In Aftermath of National Tragedy, a Blind Date Happens in Recent Tragic Events, With Heather Graham

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The 2003-04 season at Playwrights Horizons begins Sept. 5, with a pay-what-you-can first preview of the 9/11 themed Recent Tragic Events, by Craig Wright.
Recent Tragic Events poster art.
Recent Tragic Events poster art.

Heather Graham (of the film, "Boogie Nights") plays Waverly Wilson, a spirited ad executive in Minneapolis who goes through with a blind date on Sept. 12, 2001. The play is billed as "a surprising, absurdly funny and intensely moving play about fate, free will and facing tragedy." Michael John Garcés directs the New York premiere, with a company that includes Kalimi A. Baxter, Hamish Linklater, Jesse J. Perez and Colleen Werthmann.

Opening is Sept. 28 and performances continue to Oct. 12 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theatre, 416 W. 42nd Street.

The play had a previous run at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC in September 2002. For it, Craig Wright (The Pavilion) received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding New Play and the 2003 Steinberg New Play Commemorative Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association.

Designers are Adam Stockhausen (scenic), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costume), Kirk Bookman (lighting) and original music and sound design by Scott Myers.

Off-Broadway has addressed 9/11 before, with Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat, about an extramarital affair in downtown Manhattan on and after 9/11. This fall, the new play, Portraits, addresses responses to the tragedy from varied points of view, playing the Union Square Theatre.

For more information, call (212) 279-4200 or visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.

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