Ivo van Hove is a rarity: a stage director who has bridged the divide between experimental European theatermaking and the story-driven demands of the commercial American stage.
Who might follow in his arresting footsteps? Here, courtesy of critics and writers for The New York Times, are names to watch — and where to watch some of their coming productions.
Last year, this Australian director made a blistering New York debut with “Yerma,” a tale of obsession descending into madness. The trademark of Mr. Stone’s emerging career seems to be high-concept sets: an enclosed transparent box in “Yerma,” a three-story grid of rooms in “Hotel Strindberg,” a revolving abode in “Ibsen House.” Just as the characters have nowhere to hide, Mr. Stone’s productions turn classics inside out — he usually rewrites them — the better to reveal their guts. ELISABETH VINCENTELLI
The Swiss-born director’s taboo-testing productions led one publication to call him “the world’s most controversial director.” He broke out in 2009 with “The Last Days of the Ceausescus,” about the trial and execution of Romania’s Communist leader and his wife, while “La Reprise” — in which he re-enacts the murder of a gay man in Belgium — was the talk of this year’s Avignon Festival. His New York debut, in March at N.Y.U. Skirball, will be “Five Easy Pieces,” about Marc Dutroux, a notorious pedophile and murderer. Almost all the actors are children. ALEX MARSHALL