Head of Classic Stage Company to depart in 2022

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Sunday, June 23, 2024

Head of Classic Stage Company to depart in 2022
John Doyle at Classic Stage Company in New York, May 24, 2018. Doyle, the artistic director of Classic Stage Company since 2016, announced on Monday, July 19, 2021, that he would step down from the Off Broadway theater next summer. Vincent Tullo/The New York Times.

by Laura Zornosa

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- John Doyle, artistic director of Classic Stage Company since 2016, announced Monday that he would step down from the off-Broadway theater next summer.

“I feel like it’s somebody else’s turn,” Doyle, 68, said in a video interview from Britain. “It’s as simple as that. I think art is better with a kind of turnover.”

Classic Stage Company on Monday also revealed its 2021-22 season, Doyle’s last with the company. The productions are Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s “Assassins”; Marcus Gardley’s “black odyssey”; Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s “Snow in Midsummer”; and Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Terrence McNally’s “A Man of No Importance.”

Doyle, a Tony Award-winner in 2006 for his revival of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” will direct the musicals “Assassins” and “A Man of No Importance.”

“Assassins,” which will be Classic Stage Company’s first in-person production since the start of the pandemic, a return to in-person performance for the theater, was in rehearsals last year when New York theaters were closed to slow the coronavirus’s spread.

Given the events of the past year and a half, Doyle said, storytellers “must be addressing the stories they tell.”

“How they tell those stories, why they tell those stories, who are they for?” he said. “We have to pick up that responsibility very strongly.”

Doyle has also asked of Classic Stage Company: What does it mean for a piece of theater to be a “classic” today?

“It need no longer mean plays by dead, white, European men,” Doyle said. “Which is inevitably what most classical theater has been.”

Two of the coming season’s works — “black odyssey,” directed by Stevie Walker-Webb, and “Snow in Midsummer,” directed by Zi Alikhan, both planned for the first half of 2022 — are by living artists of color. Both re-imagine classic stories: Homer’s “The Odyssey” and Guan Hanqing’s “The Injustice to Dou Yi That Moved Heaven and Earth.”

Those plays, Doyle said, are “trying to take the worldwide stories and make those available to the modern audience, in the hope and intention of bringing in new audiences into the theater.”

“A Man of No Importance” resonates with Doyle. It’s a musical about a Celtic man (Doyle is Scottish) making theater for his local community (which Doyle once did).

“It celebrates what theater can do, and it celebrates how theater can make change,” Doyle said. “And I’m hoping that my leaving will help to make more change. And I’m hoping that my doing a piece about how spiritual, in a way, the theater can be, in terms of how it touches our souls, is a nice way to leave.”

Reflecting on his tenure, Doyle said he was especially proud of reconfiguring the physical space of the theater itself. “It really feels like a New York space to me now, not just a black box,” he said. “Plays come and go, but the space stays. And it is a truly remarkable space.”

His departure is not a retirement. Doyle said that the pandemic made him realize the importance of family, self and quiet time, but that theater remains as important to him as ever. And although he would like to spend more time in the Scottish Highlands with his husband, he has no plans to leave New York anytime soon.

“I’m really hopeful that I could do another Broadway show or two, before I pop my clogs, as we say in Britain,” Doyle said. “I would love that.”

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

Today's News

July 20, 2021

Paintings, projections, VR Starry Nights: Can we ever know van Gogh?

Humboldt Forum opens: A new landmark for Berlin

Egypt unveils military vessel, Greek funerary site in sunken city

The Museo Nacional del Prado recovers Velázquez original composition for The Spinners

Danish Mohammed cartoonist Kurt Westergaard dies aged 86

Rijksmuseum scientific journal now available to all online

Forum Gallery opens an exhibition of thirty-five works created between 1980 and 1989

London's Royal Albert Hall marks 150 years of music

First survey exhibition in the United States of Marcia Schvartz opens at 55 Walker

Highly successful auctions at Koller

Morag Myerscough transforms Coventry High Street with light and colour

JD Malat Gallery returns to St. Moritz with a solo exhibition by Colombian abstract artist Santiago

303 Gallery opens an exhibition of new paintings by Tim Gardner

Artsy Partners with ARTNOIR on benefit auction to spotlight student artists of color

Site-specific works on view at an ancient military base in Belgium

Refurbished modernist building to become new artistic hub: Forma HQ to launch in Southwark, London this summer

Artist list announced for fourth edition of the Art Encounters Biennial

Conservation in action: Cleaning Horace Walpole's library

Science and Industry Museum to vacate lease on Air and Space Hall

Olympics composer who says he bullied classmates with disabilities resigns

Head of Classic Stage Company to depart in 2022

Uniques and Antiques Auction Sales announces online-only Modern Design auction

The National Gallery brings art outdoors with a pop-up of over 20 life-sized replicas

Bath Preservation Trust appoints design team for Beckford's Tower

Leather Vs Leatherette Vs Wooden - A Sofa Comparison

The best outdoor E-bike for retired people during the summertime

How You Can Create Best Financial Plan

2021 Best Gather Grill Table For Outdoor Events

Modern World, and Agape Love

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful