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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 1st August 2011

La MaMa's 2011/2012 season will include Angels Of Swedenborg, a multi-media dance theatre meditation on the fate of modern man, caught between his material existence and spiritual aspirations, directed and choreographed by Ping Chong, from October 27th; The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's production of Vit Jorejs's Golem, directed by Naomi Goldberg from November 17th; Lifeline, written and performed Raina von Waldenburg, part musical, part storytelling, part cooking solo show, depicting an elderly androgynous burlesque performer and narcoleptic organic goat farmer, directed by Victoria Libertore, from December 1st; and the premieres of John Jesurun's Stopped Bridge Of Dreams, inspired by a 17th century Japanese writer, taking place in a modern version of a tea house located in an airplane circling the globe, from January 19th; and Karin Conrood's I Kissed My Mother, based on the true story of a Romanian orphan during the Ceausescu regime, from February 16th. La MaMa E.T.C. is located at 74A East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery.

The American Theatre Wing's 66th Annual Tony Awards, which will be presented in June 2012, will again be held at the Beacon Theatre, on Broadway between West 74th and 75th streets. Radio City Music Hall, the home of the Tony Awards for several years, was unavailable for this year's awards show because of the Cirque du Soleil show Zarkana, which will likely return to Radio City next season.

Residue', an installation featuring works and artifacts collected during 40 years of collaborative art-making, with video documentation, home made fabric sets and costumes, created by Japanese born, New York based choreographer/dancers Eiko & Koma, will be on display in The Astor Gallery at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts until October 30th. The centrepiece is a tea-house-like structure made of material from Eiko & Koma's 2010 living installation 'Naked', commissioned by the Walker Art Center and presented at the Baryshnikov Arts Center this spring. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

On The Casting Couch: Frank Langella will be joined by Adam Driver, Francesca Faridany, Zach Grenier, Brian Hutchison Virginia Kull and Michael Siberry in Terence Rattigan's Man And Boy, opening at the American Airlines Theatre on October 9th; Justin Bartha will join Jesse Eisenberg in his play Asuncion, which will play at the Cherry Lane Theater from October 12th; Jeremy Davidson, Jefferson Mays and Andrew Weems will head the cast of J T Rogers's Blood And Gifts, opening at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater on November 21st; and John Lithgow will play the title role in David Auburn's The Columnist, opening at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre on April 25th.

Lydia R Diamond's Stick Fly, about an African-American family's summer weekend on Martha's Vineyard, directed by Kenny Leon, will now be staged at the Cort Theatre, instead of the Lyceum as previously announced, although it will still preview from November 18th, with an official opening on December 8th. The producers are Alicia Keys, Reuben Cannon and Nelle Nugent.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular is to stage 'Christmas in August', in Times Square from 11am on August 11th, to launch its new version of the Holiday spectacular, which will run from November 11th to January 2nd. Santa Claus, in the form of Charles Edward Hall, will make his yearly visit from the North Pole, and the Radio City Rockettes will arrive aboard a double-decker Gray Line bus, as featured in the scene New York at Christmas. Surrounding digital outdoor boards will be activated unveiling new show imagery, with activities highlighting the new production elements, which will include 6 new scenes, new state of the art digital projection, and the world's largest flying indoor LED screen, which will envelop the audience in a starry-night sky for the Living Nativity.

Woodshed Collective will stage The Tenant, a site specific work with elements throughout the West Park Presbyterian Church, inspired by Roland Topor's novella about a man who rents a room recently vacated by a woman who fell from her window, a haunting and grotesquely comic investigation into the relationship between who we are and where we live, by Bekah Brunstetter, Sarah Burgess, Paul Cohen, Dylan Dawson, Steven Levenson and Tommy Smith, with Rob Askins, Juliette Cohen, Dan Cozzens, Michael Patrick Crane, Aaron Dias, Evan Enderle, Erin Felgar, Mary Jane Gibson, Stephen Graybill, Judith Greentree, Vanina Kondova, Jocelyn Kuritsky, Maren Langdon, Roger Lirtsman, Malcom Madera, Maria Mcconville, Melissa Miller, Michael Piazza, Lynne Rosenberg, Caitlin Mcdonough Thayer, Ian Unterman, Molly Ward and Travis York, directed by Teddy Bergman and Stephen Brackett, previewing from August 10th, opening on August 24th. West Park Presbyterian Church is located at 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's legendary musical The Fantasticks, the world's longest running show (since 1960) playing at the Snapple Theater Center, will offer free backstage tours following weekend matinee performances through Labor Day. Tours will include a chance to not only explore behind the scenes, but also the opportunity to meet cast members and take photos on stage. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.

Brooklyn/Beijing Innovative Theatre Experience (BITE) will stage Prom Night Of The Living Dead, written and directed by Kris Chung, set at a 1962 prom as the ill-fated high school students dance, drink, and subsequently get attacked by flesh eating zombies, with Ave Lindon, Chad Vega, Nick LaMedica, Jennifer Rugani, Steve Lesce, Johnny Zito, Dan Brown, Sam Joseph, Samantha Sherwood, Neath Williams, Danicah Waldo, Greggory Daniels, Liah Rozenman, Alex Simmons, Cali Gilman, Joe Harris and Morgan Wright, opening at the Player's Theatre on 18th August. The Player's Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street, between West 3rd Street and Minetta Lane.

The TACT/The Actors Company Theatre 2011/2012 season at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row will comprise A R Gurney's Children, about a wealthy family gathering on the 4th of July on an island off the New England coast in 1970, directed by Scott Alan Evans, from October 18th; and Neil Simon's Lost In Yonkers, about two young brothers left to live with a family in a town they don't know in 1942, with Cynthia Harris, directed by Jenn Thompson, from March 14th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.