Maple & Vine, Jordan Harrison's Humana Play About Re-Enactors Conforming to '50s Style, Will Appear in NYC

News   Maple & Vine, Jordan Harrison's Humana Play About Re-Enactors Conforming to '50s Style, Will Appear in NYC
 
The New York City premiere of Jordan Harrison's Maple & Vine has been added to Playwrights Horizons' 2011-12 season Off-Broadway, artistic director Tim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus announced on June 1.

Jordan Harrison
Jordan Harrison Photo by Joan Marcus

Harrison, the author of Doris to Darlene at Playwrights Horizons, saw his Maple & Vine produced to good reviews at the 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (The Thugs, Stunning, Naked Angels' This Wide Night, Harrison's Act a Lady) will again direct Maple & Vine, at PH's Mainstage Theater on West 42nd Street in late 2011.

In the play, according to PH, "Katha and Ryu have become allergic to their 21st-century lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950s re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. In this compulsively authentic world, Katha and Ryu are surprised by what their new neighbors — and they themselves — are willing to sacrifice for happiness."

Maple & Vine joins the previously announced Playwrights Horizons titles Completeness by Itamar Moses, directed by Obie Award winner Pam MacKinnon; Milk Like Sugar by Kristen Greenidge, directed by Rebecca Taichman; Assistance by Leslye Headland, directed by Trip Cullman; The Big Meal by Dan LeFranc, directed by Obie Award winner Sam Gold; and Rapture, Blister, Burn by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Gina Gionfriddo, directed by Peter DuBois.

Casting, dates and additional creative team for Maple & Vine will be announced later.

Harrison's other plays include Futura, Act a Lady (2006 Humana Festival, GLAAD Media Award nomination), Finn in the Underworld (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Amazons and their Men (Clubbed Thumb), Kid-Simple (2004 Humana Festival), The Museum Play (Washington Ensemble Theatre) and Fit for Feet (2003 Humana Festival). His work has also been produced or developed at American Theater Company, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Geva Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, PlayLabs, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Rep, Signature Theatre Company, Soho Rep, the SPF Festival, the Tokyo International Arts Festival, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He is currently working on a musical for Ars Nova, a children's play for the Arden Theatre, as well as a play for Actors Theatre of Louisville/Berkeley Rep. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2009 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, the 2008 Kesselring Fellowhip, the Heideman Award, a Theater Masters' Innovative Playwright Award, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships, and a NEA/TCG Playwright in Residence Grant. With Sally Oswald, he edits the annual "Play: A Journal of Plays," devoted to the life of plays on the page. A graduate of Stanford University and Brown University's MFA Playwriting program, Harrison is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. He currently teaches playwriting at SUNY Purchase. For more information, visit www.ticketcentral.com or playwrightshorizons.org.

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