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Hawke returns to New Group

Off Broadway company sets season

Three world preems — including a directing/thesping gig for Ethan Hawke and a new musical — are on tap for the 2012-13 season from Off Broadway’s New Group.

Hawke will helm the latest play by Jonathan Marc Sherman, the scribe whose play “Things We Want” Hawke directed for the New Group in 2007. Sherman’s latest, “Clive,” takes its inspiration from Brecht’s “Baal” and centers on a hedonistic songwriter in 1990s New York, with Hawke cast as the protag. Production, playing the winter slot in the New Group’s season, also will include live perfs of classic American tunes.

For the new tuner, “Bunty Berman Presents…,” scribe Ayub Khan Din (“Rafta, Rafta…”) teams with Broadway music director/orchestrator/arranger Paul Bogaev (“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”) for a story about a fading producer at a 1950s Bollywood studio. Din, whose play “East is East” was produced by the New Group in 1999, pens the book and lyrics, and co-composes the music with Bogaev. Show will get a run in the spring directed by New Group a.d. Scott Elliott.

Elliott also helms the season opener, a new play by Francine Volpe, “The Good Mother,” toplined by Gretchen Mol. Storyline follows a struggling single mom confronted by a figure from her past.

All three shows are set to play the New Group’s regular midtown venue on Theater Row, the Acorn Theater. Exact dates and further details for the season’s offerings remain to be set.

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