Stafford Arima will direct the San Diego premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti's play Red Velvet at The Old Globe. Red Velvet follows the controversy that erupts when American actor, Ira Aldridge becomes the first black man to play the title role in Shakespeare's play, Othello. Casting and creative team to be announced. Previews begin in March.
The new musical Mary & Max starring Tony winner Shuler Hensley, Tony nominee Sydney Lucas, Julia Murney, Kyle Scatliffe and Lauren Elder will have a private presentation in New York City on January 9. Directed by Stafford Arima and written by Bobby Cronin and Crystal Skillman, Mary & Max is adapted from the claymation feature film by Academy Award-winning writer/animator, Adam Elliot.
Tituss Burgess, best known for playing Titus Andromedon in the Netflix comedy series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," has acquired the Broadway rights to the 1996 film "The Preacher's Wife." This new musical version of the story, featuring music and lyrics by Burgess, book by Daniel Beaty will have an industry reading on September 12. Directed by Stafford Arima, the reading will feature Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls), Quentin Earl Darrington (Cats), Chester Gregory (Motown) and Grammy Award-nominee recording artist, Ledisi. Musical direction will be by James Sampliner.
The Flea Theater has announced plans to present Two Class Acts: A Festival Celebrating A.R. Gurney. The festival will include two world-premiere one-act plays entitled Squash and Ajax directed by Stafford Arima. Previews begin October 10. The cast for Squash features Dan Amboyer, Nicole Lowrance and Rodney Richardson; the production of Ajax will feature members of the Bats (the Flea's resident acting company) in a rotating cast that includes Olivia Jampol, Rachel Lin, Ben Lorenz and Chris Tabet. The creative team features Jason Sherwood (set design), Jake DeGroot (lighting design), Sky Switser (costume design) and Miles Polaski (sound design). These two plays will be the final productions at the Flea's home on White Street, before the company moves to its new facilities.
Rehearsals for Craig Carnelia and Joe Tracz's "Poster Boy" commence at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Creative Team includes: Marco Paguia (Musical Direction), Danny Mefford (Movement), Rachel Hauck (Scenic), Jen Schriever (Lights), Jessica Pabst (Costume), Kai Harada (Sound) and Dave Tennant (Projections) Cast includes: Taylor Trensch, Levin Valayil, Jose Llana, Jerry Dixon, Stephen Wallem, Noah Zachary, Katie Lee Hill and Ned Riseley.