Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe has announced their 2013-2014 season, including a classic play, two Midwest premieres, an American premiere and a world premiere.
From September 3 to November 10, the Midwest premiere of PigPen Theatre Co.’s “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” whose Off-Broadway production at the Gym at Judson was immensely enjoyable, will play the Tudor Court venue. PigPen Theatre Co. is a unique combination of campfire-esque storytelling, innovative stagecraft, humor and modern plucky folk music applied to lovable though dark tales. The simple premise is a man’s adventurous journey to find his wife, but PigPen imbues it with flair and uniquely American mythology. The production, which was massively acclaimed Off-Broadway, will unusually here be co-directed by Associate Artistic Director Stuart Carden.
Next, from October 29 to February 16 in the much more intimate Books of Vernon venue, is the Midwest premiere of Conor McPherson’s “Port Authority.” The Irish playwright, best known for “The Seafarer” and “Shining City,” has built a new play of monologues, telling a multi-generational story of Irishmen. “Port Authority” will be directed by William Brown.
From January 7 to March 16, Chicago favorite actress Kate Fry will play the title role in Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” in the Tudor Court venue, there directed by Kimberly Senior. The two previously collaborated on this last season’s “The Letters.”
Continuing the classic Nordic drama trend, a new version of August Strindberg’s “The Dance of Death” also by Conor McPherson, will play Books on Vernon from April 1 to July 20. That production will be directed by the Goodman Theatre’s new Artistic Associate, Henry Wishcamper, who there directed “Other Desert Cities” this season.
Closing out Writers’ 2013-14, from May 6 to July 13, is a world premiere new musical, “Days Like Today,” with a book by Laura Eason and music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler. The musical is inspired by the plays of Charles Mee, and given the freely available, “open source” quality of his plays, the musical could very well borrow much of their material. That production at Tudor Court will be helmed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. (Johnny Oleksinski)