Public Theater Announces Upcoming Productions

The Public Theater’s 2008-2009 season will include work from Stephen Sondheim, John Guare, Danny Hoch, Christopher Durang, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, and Tracey Scott Wilson, Variety reports. The Sondheim musical, called “Bounce,” will be directed by John Doyle, who previously helmed the Sondheim hits “Company” and “Sweeney Todd.” The Guare piece, “A Free Man of Color”—his first new one in over seven years—will be directed by George C. Wolfe and will feature actor and hip-hop artist Mos Def and actor Jeffrey Wright, who co-starred in the Public’s 2003 hit”Topdog/Underdog.” Also announced: The theater’s consistently popular Shakespeare in the Park series will feature, in 2009, a presentation of “The Bacchae” directed by JoAnne Akalaitis and backed with music by Philip Glass (a preceding production has yet to be announced).