Michael Frayn's Sneeze Will Be Seen at the Pearl; 2010-2011 Season Announced

News   Michael Frayn's Sneeze Will Be Seen at the Pearl; 2010-2011 Season Announced
The Pearl Theatre Company will present The Sneeze, a new work from Noises Off and Democracy playwright Michael Frayn based on the writings of Anton Chekhov, as part of its 2010-2011 season Off-Broadway.
Michael Frayn
Michael Frayn

Pearl artistic director J.R. Sullivan will direct The Sneeze, which opens the season Sept. 16-Oct. 31 at New York City Center Stage II. According to the Pearl, "Frayn's richly comic adaptation of the incomparable Chekhov's wild and witty vaudevillian vignettes, bounds across town and country, past rich and poor, with an improbable duel, a mismanaged marriage proposal, and, of course, a life-shattering sneeze along the way."

The American premiere of Mike Poulton's adaptation of Rosmersholm by Henrik Ibsen will run Nov. 12-Dec. 19. Elinor Renfield will direct the work in which "new light shines in a dark house - passion and hope burst into a stagnant world through an older man's love for a crusading young woman who dreams of a new egalitarian society. But a secret lurks in the shadows, one that could end their crusade before it begins."

Joseph Hanreddy will stage Molière's The Misanthrope, translated by Richard Wilbur, Jan. 14-Feb. 20, 2011. "What's worse than being the only (self-proclaimed) honest man in a world of liars, gossips, and fools? Being head-over-heels in love with the chief offender among them. The Misanthrope follows the hilariously thorny love-life of the irascible Alceste and the coquettish Célimène, who put the concept of 'opposites attract' to the ultimate test."

Closing the season will be the New York premiere of David Davalos' Wittenberg, which will be directed by J.R. Sullivan March 11-April 17, 2011. "Trouble brews in the hallowed halls of Wittenberg U. circa 1517. Sparring professors, Doctor Faustus and Reverend Martin Luther, vie for the allegiance of their star pupil, Prince Hamlet, who can't decide on a major (go figure!). While the prince ping-pongs between their contrary advice, the professors debate faith and reason in a zany spin on classic characters."

For season subscriptions phone (212) 581-1212 or visit PearlTheatre. New York City Center Stage II is located at West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

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