Acclaimed actors Isabella Rossellini and two-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe are among the luminaries joining three-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee Frank Langella in productions during the 2014 winter/spring season at Brooklyn Academy of Music.
As previously announced, Langella will play the title role of the old and vain king in William Shakespeare's King Lear, directed by Angus Jackson. The play will first run at the U.K.'s Minerva Theatre from October 31 through November 30, before transferring to New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music on January 7, 2014. King Lear will play a limited engagement at BAM’s Harvey Theater through February 9.
Rossellini adapts her provocative and acclaimed short film series Green Porno for the stage. Dressed in colorful costumes, she acts out the reproductive habits of marine animals and insects. This is the animal kingdom as you've never seen it before. Green Porno: Live on Stage, co-written by Rossellini and Jean-Claude Carriere and staged by Muriel Mayette, will play January 16 to 25 at BAM Fisher.
Film star Dafoe and celebrated dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov will star in The Old Woman, which previously played the Palace Theater as part of the Manchester International Festival. Directed by Robert Wilson, and adapted by Darryl Pinckney from a novella by Daniil Kharms, the wacky and wisecracking comedy will run June 22 to 29 at the Howard Gilman Opera House.
Additional offerings in the season include the U.S, premiere of Billy Budd at the Howard Gilman Opera House from February 7 to 13, directed by Michael Grandage; the U.K.'s acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House, directed by Carrie Cracknell, which will run from February 21 to March 15 at the Harvey Theater; and programs from the Lyon Opera Ballet, DanceAfrica 2014 and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet's 10th anniversary celebration.