Rufus Wainwright, ‘Angels in America’ and John Tiffany On Tap for BAM’s Next Wave

A Shakespeare-inspired show by Rufus Wainwright and Robert Wilson, a Dutch production of “Angels in America”  and a new music-theater work from “Glass Menagerie” collaborators John Tiffany and Stephen Hoggett are among the works on the docket for the 2014 Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Wainwright, who’s previously written the opera “Prima Donna,” teams with avant-garde helmer Wilson for “Shakespeare’s Sonnets,” running at BAM Oct 7-11. Wainwright pens the music to Bard sonnets (performed in German with English titles) while Wilson stages the piece with members of the Berliner Ensemble.

“Angels” (Oct. 23-25, pictured below) is the latest New York outing for Ivo Van Hove and Tonneelgroep Amsterdam, which has previously tackled modern-drama classics in headturning Off Broadway productions of “Hedda Gabler” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Director Tiffany and choreographer Hoggett (Tony nominees for “Menagerie” and “Rocky,” respectively) are on board for a cycle of songs inspired by L.A. architecture and pop culture, “The Ambassador,” by musical-theater writer Gabriel Kahane (“February House”).

Other theater pieces on the BAM slate this fall include Samuel Beckett productions from Irish company Pan Pan (“Embers”) and from London’s Royal Court with Mighty Mouth (solo show trio “Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby”), as well as a Theatre de la Ville staging of Pirandello’s “Six Characters in Search of an Author.” Music-theater titles include “The Source,” Ted Hearne and Mark Doten’s piece inspired by the exchange between a hacker and Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning, who released U.S. goverment documents on Wikileaks.

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BAM’s annual Next Wave festival, which runs Sept. 9-Dec. 20, also encompasses dance works from companies including L.A. Dance Project and Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal as well as music offerings from Meredith Monk and Philip Glass.



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