Transport Group has unveiled its 2018–2019 programming. Kicking off the season will be the world premiere of Dick Scanlan and Carmel Dean's musical about radical poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, Renascence, followed by The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, a play by Daniel Berrigan about the trial that sparked a national wave of Vietnam War resistance.
Renascence will run October 5–November 17, and The Trial of the Catonsville Nine will run January 16–February 23, 2019. Both productions will be presented at the Abrons Arts Center.
Renascence tells the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vincent Millay, a writer who was ahead of her time and known for her unabashed intellect and frank sensuality.
The new musical, which has been in development with Transport Group since 2014, has a book by Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), music by Dean (musical director, If/Then, American Idiot), and lyrics from the poems of Vincent Millay. The show will be directed by Artistic Director Jack Cummings III and Scanlan.
The second show of the season, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, is based on the court transcripts of the trial of nine peace activists who broke into a drafting office in Catonsville, Maryland, on May 17, 1968, and burned 378 draft cards with homemade napalm.
The play, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Direction in 1972, will be seen in its first major New York revival for the first time in 30 years.
The production is produced by special arrangement with The Daniel Berrigan Literary Trust, Catalyst Literary Management, and Phil Sandhaus. Cummings III will direct.
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