World premieres by Athol Fugard and Heidi Schreck, a revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning “Fences,” directed by Phylicia Rashad and the two-person musical “The Last Five Years” will highlight the 2013-14 season for New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre.
Fugard’s “The Shadow of the Hummingbird,” staged by artistic director Gordon Edelstein, continues the South African playwright’s association with the theater which have included recent world premieres of “Coming Home” and “Have You Seen Us,” the East Coast premiere of “The Train Driver.” The theater presented also produced the the American premiere of “The Island” and “Sizwe Banzi Is Dead” in the ‘70s.
The new work, in which Fugard, 81 in June, will appear as an actor for the first time in 16 years, plays March 26 to April 27 at Stage II.
In the play, according to the theater’s season announcement Monday night, an 80-year-old man gives advice to his young grandson. “This is a great work by a late master about living and dying and how to live one’s own life,” says Edelstein.
Schreck’s “The Consultant,” a comedy-drama of contemporary office life, will run Jan. 8 to Feb. 9 on Stage II. Schreck, who is also an Obie Award-winning actress, was last on Long Wharf’s stage in “The Old Masters.” Kip Fagan wil direct.
Rashad, the Emmy and Tony Award winning actress (TV’s “The Cosby Show,” Broadway’s “Raisin in the Sun”) will stage “Fences,” which is a co-production with the McCarter Thgeater in Princetin, N.J. The show will run Nov. 27 to Dec. 22 on the Claire Tow Stage.
It is the first time a Wilson work has been presented at Long Wharf. The play had its world premiere in the mid-‘80s at New Haven’s Yale Repertory Theatre where Wilson had one of his artistic homes.
Rashad staged “A Raisin in the Sun” last fall at the Westport Country Playhouse and has directed several of Wilson’s plays at regional theaters recently.
Long Wharf’s 49th season will open with Steve Martin’s “The Underpants,” a co-production with Hartford Stage (which will present the show later in its season). Martin’s adaptation of the Carl Sternheim sex farce, is directed by Edelstein and will run in the Claire Tow Stage Oct. 16 to Nov. 10.
Amy Herzog’s four-person play “4,000 Miles,” staged by associate artistic director Eric Ting, will play the Tow Stage Feb. 19 to March 16.
The work was a Pulitzer Prize finalist last month. The Pulitzer committee described the play: "A drama that shows acute understanding of human idiosyncrasy as a spiky 91-year-old locks horns with her rudderless 21-year-old grandson who shows up at her Greenwich Village apartment after a disastrous cross-country bike trip ."
The season will end with Jason Robert Brown’s intimate two-actor musical, “The Last Five Years,” chronicling dual perspectives of the end of a marriage. Edelstein will direct the show which will run on the Tow Stage May 7 to June. 1.
No casting has yet been announced for any of the shows, other than Fugard.
Season subscriptions are on sale. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 1.
Information: 203-727-4282 and www.longwharf.org.