The reading of the 1987 Durang play (directed by Ron Lagomarsino) is last presentation in a series of special concert events bringing back previous Playwrights Horizons artists and titles to inaugurate the new mainstage and studio. Falsettos, Violet and Floyd Collins were presented in the 198-seat mainstage over three consecutive weekends beginning Jan. 9 (for six performances each). The Sharp holds 96. The $27 million new home for Playwrights Horizons is at 416 W. 42nd Street, the site of its former space.
Christopher Durang's Laughing Wild, seen with Durang and Kerr at PH in 1987, gets four performances. Durang is the wickedly funny playwright (and sometimes actor) whose last play for PH was Betty's Summer Vacation. His works include Baby With the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Beyond Therapy and the recent world premiere at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, a spoof of A Christmas Carol.
The PH mainstage's first full staging begins Feb. 18 with the first preview of My Life With Albertine, the new Proust-inspired musical by Richard Nelson and Ricky Ian Gordon.
For more Playwrights Horizons information, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit http://www.playwrightshorizons.org.
The new PH HQ features two theatres (a 198-seat mainstage and a studio), a large main lobby, two rehearsal spaces, offices for artistic, production and administrative staff and the Ticket Central box office.