Appropriately in this sticky heat, it’s kind of a slow week for theater, at least openings-wise. So for a change of pace, instead of a show roundup, here are a few recent theater-world tidbits that struck Gothamist as interesting.

2005_06_arts_signature.jpg The Times reported last week that the Signature Theatre is going to offer $15 tickets to its next season (its fifteenth). Every seat. This is thrilling news, and everyone should flock there to see three plays by August Wilson (including one world premiere and one NY premiere), Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful and John Guare’s Landscape of the Body. Time Warner is underwriting this venture, and Gothamist is hoping against hope that it will be a big success so that other businesses and theatre companies will get up the nerve to do the same. London’s National Theatre has experimented with low ticket prices and gotten a massive response, not surprisingly. Affordable live theatre...what a concept.

2005_06_arts_scissorhands.jpg Speaking of London, it’s often interesting to have a look at what’s playing there, since practically anything successful will make its way here in short order. Especially when you have a good track record like Matthew Bourne, your show is almost certain to do so, which makes the news that he’s creating a dance version of Edward Scissorhands all the more exciting. It takes the stage in London at the end of November and runs until next February, so it will be awhile before we get to see it here, but the news is just too cool not to mention it.

2005_06_arts_shrek.jpg Another movie getting the stage treatment in the not-so-near future is Shrek. This one is pretty easy to imagine, what with Lion King and Avenue Q-type shows thriving. Playbill reported yesterday that Jeanine Tesori, who’s composed the scores for Twelfth Night, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Caroline, or Change, is being considered for the music; David Lindsay-Abaire is doing the book, and Jason Moore, who directed Avenue Q, will direct. Mike Meyers hasn’t been up to much lately...Gothamist is generally against Hollywood stars usurping Broadway stages, but something about Meyers suggests that he could be brilliant in the musical cast. Not likely to happen, of course, but we can dream.

In real casting news, the performers for Shakespeare in the Park’s second show, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, have been announced. David Costabile, Rosario Dawson, Oscar Isaac, Megan Lawrence, Norm Lewis and Paolo Montalban are slated to appear in this musical version, which runs August 16-Sept. 11. Kathleen Marshall, who won a Tony for her Wonderful Town choreography, is both director and choreographer for the show.

Finally, Gothamist’s pick for the week is Screen Play, A.R. Gurney’s new production at the Flea. It’s about life in America in 2015, when the country is composed of a majority of conservative religious types and people are leaving for Canada and Mexico because of the dead-end economic and cultural situation. Depending on your frame of mind, this might be kind of depressing, but Gurney is a great comedic writer and he doesn’t let anything drag. Screen Play is directed by Jim Simpson and performed by the Flea’s resident company, The Bats, and its run has just been extended until July 30, so make like a Skunk (or something) and go see it.
Details: The Flea Theater, 41 White St. Mon.-Sat. 7pm, Wed. & Sat. 3pm. Tickets at Theatermania.
Also, opening at the Flea this week is Boocock's House of Baseball (Thurs.-Sat. 9pm); Gothamist featured an interview with Paul Boocock, the creator, last week.