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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 1st September 2014

Soho Rep's 2014/2015 season will include Debbie Tucker Green's Generations, a play with music performed by a community choir about how Aids has affected three generations of a black South African family, directed by Leah C Gardiner, from September 30th, a co-production with The Play Company; Winners And Losers, created and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long, playing a game that turns both personal and epic as they mercilessly dissect each other's families, backgrounds and life choices, directed by Chris Abraham, from January 2nd; and the premiere of Anne Washburn's 10 Out Of 12, charting the process of making making a new play (based on her experiences in past rehearsals), directed by Les Waters, in May. In addition the company will stage Washeteria, a site-specific production created by Louisa Thompson with second grade students at Brooklyn Arbor PS 414, performed for all-age audiences in a vacant South Williamsburg storefront, transformed into a fantastical Laundromat, comprising theatrical 'episodes' the length of a wash cycle, by writers including Cesar Alvarez, Charise Castro Smith and Adrienne Kapstein, in March. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

INTAR Theatre and One-Eighth Theatre will stage David Koteles's Teach, Teacher, Teachest, inspired by Eugene Ionesco's The Lesson, the story of a pupil who arrives at the apartment of a new tutor for a lesson, with Laura Butler Rivera, Daniel Irizarry and Michael Leonard, directed by Daniel Irizarry, previewing from September 12th, opening on September 18th. INTAR Theatre is located at 500 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

A new musical, Love Quirks, book by Mark Childers, music and lyrics by Seth Bisen-Hersh, in which four young adults are exploring various relationships in Manhattan, with Teresa Hui, Robert McCaffrey, Brian Shaw and Lauren Testerman, directed by Brian Childers, will preview from September 11th at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios, opening on September 19th. Shetler Studios is located at 244 West 54th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

On The Casting Couch: Vincent Kartheiser, Larry Pine, Sophie von Haselberg and Drew Gehling will feature in Mike Bencivenga's Billy & Ray, opening at the Vineyard Theatre on October 20th; Charlie Townsend, Alma Cuervo, Elizabeth A Davis, Claybourne Elder, Malcolm Gets, Maggie Lakis, Megan Loomis, Paul Lincoln, Jane Pfitsch, Randy Redd, Ed Romanoff and Jessica Tyler Wright will form the cast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Allegro, opening at the Classic Stage Company on November 19th; and T R Knight, Jessica Dickey, Jonathan Hogan, Brian Hutchison, Leah Karpel, Cameron Scoggins, Brenda Wehle, Danny Wolohan and Elvy Yost will feature in Samuel D Hunter's Pocatello, opening at Playwrights Horizons on December 15th.

Sean J Quinn's Money Grubbin' Whores, a dark comedy about the negotiations in a messy divorce, with Adam Mucci, James Andrew O'Connor, Penny Bittone and Carmit Levite, directed by Brian Cichocki, will preview from September 25th at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on September 30th. The producer is Hard Four Productions. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Blank! The Musical, co-created by Michael Girts, Mike Descoteaux and T J Shanoff, an interactive improvisational event in which audience members create and direct the action by using their mobile phones, will play at New World Stages from November 1st. The producers are Matt Britten, Upright Citizens Brigade and ImprovBoston. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The 39th Annual 3rd Avenue Community Benefit Street Fair, on September 7th from 12pm to 5pm, on 3rd Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets, will be a celebration of New York City theatre. The event will include a free concert plus contests, interactive games, special offers, giveaways and information about the performing arts scene. Among those taking part will be magician The Amazing Max, Joe Iconis & Family, Literally Alive, Opera On Tap, Little Orchestra Society, TADA! Theater, Rock Star Karaoke, Roundabout Theatre Company, New Victory Theatre, Signature Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, NYU Skirball Center, The York Theatre, TADA! Theater, The Flea Theater, and the casts of Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill, Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, Beautiful, Berenstain Bears LIVE!, On The Town, You Can't Take It With You, The Phantom Of The Opera, Disgraced, Aladdin and The Lion King.

Dreck Theatre Ensemble will stage Robert Schneider's Dirt, in an English translation by Paul Dvorak, a one man play about an alienated illegal immigrant from Iraq living on the fringes of Western society, performed by Christopher Domig, directed by Mary Catherine Burke, at the 4th Street Theatre from September 18th. The 4th Street Theatre is located at 83 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

Lennon: Through A Glass Onion, a bioconcert exploring the life and talent of John Lennon through his songs, created and performed by John R Waters and Stewart D'Arrietta, will preview from October 3rd at the Union Square Theatre, opening on October 15th. Union Square Theatre is located at 100 East 17th Street, between Union Square east and Irving Place.