Off-Broadway’s Primary Stages has announced its 2017–18 season. Included in the lineup: a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, written and performed by Kate Hamill, who returns to the stage following her acclaimed Sense and Sensibility with Bedlam theatre company; and the New York premiere of The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens And Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, by Scott Carter, executive producer of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
The season will kick off in the fall with The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens And Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced). The play sees the three historical figures debating literature, religion, and everything in between. Performances will begin in September at the Cherry Lane Theatre, with dates and casting to be announced at later time.
Next will be Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice, in which she will also star, directed by Amanda Dehnert in a co-production with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Performances are scheduled to take place November–December.
In the new year, Primary Stages will collaborate with The Sol Project, a New York City-based initiative whose mission is to produce new work by Latinx playwrights. The title and playwright will be announced at a later date; the production is slated for January-February 2018.
Concluding the season, Scottsboro Boys actor Sharon Washington will debut her autobiographical solo show, Feeding the Dragon. The piece revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. Performances are scheduled for March–April 2018.
All productions will be performed at the Cherry Lane Theatre, located at 38 Commerce St., New York. Subscriptions for the 2017–18 Primary Stages season are $140 if purchased by April 30 and include one ticket to each production. Subscriptions are available at primarystages.org or by calling OvationTix at (212) 352–3101.