Soho Rep has announced its fall-winter 2012-13 mainstage productions on the heels of its twice-extended, immensely acclaimed world premiere of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, adapted by Annie Baker and directed by Sam Gold. This fall and winter, the 13-time OBIE-winning theater will introduce New York audiences to two more highly anticipated new works, by artists whose careers Soho Rep has nurtured: Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915, directed by Eric Ting; and Nature Theater of Oklahoma's epic musical serial, Life and Times: Episodes 1-4 a Soho Rep production presented by The Public Theater as a special engagement of the Under the Radar Festival 2013. Soho Rep's 2012/13 season is produced in association with John Adrian Selzer. (The theater will announce its spring production later this fall.)
The New York premiere of We Are Proud to Present… will run November 7 – December 2 at Soho Rep (46 Walker Street). Performances will take place Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 P.M., with an additional matinee on Saturdays at 3:00 P.M. Critics are welcome as of Saturday, November 10 for an official opening on Tuesday, November 13. Tickets, which run $20 - $35 (with $0.99 Sunday tickets offered for performances on November 18 and 25), are available at www.sohorep.org and 212.352.3101.
The American premiere of Life and Times: Episodes 1-4 will run January 16 – February 2, 2013 at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street). The episodes can be seen in installments or, together, as a "marathon": On different weeknights (exact days vary each week) at 7:00 P.M., the company will perform Episode 1 (3.5 hours with intermission), Episode 2 (two hours with no intermission), and Episodes 3 & 4 (together, 3.5 hours with intermission). Then, on Saturday or Sunday (varies each week), the marathon (approximately 11 hours including a 30-minute snack break and a one-hour dinner break) is performed at 1:00 P.M. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, November 27 and can be purchased at 212.967.7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater box office at 425 Lafayette Street.
We are Proud to Present a Presentation… is a humorous and harrowing work by a fierce new theatrical voice: the playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury, a member of Soho Rep's 2011-2012 Writer / Director Lab, in a production helmed by director Eric Ting, Long Wharf Theater's Associate Artistic Director. In the play, a troupe of American actors stumble over questions of authenticity and appropriation as they attempt to reconstruct the little-known first genocide of the 20th Century-and land in an exploration that hits closer to home. Writing in The New Yorker about the world premiere at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater earlier this year, Hilton Als said, "The show provides a thrilling opportunity to see both a serious new talent developing her voice and what an inspiring director can do to encourage it." For the New York premiere at Soho Rep, Sibblies Drury and Ting have devised an environmental new staging that will transform Soho Rep's oft-reconfigured Tribeca home.
We are Proud to Present a Presentation… features sets by Mimi Lien, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lights by Lenore Doxsee, sound by Chris Giarmo, and projections by Jeff Larson. Casting will be announced soon.
Soho Rep's production of Life and Times: Episodes 1-4 follows the organization's premieres of previous Nature Theater of Oklahoma works: the Soho Rep-commissioned, OBIE-winning No Dice (2008) and the sold-old, extended Rambo Solo (2009). The company's last New York premiere was Romeo & Juliet (2010).