U.S. Premiere of SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE, THE INVISIBLE HAND & FOREVER Set for NYTW's 2014-15 Season
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) has announced that its 2014/15 season will include the U.S. premiere of Scenes from a Marriage written by Ingmar Bergman, adapted by Emily Mann and directed by Ivo van Hove; the New York premiere of The Invisible Hand, written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Ken Rus Schmoll; and the New York premiere of Forever, writtenand performed by Dael Orlandersmith and directed by Neel Keller. In the coming weeks NYTW will announce an additional production that will round out the season.
Internationally renowned Flemish director Ivo van Hove,returns to the city for his seventh collaboration with New York Theatre Workshop. Van Hove has received critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of familiar dramatic works including, most recently, Roman Tragedies at BAM, as well as productions of The Little Foxes, A Street Car Named Desire and Hedda Gabler at NYTW. In Emily Mann's highly theatrical adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's popular 1974 film Scenes from a Marriage, an ensemble of virtuosic actors invite audiences into an intimate space to experience collectively the human dynamics of a relationship through all the stages of a life-from youth, to middle age to maturity. Van Hove's interpretation illuminates the universal themes of love, identity and vulnerability that are at the heart of Bergman's timeless film.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) makes his New York Theatre Workshop debut with The Invisible Hand, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll (Red Dog Howls). The Invisible Hand follows Nick Bright, an American stock broker, into a terrifying world of kidnapping and torture in a remote region of Pakistan. As Nick negotiates to save his own life he begins to see his captors in a new light. This new play is a chilling and complex look at how far we will go to save ourselves and the devastating ramifications of our individual actions.
Long time New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect Dael Orlandersmith (Monster, The Gimmick) returns to the Workshop with an uplifting semi-autobiographical exploration of the family we are born into and the family we choose. Forever draws from Orlandersmith's own pilgrimage to the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris - the final resting place of legendary artists such as Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. Inspired at the graveside of these timeless artists, Orlandersmith gives a gripping account of the legacy she inherited from her mother - one of bitterness, abuse, beauty and art.
The final production of NYTW's critically acclaimed 2013/14 season is Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, by Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental, created by Thaddeus Phillips, Jeremy Wilhelm, Geoff Sobelle, David Wilhelm and Sophie Bortolussi with Ean Sheehy and directed by Thaddeus Phillips, which begins performances April 22, 2014.
New York Theatre Workshop, now celebrating its 31st season, is a leading voice in the world of Off-Broadway and within the theatre community in New York and around the world. NYTW has emerged as a premiere incubator of important new theatre, honoring its mission to explore perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape our lives. In addition, NYTW is known for its innovative adaptations of classic repertory. Each season, from its home in New York's East Village neighborhood, NYTW presents three to five new productions, over 80 readings, and numerous workshop productions, for over 45,000 audience members. Over the past 28 years, NYTW has developed and produced over 100 new, fully staged works, including Jonathan Larson's Rent, Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul, Doug Wright's Quills, Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde, Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla, Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Far Away, and A Number, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's Aftermath, and Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher. The 2002 remounting of Martha Clarke's seminal work, Vienna: Lusthaus and subsequent American tour was one of the longest-running productions in NYTW's history. NYTW's acclaimed production of Once is currently enjoying a Broadway run, and Peter and the Starcatcher, which made its New York Premiere at NYTW, has returned to Off-Broadway following a successful Broadway run. NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies, and minority artist fellowships. NYTW's productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel Awards.
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