BROOKLYN: The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has released the details of its 2016 winter/spring season, a theatrical program boasting performances from six domestic and international companies.
The season begins with the Actors Theatre of Louisville‘s production of The Glory of the World (Jan. 16, 2016–Feb. 6, 2016), an anarchic, 17-man celebration of Catholic mystic Thomas Merton. Les Waters directs.
Next is The Cherry Orchard (Feb. 17, 2016–Feb. 27, 2016), the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg‘s spare staging of Anton Chekhov’s final play. Directed and adapted by Lev Dodin, The Cherry Orchard will be performed in Russian with English titles.
Rimbaud in New York (March 1, 2016–March 6, 2016), a new work from New York–based theatre troupe The Civilians, will follow. Written and directed by Steve Cosson, Rimbaud features musical stagings of the French poet’s works as translated by Pulitzer-Prize winner John Ashbery.
Next is King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings (March 24, 2016–May 1, 2016), a series of repertory productions of the Bard’s second history tetralogy from the Royal Shakespeare Company featuring performances from David Tennant, Anthony Sher, and Alex Hassell.
La Verità (May 4, 2016–May 7, 2016), Swiss circus artist Daniele Finzi Pasca’s acrobatic tribute to Salvador Dalí, will follow. Members of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca will perform the work before a 70-year-old backdrop hand-painted by Dalí himself.
The season will conclude with The Judas Kiss (May 11–June 12, 2016), a new staging of David Hare’s 1998 play about the rise and fall of Oscar Wilde. Film and stage actor Rupert Everett stars as the British playwright; Neil Armfield directs.