Works by Lucas Hnath and Anaïs Mitchell Added to New York Theatre Workshop Season

The pair joins David Bowie and Elevator Repair Service on the lineup for the East Village venue.

Lucas Hnath's Red Speedo will run at New York Theatre Workshop next February.
Lucas Hnath's Red Speedo will run at New York Theatre Workshop next February.

New York Theatre Workshop has announced two additional titles for its 2015-16 season.

The New York premiere of Red Speedo by Lucas Hnath will begin performances in February 2016. Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, the work is set on the eve of the Olympic swim trials, when the pressure of endorsements and the weight of success must be confronted by front-runner Ray.

The season will conclude in May 2016 with the world premiere of the new folk opera Hadestown, by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. Directed by Rachel Chavkin, the piece follows Orpheus’ mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love, Eurydice. It is inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz.

As previously announced, NYTW's season also includes Lazarus, a new musical inspired by The Man Who Fell to Earth by David Bowie and Enda Walsh (Once). Beginning performances in November 2015, the work is directed by Ivo van Hove and features new and previously recorded tunes by Grammy winner Bowie.

The season opens with the new play Fondly, Collette Richland, a collaboration between dramatist Sybil Kempson and the troupe Elevator Repair Service. Directed by John Collins, the work follows a couple summoned to an Alpen hotel with several mysterious guests and workers, only to return home and find that everything has changed.

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