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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 12th August 2013

Forthcoming productions at 59E59 Theatres will include Ross Dungann's The Life And Sort Of Death Of Eric Argyle, a quirky tale of the afterlife of a man who barely lived enough to have regrets, with Siobhan Cullen, Rachel Gleeson, Manus Halligan, Davey Kelleher, Emmet Kirwin, Dave McEntgart, Erica Murray and Karen Sheridan, directed by Dan Herd, from September 4th, a 15th Oak production; I Can See Clearly Now (The Wheelchair On My Face), a comedy about childhood myopia, written and performed by Sonya Kelly, directed by Gina Moxley, from September 10th produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company; Jeffrey Jackson's Two Point Oh, about a pioneering software mogul's widow finding a virtual-reality simulation of her husband, with Jack Noseworthy, Karron Graves, James Ludwig, Antoinette LaVecchia and Michael Sean McGuinness, directed by Michael Unger, from October 3rd; Jack Canfora's Jericho, in which a Jewish 9/11 survivor and a Palestinian 9/11 widow find themselves embroiled in a family's drama, directed by Evan Bergman, from October 4th; and Lucile Lichtblau's The English Bride, inspired by a real-life failed bombing attempt of an El Al flight out of London in 1986, with Amy Griffin, Michael Gabriel Goodfriend and Ezra Barnes, directed by Carl Wallnau, from October 22nd. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Roundabout Theatre Company will stage the premiere of Meghan Kennedy's Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, about the walls people build to protect their hearts - and how they decide when it's time to break them down, directed by Sheryl Kaller, previewing from October 25th at Roundabout Underground, at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, opening on November 20th. The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone and Alexandra Socha will head the cast of the Lisa Kron-Jeanine Tesori musical Fun Home, at The Public Theater from September 30th; and Dan Lauria, John Bolton, Erin Dilly and Caroline O'Connor will return for a second season in Benj Pasek-Justin Paul's A Christmas Story, The Musical at the Theater at Madison Square Garden from December 11th.

The Keen Company's 2013/2014 at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row will include Jon Robin Baitz's The Film Society, which chronicles the struggle of a young teacher to keep politics out of his extracurricular film club in a South African school for boys in 1970, with Euan Morton, Roberta Maxwell, Gerry Bamman, David Barlow and Mandy Seigfried, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, previewing from September 10th, opening on October 1st; and Paddy Chayefsky's Middle Of The Night, a comedy about a May-December romance in 1950's New York, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, previewing from February 11th, opening on March 4th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Maeve's House, written and performed by Eamon Morrissey, portraying the life and work of the Irish New Yorker writer Maeve Brennan, will receive its U.S. premiere at the Irish Arts Center from October 17th. The Irish Arts Center is located at 553 West 51st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The Kaufman Center has announced its fall Broadway Close Up season in the Merkin Concert Hall, an inside look at the world of musical theatre. It will comprise: Bound For Broadway, in which Liz Callaway interviews the writers of 5 new shows, including My Life Is A Musical by Adam Overett, Nine Wives by Dan Elish and Douglas J Cohen, and Drive by Andy Monroe, on October 7th; A Party With Amanda Green, performing some of her songs and discussing her collaborations with Trey Anastasio, Doug Wright and Tom Kitt, on October 28th; Cy Coleman, Ladies Man, featuring songs of the legendary composer and his female lyricists, with Karen Ziemba, on November 18th; and Sing for Your Supper, offering a history of the American musical theatre through duets, trios and quartets, with Mary Michael Patterson, Lewis Cleale, Alan Greene, Erin Mackey, Heidi Blickenstaff and Matthew Scott, directed by Noah Racey, on December 6th. The Merkin Concert Hall is located at 129 West 67th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. Further information can be found on the Merkin Concert Hall web site via the link from Off Broadway Venues & Companies in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Horse Trade Theater Group in association with Moonlight Productions will stage Israela Margalit's Night Blooming Jasmine, a desperate love story of a young Israeli war hero and a Palestinian woman, juxtaposed against the cultural clash between their families, with Joe Barbarino, Paul Guskin, Mariam Habib, Anthony Knotts, Ben Morrow, Nuah Ozryel, Alissa Razzano and Shannon Sullivan, directed by Artem Yatsunov, at Under St Marks from August 29th. Under St Marks is located at 94 St Marks Place, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

Forthcoming productions at the Players Theatre will include the musical Hollow, music by Michael Sgouros, book, lyrics and direction by Brenda Bell, adapted from Washington Irving's The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, with Timothy Bartlett, Jonathan Bethea, Maggie Cummings, Megan Corcoran, Eric Fletcher, Brianna Hurley and Nathan Oesterle, choreographed by Stefanie Smith, from September 25th; and a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant, music by Michael Sgouros, lyrics and direction by Brenda Bell, in which a giant finds that spring will only return his garden if he shares it with his neighbours, playing daytime performances from October 6th. The Players Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street, at Minetta Lane.

Labyrinth Theatre Company's 2013/2014 season, at the Bank Street Theater, will include Eric Bogosian reading and performing from his new book 100, comprising monologues from his 6 one man shows from the 1980s and 1990s, which will differ from performance to performance, from October 1st; and Dominique Morisseau's Sunset Baby, about a political prisoner and former black revolutionary who attempts to connect with his estranged daughter, from November 6th. The Bank Street Theater is located at 155 Bank Street, between Washington and West Streets.