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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 6th February 2012

Lincoln Center Theater's new stage, a 131 seater venue built on the roof of the Vivian Beaumont Theater as a home for LCT3, the initiative dedicated to presenting the work of emerging playwrights, directors and designers, which will be known as the Claire Tow Theater, has announced its first production. Greg Pierce's Showgirl, the story of a young woman who flees to her reclusive uncle's retreat in the Costa Rican jungle to escape the aftermath of a horrific accident, directed by Anne Kauffman, will preview from June 4th, opening on June 18th.

The final production in the current season at Second Stage Theatre will be premiere of the musical Dogfight, book by Peter Duchan, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, adapted from the 1991 film about a last night out on the town for three marines before the ship out to Vietnam in 1963, directed by Joe Mantello.

CAP21 Theatre Company will stage the premiere of Amy Ferris, Ken Ferris and Krista Lyons's Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From A Midlife Crisis, in which three menopausal women trade their passions and stresses, with Meghan Duffy, Eliza Ventura and Colleen Zenk, directed by Frank Ventura, previewing from February 29th, opening on March 1st. CAP21's Black Box Theater is located at 18 West 18th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

It has been confirmed that Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, which follows the woes of a faded Southern belle, and her road to madness aided by her violent brother in law, with Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker and Wood Harris, directed by Emily Mann, will preview from April 3rd at the Broadhurst Theatre, with an official opening on April 22nd. The design team will include scenery by Eugene Lee, and costumes by Paul Tazewell.

On The Casting Couch: David Wilson Barnes, Griffin Birney, Tom Bloom, Anita Gillette, Jennifer Mudge, Rachel Resheff, Cameron Scoggins and Phoebe Strole will feature in Dan LeFranc's The Big Meal, opening at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons on March 21st; and Ben Daniels, Melora Hardin, Adam James, Jennifer Tilly and Spencer Kayden will feature in Marc Camoletti's Don't Dress For Dinner, opening at the American Airlines Theatre on April 26th.

Primary Stages has announced its 2012/2013 season at 59E59 Theatres, which will comprise Harrison, TX, a triple bill by Horton Foote, Blind Date, in which an arranged date goes wrong but is finally resolved, The One-Armed Man, a violent confrontation between an employer and an injured worker, and The Midnight Caller, about how the residents of a genteel boarding house cope with newcomers, with Hallie Foote, directed by Pam MacKinnon, from July 24th; Daisy Foote's Him, the story of three siblings struggling to keep the family business afloat in a rapidly changing world that threatens to leave them behind, directed by Evan Yionoulis, from September 21st; and David Ives's All In The Timing, a collection of 6 short comedies, directed by John Rando, from January 22nd. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

From Option To Opening: A Guide To Producing Plays Off Broadway by Donald C Farber, published by Limelight Editions, is an updated edition of what has become a true industry classic. The book is for anyone wanting or needing to understand the process of producing Off Broadway plays from start to finish, be they current or potential producer, writer, actor, director or investor. Written in crisp, clear, nonlegal language that the layman can easily understand, every page reflects the experience and expertise of Farber, a well known and highly respected theatrical attorney. The book contains detailed information on how to: option a property, raise money, obtain a theatre, deal with the cast and other personnel, the art of negotiation, partnerships and co-production agreements, and much more. Especially useful are the appendixes, which include budgets and actual examples of commonly used legal forms and contracts.

Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, re-examining the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained sinner, directed and produced by Terry Schreiber, will open at the Gloria Maddox Theater on February 23rd. The Gloria Maddox Theater is located at 151 West 26th Street, 7th floor, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Irish Cell, a double bill exploring the issue of Irish Republicanism and its ongoing effect on the Irish psyche, comprising, Dancing At Lunacy, about the disappearance of James Connolly in 1919, with Brett Aresco, Mac Brydon, Darrell Larsonr, Spencer Leopold-Cohen and Paul Nugent, and Blood, about an IRA internal security investigation in 1984, with Ciaran Byrne, Paul Nugent and Jed Peterson, directed by Kira Simring, will preview from March 1st at The Cell Theatre, opening on March 3rd. The Cell Theatre is located at 338 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

American Storyboard will stage John J Ronan's The Yeats Game, a farce by about middle-age choices and their ridiculous consequences, with Toby Wherry, Susan Stout, Jennifer Silverstein and Lucius Wall, directed by Kathy Richter, opening at the Producers Club on February 29th. The Producers Club is located at 358 West 44th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Mad Dog Theatre Company will stage Philip Gawthorne's The Thrill Of The Chase, a brutal, uncompromising, and darkly comic exploration of masculinity and sexual politics, with Ryan Barrentine, Jenna D'Angelo, Kevin O'Callaghan and Nicole Samsel, directed by Joel Waage, previewing from February 16th at The Drilling Company Theatre, opening on February 19th. The Drilling Company Theatre is located at 236 West 78th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

The Rumour Machine says: that Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Alan Silvestri, the original creative team of the 1985 film Back To The Future are currently in talks about a stage musical adaptation. The Rumour Machine grinds on.