Following a season which included the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Paul Weitz's Privilege, and the Broadway co-production of Craig Lucas' Reckless, the midtown Off-Broadway company announced the four productions for the coming 2005-2006 season.
The new lineup kicks off in September with a revival of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, A Soldier’s Play. Jo Bonney (Living Out, Fat Pig) directs the 1944-set story of a black military lawyer who is sent from Washington to a Louisiana Army base to investigate the murder of a black Master Sergeant.
Next, Mark Brokaw (Reckless, Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo's Greatest Hits) stages the latest from the playwright of As Bees in Honey Drown. Beane's newest comedy, The Little Dog Laughed, satirizes the world of tabloid gossip, Hollywood and celebrities in a story that centers around a Hollywood agent, her very up-and-coming boy-toy client, a sexy young drifter and his girlfriend.
Starting the new year, Second Stage launches another world premiere play from Paul Weitz. The playwright who penned this season's Privilege, and Off-Broadway's Roulette — as well as the films "In Good Company" and "About A Boy" — gives his latest work to the midtown for another debut. Director and title to be announced.
Closing out the season in spring 2006, Tony Award nominee Kate Burton (currently on Broadway in The Constant Wife) and film star Tony Goldwyn ("Reckless," "Ghost") will headline The Water's Edge by Theresa Rebeck (Bad Dates, Spike Heels). Will Frears (Omnium Gatherum, Terrorism) directs the New York premiere of the work in which a woman and her two children live in their inherited lakeside home until the long-estranged ex-husband shows up with his new girlfriend to claim the house. The director also staged the debut of the work at the 2004 Williamstown Theatre Festival with Burton starring.
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