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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 5th November 2012

The Kindling Theater Company's inaugural production will be the premiere of Michael Rabe's The Future Is Not What It Was, a dark comedy set in a world where society's moral compasses have been broken, the church has lost its currency, and no one seems to have any answers, with Katie Blake, Maryam Hassouni, Maya Kazan, Eddie Liu, Rhett Owen and Michael Rabe, directed by Jay Stull, previewing from November 30th at The Wild Project, opening on December 10th. The Wild Project is located at 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B.

P H Lin's Zelda At The Oasis, in which an imagined chance meeting at a bar in the 1930s triggers memories and dreams for Zelda Fitzgerald, with Edwin Cahil and Gardner Reed, directed by Andy Sandberg, will preview from November 16th at St Luke's Theatre, opening on December 4th. St Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

CircusWorX, created and performed by Brent McCoy, combining ingeniously interconnected circus feats with household items, hailed as 'Cirque de Soleil meets Home Depot', will play at the Canal Park Playhouse from November 10th. The Canal Park Playhouse is located at 508 Canal Street, between Washington and Greenwich Streets.

Sheila Callaghan's Port Out, Starboard Home, the story of a journey for an eclectic group of vacationers who, untethered from everyday responsibilities, become enmeshed in a mysterious and disturbing ritual, with Deborah Eliezer, Brian Livingston, Josiah Polhemus, Amy Prosser, Angela Santillo, Calder Schilling, Benjamin Stuber and Jessica Unker, directed by Ben Yalom, will play at La MaMa E.T.C. from November 8th. The producers are foolsFURY and Z Space. La MaMa E.T.C. is located at 74A East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery.

The world premiere of the musical Amandine, book and lyrics by Winter Miller, music and lyrics by Lance Horne, exploring gender through the real life story of 19th century hermaphrodite Herculine Barbin, with Nathan Lee Graham, Lea DeLaria and Alexandra Silber, directed by Josh Hecht, will play at the Cherry Lane Theatre from January 8th. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

Forthcoming productions at 59E59 Theatres will include Gary Henderson's Skin Tight, in which a couple dissect their love with fierce poetry, dance and potent physicality, with Sarah-Jane Casey and Peter Saide, directed by Nick Flint, from November 8th, a One Year Lease Theater Company production; and the musical Thirteen Things About Ed Carpolotti, book, music, lyrics and direction by Barry Kleinbort, based on the play by Jeffrey Hatcher, the story of a woman's struggle to overcome the mistakes of the past without diminishing the love for her husband, with Penny Fuller and Paul Greenwood, from December 4th, produced by Harbinger Records in association with The Acting Company. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Lincoln Center's Posters And Prints: 50 Years Of The Vera List Program is an exhibition at the New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, running until January 5th. In 1962, Lincoln Center initiated a program to commission posters by prominent artists for the then newly built performing arts complex. The brainchild of philanthropist Vera List and her husband, the poster program expanded in 1970 to include limited edition, signed and numbered fine art prints. The exhibition presents a selection of posters and prints from the program's past 50 years by renowned artists Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, among others. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

Meanwhile, Lincoln Center's 2013 American Songbook Series at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, running from January 30th to March 2nd, will include Lea Salonga, Valerie Simpson, Karen Akers, Rob Fisher Celebrates Kander & Ebb, Stephanie Blythe: We'll Meet Again - The Songs Of Kate Smith, Kristin Chenoweth, and The Songs Of Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey, with Alice Ripley, Brian d'Arcy James, and Idina Menzel. Jazz at Lincoln Center is located in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle.

Chrysalis Theatre Company will stage the premiere of Susan Bernfield's Barking Girl, a portrait of a woman who becomes a mother later in life and finds the transition harder than she imagined, with Max Arnaud, Tom O'Keefe, Meg Maccary and Adina Taubman, directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, at the 4th Street Theatre, from November 8th. The 4th Street Theatre, is located at 83 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

Mint Theater Company will stage Teresa Deevy's Katie Roche, the story of a fiery young servant girl of uncertain parentage living a quiet life in rural Ireland, while harboring dreams of grandeur, directed by Jonathan Bank, from January 26th. The Mint Theater is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Walt Stepp's Skybox, a satire on the duplicity of the moneyed class and the double standard that exists for men and women regarding adultery, with Bill Tatum, Rachel Daye Adams, Chelsey Clime, Steve Brustein, Kenny Steven Fuentes and Maisha Azadi, directed by Lissa Moira, will play at Theater for the New City from November 8th. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.