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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 9th July 2012

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of Eve Ensler's Emotional Creature, exploring what it is to be a girl through a series of monologues, stories and songs, music by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, with Ashley Bryant, Molly Carden, Emily S Grosland, Joaquina Kalukango, Sade Namei and Olivia Oguma, directed by Jo Bonney, will preview from October 26th at the Pershing Square Signature Center, opening on November 12th. It will be presented by Carole Black and Pat Mitchell. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's 2012/2013 season will comprise the premieres of Through The Yellow Hour, written and directed by Adam Rapp, a story of hope set in an apocalyptic future, previewing from September 13th at Rattlestick, opening on September 27th; Jon Fosse's A Summer Day, translated and directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde, a meditation on the nature of loss set in two time periods in the same house, previewing from October 10th at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opening on October 25th; Jesse Eisenberg's The Revisionist, about an American writer finding his European roots, directed by Kip Fagan, previewing from February 6th at the Cherry Lane, opening on February 21st; Ken Urban's The Correspondent, in which a grieving husband attempts to contact his recently deceased wife, directed by Stephen Brackett, previewing from March 20th at Rattlestick, opening on April 4th; Mando Alvarado's Basilica, a clash between the Catholic Church and Texas pride, directed by Jerry Ruiz, previewing from May 1st at Cherry Lane , opening on May 16th; and Jessica Dickey's Charles Ives Take Me Home, a family story of dissonance, defense, and devotion, directed by Daniella Topol, previewing from May 29th at Rattlestick, opening on June 13th. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place, between West 11th and Perry Streets, and the Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

The Amoralists production of Lyle Kessler Collision, a dark comedy of emotions on the edge of the abyss in an American College, directed by Terry Kinney, will preview from January 8th at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, opening on January 25th.

Getting The Business, written by and featuring Victor L Cahn, with Susan Louise O'Connor, an office based farce about an executive with designs on his new assistant who has her own agenda, directed by Adam Fitzgerald, will preview from August 10th at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on August 13th. The producer is Rachel Reiner Productions. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42 Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Roundabout Theatre Company's 2012/2013 season of experimental work, Roundabout Underground, will begin with Joshua Elias Harmon's Bad Jews, a viciously comic brawl over family, faith and legacy, with Tracee Chimo, Philip Ettinger, Molly Ranson and Michael Zegen, directed by Daniel Aukin, previewing from October 5th at the Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, opening on October 30th. The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Donna Murphy and Amy Adams will be joined by Gideon Glick, Cooper Grodin, Ellen Harvey, Ivan Hernandez, Jessie Mueller, Denis O'Hare and Kristine Zbornik in the James Lapine-Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods, opening at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on 9th August.

FringeNYC, the 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival, running from August 10th to 26th, will present the work of over 200 theatre companies from around the world, in over 20 venues, with shows ranging from traditional comedies and dramas to musicals, performance art, dance, spoken word and multimedia works. Highlights will include: Scott Baker's BANG! The Curse Of John Wilkes Booth, in which history is rewritten and revealed in a one man show, directed by Richard Harden; Julian Tully's Five Things: A Webcomic In 3-D, a comic brought to life charting five terrifying challenges; Brenton Lengel's Snow White Zombie: Apocalypse, in which Snow White awakens to true love's kiss 28 days after the zombie apocalypse, directed by Jessica Creane; KRiEp - a Grusical In Seven Deadly Scenes, book by John Hammel and Sam Belich, music by Sam Belich, JAK the Ripper in tutu and taps, directed by Sam Belich, with choreography by Kendra Slack; and Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer, Brian Watson-Jones and Jordan Monsell's Pulp Shakespeare, which imagines William Shakespeare had written Pulp Fiction, directed by Jordan Monsell. Further information can be found on the FringeNYC web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Rumour Machine says: that Kinky Boots, a stage musical adaptation of the 2005 film, about how a conservative British shoe factory was saved from closing by producing fetish footwear at the suggestion of a drag performer, book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, with a cast headed by Stark Sands and Billy Porter, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, will open a prospective pre Broadway season at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago in October, courtesy of producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftigm; and that Transport Group will stage The Memory Show, a 2 character musical about a woman with Alzheimer's disease and her estranged daughter, book and lyrics by Sara Cooper, music by Zac Redler, with Catherine Cox and Leslie Kritzer, directed by Joe Calarco, at the Duke On 42nd Street next March. The Rumour Machine grinds on.