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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 4th August 2014

It's Official! As previously forecast here, A R Gurney's Love Letters, the two hander tracing the development of a couple's relationship over a 50 year period through their correspondence, featuring a rotating cast including Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow, Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen, directed by Gregory Mosher, will preview from September 13th at the Nederlander Theatre, with an official opening on September 18th. The design team comprises scenery by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Jane Greenwood, and lighting by Peter Kaczorowski. The producers are Nelle Nugent, Barbara Broccoli, Fredrick Zollo, Olympus Theatricals, Kenneth Teaton and Colleen Camp.

The fall season at 59E59 Theaters will include the premiere of Deliverance, adapted by Sean Tyler from the novel by James Dickey, in which four friends embark on a three-day canoe trip down a wild section of a river in the heartland of Georgia, with Gregory Konow, Nick Paglino, Ryan O'Callaghan, Bryce Hodgson and Jarrod Zayas, directed by Joe Tantalo, from October 10th, produced by Godlight Theatre Company; Walter Mosley's Lift, about two ambitious co-workers who meet for the first time when a catastrophic event traps them in a skyscraper elevator, with Shavonna Banks, Maameyaa Boafo, Biko Eisen-Martin and Martin Kushner, directed by Marshall Jones III, previewing from October 17th, opening on October 28th, produced by Crossroads Theatre Company; Barb Jungr: Hard Rain: The Songs Of Bob Dylan And Leonard Cohen, from October 28th, produced by CCA; Robert Callely's On A Stool At The End Of The Bar, the story of love torn apart by a deep held secret sparked by a chance meeting, directed by Michael Parva, from November 14th, produced by The Director's Company; and Mac Rogers's Asymmetric, in which a man has to get a traitor who is his former wife to confess to selling secrets, with Rob Maitner, Kate Middleton, Seth Shelden and Sean Williams, directed by Jordana Williams, from November 14th, produced by Ground UP Productions and Gideon Productions. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Playwrights Realm will stage the premiere of Elizabeth Irwin's My Manana Comes, in which four busboys angle for shifts, pray for tips, and cling to dreams of life beyond their dingy back-of-house grind at an Upper East Side restaurant, with Jason Bowen, Jose Joaquin Perez, Brian Quijada and Reza Salazar, directed by Chay Yew, previewing from August 26th at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons, opening on September 4th. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Slightly Altered States Theater Company will stage the premiere of Sari Caine's Mr Landing Takes A Fall, an absurdist comedy in which a woman secretly decides to put her family's long time home up for sale, and a dystopian journey begins, with Sari Caine, David Rigo and Alison McBryde, directed by Sherri Eden Barber, at the Flea Theatre from September 12th. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Church and Broadway.

The 2014/2015 season at St Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn, will include Sarah Kane's 4:48 Psychosis, chronicling a person on the brink of suicide, adapted and directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna, with Magdalena Cielecka, from October 16th, produced by TR Warszawa; Kneehigh Theatre Company's Tristan And Yseult, by Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy, a contemporary version of the story of a king who falls in love with his enemy's sister, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, from November 13th; Toxic Psalms, comprising almost sinister music that mirrors the unspeakable violences and victimizations across the world, performed by Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica, directed by Karmina Silec, from January 8th; and The Wooster Group's Cry, Trojans!, an early American located adaptation of William Shakespeare's Troilus And Cressida, which is set during the Trojan war, with Jim Fletcher, Ari Fliakos, Koosil-ja, Greg Mehrten, Suzzy Roche, Scott Shepherd, Casey Spooner and Kate Valk, directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, from March 24th; and Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation, a live performance of the songs recorded by Sisters of the Shaker Community in Sabbathday Lake, Maine, and dances they inspire, with Cynthia Hedstrom, Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand, Bebe Miller, Suzzy Roche and Max Bernstein, Matthew Brown, Modesto Jimenez, Bobby McElver, Jamie Poskin and Andrew Schneider, Directed by Kate Valk, from April 23rd. St Ann's Warehouse is located at 29 Jay Street, at Plymouth Street.

Australian Made Entertainment will stage David Williamson's The Club, which shines a harsh light on the questionable influence big business has on sports, with Samuel Douglas Clark, Matthew Foster, Marc LeVasseur, Peter Reznikoff, David Sedgwick and Daniel Stagliano, directed by Andrew H Lyons, opening at Urban Stages on September 12th. Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Scandinavian American Theater Company will stage the premiere of Bastards Of Strindberg, 4 short plays by Dominique Morisseau, David Bar Katz, Lina Ekdahl and Andreas Boonstra, inspired by August Strindberg's Miss Julie, the story of a sexual liaison between a footman and his master's daughter, with Zenzele Cooper, Albert Bendix, Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz, Vanessa Johansson, Rikke Lylloff, Drew O'Kane, Kwasi Osei and Devin B Tillman, directed by Henning Hegland and Alicia House, at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row from September 2nd. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.