NEW YORK — Seven projects have been announced for the Sundance Institute’s annual Theater Laboratory, skedded for this July in Park City, Utah.
Most high-profile is Adam Guettel’s musical “The Light in the Piazza,” the composer-lyricist’s very long-awaited followup to “Floyd Collins,” which had its world premiere in 1994. With a book by playwright Craig Lucas (“Prelude to a Kiss”), “Piazza” tells the story of an American woman who watches helplessly as her daughter falls in love on their trip to Italy.
Choreographer Ronald Brown and composer Darryl Waters collaborate with playwright Regina Taylor on “Crowns,” about African-American women and the hats they wear to church. It is based on the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry.
Jose Rivera’s “Adoration of the Old Woman” follows a young woman who travels from her New Jersey home to see her dying great-grandmother in Puerto Rico.
John Kelly calls his new work “The Paradise Project” a “theatrical meditation” on the 1945 French classic pic “Children of Paradise.” Songs are by composer Michael Torke and lyricist Mark Campbell.
“Fraulein Else” is Francesca Faridany’s adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s 1924 novella, about a young woman who succumbs to family and financial pressures.
An African-American teen discovers classical opera and his homosexuality, as well as the ghost of Marian Andersen, in Daniel Alexander Jones’ play “Bel Canto.”
An untitled monologue by Josh Kornbluth (“Red Diaper Baby”) rounds out the laboratory’s projects for 2002.
Robert Blacker, artistic director at the Theater Lab, said 28 lab projects have gone on to full-scale productions over the past five years, Dael Orlandersmith’s “Yellowman” at Long Wharf being one of the most recent. Carrie Hamilton and Carol Burnett’s “Hollywood Arms,” workshopped at Sundance in 1998, had its world premiere Monday at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. The Theater Lab is dedicating its 2002 season to Hamilton, who died in January.