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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 30th June 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club will stage the premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Swing Of The Sea, in which passions and ghosts of the past emerge for two brothers and a sister as each of them faces an uncertain future following the death of their father, directed by Lynne Meadow, previewing from May 26th at New York City Center - Stage I, opening on June 16th. New York City Center is located 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The New Group's 20th anniversary 2014/2015 season at the Pershing Square Signature Center will include David Rabe's Sticks And Bones, about an average American family torn apart by a son's return from the Vietnam War, with Holly Hunter and Bill Pullman, directed by Scott Elliott, in the fall; Joel Drake Johnson's Rasheeda Speaking, the story of the deterioration in the relationship of two women working together in a doctor's office, with Dianne Wiest and Tonya Pinkins, directed by Cynthia Nixon, in the new year; and the premiere of The Spoils, written by and featuring Jesse Eisenberg, following a young man who has been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents' money, and bullies everyone in his life, directed by Scott Elliott, next spring. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

New Ohio Theatre and XO Female Productions will stage My Stubborn Tongue, a solo play written and performed by Anna Fishbeyn, the story of a Russian Jewish immigrant girl who quickly learns that the only way to avoid being defined by her origins is to strengthen her grasp of the English language, directed by Scott Klavan, from August 6th at the New Ohio Theatre. The New Ohio Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets.

On The Casting Couch: James Earl Jones and Kristine Nielsen will be joined by Annaleigh Ashford and Rose Byrne in Moss Hart and George S Kaufman's You Can't Take It With You, opening at the Longacre Theatre on September 28th; and America Ferrera, Michael Chernus, Tracee Chimo and Austin Lysy will head the cast of Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart, opening at Second Stage Theatre on November 5th.

Playwrights Horizons 2014/2015 season will include on the Main Stage: Bootycandy, written and directed by Robert O'Hara, kaleidoscope of sketches that interconnect to portray growing up gay and black, from August 22nd; the premiere of Samuel D Hunter's Pocatello, a heartbreaking comedy that is a cry for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape, directed by Davis McCallum, from November 21st; the premiere of Melissa James Gibson's Placebo, a comedy examining slippery truths and the power of crossed fingers in a study of a new drug, directed by Daniel Aukin, from February 20th; and a new as yet untitled play by Bruce Norris, directed by Pam MacKinnon, from May 22nd; and in the Peter Sharp Theatre: the premiere of Heidi Schreck's Grand Concourse, navigating the mystery of faith, the limits of forgiveness, and the pursuit of something resembling joy, directed by Kip Fagan, from October 17th; and the musical Iowa, book and lyrics by Jenny Schwartz, music and lyrics by Todd Almond, in which a wayward mother takes her teenage daughter across the country for a new, uncharted beginning, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, from March 25th. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Mint Theater will stage George Kelly's The Fatal Weakness, a comic take on romance, marriage and commitment, through the 28 year marriage of an incurable romantic, with Cliff Bemis, Cynthia Darlow, Kristin Griffith, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Patricia Kilgarriff and Victoria Mack, directed by Jesse Marchese, previewing from August 19th, opening September 15th. The Mint Theater is located at 311 West 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts 2014/2015 season will include, in addition to the already announced Shakespeare's Globe London production of William Shakespeare's King Lear, a study in age and rage, with Joseph Marcell, directed by Bill Buckhurst, from September 30th; Cirque Alfonse with Timber!, combining elements of the forest and folk- lore, folk music and flannel, with extraordinary acrobats and epic feats of agility and strength, from October 13th; the Joshua Light Show Festival, combining live music, art, light, dance and projection, from October 23rd; New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players with Ruddigore, from November 1st, H.M.S. Pinafore, from December 26th and The Gondoliers, from May 15th; and Mummenschanz's The Musicians Of Silence, a distinctive wordless show using everyday objects to create characters and stories - a kind of 'Swiss Family Blue Man', from November 20th. The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place, at Washington Square South.

The Russian Arts Theater & Studio will stage The Bear & Other Jokes, adapted and directed by Aleksey Burago from short stories and memoirs by Anton Chekhov, with James Fordyce, Danijela Popovic, Paulo Quiros and Di Zhu, at the West End Theater, from July 22nd. The West End Theater is located in the Church of St. Paul and St Andrew, 263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue.

Axis Theatre Company's 2014/2015 season will include the premiere of the musical Triangle Fire, by Paul Carbonara and Randy Sharp, using historical documents and newspaper accounts to recreate the lives of two young politically minded immigrant workers caught up in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, directed by Randy Sharp, from September 10th; the return of Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid, the family musical, based on a winter themed fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, written and directed by Randy Sharp, from December 5th; The Groundling, written and directed by Marc Palmieri, in which a man writes a play about his troubled marriage and hires two reluctant theatre professionals to stage the play in his garage with a cast of locals, from February 11th; Hospital, a newly conceived and reimagined full length version of the episodic series set in the interior life of a person in a terminal coma, written and directed by Randy Sharp, from April 23rd; and The Horror, exploring what is truly frightening in our lives, our bodies, our desires and ourselves, written and performed by David Crabb, directed by Josh Matthews, from July 1st. The Axis Theatre is located at 1 Sheridan Square, between West 4th Street and Washington Place.