O’seas fare spices up New Haven

Arts fest touts int'l lineup

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Productions from Dublin’s Abbey Theater, Moscow’s Taganka Theater, England’s Royal Shakespeare Co. and Young Vic and Florence’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 will present its highly praised new production of Brian Friel’s “Translations,” directed by Abbey a.d. Ben Barnes, which will play the Long Wharf Theater on June 21-30.

Arriving Stateside

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.

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).

Int’l bow

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 on June 27-30.

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, and 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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