For the last 11 years, I have loved making plays for one of the most engaging, challenging, and supportive community of subscribers any artistic director could ask for. Next season, as we bring boldly imagined and deeply entertaining theater to our stage, I hope to continue collaborating with you to forge our magnificent, unique culture.
We begin with Shakespeare’s The Tempest, fantastical and moving, a play about fathers and daughters, civilization lost and reborn. Then comes a piece that I have loved ever since I saw its first production while working at the New York Shakespeare Festival (back in my salad years): Spunk, by the brilliant Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, adapted by George C. Wolfe . An exuberant blend of music and storytelling, Spunk brings Hurston’s short stories of love, revenge, and redemption to vibrant, theatrical life.
Next I am so happy to have Mark Rucker come back (following his fantastically smart and funny production of Private Lives in 2009) to direct Noël Coward’s stylishly loopy comedy, Blithe Spirit. And then we culminate our 2012 season with Hamlet, Shakespeare’s masterpiece, directed by Liesl Tommy who helmed Berkeley Rep’s critically acclaimed production of Ruined last season.
I am thrilled about this season. I hope you are, too.
See you next summer.
Plays, dates, and artists are subject to change.