Two musicals, the world premiere of a Culture Clash play, a new drama by Octavio Solis and “Uncle Vanya” highlight the Center Theater Group’s 2009 season at the refurbished Mark Taper Forum.
The 42nd season, the theater’s first to be organized around a calendar year, will feature six productions. The Taper underwent a $30 million renovation over the past year.
CTG and Deaf West Theater, which previously partnered on “Big River,” will co-produce “Pippin,” which opens the season on Jan. 25. Previews begin Jan. 15, and the run ends March 15. Production will combine music, voice, American Sign Language and dance.
Second musical on the slate is the Donmar Warehouse production of “Parade,” which will run Oct. 4-Nov. 15. Previews begin Sept. 24. Directed by choreographer Rob Ashford, the production received seven 2008 Olivier Award nominations.
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Octavio Solis’ “Lydia,” which had its world premiere at the Denver Center Theater Company in January, will be directed by Juliette Carrillo. It runs April 15-May 17; previews begin April 2.
Chekhov’s masterpiece “Uncle Vanya” will run June 7-July 12, with previews starting May 28. Cast will be announced within a few months.
Wilson Milam will direct Martin McDonagh’s “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” as he did in 2006 at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. Production will run Aug. 2-Sept. 6, 2009; previews begin July 23.
“Palestine, New Mexico,” written by Richard Montoya for Culture Clash, makes its world premiere run Dec. 13, 2009, to Jan. 24, 2010. Directed by Lisa Peterson, the drama is set on a Native American reservation where modern military values and ancient mysticism collide. Previews begin Dec. 3.
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