TimeLine Theatre 2012–13 season: Moisés Kaufman, Naomi Iizuka, J.T. Rogers, Susan Felder
TimeLine Theatre Company says it will produce Chicago premieres of three high-profile recent plays and a new play by local writer Susan Felder in its 2012–13 season. As it did this season, TimeLine will move one of the four productions to another venue to accommodate its growing subscriber base.
The season opens at, a few blocks away from TimeLine's , with Moisés Kaufman's 33 Variations (August 23–October 21), about a musicologist studying Beethoven's Diabelli Variations as she battles ALS. Janet Ulrich Brooks will play the scholar, a part that earned a Tony Award nomination for Jane Fonda in 2009. Terry Hamilton will portray Ludwig van Beethoven. Nick Bowling directs.
Back at TimeLine HQ, William Brown will helm Felder's Wasteland (October 12–December 30), which depicts two U.S. soldiers held captive in a P.O.W. camp during the Vietnam War and the bond they develop despite the literal and figurative walls that separate them. Nate Burger and Steve Haggard star.
Naomi Iizuka's Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West kicks off 2013 (January 15–April 14). Iizuka's play, which debuted at Berkeley Rep in 2010, concerns itself with the invention of the camera, Japanese-U.S. relations, xenophobia and exoticism. Lisa Portes, who recently helmed Iizuka's Ghostwritten at the Goodman, directs.
The season closes with Blood and Gifts, J.T. Rogers's recounting of CIA interference in the Soviet-Afghan war of the 1980s (April 30–July 22). My Time Out New York counterpart David Cote named the recent Lincoln Center production among his top ten plays of 2011, as did The New York Times' Charles Isherwood. Nick Bowling returns to direct TimeLine's production. Season subscriptions ($108–$168) are now on sale at 773-281-8463 and timelinetheatre.com.