Hartford's Brand:NEW Festival Draws Ben Vereen, Des McAnuff and Quiara Alegría Hudes | Playbill

News Hartford's Brand:NEW Festival Draws Ben Vereen, Des McAnuff and Quiara Alegría Hudes
Hartford Stage has announced the lineup for its fall Brand:NEW festival, which will feature Tony Award winner Ben Vereen in Fetch Clay, Make Man, under the direction of Des McAnuff.

Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen

Authored by Will Power, Fetch Clay, Make Man will be staged Nov. 4 at 7:30 PM. Vereen will repeat his performance as Stepin Fetchit; the play premiered last winter at the McCarter Theater in New Jersey. The drama depicts the real-life friendship between African American actor Fetchit and boxer Muhammad Ali.

Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson will stage Johnny's War, penned by former CEO of Parade Publications Walter Anderson, Nov. 5 at 7:30 PM. Jeremy Cohen will direct Sprott Cycle, a new play cycle by Hartford Stage's 2009-2010 New Voices Fellow Hana Sharif, Nov. 6 at 11 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM.

Additional works will include Michael Elyanow's Robyn Is Happy Nov. 6 at 8 PM; and Israeli writer Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit, based on his 2007 film about an Egyptian band that winds up in Israel, which will be directed by Maxwell Williams Nov. 7 at 3 PM.

Pulitzer Prize nominee and Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes' Water By the Spoonful, directed by Davis McCallum, will be staged Nov. 7 at 7:30 PM. Michael Kramer's Divine Rivalry, which is slated for a world-premiere bow at Hartford Stage in early 2011, will be presented under Wilson's direction Nov. 7 at 7:30 PM.

For tickets and more information, phone (860) 527-5151 or visit hartfordstage.org.

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