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Theatre News Part 2: Hamlet 911, High Noon, La Jolla Playhouse, wild project and The Butcher Boy

Theatre News Part 2: Hamlet 911, High Noon, La Jolla Playhouse, wild project and The Butcher Boy

Hamlet-911, a brand new play by famed Canadian author Ann-Marie MacDonald, begins previews at the Stratford Festival’s Studio Theatre on Thursday, July 28.

Directed by Alisa Palmer, this world première commissioned by the Stratford Festival is brought to life with set design by Jung-Hye Kim, costume design by Ming Wong, lighting design by Leigh Ann Vardy, composition and sound design by Chris Ross-Ewart and video and projection design by HAUI.

Hamlet-911 brings us into the life of fictional actor Guinness Menzies who has landed his dream role of Hamlet at the Stratford Festival. But just before a matinée performance, he suddenly finds himself in the Underworld, a strange realm as frightening as it is hilarious, where time is seriously out of joint. Has he gone mad? Is he dreaming? Has he died? Meanwhile, teenager Jeremy attempts to reach out to Guinness online as he wrestles with his own version of Hamlet’s famous life-or-death dilemma.

This production features Mike Shara as Guinness Menzies, Sarah Dodd as Jessica, Andrew Iles as Jeremy, Amelia Sargisson as Sue, Scott Wentworth as Rex, Gordon Patrick White as Yorick and Micah Woods as Danny, with Eva Foote as Jenna and Jacklyn Francis as Rosemary. Also in the cast are Tat Austrie, Emily Birrell, Quinlan Bolton, Brooke Browne, Dhanish Kumar Chinniah, Richard Comeau, Samantha Guzzo, Micah Kalap, Caitlin Kelly, Wahsonti:io Kirby, Qianna MacGilchrist, Beatrice McBoyle, Chris Mejaki, Abby Renner, Antonette Rudder and Lucas Way.

“Our play lives in a world where, to quote Shakespeare, ‘the truth will out.’ By hook or by crook, by rope or by joke,” says Palmer. “And, the truth makes demands; it calls upon us to give – often without being thanked or recognized. The truth challenges us to grow up enough to care about those who come after us.”

This production is dedicated to the memory of actor and civil rights activist Shirley Douglas, a member of the acting company in 1989 and 1990.

Hamlet-911 has its opening on August 25 and runs until October 2. For tickets and information visit www.stratfordfestival.ca or call 1.800.567.1600.

The 2022 season runs until October 30, featuring Hamlet, Chicago, The Miser, Little Women, Richard III, All’s Well That Ends Well, Death and the King’s Horseman, Every Little Nookie, Hamlet-911 and 1939.

Producers Paula Wagner and Hunter Arnold announce the world premiere production of High Noon, based on the iconic and beloved Academy Award-winning film of the same title. The production will arrive on Broadway in 2023.

Based on Stanley Kramer’s trailblazing 1952 Academy Award-wining film, High Noon is written for the stage by Academy Award winner Eric Roth and directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Arden. High Noon will become the first Western play to premiere on Broadway in over 85 years.

Mr. Roth has been nominated for six Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on The Insider, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, A Star is Born, Dune and Forrest Gump, for which he won the award. He will make his Broadway debut with High Noon.  Michael Arden returns to the stage following acclaimed revivals of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and Once on This Island, for which he received Tony nominations for Best Direction with both productions. Once on This Island won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical that season.

The upcoming Broadway production will take place in real-time over the course of two hours, similar to the film. Exact dates, additional design team, casting and theatre will be announced at a later date.

High Noon is considered one of the most influential films of its time, credited for not only advancing the Western genre as a whole, but also the roles and portrayal of women. Turner Classic Movies recently celebrated the 70thAnniversary of the beloved film starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, which received seven Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Score and Best Song, Best Screenplay and Best Picture as well as four Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Score and Best Black and White Cinematography.

A new world premiere play, Here There Are Blueberries, opened at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA.  Written by  Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich and directed by Moisés, Here There Are Blueberries unravels the secrets hidden in a never-before-seen World War II-era album of photographs that arrived at the desk of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum archivist Rebecca Erbelding. The album quickly made headlines around the world and led to shocking discoveries and new revelations about the Holocaust and our own humanity.

“The play is profoundly baffling. You will be surprised by it. You will be disturbed by it. But I can safely say you will also be enlightened by it. Enlightened by questions which are still very much with us today: What drives antisemitism? What drives fanaticism? What drives hatred? What drives the illusion of the superiority of one race over another? I urge you to watch it. It may change your life.”

-Maiken Umbach

Performances continue through August 21, 2002

wild project (Ana Mari de Quesada, Producing Artistic Director) is thrilled to present F*ck7thGrade, music, lyrics, and concept by Jill Sobule, book by Liza Birkenmeierand directed by Lisa Peterson with music direction by Julie Wolf. F*ck7thGrade begins performances on Wednesday, October 12 for a limited engagement through Saturday, November 5. Press Opening is Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday – Saturday at 8 p.m. Please note the following schedule adjustments: There are added performances on Monday 10/17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday 10/30 at 8 p.m. Performances are at wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B). Single tickets start at $35; all seats are $25 during previews. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, August 16 and will be available via TheWildProject.org. An adolescent romance, a brief rise to pop stardom, a queer musical memoir (about how we’ll never get out of middle school) conceived by award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Sobule – whose 1990s hits include “Supermodel” and the original “I Kissed a Girl.” The cast and creative team will be announced soon.

At The Irish Rep, The Butcher Boy a new musical by Asher Muldoon, based on the novel by Patrick McCabe. Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly, music directed by David Hancock Turner and choreographed by Barry McNabb.

Growing up in a narrow-minded Irish village in the 1960s, young Francie Brady (Nicholas Barasch) lives in a comic book dreamland with his parents and best friend Joe (Christian Strange) , but all that ends when the Nugents (Michele Ragusa and Daniel Marconi) move to town.

After the haughty Mrs. Nugent denounces the Brady family as “pigs,” a violent obsession enters Francie’s world and only builds as the life he loves crumbles around him. When he cannot fight the dark forces any longer, the story spins to a catastrophic conclusion…

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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