O’seas fare spices New Haven fest

Highlights include Abbey's 'Translations,' Moscow's 'Marat/Sade'

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Productions from Dublin’s Abbey Theater, Moscow’s Taganka Theater, England’s Royal Shakespeare Co. and Young Vic, and Florence, Italy’s Teatro Minimo, as well as a world premiere from Singapore’s TheatreWorks, will represent the theatrical highlights in New Haven, Conn.’s sixth annual Intl. Festival of Arts & Ideas, which runs June 14-30.

The Abbey presents its highly praised new production of Brian Friel’s “Translations,” directed by Abbey a.d. Ben Barnes, which will play the Long Wharf Theater June 21-30. The Moscow production will be 83-year-old director Yuri Lyubimov’s Russian musical version of Peter Weiss’ “Marat/Sade” (June 26-30) at Yale U.’s University Theater. Production marks the Taganka’s North American debut.

Singapore-based international performance company TheatreWorks will present the world preem of “The Continuum: Beyond the Killing Fields.” Directed by Ong Keng Sen, it plays Yale’s Chapel Street Theater June 27-30.

The Royal Shakespeare Co. and Young Vic’s acclaimed co-production of Carlo Goldoni’s “A Servant to Two Masters,” newly adapted by Lee Hall, will play the University Theater on June 14-24. It’s directed by Tim Supple and will star Jason Watkins. Italy’s Teatro Minimo will present its puppet show “Fantasy Sketches,” called “a cockeyed life of Mozart,” at the Chapel Street Theater (June 20-24).

Other theater events during the New Haven festival, the last under its British director, Paul Collard, include “Short and Neat,” a program of original one-act plays from the New England Academy of Theater, and a series of play-reading workshops at Long Wharf.

Fest also will feature a free open-air perf of “Tosca” by New York’s Metropolitan Opera, a retrospective of photographs by Lord Snowdon (Anthony Armstrong-Jones) and “The Line of Beauty: British Watercolors and Drawings of the 18th Century,” both exhibits at the Yale Center for British Art.

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