De'Adre Aziza, Brandon Dirden, Bianca Amato, and More Join Casts of DETROIT '67 and NEVA
The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham) announced today that single tickets are on sale for the spring 2013 season at The Public's newly revitalized downtown home at Astor Place that will include new plays and musicals as well as the return of acclaimed downtown artists Richard Foreman, Guillermo Calderón, Alex Timbers and David Byrne along with the world premiere of a Public Theater Emerging Writers' Group Playwright Dominique Morisseau.
Single tickets are available for the spring season by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater box office at 425 Lafayette Street. The Library at The Public will also be open nightly this spring for food and drink, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Joe's Pub will continue to offer some of the best music in the city.
Following The Public's 2013 Under the Radar Festival in January, the Public Lab production, DETROIT '67 by Dominique Morisseau, will begin performances in February with a complete cast that features De'Adre Aziza, Francois Battiste, Brandon Dirden, Samantha Soule, and Michelle Wilson.
March will introduce the English language premiere of NEVA, written and directed by Guillermo Calderón with a complete cast that features Bianca Amato, Luke Robertson, and Quincy Tyler-Bernstine. Calderón's Diciembre was a hit at The Public's Under Radar Festival in 2011.
OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A TRUE ROMANCE), written, directed, and designed by Richard Foreman, will be presented in April with the recently announced Public Lab musical, VENICE, with book by Eric Rosen, music by Matt Sax and Eric Rosen, premiering in May. Tickets for the world premiere musical, HERE LIES LOVE, with concept and lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, additional music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo, directed by Alex Timbers, and choreographed by Annie-B Parson will go on sale at a later date.
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, DETROIT '67 by Dominique Morisseau will begin performances Tuesday, February 26 and run through Sunday, March 17, with an official press opening on Tuesday, March 12. All single tickets to this Public Lab production are $15.
It's 1967 in Detroit and Motown music gets the party started. Chelle and her brother Lank transform their basement into an after-hours joint to make ends meet. But when a mysterious woman winds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and the flames of the '67 Detroit riots engulf them all. DETROIT '67 is presented in association with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and The National Black Theatre.
March will feature the English language premiere of NEVA, written and directed by Guillermo Calderón, with an English translation by Andrea Thome. NEVA begins performances on March 1 and runs through Sunday, March 31, with an official press opening on Monday, March 11.
In a politically charged, haunting yet humorous meditation on theater and the revolutionary impulse, Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderón's NEVA tells the story of Anton Chekhov's widow, the actress Olga Knipper, who arrives in a dimly lit rehearsal room in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1905. As Olga 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 love - while, unseen, striking workers are being gunned down in the streets by the Tsarist regime. Calderón savagely examines the relationship between theater and historical context in this ominous and tightly crafted work that allows a palpable terror to creep through the theater walls.
Richard Foreman returns to The Public in April with OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A TRUE ROMANCE). Written, directed, and designed by Foreman, the show begins performances at The Public on Tuesday, April 30 and runs through Sunday, June 2, with an official press opening on Monday, May 6.
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 who the New York Times has dubbed "the Godfather of the American avant-garde." It is presented in association with Ontological-Hysteric Theater.