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New York Theatre Workshop Announces Final Production of 2013-14 Season - CINDERELLA/CENDRILLON




2013-2014 SEASON

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo are proud to announce that the final production of the 2013-2014 subscriber season will be Cinderella/Cendrillon, written and directed by Joël Pommerat, which will begin previews in May 2014.

In Cinderella/Cendrillon a very young Cendrillon stands at the bedside of her terminally ill mother.  Barely able to hear the words of the dying woman, not daring to ask her mother to repeat herself, the young girl becomes obsessed with her mother’s final words.  This unique and adult take on the classic fairy tale explores the question of “how does one navigate both the ashes of the past and the concrete realities of the present, while at the same time, embracing the effervescent life of an overflowing and feverish imagination?”

Following the success of collaborations with international artists, including Flemish director Ivo van Hove, NYTW is pleased to embark on their first production with the acclaimed, award-winning writer and director Joël Pommerat, another innovative and creative European theatre artist. NYTW’s production of Cinderella/Cendrillon marks Pommerat’s first work in the English language and his American premiere.

Pommerat founded the Compagnie Louis Brouillard in 1990.  He served as artist-in-residence at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, under the invitation of Peter Brook (2006-2010), before becoming associate artist at the Odeon Theater of Europe (2010-2013) and the National Theater of Belgium.  Cinderella/Cendrillon premiered October 11, 2011 at the National Theater of Belgium.

The scenic and lighting design for Cinderella/Cendrillon is by Eric Soyer; costume design is by Isabelle Deffin; sound design is by François Leymarie; video design is by Renaud Rubiana; original music is by Antonin Leymarie.

Cinderella/Cendrillon  rounds out a season that will also include Fetch Clay, Make Man; What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined; and Love and Information.

Fetch Clay, Make Man

Written by Will Power
Directed by Des McAnuff

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 Man explores the improbable bond that forms between two drastically different and influential cultural icons. One a vibrant and audacious youth, the other a resentful and almost forgotten relic – together they fight to form their public personas and shape their legacies amidst the struggle of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1960s. This true story 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.

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

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 award-winning 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.

Love and Information

Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by James Macdonald

Renowned playwright Caryl Churchill returns for her seventh American premiere at New York Theatre Workshop (which have included productions of Far Away and A Number) with a theatrical kaleidoscope exploring more than a hundred characters as they try to make sense of what they find out.  Churchill pairs with award-winning director James Macdonald (A Number, Blasted, Top Girls) to create what The Guardian heralds as the “play that everyone should see.” Love and Information, which was first produced in London at the Royal Court Theatre in 2012, reaffirms Churchill’s continued ability to reinvent herself as a playwright and keep her finger on the pulse of contemporary life with her signature wit, candor and nimble use of language.

The final production of NYTW’s critically-acclaimed 2012-2013 season, Sontag:Reborn, opens June 6.

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, is currently playing at New World Stages.  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.

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