Tuesday
Sep252018

Inge Artists Win Plaudits

The NY Times says “glorious,” and we concur. The reference is to Anika Noni Rose, in the title role of Carmen Jones at the Classic Stage Company. In 2010, Inge Festival audiences savored a reading of The Mountaintop, a Broadway-bound show by Otis Guernsey New Voices Award winner Katori Hall. While in Independence, Anika met with youth from the Independence Childrens Theater group, who of course know her as the voice of Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

Earlier this year, also at Classic Stage Company, Nathan Darrow starred in Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke. Nathan was first an Inge guest artist in 2008 for a reading by Inge House playwright Adam Kraar; and returned to Indy to take part in the 2014 Inge Festival. Viewers can see Nathan’s featured TV roles in Gotham and House of Cards.

In 2004, Jeremy Kareken became one of our earliest Inge House Playwrights-in-Residence. Now, Jeremy is the co-writer of a new play Broadway play, titled The Lifespan of a Fact, with Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Carnevale. Quite a premier cast! Lifespan runs through Jan. 13.  https://www.lifespanofafact.com/ Also noteworthy is the all-female design team. Read more at https://www.amny.com/entertainment/lifespan-of-a-fact-female-design-team-1.22099482

The Public Theater is famous for Shakespeare in Central Park, but its vibrant indoor theaters offer ground-breaking theater, too. Chay Yew is announced to direct Mojada (inspired by Medea) next summer at the Public Theater. Chay directed Anika Noni Rose in the aforementioned The Mountaintop.

Bernhardt/Hamlet, by Theresa Rebeck, our 2003 Otis Guernsey New Voices in the American Theater Award-winner, is at the Roundabout Theatre Company. It is her fourth Broadway-billed production. Tickets available through Nov. 18. https://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Shows-Events/Bernhardt-Hamlet.aspx

The irrepressible 2007 Honoree Sheldon Harnick has another New York revival of his Fiddler on the Roof—this time, in Yiddish. The production is at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, with the characters speaking the language as they would have in 1905 czarist Russia. It is extended through Dec. 30, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Three Tall Women, the 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner by Edward Albee (1999 Honoree, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), concluded its Broadway run this year. Glenda Jackson essayed the lead role.

Our 2001 Honoree John Kander (Cabaret) has a new musical. The Beast in the Jungle, based on a Henry James novella, played at the Vineyard Theater in NY. Tony winner Susan Stroman is choreographer, aided by more top talent. David Thompson is book writer.

Earlier this year, the Keen Company in New York revived the romantic comedy Later Life, by 2000 Honoree A.R. Gurney (Love Letters).

Also concluding off-Broadway is The Gentleman Caller. It is written by previous Inge House Playwright-in-Resident Philip Dawkins, and imagines a meeting between William Inge and Tennessee Williams in 1944.

Karen Carpenter, our previous artistic director, is helming two upcoming off-Broadway shows. One is a musical version of Brave New World, based on the Aldous Huxley novel; and the play Chasing the River. Karen is currently in the throes of founding an international Greek-American theater festival, The Dionysus Festival: Voices of Women, for summer of 2020.
 
Mark Brokaw directed our 2010 Festival performance of Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas, with a professional, student, and community cast. This summer, Mark directed The Closet, at the Williamstown Theater Festival, starring Matthew Broderick.
 
Our 2012 Honoree David Henry Hwang has a new “play with music”. Softpower is The King and I reversed, as a Chinese hero enlightens an American leader, which is turned into a cherished musical in China 100 years in the future. It just concluded a West Coast run. Look for Francis Jue in a central role, Francis was one of our 2010 guest artists.

The 2003 Inge House Playwright-in-Residence Richard Broadhurst. has penned an Inge-inspired play titled Winter’s Waltz, which ran at California Stage in Sacramento earlier this year.

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