Theater & art

ArtsEmerson unveils second half of schedule

The second half of ArtsEmerson’s 2013-2014 season will feature an appearance by Mikhail Baryshnikov, a theatrical portrait of the late Susan Sontag, and a collaboration with Boston’s Company One, among other productions.

Baryshnikov, a dancer, choreographer, and actor, will be in the cast of “Man in a Case,’’ an adaptation of short stories by Anton Chekhov, scheduled for Feb. 25-March 2 at Cutler Majestic Theatre. Directed by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, “Man in a Case’’ blends music, theater, video (including surveillance footage), and folk dance in what is described as an attempt to create a “bridge’’ between today and the 19th-century world of Chekhov’s stories.

The life of Sontag, a brilliant and provocative cultural critic who died in 2004, is the subject of “Sontag: Reborn,’’ a production by the New York-based Builders Association. A solo show performed by Moe Angelos, who adapted two of Sontag’s books, “Sontag: Reborn’’ will be directed by Marianne Weems and is slated for May 6-18 at the Paramount Center Mainstage.


Kicking things off Jan. 10-Feb. 1 in the Paramount Center’s Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre will be a coproduction with Boston’s Company One of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s elaborately named “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.’’ Directed by Summer L. Williams, “We Are Proud . . .’’ depicts the tensions that arise when a band of actors seeks to dramatize what some historians consider to be the 20th century’s first genocide, the brutal suppression and slaughter of the Herero people by colonial German troops.

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The ArtsEmerson schedule also includes Ethan Lipton’s “No Place to Go,’’ a song cycle described as a “musical ode to the unemployed,’’ set for Feb. 20-22 in the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre; a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’’ by Bristol Old Vic in association with Handspring Puppet Company (the wizards behind “War Horse’’), set for March 6-15 at the Cutler Majestic; “Not by Bread Alone,’’ a production by Israel’s Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble, in which nearly a dozen deaf-blind actors bake bread onstage while telling stories through sign language, movement, and speaking, April 1-6 at the Paramount Mainstage.

In addition, ArtsEmerson will play host to Jakop Ahlbom’s “Lebensraum (Habitat),’’ April 9-13 at the Paramount Mainstage, described as a “live-action silent movie’’ that tells the story of a doll who is assigned cleaning duties but proves to have her own ideas; Deborah Stein’s “The Wholehearted,’’ a solo show about a fictional female boxer, performed and directed by Suli Holum, at the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre April 17-27.

Rounding out the season will be a contemporary interpretation of Pushkin’s “Eugene Onegin’’ by the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia, at the Cutler Majestic June 6-7.

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