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Primary Stages Announces THE CALL, the Fourth Production of Their 2012/2013 Season

PRIMARY STAGES
ANNOUNCES  THE FOURTH PRODUCTION OF THEIR 2012/2013 SEASON

THE CALL

A NEW PLAY BY TANYA BARFIELD     DIRECTED BY LEIGH SILVERMAN
CO-PRODUCED WITH PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS
MARCH – MAY 2013

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Primary Stages (Casey Childs, Founder & Executive Producer; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Elliot Fox, Managing Director) has announced the fourth production of their upcoming 28th Season. THE CALL by Tanya Barfield and directed by Leigh Silverman, will be co-produced with Playwrights Horizons at their Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

{module ad_left_body}THE CALL
A new play by Tanya Barfield
Directed by Leigh Silverman
March – May  2013

Peter Jay Sharp Theater
When Annie and Peter decide to adopt, they set their sights on a child from Africa.  But as the reality of this choice sinks in, it sparks an uncertainty that speaks to their very identity as White Americans.  Acutely funny and tack-sharp, THE CALL is a startling portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home. 

“This is really a great opportunity for us to partner not only with Tanya—an artist with whom we have worked for many years as an early career playwright and teacher—but also with Playwrights Horizons, a wonderful peer organizations here in NYC,” says Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director, Primary Stages. “This collaboration marks our first new play partnership with another NYC organization and we look forward to giving Tanya and The Call the support of two great NY theaters:  Primary Stages and Playwrights Horizons.”

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THE CALL will be the fourth production in Primary Stages previously announced 2012/2013 season:
CELEBRATING A FAMILY’S LEGACY:
American playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote has been forever immortalized by a legacy of plays, including the Primary Stages production of Dividing the Estate which subsequently transferred to Broadway and received two 2009 Tony Award® nominations including Best Play and Best Supporting Actress for Hallie Foote. His legacy continues with the start of our 28th Season, which kicks off with an evening of Horton’s short plays and continues with a world premiere by Daisy Foote, Horton’s daughter.  Hallie Foote will appear in both productions.

HARRISON, TX: THREE PLAYS BY HORTON FOOTE
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
July 24 – September 15, 2012
Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters

Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote’s stunning range as a dramatist is evident in Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote. Foote explores the humor, darkness, and romance of the people of the titular town in these works: Blind Date, The One-Armed Man, and The Midnight Caller. Kicking off our season, these plays demonstrate Mr. Foote’s powerful insight into the human comedy. Pam MacKinnon (A Lifetime Burning at Primary Stages) directs.

HIM
A new play by Daisy Foote
Directed by Evan Yionoulis
September 21 – October 27, 2012
Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters

In the tradition of great American plays, Daisy Foote explores the institution of the American family in Him. Two siblings struggling to keep the family store afloat must decide which is a priority: their father’s final wishes, or their financial stability.  It’s a choice that could tear them apart. This searing drama will receive its world premiere at Primary Stages, directed by Evan Yionoulis (The Violet Hour on Broadway).

20TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION:

For the third installment in the season, Primary Stages will revisit a play that helped to put both the company and the now-celebrated playwright, David Ives, on the map two decades ago.

ALL IN THE TIMING
by David Ives

Directed by John Rando
January 22 – March 3, 2013
Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters

Primary Stages is pleased to present the 20th Anniversary revival of our hilarious 1993 play All in the Timing. When it premiered, Vincent Canby of The New York Times told audiences to “Drop-everything-and-go! Spread the word!” This new production marks the first major revival in New York City since our original premiere.  John Rando (The Toxic Avenger Musical, Tony Award® winner for Urinetown) directs this overdue revival.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE PRIMARY STAGES 2012/2013 SEASON:

4-play subscriptions for the Primary Stages 2012/2013 season range from $132-$172 and can be purchased via TicketCentral.com or by calling Ticket Central at 212.279.4200.  For additional information about Primary Stages, please visit the website at www.primarystages.org.

THE FINAL PRODUCTION OF THE PRIMARY STAGES CURRENT SEASON:

The Primary Stages 2011/2012 season concludes with the New York Premiere of the new play, The Morini Strad by Willy Holtzman, now playing through April 28, 2012, Directed by Primary Stages Founder and Executive Producer Casey Childs, the cast features Michael Laurence (Krapp39, Broadway’s Talk Radio, Opus at Primary Stages), Tony® nominee Mary Beth Peil (“The Good Wife,” “Dawson’s Creek,” The King and I), and celebrated violin soloist Hanah Stuart (Chicago Symphony, Zankel Hall).  The limited engagement runs through April 28 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. Opening night is April 3rd.

Inspired by the true New York story of concert violinist Erica Morini and her legendary Stradivarius violin, The Morini Strad is a delicate duet between Erica, a difficult former child prodigy, and Brian, a stubbornly independent violin maker she hires to restore and then sell her beloved Strad. As Brian makes the arrangements, the question of what will become of the priceless instrument threatens to destroy their unexpected friendship. Through classical music and fiery confrontations, Brian and Erica must face the choices they’ve made about their music and their lives.

Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, online at www.primarystages.org, or in person at the 59E59 Theaters Box Office.   

ABOUT PRIMARY STAGES:

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. Under the leadership of Founder and Executive Producer Casey Childs, Artistic Director Andrew Leynse and Managing Director Elliot Fox, we operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create new work. Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 100 new plays, including Charles Busch’s Olive and the Bitter Herbs; A.R. Gurney’s Black Tie; Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate (Two 2009 Tony Award® nominations); Brooke Berman’s Hunting and Gathering (one of New York Magazine’s Top Ten Plays of 2008); Terrence McNally’s Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams (starring Nathan Lane and Marian Seldes) and The Stendhal Syndrome (featuring Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas); Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter’s In the Continuum (which went on to tour the U.S., Africa, and Scotland); David Ives’ All in the Timing; and Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas (which marked the playwright’s U.S. debut). In 2008, Primary Stages was honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, which encompasses much more than the plays we produce for the stage. Primary Stages supports playwrights and develops new works through commissions, workshops, readings, and our two flagship programs: The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group and the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA).  Through these programs, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important—and often transformative—connections within the theater community.

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