As reported, The Claire Tow is being built on top of the Vivian Beaumont Theater as the intimate home of LCT3, the initiative that embraces new works and emerging writers and seeks out new audiences.
Anne Kauffman will direct Slowgirl, set to officially open June 18 for a run to July 15. The play tells "the story of a young woman who flees to her reclusive uncle's retreat in the Costa Rican jungle to escape the aftermath of a horrific accident," according to LCT3, which announced the work on Jan. 31. "The week they spend together forces them both to confront who they are as well as what it is they are running from."
The cast will be announced at a later date.
Playwright Greg Pierce's first professional production, an adaptation of Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which he co-authored, was seen at last year's Edinburgh International Festival. He is currently collaborating with composer John Kander, writing the book and lyrics for a new musical The Landing for Vineyard Theatre. Slowgirl will mark his New York debut. Director Anne Kauffman directed the LCT3 production of David Adjmi's Stunning. She was nominated for a 2011 Lucille Lortel Award for her direction of This Wide Night and won an Obie Award for her direction of The Thugs. Her other credits include Maple and Vine, God's Ear, Sides: The Fear is Real and The Antigone Project.
The Claire Tow Theater is named after the wife of long-time LCT board of directors member Leonard Tow. The 131-seat venue will become LCT's third stage at Lincoln Center, joining the Vivian Beaumont and Mitzi E. Newhouse Theaters.
In addition to the 131-seat theatre, the two-story structure (at 23,000 square feet), which is being built at a cost of $41 million, "will also house much-needed rehearsal and office space and feature an outdoor terrace overlooking the Lincoln Center Plaza which will be surrounded by a new green roof."
LCT3 "was established in 2008 as a programming initiative devoted to producing the work of new artists as well as developing new audiences." Since its inception, LCT3 has presented nine productions at The Duke on 42nd Street. All tickets to all LCT3 productions are $20.
One of last season's productions, the critically acclaimed 4000 Miles, a new play by Amy Herzog, directed by Daniel Aukin, will be presented by LCT as part of its regular season in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater beginning March 15. Paige Evans is artistic director of LCT3.