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Theatre for a New Audience Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will feature Jessica Hecht in the world premiere of a new Calvin Trillin play, and the New York premiere of Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne's The Prisoner.

Hiran Abeysekera in The Prisoner, part of Theatre for a New Audience's 2018-19 season.
(© Simon Annand)

Theatre for a New Audience has announced its 2018-19 season.

The Emperor, the US premiere of a new coproduction — with the Young Vic, HOME, and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg — of Colin Teevan's adaptation of Ryszard Kapuściński's 1978 book about the downfall of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, will kick off the season, running September 9-30. Directed by Walter Meierjohann, the production will star Kathryn Hunter and musician Temesgen Zeleke.

The New York premiere of The Prisoner will follow, November 24-December 16. Legendary theater artist Peter Brook cowrites and codirects this new international production with longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne. It is described it as follows: "A man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and what is he doing there? Is he free, or is he the prisoner?"

Next, TFANA will present the world premiere of About Alice, Calvin Trillin's stage adaptation of his own memoir, directed by Leonard Foglia and starring Jessica Hecht (Admissions) as the title character. Casting for Calvin, the other major role in this two-character play, will be announced later. It will run January 8, 2019-February 3, 2019.

Finally, Shana Cooper will direct a new production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, March 17, 2019-April 28, 2019.

For more information on TFANA's 2018-19 season, click here.