Cherry Lane's 2007 - 08 Season
A Cherry Lane season consists of a new work developed by The Cherry Lane in their Discovery Series, as well as a revival of a classic that was originally mounted at the Cherry Lane (Heritage Series), and finally the Mentor Project, which teams notable,veteran playwright with an emerging playwright in three different showcase productions.
The 2007-08 Cherry Lane Theatre season begins with the Discovery Series production of Katori Hall's Hoodoo Love, to be directed by Lucie Tiberghien, opening at Cherry Lane's Main stage on 29 Oct 2007, following previews from 16 Oct and running through to 8 Dec 2007.
In a southern tale of love, magic, jealousy and secrets, Toulou escapes from the Misssissippi Delta cotton fields to pursue her dream of singing the blues in Memphis. When she meets a rambling blues man, the notorious Ace of Spades, this dream is realized in a way she could never have imagined.
Hoodoo Love was originally produced as part of Mentor Project 2006, mentored by Lynn Nottage, who has described Hoodoo Love as a "gorgeously haunting play" and Katori Hall as "an inventive and soulful writer".
The 2007 - 08 Heritage Season production will present Edward Albee's The American Dream and The Sandbox, which will be billed together as an evening of One-Acts. Production dates for Dream/Sandbox are being planned to coincide with the occasion of Albee's 80th birthday (12 Mar). The production will open at at Cherry Lane's Main stage on 18 Mar 2008, following previews from 4 Mar 2008. Albee will be directing the production, if his schedule allows.
The American Dream is a satire on American family life, that concerns a married couple and their grandmother. They are visited by two guests this particular day who turn their world upside down.
The The Sandbox is another satire on family life. In this short play a domineering Mommy and an emasculated Daddy make an unusual decision about how to cope with their dying grandmother (Mommy's mother).
The American Dream was originally produced at Cherry Lane Theatre in 1961 by Richard Barr and Clinton Wilder. The The Sandbox was originally produced at Cherry Lane Theatre in 1962 in a collaboration between producers Richard Barr, Clinton Wilder and playwright Edward Albee.
Mentor Project 2008 Ã¯Â¿Â½ 10th anniversary season:
Mentor Project is Cherry Lane Theatre's play-development program which engages three nationally renowned dramatists in one-to-one mentorships with three selected playwrights for an entire theater season.
Award-winning playwright Theresa Rebeck describes the program: "There is no question in my mind that this is one of the finest programs for emerging playwrights in America today. It offers young writers what they need to develop into artists: resources, time, attention, support, and a real production."
To celebreate their 10th anniversary the Cherry Lane Theatre welcome back founding mentors Michael Weller and Charles Fuller, as well as Jules Feiffer from the eigth season of the project.
The playwright's in the Mentor Project are choosen by a nominating committee consisting of a diverse group of theatre professionals from across the country. The winning playwrights will be made known at the Mentor Project 2008 Announcement Night! The three winning playwrights will have their works presented in showcase productions in the Sping of 2008.
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