9 US Premieres Plus URBAN Set for New Victory Theatre 2012-13 Season


The New Victory Theater will launch its 2012-13 season with the U.S. premiere of URBAN by Circolombia, an edgy, thrilling and inspiring circus featuring young Colombian performers who share their real-life stories through acrobatics, aerial work and tremendous feats of strength. URBAN, which was originally commissioned by Roundhouse London as part of CircusFest 2010, will run from October 12 through October 21.

Co-produced by The Opera Group (UK) and Opera North (UK) in association with ROH2 and Watford Palace Theatre (UK), comes the U.S. premiere of David Bruce and Glyn Maxwell’s THE FIREWORK MAKER’S DAUGHTER based on the novel by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials trilogy), a new production directed by John Fulljames. With a live orchestra conducted by award-winning composer, David Bruce, and libretto by award-winning poet, Glyn Maxwell, THE FIREWORK MAKER’S DAUGHTER boasts a grand, expressive score and witty book inspired by world folk traditions. THE FIREWORK MAKER’S DAUGHTER will run from May 3 through May 12, 2013.

In I, MALVOLIO, the puritanical butler of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night finally has his say in this one-man tour-de-force by British scribe, Tim Crouch (Best Male Performer, Brighton Festival 2010). Just one of Mr. Crouch’s performances in a series of solo Shakespeare pieces, including I, CALIBAN (inspired by The Tempest), I, PEASEBLOSSOM (inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and I, BANQUO (inspired by Macbeth), Mr. Crouch’s I, MALVOLIO, is a compassionate deconstruction of one of classical literature’s most misunderstood characters. I, MALVOLIO, a U.S. premiere, will run from January 11 through January 20, 2013 at The Duke on 42nd Street.

New York’s The Acting Company (Henry V, New Vic 2009), a 2003 Tony Honors recipient for Excellence in Theatre, brings Shakespeare’s comedy, AS YOU LIKE IT, to The New Victory. Directed by Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Dan Rothenberg (Chekhov Lizardbrain), this classical soap is re-imagined into an offbeat new production. AS YOU LIKE IT will run from March 1 through March 10, 2013.

Circus Oz, Australia’s most outrageous circus troupe, will return to The New Victory for the fifth time with FROM THE GROUND UP, a U.S. premiere for the whole family that will run throughout the holiday season. With building skyscrapers as its theme, FROM THE GROUND UP will feature all the hallmarks of a Circus Oz show: irreverence, eccentricity, live rock music, and astounding circus feats -- each one topping the last. FROM THE GROUND UP will run from November 30 through December 30.

Black Violin played to sold-out houses at The New Victory in 2009, and they will return to The New Victory with a concert of new compositions, classic favorites and pop cover tunes. The company has toured with such musical giants as Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Akon, Diddy and Linkin Park. Black Violin will perform from November 9 through November 25.

Two U.S. premieres, LE GRAND C by Compagnie XY and FRAGILE by Le Clan des Songes, will be part of a French program called Ricochet – Arts for All Ages! In LE GRAND C, a collective of 17 acrobats performs daring stunts with trust in each other as their only safety net. In FRAGILE, a word-free work of puppet theater, bunraku and shadow puppetry combine with haunting original music to provide a poetic narrative for a series of vignettes about a charming little fellow on a surprising journey. The presentations of LE GRAND C and FRAGILE are part of Ricochet - Arts for All Ages! a series of performances from France for young audiences and their families presented by The New Victory Theater, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.

Other U.S. premieres include RING A DING DING from Oily Cart (UK), MOJO from Theatre-Rites (UK) and BELLO MANIA from Bello Nock (U.S.), a former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®.

THE MARK OF ZORRO from Visible Fictions (Scotland), GRUG from Windmill Theatre (Australia), THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS from The Robot Planet (Texas), RHAW (Rennie Harris Awe-inspiring Works) from Rennie Harris (Philadelphia) and THE GIRL WHO FORGOT TO SING BADLY from Theatre Lovett (Ireland) complete The New Victory 2012-13 season.

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