When last we saw Julie Taymor she had turned to the courts over her public departure from Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, where she was director, co-book writer and mask-designer for the rock musical. Production woes and poor early reviews led to producers revamping the creative team, leading to Taymor’s departure. Now she’s returning to the stage as director of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the inaugural production in Theatre for a New Audience’s first permanent home in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. Previews begin October 19, 2013 for a November 2nd opening. Taymor sued the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark in November 2011 claiming her creative rights were violated and she was not compensated for her work. In turn, the producers filed a countersuit, alleging Taymor refused to fulfill her contractual obligations. A tentative deal settling her role in the creation of the musical was reached with producers 8 Legged Productions last August, but Reuters reported recently that litigation has resumed after both sides failed to reach a final settlement. A trial date is now scheduled for May 27.
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