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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 21st March 2011

Lincoln Center Theater will stage J T Rogers's Blood And Gifts, about a CIA agent's involvement in the 1980s Soviet-Afghan War, directed by Bartlett Sher, previewing from October 27th at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater, opening on November 21st. The play has been expanded from a one act play that was part of the Tricycle Theatre London's 12 play cycle The Great Game Afghanistan.

This year's Lincoln Center Festival of music, dance and theatre, will run from July 7th to 25th, across the Lincoln Center campus and the Park Avenue Armory. Highlights will include: the Mariinsky Ballet performing Anna Karenina, The Little Humpbacked Horse, Carmen Suite and Symphony In C; Theatre Bouffes Du Nord's production of Mozart's A Magic Flute, directed by Peter Brook; the Kanagawa Arts Theatre with The Temple Of The Golden Pavilion, adapted by Serge Lamothe from the novel by Yukio Mishima; the Druid Theatre Company production of Sean O'Casey's The Silver Tassie; the Royal Danish Opera performing Poul Ruders's Selma Jezkova, based on Lars von Trier's film Dancer In The Dark; and the British Royal Shakespeare Company with As You Like It, Romeo And Juliet, King Lear, The Winter's Tale and Julius Caesar. Further information can be found on the LCF web site, via the link from Festivals, in the Links Section of New York TheatreNet.

The Flea Theater will stage the premiere of Laurel Haines's Future Anxiety, a wildly conceivable vision of the apocalypse, in which a new generation tries to make sense of how to live on a planet with increasingly drained resources and suspect inhabitants, directed by Jim Simpson, previewing from April 15th, opening on April 27th. The cast comprises Brett Aresco, Allison Buck, Holly Chou, Ugo Chukwu, Katherine Folk-Sullivan, Grant Harrison, Alex Herrald, Josephine Huang, Amanda Idoko, Raśl Sigmund Julia, Yvette King, Vin Kridakorn, Maren Langdon, Betsy Lippitt, Seth Moore, Joy Notoma, Reynaldo Piniella, Donaldo Prescod, Anita Sabherwal, Joann Sacco, Keola Simpson, Hansel Tan and Monica Wyche. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

Manhattan Children's Theatre will stage The Complete Works Of The Brothers Grimm (Abridged), a Reduced Shakespeare Company style whizz through the world's best known fairy tales, including Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Snow White and Cinderella, performed by four actors in under an hour, written and directed by Bruce Merrill, opening on April 23rd. Manhattan Children's Theatre is located at 52 White Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

MTWorks will stage the premiere of David Stallings's The Family Shakespeare, with Eric C Bailey, Sarah Chaney, Jason Emanuel, Dianna Martin, Frankie Seratch, Peter B. Schmitz, Corey Tazmania and Cotton Wright, directed by Antonio Minino, previewing at the June Havoc Theatre from April 13th, opening on April 15th. It is the story of what happens when the daughter of Thomas Bowdler, who published censored 'family suitable' versions of the plays of William Shakespeare in the 18th century, comes across the full versions - and a one play that has been kept from her. The June Havoc Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Peter Friedman and Kevin Cahoon will be joined by Annie Golden, Steve Routman, Emily Walton, Jamey Hood, Cory Michael Smith and Sarah Sokolovic in the Joy Gregory-Gunnar Madsen-John Langs musical The Shaggs: Philosophy Of The World, opening at Playwrights Horizons on 12th May.

Barefoot Theatre Company will stage Joseph Sousa's Teeth Of The Sons, about a brother's homecoming that brings about unexpected family revelations and conflict, with Sousa, Will Allen, Casandera M J Lollar and Shayna Padovano, directed by Nicole Haran, previewing from April 20th at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre, opening on April 22nd. The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

Nicu's Spoon will stage Maxwell Anderson's Bad Seed, adapted from the novel by William March, about an 8 year old who will stop at nothing to get her way - even murder, with Sharon Hunter, Lee Eden, Tim Romero, Wynne Anders, Mark Armstrong, Katie Labahn, Douglas Gowland, Michael Abourizk, Morgan Sills, Milton Elliot and Diane Shilling, directed by S Barton-Farcas, previewing on April 6th at The Spoon Theatre, opening on 7th April. The Spoon Theatre is located at 38 West 38th Street, 5th Floor, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Isobel Lennart-Jule Styne-Bob Merrill musical Funny Girl, which traces the early life of 20th century stage, screen and radio star Fanny Brice, directed by Bartlett Sher, with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, will be part of the Center Theatre Group's 2011/2012 season at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, beginning a journey back to Broadway in 2012, courtesy of producer Bob Boyett. The Rumour Machine grinds on.