New York Weekly Wrap Up – 12/22

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As we inch closer to 2018, we’re excited to add more of New York’s theater season to our calendars!

Coming up next month: The Public Theater has announced the lineup for its 14th annual Under The Radar Festival, running from January 4-15. With 26 shows over 12 days at 5 different venues, this year’s festival will include works by theater artists and companies from the U.S., Cuba, China, and Slovenia. Under the supervision of festival director Mark Russell, this year’s program features Dickie Beau’s Re-Member Me; David Cale’s We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s How To Be A Rock Critic; Nature Theater of Oklahoma and EnknapGroup’s Pursuit of Happiness; and Satoshi Miyagi’s Mugen Noh Othello. The festival’s bill will also include concert performances from such performing artists as Martha Graham Cracker, Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes and Nona Hendryx as well as new, in-progress works from George & Co., Modesto Flako Jimenez and Kareem M. Lucas.

The 2018 season is set for the Park Avenue Armory, starting with the U.S. debut of the Old Vic’s production of Yerma, Simon Stone’s radically contemporary update of Federico Garcia Lorca’s tragedy about a woman’s desperate desire to have a child. Directed by Stone, the production debuts in March and stars Olivier Award winner Billie Piper. In July, the Armory will present Tony winner Ivo Van Hove’s mesmerizing stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1969 screenplay, The Damned, which traces the disintegration of the wealthy Essenbeck family and their steel dynasty during the seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933 in Germany. The production features members of the Comédie-Française, returning to New York for the first time in over a decade.

Manhattan Theatre Club has also announced its upcoming season, including the world premiere of Donja R. Love’s Sugar In Our Wounds. The play, part of Love’s exploration of queer relationships during pivotal moments in Black history, follows a young Civil War-era slave who forms an unexpected romantic bond with a mysterious stranger. The show, directed by Saheem Ali, begins previews May 22 at New York City Center Stage II, with the opening night set for June 5.

Following the success of their word-for-word presentation of The Great Gatsby, titled Gatz, Elevator Repair Service will present Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf, inspired by Edward Albee’s well-known play, as part of their Abrons Arts Center’s 2017-2018 season. Written by Kate Scelsa and directed by John Collins, the play begins performances in May 2018 with a run currently scheduled through June 17.

Something a little bit further out that we’re looking forward to is Roundabout Theater Company’s Kiss Me, Kate, which has been scheduled to open in February 2019. The company has announced that Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara will star as Kate/Lili Vanessi in the revival. No other roles for the production have been cast at this time, although a December 2016 benefit concert presentation of the musical at the Roundabout starred Will Chase opposite O’Hara as Petruchio/Fred Graham. Scott Ellis, who helmed the concert presentation, will return to direct joined by the benefit choreographer, Warren Carlyle. The last revival of the Cole Porter/Sam and Bella Spewack musical was back in 1999 and starred Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

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Richard Hart
has been an employee of the NY Office of Breakdown Services for the past 17 years. During that time, he penned articles for the original Access Newsletter and in 2006, created the first Actors Access blog, "Much Ado About Everything." He is currently at work on a novel set in the show biz worlds of New York and LA.

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