August Wilson, Joe Orton set for Taper season

Productions include Brian Dennehy in 'Steward of Christendom'

The Mark Taper Forum’s new season includes an August Wilson play directed by Phylicia Rashad, Bruce Norris’ “A Parallelogram” and “What the Butler Saw” by Joe Orton.

Season kicks off Feb. 27 with Nina Raine’s Off Broadway comic drama “Tribes,” directed by David Cromer. Previews start Feb. 27 ahead of a March 10-April 14 run. Closing out the season is Sebastian Barry’s Brian Dennehy starrer “The Steward of Christendom.” The Steven Robman-helmed production starts previews Nov. 26, 2013, and runs Dec. 8, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014.

In between, the Center Theater Group’s 46th season will include Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” directed by Rashad (previews start April 24, with a May 8-June 9 stint); Norris’ “A Parallelogram,” directed by Anna D. Shapiro (previewing July 10 and running July 21-Aug. 18); plus Orton’s “What the Butler Saw.” Directed by John Tillinger, the classic starts previews Sept. 25, 2013, and runs Oct. 6-Nov. 3.

Announcing the lineup, artistic director Michael Ritchie said, “What I love about this season is that we have five brilliant playwrights who, in distinctly original voices, are tackling life’s grand questions and presenting the human experience in all its richness and variety.”