Julia Cho's B.F.E. Added to Playwrights Horizons Season; Co-Production Plays Long Wharf, Too

News   Julia Cho's B.F.E. Added to Playwrights Horizons Season; Co-Production Plays Long Wharf, Too Playwrights Horizons will present the New York premiere of B.F.E., a new play by Julia Cho, as the sixth and final production of its 2004-05, the company announced Oct. 15.

The play will be directed by Gordon Edelstein, artistic director of Long Wharf Theatre. Previews begin May 19, 2005, with an official opening on May 31 at 7 PM.

Performances will continue through June 12 at Playwrights Horizons' intimate Peter Jay Sharp Theater at 416 West 42nd Street. B.F.E. is presented in association with Long Wharf Theatre, which will offer the play April 13 – May 1, 2005.

"An Asian-American family attempts to escape its stifling home life in B.F.E., which tells the story of Panny, a spunky 14 year-old; her socially awkward uncle; her homebound mom who fantasizes about General MacArthur; and the serial killer that stalks their neighborhood in search of bubbly blondes," according to the announcement. "A cautionary tale about the sometimes-devastating effects of an image-obsessed society, B.F.E. calls into question the nature of beauty and desirability in contemporary America."

The cast and design team of B.F.E. will be announced in the coming weeks.

Julia Cho's plays include The Architecture of Loss, How to Be a Good Son and 99 Histories. She has developed her plays at New York Theatre Workshop, The Sundance Theatre Lab, The Mark Taper Forum and South Coast Repertory. She has been a playwriting fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, a recipient of a New York Foundation for The Arts grant and a playwright-in residence at The Juilliard School. Her play 99 Histories was given a workshop production as part of The Cherry Lane Alternative's Mentor Series, and was also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.