They join the previously-announced Oscar and Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, “The Office,” On the Mountain at PH) and Emmy Award nominee David Schwimmer (“Friends,” “Band of Brothers,” PH debut). Directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Maple and Vine at PH, The Thugs, Stunning, Naked Angels’ This Wide Night), previews will begin Friday, August 24 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater as the first production of the theater company’s new season.
In other casting news, Theatre World Award winner Cassie Beck (The Drunken City and Prayer for My Enemy at PH, The Norman Conquests), Reyna de Courcy (Burning), Tony Award and Obie Award winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!, Sweet and Sad, Young Frankenstein), Tasha Lawrence (Wilder, Wilder, Wilder; Good People), and Cory Michael Smith (The Shaggs at PH, the current Cock) comprise the complete cast of the New York premiere of THE WHALE, a new play by Obie Award winner Samuel D. Hunter (A Bright New Boise). Directed by Davis McCallum (A Bright New Boise, Queens Boulevard, Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue), previews will begin Friday, October 12 at Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
In addition to DETROIT and THE WHALE, the four other productions of the 2012/2013 Season will be:
THE GREAT GOD PAN – the World Premiere of a new play by Amy Herzog (After the Revolution at PH, 4000 Miles), directed by Carolyn Cantor (After the Revolution and Essential Self-Defense at PH, Pumpgirl, Orange Water Flower). The production will begin previews in November 2012 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater.
THE FLICK – the World Premiere of a new play commissioned by Playwrights Horizons with funds from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, by Obie Award winner Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation at PH, The Aliens, her upcoming adaptation of Uncle Vanya), directed by Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, Kin and The Big Meal at PH; Seminar on Broadway, The Aliens). The production will begin performances in February 2013 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater.
THE CALL – the World Premiere of a new play by Tanya Barfield (Blue Door at PH), directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (Go Back to Where You Are and Blue Door for PH; Chinglish, Well, In the Wake). The production will begin performances in March 2013 at Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theater. THE CALL will be presented as a co-production with Primary Stages.
FAR FROM HEAVEN – the World Premiere of a new musical featuring book by Tony Award winner & two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain), music by Tony Award nominee Scott Frankel (Grey Gardens at PH, Happiness), lyrics by Tony Award nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens at PH, The Grapes of Wrath, Happiness), directed by three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Grey Gardens at PH, Rent, Next to Normal, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…) and featuring four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara (The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, South Pacific and the current Nice Work If You Can Get It; My Life with Albertine at PH). The musical is based on the Focus Features / Vulcan Productions motion picture Far From Heaven, written and directed by Todd Haynes. FAR FROM HEAVEN was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons under the auspices of the Playwrights Horizons Musicals in Partnership Initiative with leadership funding provided by the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Through this initiative, the musical will have a Preview Production run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer, also featuring Ms. O’Hara. The production will begin performances at Playwrights Horizons in May 2013 on the Mainstage Theater.
Bios and production details for each of the six productions of the 2012/2013 Season can be found starting on page 3 of this release. Additional casting, information and dates for the four other shows will be announced in the coming months.
Three subscription packages to Playwrights Horizons’ 2012/2013 season are now available: a 6-show Subscription package ($230, four Mainstage and two Peter Jay Sharp Theater productions); FlexPass (4+ tickets, $45-50 per ticket); and Membership ($55 membership fee + one ticket at $40 or less for each show, as desired). In addition, the company will continue to offer 30&Under Membership ($20 membership fee + one $20 ticket for each show, as desired); and Student Membership ($10 membership fee + one $10 ticket for each show, as desired). In addition to discounts on all Mainstage season attractions, subscribers receive priority booking and seating, ticket exchange privileges, parking and dining discounts, and exclusive mailings of Playwrights Horizons Bulletins. Packages are available at www.TicketCentral.com.
Playwrights Horizons is a writer’s theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists and to the production of their new work. Under the leadership of artistic director Tim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus, the theater company continues to encourage the new work of veteran writers while nurturing an emerging generation of theater artists. In its 42 years, Playwrights Horizons has presented the work of more than 375 writers and has received numerous awards and honors, including a special 2008 Drama Desk Award for “ongoing support to generations of theater artists and undiminished commitment to producing new work.” Notable productions include five Pulitzer Prize winners: Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park (2012 Tony Award, Best Play), Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife (2004 Tony Award, Best Play), Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles (1989 Tony Award, Best Play), Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George – as well as Kirsten Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar (2012 Obie Award), Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation (three 2010 Obie Awards including Best New American Play), Bathsheba Doran’s Kin, Adam Bock’s A Small Fire, Amy Herzog’s After the Revolution, Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I, Melissa James Gibson’s This (2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist), Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie’s Grey Gardens (three 2007 Tony Awards), Craig Lucas’s Prayer For My Enemy and Small Tragedy (2004 Obie Award, Best American Play), Adam Rapp’s Kindness, Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation (2005 Obie Award for Playwriting), Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero, David Greenspan’s She Stoops to Comedy (2003 Obie Award), Kirsten Childs’s The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (2000 Obie Award), Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey’s James Joyce’s The Dead, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins, William Finn’s March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Richard Nelson’s Goodnight Children Everywhere, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Once on This Island, Jon Robin Baitz’s The Substance of Fire, Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room, A.R. Gurney’s Later Life, Adam Guettel and Tina Landau’s Floyd Collins and Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s Violet.
Playwrights Horizons’ season productions are generously supported in part by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Playwrights Horizons is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition, Playwrights Horizons receives major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.
PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS’ 2012/2013 SEASON
New York premiere of a new play by Lisa D’Amour
Directed by Anne Kauffman
Featuring John Cullum, Darren Pettie, Amy Ryan, David Schwimmer, Sarah Sokolovic
Performances begin August 24, 2012 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street)
“Powerful and funny. Speaks to the fractious, frightened American moment more perceptively than any play I've seen on a New York stage.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Somewhere in the suburbs of a mid-sized city, Ben (Mr. Schwimmer) and Mary (Ms. Ryan) welcome into their lives the rootless couple (Mr. Pettie and Ms. Sokolovic) who move in next door. But as this foursome bonds over backyard barbecues, the neighborly connection they find threatens to unravel the lives they’ve built and change them forever. An ecstatic, dangerous new comedy, DETROIT exposes the nerves that live just under the surface of American life today.
Lisa D’Amour (Playwright) is a playwright and one half of PearlDamour, an Obie award-winning interdisciplinary performance company she runs with Katie Pearl. Lisa’s plays have been produced by theaters across the U.S., including The Women’s Project, Clubbed Thumb, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, New Georges (all in NYC), Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX), Catastrophic Theatre (Houston, TX), ArtSpot Productions (New Orleans, LA) and Children’s Theater Company (Minneapolis, MN). Lisa collaborates on site-specific performances. In 2008, Lisa created a performance for visual artist SWOON’s Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, a flotilla of six boats created from salvaged materials that navigated the Hudson River, performing in riverfront parks from Troy, NY to New York City. Detroit, originally produced by Steppenwolf Theater Company, was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In 2008, D’Amour was awarded the Alpert Award for the Arts in theater and in 2011, she received the Steinberg Playwright Award. Lisa received her M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a New Dramatists alumna.
Anne Kauffman (Director) won an Obie Award for her work on The Thugs by Adam Bock (SoHo Rep). She previously worked at Playwrights Horizons on Jordan Harrison’s Maple and Vine and also collaborated with Mr. Harrison on the World Premieres of Maple and Vine (Humana Festival, 2011), Act a Lady (Humana Festival, 2006) and The Flea and the Professor (Williamstown, 2011). Other New York credits include The Civilians’ You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce (The Flea), This Wide Night with Edie Falco and Alison Pill (Naked Angels), Stunning by David Adjmi (Lincoln Center Theater 3), Dan LeFranc’s Sixty Miles to Silver Lake (SoHo Rep/Page 73), God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz (Vineyard/New Georges), The Loyal Opposition by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (NYTW), Hang Ten by Karen Hartman (Women’s Project), The Ladies by Anne Washburn (The Civilians), Dot (Clubbed Thumb) and Sides: The Fear Is Real (Culture Project). Regional work includes The Civilians’ You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce (Williamstown), We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Yale Rep), Becky Shaw (Wilma Theater, Barrymore Awards for Best Production, Best Director), Six Degrees of Separation with Tim Daly and Margaret Colin (Williamstown), Communist Dracula Pageant (American Repertory Theater), Have You Seen Steve Steven (13P), Doubt (Asolo Repertory Theater) and Typographer’s Dream (Encore Theater). Anne is a 2010 recipient of the Lilly Award in Direction and a 2010 recipient of the Alan Schneider Director Award. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW, an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writers and Directors Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Drama League of New York, a founding member of The Civilians and was a 2003-2004 New Dramatist Resident Director and a member of New Georges Kitchen Cabinet. Anne received her MFA in directing from UCSD.
John Cullum (Frank) is a two-time Tony Award winner for his performances in Shenandoah and On the Twentieth Century. He also received Tony nominations for his first starring role on Broadway in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and for his more recent roles in Urinetown and 110 in the Shade. Other Broadway: Camelot, Boys in Autumn, Hamlet (with Richard Burton), 1776, All My Sons, Show Boat, Old Money, August: Osage County, Cymbeline, 110 in the Shade, The Scottsboro Boys, Mr. Peters’ Connection (London). He last appeared at Playwrights Horizons in the musical Wilder. Television: Holling the bartender on “Northern Exposure,” “ER,” “Mad Men,” “30 Rock,” “Law & Order,” “The Day After,” “Touched By an Angel,” “Inherit the Wind” (George C. Scott & Jack Lemmon). Film: The Secret Life of Algernon, 1776, Sweet Country, All the Way Home, Hawaii.
Darren Pettie (Kenny) has previously appeared at Playwrights Horizons in This and Spatter Pattern. His other theater credits include Butley on Broadway, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (Roundabout), The Collection & A Kind of Alaska: Two Plays by Harold Pinter (CSC), Hillary, a Greek Tragedy with a Somewhat Happy Ending (New Georges), Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams (Primary Stages), Hobson’s Choice (Atlantic), Unwrap Your Candy (The Vineyard) and Measure for Measure (The Public). Regional work includes productions at Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Westport County Playhouse and a production of Don’t Dress for Dinner at The Royal George. Film/TV: Taking Woodstock, Ghost Town, The International, Approaching Union Square and Four Single Fathers, “Mad Men,” “Gossip Girl,” “Without a Trace,” “Charmed,” “CSI,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “One Life to Live.”
Amy Ryan (Mary) returns to Playwrights Horizons for the first time since appearing in On the Mountain by Christopher Shinn in 2005. She made her Broadway debut in the 2000 production of Uncle Vanya, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play. In 2005, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, earning her second Tony nomination. She also starred in Neil LaBute’s The Distance from Here in London’s West End. On film, for her acclaimed performance in 2007’s Gone Baby Gone, she was recognized with Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Additionally, she won numerous Best Supporting Actress awards including those from the National Board of Review, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle and the L.A. Film Critics. Her other film credits include Win Win, Green Zone, Jack Goes Boating, Changeling, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Capote, Dan in Real Life, War of the Worlds, Keane, You Can Count On Me, Bob Funk and The Missing Person. She will next be seen starring opposite Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones this fall in writer/director Drake Doremus’ yet-to-be-titled film produced by Indian Paintbrush and Jonathan Schwartz. Amy will also be seen starring in The Tomb for Summit opposite Sylvester Stallone, Jim Caviezel, 50 Cent and Vincent D’Onofrio. Amy’s extensive television work includes her starring portrayals as Holly on “The Office,” Adele on “In Treatment” and Office Beatrice ‘Beadie’ Russell on “The Wire.” Amy was raised in Queens, where she attended the High School of the Performing Arts. She resides in New York City.
David Schwimmer (Ben) is a co-founder of the Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago, recipient of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Regional Theater. He has acted in and directed many productions for Lookingglass including Trust, Our Town, West, The Master and Margarita, The Jungle, Eye of the Beholder, The Odyssey, The Idiot, Of One Blood and his and ensemble member Joy Gregory's adaptation of Studs Terkel’s book Race. He starred in the premieres of D Girl and Turnaround in Los Angeles, Glimmer Brothers at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Some Girls in London and the revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial on Broadway. This summer, Schwimmer will reprise his role of Melman by lending his voice to Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, which will be released by DreamWorks and Paramount on June 8. Schwimmer also recently completed production on Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman with Chris Evans, Winona Ryder and Michael Shannon, and reunites with Lisa Kudrow for an episode of “Web Therapy” on Showtime. Other notable film and television credits include Nothing But the Truth, Madagascar I & II, Duane Hopwood, Big Nothing, “Band of Brothers,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Six Days Seven Nights, Apt Pupil, The Pallbearer and the hit comedy series “Friends,” for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. His film and television directing includes “Friends,” “Since You’ve Been Gone,” Run, Fat Boy, Run, the HBO series “Little Britain USA” and Trust starring Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Viola Davis. He is on the Board of Directors of the Rape Foundation in Santa Monica, California.
Sarah Sokolovic (Sharon) returns to Playwrights Horizons, where she originated the role of Betty in The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World (Drama Desk nomination). Other New York: Do Not Disturb (59E59). Regional: Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew (Montana Shakespeare in the Park); Playboy of the Western World, Twelfth Night, Othello (American Players Theatre); Beach Blanket Bash, Don’t Touch That Dial, Translations,A Month in the County(Milwaukee Rep.); The Taming of the Shrew, Cymbeline (Montana Shakespeare in The Parks); A...My Name Is Alice (Madison Repertory Theatre); Medea, Homebody/Kabul, Under Milk Wood (Chamber Theatre).
She is a 2011 graduate of Yale School of Drama.
New York premiere of a new play by Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Davis McCallum
Featuring Cassie Beck, Reyna de Courcy, Shuler Hensley, Tasha Lawrence, Cory Michael Smith
Performances begin Friday, October 12, 2012 at Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street)
“Very much a play of today – audiences ready to engage the times should understand its rewards.”
– Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post
On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a six-hundred pound recluse (Mr. Hensley) hides away in his apartment eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter (Ms. de Courcy), he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, THE WHALE tells the story of a man’s last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.
Samuel D. Hunter’s (Playwright) recent plays include A Bright New Boise (2011 Obie Award for playwriting, 2011 Drama Desk nomination for Best Play; original production by Partial Comfort Productions in NYC, recent production at Woolly Mammoth), The Whale (The Denver Center), A Permanent Image (commissioned and produced by Boise Contemporary Theater), Jack’s Precious Moment (Page 73 Productions), Five Genocides (Clubbed Thumb), Norway (Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis; Boise Contemporary Theater), I Am Montana (Arcola Theatre, London; Mortar Theater, Chicago). He has active commissions from MTC/Sloan, Seattle Rep and South Coast Rep. His plays have been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, PlayPenn, Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Lark Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard, LAByrinth, Rattlestick, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and 24Seven Lab. Internationally, his work has been translated into Spanish and presented in Mexico City and Monterrey, and he has worked in the West Bank with Ashtar Theatre of Ramallah and Ayyam al-Masrah of Hebron. At Ashtar, he co-wrote The Era of Whales which was performed in Ramallah and Istanbul. Awards: 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, 2008-2009 PONY Fellowship from the Lark and two Lincoln Center Le Compte du Nuoy Awards. He is a core member of the Playwrights Center, a member of Partial Comfort Productions and an alum of Ars Nova’s Playgroup. He’s taught at Fordham, Rutgers and Marymount and holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop and Juilliard.
Davis McCallum (Director) recently directed the world premiere of Quiara Alegria Hudes’s Water By the Spoonful at Hartford Stage Company. New York: Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise (Partial Comfort, Drama Desk nomination) and Five Genocides (Clubbed Thumb); Michael Mitnick’s Sex Lives of Our Parents (Second Stage); Gregory S. Moss’s punkplay (Clubbed Thumb); Charles Mee’s Queens Boulevard (Signature Theater); Hudes’s Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue (P73, Pulitzer Prize finalist); Henry V (New Victory); Jane Eyre, The Tempest and The Turn Of The Screw (The Acting Company). Regional: The Guthrie, The Old Globe, Humana, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown, Alliance Theater Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, the O’Neill, Playmakers Rep, Two River, New York Stage & Film, others. Other: Drama League Fellowship (2001), Phil Killian Fellowship (2003), NEA/TCG Career Development Program (2007), Boris Sagal Fellowship (2010), Princess Grace Honoree (2011). He has taught directing at Princeton University and the New School for Drama. He trained at LAMDA and studied at Princeton and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Cassie Beck (Liz) previously appeared at Playwrights Horizons in The Drunken City (2008 Theatre World Award) and Prayer for My Enemy. Broadway: The Norman Conquests. Other Off-Broadway: Happy Hour, Oohrah! (Atlantic), Smudge (Women’s Project). Regional: The Three Sisters (Williamstown), Prelude to a Kiss (Huntington), Elemeno Pea (South Coast Rep, Humana Festival 2011), The Cherry Sisters Revisited (Humana Festival 2010), the world premiere of Haunting of Winchester (San Jose Rep), Communicating Doors (Marin Theatre Company), All My Sons, Living Out Be Aggressive (TheatreWorks, Palo Alto).
Reyna de Courcy (Ellie). Theater: Burning (New Group), Civilization (All You Can Eat) (Clubbed Thumb), Orange, Hat & Grace (Soho Rep), Snow Day (Drama League); Dreams of the Washer King (Playwrights Realm), Monstrosity (13P), Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Humana Festival). Television/Film: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bored to Death,” “Army Wives,” Beach Pillows, Girls Against Boys, Coming Up Roses, The Bounty Hunter, Asbury Park, Mister Green.
Shuler Hensley (Charlie). Broadway: Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (also at The National Theatre and London’s West End; Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Olivier Awards), The Monster in Young Frankenstein (also National Tour), Kerchak in Tarzan, Javert in Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical, Sweet and Sad (Obie Award), That Hopey Changey Thing, The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Other Credits: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Alliance Theatre), All About Us (Westport Playhouse), Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (Hamburg, Germany), The Most Happy Fella (American Songbook/Lincoln Center). Opera: Wozzeck (Curtis Institute Of Music), Regina (Kennedy Center). TV: “Ed,” “Deadline,” “Gary Powers,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Criminal Intent,” “The Jury.” Film: After.Life; The Legend of Zorro; Van Helsing; Monday Night Mayhem; Someone Like You; The Bread, My Sweet; Opa!.
Tasha Lawrence (Mary). Broadway: Wilder, Wilder, Wilder; Good People. National Tour: Proof. Other Theater: Human Error (City Theatre); Bhutan (Cherry Lane); Dangerous Liaisons (Huntington Theatre); The Pavilion, Suburban Motel (Rattlestick Theatre), Betrayal (Northern Stage), Bad Dates (City Theatre), The Director (Arclight Theatre), June Moon (Drama Department), He She Them (Shubert Theatre/Boston). She originated the role of Mary in the World Premiere of The Whale at Denver Center Theatre Company. Film and Television: Hangnail (Slamdance, 2011), Romance and Cigarettes (dir., John Turturro), all the “Law & Orders,” “Third Watch,” “Deadline,” “Kevin Hill,” “Royal Pains,” “All My Children,” “Loving,” “The Line” (Gemini, ACTRA nominations, Best Actress).
Cory Michael Smith (Elder Thomas) previously appeared at Playwrights Horizons originating the role of Kyle in The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World. He also originated the role of Elder Thomas in the world premiere of The Whale at Denver Center Theatre Company. He’s currently appearing Off-Broadway in the U.S. premiere of Cock (The Duke on 42nd Street). Regional: Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Tales From Red Vienna, The Huntsmen (Portland Center Stage), The Fantasticks (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Barrington Stage Company). He is a graduate of Otterbein University.
THE GREAT GOD PAN
World Premiere of a new play by Amy Herzog
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
Performances begin in November 2012 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street)
Jamie’s life in Brooklyn seems just fine: a beautiful girlfriend, a budding journalism career, and parents who live just far enough away. But when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, lives are thrown into a tailspin. Unsettling and deeply compassionate, THE GREAT GOD PAN tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is unloosed into the world.
Amy Herzog’s(Playwright) won the 2012 Obie Award for Best New American Play for 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center). Her other plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; John Gassner Award Nomination; Lilly Award), Belleville (Yale Repertory Theater), and The Wendy Play (ACT, San Francisco). She has had readings/workshops at Steppenwolf, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Stage and Film, Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center, among others. She has received commissions from the Yale Rep, Steppenwolf, and Playwrights Horizons. Amy is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and the Helen Merrill. She is an alumna of Youngblood, Play Group, and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. She has taught playwriting at Bryn Mawr and Yale. MFA, Yale School of Drama.
Carolyn Cantor (Director). New York: The Talls (Second Stage), After the Revolution (Playwrights Horizons) Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club), In A Dark Dark House (MCC Theater), Something You Did (Primary Stages), Essential Self Defense (Playwrights Horizons), Orange Flower Water (Time Out-NY 10 best of the year 2005), Now That's What I Call A Storm, Living Room in Africa, Stone Cold Dead Serious (New York Times 10 best of the year 2003) and Life is a Dream (Edge Theater), EVE-olution (Cherry Lane), and Kitty Kitty Kitty (SPF). Regional: The Violet Hour (Old Globe), Rabbit Hole (Geffen Garland Award), Diary of Anne Frank (Papermill), Not Waving and King Stag (both Williamstown Theatre Festival), Vera Laughed and Get What You Need (both NYS&F), After Ashley and Finer Noble Gases (both Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference) and Nocturne (Ojai Playwrights Conference). Film/TV: The Green Room (Bravo) and Bravo Profiles: Roger Ebert. Carolyn has received the Garson Kanin-Marion Seldes Award from the American Theatre Wing, both the Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller Fellowships from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and a Drama League Directing Fellowship. She is the founding artistic director of the Obie Award-winning Edge Theater and a graduate of Dartmouth College.
World Premiere of a new play by Annie Baker
Directed by Sam Gold
Performances begin February 15, 2013 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street)
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in New England. Their tiny battles, and not-so-tiny heartbreaks, play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, THE FLICKis a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.
THE FLICK was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons with funds from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.
Annie Baker’s(Playwright) full-length plays include Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Obie Award for Best New American Play), and Body Awareness (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright). Her plays have been produced regionally at South Coast Rep, the Guthrie, Victory Gardens, Artists Rep, Huntington Theater Company, Seattle Rep, Studio Theatre in DC, Hyde Park Theatre and the San Francisco Playhouse, and produced internationally in England, Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Latvia and Russia. Annie is a member of New Dramatists, the MCC Playwrights Coalition and she is a Residency Five Playwright at the new Signature Theatre. Recent honors include a United States Artists Collins Fellowship, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Lilly Award, a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship and a Master Artist Residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. An anthology of her work, The Vermont Plays, has been published by TCG, and her adaptation of Uncle Vanya had its World Premiere at Soho Rep in June 2012.
Sam Gold (Director) has collaborated with playwrights Annie Baker, Will Eno, Bathsheba Doran, Dan LeFranc, Stephen Belber, Nick Jones, Beau Willimon, Noah Haidle, Sam Marks, Betty Shamieh, Zoe Kazan, Theresa Rebeck and others. Recent credits: The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons), The Realistic Joneses (Yale Rep), Seminar (Broadway), Look Back in Anger (Roundabout), We Live Here (Manhattan Theater Club), A Doll’s House (Williamstown Theatre Festival), August: Osage County (Old Globe), Kin (Playwrights Horizons), The Coward (Lincoln Center’s LCT3), Tigers Be Still (Roundabout), Dusk Rings a Bell (Atlantic), The Aliens (Rattlestick), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination; Obie Award in 2010 for Outstanding Direction of Circle Mirror Transformation and The Aliens), Jollyship the Whiz-Bang (Ars Nova & Under the Radar Festival), Rag and Bone (Rattlestick), The Joke (Studio Dante) and The Black Eyed (NYTW). Sam was the Dramaturg at The Wooster Group from 2003-2006. He is a Roundabout Associate Artist, NYTW Usual Suspect, Drama League Directing Fellow, recipient of the Princess Grace Award, The Garson Kanin/Marian Seldes Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship, and a graduate of the Juilliard Directing Program. Upcoming: Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep).
World Premiere of a new play by Tanya Barfield
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Co-production with Primary Stages
Performances begin March 22, 2013 at Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street)
When Annie and Peter decide to adopt, they come to set their sights on a child from Africa. But when the reality of this choice sinks in, it opens a well of uncertainty that speaks to their very identity as White Americans. Politically-charged and tack-sharp, THE CALL is a startling portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home.
Tanya Barfield’s (Playwright) plays include Of Equal Measure (Center Theatre Group), Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Seattle Repertory, Berkeley Repertory and additional theaters), Dent, The Quick, The Houdini Act and 121º West. She wrote the book for the Theatreworks/USA children’s musical Civil War: The First Black Regiment. Tanya was a recipient of the 2003 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, 2005 Honorable Mention for the Kesselring Prize for Drama, a 2006 Lark Play Development/NYSCA grant and she has been twice been a Finalist for the Princess Grace Award. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, Primary Stages and Geva Theatre Center. She is a member of New Dramatists and the Dramatists Guild Council.
Leigh Silverman (Director). Broadway: David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish; Lisa Kron’s Well. Recent world premieres: Chinglish (Goodman Theater, Jeff nomination); In the Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award); Close Up Space (MTC); From Up Here (MTC, Drama Desk nomination); Yellow Face (Center Theatre Group/The Public Theater); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Beebo Brinker Chronicles (Hourglass Group/37 Arts); Creature (New Georges/P73); Hunting and Gathering (Primary Stages); Well (The Public Theater, Huntington Theatre and ACT); The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons and Seattle Repertory Theatre); Oedipus at Palm Springs (NYTW); Jump/Cut (Woolly Mammoth Theatre/Theater J and Women’s Project); also Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre); and many regional productions. West End: Wit.
FAR FROM HEAVEN
World Premiere of a new musical
Book by Richard Greenberg, Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michel Korie
Directed by Michael Greif
Based on the Focus Features/Vulcan Productions motion picture written & directed by Todd Haynes
Featuring Kelli O’Hara
Performances begin May 17, 2013 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street)
Cathy Whitaker (Ms. O’Hara) seems to be the picture-perfect wife and mother in 1957 suburban Connecticut. But roiling beneath the surface, secret longings and forbidden desires cause her world to unravel––with incendiary consequences. With a lush score that is both jazz-inflected and hauntingly lyrical, Far From Heaven is a powerful story of romance, betrayal and intolerance, as a woman grapples with her identity in a society on the verge of great upheaval.
FAR FROM HEAVEN has been commissioned under the auspices of the Playwrights Horizons Musicals in Partnership Initiative, which was created through a visionary grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program allows Playwrights Horizons to develop new works of musical theater, each in partnership with a Regional theater – wholly within the not-for-profit system. This seven-year program aims to commission at least four new works of musical theater and develop and produce three or four full-scale productions. Each of the three musicals will be produced at both one specific Regional partner and at Playwrights Horizons. FAR FROM HEAVEN will have a Preview Production run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer.
Richard Greenberg (Book) is the author of Take Me Out (Drama Desk Award; NY Drama Critics Circle Award; Outer Critics Circle Award; Lucille Lortel Award; Tony Award for Best Play), which received an acclaimed production on Broadway after successful runs at The Donmar on London’s West End and The Public Theater in New York City. Other works include The House in Town, The Violet Hour, The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award: John Gassner, Lucille Lortel nominations), Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award; Pulitzer finalist; Olivier, Drama Desk, Hull-Warriner nominations; Broadway revival starring Julia Roberts), Hurrah At Last, Night and Her Stars, The American Plan, Life Under Water, and The Author's Voice, among many other plays. His adaptation of Strindberg's Dance of Death was seen on Broadway starring Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, and David Straithairn. Mr. Greenberg received the Oppenheimer Award for a new playwright as well as the first PEN/Laura Pels Award for a playwright in mid-career. He is an associate artist at South Coast Repertory and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater.
Scott Frankel (Music) was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for his work on Grey Gardens. He has written the music for Happiness (Lincoln Center Theatre), Doll (Ravinia Festival, Richard Rodgers Award) and Meet Mister Future (winner, Global Search for New Musicals), all with lyricist Michael Korie. His stage adaptation of Finding Neverland, for the Weinstein Company, is slated to have its UK premiere in 2012. As a music director, conductor and pianist, his Broadway credits include Into the Woods, Les Misérables, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Rags and Falsettos as well as Off-Broadway’s Putting It Together starring Julie Andrews. Motion picture credits include Mike Nichols’ Postcards From the Edge, where he can be seen (and heard) playing for Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. His many recordings include Barbra Streisand’s Back to Broadway and a slew of original cast albums. Mr. Frankel is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and the Frederick Loewe Award. He is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and a graduate of Yale University.
Michael Korie (Lyrics) was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for his lyrics to Grey Gardens (composer Scott Frankel, book by Doug Wright). The musical was produced at Playwrights Horizons, transferred to Broadway, recorded on PS Classics, subsequently produced throughout America and abroad and profiled in a new documentary film by Albert Maysles which was broadcast on PBS. Also with composer Frankel: Happiness (book by John Weidman, Lincoln Center Theater) and the upcoming Finding Neverland (book by Allan Knee, London, for The Weinstein Company). As an opera librettist, Korie collaborated with composer Stewart Wallace on Harvey Milk (S.F. Opera, Houston Grand Opera, NYCO), Hopper’s Wife (Long Beach Opera), Kabbalah (BAM Next Wave Festival) and Where’s Dick? (Houston Grand Opera). Adapting Steinbeck’s novel, Korie wrote the libretto to composer Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath (Minnesota Opera, L.A. Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh Opera). Upcoming Opera: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (music by Ricky Ian Goron, adapted from Bassani’s novel), Senna (music by Jeanine Tesori). Korie’s lyrics have received The Kleban Award, Jonathan Larson Foundation Award and ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award New Horizons Award. He serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild and is a mentor of The Fellows Program. He is on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama.
Michael Greif (Director) most recently directed Michael John LaChiusa’s and Sybille Pearson’s Giant (Dallas Theater Center/Public Theater Fall 2012), Tony Kushner’s Angels in America Part I and II (Signature Theater Company) and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Public Theater and Signature Theatre). Other recent work includes Winter’s Tale and Romeo & Juliet for the Public’s Delacorte Theater. On Broadway, he directed the musicals Next to Normal (also at Second Stage Theatre and Arena Stage), Grey Gardens (also at Playwrights Horizons), and Rent (also at New York Theatre Workshop, 1996; New World Stages, 2011), receiving Tony nominations for each. Other Off-Broadway work includes premieres by John Guare, Neal Bell, Theresa Rebeck, Nilo Cruz, Susan Lori Parks, at The Public, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Manhattan Classics Company, Roundabout Theatre.
Kelli O’Hara (Cathy), one of Broadway’s leading musical stars, returns to Playwrights Horizons for the first time since starring in the World Premiere of the new musical My Life with Albertine in 2003. A four-time Tony Award nominee, her Broadway credits include the current Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Sweet Smell of Success, the 2001 revival of Follies, Dracula and Jekyll & Hyde. Other Regional and Off-Broadway work includes Sunday in the Park with George (Reprise), Beauty (La Jolla Playhouse), Ella Peterson in Bells Are Ringing (City Center Encores) and starring opposite Sam Waterson in King Lear (Public Theatre). Her extensive concert appearances include her critically-acclaimed performance as Eliza Doolittle in the New York Philharmonic production of My Fair Lady, as well as concerts at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops conducted by Rob Fisher, and with Barbara Cook and the New York Pops under Steven Reineke; at The Kennedy Center with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra; with the New York Philharmonic also under Hamlisch; with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart; and sold-out runs of her solo show throughout the country. She has performed three times at the Kennedy Center Honors in tributes for Barbara Cook, Jerry Herman and Barbra Streisand. Among her film and television credits are Sex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’s short The Key to Reserva, The Dying Gaul, “Alexander Hamilton” (PBS), “NUMB3RS” (CBS), “All My Children” and the animated series “Car Talk.” In addition to the cast albums of her stage appearances, her recordings include two solo albums on Ghostlight Records, Always and Wonder in the World.
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