Off-Broadway’s The New Group has announced its 2012-2013 season, including the world premiere of Francine Volpe’s drama The Good Mother starring Gretchen Mol (Chicago). The season also includes Jonathan Marc Sherman’s new play Clive, directed by and starring Ethan Hawke (The Coast of Utopia, Before Sunset), as well as Ayub Khan Din and Paul Bogaev’s new Bollywood musical Bunty Berman Presents… Additional casting and performance dates will be announced shortly.
Set in Mount Vernon, New York, The Good Mother is a psychological thriller starring Mol as Larissa. In The Good Mother, Larissa must face her own questionable actions when her four-year-old daughter forces her to face a person from Larissa’s past. The production will premiere in the fall of 2012 and will be helmed by New Group artistic director Scott Elliott.
Set in New York City in the ‘90s, Clive is the story of a dissipated songwriter who travels from the hedonistic heights of seduction and consumption into an ecstasy of self-destruction. Featuring classic American songs performed live, Clive is inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s play Baal. The production will begin performances in winter 2013.
Bunty Berman Presents… is the story of Bunty Berman, a movie producer who owns a failing Bollywood studio. Although the studio was once the toast of Bombay, Berman’s biggest star Raj has begun to lose his lustre. When their new movie bombs, Bunty must navigate through divas, mobsters and ambitious tea-boys to keep his studio alive. Bunty Berman Presents… features a book and lyrics by Din and music by Din and Bogaev. Directed by Scott Elliott, the production will begin performances in spring 2013.