Balagula Theatre’s season of premieres

Balagula Theatre has announced its 2013-14 season, which will debut with a world-premiere production outside the theater’s usual home of Natasha’s Bistro and Bar. All productions are Kentucky premieres. The lineup is:

Ryan Case and Natasha Williams are directors of Balagula Theatre, based at Natasha's Bistro and Bar. © Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley.

Ryan Case and Natasha Williams are directors of Balagula Theatre, based at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar. © Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley.

E.G.O.: The Passions of Eugene Gladstone O’Neill by Jo Morello, Sept. 13-22, at the Downtown Arts Center. This is Balagula’s second collaboration with the Kentucky Women Writer’s Conference. Kia Corthron, whose credits include a world premiere at Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays and writing an episode of HBO’s The Wire, selected from more than 170 entries Morello’s script about the famed Irish writer as he ages and his two very different wives. Corthron will be the featured speaker at the conference, which will take place during the run of E.G.O.

The Two Character Play by Tennessee Williams, Nov. 3-13. Written by Williams when he was in his 60s, this play is about a brother-sister acting duo who were abandoned by their troupe right before the show was to go on — or were they? This psychological drama has ties to Williams’ earlier, more popular works as well as more esoteric writers Balagula favors, such as Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter.

Terrorism by the Presnyakov brothers, Jan. 12-22. This 2002 ­Russian play, translated to English by Sasha Dugdale, shows a ­number of terrorist cases — from an airport bomb scare to a man tying up his lover — and draws them together in a meditation on the role of terror in 21st-century urban life.

1984 by George Orwell, adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan, March 9-19. If you have recently heard the phrase “Big Brother is watching” and don’t quite know what it means, it is time to catch up with Orwell’s dystopian classic.

Dinner by Moira Buffini, May 25-June 4. An artist, a scientist and a sexpot go to dinner. … That could be the start of a joke, and it is the jumping-off point for Buffini’s dark comedy that has been part of her ascent in the British theater world.

All shows, except E.G.O., will be performed at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade. Season tickets are $75 until Aug. 18, when the price will increase to $85.

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