David Marshall Grant, the actor-turned-playwright whose Snakebit enjoyed a respectable run Off-Broadway last season, will see the world premiere of his Current Events at Manhattan Theatre Club beginning May 23, 2000.
MTC announced on Oct. 1 that the new work will be the seventh production of the 1999-2000 season. Opening is June 13, 2000 on Stage II at City Center.
Current Events follows a liberal California senate candidate who discovers "all politics are personal" when he returns home to his Connecticut family.
David Petrarca, who is currently staging David Lindsay Abaire's Fuddy Meers for MTC, will helm Current Events.
Grant's first work, Snakebit, about neurotic artistic types colliding with each other and their pasts, moved from New York City's Grove Street Playhouse (a nonprofit 1998 production by Naked Angels) to a commercial run at the Century Theatre in 1999. It played March to August 1999. It had an earlier production in Chicago. As an actor, Grant is known for his stage role as Joe Pitt in Broadway's Angels in America, and as a recurring character in ABC's "thirtysomething."
MTC, operating in two spaces in City Center in Manhattan, is the resident company that introduced New York audiences to Love! Valour! Compassion!, Sight Unseen, Lips Together, Teeth Apart and more. The current season will feature such acting notables as J. Smith-Cameron, Mary Louise Parker and Linda Lavin.
Also on the 1999-2000 MTC season are Shelagh Stephenson's An Experiment With an Air Pump, Arthur Kopit's Y2K, David Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers, Andrew Lippa's musical, The Wild Party, Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and David Auburn's Proof.
Call (212) 399-3030 for MTC information.
-- By Kenneth Jones
and David Lefkowitz