Classic Stage Company announce new season


Classic Stage Company has announced four plays for its upcoming 47th Season. The company's 2013-2014 season will feature: William Shakespeares's Romeo and Juliet, starring Elizabeth Olsen (Juliet) and Finn Wittrock (Romeo); the musical The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; Bertolt Brecht's A Man's a Man, directed by Brian Kulick; and David Ives' adaptation of Jean-Francois Regnard's The Heir Apparent, diected by John Rando.


Casting announcements and specific dates for each production will be forthcoming.

The plays will be presented in the following season order:

Romeo and Juliet
Playwright: William Shakespeare
Director: Tea Alagic
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen (Juliet), Finn Wittrock (Romeo), with further casting to be announced.
Date: Expected Sep 2013
Venue: Classic Stage Company

Synopsis: Despite a long-standing feud between the Montagues and the Capulets when Romeo, only son of the Montagues, meets Juliet, the Capulets' only daughter, he falls in love with her and she with him.

The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville
Creators: Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac
Director: Susan Stroman
Choreographer: Susan Stroman
Cast: Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac
Dates: Expected Dec 2013
Venue: Abrons Arts Center

Synopsis: It's the end of the world as we know it. A flood of biblical proportions leaves us with only two people on Earth, who discover their common language is song and dance. Together they chronicle of the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of humankind, through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, R.E.M. and Queen.

A Man's a Man
Playwright: Bertolt Brecht
Director: Brian Kulick
Cast: tba
Dates: Expected Jan 2014
Venue: Classic Stage Company

Synopsis: Welcome to British Colonial India, where the innocent dockworker Galy Gay is rather unorthodoxly enlisted into Her Majesty's Armed Forces. Watch him be "dismantled like a car" and reassembled into the ultimate fighting machine in this early knock-about, anti-just-about-everything farce.

The Heir Apparent
Playwright: Jean-Francois Regnard
Adaptor: David Ives
Director: John Rando
Cast: tba
Dates: Expected Mar 2014
Venue: Classic Stage Company

Synopsis: Meet young Eraste. He has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée, and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle. There's just one little problem: the uncle won't die and he's bequeather his entire fortune to a distant relative. Oh, and did we mention the uncle also intends to marry Eraste's fiancée? What's a fine 18th-century fellow to do? What else by enlist the aid of his resourceful servant, Crispin, who could "out-Figaro" Figaro.

The CSC's 2013/2014 Season will also reunite CSC with the Graduate Acting Program of the Columbia University School of the Arts for The Young Company. This season The Young Company will feature Shakespeare's The Tempest in Mar 2014.

Additionally, CSC will bring back its Open Rehearsal Series, featuring a company of seasoned actors and directors exploring a classic text over the course of three Monday evenings. This coming season will focus on Shakespeare's in Oct 2013 and in Jan 2014.

The company's Brecht Fest in Jan 2014 will feature evenings dedicated to the poetry, songs, and short stories of Bertolt Brecht, which aims to help audiences experience the full depth and breadth of this major 20th-century writer who was equally at home in the theatre, in the music hall and on the printed page.

And finally, in Apr 2014, CSC will present the First Look Festival: Caryl Churchill, a one-night staged reading series exploring the visionary playwright's 'Cloud Nine,' 'Fen' and 'Mad Forest.'

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