Theater & art

ArtsEmerson’s 2012-13 theater season includes festival of new works

Civilians’ “Paris Commune” premieres at ArtsEmerson.
Civilians’ “Paris Commune” premieres at ArtsEmerson.

The Civilians, Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, and Les 7 Doigts de la Main will all be back at ArtsEmerson for the 2012-13 season, along with a two-week festival of new stage works, plus fresh faces including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, from London, and Lemieux Pilon 4D Art, from Montreal.

In its third season, ArtsEmerson is also leaving its options open, filling only part of its theater slate now in order to be able to react quickly to productions that “burst on the scene” later, executive director Robert J. Orchard said. The flexibility, he explained, comes in response to changes in ticket-purchasing habits.

“With so many people buying at the last minute, it seemed to me that this gave us some comfort in being able to do this more spontaneous programming throughout the year,” Orchard said.


The Brooklyn-based Civilians, who brought “You Better Sit Down: Tales From My Parents’ Divorce” to ArtsEmerson this season and “In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards” last season, will return Sept. 20-22 with the world premiere of “Paris Commune.” A musical take on the 1871 overthrow of the French government, it will run on the Paramount Center Mainstage.

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Montreal-based contemporary circus troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main, which has twice performed its show “PSY” at ArtsEmerson, will come to the Cutler Majestic Theatre Sept. 27-Oct. 7 with “Sequence 8,” a new piece co-commissioned by ArtsEmerson.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will bring “Hamlet” to the Paramount Center Mainstage Oct. 9-21. A stripped-down version of Shakespeare’s longest play, it clocks in at 2½ hours and features a streamlined cast, with most actors playing multiple roles.

Live performers will interact with projected imagery in Lemieux Pilon 4D Art’s “La belle et la bête” (“Beauty and the Beast”), Dec. 5-9 on the Paramount Center Mainstage. A multimedia production conceived and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, it will be performed in English.

Christopher Bayes’s production of “The Servant of Two Masters,” the commedia dell’arte classic by Carlo Goldoni, will come to the Paramount Center Mainstage Jan. 29-Feb. 10, 2013. Adapted by Constance Congdon, it will star Steven Epp, who played the title role in “The Miser” at the American Repertory Theater in 2004.


Orchard is looking at February for the festival of new works, which he said will have “programming synergies” with New York’s Under the Radar Festival and may include works produced by ArtsEmerson.

Later that month, Iceland’s Vesturport Theatre will bring Kafka to the Paramount Center Mainstage. “Metamorphosis,” adapted and directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson and David Farr, with music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, will run Feb. 27-March 3, 2013.

The Public Theater’s production of Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderón’s “Neva” will arrive at ArtsEmerson just days after closing in New York. The play about Anton Chekhov’s widow, Olga Knipper, will run April 2-7, 2013, in the Paramount Center’s Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre.

SITI Company, whose members will perform in “Café Variations” beginning Friday at the Cutler Majestic, will be on the Paramount Center Mainstage next season. “Trojan Women (After Euripides),” adapted by Jocelyn Clarke and directed by Bogart, will run April 17-20, 2013.