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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 30th April 2012

New York Theatre Workshop's 2012/2013 season will include Alexander Dinelaris's Red Dog Howls, in which the discovery of a box of old letters reveals buried memories of a hidden family history; Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas, which weaves a tapestry of the nation on Christmas Eve in 1864 through the personal stories and struggles of a wide range of historical figures and fictional characters, directed by Tina Landau; Amy Herzog's Belleville, a look at the limits of trust, truth, deception and dependency in a world where both love and loss can be pathological and cathartic, directed by Anne Kauffman; and Sontag: Reborn, based the first of Susan Sontag's journals, edited by David Rieff, adapted and performed by Moe Angelos, directed by Marianne Weems, produced in collaboration with The Builders Association.

Roundabout Theatre Company will stage Nick Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, in which the arrival of a drifter brother-in-law is a catalyst for an eruption in the life of an already rocky nuclear family, with Jake Gyllenhaal, directed by Michael Longhurst, previewing at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre from 24th August, opening on September 20th. The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Making It On Broadway, a week long intensive course where students explore the realities of what it means to be a modern Broadway professional, will run from August 6th to 11th. Participants will have the opportunity to work with professionals from every aspect of the business, including casting directors, agents, actors, directors, music directors, conductors, producers and Broadway composers. Among those scheduled to teach are Megan Hilty, Laura Osnes, Anthony Rapp and Hugh Panaro. The sessions will take place at 353 Studios, 353 West 48th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. Further information can be found on the MIOB web site, via the link from Festivals & Events in the Links section of New York TheatreNet

The York Theatre Company will stage the revue Closer Than Ever, music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr, featuring songs about love, friendship, security, happiness and the pressures of contemporary life, with Jenn Colella, George Dvorsky, Christiane Noll and Sal Viviano directed by Maltby, from June 5th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Forthcoming productions at 59E59 Theatres will include Erica Fae and Jill A Samuels's Take What Is Yours, telling story of how American women fought for and won the right to vote, inspired by and composed in the words of Alice Paul, the National Woman's Party, and documents of their time, with Erica Fae, Adrian Jevicki, Wayne Maugans, David Riley and Courtney Stallings, directed by Jill A Samuels, playing from May 3rd; and Dan Gordon's Murder In The First, based on his screenplay for the 1995 film, exploring the unlikely friendship that develops between a young, idealistic attorney and a prisoner that he has to defend, with Chad Kimball, Joe Adams, Guy Burnet, Richard Fiske, Anthoula Katsimatides, Darren Kelly, Joe Lawless, Larisa Polonsky, Thomas Ryan and John Stanisci, directed by Michael Parva, previewing from May 25th, opening on June 6th, produced by The Directors Company, in association with Chase Mishkin, Barbara & Buddy Freitag and Invictus Theater Company. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Milan Stitt's The Runner Stumbles, a part courtroom drama, part whodunit, based on a true story of a nun's mysterious murder in a remote parish in northern Michigan in the 1910s, with Becky Byers, Nat Cassidy, Heather E Cunningham, Casandera M J Lollar, Joe Mathers, Christopher Patrick Mullen, Alisha Spielmann and Ric Sechrest, directed by Peter Zinn, will play at the Arclight Theatre, from May 8th. The producer is Retro Productions. The ArcLight Theater is located at 152 West 71st Street, between Columbus Avenue and Broadway.

Atlantic Theater Company has announced its 2012/2013 season, which will include in the Linda Gross Theater: Simon Stephens's Harper Regan, about a woman who walks out on her marriage and home to explore the limits of loyalty, morality, and the bonds of family, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch; the premiere of Melissa James Gibson's What Rhymes With America, examining the relationship of a man and his estranged teenage daughter, directed by Daniel Aukin; and John Guare's Three Kinds Of Exile, the story of three artists from Communist Eastern Europe who escape to the west, directed by Neil Pepe; and in Atlantic Stage 2: Rolin Jones's The Jammer, set in the world of 1950s New York professional roller derby. The Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, and Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Jukebox Jackie, a collage of scenes, poetry, music and dance culled from the works of Jackie Curtis, who performed as both a man and a woman throughout his career in the 60's, 70's and 80's, conceived and directed by Scott Wittman, with Justin Vivian Bond, Bridget Everett, Cole Escola and Steel Burkhardt, will play at the Ellen Stewart Theater from May 24th. The Ellen Stewart Theater is located at 74A East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

Actors' Equity Association, the union that represents professional stage actors and stage managers across the U.S., is preparing for its centennial in April 2013 with a year long series of events. These will include: a live performance celebrating theatre's legacy in American culture in Times Square on June 5th; Behind The Curtain, a multimedia touring exhibit in a 53ft cargo trailer that will showcase memorabilia and video clips from live productions; Performance Of The Century: 100 Years Of Actors' Equity Association And The Rise Of Professional American Theatre, a book by Robert Simonson, to be published by Applause Books in September; roundtable discussions across the country featuring theatre professionals and high-profile actors, with local school students invited to participate in Q&A sessions; and The Narrative Project, social networking through Facebook, where union members and supporters can share their personal experiences, anecdotes and images.

John Pastore's Panic At The Riverside Motel, a twisted, dark comedy about an ordinary couple forced to deal with the consequences of the sudden suicide of a stranger, with Tommaso Matelli, Ingrid Dellalian, Evan Zelnick, Thom Pinto, Felipe Bonilla, directed by Mattia Molini, will play at Gallery MC from May 4th. The producer is Storefront Productions. Gallery MC is located at 549 West 52nd Street, 8th Floor, between 10th and 11th Avenues.