The staging marks the East Coast premiere of the Florida-set dark comedy about a sleepy community. Performances play Oct. 6-Nov. 5. Opening is Oct. 11.
According to PTC, "In Murderers, Gerald, Lucy, and Minka are cold-blooded murderers, happily living and working at the Riddle Key Retirement Community in Florida. That they committed murder is not in question, but the 'why' inspires an evening of greed, revenge and hilarity."
Like Hatcher's Three Viewings, the play is comprised of monologues.
"As we enter our final season at Plays & Players Theater before the move to our new home in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, we are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Jeffrey Hatcher, one of our favorite playwrights and master storytellers," stated Sara Garonzik, Philadelphia Theatre Company’s producing artistic director.
Jeffrey Hatcher's works include A Picasso (awarded the 2003 Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play for its PTC world premiere), Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Three Viewings and the libretto to Never Gonna Dance. He wrote the screenplays for "Stage Beauty" and "Casanova." Both Burke (Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo) and Nielsen (Based on a Totally True Story) have enjoyed success in Off-Broadway comedies, including works at Manhattan Theatre Club where Michael Bush was director of artistic production. Nielsen is also known for Christopher Durang's Miss Witherspoon and Betty's Summer Vacation. Burke was Jack's mother in the Broadway revival of Into the Woods.
Brent Langdon has been a frequent guest at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he was featured in Crimes of the Heart, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Dracula and A Christmas Carol. He has also appeared in several productions at Playmakers Repertory, Grindstone Theatre Company, New Harmony Project, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and Orlando Shakespeare Festival.
The creative team includes set designer James Noone; lighting designer Traci Klainer; costume designer Karen Ledger; sound designer Ryan Rummery.
For information, call (215) 985-0420 or visit www.phillytheatreco.com.
Philadelphia Theatre Company's subscription season also includes the new musical Nerds://A Musical Software Satire, with book and lyrics by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner, and music by Hal Goldberg, Jan. 26-Feb. 25, 2007; the Philadelphia premiere of the Primary Stages production of In the Continuum, written and performed by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter and directed by Robert O'Hara March 16-April 15, 2007; and the Philadelphia premiere of Orson's Shadow by Austin Pendleton, May 4-June 3, 2007.
PTC bills itself as Philadelphia's only non-profit professional theatre dedicated exclusively to producing world and regional premieres of works by contemporary American playwrights.