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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 12th April 2010

Second Stage Theatre has announced the shows that will form its 8th Uptown Series at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre: Michael Golamco's Year Zero, about a 16 year old Cambodian American and his sister struggling to reinvent themselves in Long Beach California, directed by Will Frears, will preview from May 18th, opening on May 26th; and Leslye Headland's Bachelorette, set at a bachelorette party, where, surprise, surprise, things don't go according to plan, directed by Trip Cullman, will preview from July 12th, opening on July 21st. The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located 2162 Broadway, at 76th Street.

The Women's Project and the Cherry Lane Playhouse will stage the world premiere of Sheila Callaghan's Lascivious Something, exploring the relationship between a young American and his Greek bride who escape to an island and plant a vineyard, with Elisabeth Waterston, Rob Campbell, Dana Eskelson and Ronete Levenson, directed by Daniella Topol, previewing from May 2nd at the Julia Miles Theater, opening on May 11th. The Julia Miles Theater is located at 424 West 55th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

This year's Live Design Master Classes will be held between May 21st and 27th. Abe Jacob, the godfather of contemporary theatre sound design, leads the Broadway Sound Master Classes, from 21st to 23rd, with Brian Ronan, Jonathan Deans, Bob McCarthy, Acme Sound Partners, Rob Kaplowitz and John Taylor. A veritable who's who in Broadway lighting design, led by doyenne Jules Fisher, and including Robert Wierzal, Peggy Eisenhauer, Beverly Emmons, Peter Kaczorowski, Wendall K Harrington, Don Holder, Brian MacDevitt, and Clifton Taylor, make up the faculty of the Lighting Master Classes, from 25th to 27th. The Projection Master Class, with a faculty that will include David Gallo, Steve Gilbard and William Cusick, will be held on 24th. In addition to the keynote speakers, all programmes include a visit to the Broadway musical American Idiot, Fela! or Memphis, complete with a backstage tour, a discussion with the design team, and in depth analysis of the production, plus a manufacturers showcase. Full details can be found on the Live Design web site via the link from The Emporium in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Flea Theater will stage the world premiere of Bathsheba Doran's Parents' Evening, which examines contemporary marriage as couple prepare with dread for the annual parents' evening at their daughter's school, with Julianne Nicholson and James Waterston, directed by Jim Simpson, previewing from April 17th, opening on April 29th. The Flea Theatre is located at 41 White Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

Playwrights Horizons has announced its 2010/2011 season beginning in August. In the Mainstage Theater: Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I, about a family where the mother can't tell her identical twins apart, which descends into chaos when one brother announces that the other doesn't exist, with Elizabeth Ashley and Brian Murray, directed by Emily Mann; and the world premieres of Adam Bock's A Small Fire, in which a tough-as-nails contractor finds her senses disappearing one at a time, leading to unlikely self-discoveries, directed by Trip Cullman; and Bathsheba Doran's Kin, which sheds a light on the changing face of kinship in the expansive landscape of the modern world, directed by Sam Gold. In the Peter Jay Sharp Theater: Amy Herzog's After The Revolution, a portrait of an American family thrown into an intergenerational tailspin, when forced to reconcile a thorny and delicate legacy, directed by Carolyn Cantor; and the premiere of Go Back To Where You Are, written and performed by David Greenspan, a melancholy comic romance, in which an ancient Greek is sent on a mission to the contemporary Hamptons, directed by Leigh Silverman. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The next production in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater will be the Naked Angels production of Chloe Moss's This Wide Night, the story of two women who forged a strong friendship while in prison, but find that this threatens their attempts to make a fresh start when they are released, with Edie Falco and Alison Pill, directed by Anne Kauffman, previewing from May 8th, opening on May 16th.

The 2nd Americas Off Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters will feature 5 plays receiving their New York premieres: De Novo, written and directed by Jeffrey Solomon, telling the true story of 16 year old Edgar Chocoy, who pleaded with a U.S. court not to deport him to Guatemala, from April 28th; Alan Brody's The Housewives Of Manheim, about a Brooklyn community of women awaiting the return of their husbands from World War II when a woman fleeing the Holocaust arrives, directed by SuzAnne Barabas, from May 6th; Samuel D Hunter's Jack's Precious Moment, in which a family attempts to put their lives back together after a video of insurgents beheading their loved one is released on the internet, directed by Kip Fagan, from May 21st; Charles Smith's Freed, the story of ex-slave John Newton Templeton, who, 40 years before the abolishment of slavery, was the first African-American to attend college in the Midwest, directed by Joe Brancato, from June 11th; and Ayn Rand's Ideal, about a famous actress accused of murder and the fans who worship her, directed by Jenny Beth Snyder, from June 17th. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the current London production of Noel Coward's Private Lives, with Kim Cattrall and Matthew Macfadyen, will transfer to Broadway - although Cattrall may star in Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool first; and that the musical Catch Me If You Can, book by Terrence McNally, music and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, adapted from the 2002 movie telling the true story of a young and successful con man, directed by Jack O'Brien, with choreography by Jerry Mitchell, is aiming for Broadway next spring, courtesy of producers Hal Luftig and Margo Lion. The Rumour Machine grinds on.