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Timbers taps Broadway double-whammy

More theater work, plus film and TV projects loom

Over the past couple of months, Alex Timbers has had the rare pleasure of walking to work.

This fall the 32-year-old director-writer, previously best known for his work at the head of edgy downtown legit troupe Les Freres Corbusier, landed two gigs, in rapid succession, on Broadway — both a stone’s throw from his Times Square apartment.

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” the anarchic emo-rock musical he co-created with composer Michael Friedman, repped his Main Stem debut when it opened Oct. 13. His second Broadway outing, “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” opened just a month later.

One show is a skewed looks at American history and politics, homegrown on the alternative legit scene. The other’s a live incarnation of a CBS Saturday-morning skein.

But they share a similar alt-comedy sensibility. And besides, Timbers adds, “I think there’s much more of a connection between commercial theater and experimental theater than people think. Both, in success, want to reach a nontraditional theater audience, and both are trying, sometimes explicitly and sometimes not, to move the form forward in some way.”

Both “Jackson” and “Pee-wee” feature distinctive, complicated production designs that have been honed to a Broadway sheen.

“These two shows come from the brain of someone who is raised on multitasking,” says “Pee-wee” producer Scott Sanders. “It’s a very planned, deliberate version of chaos.”

Legiters who have worked with the helmer note the unusual sense of energy and drive with which he approaches his work.

“He is a 24-hour-a-day force of nature,” Friedman says. “And he has an uncanny ability to make everything he works on into an event. I think part of his heart is a producer’s heart.”

After opening his two Main Stem shows, Timbers has returned to hopping the subway to downtown. Next up is a stint at Off Broadway’s New York Theater Workshop, where “Peter Pan” prequel “Peter and the Starcatchers” will open later this season. Co-directed with Roger Rees from a script by Rick Elice (“Jersey Boys”), the production will have a pared-down, “Nicholas Nickleby”-like vibe that might seem surprising for a title developed by (and presented by special arrangement with) megatuner producer Disney Theatrical Prods.

Timbers has a handful of other legit projects brewing beyond that. Plus, after the Broadway splash this fall, the logical question becomes: What about film and TV?

Yes and yes, Timbers says. Deals for his first screen project are coming together, with details to emerge soon.

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