The new musical, co-presented with Dallas Theatre Center, features a book, music and lyrics by Obie winner Childs. It is billed as a "rowdy, wild and hilarious" tale, following the adventures of Bella as she tries to escape her troubled past and find her beloved Buffalo Soldier. Bella: An American Tall Tale is scheduled to debut in New York in May 2017, following a staging in Dallas this fall. The new work was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons through the Musicals in Partnership Initiative with funds provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The newly announced season will begin in August with the Off-Broadway premiere of Aubergine by Julia Cho, directed by Kate Whoriskey. The new work about family, food, language and connection is set to begin performances Aug. 19 in the Mainstage Theater.
In September, Playwrights Horizons will present the world premiere of A Life, by Obie winner Adam Bock, directed by Anne Kauffman. The play follows the life of Nate Martin, a hopelessly and perpetually single man whose most recent breakup sends him into an astrological obsession.
The production is set to be followed by another world premiere: Rancho Viejo by Dan LeFranc, directed by Daniel Aukin. The new work, commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, is billed as a "comedy of anxiety and awkward neighbors," centered on the residents of Rancho Viejo as they grapple life's biggest questions and existential despair. The play will debut in November.
2017 will launch with the world premiere of The Light Years, written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, directed and developed by Oliver Butler and made by The Debate Society. Performances will begin in February with a cast featuring Butler and Thureen. March will see the world premiere of Zayd Dohrn's The Profane, about two families forced to face the limits of their religious beliefs, cultural traditions and prejudices.
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