Public Theater Announces 2013-14 Season; Jeanine Tesori's FUN HOME Musical, Richard Nelson's REGULAR SINGING Included in Line-Up!
Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham announced the line-up today for The Public's 2013-2014 season, continuing the theater's nearly 60 year tradition of producing Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental works in equal measure while engaging a wide range of audiences and artists at its six downtown theaters at Astor Place, including Joe's Pub, as well as the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public's 58th season will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the acclaimed Under the Radar Festival and the 15th anniversary of the world-renowned Joe's Pub.
"This season - whether classics, new plays, musicals or experimental ensembles - speaks to the way we live now," said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. "We will bring you the triumphant return (and climax) of Richard Nelson's Apply Family Plays, the heartbreaking and gorgeous new musical Fun Home, and Tarell Alvin McCraney's thrilling Antony & Cleopatra, in a collaboration between England and America's leading Shakespeare companies. We are deeply proud of the range and depth of the work of these remarkable artists and are delighted to add them to the rich history of The Public Theater."
The Public's 2013-2014 season will premiere two new musicals, beginning with FUN HOME, based on Alison Bechdel's acclaimed graphic novel, with music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and directed by Sam Gold.
The New York premiere of the new musical, A SECOND CHANCE, with book, music, and lyrics by Ted Shen and direction by Jonathan Butterell, explores the powerful journey faced by a recent widower and divorcée who meet in mid-life.
Tony Award winner Richard Nelson has premiered a new Public Lab play every year at The Public, since 2010, about the fictional Apple family of Rhinebeck, New York. This fall, The Public will present all of THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS in repertory, including the world premiere of the fourth and final play in the series, REGULAR SINGING. Opening night for the final play will be Friday, November 22, 2013 - the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination.
As part of an international collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and GableStage in Miami, award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney will return, as The Public's artist in residence, to direct a radical new version of Shakespeare's ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, setting the play in the 18th century, sun-soaked Saint-Domingue on the eve of revolution.
The Wallace Shawn-André Gregory Project, a co-production with Theatre for a New Audience, is a celebration of the remarkable collaboration between these two theatrical legends. This long overdue retrospective of Shawn's work begins in June with THE DESIGNATED MOURNER and continues in the fall with the American premiere of GRASSES OF A THOUSAND COLORS. These two projects give Wallace Shawn an opportunity to appear on the New York stage again under André Gregory's direction.
Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks continues her longstanding residency as The Public's Master Writer Chair with this Public Lab production of FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3), an explosively powerful drama directed by Jo Bonney about the mess of war, the cost of freedom, and the heartbreak of love. All tickets are only $20.