Off-Broadway's Primary Stages company has announced three of its four shows for the 1997-98 season, including new works by the authors of Life During Wartime, Three Viewings and Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill.
Beginning the season, Oct. 22, is Keith Reddin's Brutality Of Fact, first workshopped Off-Broadway in 1996 by director Casey Childs. That mounting starred, among others, Reddin veteran Leslie Lyles, Scotty Bloch, Rebecca Nelson and Greg Stuhr -- all of whom will reappear in the mainstage production, opening Nov. 5 and running to Nov. 23. Also in the current cast are Samantha Brown, Ken Marks and Robin Morse.
Reddin's dark comedy follows an off-beat family of women trying to make sense of day-to-day life. Previous Reddin works include Life During Wartime and Almost Blue. Also an actor, Reddin appeared in 1995's The Plays The Thing at NY's Roundabout Theatre and 1996's Dark Ride at Soho Rep.
Designing Brutality are Brian Whitehill (set), Chris Dallos (lighting), Debra Stein (costumes) and David Van Tieghem (sound).
Up after Brutality, Jan. 14-Feb. 15, 1998, will be Jeffrey Hatcher's Scotland Road. Set in the 1990s on the coast of Maine, Scotland Road concerns a young woman found floating on an iceberg and one man's quest to find out who she is. Previous Hatcher works include Turn Of The Screw a ree Viewings. The third play of the season (March 11-April 12, 1998) has yet to be announced, but the fourth will be a return to Primary Stages of Nasty Little Secrets, Lanie Robertson's dark comedy about the relationship between playwright Joe Orton and his mentor, Kenneth Halliwell. Theatregoers can prick up their ears for Secrets May 6-June 7, 1998. Robertson's previous works include Lady Day... and Cannibal's Waltz.
As a special tribute to late playwright, director and dramaturg Phil Bosakowski, Primary Stages will hold its first "Phil Bosakowski Week," Oct. 6-9 at the company's upstairs theatre space named for him.
Oct. 6 will bring the annual Bug `n' Bub Playwrights Scholarship Fund Award, which will go to "a promising playwright with a flair for comedy" chosen from plays submitted to Welsleyan Univesity, the O'Neill Center or New Dramatists.
A reading of Bosakowski's Chopin In Space will take place Oct. 7, and a reading of a new musical by Erik Ehn and Chris Kowank happens Oct. 8. The musical, Clubhouse Rules, is directed by Bruce Kronenberg.
Finishing the tribute week will be a reading of Janis Astor del Valle's play, The San Diego Street Padres.
For tickets ($33-$35) and information on Primary Stages productions call (212) 333-4052.
--By David Lefkowitz