Wharf dialing up ‘Durango’

Cale-Orlandersmith tuner, 'Santaland' fill in season

“Durango,” a premiere co-production with Gotham’s Public Theater, will open Long Wharf Theater’s 2006-07 season in New Haven. The work by Julia Cho (“BFE”) will play Sept. 13-Oct. 15 at the theater’s second stage before moving to the Public. Chay Yew directs.

An untitled work co-written by Obie winners David Cale and Dael Orlandersmith is set for Stage II begin-ning in March 2007. Show will be a two-hander with music, with both writers scripting for themselves and each other. A.d. Gordon Edelstein helms the new work, commissioned by Long Wharf. Completing the Stage II season will be David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries.”

The main stage will have one fewer show and will open with a revival of Clifford Odets’ 1938 “Rocket to the Moon,” helmed by Daniel Fish, who staged an earlier production at Bard College. “Man of La Mancha” opens in February, based on a production by Charles Newell, who restaged the musical for the intimate Court Theater in Chicago.

Two further Long Wharf main stage shows are still to be announced.