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Playwrights Horizons Announces Additional Season Casting, Director and Dates

Playwrights Horizons

SEASON UPDATE:

PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS

ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL
CASTING, DIRECTOR & DATES
FOR ITS 2013/2014 SEASON 

THE (curious case of the) WATSON INTELLIGENCE
the World Premiere of a new play by MADELEINE GEORGE
directed by two-time Obie Award winner LEIGH SILVERMAN

cast to feature

Tony ninee JOHN ELLISON CONLEE, DAVID COSTABILE & MAGGIE SIFF

FLY BY NIGHT: A NEW MUSICAL

CAROLYN CANTOR joins as director of
the New York premiere of a new musical
conceived by KIM ROSENSTOCK
written by WILL CONNOLLY, MICHAEL MITNICK & KIM ROSENSTOCK 

      Playwrights Horizons, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Sanford and Managing Director Leslie Marcus, has announced additional details for its 2013/2014 Season, including new casting and the addition of a director to the final production of the season.

Tony Award nominee John Ellison Conlee (The Full Monty, Murder Ballad, The Madrid, Pig Farm), David Costabile (“Breaking Bad,” “Suits,” Lincoln, Mr. Marmalade, Translations, Caroline or Change) and Maggie Siff (Frank’s Home at PH, Dr. Tara Knowles on “Sons of Anarchy,” Rachel Menken on “Mad Men,” A Lie of the Mind) complete the cast for the World Premiere of THE (curious case of the) WATSON INTELLGENCE, a new play by Madeleine George (The Zero Hour).  Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (Go Back to Where You Are, Blue Door and The Call at PH; The Madrid, Chinglish, Golden Child, Well), previews will begin Sunday, November 17 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater.

·         Carolyn Cantor (The Great God Pan, After the Revolution at PH, Pumpgirl, Orange Flower Water) will direct the New York premiere of FLY BY NIGHT: A NEW MUSICAL, a new musical conceived by Kim Rosenstock (Tigers Be Still), written by Will Connolly (performer, Once), Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of Our Parents) and Ms. Rosenstock.  The musical will be presented as the final production of the season, beginning previews on May 16, 2014 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater.

     The 2013/2014 Season’s three World Premieres and three New York premieres (including a new musical) will be presented at the theater company’s home at 416 West 42nd Street.  In Season order, the six productions will be:

     MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY – the New York premiere of a new play by Anne Washburn (The Internationalist), with music by Obie Award winner Michael Friedman (Saved, The Drunken City at PH; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the current Love’s Labours Lost), directed by Obie Award winner Steve Cosson (Gone Missing, This Beautiful City, founding Artistic Director of The Civilians), presented at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater.  Now in rehearsal, MR. BURNS will be the first production of the season, beginning previews on Friday, August 23, 2013.  Writing on the World Premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, Peter Marks of The Washington Post called it, “Inexhaustibly original.  The sort of once in a blue moon show that stays stuck in your brain long after it has chilled you to the bone.”

    THE PATRON SAINT OF SEA MONSTERS – the World Premiere of a new play by Marlane Meyer (The Chemistry of Change for PH; Etta Jenks, Moe’s Lucky Seven), directed by two-time Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson (The Chemistry of Change for PH; An Iliad, Slavs!) presented at Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theater, beginning previews on Friday, October 18, 2013.

     THE (curious case of the) WATSON INTELLGENCE – the World Premiere of a new play by Madeleine George (The Zero Hour), directed by two-time Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (Go Back to Where You Are, Blue Door and the current The Call at PH; Chinglish, Golden Child, Well), presented at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater, beginning previews Sunday, November 17, 2013.

     STAGE KISS– the New York premiere of a play by two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl (Dead Man’s Cell Phone at PH; The Clean House, In the Next Room…), directed by Rebecca Taichman (Milk Like Sugar at PH; Orlando, The Scene, the recent Luck of the Irish), presented at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater, beginning previews Friday, February 7, 2014.  Writing on the World Premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL, Steven Oxman of Variety called it, “Wickedly clever, with breezily elegant dialogue and Ruhl’s pleasingly loopy logic.”

     YOUR MOTHER’S COPY OF THE KAMA SUTRA – the World Premiere of a new play by Kirk Lynn (Founder, Rude Mechanicals, Austin), directed by Anne Kauffman (Detroit, Maple and Vine at PH; Belleville), presented at Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theater, beginning previews Friday, March 28, 2014.

     FLY BY NIGHT: A NEW MUSICAL – the New York premiere of a new musical conceived by Kim Rosenstock (Tigers Be Still), written by Will Connolly (performer, Once), Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of Our Parents) and Ms. Rosenstock, directed by Carolyn Cantor (The Great God Pan and After the Revolution at PH, Pumpgirl, Orange Flower Water) presented at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater, beginning previews Friday, May 16, 2014.   Writing on the Dallas Theatre Center production earlier this year, Elaine Liner of Dallas Observer asked, “When’s the last time you saw a musical that left its audience happily crying and hugging each other during the curtain calls? That's what happened on opening night of FLY BY NIGHT, about as magical an evening as you'd ever want to experience in live theater.”

     Bios and production details for each of the six productions of the 2013/2014 Season (in Season order), as well as updated dates, can be found starting on page 3 of this release.  All additional casting information and dates for the six shows will be announced in the coming months.

     Three subscription packages to Playwrights Horizons’ 2013/2014 season are now available: a 6-show Subscription package ($240 for subscribers, 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 to discounts on all season productions, 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.

     Patron Program Memberships begin at $1,500 (all but $550 is tax-deductible) and include two house seats to all six Playwrights Horizons productions reserved only for Patrons, as well as a variety of exclusive benefits including invitations to attend special events with artists, staff and board members. 

     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 43 years, Playwrights Horizons has presented the work of more than 400 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 Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit (2013 Obie Award, Best New American Play); Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale (2013 Lortel Award, Best Play); Annie Baker’s The Flick (2013 Obie Award, 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize) and Circle Mirror Transformation (2010 Obie Award, Best New American Play); Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn; Kirsten Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar (2012 Obie Award); Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal; Amy Herzog’s The Great God Pan and After the Revolution; Bathsheba Doran’s Kin; Melissa James Gibson’s This; Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie’s Grey Gardens (three 2007 Tony Awards) and Richard Greenberg, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie’s Far From Heaven; 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’ The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (2000 Obie Award); Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey’s James Joyce’s The Dead (2000 Tony Award, Best Book); Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins; William Finn’s March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland; Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation (Obie Award, Best American Play) and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You; Richard Nelson’s Rodney’s Wife; Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Once on This Island; Jon Robin Baitz’ The Substance of Fire; Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room; A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room and 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 with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature 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 and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS’ 2013/2014 SEASON

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY

New York premiere of a new play by Anne Washburn
Music by Michael Friedman
Directed by Steve Cosson
Cast features Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Gibson Frazier, Susannah Flood, Matthew Maher, Nedra McClyde, Jennifer R. Morris, Colleen Werthmann and Sam Breslin Wright
Previews begin August 23, 2013; Opening Night September 15, 2013; run through October 6, 2013
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street)

“Inexhaustibly original.  The sort of once in a blue moon show that stays stuck in your brain long after it has chilled you to the bone.” – Peter Marks, The Washington Post


What will endure when the cataclysm arrives – when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding? Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future.  A paean to live theater, and to the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, MR. BURNS is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

MR. BURNShad its World Premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC) in May 2012.

Anne Washburn’s(Playwright) plays include The Internationalist, A Devil at Noon, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved Strangers, The Ladies, The Small and a trans-adaptation of Euripides’ Orestes. Her work has been produced by 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, London’s Gate Theatre, Soho Rep, Studio Theater, Two River Theater Company, Vineyard Theatre and Woolly Mammoth. Awards include a Guggenheim, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo, and an Artslink travel grant to Hungary to work with the playwright Peter Karpati. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P. Currently commissioned by MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep and Yale Rep.

Michael Friedman (Composer). At Playwrights Horizons: Saved, The Drunken City, Spatter Pattern. Michael wrote music and lyrics to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which recently played at The Public Theater and on Broadway (OCC and Lortel awards) As an Associate Artist with the acclaimed theater company The Civilians, he has written music and lyrics for Canard Canard Goose?Gone MissingNobody's LunchThis Beautiful CityIn the Footprint, and The Great Immensity, and co-created the groups 2012 TED Talk. With Steve Cosson, he is the co-author of Paris Commune (BAM Next Wave Festival 2012). Current: Love’s Labours Lost with Alex Timbers for Shakespeare in the Park and an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude with Itamar Moses and Daniel Aukin, which will premiere at Dallas Theatre Center in 2013. He was the dramaturg for the recent Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, and has been a MacDowell Fellow, a Princeton Hodder Fellow, a Meet The Composer Fellow, a Barrob Visiting Professor at the Princeton Environmental Institute, and an artist-in-residence at Spring Workshop Hong Kong. His recent Tedx talk, “The Song Makes a Space,” is available on YouTube. An evening of his songs was featured in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, and he received an Obie Award for sustained achievement.

Steve Cosson (Director) is a writer and director. Directing highlights include Spring Awakening (Olney Theatre); Anne Washburn’s A Devil at Noon(Humana Festival, O’Neill); Bus Stop (Kansas City Rep); U.S. premiere of Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life (Soho Rep). He is the founding Artistic Director of the Civilians. The company creates original works of investigative theater that have been performed Off-Broadway and in over 40 cities nationally and internationally. Highlights of work with the Civilians include Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns (Woolly Mammoth Theatre, The Washington Post’s #1 play for 2012); Bess Wohl/Michael Friedman’s Pretty Filthy; Paris Commune (2012 BAM Next Wave); The Great Immensity, The Next Forever created for the 2012 TED Conference; In The Footprint (Top 10 of 2010 in New York Times, Time Out, New Yorker); This Beautiful City; (I Am) Nobody’s Lunch and Gone Missing (New York Times Top 10 of 2007). These works and others have been produced at The Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse Vineyard Theatre, Barrow Street, Woolly Mammoth, Kansas City Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Repertory Theater, Center Theater Group, HBO’s Comedy Festival, MoMA, The Gate Theatre and Soho Theatre in London and many others. His plays are published by Oberon Books, Dramatists Play Service and an anthology from Playscripts.

Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Quincy). Playwrights Horizons: the recent Far From Heaven.  Broadway: In the Next Room, or the vibrator play.  Off-Broadway: Ruined (Obie Award); Neva (Lortel nomination); We Are Proud to Present a Presentation; Born Bad; Love, Loss and What I Wore; Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling; Family Week; The Misanthrope. Regional: Far From Heaven (Williamstown), Intimate Apparel (Alliance). Film: Rachel Getting Married.

Susannah Flood (Maria). Playwrights Horizons debut.  Off-Broadway: Tribes, As You Like It, Okay. Regional: World Premiere of A Civil War Christmas (Long Wharf); Travesties (McCarter); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hartford Stage); Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird (Oregon Shakespeare); Our Town (2007 IRNE nomination, Best Actress), Memory House (Trinity Rep).  Workshops: A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center), The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (NYTW).

Gibson Frazier (Gibson). Playwrights Horizons debut. Off-Broadway: There Are No More Big Secrets, Telephone, God’s Ear, Ms. Washburn’s The Internationalist, Eat the Taste. Other New York: Luther (Clubbed Thumb), Heddatron (Les Freres Corbusier), Don’t Quit Your Night Job (Joe’s Pub/Zipper). Film/TV: Shadows & Lies, “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Mercy.”

Matthew Maher (Matt) is the recipient of a 2013 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance.  He previously appeared at Playwrights Horizons in The Flick and The World Over.  Other New York: The Race for the Ark Tattoo (Obie Award), Golden Child, Red Handed Otter, Uncle Vanya, School for Lies, You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce, Orange, Hat & Grace, The Small, Richard III, Coriolanus. He is an Associate Artist of The Civilians.

Nedra McClyde (Choragos). Playwrights Horizons debut. Off-Broadway: Headstrong (Audelco nomination), Miss Evers’ Boys (Audelco nomination). Other New York Theater: Macbeth (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Sons (New Dramatists), Screen Play (The Flea). Regional: Good People (Old Globe), Nile Rodgers’ Doubletime (Alabama Shakespeare).  TV: “30 Rock, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Jennifer R. Morris (Jenny). Playwrights Horizons debut.  She is a founding member of The Civilians, where her work has included Gone Missing, The Ladies, Canard Canard Goose?,  (I Am) Nobody's Lunch and You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce (which she conceived).   TV: “ER,” “Profiler,” “Law & Order,” hosting for TV Food Network and WE. As producer: the short film Tiffany 9 (PBS), the feature length documentary, Mentor.

Colleen Werthmann (Colleen). Playwrights Horizons: Miss Witherspoon, Recent Tragic Events. With Anne Washburn: The Communist Dracula Pageant, The Ladies. With Steve Cosson/The Civilians: Canard Canard Goose?, Gone Missing, In the Footprint.  Other Off-Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Light Raise the Roof, Blue Surge, Suitcase. Film/TV: Salt, “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” 2-time Emmy nominee for writing (Academy Awards).

Sam Breslin Wright (Sam). Playwrights Horizons debut. Broadway: Macbeth. Off-Broadway: The Tempermentals, Paris Commune, 365 Plays/Days, Vendetta Chrome, Orange Alert. Regional: Three Sisters (Berkley Rep/Yale Rep); Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Love’s Labors Lost (Old Globe); Dead End, Royal Family, Hard Times (Williamstown). TV: “Law & Order, “Rescue Me,” “Third Watch.”

THE PATRON SAINT OF SEA MONSTERS

World Premiere of a new play by Marlane Meyer
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Previews begin October 18, 2013; Opening Night November 12, 2013; run through December 1, 2013
Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street)

Aubrey, a very determined romantic, believes she’s met her soul-mate in Calvin, a boozing womanizer.    But in this tilted, thoughtful comedy, true love is an even more tangled predicament.  Peopled by an assortment of eccentrics, mystics and front porch philosophers, this new play from Marlane Meyer is a sweet polemic, an unexpected love story, and a deliciously cockeyed view of the sustaining – and destructive – power of belief.

Marlane Meyer(Playwright) lives in Hollywood, California. She’s been writing plays for thirty-five years. Her produced plays include Etta Jenks, The Geography of Luck, Kingfish, Moe’s Lucky Seven, The Mystery of Attraction and The Chemistry of Change, the latter for Playwrights Horizons. Her other productions include The Royal Court Theatre, The Public Theater, The Magic Theater, Steppenwolf Theater and others. She has also been a writer/producer for television.  These shows include “Nothing Sacred,” winner of a Peabody Award, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” She has also been a recipient of the Kesselring Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Lisa Peterson (Director). Recent New York credits include An Iliad, written with Denis O’Hare (NYTW, 2012 Obie, Lortel awards, Drama Desk nominations); Shipwrecked by Donald Margulies, Motherhood Outloud by 16 writers (Primary Stages); End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer (EST); The Poor Itch by John Belluso (Public Theater); Tight Embrace by Jorge Cortinas (Intar); Birdy adapted from the William Wharton novel by Naomi Wallace (Women’s Project); The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace, Slavs! (Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness) by Tony Kushner, Traps by Caryl Churchill, The Waves adapted from Virginia Woolf by Peterson and David Bucknam (Drama Desk nominations) and Light Shining in Buckingham by Caryl Churchill (Obie Award for Directing) (all at NYTW); The Fourth Sister by Janusz Glowacki, The Batting Cage by Joan Ackerman (Vineyard); Collected Stories by Donald Margulies (MTC); The Chemistry of Change by Marlane Meyer (Playwrights Horizons/WPP);  Tongue of a Bird by Ellen McLaughlin (Public);  The Square by 16 writers (Public/Ma-Yi); The Model Apartment by Donald Margulies (Primary Stages);  The Scarlet Letter adapted from Hawthorne by Phylis Nagy (CSC);  and Sueno by Jose Rivera (MCC). Lisa was the Resident Director at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2005 and Associate Director at La Jolla Playhouse from 1992-1995. Lisa has taught as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University, and taught at NYU/Playwrights Horizons and CalArts. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and serves on the executive board of the Society of Directors and Choreographers.  She received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale College in 1983.

THE (curious case of the) WATSON INTELLIGENCE

World Premiere of a new play by Madeleine George
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Cast features John Ellison Conlee, David Costabile and Maggie Siff
Previews begin November 17, 2013; Opening Night December 9, 2013; run through December 29, 2013
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street)

Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people – and machines – upon which we all depend.

THE (curious case of the) WATSON INTELLIGENCE was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons with funds from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

Madeleine George (Playwright) plays include The Zero Hour, Precious Little and Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England.  Her work has been produced by 13P, Clubbed Thumb, Shotgun Players in Berkeley, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, and Two River Theater Company in New Jersey, among other places.  She's received the Princess Grace Playwriting Award and the Jane Chambers Award, as well as commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club and Playwrights Horizons.  Seven Homeless Mammoths… was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award; The Zero Hour was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.  Madeleine is a resident playwright at New Dramatists; an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, and the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop; and a founding member of the Obie-Award-winning playwrights collective 13P, which recently imploded after completing its mission of staging thirteen playwright-produced plays.

Leigh Silverman (Director). Playwrights Horizons: The Call, Blue Door.  Broadway: David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish; Lisa Kron’s Well. Recent world premieres: The Madrid (MTC); No Place to Go (Public Theater); In the Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination); Chinglish (Goodman Theater, Jeff nomination; West Coast/Hong Kong tour); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award); From Up Here (MTC, Drama Desk nomination); Yellow Face (Center Theatre Group/The Public Theater); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Hunting and Gathering (Primary Stages); Beebo Brinker Chronicles (Hourglass Group/37 Arts); Creature (New Georges/P73); Well (The Public Theater; Huntington Theatre; ACT); Oedipus at Palm Springs (NYTW); also Golden Child (Signature Theatre) and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre); and many regional productions.  West End: Wit. Upcoming: Kung Fu (Signature).

John Ellison Conlee (Watson). Playwrights Horizons debut. Broadway: The Full Monty (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), 1776, The Constant Wife. Off-Broadway: Murder Ballad, The Madrid, The Green Heart (MTC); Anyone Can Whistle, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Encores!); Pig Farm (Roundabout); The Bald Soprano, The Butter and Egg Man, Once in a Lifetime (Atlantic); Henry VIII, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Park). London: The Full Monty. Television: “Parks and Recreation,” “Medium.”

David Costabile (Merrick). Playwrights Horizons debut. Broadway: Translations, Caroline or Change, Titanic, The Tempest. Off-Broadway: Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout); Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry V (2003), Henry V (1996), Troilus & Cressida (Shakespeare in the Park); Caroline or Change (Public); Carnival!, Can-Can (Encores!); The Winter’s Tale (CSC), Rainn Wilson’s The New Bozena (Cherry Lane). Film/TV: Lincoln, The Bitter Pill, The Cradle Will Rock, “Breaking Bad,” “Suits,” “The Good Wife, “The Closer,” “House,” “Damages,” “The Wire.”

Maggie Siff (Eliza) stars as Dr. Tara Knowles on the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.”  Playwrights Horizons: Frank’s Home. Off-Broadway: Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew (TFANA), A Lie of the Mind (New Group), Or (Women’s Project), The Ruby Sunrise (Public). Regional: The Escort (Geffen Playhouse), Dollhouse (Goodman, Jefferson nomination), Ghosts (Lantern Theatre Company, Barrymore Award). Other TV: Rachel Menken on “Mad Men,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Life on Mars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Law & Order.” Film: Leaves of Grass, Push, Funny People.

STAGE KISS

The New York premiere of a new play by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Previews begin February 7, 2013; Opening Night March 2, 2013; run through March 23, 2013
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street)

“Wickedly clever, with breezily elegant dialogue and Ruhl’s pleasingly loopy logic.” – Steven Oxman, Variety 

Art imitates Life.  Life imitates Art.  When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage.  Sarah Ruhl's singular voice returns to Playwrights Horizons with STAGE KISS, a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss – or when actors share a real one.

STAGE KISShad its World Premiere at The Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL) in May 2011.

Sarah Ruhl’s (Playwright) plays include Stage Kiss (Goodman Theatre), In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Broadway, Lincoln Center Theater, Pulitzer Play finalist, premiered at Berkeley Rep, subsequently at Victory Gardens), The Clean House (Lincoln Center Theater, Pulitzer Prize Finalist 2005, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2004, premiered at Yale Repertory Theater, subsequently Goodman Theater); Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American Award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center, Helen Hayes Awards nomination for Best New Play, premiered at Arena Stage, subsequently Goodman Theater, Yale Rep and Epic Theater in New York); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf Theater, premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theater); Melancholy Play (premiered at the Piven Theater Workshop); Eurydice (premiered at Madison Repertory Theater, subsequently Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, Second Stage, Victory Gardens); Orlando (premiered at Piven Theater Workshop, subsequently Classic Stage Company and Court Theater), Dear Elizabeth (Yale Rep), and Late: a cowboy song (Piven Theater Workshop). Her plays have been produced across the country as well as internationally, and have been translated into Polish, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, Korean, German, French, Swedish and Arabic. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award and the Whiting Writers’ Award. She is a member of 13P and New Dramatists and won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2006.  She was a recent recipient of the PEN Center Award for a mid-career playwright in 2010. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Rebecca Taichman (Director). Playwrights Horizons: Milk Like Sugar. Other New York: the recent Luck of the Irish (LCT3), Orlando (CSC), Dark Sisters (Music Theater Group/Gotham Chamber Opera), Orpheus (New York City Opera), The Scene (Second Stage, also Humana), Menopausal Gentleman (Ohio Theatre), the upcoming Rappaccini’s Daughter (Gotham Chamber Opera/Bryant Park). Regional: Marie Antoinette (ART); Evildoers (world premiere), Iphigenia at Aulis (Yale Rep); Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse); She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Winter's Tale (McCarter/Shakespeare Theatre Company); Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Twelfth Night, Sleeping Beauty Wakes (McCarter); At Home at the Zoo (ACT); Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man's Cell Phone (World Premiere) and The Clean House and The Velvet Sky (world premiere) (Woolly Mammoth); The Huntington: Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck (world premiere) (Huntington); The Diary of Anne Frank, A Body of Water (Round House Theatre); The Green Violin (2003 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Prince Music Theatre); Swimming in March (The Market Theatre); The People vs. The God of Vengeance (The Theatre Offensive).  Instructor: The O’Neill National Theater Institute, MIT, Yale University, the University of Maryland. Training and Affiliations: TCG New Generations Grant Recipient with Woolly Mammoth, Drama League Directing Fellowship, MFA Yale School of Drama.

YOUR MOTHER’S COPY OF THE KAMA SUTRA

World Premiere of a new play by Kirk Lynn
Directed by Anne Kauffman
Previews begin March 28, 2014; Opening Night April 2013; run through May 11, 2014
Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street)

Carla agrees to marry Reggie on one condition: to break down any walls between them, they’ll reenact their individual sexual histories with one another, good and bad, for better or worse.  Years later, these stories bring unexpected hope to their household, now forced to confront those barriers a second time.  Kirk Lynn’s tough-love comedy navigates the boundaries of intimacy, finding startling empathy in the story of a father hell-bent on saving his family.

Kirk Lynn (Playwright) lives in Austin, TX with his wife, the poet Carrie Fountain and their children, Olive and Judah. Kirk writes plays, generally with the Rude Mechs theater collective. He’s one of six artistic directors for the Rudes, whose new work, Stop Hitting Yourself, will be at LTC3 in January and February of 2014. Kirk is the Head of the Playwriting and Directing Area in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. Kirk was the USA Jeanne and Michael Klein Fellow in 2011 in Theater Arts. Kirk wrote the first draft of Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutraat the MacDowell Colony in summer of 2012. Kirk is a Texan and likes to hunt and fish and camp and tell jokes with his Dad, who knows a lot of jokes because he's barber.

Anne Kauffman (Director) won an Obie Award for her work on The Thugs by Adam Bock (Soho Rep).  She most recently directed the co-world premiere of Smokefall by Noah Haidle at South Coast Repertory and Goodman Theatre; the world premiere of Somewhere Fun by Jenny Schwartz at the Vineyard Theater; the New York premieres of Belleville (previously at Yale Rep, New York Times top 10 productions of 2011) by Amy Herzog at NYTW; Detroit, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist play finalist by Lisa D’Amour at Playwrights Horizons (New York Times, New York Magazine and Time Out-NY top 10 productions of 2012); Slow Girl by Gregory Pierce for LCT3; and Maple & Vine by Jordan Harrison at Playwrights Horizons; as well as Body Awareness by Annie Baker for the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia (2011 Barrymore for Best Direction, Best Overall Production and Best Ensemble).Other production highlights include Tales from My Parents Divorce (Williamstown, The Flea), This Wide Night (Naked Angels, Lucille Lortel Nomination for Best Direction), Becky Shaw (Wilma), Stunning (LCT3), Sixty Mils to Silver Lake (P73 & Soho Rep), God’s Ear (Vineyard, New Georges) and the new musical We Have Always Lived in a Castle (Yale Rep).  Anne is a recipient of the Lilly Award, the Alan Schneider Director Award, Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity, and several Barrymore Awards. She is a member Usual Suspect at NYTW, an alumna of the Soho Rep Lab, a current member of Soho Rep’s Artistic Council, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Drama League, a founding member of The Civilians and Associate Artist with Clubbed Thumb and New Georges.


FLY BY NIGHT: A NEW MUSICAL

New York premiere of a new musical

Conceived by Kim Rosenstock

By Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick & Kim Rosenstock

Directed by Carolyn Cantor

Previews begin May 16, 2013; Opening Night June 2013; run through June 29, 2013

Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street)

When’s the last time you saw a musical that left its audience happily crying and hugging each other during the curtain calls? That's what happened on opening night of FLY BY NIGHT, about as magical an evening as you’d ever want to experience in live theater.” – Elaine Liner, Dallas Observer

In this darkly comic rock-fable, a melancholy sandwich maker's hum-drum life is intersected by two entrancing sisters. A sweeping ode to young love set against the backdrop of the northeast blackout of 1965, FLY BY NIGHT is a tale about making your way and discovering hope in a world beset by darkness.

FLY BY NIGHThad its World Premiere at TheatreWorks (Palo Alto, CA) in July 2011.

Kim Rosenstock (Conceiver & Writer) has written several plays, including Tigers Be Still, which played a sold-out run in its premiere at Roundabout Underground and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award.  She is currently working on commissions for Dallas Theater Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Ars Nova, where she was the 2011 Playwright-in-Residence. Awards include the Clauder Prize from Portland Stage Company and Aspen Theater Masters’ Visionary Playwright Award. She is a graduate of Amherst College where she first began writing plays under the mentorship of Constance Congdon, and holds an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama.  She is originally from Baldwin, Long Island and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she writes for the television show, “New Girl.”

Will Connolly (Writer) is an actor and singer/songwriter. He was most recently seen in the Tony Award-winning production of Once on Broadway. He has also worked with New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, Yale Rep, Southern Rep, The Old Globe, A.R.T., Amsterdam Fringe Festival, and others. As a musician he has performed at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Ars Nova, The Bitter End, and plays bass, guitar, ukulele and percussion on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack of Once. He is a founding member of The NOLA Project and a resident artist with Studio 42. BFA, NYU; MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama.

Michael Mitnick’s (Writer) theater credits include Sex Lives of Our Parents (World Premiere, Second Stage Uptown), Ed, Downloaded (World Premiere, Denver Center Theatre Company, winter 2013), Lion.Pig.Wolf.Snake. (developed at Berkeley Rep, P73 and Ars Nova) and Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman (developed by Studio 42, world premiere at City Lights).  He is also writing the book for the Broadway-bound musical version of the classic film Animal House as well as lyrics for King Kong, which premiered in Australia in the spring of 2013, book by Craig Lucas.  His screenplay The Current War was number 7 on the 2011 BLACKLIST of Best Screenplays and will be produced by Steve Zaillian (Moneyball, Schindler’s List).  In addition, he is writing an original feature and a screen adaptation of the Oliver Jeffers book The Incredible Book Eating Boy, both for Universal Pictures.  Michael is currently writing commissions for The Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club and Theatre Masters in conjunction with The Goodman Theatre.  He received his MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. He lives in Brooklyn.

Carolyn Cantor (Director). Playwrights Horizons: The Great God Pan, After the Revolution (Callaway Award, Distinguished Direction), Essential Self-Defense.  Other New York:  The Talls (Second Stage); Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club); In A Dark Dark House (MCC Theater); Something You Did (Primary Stages); 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), Life is a Dream  (Edge Theater); EVE-olution (Cherry Lane); Kitty Kitty Kitty (SPF).  Regional: The Violet Hour (Old Globe); Rabbit Hole (Geffen, Garland Award); Diary of Anne Frank (Paper Mill); Not Waving, King Stag (Williamstown); Vera Laughed, Get What You Need (NYS&F); After Ashley, Finer Noble Gases (O’Neill Playwrights Conference); 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.

 

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