Medieval Play Is Kenneth Lonergan's Next Work, Under His Own Direction

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Kenneth Lonergan's new work this spring for Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre Company is called Medieval Play, "set against the classic comic background of late 14th century ecclesiastical politics," the company announced on Feb. 9.

Kenneth Lonergan
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The American playwright and filmmaker known for the delicate and halting interactions between losers and winners, lovers and family members, in such plays as The Waverly Gallery, The Starry Messenger, This Is Our Youth and Lobby Hero (and the films "Margaret" and the Oscar-nominated "You Can Count On Me") will also direct the world premiere. It will begin performances May 15 and open June 7 at The End Stage Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center on West 42nd Street.

Here's how Signature bills Medieval Play: "Two French mercenary knights set out on a quest for relative moral redemption against the classic comic background of late 14th century ecclesiastical politics. A story of friendship, love, noble feats of arms, indiscriminate brutality, the progressive refinement of medieval table manners and the general decline of the chivalric ideal at the onset of the Great Papal Schism of 1378. A new and meandering comedy with no contemporary parallels worth noting by Kenneth Lonergan."

Performances will play to June 24. Casting will be announced.

The production is part of Signature's new Residency Five program that supports world premieres by five playwrights over the five years. Katori Hall's current Hurt Village is the first play in the program.

Visit www.signaturetheatre.org.

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