Season 1

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Brecht on Brecht
Arranged and translated by George Tabori
Directed by Julia Ewing

These readings and enactments from the works of Bertolt Brecht were produced to great critical acclaim off-Briadway by ANTA and Cheryl Crawfod, with Dane Clark, Anne Jackson, Lotte Lenya and Viveca Lindfors.  The first half reveals some of Brecht’s philosophy along with some choice advice to certain actors and critics.  The second half begins with a song and monologue, followed by excerpts from the plays: The Good Woman of Setzuan; St. Joan of the Stockyards; Fear and Misery of the Third Reich; and finally, a scene from Galileo.

Candide
Book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur and Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Barry Fuller
Musical Direction by Tony Lee Garner

Based on Voltaire’s brilliant satire and adapted to the Broadway musical stage for the first time in 1956.  In 1973 (based on a new book by Hugh Wheeler, with additional songs and lyrics) Hal Prince produced the musical to rave reviews and SRO acclaim.  Opening the McCoy Theatre with this Candide is a dream come true for Messrs, Fuller, and Garner.  Environmental staging will be created by Henry Swanson, Technical Theatre Consultant for the McCoy Theatre.

The World We Live In
By Josef and Karel Capek
Directed by Raymond Hill

This famous fantasy is also known under the title The Insect Comedy.  A vagrant, who is something of a philosopher, falls asleep after some heavy drinking in a forest, and there in his dream observes the comedy and tragedy in the lives of the insects, whose problems and affairs are strikingly like those of humankind.  “A play of large intent, which is interesting, striking and dramatically effective, always unusual—magnificently imaginative—one of the loftiest achievements of the theatre.” –New York World.