Broadway Plays to Look out for Fall, 2011

It’s always exciting to watch a play transfer from various theaters (sometimes across oceans) with the ostensible promise of one day reaching Broadway.  That time has come for several new plays and it’s Fall,  2011.  Here are a few to rhapsodize upon.

VENUS IN FUR

David Ives on Jon Caren Writes
David Ives, Good Timing
  • Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
  • First Preview: October 13
  • Director: Walter Bobbie
  • Cast: Nina Arianda
  • In David Ives’ play, Nina Arianda plays Vanda, a gifted young actress eager to win a role in a new play based on the classic erotic novel, “Venus in Fur.” According to MTC, “Her emotionally charged audition for [writer] Thomas… becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex.”

THE MOUNTAINTOP

Katori Hall on Jon Caren Writes
Katori Hall from 503/UK to Broadway/USA
  • Theatre: Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
  • First Preview: September 22
  • Opening: October 13
  • Director: Kenny Leon
  • Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett
  • The play reimagines the events of the night before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in Memphis in 1968, following the delivery of his iconic “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

CHINGLISH

David Henry Hwang on Jon Caren writes
David Henry Hwang
  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: Fall 2011
  • Director: Leigh Silverman
  • Cast: TBA
  • In David Henry Hwang’s new work, “Daniel, a Midwestern American businessman who’s desperately looking to score a lucrative contact for his family’s sign-making firm, travels to the provincial capital of Guiyang, only to learn how much he doesn’t understand: his translators are unreliable, his Australian-born consultant, Peter, may be a fraud, and he is captivated by Xu Yan, the beautiful, seemingly supportive government official who talks the talk — but what is she saying, anyway?”
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