Michael Kahn, Ethan McSweeny et al. Set to Direct for Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2011-2012 Season
The company's annual Free For All production will be Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, remounted from director David Muse's 2008 staging. It will play the Sidney Harman Hall, August 18-September 4.
The company's artistic director, Michael Kahn, will helm Jean-François Regnard's 1706 French farce The Heir Apparent, adapted by David Ives, in the Lansburgh Theatre, September 6 - October 23. Next up will be Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Ethan McSweeny in Sidney Harman Hall, November 23-January 1. PJ Paparelli will helm Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona in the Lansburgh, January 17 - March 4.
Kahn will direct Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude in Sidney Harman Hall, March 27 - April 29. Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters will follow in an adaptation by Constance Congdon, to be directed by Christopher Bayes in the Lansburgh, May 15-July 1. The season will conclude with Stephen Rayne's production of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, to be performed in Sidney Harman Hall, June 12 - July 15.
STC will also present limited engagements of the Richard-Rodgers-Lorenz Hart-George Abbott musical The Boys from Syracuse in a concert adaptation by David Ives, directed by Alan Paul (November 4-6), and Two Gentlemen of Verona - a rock opera, with music by Galt MacDermot, lyrics by John Guare, and book by Guare and Mel Shapiro (January 27-29).
There will also be day-long readings of The Henry VI Plays, encompassing all of Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy. The readings will be free and open to the public; dates and cast will be announced shortly. In addition, audiences will be invited to join STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn for a series of in-depth discussions on classical theatre and the craft of acting. Dates and guest actors will be announced shortly.