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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 25th March 2013

Playwrights Horizons 2013/2014 season will include on the Main Stage: Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, a dark comedy set nearly a century from now, following a new civilization stumbling into its future, directed by Steve Cosson; the premiere of Madeleine George's The (Curious Case Of The) Watson Intelligence, a time-jumping, comic tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people - and machines - upon which we all depend, directed by Leigh Silverman; and the musical Fly By Night, conceived by Kim Rosenstock, by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick and Kim Rosenstock, a tale about making your way and discovering hope in a world beset by darkness (or at least the northeast blackout of 1965); and in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater: the premieres of Marlane Meyer's The Patron Saint Of Sea Monsters, a cockeyed view of the sustaining - and destructive - power of belief, directed by Lisa Peterson; and Kirk Lynn's Your Mother's Copy Of The Kama Sutra, a tough-love comedy navigating the boundaries of intimacy in the story of a father hell-bent on saving his family, directed by Anne Kauffman.

Meanwhile, Playwrights Horizons will stage the musical Far From Heaven, book by Richard Greenberg, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, a story of romance, betrayal and intolerance, as a woman grapples with her identity in a society on the verge of upheaval, adapted from the 2002 film, with Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale, directed by Michael Greif, with choreography by Alex Sanchez, previewing from May 8th, opening on June 1st. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

National Yiddish Theatre/Folksbiene will stage The Megile Of Itzik Manger, book and lyrics by Shmuel Bunim, Haim Hefer, Itzik Manger and Dov Seltzer, music by Dov Seltzer, a circus-inspired reinvention of the story of the Book of Esther, with Stephen Mo Hanan, Shane Baker, Jonathan Brody, Stacey Harris, Andrew Keltz, Rebecca Keren, Stav Meishar, Jeremy Rishe and Hannah D Scott, directed by Motl Didner, with choreography by Merete Muenter, opening at the Baruch Performing Arts Center on April 25th. The show will be performed in Yiddish and English, with English and Russian supertitles. The Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at 55 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 25th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: David Morse, Christopher Denham and Sarah Goldberg will feature in Steven Levenson's The Unavoidable Disappearance Of Tom Durnin, at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Center for Theatre, from May 31st.

Lincoln Center Theater will stage Mr Joy, a one man show written and performed by Daniel Beaty, in which the customers of a Chinese-American who has run a shoe-repair shop in Harlem for decades reveal the impact he has had on their lives and their changing community, directed by Sheryl Kaller, at the Claire Tow Theater from April 8th.

Second Stage Theatre has announced the world premieres that will form its 11th Uptown Series at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre: Erica Lipez's The Tutors, which tests what people who are so plugged into the digital world and online friendship do when confronted by the real thing, directed by Thomas Kail, previewing from May 22nd, opening June 5th; and the musical Murder For Two, book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, a murder mystery in which one actor plays the detective, one actor plays all the suspects, and they both play the piano, previewing from July 10th, opening on July 25th.The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located 2162 Broadway, at 76th Street.

Roots And Wings Theatrical will stage the premiere of Joseph Samuel Wright's Rise, which intertwines the tale of Rome's most infamous anarchist Emperor with the extravagant ambitions of four modern day misfits, with Crawford M Collins, Tafe Gato, Trey Gerrald, Jamey Grisham, Arielle Hader, Margaret Meyer, Jennifer Teska and Jessica Wagner, directed by Samantha Shechtman, opening at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios on April 5th. Shetler Studios is located at 244 West 54th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

Dixon Place will stage the premiere of I Am An Opera, a labyrinth of memories and visions, written, composed and performed by Joseph Keckler, directed by Uwe Mengel, from 5th April. Dixon Place is located at 161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets.

Forthcoming productions at the Wild Project will include Kara Manning's Sleeping Rough, in which an American woman flees to London to graffiti her anguish across the city of her youth, with Renata Friedman, Quentin Mare and Kellie Overbey, directed by Sam Buntrock, from April 3rd, produced by Page 73; and the premiere of Chisa Hutchinson's Alondra Was Here, the story of a young woman who loses her sister and finds courage in a brutal police-state, told through an amalgamation of theatre, graffiti and audience participation, with Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Nicole Aiken, Lolita Foster, Rey Lucas, Jared McNeill, Christopher Myers and Mike Rosete, directed by Jade King Carroll, from May 4th, produced by humRumbleROAR Productions. The Wild Project is located at 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B.

Just Kidding Theatre Company will stage Living Dead In Denmark, an evening of epic zombie-killing action involving characters from Hamlet and other Shakespeare plays, with Krissy Garber, Kimberly Nordstrom, Jessica Randell, Ivy Hong, Stefanie Karis, Stephan Goldbach, Hansen Wetsel, Elohim Pena, Matthew Mollenkopf, Jesse Gabriel and Jesse Turtis, directed by Kathleen Kelly, at the Gene Frankel Theatre from April 5th. The Gene Frankel Theatre is located at 24 Bond Street, between Lafayette Street and Bowery.