The return of
The 48th season opens with the new one-person show, "Satchmo at the Waldorf" starring John Douglas Thompson, who played Antony in the
The play is written by Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout, who wrote a 2009 biography about Armstrong, "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong."
The show will be staged by Long Wharf's artistic director Gordon Edelsein, It will be produced first this summer at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass. in the Berkshires, also with Edelstein and Thompson. That Aug. 22 to Sept. 13 run is described as "the New England premiere."
The piece is a one-person show with Thompson playing two roles, that of the famed jazz trumpeter, singer and icon and that of his longtime manager, Joe Glaser.
The play will be followed in November with the Tony Award-winning play "God of Carnage" by Yazmina Reza. (
The third slot will be the world premiere of "January Joiner" by Laura Jacquim and staged by associate artistic director Eric Ting.
Set at a weight loss retreat center the show is described as a "weight-loss horror comedy."
Following will be the first time the theater is producing a play by
Ivey has established a relationship with the theater and Edelstein. She also starred in
It is the first time Long Wharf is producing a Shepard play. First produced in 1978, the work is part of Shepard's family play trilogy, which includes "Buried Child" and "True West."
The world premiere of "Ride the Tiger" by William Mastrosimone, will follow, also directed by Edelstein.
Mastrosimone, author of the play "Extremities," spent extensive time with the singer
The season will end with
Subscriptions are now on sale. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 1.