American Theater Company plans Hair, Doubt, Oz for 2012–13 season
American Theater Company artistic director PJ Paparelli plans to follow last year's "restored and revised" by producing the original Hair. Paparelli says he's working with Hair co-creator James Rado to restore lost material from the original 1967 Off Broadway production for a revival scheduled to close ATC's 2012–2013 season; the age of Aquarius will be April 26–June 14, 2013 and presumably, if it's a hit like Grease, the rest of the summer.
Paparelli's also revising columbinus, the fictionalized but interview-based play about the Columbine shootings he wrote with Stephen Karam (whose more recent play Sons of the Prophet was a Pulitzer finalist this year). The new production (January 25–February 24) will be tied to the recently announcedinitiative.
ATC's season will open in the fall with a pair of revivals the theater's calling "The Catholic Repertory": John Patrick Shanley's Doubt and John Peilmeier's Agnes of God. The plays will share three actresses including ATC ensemble member Sadieh Rifai; directors remain TBA (September 6–October 28).
The holiday season brings another repertory: The theater's perennial radio-play staging of It's a Wonderful Life will run in tandem with (rights pending) a radio-play version of The Wizard of Oz, featuring the Harold Arlen–Yip Harburg songs from the MGM film. Both radio plays will be helmed by ATC artistic associate Jason W. Gerace (November 15–December 30).