New York Theatre Workshop's 2012-13 Season to Include RED DOG HOWLS, BELLEVILLE


As of March 28, 2012, NYTW will have two shows running on Broadway: Once, which opened on March 18 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre to superb reviews, and Peter and the Starcatcher, which begins previews March 28 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Additionally, Rent, which originated at NYTW, is enjoying a successful off-Broadway revival at New World Stages. Both Once and Rent received their world premieres at NYTW, while NYTW presented the New York premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher.

Prior to this season, NYTW had had two shows that transferred to Broadway—Jonathan Larson’s Rent and Claudia Shear’s Dirty Blonde. 

NYTW has also announced that its 2012-2013 subscriber season will include Red Dog Howls, written by Alexander Dinelaris, and Belleville, written by Amy Herzog and directed by Anne Kauffman. In the coming weeks NYTW will announce the two additional productions that will round out the season.

Red Dog Howls
Written by Alexander Dinelaris

A box of old letters and a father’s dying wish leads Michael Kiriakos to dig up the buried memories of his hidden family history. After meeting Rose, his father’s now-elderly, Armenian pen pal, Michael slowly learns of a past he never knew existed, one of exile, sacrifice and, ultimately, redemption. Written by Alexander Dinelaris (The Chaos Theories), Red Dog Howls explores the horrors of human atrocities, the enduring strength of the human spirit, and how the choices we make as husbands, sons, wives, and daughters will—for better or worse—reverberate for generations.

Written by Amy Herzog
Directed by Anne Kauffman

Heralded by The New York Times as “thrillingly good,” Belleville, the newest drama from the acclaimed playwright Amy Herzog (4000 Miles, After the Revolution) and director Anne Kauffman (Maple and Vine, This Wide Night), is a chilling, Hitchcockian look at the limits of trust, truth, deception, and dependency in a world where both love and loss can be pathological and cathartic. Abby and Zack—young, American, and married—have abandoned the stability of a comfortable post-graduate life in the Midwest for Belleville, a bustling, bohemian, multicultural neighborhood in Paris. In an attempt to build a life together away from their family and friends, their passive-aggressive and aggressively passionate relationship is put to test after an awkward afternoon discovery, a landlord’s ultimatum, and a cracked toenail. Of its 2011 premiere at Yale Repertory Theater, the Times’s Charles Isherwood wrote, Belleville “confirms [Herzog’s] reputation as one of the brightest new talents in the theater.”

NYTW’s current, acclaimed production of An Iliad starring Denis O’Hare and Stephen Spinella, alternating in the one man telling of Homer’s classic has been extended through Sunday, April 1. The final production of NYTW’s critically acclaimed 2011-12 season, is Food and Fadwa, which begins performances May 18, 2012.

New York Theatre Workshop, now celebrating its 29th 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 productions of Once and Peter and the Starcatcher are currently enjoying Broadway runs, and Rent, which premiered at NYTW, is currently playing an off-Broadway revival. 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. In 1991, NYTW received an OBIE Award for Sustained Achievement and in 2000 was designated to be part of the Leading National Theatres Program by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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