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Conn. Becomes Kushner Country

Ubiquity thy name is Tony Kushner. In Connecticut, at least, via four different productions, including the world premiere of Kushner’s new adaptation of Solomon Ansky’s classic “The Dybbuk,” titled “A Dybbuk,” by the Hartford Stage Company. It runs Feb. 11 to March 18 with a Feb. 17 opening night.

The Kushner quartet began at the Long Wharf Theater’s Stage II when the playwright directed a workshop production of Naomi Wallace’s “In the Heart of America,” in which “the ruins of the Gulf War serve as a backdrop for an Arab-American woman’s search for the truth concerning her brother’s death,” for a Nov. 29 to Dec. 11 run.

It continues with “A Dybbuk,” directed by Mark Lamos, with a cast headed by Michael Hayden (fresh from the London and Broadway runs of “Carousel”), Julie Dretzin, Robert LuPone and Michael Stuhlbarg. The production will have original klezmer music written and performed by the Klezmatics.

Then comes Kushner’s “Slavs! (Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness)” at the Yale Repertory Theater, directed by Lisa Peterson for a Feb. 24 to March 18 run. And finally the touring production of Kushner’s two-part “Angels in America” will play New Haven’s Shubert Performing Arts Center March 17 to 26.

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