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"Tamburlaine, Parts I and II" by Christopher Marlowe, at Theatre for a New Audience (Photo credit Gerry Goodstein)

Theatre for a New Audience Announces 2016-17 Season

The lineup features works by Thornton Wilder, Samuel Beckett, Shakespeare, and more.

NEW YORK CITY: Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) has announced its 2016-17 season.

The season will begin with Constance Congdon’s adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters (Nov. 6-Dec. 4). The play, a popular commedia dell’arte staple (recently adapted as One Man, Two Guvnors), is set in Venice and follows the story of Truffaldino, a servant who secretly tries to attend to two masters at the same time. Steven Epp will play the leading role. Christopher Bayes will direct.

Next up is Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth (Feb. 12-March 19, 2017). The play, which won a Pulitzer prize in 1943, centers on a typical American family in New Jersey, and serves as a “cosmic allegory” for the life of mankind. Arin Arbus will direct.

Following is the Yale Repertory Theatre production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days (April 23-May 28, 2017). The play focuses on the character of Winnie, a middle-aged woman who is buried up to her waist, and eventually to her head, as she recollects past experiences. Dianne Wiest will star, and James Bundy will direct.

Rounding out the season will be a production of Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure (June 17-July 16, 2017), directed by Simon Godwin. The production will move into the slot previously held by the much-ballyhooed production of Hamlet starring Oscar Isaac, to be directed by Sam Gold; the actor and director recently announced they would not do the play at TFANA but would instead perform it at the Public Theater.

Founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Horowitz, Theatre for a New Audience produces works by classic authors, with a special focus on Shakespeare.

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