Classic Stage Company has announced plans for its 2013-14 season. The lineup will include Finn Wittrock and Elizabeth Olsen as the star-crossed lovers in Romeo and Juliet, a new musical starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac, Bertolt Brecht's A Man's a Man, featuring new music by Duncan Sheik, and David Ives' adaptation of The Heir Apparent.
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet kicks off the season in September. Directed by Tea Alagic, the classic tragedy will star Finn Wittrock (Death of a Salesman) as Romeo Montague and the previously announced Elizabeth Olsen as Juliet Capulet.
Next up is The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, starring Tony winner Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac, which be mounted in December in what's billed as a "fully staged workshop production" at the Henry Street Settlement. Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Susan Stroman, the musical centers on the two survivors of a flood of biblical proportions, who find that their common language is song and dance. Together they chronicle the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of humankind through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim to Queen and R.E.M.
Bertolt Brecht's A Man’s a Man, a comedy about a dockworker in colonial India who is transformed as a member of the British armed forces, will reteam director Brian Kulick and Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik, who collaborated on CSC's current production of Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle. A Man's a Man is set to begin in January.
Finishing out the 45th anniversary season in March 2014 will be the John Rando-helmed production of The Heir Apparent, which David Ives adapted from the play by Jean-Francois Regnard about a young man trying to finagle a large inheritance. Ives’ previous works at CSC includes The School for Lies and 2010's Venus in Fur, which transferred to Broadway and won a best actress Tony for Nina Arianda.