The 2015-16 Lincoln Center Theater season will feature three new works, including War, a play by Gloria and Appropriate scribe Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. The Lileana Blain-Cruz-helmed production will begin performances at off-Broadway’s Claire Tow Theater on May 21, 2016 and open on June 6.Before War, LCT will present the world premiere of Greg Pierce’s Her Requiem, beginning performances on February 6 at the Claire Tow Theater, plus Marco Ramirez’ The Royale at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater beginning February 11.Her Requiem will open on February 22 and run through March 20. It follows high school student Caitlin, who takes her senior year off to compose a complete requiem mass. Her devotion to the project soon tears apart her family. Kate Whoriskey will direct the production, which will feature sets by Derek McLane, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker and sound design by Matt Tierney.The Royale is loosely based on pioneering African American heavyweight champion Jack Johnson and tells the story of Jay, who confronts opponents of the ring as well as his own personal demons. Rachel Chavkin will direct the production, which is set to open officially on March 7.Jacobs-Jenkins’ War explores the tensions between two brothers who, while visiting their mother in the hospital, are confronted by two strangers armed with a surprising claim about their grandfather during World War II. The production, set to run through July 3, will have sets by Mimi Lien, costumes by Montana Blanco, lighting design by Matt Frey and sound design by Bray Poor.Her Requiem and War are both produced by LCT3, a Lincoln Center program that highlights shows by new playwrights and designers. Additional information, including casting, will be announced at a later date. View Comments
The Raiders had considered playing in the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium in nearby Santa Clara, before reaching a deal to play at the MLB Giants’ AT&T Park (now Oracle Park) in San Francisco. But the 49ers nixed that deal, citing territorial rights.The Oakland agreement, approved unanimously by the Coliseum Stadium Authority, calls for the Raiders to pay $7.5 million, plus $750,000 from previous fees, to rent Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. There is also a $10.5 million option for the team to play there in 2020 if their new $1.8 billion stadium in Las Vegas isn’t ready in time. That facility is currently set for completion in July 2020.The Oakland City Council and Alameda County supervisors must vote to approve the agreement, but those votes are expected to be formalities. The Raiders will have one final season in Oakland after all.Team owner Mark Davis reached an agreement for the Raiders to play one more season at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, according to multiple reports. The team, which is relocating to Las Vegas for the 2020 season, had spent months searching for a home for next season after the city of Oakland filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the team and NFL over the franchise’s pending move. Friday’s development is welcome news to Raiders Nation. Many fans, and even Oakland players, went into the home finale last December thinking it could be the final game in the city.