Festival sets its 2012 lineup
A Chinese opera helmed by Atom Egoyan as well as stints from Off Broadway alums including Mike Daisey and troupe 7 Doigts are among the offerings on tap at the 2012 Spoleto Festival USA.Also on the docket for the 36th annual performing arts fest — programmed by Nigel Redden, who also heads up New York’s Lincoln Center Festival — are a staging of Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever” from Dublin’s Gate Theater as well as “The Animals and Children Took to the Streets,” a multidisciplinary show from U.K. troupe 1927. Egoyan helms composer Guo Wenjing’s “Feng Yi Teng,” about a meeting that changes Chinese history, with a design team that includes Broadway vet Derek McLane (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”). As a co-production of Spoleto and the Lincoln Center Fest, “Feng Yi Teng” looks poised to appear on the 2012 slate at the Gotham arts festival as well. Daisey will perform his monologue “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” which proved popular enough at Off Broadway’s Public Theater earlier this season to warrant an upcoming return run, as well as a piece called “Teching in India.” Canuck company 7 Doigts will stage acrobatics showcase “Traces,” also current playing Off Broadway in a long-term run. Among the other productions on the Spoleto slate are another monologue, “Making Up the Truth” from journo Jack Hitt, as well as dance outings from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Lineup also includes the U.S. preem of Philip Glass opera “Kepler.” The 2012 edition of Spoleto Festival USA runs May 25-June 10 in Charleston, S.C.