TFANA's Season to Feature F. Murray Abraham, Bill Camp, John Douglas Thompson

News   TFANA's Season to Feature F. Murray Abraham, Bill Camp, John Douglas Thompson
Theatre for a New Audience's founding artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz announced that TFANA's 2010-11 Off-Broadway season will include including Notes from Underground starring Bill Camp, Fiasco Theater's production of Cymbeline, F. Murray Abraham as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and John Douglas Thompson as Macbeth.

F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Russian master Dostoevsky punctuates the otherwise Shakespeare-oriented 31st season slate.

Theatre for a New Audience, in association with Baryshnikov Arts Center, will present the New York premiere of Yale Repertory Theatre's production of Notes from Underground, the novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It is adapted for the stage by OBIE Award-winning actor Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff and stars Camp, under the direction of Woodruff. It is translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

Notes from Underground will play the Baryshnikov Arts Center's Jerome Robbins Theater, 450 West 37th Street, Nov. 7-20, opening Nov. 11.

Theatre for a New Audience will present the Off-Broadway debut of Fiasco Theater and its production of Shakespeare's late-career "romance," Cymbeline. When it played Off-Off Broadway last season, the production was hailed by critics. It tells of "a beautiful princess separated from her beloved, the cruel step-mother who tries to kill her, a credulous husband duped by an adversary, an exiled nobleman who kidnaps a king's sons and a Roman invasion of Britain," according to TFANA.

Co-directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, six actors of Fiasco Theater play 14 roles. Cymbeline will play at The New Victory Theater, 209 West 42nd Street, Jan. 13-30, 2011. It opens Jan. 16. Theatre for a New Audience's 2007 production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Darko Tresnjak and starring Academy Award-winner ("Amadeus") F. Murray Abraham, sold out Off-Broadway and at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Complete Works Festival. In 2011, it will return to New York before embarking on the company's first national tour to Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles.

The Merchant of Venice will play at Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street, Feb. 27-March 13, 2011. It opens March 5.

Theatre for a New Audience's new production of Macbeth will reunites Arin Arbus with John Douglas Thompson, who won OBIE and Lucille Lortel Awards for his performance in Arbus' staging of TFANA's Othello two seasons ago. Julian Crouch (co-artistic director, Improbable Theatre) will do set design and puppetry. Macbeth will be at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 West 42nd Street, March 12-April 22, 2011. It opens March 20 for a run through April 22.

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