Geffen Playhouse producing director Gilbert Cates revealed that the southern California theater will "dedicate the majority of its season programming for the next 10 seasons to plays that examine the values and ideals of America at various times throughout history," beginning with the 2004-2005 season, according to a release.
"This season is also significant to us as we inaugurate a beautiful new theater for L.A., break ground on and expand our own theater, and as we kick off a 10-year journey to explore American theater," stated Cates. The new season will perform at the historic Brentwood Theatre while the current theater undergoes renovations.
The 2003 Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg will start the season Sept. 14-Oct. 24. Geffen Playhouse artistic director Randall Arney will direct the play about a baseball star player who outs himself.
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's Paint Your Wagon gets a revamped revival, Nov. 23, 2004-January 9, 2005. Geffen producing director Gilbert Cates directs the new version of the classic musical set during the California Gold Rush, revised by David Rambo (God's Man in Texas). The production will be presented in association with Christopher Allen, D. Constantine Conte and Larry Spellman.
One play, to fill the Feb. 1-March 13, 2005 slot of the new season is yet to be announced. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's Pulitzer Prize-winning You Can't Take It With You is set for April 12-May 22, 2005. The revival of the play about an eclectic family and their comedic antics is timed to honor the 100th birthday of Moss Hart and is directed by his son Christopher Hart.
This season's Pulitzer and Tony winner I Am My Own Wife by playwright Doug Wright will play June 14-July 24, 2005. The Geffen staging of the gender-bending solo show will feature the original Broadway team of actor Jefferson Mays and director Moisés Kaufman.
Subscriptions to the 2004-2005 season at the Geffen Playhouse are now on sale by calling (310) 208-5454 and online at www.geffenplayhouse.com.