Gurney, Schumacher also set for Flea slate
Rickman, last on the Gotham boards in Broadway play “Seminar,” will star in “Krapp Hour,” an new adaptation of Beckett’s one-actor show “Krapp’s Last Tape” — about a man listening to recordings of his younger self — by poet, essayist and translator Anne Carson. Production, targeting a late-August run with exact dates to be set, is produced as part of the Virtual Theater Collaborative, an NEA-backed venture that explores the pairing of vidgame tech and theater.
Also in the fall, the two-venue Flea will produce Thomas Bradshaw’s play “Job,” which sees the provocateur playwright (“Burning,” “The Bereaved”) penning a straightforward adaptation of the bibllical Book of Job. Helmed by Benjamin Kamine, show kicks off perfs Aug. 31.
Gurney, whose long relationship with the Flea includes six prior productions including “Mrs. Farnsworth,” will bow his latest title, “Heresy,” in a run helmed by Flea a.d. Jim Simpson and beginning Sept. 29. Set in a government building in the near future, storyline centers on the potential release of a man scheduled to be kill.
Also performing in September, in rep with “Job” and “Heresey,” is a 13-episode live radio play from multimedia sound artist and kids-book scribe Arthur Yorinks (“Hey, Al”). Called “American Song,” the serial — co-directed by Simpson and Yorinks — uses tunes to explore the history of the 20th century.
In the works for the spring slate at the Flea, with details still to be firmed up, is a new play by Beau Willimon (“Farragut North”) to be directed by Schumacher, as well as a commision from writer-thesp Hamish Linklater (“The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Seminar”). Another stint by the Play Company, a troupe that regularly produces work at the Flea, also is on the books, as well as a weekly late-night series of 10-minute plays.