Abingdon Theatre Company has announced the lineup for its 2016-17 season—the first season fully programmed by artistic director Tony Speciale. Speciale became artistic director in October 2015.
The Off-Broadway company is dedicated to developing and producing new American work for the theatre. As such, it will present two world-premiere plays and a new musical at the June Havoc Theatre.
Beginning in January 2017, The Mother of Invention will bow. Written by James Lecesne and directed by Speciale, the story follows two siblings as they unpack the contents of their late mother’s home and grapple with conflicting memories and narratives about their upbringing.
Chess Match follows, beginning in February 2017. Conceived and directed by Anne Bogart, Chess Match is based on text arranged by Jocelyn Clarke from the public conversations with composer, writer and philosopher John Cage.
Finally, in the spring, Abingdon will stage the new musical The Boy Who Danced on Air with music by Tim Rosser and book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne. The duo are the recipients of the 2015 Jonathan Larson Grant and ASCAP’s 2015 Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award. Speciale directs the musical love story set in Afghanistan.
Casting for these productions has not yet been announced.
Abingdon hosts its 2016-17 benefit gala October 24 with a special one-night-only reading of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds featuring Mario Cantone, David Greenspan, Lindsay Mendez, Martin Moran, Stark Sands, Sally Ann Triplett, Michael Urie and more to be announced.
For tickets and information visit AbingdonTheatre.com. Subscriptions for the 2016-17 season are now on sale.