Sara Bareilles' 'Waitress' Musical To Debut In August

Kristen Somody Whalen

February 11: Sara Bareilles performs at the 11th Annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Sara Bareilles' musical based on the film Waitress, a play co-written and starring Mark Rylance and a stage adaptation of Eve Ensler's In the Body of the World are among the highlights of the American Repertory Theater's upcoming season.

The powerhouse theater company at Harvard said Thursday it will produce the world premiere of Waitress, with music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated Bareilles, starting in August. It will be directed by Diane Paulus, the artistic director, who has also helmed the recent revival of Pippin and the new Finding Neverland.

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The season also includes Nice Fish, a play about two men fishing on a lake in frozen Minnesota written by Rylance and Louis Jenkins, and the world premiere of Ensler's 2013 memoir starring Ensler and directed by Paulus.

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The company will also present the musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; 1984, a stage adaptation of George Orwell's novel by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan; and The Pirate Princess, a new musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night for children.