New York: Industry News 9/25/17

Jeremy Herrin

♦ The sensational Denise Gough will reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance in the American premier of Duncan Macmillan‘s acclaimed new play People, Places & Things at St. Ann’s Warehouse this fall. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the play follows actress Emma as she struggles with the demons of addiction during a harrowing stay in rehab. First staged at London’s National Theatre in 2015, the New York production is a collaboration between St. Ann’s Warehouse, the National Theatre and Headlong, in association with Bryan Singer Productions. Performances are Oct. 19-Nov. 19. Additional casting will be announced soon.

♦ This year’s Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music will feature the U.S. premiere of Toneelgroep Amsterdam‘s adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, directed by Toneelgroep’s general director Ivo van Hove. Rand’s story follows a brilliant architect who refuses to compromise his creative vision. Performances will take place at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House from Nov. 28-Dec. 2. The festival will also include Schaubühne Berlin’s reimagined adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III, adapted by Marius von Mayenburg and set inside a mud-filled arena. With direction by Thomas Ostermeier, performances run Oct. 11-15. The entire festival will feature 31 shows in total, including across dance, music, opera, theatre, physical theatre and performance art. For the complete 2017 Next Wave lineup, visit

Lois Smith

The New Group‘s 2017-18 season will start with the world premiere of Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s Downtown Race Riot, directed by New Group a.d. Scott Elliott and starring Oscar nominee Chloë Sevigny as a single mother whose son weighs his moral obligations in the wake of the violent 1976 rampage in Washington Square Park. Up next is the Off Broadway premiere of Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee’s Jerry Springer – The Opera, directed by Tony winner John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse. In the new year, Elliott will direct the NY premiere of David Rabe’s Good for Otto, starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan as colleagues in a rural Connecticut mental health center. The season will end with the world premiere of Lily Thorne’s Peace for Mary Frances, starring Lois Smith as a 90-year old woman whose peace is disrupted as three younger generations of women battle for their family legacy in her home. Lila Neugebauer directs. All performances will take place at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Additional information, including dates and further casting, will be announced at a later time.

♦ Jonathan Silverstein, a.d. of Off-Broadway’s Keen Company, will direct two 25th anniversary revivals as part of the company’s 18th season. First up is Steven Dietz‘s meditation on the HIV/AIDS crisis, Lonely Planet, starring Arnie Burton and Matt McGrath and running Oct. 3-Nov. 18, with an official opening set for Oct. 19. In the new year, the theater will present A.R. Gurney‘s Later Life, about a middle-aged man and woman who meet at a cocktail party and ponder life’s missed connections. The show runs Feb. 27-Apr. 14, officially opening on Mar. 15. Both productions will play the Clurman Theater at Theatre Row.

David Henry Hwang

♦ Jin Ha, a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, will join Clive Owen in the upcoming Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang‘s Tony Award-winning play M. Butterfly. Hwang’s play follows the 20-year relationship between a French diplomat and a mysterious Beijing opera singer. Directed by Julie Taymor, the production will incorporate new material inspired by the real-life affair that inspired the play. Performances are set to begin at the Cort Theatre on Oct. 7 with an official opening set for Oct. 26.

♦ IN BRIEF: John Lithgow joins Roundabout Theater Company’s 2017-18 season with John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, a solo show directed Daniel Sullivan opening Jan. 11, 2018 at the American Airlines Theatre; Sullivan will also direct Condola Rasha as Joan of Arc in a Manhattan Theater Club production of Shaw’s St. Joan opening Apr. 25, 2018 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater; Danny Burstein will star in Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night at Atlantic Theatre Company this November; the upcoming Broadway production of SpongeBob SquarePants adds Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton and Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs to the cast; “Thirty Something” vet Polly Draper returns to the stage in Signature Theater’s production of Susan Miller’s 20th Century Blues set to bow Nov. 12; Greg Keller, Sue Jean Kim, Ki Hong Lee and Adeloa Role star in Julia Cho’s Office Hour at The Public Theater this October; the 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will take place this Sunday, Sept. 24, in Shubert Alley and surrounding Times Square locations from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Written by Richard Hart


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