The Intelligent Homosexual’S Guide to Capitalism and ...




The Public Theater and Signature Theatre Company have announced that the New York premiere of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’S Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures will be presented in the 2010-2011 season in a co-production between The Public Theater and Signature Theatre Company, in association with the Guthrie Theater.

Michael Greif, who directed the world premiere at the Guthrie in Apr 2009, will direct the New York premiere, which will play 22 Mar - 12 Jun 2011 at The Public Theater. Casting will be announced at a later date.

In the summer of 2007, Gus Marcantonio, a retired longshoreman, summons his children to the family’s Brooklyn brownstone for a series of shocking announcements. The Intelligent Homosexual’S Guide to ... explores revolution, radicalism, marriage, sex, prostitution, politics, real estate, unions of all kinds and debts both repaid and unpayable.

The Public Theater and Artistic Director Oskar Eustis have a long history with Tony Kushner, dating back to 1986 when Eustis, then Artistic Director of the Eureka Theater in San Francisco, directed Kushner's first professional production, 'A Bright Room Called Day' (later seen at the Public Theater), and commissioned 'Angels in America,' which he then directed in its world premier at the Mark Taper Forum. The Public Theater also developed Kushner’s musical 'Caroline, or Change' and then transferred it to Broadway in 2004. In 2006, Kushner’s translation of Bertolt Brecht’s 'Mother Courage and Her Children' was presented at Shakespeare in the Park.

Signature Theatre Company is the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, including re-examinations of past writings as well as New York and world premieres. Signature’s 20th Anniversary Season, devoted to Tony Kushner, also includes the first New York revival of 'Angels in America' and another production to be announced.

Tony Kushner's plays include 'A Bright Room Called Day,' 'Angels In America, Parts One and Two,' 'Slavs!,' 'Homebody/Kabul,' 'Caroline, or Change,' a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori (Public Theater/Broadway), and 'The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.' His adaptations include 'Corneille's The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky's The Dybbuk, and Brecht's 'The Good Person of Sezuan' and 'Mother Courage and Her Children' (Public Theater). Kushner’s films include “Angels In America,” and "Munich." His books include 'Brundibar,' illustrations by Maurice Sendak, 'The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present' and 'Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict' (co-edited with Alisa Solomon). Kushner has received the Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy Award, an Oscar nomination, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Olivier Award, two Evening Standard Awards, and is the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.

Michael Greif (Director) directed the world premiere of 'The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures' at The Guthrie Theater last April. He will be directing 'The Winter’s Tale' for The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park this summer as well as 'Angels in America' for Signature Theatre. His other Public Theater credits include the 2007 Shakespeare in the Park revival of 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'Diana Son’s Satellites,' the launch performance of Suzan-Lori Parks’s '365 Days / 365 Plays,' 'Fucking A,' 'Dogeaters,' 'Marisol,' 'Pericles,' 'Casanova,' 'A Bright Room Called Day,' and 'Machinal.' For Signature Theatre Company, he directed John Guare’s 'A Few Stout Individuals' and 'Landscape of the Body.' Greif’s Broadway credits include Jonathan Larson’s 'Rent' (Obie Award, Tony nom.), 'Grey Gardens' (Tony nom.) and 'Next to Normal' (Tony nom.). He is an Artistic Associate at New York Theatre Workshop, where his credits include 'Cavedweller,' 'Bright Lights,' 'Big City,' and 'Rent.'

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