The LABrynth season will launch with the 11th annual Barn Reading series, which will run Nov. 22-Dec. at the Cherry Pit. The free series will include staged readings of 14 new plays.
Plays represented will include Marcy Comes Home by Adam Bock (Nov. 30); A Family for All Occasions by Bob Glaudini (Dec. 17-18); They Killed Boo Boo? by Maggie Bofill (Dec. 17-18); Untitled by Stephen Adley Guirgis (Dec. 20); The Walking Game by Daniel Harnett (Dec. 13); New Short Plays by Israel Horovitz (Dec. 16-18); Channel by John Jiler (Nov. 29 and Dec. 8); Oh, the Power by David Bar Katz (Dec. 9 and 11); If You Love Me by Lyle Kessler (Dec. 1-2); The Bends by Megan Mostyn-Brown (Dec. 4-5); You Are Here by Melissa Ross (Dec. 3-10); Utilities by Jonathan Marc Sherman (Dec. 14); Rivers of January by Ben Snyder (Dec. 7); and Heal Me Television by Martha Wollner (Dec. 12 and 21).
LAB co-artistic director Mimi O'Donnell will direct Ross' Thinner Than Water, which will run Feb. 8-March 6, 2011, at the Cherry Pitt. An official opening has been set for Feb. 13, 2011.
Here's how the LAB describes the play: "In Thinner Than Water, Martin is debt ridden, gambling addicted, pissed as hell, and dying. Unfortunately his three estranged children couldn't care less. Instead they argue with each other and everyone around them in a desperate struggle to do the right thing and mend their rapidly deteriorating lives. As the world around them crumbles, they are each surprised to discover family in unexpected places. Whether a spouse, a friend, or a chance encounter with a random stranger blood is often Thinner Than Water."
As previously reported, the LAB has aligned with the Public Theater and producers Scott Rudin and Stuart Thompson to bring playwright (and LAB co-artistic director) Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Motherf**Ker With The Hat to Broadway this spring. Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra and Yul Vázquez will star under the direction of Tony winner Anna Shapiro (August: Osage County). A spring reading event titled NewYorkNewYork!, celebrating works inspired by the city, is also planned.