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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 15th July 2013

The 2013/2014 season of LCT3 productions, Lincoln Center Theater's new works initiative in the Claire Tow Theater, will include J C Lee's Luce, in which a teacher makes a damaging discovery about an all star high school student, forcing the parents to reassess their idealised image of their son, directed by May Adrales, previewing from October 5th, opening on October 21st; Rude Mechs's Stop Hitting Yourself, which borrows from the plots of 1930s musicals to dig deep into the contemporary conservative dilemma, previewing from January 13th, opening on January 27th; and Ayad Akhtar's The Who And The What, about an outspoken writer who clashes with her traditional father and sister over her book about women and Islam, directed by Kimberly Senior, previewing from May 31st, opening on June 16th.

Forthcoming productions at HERE Arts Center will include Trade Practices, an immersive site-specific experience examining the notion of 'value' against the backdrop of the booms and busts of the past decade, directed by Kristin Marting, from October 16th; BOTCH, a soundscape of intricate vocal patterns, mimicry and pulverized speech, with Christina Campanella, Michael Chinworth, Joe Diebes and John Rose, directed by Joe Diebes, from November 13th; and Robin Frohardt's The Pigeoning, which uses bunraku puppetry, video and original music to explore the ideas of obsessive compulsion, safety and order in the context of the end of the world, from December 4th. HERE Arts Center is located at 145 6th Avenue, between Spring and Dominick Streets.

Solar Powered Paper Doll will stage Karen Wurl and Dorothy Chansky's Three Eleanors, examining celebrity and legacy through the lives of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Eleonora Duse and Eleanor Roosevelt, with Courtney Brown, Liz Douglas, Rachel Evans, Maggie Low and Elizabeth Stromsness, directed by Dorothy Chansky, at Stage Left Studio, from July 24th. Street Stage Left Studio is located at 214 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's 2013/2014 season at the Richmond Shepard Theatre will comprise the musical Lift, book by Ian Watson, music and lyrics by Craig Adams, in which 8 people get in a lift at Covent Garden tube station on an ordinary morning and what follows is an exploration into their thoughts, with Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Erin Elizabeth Eichhorn, Randall Glen Taylor, Dana Feinberg and Samantha Mercado-Tudda, plus the voice of Julie Atherton, directed by Steven Carl McCasland, from November 13th; Ferenc Molnar's Liliom, the doomed love story of a naive mill worker and a glamorous but unreliable roustabout, (adapted by Rodgers and Hammerstein into the musical Carousel) directed by Steven Carl McCasland, opening in February; and a successful British musical that flopped in its American debut, whose title has yet to be revealed. The Richmond Shepard Theatre is located at 309 East 26th Street, at 2nd Avenue.

The 38th annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival, Manhattan's oldest short play festival, will take place from July 23th to 28th, at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row. 30 plays have been selected from over 900 submissions to be performed over 5 nights. The final 6 will be performed on the last night, and then published by Samuel French. Over 500 companies and schools from the U.S. and abroad have participated in the festival through the years, and Samuel French has published over 190 of the submitted plays. Further information can be found on the Samuel French web site, via the link from The Emporium in the Links section of New York TheatreNet. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Hudson Warehouse's 10th season of free performances in Riverside Park continues with William Shakespeare's King Lear, in which a ruler descends into madness after disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters, directed by Jesse Michael Mothershed, until July 28th; and Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers, the 17th century swashbuckling tale of the court of King Louis XIII, adapted by Susane Lee, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, previewing on August 1st and 2nd, opening on August 3rd. Performances are at 6.30pm from Thursday to Sunday, on the North Patio of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Riverside Park, at West 89th Street and Riverside Drive.

Broadway In Bryant Park, the free outdoor performances by company members from Broadway and Off Broadway musicals, has returned for a 12th season until August 16th, on Thursdays from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Companies involved will include: The Phantom Of The Opera, Chicago, Rock Of Ages, Soul Doctor, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Kinky Boots, Big Fish, Let It Be, First Date, Annie, Wicked, Motown The Musical, Once, Mamma Mia! and Forever Tango. Bryant Park is located behind the New York Public Library on 6th Avenue, between 40th and 42nd Streets.

FringeNYC, the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival, running from August 9th to 25th, will present the work of over 200 theatre companies from around the world, in over 20 venues, with 1,200 performances ranging from traditional comedies and dramas to musicals, performance art, dance, spoken word and multimedia works. Highlights will include: the musical Aisle Six, book, music, lyrics and direction by Nicola McEldowney, music by Margaret Vigevano, revealing what happens when a plague strikes a supermarket; Jonathan Wallace's Autumn In Andromeda, set on a starship in the 25th century where someone is beamed him into limbo, directed by Tatiana Gomberg; Brandt Johnson's Killer Therapy, in which an infamous assassin facing a midlife crisis pays a surprise visit to a pacifist therapist, directed by Katie Lindsay; Lynda Crawford's Strange Rain, about a 1950s scientist building weather-control machines, directed by Simone Federman; and Katie May's Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A Graphic Novel Play, a darkly comic story of a struggling artist and his mysterious muse, told in the style of a graphic novel. Further information can be found on the FringeNYC web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.