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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 8th December 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's 2015/2016 season will include the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Sam Shepard's Fool For Love, set in a seedy motel room on the edge of the Mojave Desert, where two doomed lovers uncover deep secrets and dark desires, with Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell, directed by Daniel Aukin, previewing from September 15th at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre, with an official opening on October 8th; and the premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's Ripcord, a comedy involving a battle of wills between two tenacious residents of an assisted living facility, with Mary Louise Wilson and Marylouise Burke, directed by David Hyde Pierce, previewing from September 29th at New York City Center - Stage 1, opening on October 20th. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Storm Theatre Company will stage Anita Loos's play Gigi, adapted from the novella by Colette, set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, where a romance develops between a wealthy playboy and a young courtesan, with Justin Adams, Connie Castanzo, Kate Chamuris, Jamil Chokachi, Cheri Paige Fogleman, Kathleen Huber and Evangelia Kingsley, directed by Peter Dobbins, opening at the Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame on January 9th, presented in association with Blackfriars Repertory Theatre. The Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame is located at 405 West 114th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive.

It has been confirmed that the recent Public Theater production of the musical Fun Home, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori, adapted from Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about her relationship with her father in the family funeral home, directed by Sam Gold, with choreography by David Neumann, with Michael Cerveris, will be remounted at the Circle in the Square Theatre, previewing from March 27th, with an official opening on April 19th. The original cast also featured Judy Kuhn, Roberta Colindrez, Beth Malone and Alexandra Socha. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by David Zinn, lighting by Ben Stanton, sound by Kai Harada, and projection by Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg.

On The Casting Couch: Marie Zamora, Randy Redd, Jeremy Cohen and Stephen Zinnato will feature in Alain Boublil's Manhattan Parisienne at 59E59 Theaters from December 18th; Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling will be joined by Anthony Edwards, Annabella Sciorra and Elizabeth Franz in Ivan Turgenev's A Month In The Country, opening at the Classic Stage Company on January 29th; and Larry David will be joined by Rita Wilson, Ben Shenkman, Lewis J Stadlen, Marylouise Burke, Jenn Lyon and Molly Ranson in his comedy Fish In The Dark, opening at the Cort Theatre on March 5th.

Josephine And I, written and performed by Cush Jumbo, exploring the life of the iconic cabaret performer Josephine Baker, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, will preview from February 27th at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, opening on March 10th. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and West 4th Street.

The Elevator Repair Service will perform the premiere of a new work by Sibyl Kempson, in which a couple from Middle America are mysteriously summoned to an Alpen holiday, and while at a hotel with an extended circle of eccentric acquaintances, they are set upon by dark forces, directed by John Collins, at New York Theatre Workshop in the fall of next year. New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

The Actual Dance, written and performed Samuel A Simon, a love story of a husband's journey through the uncharted waters of his wife's illness, directed by Kate Holland, with movement by Marine Sialelli, will play at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row from January 10th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Theater for the New City will stage the premiere of the musical An American Worker, book and lyrics by Tom Attea, music by Arthur Abrams, looking at the realities of the families of steelworkers in a Pennsylvania town when the mill announces its impending closure, with Mark Ryan Anderson, Kelsey Mathes, Matthew Angel, Elijah Black, Patti DeMatteo, Arthur Harold, Robert Homeyer and George Morafetis, directed by Mark Marcante, with choreography by Angela Harriell, previewing from December 26th, opening on January 8th. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue at 10th Street.

All For One Theater, which champions solo theater, will stage Another Medea, written and directed by Aaron Mark, performed by Tom Hewitt, in which an actor recounts his dual obsession with a wealthy doctor and the myth of Medea; and Devil In A Box, written and performed by Sarah Jane Johnson, relating how a summer weekend in Paris changed her life forever because of an act of violence, directed by Libby King, playing in repertory at The Wild Project, from January 14th. The Wild Project is located at 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B.

The Rumour Machine says: that Lindsay Lohan may follow her stage debut in the London production of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow with Mamet's Oleanna, the two hander exploring political correctness, as an American university student accuses her male professor of sexual harassment when faced with failing her course; and that the recent award winning Young Vic Theatre London production of 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 Gillian Anderson, directed by Benedict Andrews, is looking for a Broadway home in 2016. The Rumour Machine grinds on.