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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 28th November 2011

The Flea Theater will stage These Seven Sicknesses, a 5 hour compilation of all 7 surviving plays by Sophocles: Oedipus, In Trachis, Philoktetes, In Colonus, Ajax, Elektra and Antigone, where the intermingling of chance and fate yields disquieting results, adapted by Sean Graney, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, previewing from January 19th, opening on January 29th. The company will comprise Tiffany Abercrombie, Matt Barbot, Yoni Ben-Yehuda, Satomi Blair, Dave Brown, Allison Buck, Charlotte Bydwell, Holly Chou, Jenelle Chu, Ugo Chukwu, Alexander Cook, Tommy Crawford, Eloise Eonnet, Bobby Foley, Katherine Folk-Sullivan, Glenna Grant, Cleo Gray, Alex Grubbs, Grant Harrison, Victoria Haynes, Cameran Hebb, Alex Herrald, Miles Jacoby, Betsy Lippitt, Sean McIntyre, Kate Michaud, Seth Moore, Erik Olson, Victor Joel Ortiz, Jeff Ronan, Marie Claire Roussel, Olivia Stoker, Stephen Stout, Liz Tancredi, Will Turner, Tony Vo, Nate Washburn and Akyiaa Wilson. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Church and Broadway.

The Elevator Repair Service production of Gatz, in which, in the office of a mysterious small business, an employee starts to read F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and doesn't stop, with Scott Shepherd again heading a cast of 13, directed by John Collins, a 6 hour marathon, with two intermissions and a dinner break, will return to The Public Theater, from March 14th. The premiere of Nathan Englander's The Twenty Seventh Man, adapted from his short story about a group of writers in a Soviet prison camp, directed by Barry Edelstein, has been rescheduled to November. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and West 4th Street.

Nina Raine's Tribes, the story of a young deaf boy's struggle to be heard in a fiercely intelligent and proudly unconventional family, directed by David Cromer, will open at the Barrow Street Theatre on March 4th. The producers are Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter. The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street, between 7th Avenue and West 4th Street.

The Theatre Development Fund's Costume Collection, which is one of the largest theatrical costume rental houses in the country, has moved its 75,000 piece collection to the Kaufman Astoria Studios, in Queens. The collection houses costumes and accessories contributed by Broadway and Off Broadway productions, opera companies, and television and feature film productions. They are accessible to not-for-profit theatre companies, schools, community groups and religious groups, as well as film and television productions. In 2010, 949 productions were mounted by 466 organizations in 33 states with costumes from the TDF collection. The Kaufman Astoria Studios is located at 34-12 36th Street, Astoria, Queens.

The premiere of Accidentally, Like A Martyr, written and directed by Grant James Varjas, about a group of gay men coming to grips with life and aging in the 21st century, with Kevin Boseman, Brett Douglas, Ken Forman, Keith McDermott, Cameron Pow and Chuck Blasius, will preview from December 15th at Paradise Factory, opening December 19th. The producers are Other Side Productions and 28bars Productions. Paradise Factory is located at 64 East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include: Balls… The Musical?, featuring new lyrics to existing show songs, created by Bret Carr, Mick Bonde, Brandon Ellis, Michael 'Tuba' McKinsey and Nick Verina, with Bret Carr, Mick Bonde, Brandon Ellis, Will Ray and Nikkieli DeMone, directed by Kasey Marino, with choreography by Abby Lee, previewing on December 7th at the Lion Theatre, opening on December 8th, produced by Blue Balls Inc in association with JAKK Productions; and 3 Ghosts, a steampunk musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, book by Liz Muller and Collin Simon, music by Collin Simon, lyrics and direction by Liz Muller, at the Beckett Theatre from 8th December, produced by Pipe Dream Theatre. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Oysters Orgasms Obituaries, a solo performance exploring different aspects of motherhood through the experiences of three women, written and performed by Raina von Waldenburg, directed by Zishan Ugurlu, will preview from December 1st at La MaMa E.T.C., opening on December 4th. La MaMa E.T.C. is located at 74A East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery.

The York Theatre Company's latest Developmental Reading Series of new musicals will include Wicked Moon, book by Richard Aellen, music by Varick Bacon, lyrics by Powers McElhone, a romantic comedy involving the owner of a cabaret venue and her assortment of friends, directed by Pamela Hunt, on December 1st; Unexpected Joy, book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Janet Hood, with Baby Jane Dexter, Emma Hunton, Capathia Jenkins and AnnMarie Milazzo, about four very different women singers who come together for a memorial concert where sparks fly, directed by Sheryl Kaller, on December 2nd, presented in association with Jim Kierstead; and Who's Your Mommy?, music by Gerald Sternbach, book and lyrics by Elin Hampton, with Jared Bradshaw, Alison Cimmet, Alli Mauzey, Mary Gordon Murray and Elyse Wolf, which explores the minefield of child rearing, directed by Lynn Taylor-Corbet, on December 20th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that Ruth and Augustus Goetz's The Heiress, adapted from Henry James's novel Washington Square, about a woman being pulled between her father and a suitor who may be motivated by greed, directed by Moises Kaufman, is aiming for Broadway next fall, courtesy of producers Paula Wagner and Roy Furman; that a musical adaptation of the 1990 film Honeymoon In Vegas, book by Andrew Bergman from his screenplay, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, about a chaotic attempt to orgainise a wedding, is aiming for Broadway in the 2012/2013 season, courtesy of producer Dena Hammerstein; and that John Patrick Shanley is working with composer Douglas J Cuomo on an opera based on his play Doubt, about the clash between the principal of a Catholic school and a priest accused of having an inappropriate relationship with one of his male students, which Minnesota Opera will premiere in 2013. The Rumour Machine grinds on.