Mary Zimmerman's Candide, God of Carnage and Two World Premieres on Huntington's 2011-2012 Plate

News   Mary Zimmerman's Candide, God of Carnage and Two World Premieres on Huntington's 2011-2012 Plate
Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman will bring her staging of the Leonard Bernstein musical Candide to Boston as part of the Huntington Theatre Company's 2011-2012 season.

Mary Zimmerman
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Zimmerman (Metamorphoses) first debuted her revised production of the 1956 work last fall at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Zimmerman has expanded the scope of the musical to incorporate more material from the original Voltaire novel. It will launch the season Sept. 10-Oct. 16.

Candide has music by Bernstein, book by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John LaTouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Bernstein.

The world premiere of Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro's Harvard Square-set comedy Before I Leave You will follow Oct. 14-Nov. 13. According to the Huntington, "Emily's son moves out and her husband Koji suddenly embraces his Asian roots. Their friend Jeremy's work on his novel gets interrupted by a health scare and his sister Trish moving into his home. Four longtime friends face too much past and too little future in this moving new comedy."

God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning comedy about parents who bring a playground dispute between their sons into their on living room, will run Jan. 6-Feb. 5, 2012. Liesl Tommy will direct August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which conjures the legendary 1902's blues singer, March 9-April 8, 2012.

Kirsten Greenidge's world-premiere work The Luck of the Irish, directed by Melia Bensussen, will run March 30-April 29, 2012. "When an upwardly mobile African-American family wants to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of 1950s Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to act as their front. Fifty years later, the Irish family asks for 'their' house back. Moving across the two eras, this intimate new play explores personal stories of integration and the conflict of calling any place your home." Huntington artistic director Peter DuBois will helm the Molière farce Tartuffe, about an amorous houseguest with devious plans, to run May 25-June 24, 2012. A final work, to fill the Nov. 11-Dec. 11, 2011, slot will be announced shortly.

Subscriptions are now available. Single tickets will go on sale in August. Phone (617) 266-0800 or visit Huntington Theatre.

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