Marionettes from Italy, a South African Strindberg adaptation, an Irish production of “Waiting for Godot,” and a film-infused dance-theater piece from Belgium are among the shows on the agenda for fall 2013 at ArtsEmerson, where next winter and spring promise Mikhail Baryshnikov, Handspring Puppet Company, and a British multimedia production of Noël Coward’s “Brief Encounter.”
ArtsEmerson’s fourth theater season will kick off Sept. 17-29 in the Paramount Center’s Jackie Liebergott Black Box with the Chicago-based American Theater Company’s “columbinus.” A documentary play about the 1999 school shooting in Littleton, Colo., it’s written by Stephen Karam (“Sons of the Prophet”) and PJ Paparelli.
David Dower, ArtsEmerson’s director of artistic programs, will direct the next production, billed as “a tour of the baritone voice through history.” The new piece is conceived by Broadway veteran Marc Kudisch, who will also be one of the three baritones in its cast. Running Oct. 8-20 on the Paramount Center Mainstage, it’s titled “Back to Baritone: An Unauthorized History. In Song.”
“Kiss & Cry,” from Belgium’s contemporary troupe Charleroi Danses, will come to the Cutler Majestic Theatre Oct. 10-12. Incorporating film, dance, and theater, “Kiss & Cry” is a woman’s reminiscence on her loves over the course of her lifetime. It will be performed in English.
The Gare St Lazare Players Ireland, who brought a solo version of “Moby Dick” to ArtsEmerson in 2011, will return Oct. 29-Nov. 10 with Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett and starring her husband, Conor Lovett, on the Paramount Center Mainstage. The duo, who were also director and star, respectively, of “Moby Dick” at ArtsEmerson, won raves off-Broadway last spring for the premiere of a Beckettian Will Eno play, “Title and Deed.”
The Washington, D.C., company Step Afrika!, which specializes in stepping, the rhythmic dance form, will bring its percussive performance to the Cutler Majestic Nov. 7-9.
A marionette production of “Sleeping Beauty,” by the 178-year-old Milanese troupe Carlo Colla and Sons, will run Nov. 13-17 on the Paramount Center Mainstage. Adapted and directed by Eugenio Monti Colla, it will be performed in English, with music by Tchaikovsky. “Mies Julie,” South African playwright Yael Farber’s adaptation of Strindberg’s “Miss Julie,” which was acclaimed last fall in New York, will come to the Paramount Center Mainstage Nov. 30-
The new year at ArtsEmerson will begin with a foray into the 21st-century foreclosure crisis, structured around John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.” Produced by the New York-based Builders Association, “HOUSE / DIVIDED” will run Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2014, at the Cutler Majestic.
ArtsEmerson announced a few titles, but no dates, for the second half of its season. Those shows include a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by England’s Bristol Old Vic and Handspring Puppet Company, the South African creators of the puppets in “War Horse”; “Brief Encounter” from England’s Kneehigh Theatre, a troupe that’s a regular at the adventurous St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Dutch theater artist Jakop Ahlbom’s “Lebensraum,” a “live-action silent movie” inspired by Buster Keaton and accompanied by the band Alamo Race Track; the Poe exploration “RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE,” from Philadelphia’s Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental; and “Man in a Case,” a Chekhov adaptation by New York-based Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar. Featuring Baryshnikov, that piece premiered in February at Hartford Stage.
Laura Collins-Hughes can be reached at lcollins-hughes