Lincoln Center Theater has announced two new productions for its 2016-17 season: How to Transcend a Happy Marriage by Sarah Ruhl, to be directed by Rebecca Taichman; and Bull in a China Shop by Bryna Turner, to be directed by Lee Sunday Evans.
Ruhl, whose plays The Oldest Boy, The Clean House and In The Next Room, or the vibrator play, played at LCT, returns to the theatre with an exploration of love, fidelity and parenthood. How to Transcend a Happy Marriage sees two married couples coming to terms with the limits of marriage and friendship. Performances are scheduled to begin February 23, 2017, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, with an opening night scheduled for March 20.
Here’s how LCT bills Ruhl’s latest work: “At a dinner party in the wilds of New Jersey, two married couples discuss a younger acquaintance—a polyamorous woman who also hunts her own meat. Fascinated, they invite this mysterious woman and her two live-in boyfriends to a New Year’s Eve party, which alters the course of their lives. How To Transcend A Happy Marriage asks: how much love can a twosome contain? What are the limits of friendship, and what happens when parents who have forgotten their own wildness have a wild rumpus all their own?”
Also scheduled to begin in February is the LCT3 production of Turner’s Bull in a China Shop in the Claire Tow Theater. The fast-paced comedy takes place in a New England seminary at the height of the suffrage movement. Performances are set to begin February 11 with an opening night scheduled for February 27.
Here’s how production notes bill the new play: “Galloping through forty years in a New England seminary, Bull in a China Shop follows Mary Woolley and her partner Jeannette Marks as they reform and revolutionize women's education at the height of the suffrage movement. As evolving ambitions and desires strain the couple's relationship, this fast-paced comedy explores how we change the world, how the world changes us, and how we try to grow old together.”
Casting for both productions will be announced at a later date.
For more information on the LCT season visit lct.org.