Off Broadway company sets season in new venue

The world premiere of a new play by Terrence McNally is among the shows on tap for the 2012-13 season at Off Broadway’s Pearl Theater Company.

The 29th season of the classics-centric Pearl will be the first in the company’s new home, the midtown building recently vacated by Signature Theater, the Off Broadway org that just moved into a new, multi-stage facility.

The Pearl commissioned the new work from McNally (“Ragtime,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!”), whose play “Master Class” was revived earlier this season in a Manhattan Theater Club staging toplined by Tyne Daly, currently reprising her role in London. Last season McNally penned the book to tuner “Catch Me If You Can.”

Called “And Away We Go,” his new play ranges over thousands of years (starting in ancient Athens) to explore life in the theater. Show will close the Pearl’s season with a run set for April 19-May 19, 2013.

Also on the Pearl’s upcoming docket is “Figaro,” an adaptation of the 18th century play that inspired Mozart opera “The Marriage of Figaro”; a revival of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part 1″; and “In Acting Shakespeare,” James DeVita’s solo show about his career as a classical thesp.

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