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.
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.Don Aucoin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.