Hartford's TheaterWorks, under artistic producing director Rob Ruggiero, announced a list of shows it is considering for the 2013-14 season. Other shows not on the list may also wind up on "the final five," which will be announced later this spring.
The shows under consideration are:
Conor McPherson's "The Birds," inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s disturbing short story which was the basis of the Alfred Hitchcock film. McPherson also wrote "The Seafarer" which TheaterWorks produced several seasons back.
Sharr White's "The Other Place" which centers on Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist "whose life seems to be coming unhinged." The work recently played Broadway, starring Laurie Metcalf.
Jeffrey Hatcher's "Mrs. Mannerly" described s "a poignant comedy of a ten-year-old as he studies etiquette under the tutelage of the demanding Mrs. Mannerly."
Neil LaBute's "The Mercy Seat." It is described: "September 12, 2001. Assumed dead, will Ben let his family know he’s alive? Or will he and his mistress take this chance to create a new life for themselves? '"
John Cariani's "Love/Sick," a romance-infused comedy from the writer of "Almost, Maine," which just ended its run at TheaterWorks.
Colm Toibin's "The Testament of Mary," which is now in previews on Broadway. The play centers on Jesus' mother Mary, now elderly, "as she talks to some of his followers about her famous son—a young man she didn’t quite understand."
"My Name Is Asher Lev," Aaron Posner's adaptation of the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok, centers on the story of "a young Jewish prodigy compelled to become a painter—against the will of family, community and tradition. "The play was produced in 2012 at Long Wharf Theatre. A version of that production is currently playing off-Broadway.
"Woody Sez," conceived by David M. Lutken, is a piece based on the music of Woody Guthrie.
"The North Pool," by Rajiv Joseph, which recently ran off-Broadway. In the psychological drama, a high school principal and a Middle-Eastern-born transfer student engage in a politically and emotionally charged game of cat and mouse."