Shakespeare Theatre Company Sets 2014-15 Season: AS YOU LIKE IT, THE TEMPEST & More
Midway through Shakespeare Theatre Company's current season, Artistic Director Michael Kahn announced today the Company's 2014-2015 Season. Kahn has put together a classic and entertaining season, continuing to stake STC's claim as "the nation's foremost Shakespeare company" (The Wall Street Journal) while "[making] the Bard a relevant voice in our current affairs" (DC Metro Theatre Arts).
The new season features Shakespeare's warm-spirited and light-hearted comedy As You Like It directed by STC newcomer Michael Attenborough. Molière's masterpiece of religious hypocrisy, Tartuffe, directed by Dominique Serrand, will be produced as part of the Clarice Smith Repertory Series alongside the World Premiere of Alexis Piron's The Metromaniacs, translated and adapted by David Ives. Also included in the lineup is the return of Shakespeare's final play, The Tempest, directed by Ethan McSweeny and the beloved musical comedy, Man of La Mancha, directed by STC Associate Director Alan Paul. The sixth production will be the Washington D.C. premiere of Pirandello's Enrico IV, in a new version by Tom Stoppard and will be directed by Michael Kahn.
"This season has a little bit of something for everyone, from vivid reimaginings of timeless classics to brand new adaptations of plays almost lost to our history" says Artistic Director Michael Kahn. "I am pleased to welcome internationally renowned directors Michael Attenborough and Dominique Serrand to the Shakespeare Theatre Company. I have wanted to work with Michael for a very long time and I'm looking forward to what is sure to be a beautiful production of As You Like It. Dominque is the co-founder of the Tony Award-winning Théâtre de la Jeune Lune and coupled with Steven Epp's comic wizardry, I know Tartuffe will be a play that our audiences really enjoy."
"One of the great joys of this season was seeing Alan Paul's success with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," Kahn continues. "Next season, Alan will direct Man of La Mancha, one of the best musicals ever adapted from a great classic, and by my reckoning, the best adaptation of Cervantes' Don Quixote in any medium. And of course it will be our first Tempest in many years, and I am very excited for Ethan to be at the helm. His version of A Midsummer Night's Dream was truly magical, it seems very fitting that he return for The Tempest. As for Pirandello's Enrico IV, I think everyone will agree that Pirandello is one of the seminal playwrights of the 20th century, ahead of his time. This play is really a surprise: you don't have any idea how it's going to end. Tom Stoppard did the translation and adaptation of the play, and we're going to do the Washington premiere. It's Stoppard and Pirandello and a little bit of Michael Kahn."
SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY'S 2014-2015 SEASON