The off-Broadway production of Jane Anger or The Lamentable Comedie of JANE ANGER, that Cunning Woman, and also of Willy Shakefpeare and his Peasant Companion, Francis, Yes and Also of Anne Hathaway (also a Woman) Who Tried Very Hard, will stream for two weeks this month.
The play will stream from June 14-26, and tickets are on sale now.
Inspired by the little-known author of “Her Protection for Women” first published in 1589, this bold new anachronistic Jacobean feminist revenge comedy is directed by 2017 Lucille Lortel Award winner Jess Chayes (HOME/SICK, The Antelope Party), with a cast including playwright Monahon (How to Load a Musket, The Government Inspector), Michael Urie (Grand Horizons, Chicken & Biscuits, Torch Song, Buyer and Cellar), Ryan Spahn (Daniels Husband), and Amelia Workman (Fefu and her Friends).
It’s 1606 and William Shakespeare is stuck in quarantine with his unpaid apprentice, Francis. It would be a GREAT time to write King Lear… if he weren’t plagued with writer’s block. In through the window climbs JANE ANGER, the Cunning Woman, with a large sack and a mind to change history forever.
“Ireland is no longer a country for young women,” declares one of the five passengers crowded into a small cabin on the Inchinnan, a steamer about to disembark on a three-month voyage from Belfast to Sydney. It’s 1850, and these desperate travellers are part of the Earl Grey orphan scheme, designed both to relieve Ireland’s overcrowded workhouses and to provide wives and laborers to England’s colony of Australia. Jaki McCarrick’s play, directed by Nicola Murphy, unfolds at the height of the Great Hunger, and death and devastation are rampant. These women are pawns of a cruel, paternalistic system, but they are also scrappy, independent agents of their own liberation. In a series of skillfully structured scenes, relationships are formed—through jokes, songs, intimidation, compassion, even love and violence. One by one, the women reveal the circumstances that brought them to this point, each story more harrowing than the last. Five wonderful actors—Caroline Strange, Sarah Street, Labhaoise Magee, Mary Mallen, and Aida Leventaki—create moving depths of characterization and communication.— Ken Marks
Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage at the Irish Rep Now through June 26, 2022
1850, onboard a ship bound from Belfast to Sydney. Five young women seek to become “mistresses of their own destiny.” But some find they cannot escape the nightmare of the lives they are leaving behind. As they draw nearer to the promised land, their connection to the past grows ever more powerful, eliciting rage, love, despair, and above all, hope.
Ashley Tata’s Women-Led Production of Molière’s Tragicomedy Dom Juan Opens Bard SummerScape 2022, June 23–July 17
Amelia Workman (Dom Juan). Photo by Maria Baranova
Bridging 17th Century France and Late-‘70s America, This World Premiere Production Interrogates Questions of Class, Faith, Gender, and the Individual’s Responsibility to Society
Dom Juan Features a New Translation Commissioned from Scholar Sylvaine Guyot and Fisher Center Artistic Director Gideon Lester
Cast Includes Jordan Bellow, Roger Casey, Kirsten Harvey, Pauli Pontrelli, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Alok Tewari, Tony Torn, and Amelia Workman
The Fisher Center at Bard, which has become one of the world’s preeminent sources of major multidisciplinary performance works, presents a bold, gender-reframed, era-transcending vision of Molière’s 1665 tragicomedy Dom Juan, conceived and directed by Ashley Tata, with a new translation from NYU Professor of French Literature and theater scholar Sylvaine Guyot and Fisher Center Artistic Director Gideon Lester. Reimagining both the titular libertine (Amelia Workman, Fefu and Her Friends at TFANA) and Sganarelle (Gossip Girl’s Zuzanna Szadkowski), Dom Juan’s assistant and sidekick, as women, Tata recasts this subversive, hilarious, and incisive work in a contemporary light—creating a Dom Juan for the 21st century. Commissioned as the opening production of Bard SummerScape 2022, and marking this year’s global celebrations of Molière’s 400th anniversary, Dom Juan makes its world premiere June 23–July 17.
Rounding out Dom Juan’s cast are Jordan Bellow (GNIT at TFANA) as Elver, Roger Casey (Good Girl Gone Bad at HERE) as Pierrot/Alonso, Kirsten Harvey (Die Tote Stadt in the 2019 Bard Music Festival) as Carla/Charlotte, Pauli Pontrelli (The Visitor at the Public Theater) as Gusman/Matty, Alok Tewari (The Band’s Visit original Broadway cast, Homeland) as Louis, Tony Torn (Venus at Signature Theater, Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Broadway) as A Poor Man/Mr. Sunday, and additional cast members to be announced. The creative team includes several of Tata’s collaborators from her celebrated 2020 virtual production of Mad Forest, including Paul Pinto (Original Music), Dan Safer (Choreography), Afsoon Pajoufar (Scenic Design), and Ásta Bennie Hostetter (Costume Design) joined by Cha See (Lighting Design), Chad Raines (Sound Design), Lisa Renkel (Video Design), Fre Howard / Faces by Fre (Hair and Makeup Design), Cha Ramos (Intimacy and Fight Direction), and Taylor Williams (Casting).
The renewal is unsurprising given that Mayor of Kingstown is the nascent streamer’s second-most-watched original series behind Yellowstone prequel 1883 and is part of the Taylor Sheridan universe – the company’s most significant creative force.
Sheridan himself told Deadline last year about the second season of Mayor of Kingstown, which forms part of his cabal of shows, which also includes Yellowstone, prequel 1883, the Sylvester Stallone-fronted Kansas City, Bass Reeves, Land Man and Lioness.
Mayor of Kingstown follows the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan, where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither.
The first season starred Renner, Dianne Wiest, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Dillon, Taylor Handley, Emma Laird, Tobi Bamtefa, Derek Webster, Hamish Allan-Headley, Pha’rez Lass and Aidan Gillen.
Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, it is executive produced by Sheridan, Dillon, Renner, Antoine Fuqua, David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari and Michael Friedman.
The series launched in November 21 and had its season finale in January.
“With Mayor of Kingstown, Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon offer a nuanced portrayal of the United States’ harsh prison system,” said Tanya Giles, Chief Programming Officer at ViacomCBS Streaming. “The stellar crew and cast, including Jeremy Renner and Dianne Wiest, delivered a thought-provoking, intense drama that kept audiences captivated and yearning for more. We are thrilled to be the home of the expanding Taylor Sheridan Universe and we look forward to bringing fans back to Kingstown next season.”
Said Fuqua: “Mayor of Kingstown is such an important project that offers a comprehensive look into the brutal prison system and I am thrilled to continue the journey with Taylor and team for Season 2. Thank you to our partners at Paramount+, 101 Studios and MTV Entertainment Studios for believing in us to further explore this story.”
Glasser added: “We are thrilled that shows like Mayor of Kingstown — original stories with layered characters and important themes — are able to thrive on Paramount+,. We can’t wait to delve back into the lives of the McLusky family for Season 2.”
Five young Irishwomen in 1850 leave the Great Famine behind for a new life in Australia in Jaki McCarrick’s drama, set on a boat to the other side of the world. Nicola Murphy directs the New York premiere for the Irish Rep.