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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 31st March 2014

Signature Theatre's 2014/2015 season will include A R Gurney's The Wayside Motor Inn, in which 10 people - some strangers, some not - struggle with the circumstances that have brought them to an inn Outside Boston, in August; Naomi Wallace's And I And Silence, exploring the fierce dreams of youth and the brutal reality of adulthood in 1950's America, directed by Caitlin McLeod in August; Sam Shepard's A Particle Of Dread, a dark, fragmented, modern-day take on Oedipus Rex, with Stephen Rea, directed by Nancy Meckler, in November; the premiere of Katori Hall's Our Lady Of Kibeho, based on events in Rwanda in 1981 where a girl claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary, directed by Michael Grief, in November; Charles Mee's Big Love, a contemporary reworking of Aeschylus's The Danaids, in which brides flee their grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa, directed by Tina Landau, in February; Naomi Wallace's The Liquid Plain, in which two runaway slaves plan a desperate and daring run to freedom in late 18th century Rhode Island, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, in February; a new play written and directed by Athol Fugard, in April; and A R Gurney's What I Did Last Summer, about a wife's failed attempt to restore normalcy to her family towards the end of World War II, directed by Jim Simpson, in May. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The next Lincoln Center Theater LCT3 production will be Ayad Akhtar's The Who & The What, about the family fallout from a Pakistani-American writer's novel about women and Islam, with Tala Ashe, Greg Keller, Nadine Malouf and Bernard White, directed by Kimberly Senior, previewing from May 31st in the Claire Tow Theater, opening on June 16th.

The Irish Repertory Theatre will stage Gardner McKay's Sea Marks, charting the developing long distance relationship of a fisherman living on a remote Irish island and a Liverpool book publisher, with Xanthe Elbrick and Patrick Fitzgerald, directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, previewing from April 23rd, opening on May 4th. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Piece by piece productions and Rising Phoenix Repertory, in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, will stage the premiere of David Van Asselt's A Fable, an epic adventure of an idealist spurred on by love to right a long forgotten wrong, with Edward Carnevale, Liza Fernandez, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Maxwell Hamilton, Jerry Matz, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Eileen Rivera, Pamela Shaw, Samantha Soule, Alok Tewari, Sanford Wilson and Gordon Joseph Weiss, directed by Daniel Talbott, previewing from May 3rd at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opening on May 22nd. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets.

The 6th 24 Hour Musicals event will be held on Monday April 7th at The Gramercy Theatre. A group of 16 actors, 4 writers, 4 directors, 2 choreographers and 4 musical directors will come together on the evening of Sunday April 6th, and form teams to write and rehearse 4 short musicals to be performed 24 hours later. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Orchard Project, which helps theatre companies develop new ideas. The Gramercy Theatre is located at 127 East 23rd Street, between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue South

Forthcoming productions at Theater for the New City will include 155 Thru The Roof, a fanciful comedy by Tony Armour, with songs by Peter Dizozza, (a sequel to 155 First Avenue, which dramatised events form the company's 25 year chequered history) in which the theatre is washed away by floods and its artistic director is abducted by stage-struck Martians, with Cam Kornman, T D White, Kat Yew, Alexa Criscitiello, Charles Browning and Mike Hill, directed by George Ferencz, from April 3rd; and the dance drama The Story Of Yu-Huan, a portrait of the princess and artist of China's Middle Kingdom, written and directed by Joanna Chan, featuring Ashley Liang, who also choreographs, previewing from May 30th, opening on June 1st, a Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America production. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue at 10th Street.

Mark Borkowski's The Head Hunter, depicting a confrontation between two cousins, one of whom is a screenwriter and the other a mob henchman, with Robert Mobley and Sal Inzerillo, directed by Richard Hymes-Esposito, will play at The Producers' Club Theaters from April 11th, produced by Termination Productions. The Producers' Club Theaters is located at 358 West 44th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will stage Edward Sakamoto's Fishing For Wives, a comedy in which a Hawaiian bachelor sends a picture of his more handsome friend in order to secure a bride, but finds when she arrives she falls for the friend, with Bobby Foley, Viet Vo, Akiko Hiroshima, Allison Hiroto, Rebecca Lee Lerman, and Kiyo Takami, directed by Ron Nakahara, previewing from April 5th at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on April 10th. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.