Classic Stage Co. Presents Works of Rushdie, Kundera w/ Abraham & Mac this Fall

Classic Stage Company (CSC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Jessica R. Jenen , will present its popular Books On Stage Reading Series this Fall, featuring the first major forays into theater by acclaimed authors Milan Kundera and Salman Rushdie.

On Monday, September 27, CSC will present Kundera's Jacques and His Master, adapted from Diderot, featuring F. Murray Abraham and directed by Brian Kulick.

Join Jacques and his Master, the 18th Century's answer to Beckett's Didi and Gogo, as they make their way through the countryside, passing the time by telling all manner of tales: tall, long and shaggy-you name it, they have a story. In addition to Mr. Abraham the cast includes: Lynn Cohen, Adam Driver, David Garrison, Philip Goodwin, Roberta Maxwell, KK Moggie, Steven Rattazzi, Tara Schoch Frederickson and Elisabeth Waterston.

On Monday, October 4, the theater will present Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie, featuring Taylor Mac, directed by Rachel Chavkin. "What's the use of stories that aren't even true?" A question that author Salman Rushdie answers in this fantastical adventure that began as a series of bathtime stories the author told his young son, Zafar. Join Haroun and his storytelling Father as they leave the City that forgot its name, outwit the Shah of Blah and navigate a sea of endless stories, in this whimsical ode to the power and necessity of fiction. The cast includes: Jolly Abraham, Yusef Bulos, Ian Lassiter, Taylor Mac, Manu Narayan, Bhavish Patel, Steven Rattazzi, Debargo Sanyal and JD Taylor.

Tickets are extremely limited. For tickets and information, visit www.classicstage.org or call (866) 811-4111, or (212) 352-3101, or visit the CSC box office at 136 East 13th Street, Monday through Friday, 12 pm to 6 pm.

Now in its 44th year as one of New York's most exciting theatres, Classic Stage Company is the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience. The company is currently presenting the New York premiere of ORLANDO, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, and adapted by acclaimed, Tony and Pulitzer-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl's Orlando. Led by Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Jessica R. Jenen, they recently presented David Ives' highly acclaimed Venus In Fur, directed by Walter Bobbie as well as Ostrovsky's The Forest, adapted by Kathleen Tolan, starring Dianne Wiest and John Douglas Thompson, and directed by Brian Kulick. In the previous season the company presented three sold-out acclaimed productions: Shakespeare's The Tempest, starring Mandy Patinkin; Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, starring Denis O'Hare, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard; and Anne Carson's An Oresteia. Recent productions: critically acclaimed sold-out runs of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, starring Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming; the world premiere of David Ives' New Jerusalem, directed by Walter Bobbie; Hamlet, Richard II, and Richard III starring Michael Cumpsty and directed by Brian Kulick; and Zoe Caldwell in Yasmina Reza's A Spanish Play, directed by John Turturro.

CSC presents plays from the past that speak directly to the issues of today. As we return to works of the past, we endeavor to keep a clear eye on the future, particularly in terms of the next generation of artists and audiences. Founded in 1967, CSC has received wide recognition for its significant contributions to theatre as an art form through productions of classic plays, translations and adaptations and a long-standing commitment to the identification and nurturing of leading and emerging artists. Classic Stage's artists are the finest established and emerging theater practitioners working in this country. Highly respected and widely regarded as a major force in New York and American theatre, Classic Stage has been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theater awards: Obies, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and the 1999 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work. Memberships to Classic Stage Company productions are available at various price levels, including the flexible MasterPass membership, which in addition to prime seats entitles members to participate in CSC special series, including their sold-out Open Rehearsal events. For more information on Classic Stage Company visit the theatre's website at www.classicstage.org.

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