American Repertory Theater has announced their 2015/2016 season, and there's plenty to check out beyond the previously announced "Waitress." That show, an adaptation of Adrienne Shelly's film of the same name with music by Sara Bareilles, opens in August and will be directed by A.R.T. artistic director Diane Paulus. The next show up will be "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812," an "electro pop opera" based on Tolstoy's "War and Peace," which had a very popular run in New York, and opens in December.
January 2016 sees the premiere of "Nice Fish," written by and starring Mark Rylance, who you may be watching in his starring role in the PBS adaptation of "Wolf Hall." The story takes place over the course of an ice fishing trip, so we're imagining a "Grumpy Old Men" vibe, but are probably incorrect. For all the dystopia lovers out there, a new production of "1984" will be the next show, in February 2016, followed by another show from Eve Ensler (who wrote this year's slightly controversial "O.P.C."). The new show from Ensler will be "In the Body of the World," based on her memoir, and she'll be starring in a production directed by Paulus.
The final two shows of the year are "RoosevElvis," a "madcap road trip through American masculinity" coming in May 2016, and "The Pirate Princess," a new children's show from the folks behind "The Light Princess" based on "Twelfth Night" and opening in December.
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