Balagula Theatre at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar has announced its 2012-13 season. It opens with a play that has some intriguing local connections.
The Kentucky premiere of Tracy Letts’ Bug plays Sept 9 to 12 and 16 to 19. The original productions of the play in London, Chicago and Off-Broadway in New York featured one-time Lexington resident Michael Shannon as Peter Evans, a Gulf War veteran who draws a lonely cocktail waitress into his deepening and destructive paranoia. The 2006 film version paired Shannon with fellow Kentuckian Ashley Judd as Agnes, the waitress. The film was a commercial failure, many believe because it was marketed as a horror film that ultimately didn’t offer much traditional horror. Letts went on to write the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama August, Osage County, which has been presented twice in Lexington in the past year.
The rest of the season is …
Mrs. Klein by Nicholas Wright, Oct. 21 to 26, 29 and 30. Another Kentucky premiere, this 1995 play portrays child psychologist Melanie Klein whose devotion to her work threatens those closest to her. Directed by Ryan Case.
Don Juan on Trial by Eric Emmanuel Schmitt, Dec 9 to 12 and 16 to 19. This play, the third Kentucky premiere of the season, looks at the legendary lover and issues of gender and tolerance. It marked the star of Schmitt’s celebrated career. Directed by Natasha Williams.
The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee, Feb. 10 to 13 and 17 to 20. A middle-aged architect falls in love with a goat in Albee’s play that explores the limits of liberal mores and tolerance. Directed by Bo List.
The Trial of God (as it was held on Feb. 25, 1649, in Shamgorod) by Elie Wiesel, April 14 to 17 and 21 to 24. A dramatization, in a distinctly Yiddish style, of the actual trial that was held in the German concentration camp of Auschwitz during World War II. Directed by Natasha Williams.
A limited number of season tickets are on sale for $75 each. Call (859) 621-8694 if you prefer to purchase by phone.