Next Theatre Company's 2013–14 season
Evanston's Next Theatre Company has announced its three-play lineup for the 2013–14 season, to include Compulsion by Rinne Groff, Luck of the Irish by Kirsten Greenidge and The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog.
Groff's Compulsion (October 10–November 17) is a fictionalized take on the writer Meyer Levin's obsessive professional relationship with the diary of Anne Frank. Devon de Mayo, who helmed the U.S. stage premiere of Everything Is Illuminated at Next earlier this year, returns to direct. Greenidge's Luck of the Irish (January 16–February 23), about a black couple in 1950s Boston engaging an Irish family to "ghost-buy" a house in a white neighborhood, will be staged by Damon Kiely.
Herzog, meanwhile, is emerging as a major force: The Brooklyn-based playwright's 4000 Miles, which was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize last month, will be staged at Northlight Theatre in the fall, while Steppenwolf is set to mount her Belleville next month. The Great God Pan (April 3–May 11), about a man receiving troubling news of a possible childhood trauma of which he has no memory, will be directed by Kimberly Senior, who staged Herzog's After the Revolution at Next last year.