Season includes Wiest starrer, Ives play

A new play by David Ives and a production of a Russian play toplined by Dianne Wiest are among the productions lined up for the 2009-10 season at Off Broadway’s Classic Stage Company.

Slate kicks off with “The Age of Iron” (Nov. 4-Dec. 13), an adaptation of two Elizabethan plays about the Trojan War, Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida” and “The Iron Age” by Bard contemporary Thomas Heywood. Adaptation by Brian Kulick, the CSC a.d. who also will helm the production, will use material from both plays to tell the entire saga of the war.

Latest by Ives, “Venus in Fur,” is an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 erotic novella. Story, about a man who becomes infatuated with a woman and asks her to make him her slave, led to the coining of the word “masochism,” derived from the novelist’s last name.

“Venus in Fur” (Jan. 13-Feb. 21) will be directed by Walter Bobbie (“Chicago”), reuniting the creatives after they collaborated on “New Jerusalem” as part of CSC’s 2007-08 season.

In the spring, Wiest, who appeared in CSC’s recent staging of “The Seagull,” will headline “The Forest” (April 14-May 23), a 19th century comedy by Russian scribe Alexander Ostrovsky. Adapted by Kathleen Tolan, show follows two itinerant actors who arrive at an estate posing as gentry.

CSC season also will include the theater’s First Look Festival, featuring Pirandello works and staged readings of “Henry IV” starring John Turturro, and the Open Rehearsal Series, this year concentrating on “Much Ado About Nothing” with a team of thesps that includes Mandy Patinkin.

The org’s Books on Stage series will focus of “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina,” while the theater’s Young Company will perform “Twelfth Night” in the spring.

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