ArtsEmerson 2014-15 Season Will Feature Traces, PigPen's Old Man and the Old Moon and More | Playbill

News ArtsEmerson 2014-15 Season Will Feature Traces, PigPen's Old Man and the Old Moon and More
ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage announced ten of the productions of its 2014-15 fifth anniversary season, which will highlight "daring multi-disciplinary productions from around the globe" in the Boston theatre district.

"We're thrilled to partner long-term with many international theatrical ensembles," said ArtsEmerson founder and executive director Rob Orchard in a statement. "In the 2014-15 season we'll enjoy return engagements from four companies including 7 Fingers returning with Traces (PSY and Sequence 8); Shakespeare's Globe returns with King Lear (Hamlet); Ex Machina and Robert Lepage return with Needles and Opium (The Andersen Project); and Daniel Beaty returns with Breath and Imagination (Emergency)."

Additional works will be announced at a later date.

Here's a glance at the season:

Oct. 1-12
Les 7 Doigts de la Main (Montreal, Canada)

Directed and Choreographed by Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider
Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre

"Boston favorites and circus icons 7 Fingers return to ArtsEmerson by popular demand with their signature work, Traces. The company gathers to piece together the life events that bring them to this moment. What follows is an explosion of music, storytelling and amazing acrobatic feats that surprises, awes and delights at every turn. After a successful run Off-Broadway and a world tour, the celebrated Quebecois troupe brings this newly reimagined collection of skills and scenes that consider the footprints we leave behind."

King Lear
Oct. 15-23
Shakespeare's Globe (London, The United Kingdom)
Starring Joseph Marcell
Directed by Bill Buckhurst

Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage

"Shakespeare's Globe returns to ArtsEmerson after their well-received Hamlet with a striking production of King Lear. Joseph Marcell (celebrated classical actor also known for his role as Geoffrey in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air") gives a commanding performance as Lear, a king suspicious of his daughters' loyalty after he has divided his realm among them. With an ensemble of eight actors creating all the characters and music this production reinvigorates this classic story with extraordinary theatricality." The Magic Flute
Nov. 4-9
Isango Ensemble (Capetown, South Africa)
Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre

"The enchanting story tells of a man's quest to rescue his wrongly captured love, and the trials they must endure to be together. Drawing its artists mostly from the townships surrounding Cape Town, this energetic ensemble has travelled all over the world, and with the help of some magical musical instruments, they are able to bring an old story new joy and pleasure."

The Old Man and the Old Moon
Nov. 19-23
PigPen Theatre Co. (New York, NY)
Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage

"PigPen Theatre Co. brings their spectacular storytelling style to the tale of The Old Man and the Old Moon. This fantastical, song-filled journey takes us to the end of the world when an old man abandons his duty of filling the moon with liquid light to search for his missing wife. With a rollicking array of ever-changing characters, inventive theatrical effects, and an infectious contemporary folk sound, these seven young actor musicians transform the seemingly ordinary into sheer wonder for the whole family."

Breath and Imagination
Jan. 27-Feb. 8, 2015
By Daniel Beaty (Boston, MA)

Directed by David Dower

The Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage

"From the author of Emergency and Knock Knock comes a musical tale of faith, hope, and family. Before Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, there was Roland Hayes—the first world-renowned African-American classical vocalist. Born the son of a slave in rural Georgia, Mr. Hayes built a career in Boston that blossomed around the world. This play chronicles his journey from a child singing in church to a master musician singing before the crowned heads of Europe. Written by celebrated poet and author Daniel Beaty, Breath and Imagination explores the life of an American pioneer through words, movement, spirituals and classical music."

Green Porno, Live On Stage
Feb. 13-15, 2015
Isabella Rossellini and Jean-Claude Carrière (New York, NY)
Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre

"Iconic actress Isabella Rossellini teams up with legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière to present Green Porno, a hysterical and eye-opening zoology lesson on the kinky and confounding mating rituals of insects and marine life. Rossellini has adapted The Sundance Channel series of the same name into an intimate lecture using cheeky theatrics to delightfully discuss this bizarre world of seductions and deadly enigmas."

Tristan & Yseult
March 5-15, 2015
Kneehigh (Cornwall, The United Kingdom)
Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre

"Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult elevates this classic love triangle to epic proportions – complete with forbidden desires, broken hearts and tender truths. This innovative tale finds King Mark of Cornwall at war – ruling with his head, not his heart. But he hasn't counted on falling head over heels for his enemy's sister Yseult, or on the arrival of the enigmatic Tristan. Using music from Irving Berlin to Bob Marley, Kneehigh’s thrill-ride of a production blends comedy, live music and jaw-dropping theatricality for a night of theatre as hilarious as it is moving."

Keep Culture and Clash On: 30 Years of Revolutionary Comedy Remastered
March 11-29, 2015
Culture Clash (Los Angeles, CA)

By Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Sigüenza

Jackie Liebergott Black Box at the Emerson/Paramount Center

"The three-man comic hurricane that is Culture Clash returns to Boston to celebrate their 30th anniversary as the most prominent Latino performance troupe in the country. Keep Culture and Clash On: 30 Years of Revolutionary Comedy Remastered remixes iconic moments from their signature satirical and political works into an evening as fresh and unhinged as ever."

Needles and Opium
April 9-12, 2015
Ex Machina and Robert Lepage (Montreal, Canada)
Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre

"Legendary artist, Robert Lepage creates a new production of his acclaimed Needles and Opium. Presented as a hypnotic series of vignettes, this fascinating, introspective performance tracks the intersection and creative drive of Parisian poet/filmmaker Jean Cocteau on his way to New York, and American jazz legend Miles Davis during his stay in Paris in 1949. Startling technical wizardry serves true emotional depth on a journey into the night that puts us under a spell and leads us into the light - as much magic as it is theater."

The Grand Parade (of the Twentieth Century)
April 30-May 3, 2015
Double Edge Theatre (Ashfield, MA)
Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage

"The Grand Parade (of the Twentieth Century) depicts major events of the 20th century in a theatrical style inspired by famed artist Marc Chagall's kaleidoscopic vision of humanity at play, at war, and at rest. Trapeze, circus, dance, projections, and popular culture fill the height and breadth of the stage in a spectacle of history populated by people and animals in acts of grace and destruction. History is recounted with a variety of iconic images from film, television, and photography. It's a glorious work of memory, memorial, and celebration that shows us to ourselves and makes us consider where we are now by examining where we have come from."

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