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Signature Announces Casting and $25 Tickets Now on Sale for Athol Fugard's THE TRAIN DRIVER

Signature Theatre Company
CASTING ANNOUNCED & $25 TICKETS NOW ON SALE
FOR SIGNATURE THEATRE’S
NEW YORK PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF

THE TRAIN DRIVER

Written & Directed by ATHOL FUGARD

PERFORMANCES BEGIN AUGUST 14; OPENING NIGHT IS SEPTEMBER 9
IN THE ROMULUS LINNEY COURTYARD THEATRE
AT THE PERSHING SQUARE SIGNATURE CENTER 

TICKETS ON SALE AT WWW.SIGNATURETHEATRE.ORG

Signature Theatre (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) is pleased to announce casting is confirmed and tickets are now on sale for the New York premiere of THE TRAIN DRIVER written and directed by Athol Fugard. THE TRAIN DRIVER is the final production in the Residency One: Athol Fugard Series. All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. The production runs August 14 through September 23, 2012 with a September 9 opening night in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).

The cast includes Leon Addison Brown (The Orphans' Home Cycle, Two Trains Running) as Simon and Ritchie Coster (“Luck,” The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) as Roelf.

Roelf, a train driver, has spent weeks searching for the identities of a mother and child he unintentionally killed with his train. After a fruitless journey through shanty towns, he encounters an old gravedigger named Simon who helps the desperate man unburden his conscience. Based on a true story, The Train Driver is a soulful exploration of guilt, suffering and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers.

The design team includes Christopher H. Barreca (Scenic Design), Susan Hilferty (Costume Design), Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design), Brett Jarvis (Sound Design), Doug Wieselman (Original Music) and Barbara Rubin (Dialect Coach). Linda Marvel is Production Stage Manager.

To purchase tickets, call the Signature Theatre Box Office (212-244-7529) or visit signaturetheatre.org. Subscriptions are currently on sale for the 2012-13 Season, which will include plays by David Henry Hwang, Bill Irwin and David Shiner, Sam Shepard, Regina Taylor, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson.

Tickets to the initial runs of all Signature productions at The Pershing Square Signature Center are $25, part of the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, a program that guarantees affordable and accessible tickets to every Signature production for the next 20 years. Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation. Additional support provided by Founding Sponsor Time Warner Inc., Margot Adams, the Ford Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

2011-12 CURRENT SEASON

The final production of the 2011-12 Season in the Athol Fugard series is THE TRAIN DRIVER.

THE TRAIN DRIVER                                                                      *** NEW YORK PREMIERE ***

Written and Directed by Athol Fugard

August 14 – September 23, 2012

Based on a true story, The Train Driver is a soulful exploration of guilt, suffering and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers.

2012-13 SEASON OVERVIEW

RESIDENCY ONE – DAVID HENRY HWANG SERIES

GOLDEN CHILD

By David Henry Hwang

Directed by Leigh Silverman

October 23 – December 2, 2012

After three years working abroad, a Chinese businessman sets off a dangerous power struggle in his polygamous Chinese household. Inspired by his own family history, David Henry Hwang's 1997 Obie Award-winning and 1998 Tony nominated Golden Child explores the often-painful process through which change comes to people and cultures.

THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD

By David Henry Hwang

Directed by May Adrales

February 5 – March 17, 2013

On a California mountaintop in 1867 near the Transcontinental Railroad, two Chinese workers struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland.

KUNG FU                                                                                          *** WORLD PREMIERE ***

By David Henry Hwang

Directed by Leigh Silverman

Fall/ Winter 2013 (Dates TBA)

A young martial artist comes to America from Hong Kong in the 1960’s with dreams of becoming the biggest movie star in the world, and struggles to overcome the West’s view of Asian men as less than truly masculine.

LEGACY PROGRAM

HEARTLESS                                                                                   *** WORLD PREMIERE ***

By SAM SHEPARD

Directed by DANIEL AUKIN

August 7 – September 16, 2012

Sally lives with her mysterious family in a cavernous home overlooking Los Angeles. When a visitor arrives, Sally's dark secrets – and the secrets of those around her – threaten to come into the light. A world premiere from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sam Shepard, Signature’s 1996-97 Playwright-in-Residence.

Opening Night is Sponsored by Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited.

Tickets on sale now.

THE PIANO LESSON

By AUGUST WILSON

Directed by RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON

October 30 – December 9, 2012

In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle each other over their shared legacy – an antique piano. The fourth play of Wilson’s epic Century Cycle, Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson is a stunning and moving drama of family, history, and survival.

THE BILL IRWIN AND DAVID SHINER PROJECT                 *** WORLD PREMIERE ***

Created and performed by BILL IRWIN and DAVID SHINER

February 12 – March 24, 2013

2003-04 Playwright-in-Residence Bill Irwin reunites with fellow clown David Shiner for a new work combining their inimitable magic, slapstick, and hilarity. Using music, technology, and movement, plus other tricks up their sleeves, Irwin and Shiner create another wild and remarkable outing of theatre for a new generation of audiences. Signature is proud to present this dynamic duo’s first collaboration since the smash Broadway hit Fool Moon.

THE MOUND BUILDERS

By LANFORD WILSON

Directed by JO BONNEY

February 26 – April 7, 2013

A team of archeologists descends on an Indiana town to unearth the mysteries of the Mound Builders. As they excavate the remains of this Native American civilization, they confront powerful and dangerous forces of ambition and legacy. 2002-03 Playwright-in-Residence Lanford Wilson’s searing drama of class, culture and gender clash won the 1975 Obie Award for Distinguished Playwriting.

Support for the Legacy Program is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

RESIDENCY FIVE

---- and potatoes                                                                 *** WORLD PREMIERE ***

By Regina Taylor

Summer/Fall 2013 (Dates TBA)

A crossword loving Chicago book publisher faces the challenge of how to adapt his business in the rapidly changing digital age and begins to look for clues of his own identity as a husband, businessman, and an African-American. A new play from Residency Five playwright Regina Taylor.

The planning and launch of Residency Five is supported, in part, by funds from the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC and the City of New York.

About SIGNATURE THEATRE

Founded in 1991 by James Houghton, Signature Theatre exists to honor and celebrate the playwright.  Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright’s body of work, and during this journey, the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process.  Signature is the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, including re-examinations of past writings as well as New York and world premieres. By championing in-depth explorations of a living playwright’s body of work, the Company delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision. 

Signature has presented entire seasons of the work of Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, Athol Fugard, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, the Negro Ensemble Company, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson.  At The Pershing Square Signature Center, the Company’s expanded programming includes: Residency One, the continuation of Signature’s core program which provides audiences with an immersive exploration of the work of a singular playwright; Residency Five, which provides five-year residencies for multiple playwrights, guaranteeing three full productions of new work over the course of each playwright’s residency; and the Legacy Program, which honors the lifetime achievement of playwrights who have previously been in residence at Signature through the production of a premiere or earlier play. 

Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize, fourteen Lucille Lortel Awards, sixteen Obie Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and twenty-two AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions. The National Theatre Conference recognized the company as the 2003 Outstanding National Theatre of the Year. For more information on Signature please visit us on-line at signaturetheatre.org.

About THE PERSHING SQUARE SIGNATURE CENTER

The Pershing Square Signature Center is the new, permanent home of Signature Theatre.  Spanning an entire city block at 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenue, the Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center features three intimate theatres, a studio theatre, rehearsal studio, and a public café, bar and bookstore and serves as both a theatre community hub and neighborhood destination. Working hand-in-hand with Signature leadership and architect of record H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC, Gehry’s design is carefully calibrated to foster interaction among playwrights, artistic collaborators and the public. The Pershing Square Signature Center  has allowed the Company to expand and enhance its programming, introduce new initiatives, and build audiences. The Center serves as the artistic home for as many as 9 playwrights at any one time, fostering a dynamic creative community where playwrights engage directly with audiences and one another.

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