Geffen Season to Feature LaBute, Letts, Nottage and Felder, Plus Anderson Premiere

News   Geffen Season to Feature LaBute, Letts, Nottage and Felder, Plus Anderson Premiere Jo Bonny will direct Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon as part of the Geffen Playhouse's 2010-2011 season. Also on the bill is the West Coast premiere of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Ruined and Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts.

Lynn Nottage
Lynn Nottage Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Intiman Theatre artistic director Kate Whoriskey, who recently staged The Miracle Worker on Broadway, will again helm Nottage's Ruined, which runs Sept. 7-Oct. 17 (opening Sept. 15). Whoriskey directed the play to acclaim Off-Broadway. The work explores the lives of women in a Congolese brothel and the woman who runs it. Ruined will later play the Intiman Theatre prior to a production at South Africa’s Market Theatre in Johannesburg.

Hershey Felder will bring his solo show Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein to the Geffen Nov. 2-Dec. 12 (opening Nov. 10). The evening will chronicle the life of the composer of West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and Mass.

Following will be LaBute's The Break of Noon in a co-production with Off-Broadway's MCC Theatre, Jan. 25-March 6, 2011 (opening Feb. 2, 2011). Here's how the Geffen bills the work: "Meet John Smith. He’s a selfish, philandering liar – or at least he was. After hearing the voice of God during a tragic office shooting, this imperfect man reforms himself and goes on a mission to spread the word about a better way of life. But is Joe’s divine encounter merely a ploy for celebrity, a chance to escape his rocky past, or is it part of an infinite and almighty plan?" The play will receive its world premiere Off-Broadway in the fall of 2010.

The world premiere of Jane Anderson's The Escort: An Explicit Play for Discriminating People will run March 29-May 8, 2011 (opening April 6, 2011) under the direction of Lisa Peterson. According to the Geffen, "Nothing is taboo in Jane Anderson’s world premiere comedy about a high-class call girl. Charlotte is charged with escorting us through this titillating tale – she’s got lube and she knows how to use it. And so does her esteemed gynecologist. As the two women’s relationship develops, more than just body parts are revealed. What happens when our liberal ideals are in direct conflict with our personal lives?"

The final offering will be Letts' Superior Donuts staged by Geffen artistic director Randall Arney May 31-July 10, 2011 (opening June 8, 2011). The dramatic comedy takes place in a Chicago-area donut shop where a determined young African American man changes the lives of those he encounters. Visit GeffenPlayhouse.

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