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New York Theatre Workshop Announces 2013-14 Season

New York Theatre Workshop

NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP
ANNOUNCES 2013-2014 SEASON TO INCLUDE

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
BACHARACH REIMAGINED

MUSIC BY BURT BACHARACH

 LYRICS BY HAL DAVID AND OTHERS

MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS BY KYLE RIABKO

DIRECTED BY STEVE HOGGETT

FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN

WRITTEN BY WILL POWER

DIRECTED BY DES MCANUFF

AND

CARYL CHURCHILL RETURNS TO NYTW

WITH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF

LOVE AND INFORMATION

WRITTEN BY CARYL CHURCHILL
DIRECTED BY JAMES MACDONALD

ONE ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION
TO BE ANNOUNCED IN COMING WEEKS

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo are proud to announce that its 2013-2014 subscriber season will include What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined, with musical arrangements by Kyle Riabko and directed by Steven Hoggett;  Fetch Clay, Make Man written by Will Power and directed by Des McAnuff; and Love and Information written by Caryl Churchill and directed by James Macdonald.  In the coming weeks NYTW will announce an additional production that will round out the season.

What’s it All About?

Bacharach Reimagined

Music by Burt Bacharach

Lyrics by Hal David and others

Musical Arrangements by Kyle Riabko

Directed by Steven Hoggett

Late Fall 2013

The enduring music of Burt Bacharach is given new life in this energetic evening of musical celebration. Twenty-five-year-old musician and actor Kyle Riabko (Spring Awakening, Hair) performs his unique, soulful arrangements of the Bacharach songbook backed by an eclectic group of young performers. Steven Hoggett, whose iconic choreography was featured in such diverse pieces as Once, Peter and the Starcatcher and Black Watch, returns to NYTW for a third time.  What’s It All About? is a reintroduction to the timeless music of Burt Bacharach through the eyes and ears of a new generation.

Fetch Clay, Make Man

Written by Will Power

Directed by Des McAnuff

Early Fall 2013

In the days leading up to one of Cassius Clay’s most anticipated fights, the heavyweight boxing champion forms an unlikely friendship with the controversial Hollywood star Stepin FetchitWith a rhythmic script by award-winning performer and playwright Will Power, who received rave reviews for his hip-hop productions of Flow and The Seven at NYTW, and direction by Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff (The Who's Tommy, Jersey Boys), Fetch Clay, Make Manexplores the improbable bond that forms between two drastically different and influential cultural icons.  One a vibrant and audaciousyouth, the other a resentful and almost forgotten relic—they fight to form their public personas and shape their legacies amidst the struggle of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1960s.  Based on a true story, the play is as powerful and poetic as Clay himself while also humorous and irreverent like Fetchit’s signature act.  Finding commonality in contradiction, Fetch Clay examines the true meaning of strength, resilience, and pride.

Love and Information

Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by James MacDonald

Winter 2014

Renowned playwright Caryl Churchill returns for her seventh American debut with New York Theatre Workshop (which included Far Away and A Number) with a theatrical kaleidoscope exploring our rapidly-changing world—a world where non-stop streams of information threaten the very essence of our humanity.  Churchill pairs with award-winning director James MacDonald (Blasted, Top Girls) to create what the Guardian heralds as the “play that everyone should see.”  Love and Information reaffirms Churchill’s continued ability to reinvent herself as a playwright and keep her finger on the pulse of contemporary life, as she illuminates society’s fascination with high-speed information using her signature wit, candor, and nimble use of language

NYTW’s current production of Belleville written by Amy Herzog and directed by Anne Kauffman is currently playing an extended run through April 14.  Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called Belleville an “extraordinarily fine new play.”  The final production of NYTW’s critically-acclaimed 2012-13 season is Sontag:Reborn, which begins performances May 28, 2013.

New York Theatre Workshop, now celebrating its 30th 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 29 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, and Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath.  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 Tony award-winning production of Once is currently enjoying a sold-out Broadway run and its Tony-winning production of Peter and the Starcatcher, aftera successful run on Broadway, will begin performances at New World Stages on March 18, 2013.  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.

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