Saved and Sir Peter Hall are the draws for the 2000-01 season at Theatre for a New Audience, producers of last season's hit, Waste. Edward Bond's 1965 British classic and the classical British director are part of the company's upcoming -- and possibly last -- year at the American Place Theatre.
Bond's Saved sparked a controversy when it first opened in London for its brutal depiction of young bored Londoners stoning a child. This central event causes the play's loner protagonist, Len, to realize that he could have stopped them, enough to make him feel saved. Saved was last seen in New York in 1968 when Alan Schneider directed.
This time, Robert Woodruff directs. The first preview will be Feb. 10, 2001 with an opening March 1.
The second production will be William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, directed by Hall. This less-performed play looks at the Trojan War through the faithless love of Troilus and Cressida. With cynical commentary from the deformed Greek Thersites and the bawdy Pandarus, Troilus becomes neither comedy or tragedy as it ends with disintegration of both the moral and political situations of both countries, without a glimmer of hope for either side.
Directing for the first time Off-Broadway, Hall helmed the original production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus as well as the recent Broadway revival. Famous for founding England's Royal Shakespeare Company and his subsequent work with the Royal National Theatre, Hall has tackled most of Shakespeare's canon, including the 1968 film version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." His current large-scale project is the Denver Theatre Center's production of Tantalus. While the Roundabout will take over the American Place Theatre in July, 2002, Theatre for a New Audience makes the theatre its home for the company's 22nd season Off Broadway. This may be the group's final season in the space.
The American Place Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street. Theatre for a New Audience is on the web at http://www.tfana.org.
-- By Christine Ehren