NYTW's New Season to Feature Aftermath, Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Pentagon Papers | Playbill

News NYTW's New Season to Feature Aftermath, Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Pentagon Papers
New York Theatre Workshop will present new works by Rebecca Gilman and the writing teams of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen and Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons during its 2009-2010 season.
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The NYTW will present a four-show roster for its upcoming 27th season. One production, scheduled for spring 2010, will be announced shortly.

The 2009-2010 season (subject to change) follows:

  • Aftermath by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen (Sept.-Oct. 2009)
    Blank directs the show based on interviews of Iraqi civilians who fled to Jordan. Show notes read: "March 20, 2003. A date that the ordinary people of Iraq will never forget. A day that changed their lives forever. The day the Americans arrived in their country." Blank and Jensen (The Exonerated) took their conversations from their trip to Amman, Jordan (in June 2008) and culled them into this theatrical event.
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, adapted by Rebecca Gilman (Nov.-Dec.)
    Doug Hughes (Doubt) directs this NYTW co-production with The Acting Company, which is based on the novel by Carson McCullers. The stagework "follows the story of deaf John Singer as he navigates the world without his dearest friend who has been committed to an insane asylum," according to a synopsis. "When Singer moves to a small Southern town, the locals flock to him as a newfound confidant, seeking compassion and understanding from the one person who needs it the most. Singer's isolation in the world is mirrored in a few of the townspeople he meets along the way—a café owner, a rebellious teenager, a black physician, and an idealistic labor organizer—whose dreams have been shattered."
  • Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons (Spring 2010) John Rubinstein directs the NYTW co-production with L.A. Theatre Works and Affinity Collaborative Theater. "Based on interviews and documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act," Top Secret, according to press notes, "is an inside look at The Washington Post's decision to publish the classified study documenting U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The epic legal battle went to the nation's highest court and asked the question 'In a democratic society, when, if ever, should a government be allowed to protect secrets in the name of national security?' A cast of 11 portrays real-life characters from this historic event (from Post editor Ben Bradlee to publisher Katherine Graham to Richard Nixon himself)."


    As part of its current season, NYTW will next present Delroy Lindo, Garret Dillahunt and Roslyn Ruff in the Ruben Santiago-Hudson staging of Naomi Wallace's Things of Dry Hours (May 22-June 28). Memberships and tickets to NYTW, located at 79 East Fourth Street, are available by calling the box office at (212) 460-5475 or on the website. For more information visit nytw.org.

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