Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Next Long Wharf Season Offers Two Premieres

Long Wharf Theatre has announced the slate of shows for its 49th season.

The season will begin with a farce, The Underpants, by Steve Martin, directed by Long Whar's Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein in co-production with Hartford Stage. Martin’s play is based on Carl Sternheim’s play Die Hose, which was banned in Germany in 1911 for its risqué content. Then, Phylicia Rashad will make her Long Wharf Theatre directorial debut with Fences, the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic by August Wilson

Heidi Schreck, known for her brilliant career as both an actor and a playwright, will debut her newest work, The Consultant, on Stage II in January. The Consultant deals with the financial meltdown, the absurd world of the modern workplace and the unlikely relationships formed there. Kip Fagan, who recently directed Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave in The Revisionist at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in NewYorl.

Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles plays the Mainstage in late February. It's a very honest look at the unsteady relationship between a grandmother and grandson who are worlds apart generationally

Athol Fugard makes his first appearance on stage in over a decade in the world premiere of his most recent work The Shadow of the Hummingbird. This sensitive portrayal of an 80-year-old man giving advice to his young grandson will take place on Stage II in April. “This is a great work by a late master about living and dying, and how to live one’s life” Edelstein said. “It is written by and starring one of the most important voices in the world theatre in the last fifty years. We are honored that Athol has chosen to give us his newest play.”


The season will conclude with the musical The Last Five Years, taking place in May on the Mainstage.The heartbreaking romance from Jason Robert Brown is  a portrait of a marriage.


Subscriptions are currently on sale. Single tickets for the 2013-14 Season will go on sale Thursday, Aug. 1. For more information about the 2013-14 season, or to purchase tickets, visit www.longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282. 

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