Kennedy Center's New Season to Feature Follies, O'Hara, Lewis, Foster, Inishmaan and More

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced its 2010-11 theatre programming March 2.
Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara

Highlights will include a Kennedy Center-produced mounting of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical Follies, the continuation of Barbara Cook's Spotlight concert series, Peter Brook's 11 and 12, the Galway-based Druid Theatre Company's production of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan, Dominic Taylor's new play I Wish You Love and more.

Theatregoers will also have a chance to enjoy the national tours of Hair, South Pacific, Wicked and Next to Normal.

Season details follow:

Barbara Cook's Spotlight
Terrace Theatre
Barbara Cook continues to shine the spotlight on her Broadway peers. The six performers in the 2010-2011 season include Kelli O'Hara on Oct. 15, 2010; Ashley Brown on Nov. 19, 2010; Norm Lewis on Dec. 10, 2010; Sutton Foster on Jan. 14, 2011; Tammy Grimes on Jan. 28, 2011; and Alexander Gemignani on April 1, 2011.

Three Sisters and Twelfth Night
Oct. 19-23, 2010 in the Eisenhower Theater
The Kennedy Center presents the exclusive North American engagement of the Chekhov International Theatre Festival productions of Three Sisters and Twelfth Night. Both plays are directed by Declan Donnellan, designed by Nick Ormerod and are performed in Russian with English surtitles.

On the Fringe: Eye on Edinburg
Oct. 28-Nov. 14, 2010 in various venues
Presented in association with the British Council, On the Fringe is a three-week event featuring new work emerging from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Hair
Oct. 26-Nov. 21, 2010 in the Opera House
The national tour of the Tony-winning revival, which is directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
Dec. 14, 2010-Ja. 16, 2011 in the Opera House
The national tour of the Tony-winning revival, which is directed by 2008 Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher.

The Cripple of Inishmaan
Feb. 8-12, 2011 in the Terrace Theater
The Galway-based Druid returns with The Cripple of Inishmaan, written by Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh and directed by Garry Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony Award for Best Direction. Set in rural Ireland in 1934, the play depicts "the impact that a Hollywood film crew has over the local residents of a small town in Inishmore when young 'cripple' Billy Claven is selected to star in the film."

11 and 12
April 14-17, 2011 in the Eisenhower Theater
Based on the novel "Life and Teaching of Tierno Bokar – The Sage of Bandigara" by African writer Amadou Hampaté Bâ and adapted by Marie Hélène Estienne and Peter Brook, 11 and 12 explores "how a theological conflict over whether a certain prayer should be recited eleven or twelve times leads to hatred, violence, and massacres." Set in West Africa under French occupation, this true story is directed by Peter Brook.

May 7-June 5, 2011 in the Eisenhower Theater
The Kennedy Center will mount a major revival production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies. Directed by Eric Schaeffer with choreography by Warren Carlyle, this new Kennedy Center production "follows the emotional journeys of two middle-aged couples attending a reunion for former members of the musical revue 'Weismannn’s Follies.'"

I Wish You Love
June 11-19 in the Terrace Theater Produced by Penumbra Theatre Company, I Wish You Love is a new play with music that follows a moment in the life of Nat King Cole. Written by Penumbra's associate artistic director Dominic Taylor, and directed by artistic director and Obie award winner Lou Bellamy, the play is "used as a window into not only the life of the star, but also an examination of American life in 1957."

June 15-Aug. 21 in the Opera House
The national tour of the hit Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical, which is directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello.

Next to Normal
June 28-July 9 in the Eisenhower Theater
The national tour of the Tony-winning musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, which tells "the story of a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect it has on her family."

Shear Madness
Shear Madness by Paul Portner, adapted by Bruce Jordan and Marilyn Abrams, continues to play the Theater Lab.

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