Kline sets Public comeback

Thesp lineup for theater's new season

A correction was made to this article on June 2, 2006.

Kevin Kline, Neil LaBute, Ed Harris, Craig Lucas, Suzan-Lori Parks and Brian Dennehy are on the slate for the Public Theater’s 2006-07 season.

Year kicks off with a yet-to-be-determined Shakespeare play starring Kline and helmed by James Lapine (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”), set for the fall. Kline and Shakespeare are a recurring team at the Public, where the thesp has played leading roles in “Richard III,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Henry V” and two productions of “Hamlet.”

At the other end of the season, Dennehy is set to make his Public debut in another yet-to-be-determined play during the summer 2007 installment of Shakespeare in the Park.

In October, Harris reprises his role as the lone actor in “Wrecks,” which preemed in Cork in 2005. Written and directed by LaBute, the show follows a man grieving the death of his wife.

Next spring, Craig Lucas’ multi-generational saga “The Singing Forest” gets a production helmed by Bartlett Sher (“Awake and Sing!”).

“Singing Forest” preemed at Seattle’s Intiman in 2004, in a production also helmed by Sher, who is the Intiman a.d.

And over the course of the entire season, the Public will host the Gotham preem of “365 Days/365 Plays,” the results of Parks’ experiment during which she wrote a play a day for a year. Plays will be performed by an array of New York legit troupes. The scribe’s previous work at the Public includes “Fucking A” and “Topdog/Underdog,” for which she won the Pulitzer Prize.

Other offerings include “Durango,” by Julia Cho (“BFE”), about the road trip taken by a Korean-American family to the titular town in Colorado; “Emergence-See!,” Daniel Beaty’s one-man show about New Yorkers’ responses to a slave ship rising out of the Hudson River; and “Passing Strange,” by performance artist Stew and co-creator/helmer Annie Dorsen, centering on a black bohemian’s journey to find herself.

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