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Lincoln Center Festival sets slate

A Russian-language play starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and a multi-play cycle of Irish drama from the Druid Theater Company are among the international legit offerings on tap for the 2012 Lincoln Center Festival.

The previously announced, Cate Blanchett-toplined revival of “Uncle Vanya,” Alan Cumming in a solo “Macbeth” and a chamber opera helmed by Atom Egoyan are also on the lineup for the annual summer fest, which encompasses theater, dance, opera and music.

Baryshnikov will act in Russian in “In Paris” (Aug. 1-5), a multidisciplinary stage piece from the Dmitry Krymov Laboratory. Krymov helms the show based on Ivan Bunin’s 1933 short story about an army general who falls for a Russian waitress working in a Paris restaurant.

Druid, meanwhile, returns to the fest following its buzzed-about 2006 cycle of J.M. Synge plays. This time around the Galway troupe, led by Tony-winning helmer Garry Hynes (“The Beauty Queen of Leenane”), will showcase the work of Irish scribe Tom Murphy, with 17 thesps appearing in a trilogy of plays performed over three evenings or in a single marathon day. Slugged “DruidMurphy,” the shows run July 5-12.

Blanchett starrer “Vanya” (July 19-28), which preemed at Sydney Theater Company in 2010 and also played the Kennedy Center, has a cast that includes Hugo Weaving and Jacki Weaver. Cumming’s “Macbeth” (July 5-13), directed by John Tiffany (“Once”) for the National Theater of Scotland, will bow in Glasgow prior to its Gotham run.

The Egoyan-helmed opera, Guo Wenjing’s “Fen Yi Ting” (July 26-28), comes to New York after its U.S. preem at the Spoleto Festival in May.

Chinese puppeteer Yeung Fai’s “Hand Stories” (July 18-25) rounds out the fest’s theater offerings, while solo opera “Emilie,” a multiprogram stint for the Paris Opera Ballet and a musical tribute to Curtis Mayfield also join the fest slate.

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