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New York Theatre Workshops 2012-13 Season to Include Paula Vogel's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS

New York Theatre Workshop
NEW YORK
THEATRE WORKSHOP
2012-2013 SEASON TO INCLUDE

A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS

WRITTEN BY PAULA VOGEL AND
DIRECTED BY TINA LANDAU

AND

SONTAG: REBORN
ADAPTED BY MOE ANGELOS
AND DIRECTED BY MARIANNE WEEMS

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo are proud to announce that A Civil War Christmas, written by Paula Vogel, directed by Tina Landau and Sontag: Reborn adapted by Moe Angelos, directed by Marianne Weems and produced in collaboration with The Builders Association will round out the company’s 2012/13 season.

{module ad_left_body}A Civil War Christmas

By Paula Vogel

Directed by Tina Landau

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) weaves a rich tapestry of a beleaguered and divided nation, war-weary and desperate for goodwill, on a blustery Christmas Eve in 1864.  Through the personal stories and struggles of a wide range of historical figures and fictional characters – from the President’s wife to runaway slaves, Union and Confederate soldiers to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Walt Whitman – we learn that, for all their differences, one thing is clear: the yearning for peace cuts across religious and class divisions, color lines and, of course, the Mason-Dixon Line.

At once familiar and freshly re-imagined, the story of that winter night is alive with history, hope and humanity.  Vividly staged by director Tina Landau and infused throughout with traditional carols and period music, A Civil War Christmas takes a sprawling new look at the seemingly intractable challenges we once faced to see how far we’ve come as a nation and how far we still have to go.

Sontag: Reborn

Based on the book by Susan Sontag and edited by David Rieff.

Adapted and performed by Moe Angelos

Directed by Marianne WeemsProduced in collaboration with The Builders Association

Adapted from the first volume of Susan Sontag’s journals written between 1947 and 1963 by performer Moe Angelos, Sontag: Reborn is a tender look at the prolific essayist before she was a world-renowned author and activist.  As the young Sontag wrestles with her emerging confidence and innate insecurity, her journey to womanhood and notoriety is as stilted by frailty and doubt as it is driven by determination and curiosity.  The refuge of her diary is as important to her development as a writer as it is to her personal growth and maturity.  Sontag says herself, “In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could in person.  I create myself.” 

Directed by Marianne Weems and using the Builders' signature synthesis of poetic video and sound, this tightly-crafted story of self-discovery and sexual identity is both exuberant and intimate, exploring the private life, loves, and idiosyncrasies of the iconic intellectual.  Sontag: Reborn reveals through her own words that before there was Sontag, there was Susan.

These plays join the previously announced Red Dog Howls, written by Alexander Dinelaris and Belleville, written by Amy Herzog and directed by Anne Kauffman.

Red Dog Howls

By Alexander Dinelaris

A box of old letters and a father’s dying wish leads Michael Kiriakos to dig up the buried memories of his hidden family history.  After meeting Rose, his father’s now-elderly pen pal, Michael slowly learns of a past he never knew existed, one of exile, sacrifice and, ultimately, redemption.

Written by Alexander Dinelaris (The Chaos Theories), Red Dog Howls explores the horrors of human atrocities, the enduring strength of the human spirit and how the choices we make as husbands, sons, wives and daughters will – for better or worse - reverberate for generations.

Belleville

By Amy Herzog

Directed by Anne Kauffman

Heralded by the New York Times as “thrillingly good,” Belleville, the newest drama from the acclaimed playwright Amy Herzog (4000 Miles, After the Revolution) and director Anne Kauffman (Maple and Vine, This Wide Night), is a chilling look at the limits of trust, truth, deception and dependency in a world where both love and loss can be pathological and cathartic. After premiering at Yale Repertory Theater in 2011, Herzog’s Belleville, “confirms her reputation as one of the brightest new talents in the theater,” says Times’s critic Charles Isherwood.

Abby and Zack - young, American and married – have shirked the stability of a comfortable post-graduate life in the Midwest for Belleville, a bustling, bohemian, multicultural neighborhood in Paris.  In an attempt to build a life together away from their family and friends, their passive-aggressive and aggressively passionate relationship is put to test after an awkward afternoon discovery, a landlord’s ultimatum and a cracked toenail.

2012/13 Season Memberships are on sale and can be purchased at www.ticketcentral.com or by calling 212-279-4200.

The final production of NYTW’s critically acclaimed 2011/12 season, is Food and Fadwa, which begins performances May 18, 2012.

Two NYTW productions are currently running on Broadway:  Once at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre and Peter and the Starcatcher at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.  Additionally, Rent, which originated at NYTW, is enjoying a successful off-Broadway revival at New World Stages.  Both Once and Rent received their world premieres at NYTW, while NYTW presented the New York premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher.

New York Theatre Workshop, now celebrating its 29th season, is a leading voice in the world of Off-Broadway and within the theatre community in New York and around the world.  NYTW has emerged as a premiere incubator of important new theatre, honoring its mission to explore perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape our lives. In addition, NYTW is known for its innovative adaptations of classic repertory. Each season, from its home in New York's East Village neighborhood, NYTW presents three to five new productions, over 80 readings, and numerous workshop productions, for over 45,000 audience members.  Over the past 28 years, NYTW has developed and produced over 100 new, fully staged works, including Jonathan Larson's Rent, Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul, Doug Wright's Quills, Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde, Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla, Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Far Away, and A Number, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath, and Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher.  The 2002 remounting of Martha Clarke's seminal work, Vienna: Lusthaus and subsequent American tour was one of the longest-running productions in NYTW's history.  NYTW’s acclaimed productions of Once and Peter and the Starcatcher are currently enjoying Broadway runs, and Rent, which premiered at NYTW, is currently playing an off-Broadway revival.  NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies, and minority artist fellowships.  In 1991, NYTW received an OBIE Award for Sustained Achievement and in 2000 was designated to be part of the Leading National Theatres Program by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

For more information about New York Theatre Workshop, please visit www.nytw.org.