Stephen Schwartz's WORKING and More Set for 59E59 Theaters' 2012 Fall Season
59E59 Theaters has announced the roster of shows for the Fall 2012 Season, including the New York premiere revival of Stephen Schwartz' WORKING, beginning Dec. 1, 2012. This is the newly revised, critically acclaimed version of WORKING that recently had a successful run at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, after premiering at the Asolo in Sarasota and Old Globe in San Diego.
Adapted from the book by Studs Terkel by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, with additional contributions and directed by Gordon Greenberg, the revival will feature songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, and James Taylor. Cast is to be determined.
See below for more details about WORKING and the rest of 59E59 Theaters' fall season!
All performances take place at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Ticket prices and performance schedules vary. For tickets, call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at www.59e59.org.
Wednesday, September 5 – Sunday, September 30
FLY ME TO THE MOON, written and directed by Marie Jones; With Tara Lynne O’Neill and Katie Tumelty; Produced by Green Shoot Productions; Part of 1st Irish at 59E59 Theaters
Francis and Loretta are community care workers. Together they care for Davy, a lonely old man whose greatest loves are Frank Sinatra and the races. When Davy dies on the day his horse finally comes in, his two carers are faced with a moral dilemma that threatens to tear their lives - and their friendship - apart. This hilarious new dark comedy from Northern Ireland’s premiere playwright Marie Jones (Stones In His Pockets) is the timely tale of two women struggling in today’s tough economic climate and just how far they will go to make ends meet.
Tuesday, September 11 – Sunday, October 7
THE ANDERSON TWINS PLAY THE FABULOUS DORSEYS!, written and directed by Pete and Will Anderson; With Pete Anderson, Will Anderson, Jon-Erik Kellso, Ehud Asherie, Kevin Dorn and Clovis Nicolas; Produced by Reardon-Anderson Music
Saxophone/clarinetists Pete and Will Anderson tell the riveting story of the two bandleaders, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, who rise to the top - before sibling rivalry causes the act to split up. A blazing jazz sextet and footage from the 1947 film The Fabulous Dorseys bring this true story to life.
Thursday, October 4 – Sunday, October 28
NORTH, written and directed by Jennifer Schlueter; With Christina Ritter, Christopher Marlowe Roche and Kalafatic Poole
LITTLE BOOK, written by Jennifer Schlueter, directed by Jennifer Schlueter and John Schmor; With Christopher Marlowe Roche, Christina Ritter, and Patti Heying; Produced by the for/word company
NORTH tells the story of a charged meeting between writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife to aviator Charles, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (author of The Little Prince), the man whom she felt best understood her work.
In LITTLE BOOK, EB White is doing everything but finishing the first draft of Stuart Little. His wife, Katharine, is trying to adjust to life in the backwoods of Maine, far from her high powered job as the first female editor at The New Yorker. And Anne Carroll Moore, from behind the walls of her children’s library empire at the New York Public Library, is not at all sure she approves of what’s going on outside.
In keeping with the for/word company's creative technique, both NORTH and LITTLE BOOK, which are running in rep, are based on the historical record.
Wednesday, October 10 – Sunday, November 4
IN THE SUMMER PAVILION, written by Paul David Young, directed by Kathy Gail MacGowan
With Ryan Barry, Meena Dimian and one cast member TBD.
Produced by Go In Her Room Productions, in association with WorkShop Theater Company
What if there were multiple futures and you could see them all at once? Three recent Princeton grads drop acid and hallucinate their possible futures on a wild summer night in Maine.
Thursday, November 1 – Sunday, November 25
A TWIST OF WATER, written by Caitlin Montanye Parrish, co-created with and directed by Erica Weiss; With Stef Tovar, Falashay Pearson, Alex Hugh Brown and Lili-Anne Brown; Produced by Route 66 Theatre Company and Alan Salzenstein
Noah, a gay, widowed history teacher, is raising his adopted African-American daughter Jira alone in the wake of his husband’s death in a car accident. When Jira decides to seek out her birth mother, Noah’s already strained relationship with her is pressed to the breaking point. Direct from its sold-out run in Chicago, A TWIST OF WATER is a love letter to the Windy City, as well as a deeply funny and profoundly touching story of fathers and daughters, and what it means to be a family.
Wednesday, November 7 – Sunday, December 16
THE OUTGOING TIDE, written by Bruce Graham, directed by Bud Martin; Cast TBD; Produced by Delaware Theatre Company
In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family’s future but meets with resistance from his wife and grown son. As winter approaches, the three must quickly find some common ground and come to an understanding…before the tide goes out. This new drama by Barrymore and Jefferson award winner Graham recently premiered at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre.
Thursday, November 8 – Saturday, December 1
SKIN TIGHT, written by Gary Henderson, directed by Nick Flint; Cast TBD; Produced by One Year Lease
SKIN TIGHT by acclaimed playwright Gary Henderson is a love story, both passionate and brutal. A couple dissects their relationship with fierce poetry and potent physicality.
Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 30
WORKING - A Musical, adapted from the book by Studs Terkel by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, with additional contributions and directed by Gordon Greenberg; Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, and James Taylor; Cast TBD; Produced by Prospect Theatre Company
This is the newly revised, critically acclaimed version of WORKING that recently had a successful run at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, after premiering at the Asolo in Sarasota and Old Globe in San Diego. With songs by various artists and a book based on the transcripts of Studs Terkel’s interviews, WORKING is about the extraordinary dreams of ordinary people – their desire to transcend their daily lives and to find significance in their jobs.
Tuesday, December 18 – Sunday, December 30
FLIPSIDE: THE Patti Page STORY, written and directed by Greg White; With Haley Jane Pierce, Lindsie VanWinkle, Stephen Hilton, Justin Larman, Jenny Rottmayer, and Kassie Carroll; Produced by Front Page Productions, Greg White, and Jay Leland Krottinger
Soft-spoken Oklahoma-native Clara Ann Fowler wound up making a big noise in the entertainment industry: she became one of the highest selling female recording artists in history, with TV shows on all three major networks on her way to selling over 100 million records during the 1950s with her nom de swoon, the fabulous Patti Page. And this is her tale. Winner of 17 Kennedy Center Awards including Best Musical.