Artistic director Tim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus revealed details about the slate, including directors and the casting of Parker Posey ("Waiting for Guffman," "Best in Show," Off-Broadway's Hurlyburly) in Gibson's new play, This, directed by Daniel Aukin.
The season will also feature a new musical and a sixth and final production to be announced. Casting will be revealed later.
Presented at the theatre company's two-venue home at 416 West 42nd Street, the 2009-10 Playwrights Horizons productions will be (in season order):
Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris (The Pain and the Itch at Playwrights Horizons), directed by Pam MacKinnon (Peter and Jerry at Second Stage, The Four of Us at MTC, Occupant at Signature) in the PH Mainstage Theater. "In 1958, a white family moves out. In 2008, a white family moves in. In the intervening years, Change overtakes a neighborhood, along with attitudes, inhabitants, and property values. Bruce Norris' pitch-black comedy takes on the issue of gentrification in our communities, leaving no stone unturned — and taking no prisoners — in the process." Norris has a long history with Steppenwolf Theater, where his previous five plays have had their world premieres. Playwrights Horizons presented Norris' first New York premiere with The Pain and the Itch in 2006. Clybourne Park will be his first play to have its world premiere in New York.
Subscriptions to Playwrights Horizons' 2009-10 season will be available shortly. Visit playwrightshorizons.com.
Playwrights Horizons bills itself as "a writer's theatre dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work."
Notable productions include four Pulitzer Prize winners: Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife (2004 Tony Award, Best Play), Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles (1989 Tony Award, Best Play), Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George, as well as Craig Lucas' Prayer For My Enemy and Small Tragedy (2004 Obie Award, Best American Play), Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie's Grey Gardens (three 2007 Tony Awards), and more.
For subscription and ticket information call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, noon to 8 PM daily, or visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.