Playwright Horizons Has Musical Wilder, New Plays by MacLeod, Wright in 2003-04

News   Playwright Horizons Has Musical Wilder, New Plays by MacLeod, Wright in 2003-04 Playwrights Horizons, the longstanding Off-Broadway nonprofit which recently inaugurated its splashy new 42nd Street home, has announced a portion of its 2003-04 season on its website.

In keeping with the company's dedication to new works by working playwrights, the line-up features fresh offerings from Craig Wright and Wendy MacLeod, as well as the new Erin Cressida Wilson-Mike Craver-Jack Herrick musical Wilder, which was originally scheduled for the 2002 03 season.

Wright's Recent Tragic Events, which had its world premiere as Washington, D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in spring 2002, will be given its New York debut by Playwrights Horizons, under the direction of Michael John Garces. The 9/11-themed drama is set on Sept. 12, 2001, during a blind date in Minneapolis between Andrew, a self-effacing and shy young bookstore clerk, and foxy advertising exec Waverly. But the evening is rocked by the information that Waverly's sister has gone missing in New York.

MacLeod, whose The Water Children received a praised production at PH a few seasons back, returns to the theatre with Juvenilia, a Main Stage world premiere directed by David Petrarca. The theatre described the work as "a smart, sassy comedy addressing issues of responsibility and the need to account for our behavior as we face adulthood and the real world."

Wilder, meanwhile, was to have run this spring, but was pushed back to make room for Teresa Rebeck's Bad Dates. The work concerns an old man who returns to a brothel he knew in his younger days, and is based on the play Cross-Dressing in the Depression by Erin Cressida Wilson. Lisa Portes will direct in the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre.

No casts have been announced. Additionally, no dates are attached, indicating the season is still somewhat in flux. No official press announcement regarding the Playwrights Horizons season has yet been released. David Greenspan's She Stoops to Comedy is currently playing at Playwrights Horizons.