2013-2014 Season at the Public Theater to Include Works by Jeanine Tesori, Wallace Shawn, Mike Daisey, and Richard Nelson
An ambitious programming lineup fills out the season for the prolific off-Broadway company.
The Public Theater's upcoming 2013-2014 season will include a full production of the new Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical, Fun Home, the New York premiere of Wallace Shawn's new drama, Grasses of a Thousand Colors, the fourth and final play in Richard Nelson's Apple Family quadrilogy, and a return engagement of the Foundry Theatre's acclaimed revival of The Good Person of Szechwan starring downtown theater great Taylor Mac.
Opening the season on June 21 will be Wallace Shawn's The Designated Mourner, a monologue-triptych in which three artist-intellectuals recount their experiences as their once-liberal country sinks into a political crisis. Shawn's frequent collaborator André Gregory directs the drama, which stars Shawn, Deborah Eisenberg, and Larry Pine and runs through August 25. Beginning October 8, Shawn and Gregory will collaborate on the New York premiere of Shawn's risqué drama Grasses of a Thousand Colors, featuring the playwright Julie Hagerty, Emily McDonnell, and Jennifer Tilly.
In September, controversial monologist Mike Daisey will return to the Public with All the Faces of the Moon, a theatrical event that tells an entire story over the course of a lunar month, with 29 unique, standalone performances from September 5 to October 3. The acclaimed Elevator Repair Service will also set up shop at the Public from September 10-October 6 with the world premiere of Arguendo, a riff on the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre, in which a group of exotic dancers argue a ban on public nudity.
October will see the new Tesori-Kron musical, Fun Home, running from the October 1 to November 3, directed by Sam Gold. Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, the work explores a woman's past following the unexpected death of her father. The Foundry Theatre's acclaimed revival of Brecht's Good Person of Szechwan, directed by Lear deBessonet, will run October 18-November 24 and will feature Taylor Mac, Lisa Kron, David Turner, Annie Golden, Kate Benson, Ephraim Birney, Vinie Burrows, Clifton Duncan, Jack Allen Greenfield, Brooke Ishibashi, Paul Juhn, Mia Katigbak, and Darryl Winslow. The production features live music by Cesar Alvarez and the Lisps.
From October 22-December 15, the Public will run Richard Nelson's The Apple Family Plays: Scenes from Life in the Country in rotating repertory. A four-year-long experiment, the quadrilogy features 2010's That Hopey Changey Thing, 2011's Sweet and Sad, 2012's Sorry, and the new work, Regular Singing, an exploration of the Kennedy Assassination that opens on November 22.
2014 will see the annual Under the Radar Festival (January 8-19); a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra, edited and directed by Tarrell Alvin McCraney and set in 18th century Saint-Domingue (February 18-March 23); Suzan-Lori Parks' Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (March 11-30); the New York premiere of Ted Shen's musical A Second Chance, directed by Jonathan Butterell (March 18-April 13); and the New York premiere of The Civilians' The Great Immensity, written and directed by Steve Cosson and featuring songs by Michael Friedman (April 8-27).