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Last updated : 29th April 2013

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the recent American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts, production of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, the story of an overbearing mother and her son, who is torn between an obligation to his family and his desire to break away, in 1930s St Louis, with Zachary Quinto, Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J Smith, directed by John Tiffany, will preview from September 5th at a Shubert theatre to be announced, with an official opening on September 26th. The design team comprises scenery and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Clive Goodwin. The producers are Jeffrey Richards and John N Hart, and the A.R.T.

Artist Of Light, by the glow-suit dance group iLuminate, combining mythical elements with music, art and dance, created and directed by Miral Kotb, with book by Athena S Bienvenu, and choreography by John 'Jrock' Nelson, Dario Mejia and Marcus Allan Cobb, will preview from June 24th at New World Stages, opening on July 18th. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Forthcoming productions at The Flea Theater will include the Attic Theater Company production of Tennessee Williams's The Notebook Of Trigorin, adapted from Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, which relates the romantic entanglements and regrets of a group of actors, writers and artists, with Ted Caine, Meredith Forlenza, Charise Greene, Jeremy Lawrence, Allen McCullough, Henry Packer, Amelia Pedlow, Renee Petrofes, Nicholas Ritacco, Will Sarratt, Michael Schantz, and Liz Tancredi, directed by Laura Braza, from May 3rd; Tommy Smith's White Hot, a brutal comedy about how cruel we can be to the ones we love, when we want what they have, with Janice Amaya, Bradley Anderson, Jamie Bock and Sean McIntyre, directed by Courtney Ulrich, opening on May 7th; and the premiere of Christopher Oscar Pena's a cautionary tail, in which two Chinese-Americans growing up in New York City confront a confused tangle of family, a diverse array of friends, and their rampant sexuality, with Janice Amaya, Bradley Anderson, Jamie Bock and Sean McIntyre, Alton Alburo, Barron Bass, Matt Bovee, Maxx Brawer, Madeleine Bundy, Jenelle Chu, Sasha Diamond, Karen Eilbacher, Bobby Foley, Aaron Parker Fouhey, Alex Gould, Cleo Gray, Alex Grubbs, Marlowe Holden, Christine Lee, Evan Maltby, Bonnie Milligan, Jacquelyn Revere, Stephen Stout and Tony Vo, directed by Benjamin Kamine, from May 29th. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

The Amoralists will stage Rantoul And Die, written and directed by Mark Roberts, about a couple whose marriage is over but one of them can't see it, from June 5th at the Cherry Lane Theatre, at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets; and the premiere of Derek Ahonen's The Cheaters Club, a murder mystery about a group that meets each year with no spouses or strings attached to exorcise their sexual demons, from August 12th at the Abrons Arts Center, at 465 Grand Street, at Pitt Street.

On The Casting Couch: Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater will be joined by Daniel Breaker, de'Adre Aziza, Jonathan Hadary, Colin Donnell, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Patti Murin and Heidi Schreckin in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park productions of The Comedy Of Errors and Love's Labour's Lost from May 28th; and Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Jayne Houdyshell will be joined by Brent Carver and Chuck Cooper in Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet, opening at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on September 19th.

Primary Stages has announced a further production in its 2013/2014 season. Donald Margulies's The Model Apartment, a black comedy in which two Holocaust survivors from Brooklyn who retire to Florida find that they must confront the demons from their past, directed by Even Cabnet, opening in September at 59E59 Theatres. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

This year's Live Design Master Classes will be held between 31st May and June 8th. A veritable who's who in Broadway lighting design, led by doyenne Jules Fisher, including Brian MacDevitt, Robert Wierzel, Jeff Croiter, Jason Lyons, Jane Cox, Justin Townsend, Don Holder, and Bev Emmons, make up the faculty of the Lighting Master Classes, from 31st May to 3rd June. The Projection Master Class, led by Zachary Borovay, with a faculty that will include Batwin + Robin, Daniel Brodie, and Michael Kohler, will be held on June 4th. The Scenic Design Master Class featuring David Gallo as creative consultant, with Rob Howell, Anna Louizos and Steven Kemp, will take place from June 5th to 7th. Abe Jacob, the godfather of contemporary theatre sound design, leads the Sound Master Classes, on June 7th and 8th, with Tony Meola, Nevin Steinberg, John Gromada, and Leon Rothenberg. In addition to the keynote speakers, programmes include a visit to a Broadway musical, complete with a backstage tour, a discussion with the design team, and in depth analysis of the production, plus a manufacturers' showcase. Full details can be found on the Live Design web site via the link from The Emporium in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Intar Theatre will stage Andrea Thome's Pinkolandia, in which two Chilean children relocated to Wisconsin create an imaginary world in the search for their family's past, with Carlo Alban, Maria Helan, Annie Henk, Jose Antonio Melian, Gabriel Sloyer and Heather Velasquez, directed by Jose Zayas, from May 3rd. The Intar Theatre is located at 500 West 52nd Street, 4th Floor, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Jelena Kajgo's Realists, adapted by Ian Morgan and Jelena Stupljanin, a comedy looking at how the shock waves of American-style capitalism and the global financial crisis have affected Eastern Europe, with Kevin Hogan, Sean Meehan, Samantha Soule and Jelena Stupljanin, directed by Ian Morgan, will play at HERE Arts Center from May 11th. HERE Arts Center is located at 145 6th Avenue, between Spring and Dominic Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that the Joe Matseroff-Fred Ebb-John Kander musical Cabaret, adapted from John van Druten's play I Am A Camera, inspired by Christopher Isherwood's book Goodbye To Berlin, set in the world of German cabarets during the rise of Nazism, with Alan Cumming, will return to Broadway next spring, courtesy of the Roundabout Theatre Company. The Rumour Machine grinds on.