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SPRING 2013 AT THE PUBLIC
A Musical World Premiere HERE LIES LOVE
Concept and Lyrics: David Byrne
Music: David Byrne and Fatboy Slim Additional music: Tom Gandey, J Pardo Choreographed by Annie-B Parson Directed by Alex Timbers
April 2-July 28, 2013
Within a pulsating dance club atmosphere, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim deconstruct the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos retracing her meteoric rise to power and subsequent descent into infamy and disgrace at the end of the People Power Revolution. HERE LIES LOVE is neither a period piece nor a biography, neither a play nor a traditional musical but an immersive theatrical event combining songs influenced by four decades of dance music, adrenaline-fueled choreography, and a remarkable 360-degree scenic and video environment to go beyond Imelda’s near-mythic obsession with shoes and explore the tragic consequences of the abuse of power.
HERE LIES LOVE is a 90-minute theatrical experience. Set within a dance club atmosphere, audiences will stand and move with the actors. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended. Dancing is encouraged.
Snapshots from an enigmatic fairy-tale in which Suzie, the elusive coquette, brings Samuel to his knees – from where he worships a life he only half understands. OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A TRUE ROMANCE) is an expressionistic chamber-play that twists emotional heartache into a landscape of continual mental invention, marking the return to theater of a celebrated artist whom TheNew York Times has dubbed “the Godfather of the American avant-garde.”
Presented in association with Ontological-Hysteric Theater.
New York Premiere Musical VENICE
Book by Eric Rosen
Music by Matt Sax
Lyrics by Matt Sax and Eric Rosen
Additional Music by Curtis Moore Choreographed by Chase Brock
Directed by Eric Rosen
May 28-June 23, 2013
An electrifying new musical, VENICE will ignite the stage with a fusion of musical styles from hip-hop and rock to soaring anthems of love and hope, tracing a young man's rise as he fights for what's right against a backdrop of deceit and sibling betrayal. Part epic romance, part political tale, VENICE will transport you to a fallen city in the not-so-distant future where revolution is in the air, political structures are crumbling, and only the children of the city's fallen heroes can change the course of history. If you dream of peace, follow us. If you dream of freedom, follow us. If you know these are not the same thing, well…are you ready?
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World Premiere WILD WITH HAPPY
By Colman Domingo
Directed by Robert O’Hara Featuring Colman Domingo, Korey Jackson, Maurice McRae, and Sharon Washington
October 9-November 18, 2012
From Colman Domingo (a Tony Award® nominee for The Scottsboro Boys and an Obie Award winner for Passing Strange)
comes a deeply imaginative and utterly outrageous new work that
explores the bizarre comedy that lies within death and healing. Gil, an
actor who’s struggling to carve out his own new life, finds his worlds
colliding when his mother dies and he decides to have her cremated. But
where should he scatter the ashes? And can he make a fairytale ending
for her in the one place that made her WILD WITH HAPPY? Domingo leads a cast of four. And directing is Obie winner Robert O’Hara.
World Premiere FUN HOME Music by Jeanine Tesori Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron Based on the Alison Bechdel book Directed by Sam Gold
October 17-November 4, 2012
From Jeanine Tesori, four-time Tony Award®-nominated composer of Caroline, or Change; Shrek the Musical; and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Lisa Kron, Tony-nominated author of Well and 2.5 Minute Ride, comes an original new musical about fathers, daughters, cartoons, caskets, and love. Based on Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic novel and set in the family business, Bechdel Funeral Home, FUN HOME
charts Alison's quest to come to terms with her father's life and death
by painstakingly reconstructing their shared but unspoken bond.
Surprising, funny, ultimately deeply moving, FUN HOME is an exciting world-premiere musical from some of New York’s brightest theatrical talents.
New York Premiere GIANT
Book by Sybille Pearson
Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa Based on the novel by Edna Ferber Directed by Michael Greif
October 26-December 16, 2012
Based on the classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber, GIANT
is a new American musical that spans generations in an epic chronicle
of the state that’s like no place else on earth: Texas. Amid a turbulent
culture of greed, bigotry and money, a powerful cattleman, his new East
Coast bride, their family and friends – not to mention their enemies –
embrace and confront the joys and sorrows that loom as large as the
state they call home. With a book by Sybille Pearson (the Tony-nominated
author of Baby), music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa (the five-time Tony-nominated composer of The Wild Party and Hello Again) and direction by Michael Greif (the three-time Tony-nominated director of Rent and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...), GIANT will come to life in an appropriately huge production with a company of 22 actors and a 17-piece orchestra.
GIANT is a co-production with Dallas Theater Center and a project of The Public's Musical Theater Initiative. GIANT is made possible with the generous support of THE TED AND MARY JO SHEN CHARITABLE GIFT FUND.
World Premiere SORRY Play Three of The Apple Family Plays
Written and Directed by Richard Nelson
November 3-December 2, 2012
A year after Sweet and Sad,
the Apple family again share a meal in Rhinebeck, as they sort through
personal and political feelings of loss and confusion on the morning of
the day the country will choose the next president. Like the first two
plays in this trilogy, Sweet and Sad and That Hopey Changey Thing, SORRY will open on the day that it is set, November 6, 2012 – Election Day.
Best-selling author Nathan Englander (What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank) adapts this new play from his acclaimed short story of the same name.
prison,1952. Stalin's secret police have rounded up twenty-six writers,
the giants of Yiddish literature in Russia. As judgment looms, a
twenty-seventh suddenly appears: Pinchas Pelovits, unpublished and
unknown. Baffled by his arrest, he and his cellmates wrestle with the
mysteries of party loyalty and politics, culture and identity, and with
what it means to write in troubled times. When they discover why the
twenty-seventh man is among them, the writers come to realize that even
in the face of tyranny stories still have the power to transcend.
Now in its ninth year, UNDER THE RADAR is an explosively diverse festival of new theater from around the world and the U.S. The festival spotlights artists ranging from emerging talents to masters in the field.
World Premiere DETROIT '67
By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
February 26-March 17, 2013
It's 1967 in Detroit. Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over more much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots. DETROIT '67 is presented in association with Classical Theatre of Harlem and the National Black Theatre.
English Language Premiere NEVA
Written and Directed by Guillermo Calderón
Translation by Andrea Thome
March 1-31, 2013
In a gorgeously crafted reflection on life, art and the revolutionary impulse, Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderón’sNEVA tells the story of Anton Chekhov’s widow, the actress Olga Knipper, who arrives in a cold and dimly lit theater in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1905 to rehearse The Cherry Orchard. As she and two other actors await the rest of the cast, they huddle together, act out scenes from their lives and muse on their art form and on love - while, unseen, striking workers are being gunned down in the streets by the Tsarist regime during what will be known as Bloody Sunday. Political and human, haunting and fresh, this smart, thrilling and often humorous ensemble work will envelop you just as you least expect it and stir what it means to create art in violent times.
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