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Just in time for the 75th anniversary of its wartime premiere, Oklahoma! resurfaces as a fresh and daring new work with a seven-piece band playing all new arrangements of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved classics. Set in the Territory of Oklahoma on the verge of becoming a state, director Daniel Fish’s timely production upends the sunny romance between a farmer and a cowpoke with “what has always been just below the surface of this magnificent musical” – the darker psychological truths of a community circling the wagons against a reviled outsider.
Photo by Cory Weaver from Bard SumerScape, 2015
Titled Birds: A Festival Inspired by Aristophanes, the month-long happening will set up shop in venues across Brooklyn and Manhattan. Its mission is simple: to find birds, both “allegorical and real.” At the center of this avian hullabaloo is an adaptation of ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes’s comedy The Birds. The fest will host the production’s first staging in America, taking over St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn from May 2–13.
St. Ann’s Warehouse will screen the Donmar Warehouse productions of Julius Caesar, Henry IV, and The Tempest featuring all-female casts and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Set against the backdrop of a women’s prison, all three plays have previously been staged Off-Broadway at St. Ann’s following their acclaimed London runs.
The plays were filmed in front of a live audience in London in 2106 and edited for the screen to include separately shot, hand-held and GoPro footage.
Julius Caesar will launch the Trilogy Weekend on May 31 at 7PM. Beginning June 1, the films will screen in marathon form, with Julius Caesar at 1 PM, Henry IV at 4 PM, and The Tempest at 8 PM. Each screening will be given a live introduction in the theatre by a member of the Trilogy company.
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