Beth Henley, long absent from the New York stage until last season's Impossible Marriage at the Roundabout, has another new play slated for Off-Broadway. As reported by the New York Times, Family Week, a five-character play about a family visiting an inmate at a "treatment center," will play at Off-Broadway's Century Center Theatre. Ulu Grosbard will direct the piece, slated for an open run. According to a production spokesperson at the Richard Kornberg office, Family Week begins previews March 24 for an opening April 6.
Jean Doumanian and Ron Kastner are producing the comedy-drama, with Robert Cole serving as general manager.
Weeks ago, the Century seemed targeted for Allan Knee's play Syncopation, which played CT's Long Wharf Theatre and then at NJ's George Street Theatre. Sources say the show might have reached the Century Center if not for a prior commitment with Jewish Repertory Theatre, although that theatre is currently producing a different show, Love in a Thirsty Land.
Family Week author Henley is best known for her Pulitzer-winning Crimes of the Heart, as well as The Wake Of Jamey Foster (on Broadway in 1982) and The Miss Firecracker Contest.
-- By David Lefkowitz