Beckett, Bard on the Off Broadway bill
Off Broadway’s Theater for a New Audience has lined up a 2011-12 season that includes Samuel Beckett shorts directed by Peter Brook, a Klezmer tuner and the latest Shakespeare production from helmer Arin Arbus.“Fragments,” the collection of short Beckett plays, arrives in Gotham as a stop on an international tour. Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne direct the evening, which includes “Rough for Theater I,” “Rockaby,” “Act Without Words II,” “Neither” and “Come and Go.” Show Cast for the show, which runs Nov. 9-Dec. 14, includes Jos Houben, Kathryn Hunter and Marcello Magni, all of whom are vets of prominent Brit troupe Complicite. Next up is “Shlemiel the First,” the 1994 Klezmer musical based on the Isaac Bashevis Singer story. New Gotham production will be helmed by David Gordon. Conceived and adapted by Robert Brustein, show is performed by an eight-person cast and a Klezmer band in 24-perf run that kicks off Dec. 13. In the spring, Arbus, whose TFANA productions of “Othello” and “Macbeth” have won raves, helms Shakespeare’s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.” With casting still to be announced, It runs March 17-April 20. Also on tap is John Ford’s 17th-century play “The Broken Heart,” the ancient Sparta-set tragedy to be directed by Brit helmer Selina Cartmell. Annika Boras (“Macbeth”) stars in the Show is set to run Feb. 4-March 4. Season offerings are all in addition to the previously announced return of “Cymbeline,” the Fiasco Theater production that landed in a TFANA slot last season prior to being picked up for a commercial Off Broadway run that begins perfs at the Barrow Street Theater Aug. 27.