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Last updated : 22nd September 2014

The Public Theater's Mobile Shakespeare Unit will tour William Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince Of Tyre, the epic play about treachery, love, hope and perseverance, with Raffi Barsoumian, Christopher Kelly, Ben Mehl, Flor De Liz Perez, Amanda Quaid, David Ryan Smith, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart and J D Webster, directed by Rob Melrose, with movement by Christopher Windom, in community venues across the five boroughs before playing at the Public's home from November 11th. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and East 4th Street.

The Women's Project Theater's 2014/2015 season will comprise Cori Thomas's When January Feels Like Summer, charting the adventures of a group of characters in Harlem on an unusually warm winter's night, directed by Daniella Topol, at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, from October 1st; Kate Benson's A Beautiful Day In November On The Banks Of The Greatest Of The Great Lakes, relating events at a multigenerational Thanksgiving family gathering, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, at New York City Center from January 13th; the premiere of Tanya Barfield's Bright Half Life, about love and the infinite moments that make a life together, directed by Leigh Silverman, at New York City Center from February 15th; and the premiere of Laura Eason's The Undeniable Sound Of Right Now, set in a struggling rock club in 1992, directed by Kirsten Kelly, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, from March 18th. The Ensemble Studio Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues; New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues; and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place, between West 11th and Perry Streets.

Shut Up Sit Down & Eat, a comedy revealing what happens when 4 Italian American people attend a group therapy session and the doctor never shows up, created by and featuring Tina Giorgi, Joe Moffa, Chris Monty and Eric Tartaglione, directed by Eve Brandstein, will preview from October 12th at the Snapple Theater Center, opening on October 26th. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.

Lypsinka! The Trilogy, comprising Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, directed by Kevin Malony, The Passion Of The Crawford, directed by Kevin Malony, and John Epperson: Show Trash, directed by Barry Kleinbort, featuring John Epperson (the drag artist best known as Lypsinka), playing in repertoire, will preview from November 5th at the Connelly Theater, opening on November 13th. The Connelly Theatre is located at 220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B.

Page 73 will stage the premiere of Clare Barron's You Got Older, looking at family, illness, and how we cope when life unexpectedly unravels, with Reed Birney and Brooke Bloom, directed by Anne Kauffman, previewing from October 29th at HERE Arts Center, opening on November 6th. HERE Arts Center is located at 145 6th Avenue, between Spring and Dominick Streets.

Fosse, by Sam Wasson, published by Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is an authoritative and revealing biography of renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter and director Bob Fosse. The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards in the same year, Fosse revolutionised nearly every facet of American entertainment, forever marking Broadway and Hollywood with his iconic style - hat tilted, fingers splayed - that would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosse's innumerable achievements, no accomplishment ever seemed to satisfy him, and offstage his life was shadowed in turmoil and anxiety. Sam Wasson traces Fosse's untold reinventions of himself over a career that spawned The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz and Chicago. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources Wasson illuminates not only Fosse's prodigious professional life, but also his close and conflicted relationships.

Inner Voices, a double bill of new solo musicals comprising Grace, book and lyrics by Charlayne Woodard, music by Kirsten Childs, in which the novelist Grace Monroe faces the most devastating challenge of her life, performed by Andrea Frierson, directed by Shirley Jo Finney; and The Other Room, book and lyrics by Mark Campbell, music by Marisa Michelson, looking at friendship and political engagement during the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York, performed by Phoebe Strole, directed by Ethan Heard, will preview from October 4th at the TBG Theatre, opening on October 11th. The TBG Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Manhattan Theatre Works will stage Carole Carpenter's Sweet, Sweet Spirit, in which a West Texas family must come together after a gay boy has been the victim of a hate crime committed by his own father, with London Griffith, Carol Hickey, Gary Hilborn, Deanna McGovern, Dino Petrera, Kathleen O'Neill and and David Stallings, directed by Joan Kane, previewing from October 10th at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, opening on October 14th. The Theater at The 14th Street Y is located at 344 East 14th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, about a 1980s 'having it all' Wall Street trader who is also a serial killer, directed by Rupert Goold, who directed the London premiere, has been pulled from Second Stage Theatre's season next spring by co-producers Act 4 Entertainment and Edward R Pressman, with the aim of opening on Broadway next fall, possibly in association with producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel. The Rumour Machine grinds on.