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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 9th July 2007

The 2007/2008 season at St Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO Brooklyn Riverside will once again feature acclaimed productions from around the world, including Paso Doble, in which sculptor and painter Miguel Barcelo teams with choreographer and dancer Josef Nadj on a new work, where dance, visual art, mime, performance art and theatre converge; Adelheid Roosen's The Veiled Monologues and Is.Man, created from interviews with Muslim men and women, intermixing live music, dance and film; the National Theatre of Scotland production of Gregory Burke's Black Watch, a piece of verbatim theatre based on interviews with former soldiers of the Blackwatch regiment who served in Iraq, directed by John Tiffany; a Samuel Beckett season by Dublin's Gate Theatre, celebrating Beckett's 100th birthday, with performances, readings, and masterclasses; and Poland's young theatre company TR Warszawa's production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna, performed outdoors, with an underscore of original pop songs and sound effects, and contemporary images of ritualistic warfare and technology. St Ann's Warehouse is located at 38 Water Street, between Main and Dock Streets in Brooklyn.

Bohemian Archaeology will stage Wendy MacLeod's Sin, with Carter Roy, Amy Broder, Douglas Scott Sorenson, Henry Caplan, Collin Mackenzie Smith, Christopher Armond, Kelly Miller and Megan Hill, directed Jordana Kritzer, previewing from July 18th at the Abingdon Theatre, opening on 24th July. The dark comedy is the story of a helicopter flying traffic reporter (who looks down on the world in more ways than one) in San Francisco on the eve of the 1989 earthquake. The Abingdon Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The ninth annual Broadway Barks fundraising event will be held in Shubert Alley on July 14th from 3.30pm, produced by Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS. Co-hosted by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, the dog and cat adopt-a-thon benefits New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies, and includes celebrity presentations of pets from animal shelters throughout the city. Among the artists from Broadway shows taking part will be Angela Lansbury, Harry Hamlin, David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk, Michael Cerveris, Jo Anne Worley, John Glover, Jane Carr, Gavin Lee, Michael Berresse, J Robert Spencer, John Lloyd, Stephanie J Block, Audra McDonald, Christine Ebersole, Edward Hibbert, Marin Mazzie, Mary Louise Wilson, Charlotte d'Amboise and Laura Bell Bundy. Shubert Alley is located alongside the Shubert and Booth Theatres between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Further information can be found on the Broadway Barks web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

KADM Productions will present Angry Young Women In Low-Rise Jeans With High-Class Issues, a play in five parts written and directed by Matt Morillo, with Rachel Nau, Thomas J Pilutik, Devon Pipars, Angelique Letizia, Nicholas J Coleman, Jessica Durdock, Martin Friedrichs and Jason Drumwright, starting July 12th at The Players Theatre. Based on character studies, the comedy is a light to serious look at the psychology of contemporary women or 'nervous urban goddesses'. The Player's Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street, between West 3rd Street and Minetta Lane.

South Street Seaport is to host the first annual Seaport Summer Theatre Festival, running from August 2nd to 26th. It will comprise three diverse events: William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, with Stephen Largay, Mari Howells, Margaret Nichols, James Rana, Jesse Gavin and Adam Hirsch; Worth Street Theater Company's Snapshots series of one act plays, featuring two world premieres by Clay McCleod Chapman, Bridesmaid and The Interstate And On, and Jeff Cohen's In These Times - Scenes From The Aftermath Of September 11; and Late Night Comedy, with both up and coming comedic talents as well as established favorites. The performances will take place at S-P-A-C-E Gallery and Performance Space 207A Front Street at Beekman Street, South Street Seaport.

Audience Rewards, a free loyalty program that rewards theatregoers on Broadway and around the country, has been formed in an unprecedented business alliance that includes The Nederlander Organization, The Shubert Organization, Jujamcyn Theaters and members of The Independent Presenters Network. It is the first such program to unite the live entertainment industry. Members receive a variety of special benefits, including earning points towards theatre tickets, merchandise and special experiences. In addition, the scheme's web site includes information on shows and links to authorized ticketing companies. Further information can be found on the Audience Rewards web site, via the link from Box Office & Offers in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

New York will christen the city's first 'green' theatre when The Wild Project revives its production of Grant James Varjas's play with music 33 To Nothing, which takes place during a rehearsal of a downtown NYC garage band on the verge of breaking up, featuring actor/musicians John Good, Amanda Gruss, Grant Varjas, Ken Forman and Preston Clarke, directed by Randal Myler, previewing from July 19th, opening on July 25th. Formerly The Bottle Factory Theatre, the newly renovated 99 seat home of The Wild Project includes eco-friendly features like recycled glass tiles, bamboo plywood, low flush toilets, rooftop solar panels and energy efficient glass windows. It is located at 195 East 3rd Street between Avenues A and B.

The New York premiere of Ilan Hatsor's Masked, translated by Michael Taub, with Sanjit DeSilva, Daoud Heidami and Arian Moayed, directed by Ami Dayan, will preview from July 20th at DR2 Theatre, opening on August 2nd. The play is the story of three Palestinian brothers, and depicts the tragedy of one family torn between obligations, kinship, principles and survival. The DR2 Theatre is located at 103 East 15th Street at Union Square.

The Rumour Machine says: that 'Jersey Boy' Christian Hoff may star in a revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical Pal Joey, with a revised book by Richard Greenberg, directed by Joe Mantello, on Broadway next spring; and that Spike Lee will make his Broadway debut directing Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski's Stalag 17, about a group of American airmen in a German prisoner of war camp during the Second World War, featuring Clive Owen, early next year. The Rumour Machine grinds on.