 26: When The Bulbul Stopped Singing* David Greig adapts from the diaries of Raja Shehadeh - directed by JoAnne Akalaitis
  • Oct. 27: New York Theatre Workshop and Nibras* (Program A):
    Najla Said's untitled one-woman show, Nathalie Handal's Between Our Lips and Kia Corthron's Power Lunch
  • Oct. 28: New York Theatre Workshop & Nibras* (Program B):
    Leila Buck's untitled one-woman show, Nathalie Handal's La Cosa Dei Sogni and Nibras' Lebanon
  • Oct. 29 at 7 PM: The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson - directed by Leisl Tommy
  • Oct. 30: The Murder of Isaac* by Motti Lerner (Anthony Berris translation) - directed by Irene Lewis
  • Nov. 1: Americans Respond: An Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Crisis in the Middle East*
    world-premiere short pieces by American playwrights like Stephen Adly Guirgis, Naomi Wallace and David Grimm
  • Nov. 2: Celebrity Row by Itamar Moses - directed by Oskar Eustis
  • Nov. 3 at 7:30 PM: Untitled Darfur Play by Winter Miller - directed by Joanna Settle
  • Nov. 4:
  • Again And Against - The Art of Hoping Indefinitely* by Betty Shamieh - directed by Robert O'Hara
  • Nov. 4 at 11 PM: Sneak Preview of the NY Arab-American Comedy Festival*
  • Nov. 6: O Jerusalem* by A.R. Gurney - directed by Jim Simpson
    For reservations (limit of two per reading), call (212) 967-7555. For more information, visit publictheater.org.

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