It’s Kushner redux at Court Theatre
by Hedy Weiss Theater Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org March 8, 2011 10:52PM
Updated: March 9, 2011 1:05PM
The relationship between playwright Tony Kushner and Court Theatre’s artistic director, Charles Newell — who in recent years has enjoyed great success with productions of such Kushner works as “Caroline, or Change” and “The Illusion” — will continue on a grand scale during the 2011-2012 season. Newell will direct a revival of “Angels in America, Parts I and II” (March 30-June 3, 2012), Kushner’s saga of late 20th century politics, the AIDS epidemic and more.
Also headed to Court next season will be: “Spunk: Three Tales by Zora Neale Hurston,” (Sept.-Oct. 2011), George C. Wolfe’s adaptation of three short stories from this Harlem Renaissance writer, with musical narration composed by blues artist Chic Street Man; “An Iliad” (Nov. 10-Dec. 11, 2011), a one-man version of Homer’s epic poem about war, devised by Lisa Peterson and actor Denis O’Hare (who is familiar as Russell Edgington, the flamboyant vampire king, on HBO’s “True Blood”) with actor Timothy Edward Kane performing under the direction of Newell, and Oren Jacoby’s world premiere stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s “The Invisible Man” (Jan. 12-Feb 19, 2012), the landmark novel about a young African-American intellectual’s search for his identity, to be directed by Christopher lroen, a founding artistic director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem.
Tickets: (773) 753-4472 or visit CourtTheatre.org.