Leslie Uggams and Lynda Gravatt will play sisters searching for love and companionship in wartime Harlem of the 1940s in John Henry Redwood's play, The Old Settler, which will launch Primary Stages' 1998-1999 season Oct. 7.
Harold Scott will direct, and Eric Krebs and Anne Strickland Squadron will co-produce, the piece -- and there is already hope the work will transfer into a commercial engagement.
A warmhearted, bittersweet comedy, the play was embraced by critics in its previous presentations at the McCarter Theatre, the Long Wharf Theatre and the Virginia Stage.
The Turn of the Screw, as adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the eerie and ambiguous Henry James novella and directed by Melia Bensussen, fills the next Primary Stages slot from mid-January to mid-February.
Conor McPherson, whose St. Nicholas put Brian Cox in award-competition last season, will return to Primary Stages in late spring with a new work, This Lime Tree Bower in which three young men give conflicting accounts of an unlikely weekend in a small, tawdry Irish seaside resort. A new play by David Ives, whose Mere Mortals and All in the Timing went into open-ended runs from their Primary Stages debuts, is also under consideration.
-- By Harry Haun