Off B’way duo sets skeds

Spotlights on 'Life,' 'Clearing'

Nonprofit companies Theatre for a New Audience and Blue Light Theatre Company have revealed their 1999-2000 Off B’way season lineups. Politically themed plays abound on both slates.

Shakespeare’s “The Life and Death of King John,” directed by Karin Coonrod, opens New Audience’s twenty-first season at the American Place Theatre. Perfs of the rarely staged historical play of proto-Machavellian intrigue start Jan. 26, 2000, with an opening night Jan 30.

“Waste,” written by British multi-hyphenate Harley Granville Barker in 1906, has its U.S. premiere March 7. Bartlett Sher will direct the tragedy, which was banned in Blighty for three decades for its scandalizing depictions of corrupt Tory politicians.

As the first of three preems on Blue Light’s sked, Helen Edmundson’s “The Clearing” makes its Gotham debut at the McGinn/Cazale Theater on Sept. 24. Tracy Brigden is set to helm the drama, concerning an English-Irish marriage roiled by political storms surrounding Oliver Cromwell’s occupation of Ireland in the seventeenth century. Play, produced in collaboration with the Hartford Stage Company, runs through Halloween.

World preem of Daniel Goldfarb’s “Adam Baum and the Jew Movie” is set for Nov. 8 and runs through Dec. 5. Laffer, directed by Joe Mantello and starring Ron Liebman, focuses on early-H’wood movie moguls of Jewish descent who won’t make films about Jews.

“The Hologram Theory” by Jessica Goldberg has its world premiere on Feb. 8. Thriller follows a Trinidadian woman’s macabre search for her missing brother amid the decadent nightside of New York’s elite. A director for “Hologram” has yet to be confirmed.

Blue Light’s fifth-season closer, expected to be a large-cast classic play, was not announced.

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