Frank Langella to Lead KING LEAR at BAM; Full 2013-14 Season Announced

Joseph V. Melillo, executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM), today announced programming for the 2014 BAM Winter/Spring Season, which runs from January 7 through June 29 and features nine theater, opera, film, and dance productions.

BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo said, "Our Winter/Spring Season is filled with artistic riches, including anticipated US premieres of King Lear featuring the renowned Frank Langella; the Young Vic's acclaimed production of A Doll's House; an exquisite stage adaptation of The Old Woman by Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Willem Dafoe; and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera's powerful production of Britten's all-male Billy Budd. Longtime artistic colleague Isabella Rossellini's examination of insect life moves from screen to stage in our intimate Fishman Space, and the new Steinberg Screen in the Harvey Theater provides the proscenium setting for the world premiere of Matthew Barney's new film, River of Fundament. This season features the BAM debut of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in a special tenth anniversary program, and the return of France's Lyon Opera Ballet with a premiere by Christian Rizzo. And it wouldn't be spring without DanceAfrica, this year featuring a visiting company from Madagascar. In addition to our stage presentations, we hope you will explore our full slate of compelling cinématek, literary, humanities, and BAMart events this season."

BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins said, "We are grateful to Bloomberg for their ninth year of support of the Winter/Spring season, to Bank of America for their consistent sponsorship of BAM Theater, and to the Howard Gilman Foundation for making it possible to bring opera to the Howard Gilman Opera House. We thank our generous donors and funders, who have made BAM's ongoing growth possible. With the addition of our third venue, the BAM Fisher, this past year, and the installation of the magnificent Steinberg Screen in the BAM Harvey Theater, we are engaging in new and dynamic ways with our audiences and community. It's an exciting time for our institution."

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BAM 2014 Winter/Spring Season subscription packages (four or more presentations) go on sale November 11 to the general public (Nov 4 to Friends of BAM). Single tickets to King Lear, Green Porno, and Billy Budd go on sale December 9 (Dec 2 for Friends of BAM). Single tickets for all other Winter/Spring engagements go on sale January 13 (Jan 6 for Friends of BAM). To purchase tickets visit or contact BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100.

King Lear US Premiere
BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St)
Jan 7-12; 14-18, 21-25; 28-31; Feb 1; Feb 4-8 at 7:30pm
Jan 12, 19, 26; Feb 2 & 9 at 3pm
Jan 18 & 25; Feb 1 & 8 at 2pm
(press previews Jan 12, 14, and 15)
Tickets: $25, 45, 75, 105 (weekday); $35, 55, 90, 125 (weekend)
(prices subject to change after Dec 1)

BAM Theater Gala
Feb 6 at 5:30pm (7:30pm performance)
Chair: Gary G. Lynch, Bank of American Merrill Lynch
Leadership Gala support: Bank of America
For tickets and information contact BAM Patron Services, 718.636.4182

Talk: King Lear - A look into the BAM Hamm Archives with James Shapiro and Sharon Lehner
Jan 30 at 6pm
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Pl)
Tickets: $15 ($7.50 for Friends of BAM)
Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro and BAM archivist Sharon Lehner explore the vast history of
King Lear at BAM, from an 1862 performance featuring Edwin Forrest to this season's production with
Frank Langella and Chichester Festival Theatre.

King Lear: Behind the Scenes with Neil Kutner, Audrey Hoo, and Elizabeth Moreau
Feb 1, 9am-6pm
Tickets: $80 (includes pre-performance class, ticket to the 2pm performance, and post-performance

Billy Budd US Premiere
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave)
Feb 7, 9, 11 & 13 at 7:30pm
Tickets: Feb 7: $40, 60, 85, 115, 150, 185; All other dates: $30, 50, 70, 95, 125, 160 (prices
subject to change after Dec 1)

Talk: On Benjamin Britten with Fred Plotkin
Feb 9 at 5pm
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Pl)
Tickets: $15 ($7.50 for Friends of BAM)

River of Fundament World Premiere
A film by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler
BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St)
Feb 12-16 at 7pm
Tickets: $20, 30, 40 (weekday); $25, 35, 50 (weekend) (subject to change after Jan 5)

A Doll's House US premiere
By Henrik Ibsen
English language version by Simon Stephens
Young Vic
Directed by Carrie Cracknell
BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St)
Feb 21-22; Feb 25-March 1; Mar 4-Mar 8; Mar 11-15 at 7:30pm
(press opening Feb 26)
Feb 22, Mar 1, 8 & 15 at 2pm
Feb 23, Mar 2, 9 & 16 at 3pm
Tickets: $25, 50, 80 (weekday); $30, 55, 85 (weekend)
(prices subject to change after Jan 5)

Lyon Opera Ballet
ni fleurs, ni ford-mustang US Premiere
Christian Rizzo
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave)
May 7-9 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $20, 30, 40, 55 (prices subject to change after Jan 5)

Talk: Lyon Opera Ballet with Artistic Director Yorgos Loukos
Co-presented by BAM and the Onassis Cultural Center NY
May 6 at 7pm
BAM Fisher (Hillman Studio, 321 Ashland Pl)
Tickets: $15 ($7.50 for Friends of BAM)

DanceAfrica 2014
Artistic Director Chuck Davis
Groupe Bakomanga
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave)
May 18 at 3pm-special opening celebration
Tickets: $25
May 23 at 7:30pm; May 24 at 2 & 7:30pm; May 25 & 26 at 3pm
Tickets: $20, 30, 45, 55 (prices subject to change after Jan 5)

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 10th Anniversary Celebration
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave)
June 11-14 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $20, 30, 40, 55 (programs A & B), $25, 35, 50, 65 (program C)
(prices subject to change after Jan 5)

The Old Woman US premiere
Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Willem Dafoe
Direction, set design, and lighting concept by Robert Wilson
with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe 12
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave)
Jun 22 at 7pm; Jun 24-28 at 7:30pm
Jun 28 at 2pm; Jun 29 at 3pm
Tickets: $ 25, 45, 75, 105 (weekday); $ 35, 55, 90, 125 (weekend)
(prices subject to change after Jan 5)

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