Kathy Bates to Star in Terrence McNally Premiere at Philly Theatre Co.

News   Kathy Bates to Star in Terrence McNally Premiere at Philly Theatre Co. Philadelphia Theatre Company has announced two world premieres for its 2007-08 season, when its new Suzanne Roberts Theatre is scheduled to open on the Avenue of the Arts.
Academy Award winner Kathy Bates.
Academy Award winner Kathy Bates.

Tony Award winner Terrence McNally's new work Unusual Acts of Devotion, starring Academy Award winner Kathy Bates, will premiere there Oct. 26-Nov. 25. His Off-Broadway play, Some Men, premiered at PTC. McNally's Master Class and Love! Valour! Compassion! have all played at PTC.

The late Wendy Wasserstein's college-set Third will make its Philly premiere in early 2008. The dates are to be determined. It's "a candid, uncompromising portrait of a woman at a crossroads," and Wasserstein's final work. "Laurie Jameson, a liberal college professor, confronts her own prejudices about class privilege when she suspects that her student Woodson Bull III has committed plagiarism," according to PTC. "As Laurie works to discover the truth behind her student's actions, she must privately cope with an ailing father and a sick colleague, which cause her to question everything she believes in."

Master clown and movement theatre actor Bill Irwin (no slouch in realistic plays, too, as a 2005 Best Actor Tony Award winner for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will star in the world premiere of The Happiness Lecture May 16-June 15.

According to PTC, "Irwin brings his inestimable skills to Philadelphia for a new work that muses on dreams, puppets, technology, and contemporary life as we know it. Don't miss this exciting world premiere that was commissioned just for Philadelphia Theatre Company's new Suzanne Roberts Theatre."

Irwin is an original creator and star of the productions Regard of Flight and Fool Moon. One additional PTC production will be announced.

For more information, visit www.phillytheatreco.com.