Oklahoma! Will Get Intimate In-the-Round Staging at Bard

News   Oklahoma! Will Get Intimate In-the-Round Staging at Bard
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! will be presented in an in-the-round chamber presentation as part of Bard SummerScape's 2015 season. Offerings also include the return of Tony Award Justin Vivian Bond as host of Spiegeltent.

Set to run June 25–Aug. 16 in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, SummerScape provides an array of arts programming including music, dance, theatre, cabaret and more.

Daniel Fish, who has previously worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and at the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, will stage Oklahoma! in the LUMA Theatre for a 25-performance run June 25-July 19. According to Bard, "Audience and performers will come together in the round to break bread and experience this story of a young nation forming its identity." The classic musical has a score by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Also planned is the first American staging of Dame Ethel Smyth's opera The Wreckers, which will run July 24-Aug. 2 under the direction of Thaddeus Strassberger. The opera centers on "the nefarious Cornish coastal practice of luring ships onto the rocks to plunder them… [and] addresses the potential dangers of mass hysteria, populist justice, and unquestioned religious faith, all issues with profound resonance for audiences today."

Bond (Kiki and Herb) will host Spiegeltent, Bard's cabaret destination. Programming will be announced at a later date.

For a complete list of SummerScape offerings, visit fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape.

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