Playwrights Horizons is set to open the tenth Anniversary season of its New Theater Wing play development program with the world premiere of Kelly Stuart's Demonology. Scheduled to run only three weeks - Oct. 30 to Nov. 17 - the play will star Marisa Tomei along with Rocco Sisto, Kathleen Glaudini, and Bray Poor.
Following roles in Tony Kushner's Slavs at New York Theater Workshop and Eric Overmeyer's Dark Rapture, Demonology will represent Tomei's third NY stage appearance since winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for My Cousin Vinny.
Directed by Jim Simpson (Nixon's Nixon), Demonology is described as a wickedly funny, disturbing take on the battle of the sexes set in a futuristic world of misogynous businessmen and seemingly docile secretaries. Playwright Stuart is new to the New York theatre scene; her earlier plays The Interpreter of Horror and The Man Who Tried to Shout Under Water have been seen at Mark Taper Forum's "New Works Festival".
Perhaps reflecting its optimism over prospects for the play, Playwrights will go to the unusual step of inviting critics to review the production. Only once before has a New Theater Wing production been reviewed: Karen Trott's Springhill Singing Disaster, which garnered raves when it opened in 1995 and went onto an extended run.
For tickets or information: (212) 279-4200. -- By Andrew Ku