Off-Broadway's Primary Stages Theatre, which has been in limbo since its autumn staging of Carl Djerassi's Immaculate Misconception, is now planning a busy spring and summer comeback. Come mid-March, the contemporary psychological thriller One Shot, One Kill is due, followed by a new musical and a little-known 1992 play by A.R. Gurney.
The venue had expected Conor McPherson's Dublin Carol to be its spring show, but the Sept. 11th terrorist attack and other scheduling difficulties forced the postponement of that play. A box office spokesperson told Playbill On-Line the theatre still hopes to premiere Carol in New York, but there are no definite plans for its return to the schedule.
As for One Shot, One Kill, playwright Richard Vetere had told Playbill On-Line in June 2001 the play would premiere in September, with the Soho Playhouse a likely location and Scott Glenn the probable star, but that date was pushed back a month. Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and producer Scott Morfee's involvement with getting another show, Underneath the Lintel, on its feet, the show ended up changing its plans entirely.
Vetere's One Shot, One Kill is about a Marine sniper in Vietnam. After he requests a reassignment, his mentor, a decorated major, becomes determined to prevent his protégé from leaving "his true calling." Joe Brancato was slated to direct the commercial production, but there's no word yet on who'll helm the Primary Stages mounting.
One Shot, One Kill was produced at Penguin Repertory Company in Stony Brook, NY, in 1998. The same producing team that backed Killer Joe was to bring the Vetere work to New York. Vetere's Gangster Apparel was staged at Penguin Repertory Company Aug. 16-Sept. 9, in a co-production with the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, New York. *
After One Shot, One Kill, Primary Stages will Call the Children Home via a musical set in New Orleans at the beginning of the jazz era. Late veteran playwright Thomas Babe (Demon Wine, Great Day in the Morning) wrote the book for the tuner, which features a score by Mildred Kayden. Primary Stages artistic director Casey Childs will helm the piece.
Still part of Primary Stages' 2001-02 subscription season (though technically arriving in the fall) will be A.R. Gurney's The Fourth Wall, to be staged by David Saint. The play premiered at MA's Cambridge Theatre Company in 1992, with Tony Roberts and Kelly Bishop starring. Other Gurney works include Sylvia and Love Letters.