Syracuse Stage has selected six plays for its upcoming 2013/'14 season that honor the memory of the late Arthur Storch (1925-2013), the company's founding producing artistic director.
"For the 2013-14 season we are offering six extraordinary and entertaining plays that make an exciting blend of treasured classics and stimulating and provocative new work," said Producing Artistic Director Timothy Bond. "Dedicated to Arthur Storch, the upcoming season captures the spirit of what has always been best about Syracuse Stage: fresh and invigorating new looks at works we cherish, coupled with the best of what's current."
Three of the season's selections will be productions that were featured in Storch's first nine seasons with Syracuse Stage. The first of these three will be the Noël Coward comedy Blithe Spirit, scheduled to open the season, running from September 18-October 6. Directed by Michael Barakiva, the play follows novelist Charles Condomine, who unwittingly raises the ghost of his former wife, Elvira, with the help of the eccentric Madame Arcati.
Next on the season roster will be a production of Wajdi Mouawad's epic mystery, Scorched, set to run from October 23-November 10. The play follows twins Janine and Simon, who travel to the Middle East to untangle their family roots following their mother's death. The production will be helmed by returning director Marcela Lorca (Caroline, or Change) and will feature original music by the world renowned Kronos Quartet.
Charles Dickens' yuletide classic A Christmas Carol (the second of Storch's original productions slated for the season), will come to Syracuse Stage for the holiday season, adapted by Romulus Linney. The play is scheduled to run from November 23-December 29.
Next will be Matthew Lopez's civil war drama, The Whipping Man, about a wounded confederate soldier named Caleb DeLeon who is cared for by two former slaves, Simon and John. The play received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play when it opened off-Broadway in 2011. The Syracuse Stage production will be directed by Timothy Bond and is scheduled to run from January 29-February 16, 2014.
This will be followed by David Henry Hwang's comedy Chinglish, which premiered on Broadway in 2011. Directed by May Adrales, Chinglish tells the story of an American businessman and his misadventures as he struggles to communicate his way through a bustling Chinese province. The production will run from February 26-March 16, 2014.
Tennessee Williams' classic American play The Glass Menagerie (the third and final selection from Storch's repertoire) will close the season. Drawn from pieces of Williams' life, the play follows Amanda Wingfield, who begs her son Tom to find a "gentleman caller" for her extremely shy and vulnerable daughter Laura. The production will be directed by Timothy Bond and is scheduled to run from April 2-27, 2014.